Featured Cast & Crew
  • Stanley Nelson, Producer, Director
    Nelson, recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, is executive producer of Firelight Media, creating public television documentaries on history and contemporary social issues. Nelson’s work for American Experience includes Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind and The Murder of Emmett Till, honored with the Sundance Special Jury Prize, Peabody Award, Primetime Emmy, and an IDA Award. He directed Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, which won a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton and the Sundance Film Festival’s Freedom of Expression Award.
  • Marcia Smith, Writer
    Smith won a Writers Guild Award and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for The Murder of Emmett Till, which aired on American Experience, won the Grand Jury Prize at the New Orleans Film Festival, and was named Best Documentary at the USA Film Festival. Most recently, Smith wrote Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, which aired on American Experience in 2007. She was executive producer for Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise, and co-produced Running: The Campaign for City Council, which won a CINE Golden Eagle and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media. In early 2008, Smith was named Vice President of The Atlantic Philanthropies in New York City.
  • Julianna Brannum (Comanche), Co-Producer
    Brannum's first feature documentary, The Creek Runs Red, aired on PBS' Independent Lens in 2007 and was awarded Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Festival. Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow in 2007 and also received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute for her documentary currently in production, LaDonna Harris: Indian 101. She has also worked on shows for A&E, Discovery Channel and LTN Los Angeles. Brannum is a member of the Quahada band of the Comanche Nation.
  • 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.
  • Stephen McCarthy, Cinematographer
    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, Cinematographer
    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.
  • Edward Marritz, Cinematographer
    An accomplished documentary cinematographer with three decades experience, Ed Marritz is an exceptional visual storyteller. His credits include the Oscar-winner Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision and Emmy nominee for Best Cinematography In Memoriam: 9/11 New York City for HBO. Additional director of photography credits include Why Can't We Be a Family Again? (2005 Oscar nominee for documentary short), Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero for Frontline/PBS (Columbia-Peabody Award winner) and The Secret Life of the Brain for PBS (Emmy winner). Marritz recently completed photography on Mysterious Human Heart for PBS which won an Emmy for Best Science Series, 2008. In April of 2008, Fox Searchlight premiered Young@Heart, a poignant portrait of a chorus of 75-95 year olds who sing songs of Sonic Youth, Jimi Hendrix, The Clash and Talking Heads.
  • Michael Chin, Director of Photography
    Cinematographer Michael Chin has served as Director of Photography for numerous documentaries and independent features. His feature credits include: director Wayne Wangs’s Chan Is Missing and Dim Sum; Haitian Corner directed by Raoul Peck; Life Tastes Good directed by Phillip Gotanda; Robert Zagones’s Read You Like a Book and most recently Gus Van Sants’s Milk, as camera operator. Chins’s diverse body of documentary work includes: Eyes on the Prize 1 & 2; Academy Award-winning In the Shadow Of The Stars; A Hymn For Alvin Ailey; Malcolm X; Make It Plain; Cadillac Desert; Jesse James; Walt Whitman; Japan, Memoirs Of A Secret Empire; The World Of Artist Masami Teraoka; First Person Plural. Chin lives in San Francisco and is currently directing a documentary on Cantonese opera.
  • Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), Academic Advisor
    Paul Chaat Smith is associate curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Smith is co-author of Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee and has written numerous essays on cultural politics. He is one of the principal curators responsible for the permanent history gallery at the NMAI, and with Truman Lowe organized an exhibition by performance and installation artist James Luna at the 2005 Venice Biennale.
  • Robert Warrior (Osage), Academic Advisor
    Robert Warrior is a scholar whose work spans the fields of Native American history, literature, social movements, and expressive culture. His book Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (written with Paul Chaat Smith) chronicles the world of American Indian politics and protests during the 1960s and 1970s. His most recent book, The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction, was published in 2006 by the University of Minnesota Press. Warrior has consulted with Children's Television Workshop appeared in James Fortier's documentary on the Alcatraz occupation, Alcatraz Is Not An Island, and has done on-screen and off-screen work for The History Channel.
  • 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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