For Panama Canal

Directed by
Stephen Ives

Produced by
Amanda Pollak

Edited by
George O'Donnell

Written by
Michelle Ferrari

Narrated by
Michael Murphy

Coordinating Producer
Lindsey Megrue

Music by
Peter Rundquist

Associate Editor
Lauren Defilippo

Original Concept Developed by
Paul Taylor 

Production Associate
Daniel Amigone

Director of Photography
Andrew Young

Additional Cinematography
Rafael De La Uz
Peter Nelson
Buddy Squires

Sound Recording
JT Takagi
John Zecca

Voice-over Artists
Josh Hamilton
Carolyn McCormick

Assistant Editor
Gina Tolentino

Production Controller
Andrew Hall

Location Scout and Fixer
Anel Moreno

Prouction Assistant -- Panama
Victor Chen

Grip and Electric
Daniel Choy Boyar

Office Production Assistants
Samantha M. Knowles
Emily Chapman
Marlene Q. Moura
Samantha Chan
Stephanie Morales
Morgan Hartley
Julia DeWahl
Merrell Hambleton

Additional Research
Joy Conley
Julie Cresswell
Sarah Rentz

Matthew Parker, Author Panama Fever

Sound Design
Ira Spiegel

Dialogue Editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz

Assistant Sound Editor
Dan Fulton

Post Production Facility
DuArt Film and Video

Conforming Editor
David Gauff

Jane Tolmachyov

Post Production Project Manager
Tim Werenko

Re-recording Mixer
Matt Gundy

Stills Animation by
Paul Docherty
Gina Tolentino

Visual Effects
The Molecule

Archival Stills Courtesy of
Autoridad Del Canal De Panama
Barbados Museum and Historical Society
Bibliothéque Nationale de France
The Bridgeman Art Library
Collection Sirot-Angel
Dartmouth College Library
Helen R. DuBois
William Fall
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
Georgetown University Library, Special Collections Research Center
Getty Images
The Granger Collection, New York
Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library
Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
The Image Works
Library of Congress
Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology
William P. McLaughlin - Panama Canal Historian
National Archives and Records Administration
National Library of Medicine
Naval History and Heritage Command
The Panama Canal Museum
Ginny van Hardevelt Porrata
Son of the South
Archives & Special Collections, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography
University of Florida Smathers Libraries
Special Collections Library, University of Michigan
Historical Collections and Services, Claude Moore Health Science Library, University of Virginia
Office of Medical History, U.S. Army Medical Department
Special Collections, US Military Academy Library
The van Hardeveld Family
Virginia Military Institute Archives
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Archival Footage Courtesy of
DIGGERS: A Roman J. Foster Film
Getty Images
Library of Congress
National Archives and Records Administration
Penn Museum Film Archive; Kate and Arthur Tode Collection
Streamline Films, Inc.
Theodore Roosevelt Association Films Colleciton/Library of Congress

Matthew Parker 

Legal Services
James Kendrick
Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman, Millstein, and Steiner

Production Accounting
Ed Weisel
Silver, Laski and Weisel

Insignia Films Directors
John T. Sughrue
Robert A. Wilson

Special Thanks
Autoridad del Canal de Panama
Teresa Arosemena
Maria Beatriz Barletta
Sociedad de Amigos del Museo Afro-Antillano de Panama
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Verite Producciones
Hotel Sol Melia
Salamagundia Club
Roger Smith Hotel
House of the Redeemer
Alger House
Los Cuatro Tulipanes
Elizabeth Neily
Panama Canal Museum
Bill McLaughlin/CZ Images
Ginny Porrata
Van Hardeveld Family
Helen R. DuBois

For American Experience

Post Production
Vanessa Ezersky
Glenn Fukushima
Greg Shea

Series Designer
Alison Kennedy

On-Line Editors
Spencer Gentry 

Sound Mix
John Jenkins

Series Theme
Joel Goodman 

Production Manager
Nancy Sherman

Molly Jacobs
Tory Starr

Jay Fialkov
Janice Flood
Maureen Jordan
Scott Kardel

Project Administration
Susana Fernandes
Pamela Gaudiano
Patricia Yusah

Project Manager
Lauren Prestileo

Series Manager
James E. Dunford

Coordinating Producer
Susan Mottau

Senior Editor
Paul Taylor

Series Producer
Susan Bellows

Senior Producer
Sharon Grimberg

Executive Producer
Mark Samels

An Insignia Films production for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

(c) 2010
WGBH Educational Foundation
All rights reserved

Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by Liberty Mutual. Major funding is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Panama Canal has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Because democracy demands wisdom. Additional funding is provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

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