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.
  • Mark Zwonitzer, Producer, 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.
  • Rob Rapley, Producer
    Rob Rapley’s most recent documentary, Buffalo Bill, was broadcast on WGBH’s American Experience series in the spring of 2008. He previously produced two episodes of PBS’s acclaimed series, The Supreme Court, which the Boston Globe called "as good as it gets when it comes to history on public television." He has received Emmy nominations for his work on Bill Moyers’ Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, and Loosely Mozart: The New Innovators of Classical Music. He is currently working on a documentary about Wyatt Earp for American Experience.
  • Cathleen O’Connell, 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.
  • Jennifer Pearce, Recreations Producer
    Pearce is a freelance producer with extensive experience combining elements of feature films with documentary storytelling. Her interest in the merging of these two styles is evident in her most recent credits, working in various capacities on major historical dramatic documentaries including: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women for PBS’s American Masters, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, an award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated Nova program, and The War That Made America, a four-part series for PBS.
  • Raquel Chapa (Lipan Apache/Yaqui/Cherokee), Associate Producer
    Raquel Chapa co-curated a three-gallery Native art show titled Native Voices, which opened in Brooklyn in the spring of 2008. This marks the third year Chapa will program the film portion of the annual Association of American Indian Affairs meeting. She has worked with Indigenous Collections at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Chapa was curator of the Native Performances and Films for the Hemispheric Institutes at New York University's conference in Brazil, served as co-editor of their online Journal on Aboriginal Performance, and wrote about the experience for the Cuban magazine Canto. In addition, while at NYU, she worked with Indigenous Radio in Santiago, Chile and Indigenous Women's empowerment in Chiapas, Mexico.
  • 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.
  • Myrtle Driver (Cherokee), Cultural Consultant
    A member of the Deer Clan, Myrtle Driver attended the Haskell Institute and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, studying anthropology and museum science. She was the recipient of an Honorary Fellowship to the Newberry Library and interned with the Smithsonian Institution. Driver has been the elected Indian Clerk for Tribal Council for fourteen years, translating the meetings from English to Cherokee as they are in progress. Driver has recently translated a portion of the novel Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier into Cherokee, making it the first novel to be published in the language. Last August, Driver was honored as Beloved Woman of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, one of the highest honors given to women of the Cherokee tribe.
  • Harry Oosahwee (Cherokee), Language Consultant
    Harry Oosahwee was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and his first language is Cherokee. Married with four children, Oosahwee is a graduate of Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Currently, he is the student coordinator and Cherokee language instructor for the Cherokee Language Education Program at NSU. He is also an accomplished artist in pottery, painting and stone carving and was recently interviewed for the book, Standardized Childhood: The Political and Cultural Struggle over Early Education. In 2008, Oosahwee was a recipient of the Principal Chief’s Leadership Award presented by the Cherokee Nation.
  • Wes Studi (Cherokee), Actor, “Major Ridge”
    Born in Norfire Hollow, Oklahoma, Wes Studi spoke only his native Cherokee language until the age of five. Early in his career, Studi submitted two short stories for a Cherokee Nation newsletter and at the request of his program director, expanded upon those stories and wrote the children’s books, The Adventures of Billy Bean and More Adventures of Billy Bean. Studi went on to pursue acting and first caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves, and then as Magua in The Last of the Mohicans. Studi has since appeared in more than fifty film and television productions.
  • Freddy Douglas, Actor, “John Ross”
    Freddy Douglas graduated at the top of his class from the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, and was awarded Central’s prestigious Gold Standard prize for best actor. Since then, Douglas has established himself in the demanding British theater through lead roles in such distinguished plays as Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Private Wars, Sweeny Todd, The Seagull and most notably, Bloody Poetry, playing the renowned Lord Byron to critical acclaim.
  • Wesley French (Anishinabek), Actor, "John Ridge"
    Wesley French was born and raised on Chippewas of the Thames First Nation reservation near London, Ontario. French's pursuit of acting led him to Toronto's Ryerson Theatre School where he graduated in 2001 and the Carter Thor Studios East, which he credits with opening his eyes to the heart of acting. French has appeared on television and in numerous commercial, independent, and student films.
  • Will Finley, Actor, “Elias Boudinot”
    Will Finley is of mixed heritage, his mother is Cherokee from North Carolina and his father is of German and Irish decent. Finley first became involved in drama and theater in high school and in summer 1999 became host assistant on Double Dare 2000 at Nickelodeon. Since then he has appeared in several commercials, an episode of J.A.G. and in a recurring role on The Bold and the Beautiful. Finley is proud to be a part of We Shall Remain and truly believes that it will stand out as the most important project of his career.
  • Carla-Rae Holland (Seneca/Mohawk), Actor “Suzanna Ridge”
    Carla-Rae Holland has been involved in acting since high school and began her career in numerous local and regional plays, TV spots and day parts in feature films. As her children grew older, Holland was able to further pursue the career she so loved. In 2007, she won Best Supporting Actress from the American Indian Film Institute for her role of Rebecca Stonefeather in the multi-award winning independent film Imprint.
  • Emily Podleski, Actor, “Sarah Northrup”
    Emily Podleski is most recognized for her role as Jessica Roundy-Steed in the trilogy of films The Work and the Glory. She has also made appearances on the TV show Close to Home, the pilot 3 lbs and several commercials and short films. Podleski has a longstanding background in theatre and holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University.
  • Josh Blaylock, Actor, “Young John Ross”
    Eighteen-year-old Josh Blaylock enjoys participating in acting workshops and improvisation classes and has appeared on television in a recurring role on The Bernie Mac Show, the Lifetime TV film Not Like Everyone Else, and several television commercials. Blaylock has also worked in film, most notably appearing in the 2008 Academy Award-winner for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men.
  • Jace Weaver, Academic Advisor
    Jace Weaver is Director of the Institute for Native American Studies at the University of Georgia. His work is highly interdisciplinary, though focusing primarily on three areas: religious traditions, literature, and law. He is the author or editor of eight books, including That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community; Other Words: American Indian Literature, Law, and Culture; and Turtle Goes to War: Of Military Commissions, the Constitution and American Indian Memory. He is currently completing a book on Native American literary criticism with Robert Warrior, Craig Womack, and Simon Ortiz.
  • 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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