Jim Carnes, born 1955 in Columbus, Mississippi, is policy director at Alabama Arise, a statewide advocacy organization. Jim has been an avid Sacred Harp singer since his college days. He co-produced several historical documentaries while director of the Teaching Tolerance project at the Southern Poverty Law Center. He directed Sweet Is the Day, a documentary film about the Wootten family of Sacred Harp singers on Sand Mountain in northeastern Alabama. He is married to Erin Kellen, who produced Sweet Is the Day.