the Filmmakers

 

Debra Anderson

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.

 

Ali MacGraw

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.

 

Michael Mierendorf

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.

 

Joe Day

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.

 

Douglas Crawford

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).

 

Dave Bowden

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.

 

 

 

Film Credits

 

Narrated by   Ali MacGraw

 

Directed and Produced by   Debra Anderson

 

Writers   Joe Day
    Avery Garrett
    Jean Wendt

 

Cinematography   Debra Anderson
    David Bowden
    Doug Crawford

 

Advising Producer   Michael Mierendorf

 

Consultants   Mitchell Marti
    Tara Meixsell

 

Editor   Debra Anderson

 

Titles and Animation   Craig Lowy Design

 

Music   Tim Anderson
    Chris Jonas
    Music Box, LLC
    Michael Stearns
    Molly Sturges
    Ron Sunsinger
    Joe West

 

On line Editor and Colorist   Bjorn Bellenbaum

 

On-Line Facility   Hybrid Films

 

Sound Design and Mix   Ron Sunsinger

 

Researchers   Mitchell Marti  
    Matt Vest

 

Outreach Coordinator   Christian Leahy

 

Marketing   Dianne Elise Strauss

 

Aerial Photography   Doug Crawford, DP
    Doug Sheffer, Pilot
    DBS Helicopters

 

Associate Producer for Garfield County   Tara Meixsell

 

Internet Marketing   Nathan Anderson

 

Development   Angela Farone
    Christian Leahy
    Nancy Holly Hughes
    Dianne Strauss
    Jan Brooks

 

Writers for Development   Christian Leahy
    Nancy Holly Hughes

 

Writers for Marketing   Christian Leahy

 

Assistant Editors   Matt Vest   
    John Coffman
    Corina Sugarman   
    Jacob Kedzierski

 

Research Assistants   Corina Sugarman   
    Rebecca Mayorga

 

Transcription   Ruth Frank

 

Legal Services   Robert L. Seigel
    Cameron Stracher

 

Technical Advisors   Keith Robinson
    Grant Taylor

 

Still Photographers   Wendy Bristol           
    Melanie West
    Debra Anderson

 

Additional Camera   Nick Isenberg

 

Still Photographer for the Laura Amos story   Lynn Johnson

 

 

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