Featured Cast & Crew
  • Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho), Director
    Eyre’s film Edge of America received a 2005 Peabody Award and Eyre was recognized with a Directors Guild Award. His first feature film, Smoke Signals, won the Audience Award and Eyre received the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. His other credits include A Thief of Time and Skinwalkers for PBS’s MYSTERY! In 1995, Eyre received a Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film Fellowship. He earned his M.F.A. in Film and Television at New York University.
  • Cathleen O’Connell, Recreations Producer and Series Coordinating Producer
    O’Connell’s recent production credits include American Experience’s John and Abigail Adams, Reconstruction: The Second Civil War and They Made America for WGBH’s History Unit. She was a producer for PBS’s Livelyhood: Planet Work and directed the independent film Time Capsule: Message in a Bottle. Her previous work with Native communities includes filming on the Catawba reservation for the national PBS outreach campaign Many Faces/Many Voices, documenting Ojibwe musical traditions for the PBS series The Mississippi: A River of Song, and producing and editing a video for the Fort Mojave Tribe about their cultural preservation work.
  • Sharon Grimberg, Writer
    Grimberg plays a key role in the origination, development, acquisition, and editorial oversight of films for American Experience. Since she joined the staff in 2000, films made for the series have won more than forty honors including Peabody Awards, Primetime Emmys, Writers Guild Awards and an Oscar nomination. Grimberg served as supervising producer of They Made America, a series on innovation based on award-winning writer Sir Harold Evans’s book of the same title. Previously, Grimberg was a writer for CNN Headline News. She did her undergraduate work at the London School of Economics and received an M.A. from the University of Michigan.
  • Anne Makepeace, Writer, Interview Producer, Co-producer
    Makepeace has been making award-winning films centering on cross-cultural themes for twenty-five years. Her most recent work, Rain in a Dry Land, premiered on PBS’s P.O.V. in 2007, and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008. The film screened at more than twenty-five festivals around the world, picking up six Best Documentary awards. Makepeace’s other credits as writer/producer/director include Baby, It’s You, which premiered on P.O.V. in 1998; Coming to Light for PBS’s AMERICAN MASTERS, a film about Native perspectives on Edward S. Curtis that was short-listed for an Academy Award; and Robert Capa in Love and War, for which Makepeace received a Prime Time Emmy-Award. Makepeace’s next project is a documentary about the revival of the Wampanoag language.
  • Mark Zwonitzer, Writer
    Zwonitzer has created award-winning programming for PBS for nearly fifteen years. His most recent work for American Experience is the Emmy Award-nominated film Walt Whitman. Zwonitzer’s previous films for American Experience include Mount Rushmore, Joe diMaggio: The Hero’s Life, Transcontinental Railroad, The Massie Affair, and Jesse James. He has received the duPont-Columbia Award, the Peabody Award, the Writers Guild Award, and the Japan Foundation’s President’s Prize. His book, Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone: The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and an American Library Association’s Booklist Editor’s Choice.
  • Jennifer Edwards Weston, Production Assistant
    Jennifer Edwards Weston (Hunkpapa Lakota/Standing Rock Sioux), is from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas, has served her tribal government as environmental outreach coordinator, grant writer, and executive assistant to the tribal chairman. She also wrote for the Lakota Journal. At Brown University, Jennifer helped develop American Indian studies curricula and programming to support Native American student retention. She is a program officer at Cultural Survival, an indigenous peoples' human rights advocacy organization based in Cambridge, MA.
  • Paul Goldsmith, A.S.C., Director of Photography
    Goldsmith is an award-winning member of the American Society of Cinematographers whose recent work for American Experience includes serving as a contributing cinematographer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary Two Days in October. In 1998, Goldsmith received an Emmy Award for Documentary Cinematography for Don't Say Goodbye, a co-production for PBS and National Geographic. Goldsmith’s other credits include the 1996 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature When We Were Kings, Jan Egleson’s Shock to the System, and Woody Allen’s Men in Crisis. As a member of the seminal guerilla television group TVTV, Goldsmith served as a co-producer on several television specials, including Columbia du-Pont Award-winner The Lord of the Universe, and Hard Rain.
  • Stephen McCarthy, Additional Photography
    Stephen McCarthy is a Boston-based Director of Photography with over twenty five years' experience in non-fiction filmmaking, from cinema verite to docudrama. His work appears regularly in prime-time documentary series on PBS, Discovery, BBC, Channel Four Television, HBO, the History Channel and MTV. McCarthy's recently-aired work includes The Lobotomist, The Polio Crusade and The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln for American Experience; Storm Over Everest and Growing Up Online for Frontline; E.O. Wilson: Lord of the Ants for Nova and Audubon for American Masters. Recent independent productions include Marco Williams’ Banished and Robb Moss and Peter Gallison's Secrecy, which both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and African American Lives and Looking for Lincoln with Henry Jouis Gates, Jr.
  • Allen Moore, Additional Photography
    Allen Moore, a graduate of Harvard University, has been producing, directing, photographing and editing his own documentaries for more than 35 years. Among the honors awarded to Moore, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Filmmaking in 1982. Moore has also served as a director of photography on dozens of PBS documentaries, including Ken Burns’ The Civil War, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and The War. For his work on Baseball, Moore received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1995. Moore received a second Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2000 for his cinematography on Ric Burns’ American Experience series New York.
  • Paul Taylor, Senior Editor, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
    Taylor was involved in the development of WE SHALL REMAIN, and was the author of the proposal that secured funding for the project from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His responsibilities at AMERICAN EXPERIENCE focus on editorial supervision with an emphasis on writing and story structure, and on script and proposal development. He has developed numerous mini-series and specials, and has worked closely with a long list of prominent historians and producers on projects that have won many distinguished awards in the fields of American history, broadcast journalism, and documentary film. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.
  • Akeime A. Mitterlehner , Production Designer
    For 17 years, Mitterlehner has had the privilege of working with premiere artists in theatre, film, television and themed entertainment. Her career started at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, working on Tony Award-winning productions such as Angels in America and The Kentucky Cycle. She has also worked with the animators at Walt Disney Feature Animation and Warner Brothers Animation and combined animation with live action as production designer for N4D Experience for the Newseum in Washington, DC. In the world of Art Direction and Production Design, she has collaborated frequently with American Experience and has worked on series for HBO, Fox Television and various other pilots, original shorts, and commercials.
  • Cassius Spears (Narragansett), Cultural Consultant
    Cassius Spears has worked and volunteered as an educational consultant throughout New England including at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation as Cultural Educator and consultant. Spears was instrumental in the building and design of the Pequot Village at Schemitzun which was created to educate the public in Eastern Woodland culture. The preservation of culture and tradition has always been an integral part of Spears’ life. He serves on Plimoth Plantation's Wampanoag Indigenous Program's Advisory Board, and New England Foundation for the Arts, Native Arts Advisory Committee and is both a traditional dancer and grass dancer performing nationally as well as internationally.
  • David White (Nipmuc), Language Consultant
    David White, also known as Tall Pine, currently serves as Tribal Councilor for the Chaubunagungamaug Band of Nipmucs, is a Nipmuc Tribal Confederacy representative, a Muheconnew Tribal Confederacy representative, and a traditional singer and dancer. A student of the Nipmuc language for fifteen years, White agreed that he would continue the Nipmuc language program following his own teacher’s journey to the Spirit World. White has kept that promise, teaching and facilitating educational programs for local schools and special interest groups.
  • Marcos Akiaten (Chokonen Chiricahua Apache), Actor, “Massasoit”
    Marcos Akiaten began acting shortly after his retirement from AT&T. Since his first film, The Scorpion King, Akiaten has appeared in numerous films and television series including Steven Spielberg's Into The West, the PBS mini-series Conquest of America: The Southwest, and several History Channel productions. He has made a guest appearance on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and served as one of two national spokespersons in Diet Mountain Dew’s new campaign commercials. Akiaten is a passionate volunteer who teaches horseback riding to adults and children suffering from heart conditions, autism, and down syndrome as well as paraplegics and quadriplegics. Akiaten received an Associate of Arts Degree in General Education from East Los Angeles College and served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971.
  • Annawon Weeden (Mashpee Wampanoag), Actor, “King Philip”
    Annawon Weeden, named after the last Wampanoag war chief to surrender during King Philip’s War, began performing with his family during his early years. Since then he has become a father, activist, tribal mentor, artist, singer, dancer, model and actor. His work has been featured at the Haffenreffer Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Smithsonian and the Boston Children's Museum, and he has appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic. Currently, he is an educator working at schools and museums but also spends much of his time volunteering cultural services for his tribe. As an actor, he has appeared in films on the Discovery Channel, PBS, and most recently in Journey to 10,000 B.C. for the History Channel.
  • Nicholas Irons, Actor, “Edward Winslow”
    Originally from the UK, and a graduate of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Nicholas Irons is best known in Europe for his work in the BBC’s period drama Berkeley Square. He has performed a variety of lead or major supporting roles in more than thirty films, television shows, and theatre productions in both the United States and Europe. In addition, Irons is a screenwriter and an award-winning producer of short films.
  • Neal Salisbury, Academic Advisor
    Neal Salisbury is Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor Emeritus in the Social Sciences at Smith College specializing in colonial-revolutionary North American history and Native American history. Salisbury’s numerous publications include Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643 (1982), A Companion to American Indian History, edited with Philip J. Deloria (2002), and Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience, edited with Colin G. Calloway (2003). His long-range project is a volume that will extend the story in Manitou and Providence through the end of the Anglo-Indian conflict known as King Philip's War (1675-76).
  • Benjamin Bratt (Qechua), Series Narrator
    Benjamin Bratt delivered a breakthrough performance in Leon Ichaso’s Piñero (2001), a film tracing the life of the controversial New York artist Miguel Piñero. His additional film credits include Love in the Time of Cholera and Traffic, winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. On television, Bratt was a regular on the critically-acclaimed drama Law & Order for four seasons, receiving both Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his riveting portrayal of Detective Reynaldo Curtis. An alumnus of the M.F.A. program at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Bratt currently stars in The Cleaner on A & E.
  • John Kusiak, Series Composer
    John Kusiak is a composer and performer who writes and produces music for film, television, advertising and live performance. His previous credits for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE include The Gold Rush and Building the Alaska Highway. Kusiak’s other projects include writing music for filmmaker Errol Morris, the Academy Awards, PBS, and United Airlines. Kusiak has played guitar for many groups including the Pousette-Dart Band (1981-1982), a national touring act which had four albums on Capitol Records. His studio and home are in Arlington, Massachusetts.
  • Mark Samels, Executive Producer, American Experience
    Samels has been instrumental in bringing American Experience recognition as a leading presenter of world-class films to a wide audience through broadcast on PBS. Under his leadership, American Experience documentaries have been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody Award, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild Awards, Oscar nominations, Audience and Grand Jury Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Eric Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians. A founding member of the International Documentary Association, Samels serves on the advisory council of the World Congress of History Producers. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
  • Sharon Grimberg, Executive Producer, We Shall Remain
    Grimberg plays a key role in the origination, development, acquisition, and editorial oversight of films for American Experience. Since she joined the staff in 2000, films made for the series have won more than forty honors including Peabody Awards, Primetime Emmys, Writers Guild Awards and an Oscar nomination. Grimberg served as supervising producer of They Made America, a series on innovation based on award-winning writer Sir Harold Evans’s book of the same title. Previously, Grimberg was a writer for CNN Headline News. She did her undergraduate work at the London School of Economics and received an M.A. from the University of Michigan.
  • Shirley K. Sneve (Sicangu Lakota), Executive in Charge for NAPT
    Shirley K. Sneve is Director of Radio and Television Programming for Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT). In this role Sneve plans, directs, and manages the organization’s Program Fund contracts for public television and future digital TV productions and is responsible for NAPT acquisitions from independent producers and other sources for PBS distribution. Prior to joining NAPT she was director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, Massachusetts, and served as consultant to numerous arts organizations. She began her career as a minority affairs producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting in Vermillion, South Dakota.
  • Colin G. Calloway, Series Advisor
    Colin G. Calloway is Professor of History and Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. His many books include Crown and Calumet: British-Indian Relations, 1783-1815 (1997), New Worlds For All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of America (1997), First Peoples; A Documentary Survey of American Indian History (2004), and, as editor, Our Hearts Fell to the Ground, Plains Indian Views of How the West Was Lost (1996).
  • R. David Edmunds (Cherokee), Series Advisor
    R. David Edmunds is Watson Professor of American History at the University of Texas at Dallas. His books include The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France, The Shawnee Prophet, Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership, and Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire. He is a past president of the American Society for Ethnohistory and gave the 2004-2005 Distinguished Lectures for the Organization of American Historians. Edmunds has held Ford Foundation, Newberry, and Guggenheim fellowships, and has advised documentary filmmakers, tribal governments, foundations, and museums.
  • Donald L. Fixico (Shawnee, Sauk & Fox, Creek, Seminole), Series Advisor
    Donald L. Fixico is Distinguished Foundation Professor in the Department of History of Arizona State University. He has served on the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities and his books include The American Indian Mind in a Linear World: American Indian Studies and Traditional Knowledge (2003), and The Urban Indian Experience in America (2000).
  • Louis Masur, Series Advisor
    Louis Masur is the Director of American Studies and the Kenan Professor of American Institutions and Values at Trinity College. He is the author of Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865; 1831: Year of Eclipse; Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World Series; and is the editor of Reviews in American History. Masur's most recent book is The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America.
  • Jean O'Brien (Ojibwe), Series Advisor
    Jean O'Brien is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota and holds adjunct status in the departments of American Indian Studies, American Studies, and the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies. O'Brien is the author of Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650-1790. She is currently working on a book on nineteenth century New Englanders' representations of local and regional Indian history.
  • Loriene Roy (White Earth Anishinabe), Series Advisor
    Loriene Roy is Professor in the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin. She is Director and Founder of “If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything,” a national reading club for Native Children and “Honoring Generations,” a graduate scholarship program for indigenous students. She was elected President of the American Library Association for 2007-2008. She has published over 100 edited books, articles, chapters, and short stories. She serves on the advisory boards for the International Children’s Digital Library, Webjunction, the Sequoyah Research Center, and Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros. Roy received a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MLS from the University of Arizona.
  • N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache), Creative Consultant
    N. Bird Runningwater serves as a creative consultant for WE SHALL REMAIN. He is the Associate Director, Native American and Indigenous Initiatives at the Sundance Institute and serves as a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. Runningwater is on the board of directors of Native American Public Telecommunications, advises the First Peoples Fund's Community Spirit Arts Awards and serves on the National Editorial Board for YES! A Journal of Positive Futures. Before joining the Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as the Executive Director of the Fund of the Four Directions, a private philanthropy, and was chairman of the board for Native Americans in Philanthropy.
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