Debra Anderson has worked in the film and television industry for seventeen years as an editor and a producer. Since 1993, she has been the editor of more than thirty national television shows. Her work has been broadcast on PBS, National Geographic, HBO, A&E, AMC and VH1.
Anderson began to shoot Split Estate in 2006 after reading a story in On Earth Magazine about a woman named Laura Amos from Garfield County, Colorado, who developed a rare adrenal tumor after drilling commenced in her neighborhood. Anderson was moved to tell the story of a growing number of people, like Laura, who are experiencing serious health effects associated with drilling practices.
Much to her surprise, the story landed in Anderson’s own backyard when Tecton Energy started drilling in the Galisteo Basin in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This time, there was a happier ending: a grassroots coalition, which used a rough cut of the film as a educational tool, helped to establish one of the strongest ordinances in the country and the industry backed off…for now.
During the production of Split Estate, Debra established Red Rock Pictures, a production company dedicated to the creation of documentaries that explore deeply felt human stories about the environment, energy and human rights.
Narrator Ali MacGraw is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress. She has a long film, theater and television filmography, but is best known for her performances in Love Story and The Getaway. Today, Ms. MacGraw is widely known for her philanthropy and activist work. Currently living in the Rocky Mountain Southwest she has a particular interest in the issues portrayed in Split Estate and generously supported the project.
Three-time Emmy award-winning Advising Producer Michael Mierendorf is a highly respected documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist who has produced, written, and directed numerous award-winning documentaries for Frontline, HBO, ABC and others.
Writer Joe Day has been a journalist for more than 45 years working as an on-air reporter and producer in Boston for 22 years at WGBH; WCVB, the ABC affiliate; and WNEV, the CBS affiliate.
Emmy and Peabody award-winning Director of Photography Douglas Crawford is best known for his direction and filming of the award-winning Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People (PBS, 120 mins, 1992) and as Director of Photography for The Native Americans (TBS, six hours, 1994).
Director of Photography Dave Bowden has been a producer, writer, cameraman, and editor since 1980 for shows such as PBS' MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour, PBS’ Frontline, and HBO's America Undercover.
|Narrated by||Ali MacGraw|
|Directed and Produced by||Debra Anderson|
|Advising Producer||Michael Mierendorf|
|Titles and Animation||Craig Lowy Design|
|Music Box, LLC|
|On line Editor and Colorist||Bjorn Bellenbaum|
|On-Line Facility||Hybrid Films|
|Sound Design and Mix||Ron Sunsinger|
|Outreach Coordinator||Christian Leahy|
|Marketing||Dianne Elise Strauss|
|Aerial Photography||Doug Crawford, DP|
|Doug Sheffer, Pilot|
|Associate Producer for Garfield County||Tara Meixsell|
|Internet Marketing||Nathan Anderson|
|Nancy Holly Hughes|
|Writers for Development||Christian Leahy|
|Nancy Holly Hughes|
|Writers for Marketing||Christian Leahy|
|Assistant Editors||Matt Vest|
|Research Assistants||Corina Sugarman|
|Legal Services||Robert L. Seigel|
|Technical Advisors||Keith Robinson|
|Still Photographers||Wendy Bristol|
|Additional Camera||Nick Isenberg|
|Still Photographer for the Laura Amos story||Lynn Johnson|