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" aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s (OPB) primary service on Monday, January 11, 2021.

  • 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