Abouth the Filmmakers
Since 1986, Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin have produced documentaries for public television on topics from peace and human health to environmental and social issues. They spent over 5 years in various seasons producing “How Can I Keep on Singing?” The film won a Production Excellence Award from Women in Film/Seattle, was nominated for the Northwest Emmy’s, and was broadcast around the country on PBS stations in 2003. Their latest film, released in 2008, is Good Food: Sustainable Food and Farming in the Pacific Northwest.Associate producers:
Tracey Jack. A member of the Penticton Indian Band in British Columbia, Jack has produced several television programs, including Our Walk with the Land, Settling the Okanagan, Forbidden Culture, Crying in the Dark, REZcovery, and Magic on the Water. Director of the Indigenous Arts Service Organization at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, Jack is Native Affairs Correspondent for CHBC, and for the CBC’s Radio one.
Georgene Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is the granddaughter of Washington pioneers. She and her husband still farm the land in the Okanogan that her grandparents settled in 1889. Active in the Okanogan County Historical Society, Fitzgerald has written a comprehensive family history that includes many primary source materials such as letters and journal entries.Writers:
Jana Harris. Harris won the Washington Governor’s Writer’s Award for her book of prose poems, Oh How Can I Keep on Singing? which first inspired the film. [Published by Ontario Review Press, and distributed by W. W. Norton.] Harris raises horses on a Washington ranch and teaches creative writing at the University of Washington. She has written several other novels and collections of poetry, including We Never Speak of It and The Dust of Everyday Life.
Jeannette Armstrong. Armstrong received her Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and teaches writing at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton. She has written several novels, including Slash and Whispering in Shadows, and has edited collections of indigenous writing. The film includes selections from her volume of poetry, Breath Tracks, published by Williams-Wallace / Theytus Books.
Mourning Dove. A Colville woman who lived from 1888 to 1936, Mourning Dove published a novel, a book of traditional tales, and (posthumously) Mourning Dove: A Salishan Autobiography, edited by Jay Miller, University of Nebraska Press, from which the selection in the film is drawn.
Suzanne Lebsock. A university professor who specializes in 19th-century women’s history, Lebsock won a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and wrote The Free Women of Petersburg, and A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial.Music:
Jami Sieber. A nationally known cellist and composer who has toured extensively with Ferron and Rhiannon, Sieber performed at the re-opening of the Uffizi gallery in Florence. Her albums include Lush Mechanique, Second Sight, Hidden Sky, Only Breath and Unspoken.
Historical still photography:
Frank Matsura. Japanese photographer Matsura lived in Central Washington in the early 20th century. His work has preserved many vivid images of the people of this late frontier. The Okanogan County Historical Society has an extensive collection of his photographs.