Voices from the Barrens - Crew


Nancy Ghertner, Director and Producer

Nancy Ghertner is a visual artist and filmmaker working in both experimental and documentary films. Formerly on the faculty of Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Film and Animation, her 2011 feature documentary, “After I Pick the Fruit,” was screened at various film festivals and received a “Honorary“ award at Southern Appalachian International Film Festival and Honorable Mention at the International Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality. The film toured extensively at college, community, church and governmental organizational screenings and was part of course curriculum for migration subject matter. Nancy was a producer and cinematographer with W. Keith McManus of “330 Miles to Justice,” which documents the 2003 Farmworker’s March from Seneca Falls to Albany. Other documentary projects include In Our Own Backyard: The Hidden Realities of Women Farmworkers, Mother Rabbit Watching and Across Cultures, which won a Videography Award for documenting community cultures. Ms. Ghertner is active in human rights organizations in New York State, where she advocates for immigrant rights, farmworker justice, and women’s rights.

Cathleen (Cat) Ashworth, Story Editor

Cat Ashworth has been creating video artworks, documentaries, and educational programs for over twenty-five years. Recently she directed the Iroquois Creation Story (2015), which is a 17- minute film that combines animation and dance to tell the ancient story of how are world came to be according to the Haudenosaunee. The Iroquois Creation Story has won many awards including Best Animation in the 2015 Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. The film is permanently displayed at the Seneca Art and Cultural Center in Victor, NY. In 2006 she directed a feature length documentary, The Oldest Mother on the Block, which examined the use of assisted reproductive technology to enabled older women to have children. The Oldest Mother on the Block won best documentary in the Ohio Independent Film Festival.

Brian Francis, Director Canadian Unit

Experienced as a Producer, Director and writer, Brian J. Francis has been involved in the development of an Aboriginal Television production called Eastern Tide, an anthology series based on the life and times of Atlantic Canada’s Mi’kmaq people. In production for three seasons, Eastern Tide has proven to be a much-welcomed addition to the line up on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy Historical and Cultural Consultant

Donald Soctomah is an accomplished Native American author, filmmaker, historian and politician. He serves as the tribal historic preservation officer for the Passamaquoddy Tribe in eastern Maine. In this capacity he works with the Maine, United States and Canadian governments on the protection of culturally significant sites, artifacts and knowledge of his people – the Passamaquoddy. Books by Donald include: Remember Me, Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt; A Visit to Our Ancestors Place; Save the Land for the Children, 1900-1850 Passamaquoddy Tribal Life and Times in Maine and New Brunswick; Passamaquoddy at the turn of the Century, 1880-1920.

Donald has given of his time and knowledge to help create a background for the cultural significance of the blueberry and the migration to harvest the blueberry for the Wabanaki Peoples.



  • Drew Ganyer, Cinematographer USA Unit, 2016
  • Vanessa Ward, Cinematographer, 2014
  • Vicky Meijia Yepes, Audio specialist USA Unit, 2014 & 2016
  • Noelle Evans, Assistant Director, USA Unit, 2016
  • Zoe Ghertner, Still photographer and 16mm film, 2016
  • Steven Baldi, Still photographer and 16mm film assistant, 2016
  • Scott Francis, Sound assistant and Still photographer, USA Unit, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Camille Howard, Production Assistant, 2017
  • Rocklyn Warren, Nova Media, Cinematographer Canadian Unit, 2016 & 2018
  • David Stuart, Audio Recorder, Canadian Unit, 2016 & 2018
  • Dan Britton, Audio Recorder, Canadian Unit, 2016