Cathleen O'Connell


Cathleen O'Connell

Cathleen O'Connell is an independent documentary producer based in Boston. Her films shine a light on lesser known but important facets of American culture - stories found when you exit the interstate and pull onto the blue highways and back roads. Her broadcast credits include non-fiction programming for PBS, Animal Planet, The History Channel and Discovery Channel. O'Connell is a member of the Center for Independent Documentary and a graduate of Brown University.

While working for the Fort Mojave tribe in 2001, she met tribal elder Llewellyn Barrackman. Mr. Barrackman introduced her to the Fort Mojave Tribal Band and its history. Sousa on the Rez is dedicated to the memory of Llew and Betty Barrackman.

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