Big Dreams in Umatilla

Jan. 4, 2021  :  With Blue Chalk Media
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About the Project

Kids who grow up in the poorest communities throughout America are surrounded by limits. Money is tight. Work is scarce. Education is poor. And college? That’s just a dream. At first glance, Umatilla, Oregon, fits this stereotypical profile. But, look a little closer, and you’ll find a school superintendent who refuses to see limits, a community that invests in its schools, and kids who excel when given the opportunity. This is a story about a robotics team and how it united a town and taught its kids they could and should reach for the stars. 

"Big Dreams in Umatilla" airs on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s (OPB) primary service on Monday, January 11, 2021, with a repeat on Wednesday, January 13, at 8 pm on OPB Plus. It will also be available to stream nationwide on the PBS App and

  • Rob Finch, Director / Additional Camera
  • Julianne Parker, Producer / Additional Camera
  • Natalie Taylor,, Producer / Additional Camera
  • Jason Greene, Director of Photography
  • Greg Moyer, Executive Producer
  • Pam Huling, Executive Producer
  • Sebastian Weinberg, Post-Production Manager
  • Amy Polansky, Post-Production Manager
  • Dak Van Vranken, Original Music
  • Conner Lee, Graphics
  • Miró Merrill, Graphics
  • Maria Kjellstrand, Assistant Editor
  • Kashi Hall, Color
  • Team Confidential, 4125, Archival Footage
  • Jamie Francis, Additional Camera
  • Umatilla School District and the people of Umatilla, Special Thanks
  • Sarah Nathan, Additional Camera
  • Tess White and Jesse, Special Thanks
Services Provided
  • Casting
  • Creative Development
  • Original Cinematography
  • Original Graphic Design
  • Original Music Composition
  • Original Sound Design
  • Original Still Photography
  • Post-Production
  • Pre-Production