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Key Production Personnel

Allie Light and Irving Saraf, Key Advisors, credits include the 1991 Academy Award Winning documentary In The Shadow Of The Stars and Emmy Award winning Dialogues With Madwomen and their most film recent Blind Spot; Women Who Murder.

Vivien Hillgrove, Consulting Editor, experienced as picture and sound editor for 25 years.  Vivien's numerous documentary credits include Senorita Extraviada, First Person Plural, The Devil Never Sleeps, Tell Me A Riddle, Corpus: A Home Movie For Selena and Broken Rainbow, 1985 Academy Award, Best Feature Documentary. Among her feature film credits are Henry and June, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Blue Velvet and sound editor for Amadeus, 1984 Academy Award, Best Picture.  Vivien is a reunited birthmother.

Witt Monts, Cinematographer, shot the stills for the film.  His credits include Rabbit In The Moon, 1999 Sundance co-winner for documentary cinematography; Tell The Truth and Run: George Seldes and The American Press, 1997 Academy Award nominee; KPFA: On The Air, P.O.V. Series 2000; and Wallace Stegner: A Writer's Life.

Mary Watkins, Composer, since 1972, Mary has received many fellowships and commissions for her musical compositions including National Endowment for the Arts Grant 1981 and California Arts Council Artist in Residence 1991/92.  Her original scores for documentaries include Ethnic Notions, Emmy Award 1986 and the Oscar nominated documentaries Freedom On My Mind, Complaints Of A Dutiful Daughter and Straight From The Heart, 1994.  Mary is a reunited adoptee.

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Post Production Personnel

Barbara Fumea
Laurie Scott

Offline Facility
San Francisco State University
Media Access

Avid Offline
Bay Area Video Coalition
Mill Valley Film Group

Avid Advisors
Mark Faulkner
Shirley Gutierrez

Avid Assistant
Jessica Sison

Production Assistant
Donna Sue Jahier

Transfer to Digital Betacam
American Zoetrope

Music Recording
Conscious Sound Productions

Online Editor
Ed Rudolph
Video Arts

Sound Editor
Ethan Derner
American Zoetrope

Re-recording Mixer
Jim McKee
Earwax Productions, Inc.

Sound Restoration
Andrew Roth

Denise Castellucci
Sheila Ganz

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Adoption Advisory Council

Janine Baer, MA, reunited adoptee and author of Growing in the Dark.   Janine is founder/editor of Chain of Life, a feminist adoption reform and child welfare newsletter.  For many years, Janine was editor of the newsletter for Post Adoption Center for Education & Research, a San Francisco Bay Area adoption support network.

Annette Baran, MSW, adoption consultant, public speaker and co-author of the landmark book, The Adoption Triangle: Sealed or Open Records: How they affect adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents, 1978; and, Lethal Secrets, 1990, about donor insemination.

Stephanie Gleason, Chinese American reunited adoptee and birthmother of a daughter.  Stephanie opened a closed adoption when her daughter was a minor. She has a good relationship with her daughter and her daughter’s adoptive parents.

Joan Thornton, RScP, reunited birthmother.  Joan has been facilitating an adoption triangle support group for the past eight years and is an activist for California adult adoptee civil rights.

Reuben Pannor, MSW, adoption consultant, public speaker and co-author of the landmark book, The Adoption Triangle: Sealed or Open Records: How they affect adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents, 1978; and, Lethal Secrets, 1990, on donor insemination.

Rickie Solinger, PhD, historian, feminist and author.  Her books include: Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade, 1992 and Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood is Not a Class Privilege in America, 2001.  Adoption is not part of Rickie's personal experience.  She provides an "outsider's" perspective.

Nancy Verrier, MA, adoptive and biological mother.  Nancy is a therapist, international lecturer and author of The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child, 1993; Coming Home to Self, 2003.

Written feedback from adoption triad members, adoption professionals and the general public at work-in-progress screenings at adoption conferences and support groups around the country have also played an important part in developing the story line of the film.

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Many Thanks to our 620 Generous Donors and Foundations including:

Dr. Robert and Lorraine Baritz
Jeanette Harvey
Kenneth and Lillian Lee
Nu Lambda Trust
The L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation
The Varian Foundation

The Lois and Irving Blum Foundation, Inc.
Denise and John Castellucci
The Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund
Tracy Duvivier Gary
The Fred Gellert Foundation
John and Joann Guillory
Susanna & Helmut Epp
Patricia Hovinen

Merrill Clarke Hunn
James and Eileen McAlister
Ruth Ottman
Don and Kathleen Sokolik
The Luster Family Fund
Post Adoption Center for Education & Research

American Adoption Congress
Friedman Fund of the Tides Foundation
Julie Kobus

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