BLOODLINES: Technology Hits Home
premieres nationally on PBS Tuesday, June 10th at 9p.m. (check local listings)
BLOODLINES: Technology Hits Home A PBS documentary with partial
funding from the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues of the U.S. Department
of Energy Human Genome Program.
About the Filmmakers
Director, Noel Schwerin has been making documentaries for twenty
years. Her prize-winning, two-hour PBS special, A Question of Genes won
numerous awards, including the first-prize CLARION Award from the Association
of Women in Communications, the CINE Gold Eagle and a special citation
in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s “Public Broadcasting's Services
to Minorities and Other Groups.” Schwerin wrote, produced, and directed
the PBS documentary, Just Passing Through, and, at NOVA where she
worked for six years, co-directed Yellowstone’s Burning Question,
and worked on such award-winning films as So You Want to Be a Doctor?, The
Big Spill, Freud Under Analysis, and the series, The Secret
of Life. A graduate of Yale University, Schwerin has also worked for
the Carnegie Corporation, ABC and CBS News, and a number of independent
production companies. Schwerin has lectured about genetics and ethics at
the Stanford University Medical School and at programs like UC Berkeley's Issues
in Health and Medicine Program.
Elfstrom and Mark Rublee have been Directors of Photography
for countless award-winning programs. Elfstrom has been DP on documentaries
and feature films, including Emmy-winning programs (PBS’ Finding Lucy, Race
For The Superconductor, NBC’s Lifeline Series) and National
Geographic’s Vietnam: Pictures From The Other Side, NOVA’s Building
Big Series, and FRONTLINE’s Merchants of Cool. Rublee has
been DP on many FRONTLINEs and NOVAs, including the Emmy-winning Siamese
Twins, What’s Up with the Weather?, Breast Implants on
Trial and State Lotteries. He was Cameraman for the award-winning
PBS Special, A Question of Genes, and for the Emmy-winning Don’t
Dance With Death.
Editor Josh Peterson has
edited many documentaries, including The Nobel: Visions of Our Century, Baby,
It’s You, a Sundance Film Festival Selection, ABC’s Teens, Coming
to Light, The Story of Fathers and Sons and The Double Life
of Ernesto Gomez Gomez.
Boekelheide has scored feature films, including Dim Sum and Nina
Takes a Lover as well as many documentaries, including PBS’ Regret
To Inform and Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution. His
score for Kids of Survival won an Emmy and he won an Academy Award
for the rerecording mix of Amadeus.
Backbone Media is a nonprofit independent
production company founded by Noel Schwerin in 1998. Specializing in documentaries
about how people make sense of science, history, technology and the law,
Backbone Media is committed to engaging and educating the public in new
and thought-provoking ways.