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Kelly+Yamamoto Productions
Nancy Kelly, Writer, Producer, Director and Kenji Yamamoto, Producer, Editor

Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto made Smitten, a documentary thatenters the world of Napa Valley’s Rene di Rosa, an unusual art collector whose goal is neither about interior decorating nor increasing social status, but about the pure joy of discovery. Smitten was made in partnership with KRCB public television with support from ITVS and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Smitten won several film festival awards and has aired repeatedly as a PBS Primetime Special. In 2009, Smittenwill launch on iTunes.

Nancy and Kenji made the hour-long documentary, Downside UP, which aired on the PBS Independent Lens series. Downside UPis a first-person story about America’s largest museum of contemporary art (MASS MoCA), which opened in the abandoned Massachusetts factory where Kelly’s grandparents and parents once worked. Downside UP explores whether something as ephemeral as contemporary art can breathe life into a dying city.

Nancy and Kenji also made the critically acclaimed American Playhouse Theatrical film Thousand Pieces of Gold, which showed at many international film festivals and was theatrically released in the US and Europe. It aired on the PBS American Playhouse series, was broadcast worldwide, and is on Netflix. Nancy also produced and directed the documentaries Cowgirls: Portraits of American Ranch Women; A Cowhand's Song: Crisis on the Range; and Sweeping Ocean Views.

Kenji has edited a number of documentaries, including: New Muslim Cool, produced and directed by Jennifer Taylor; Immigration Calculations, a KQED production produced by Jennifer Taylor and Sheraz Sadiq; the DVD extras for the HBO series Deadwood, produced and directed byDavid Schwarz; and Thirst,anhour-long documentary that aired on the PBS P.O.V. series, produced and directed by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

The Team

Nancy Dobbs, KRCB President & CEO
Nancy Kelly, Director, Producer, Writer
Kenji Yamamoto, Editor and Producer
Stan Marvin, KRCB Program Director

California Stories:
California Council for the Humanities
in partnership with the Skirball Foundation
Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
LEF Foundation
California Coastal Commission Whale Trails Grant Program
Audubon Canyon Ranch
Marin Community Foundation
Nu Lambda Trust
Pohaku Fund
Fred Gellert Family Foundation
Robert Praetzel


Phyllis Faber (co-founder, Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Doug Ferguson (Mill Valley attorney and long-time activist), Gary Giacomini (former Marin County Supervisor), Martin Griffin (co-founder, Audubon Canyon Ranch), Huey Johnson (founder, Resource Renewal Institute and the Trust for Public Land), Don Neubacher (Superintendent, Point Reyes National Seashore), Brian O’Neill (Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area) and Martin Rosen (former President, the Trust for Public Land).


Robert Berner, Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Sue Conley, Cowgirl Creamery
Dr. Martin Griffin, Author
Ralph Grossi
John Hart, Author
Charles McGlashan, Marin County Board of Supervisors
Elisabeth Ptak, Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Michael Straus, Straus Communications

Rural California Broadcasting
PBS & NPR affiliate for the North Bay
5850 Labath Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Photography ©Kelly+Yamamoto Productions. Photo: Lou Weinert
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