The People: Filmmakers

Nancy Kelly & Kenji Yamamoto RebelsWithACause_SethAffoumado18 credit photographerNancy Kelly (Writer/Director/Producer)

Nancy Kelly has been making independent fiction and non-fiction films for more than twenty-five years. Nancy directed and produced a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: TRUST: SECOND ACTS IN YOUNG LIVES, about an 18-year-old Honduran teen whose traumatic life story is unveiled in a daring original play; SMITTEN, about art collector Rene di Rosa; and DOWNSIDE UP, an hour-long documentary about the beginning of America’s largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA. Nancy also developed, produced, and directed THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper, a narrative feature about a Chinese woman sold into slavery during the California Gold Rush. Nancy has also directed the award-winning documentary shorts: COWGIRLS and, SWEEPING OCEAN VIEWS and co-directed A COWHAND’S SONG.

Kenji Yamamoto (Editor/Producer)

In addition to his work as Producer and Editor of all of the above-mentioned Kelly + Yamamoto Productions, Kenji has also edited the acclaimed documentaries NEW MUSLIM COOL directed by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor and THIRST, directed by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman. He is currently editing GRACE, produced and directed by Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman. Nancy and Kenji are married.

Nancy-Dobbs-2010KRCB North Bay Public Media (Nancy Dobbs, President and CEO)

KRCB TV, Channel 22, has been the local PBS station in Sonoma County for 24 years, supplying quality broadcasting to the viewing public. KRCB has produced or co-produced a number of programs with this philosophy in mind, including the multiple Emmy Award winning NATURAL HEROES, a nationally aired series on the environment featuring local people working to create change in their own communities, with production support coming in part from Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Sierra Club.  KRCB has also produced short, interstitial length programs on local history (EXPRESSIONS) and on the local environment (BAY NATURE ON THE AIR) in conjunction with Bay Nature Magazine.