We Shall Remain (American Experience)

Dustinn Craig’s voice is cracking and he is having a hard time getting the words out.  Five minutes into the film “I Belong to This” Craig, the focus of the film, is breaking down into tears.  The emotion draws in the audience and it becomes evident that this isn’t a normal, informative, documentary.

“I’m looking forward to January 2009,” Julianna Brannum says with a smile when asked about her current project, We Shall Remain. “I’m looking forward to seeing all five episodes.”

His work is widely regarded throughout Indian Country as the best contemporary storytelling of the joys and trials of being Native American. Even People Magazine called him “the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time.”

Julianna Brannum and Stanley Nelson, producers for the Wounded Knee segment of the upcoming five-part We Shall Remain series, knew that their audience would be largely non-Native American. They also knew that educating such an audience about the pivotal events that led to the occupation of the tiny town of Wounded Knee in South Dakota would be a challenge. And even for Brannum, who is Comanche and had familiarity with the subject, she knew that all this would be a learning process.

Rossi’s production credits for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE include Building the Alaska Highway and The Gold Rush. He also worked on The War That Made America, a four-hour PBS series about the French and Indian War.

Raquel Chapa co-curated a three-gallery Native art show titled Native Voices, which opened in Brooklyn in the spring of 2008.

Pearce is a freelance producer with extensive experience combining elements of feature films with documentary storytelling.

Rob Rapley’s most recent documentary, Buffalo Bill, was broadcast on WGBH’s American Experience series in the spring of 2008.

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.

Vaurio served as a researcher on American Experience’s Eugene O’Neill for Steeplechase Films.

Grimberg plays a key role in the origination, development, acquisition, and editorial oversight of films for 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.


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