Dennis Lanson has produced and directed documentaries for years. The Phans of Jersey City was selected for New Directors/New Films at MOMA; Booming, about uranium miners in Wyoming, screened at Edinburgh, Denver, and Sundance; To Hear the Music, about organ builders and the creation of an instrument for Harvard’s Memorial Church, was broadcast on over 200 PBS stations in 2015. He has also edited programs for PBS, History, Discovery and A&E; taught film in the Boston area at Emerson, BU, The Museum School, and Endicott; in New York at Brooklyn College, Hunter and NYU; and on the West Coast at Cal Arts.

Co-Producer, Director, Videographer, Co-Editor

Dennis Lanson


George Gmelch, Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco, first did field research in rural Newfoundland in the early 1970s. During the past six years he has been working as part of a large interdisciplinary team based at Memorial University of Newfoundland looking at mobile work and community change.  He teaches ethnographic film, has been the subject of an acclaimed documentary film in Ireland, is the author of 14 books, and has written widely for general audiences.

Co-Producer, Researcher, Interviews

George Gmelch


Andrew Lincoln, a graduate from UC Davis in anthropology. He is an award-winning photographer who specializes in photographing culture, nature and agriculture. He has accompanied Gmelch to the field over the last three summers and is responsible for the project's still and drone photography.

Photography and Drone videography

Andrew Lincoln


Diane Royal, a graduate student in anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a researcher and handles logistics for the film project.

Researcher and Logistics

Diane Royal


Ian McGuire is a former student of Lanson's, and currently a professional editor on a range of documentary and corporate projects.


Ian McGuire


Maria Delgado is an international studies , film studies, and cultural anthropology student at the University of San Francisco. She is a Production Assistant for the project, helping with fundraising and networking, as well as co-editing digital stories and promotional trailers.

Production Assistant

Maria Delgado

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Ashwini Shridhar is an International and Development Economics student at the University of San Francisco. She is helping with promotional materials for the project and fundraising, building websites, and managing social media.

Social Media Assistant

Ashwini Shridhar