Lucy Ostrander, an award–winning documentary filmmaker began to receive accolades for her work with her Masters' thesis from Stanford University, WITNESS TO REVOLUTION: THE STORY OF ANNA LOUISE STRONG. In producing the film, she became the first American student to work with the China Film Co–Production Corporation. The film received a national PBS broadcast, and won a Student Academy Award, the Nissan Focus Award and a CINE Golden Eagle. In 2005 she was a recipient of Washington State's Artist Trust Fellowship. Over the course of 25 years, her documentaries have focused primarily on Northwest history and include EAST OF OCCIDENTAL, HOME FROM THE EASTERN SEA, FINDING THEA, THE RED PINES, ISLAND ROOTS, and FUMIKO HAYASHIDA: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE SYMBOL.
Don Sellers has worked as a documentary film producer, director, director of photography, editor, and writer. Documentaries range from nationally broadcast major PBS series, to feature length, to local broadcast. Producer credits range from historical documentaries to docudrama. Have shot in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America covering topics as diverse as meetings between Afrikaners and the ANC in West Africa, horse racing in upstate New York, papal masses at the Vatican, and murder investigations in Miami. Have edited many hour-long Frontlines for PBS, and many documentaries on Pacific Northwest history. Have taught film writing and production as a guest lecturer at Stanford University. His latest films include The Revolutionary, a 92-minute documentary feature on the only American citizen to join the Chinese Communist Party and Honor & Sacrifice, a 28-minute film on a Japanese American hero who fought with Merrill’s Marauders in World War II.
Within the last several years, Stourwater Pictures completed a trio of documentaries for IslandWood, an environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island. The films, PORT BLAKELY: MEMORIES OF A MILL TOWN, THE RED PINES and ISLAND ROOTS depict the cultural history of the Native and immigrant communities on Bainbridge Island and their relationship to the land. The three films received local PBS broadcasts.
Our film FUMIKO HAYASHIDA: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE SYMBOL was broadcast on PBS throughout the Pacific Northwest in 2010, and screened at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the D.C. Asian American Film Festival, the Port Townsend Film Festival, the Tacoma Film Festival, and the Gig Harbor Film Festival.
Stourwater recently finished a feature-length documentary titled THE REVOLUTIONARY, a biographical film of Sidney Rittenberg, an American who became a member of the Chinese Communist Party and spent 34 years in the PRC. You can see a short trailer by clicking here. Our latest work, HONOR & SACRIFICE just won the BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY award at the Port Townsend Film Festival.