The Roots of California Photography was produced for the Monterey Museum of Art in 2001. It includes archival footage of Ansel Adams, Cole Weston and Brett Weston, as well as contemporary interviews with other exceptional California photographers.
Roots was narrated by Jack Lemmon, one of the last films he was involved with before his death in 2001. He graciously donated hist talent because of his love for the Monterey Peninsula.
The script was written by art critic and author Steve Hauk. Original music by John Harris
First off, I need to apologize for the film’s visual quality, particularly because it features large negative images produced by some of the world’s best photographers. Although shot in Super16 film, it was mastered in 4x3 BetaSP because we didn’t have the budget for DigiBeta, which was prohibitively expensive at the time. Unfortunately the original film negative was lost in a flooded storage unit..