Neely is a documentary filmmaker, theater director, and musician.
A native of California, he attended the USC School of Music. He
began his film work in 1989, directing several episodes of "Air
Combat" for the "Our Century" series on the A&E
cable network. Since then he has served as supervising editor
on ten A&E Biographies, including "Michaelangelo"
and "Thomas Jefferson," which he also wrote. In 1996,
with his partners, he started Timeline Films. For Timeline he
has written, produced or directed eight documentaries, including
films on the lives of Mary Pickford, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow,
and Marion Davies. Most of these have appeared on the Turner Classic
Movies channel, and have received screenings at Le Giornate del
Cinema Muto in Italy and other festivals. In theater, Hugh has
directed award-winning productions of "Candide" and
"A Piece of My Heart," as well as the world premiere
of Edgar Rice Burroughs' only play, "You Lucky Girl!"
(1998). As a musician, he plays viola and violin and has conducted
orchestras in America and in Europe, specializing in music for