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Margaret Mitchell: Behind the Scenes

Pamela Roberts, Executive Producer, Director and Writer

Pamela Roberts is an award-winning documentary filmmaker at GPB. She received an Emmy in 2010 for her look at child abuse in “The Road Beyond Abuse,” narrated by Jane Fonda. She examined inner city education in "Defying the Odds," which aired on PBS and was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle as well as "Best of Television" by the Society of Professional Journalists. Roberts also won an Emmy Award for her historical documentary set in 19th century Savannah: "Andrew Low: A Savannah Story."

But Roberts’ first love is the arts, and from 2008 to 2009 she won three Emmy’s for her portrayal of Georgia artists within the series “State of the Arts” which she produced, wrote and directed for GPB. Upon learning of Gone With the Wind’s 75th anniversary in 2011, Roberts decided to focus on its famous author, Margaret Mitchell: “When I discovered the incredible story of Margaret Mitchell, I knew she deserved much more than a segment within an arts show. She was captivating and complex. She took chances every day of her life, and she changed the world with her one book, Gone With the Wind.

Before coming to GPB Roberts produced programs for Turner Broadcasting in the "Portrait of America" series. As an independent producer she produced and directed two documentaries which aired on PBS: "Seeds of Survival," and "The Land of Cool Sun.” She has also written and directed dramatizations for shows that aired nationally on NBC, including "Angels: The Mysterious Messengers" and "Ancient Prophecies".

Kathy White/Director for Dramatic Reenactments

Before joining the Margaret Mitchell project Kathy White was a director, producer and writer for Public Broadcasting documentary films. For NOVA she produced programs on computer espionage, physics, astrophysics, conservation, paleontology, and wildlife. She directed the reenactments for the first ever PBS series about dinosaurs, and the American Experience film on Ulysses S. Grant. White wrote, directed and edited New Shepherds of the Farm, which explores the current crisis on American animal farms. She received film awards from the New York Film Festival, the British Broadcasting Corporation, National Science Foundation, the Park Foundation, and the Sloan Foundation. Her film productions have taken her to Russia, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Netherlands, and the Arctic Circle.

Charlene Fisk, Videographer/Editor

AKA "Charlie" on set, is an award winning Videographer/Editor. She began her career at a small PBS Station in upstate NY 13 years ago. She has since worked in commercial, non-profit and network television. Her credits extend from MTV's Sketch Show to The Newshour on PBS. Charlie has won numerous Regional Emmy awards for her work on Arts and Documentary programming including an Emmy for best documentary in 2010.

"I enjoy the full gamut of media but my true love is educational and social documentary. The Margaret Mitchell project is both of these. We look at an author like no one has ever done before, dissecting the truth of a generation which unites us all. American Rebel is the exploration of the spirit of one woman and one momentous novel."

Kevan Ward, Director of Photography

Kevan Ward trained as an actor and has a passion for creating dramatic images as a director of photography. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he supervised the television studio at West Georgia College and spent the early years of his career in advertising and shooting news as a videographer. Ward has worked on everything from children’s shows to experimental films and was director of photography for “The Seasoned Traveler” on PBS. A recent arrival to GPB, he edits as well as shoots and is also an accomplished still photographer.

Ward worked closely with director Kathy White to create the special look of the dramatic reenactments for the Margaret Mitchell documentary. "Immersing ourselves in Margaret's world for the reenactments has been both a thrill and a challenge - trying to create images that feel like memory, but with an eye always to this very exacting level of detail. It's been a long and exciting journey, one I hope viewers will enjoy taking just as much as we have."