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Director Pamela Roberts and Cinematographer Erik Daarstad

From filmmaker Pamela Roberts:

Her three favorite films:

Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven
John Ford’s Grapes of Wrath
Frank Darabont’s Shawshank Redemption

Her advice for aspiring filmmakers:

1. Learn the “business” of filmmaking.
2. Know what you don’t know or cannot do well.
3. Only choose to work with people you like and respect.
4. Follow your heart, after you make sure the first three elements are in place.

Her most inspirational food for making independent film:

Bourbon—after the work is done, of course. Bourbon gives me the uncanny ability to eradicate most of the woulda, coulda, shouldas—after we wrap at the end of the day.

Filmmaker Bios

Pamela Roberts

Pamela Roberts came to filmmaking as a social issue medium, after graduating with honors from the University of Southern California with a master’s in social work. In 1982, Roberts co-founded Rattlesnake Productions, Inc., and over the past 26 years she has produced and directed a number of award-winning documentary films and videos for public television, as well as for national and international theatrical and video distribution.

Roberts produced Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet, with an all-native crew and cast under the direction of Blackfeet director George Burdeau. The film was broadcast on public television in November 1998. Roberts also co-produced and co-directed Ishi, the Last Yahi, a one-hour NEH-funded documentary that was nominated for an Emmy® Award in 1994. Broadcast on American Experience, the film won many awards. Prior to Ishi, Roberts co-produced and co-directed Contrary Warriors: A Story of the Crow Tribe, broadcast on A&E and PBS.

Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne is a Dublin-born producer, director, writer and stage actor. He began his acting career at the Focus Theater in Dublin and in 1979 joined London’s Royal Court Theater. Byrnes’ film debut came in John Boorman’s 1981 Arthurian epic, Excalibur. Byrne has since starred in more than 35 films, including The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing and Into the West. Byrne has also produced three films and is currently writing several scripts. He won a Golden Globe in 2008 for Best Performance by an Actor in the HBO television series In Treatment.

Edwin Dobb

Butte native Edwin Dobb is a fourth-generation descendant of Cornish tin miners and Irish copper miners. A former senior editor and acting editor-in-chief of The Sciences, Dobb has been an independent writer for almost 20 years. He is also a lecturer at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He writes for a number of national publications, including Harper’s Magazine, where he has been a contributor since 1995. Dobb lives in East Walkerville, one of Butte’s older neighborhoods.

Jane Greenberg
Co-Producer/Head Researcher

Jane Greenberg has been making documentary films for PBS for over a decade. She produced Fenceline: A Company Town Divided and associate-produced Orozco: Man of Fire, Children of the Amazon, Discovering Dominga and School Prayer: A Community at War. Her film Standards of Decency is currently in progress.

Eugene Corr

Eugene Corr wrote and directed Desert Bloom (starring Jon Voight and Ellen Barkin). He wrote and directed, with Robert Hillman, the documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey, which was an Academy Award nominee. Corr also co-wrote Prefontaine, MC Hammer: Too Legit, Getting Out, Wildrose, Never Cry Wolf and Over-Under-Sideways-Down, which he also directed. Corr has earned a number of other directing credits for episodic television and television commercials.

Erik Daarstad
Director of Photography

Erik Daarstad is a veteran filmmaker with 50 years of cinematography experience. He has a keen eye for detail and composition and helped to create a comfortable working atmosphere for the film participants. Daarstad’s numerous films and television programs include Take This Heart, Frank & Ollie, A Walk on the Moon, Beautiful Killers, Canyon Lands, The Babysitter’s Club, Have You Tried Talking to Patty?, Last Stand at Little Big Horn, Meet the World, Henry Moore, Diary of a Young Comic, Glory Road, Men Who Made the Movies, West of the Imagination and the Academy Award-nominated films Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents? and The Spirit of America, among others.

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