Who We Are
Making history – natural, cultural, and military – come alive is our passion. For more than 20 years, the producers of Great Divide Pictures have been creating award-winning historical programs and natural history films for Discovery Channel, History Channel, Home and Garden TV, and the National Park Service. Some of our credits include:
- Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy (2008), National Association of Interpretation Winner of Best Long Form Video; American Indian Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
- Gulf Islands: Stories of Survival (2008), National Park Service
- The Saint Croix: A Northwoods Journey (2007), National Park Service
- Ninety Six: Crossroads of a Revolution (2010), National Park Service
- How the West Was Lost (1991-5), 13-hours for Discovery Channel
- Our Time in Hell: the Korean War (1998), 2-hour Discovery Channel
- Godspeed, John Glenn (1999), Discovery Channel
- Life After Katrina (2005), HGTV
- Warriors (2008-9), 10-part series for History Channel
From large-scale battle reenactments, to pristine programs of natural history, to films that provide sensitive insights into little-known cultures, Great Divide’s documentaries share this in common: they interpret, enlighten, entertain and explain.
Since 1998, Great Divide Pictures has produced two dozen Visitor Center films for a diverse collection of National Park sites. Our goals are to create engaging stories accompanied by fine imagery and sophisticated sound. At the core of our films beats an interpretive “heart” – one that delivers meaning and substance for the park visitor. Our films help them to understand this place, this event, this park – and its place in our nation’s larger story. Our NPS films have been met with critical acclaim both within the agency and by our peers. Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy has been honored with multiple awards, but the ultimate compliment comes from Glen Livermont, superintendent of Pipestone National Monument.
“Great Divide quickly grasped the spiritual sensitivity of the pipestone story,” Glen says, “and treated it with respect, a personal attribute I highly regarded, which developed a level of trust they consistently lived up to. I am extremely satisfied with the final film.”
In addition to films for the National Park Service, Great Divide also produces films for broadcast. How the West Was Lost was a 13-hour series that told stories of the American West through the lens of its native peoples. The Chicago Tribune wrote it was “as good as (Ken Burns’) The Civil War, but without the celebrity voiceovers.” Our Time in Hell; the Korean War combined rare archival footage with compelling on camera interviews from combatants on both sides. The result was a raw, gripping, and emotional look at America’s “Forgotten War.” The Denver Post wrote, “it is an old fashion documentary in the best sense,” and “the definitive documentary on the subject.” Godspeed, John Glenn, narrated by broadcasting legend Walter Cronkite, used interviews with Glenn, his family, and Project Mercury engineers to tell the dramatic story of the Friendship 7. It was honored with the Grand Remi, the top award given by Worldfest Houston.
Producing natural history films is also a passion. In the past, films for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Glacier National Park have captured not only the beauty of the landscapes but the fascinating science and cultures behind these places. Many of our National Park films focus specifically on military history. Thunder in the Ozarks utilized over 200 Civil War reenactors to tell the dramatic story of the Battle of Pea Ridge. The Battle of Moores Creek recreated a rare night battle of the Revolution. The Patriot victory was instrumental in North Carolina becoming the first southern colony to vote for independence. Destiny at Dawn: Life and Death on the Washita used compelling reenactments to chronicle Custer’s dawn attack on a sleeping Cheyenne village.
We could continue to tell you more about Great Divide Pictures, but we prefer to let our documentary work speak for itself. Please enjoy the video clips on the home page of our website.