A Simple Question
In 1992, Laurette Rogers’ 4th grade class asked what they could do save endangered species. It was a simple question that would change their lives. Partnering with ranchers, scientists, and government agencies, this remarkable project has led to the restoration of 30+ miles of riparian habitat for the endangered California freshwater shrimp. In the process, it has catalyzed significant educational innovations by connecting kids with their local watershed – and classrooms with community. Their story serves as testimony to the importance of empowering children to better their world, which in turn transforms us all.
A FILMMAKERS COLLABORATIVE SF PRODUCTION presents the documentary "A SIMPLE QUESTION" written, directed, and produced by KEVIN WHITE and DAVID DONNENFIELD edited by GREG O'TOOLE camera DON STARNES, ELI ADLER, WA HO CHAN, DAVID DONNENFIELD, KEVIN WHITE narrated by PETER COYOTE co-producer JOHN BERGER location audio ROB WEINER, SANDY HAIN, DAVID DONNENFIELD, KEVIN WHITE motion graphics SEAN DANA assistant editor LIZ NORRIS production coordinators MARNIE BERRINGER and LIZ NORRIS audio post-production SIRIUS SOUND, SHANE WATSON & LEROY CLARK narration recording COMMAND PRODUCTIONS additional camera SLAVA BASOVICH, GREG O'TOOLE, AARON MIHALY archival footage courtesy of NICK NEWS/NICKELODEAN, SEA WORLD BUSCH GARDENS, CLEAN SLATE PRODUCTIONS, BROOKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NOT JUST NEWS/FOX NEWS, SACRAMENTO STATE ASSEMBLY, CABLE MARIN 31, KTVU-TV, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS special thanks THE STRAW TEAM: LAURETTE ROGERS, SANDY NEWMANN, JOHN PARODI, GRANT DAVIS, MARC HOLMES, BRITA DEMPSEY, TINA SWANSON, ANGELA MOSKOW, SHERYL BARBIC, CRYSTAL SANDERS, KATI SCHMIDT, CARLA LANUS, EMILY ALLEN, KATHLEEN BROWN, LEIA GIAMBASTIANI, MELANIE WONG, VANESSA WYANT, JULIE PRICE, MARGARET BUSS, CHILDREN, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND PARENTS OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: BROOKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, DUNHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, HAMILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, LA TERCERA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, LOMA VERDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MARY SILVEIRA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MILLER CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL, OLD ADOBE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; ORGANIZATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES: HAROLD APPLETON, JOSH COLLINS, BILL COX, BRIDGET DORCY, CHARLOTTE EPIFANIO, KATE O'MARA, LIZA PRUNUSKE, GREG REZA, NANCY SCOLARI, LARRY SERPA, SARAH WARNOCK; RANCHERS & DAIRY FARMERS: RITA & MARVIN CARDOZA, PAUL CARDOZA, SALLY & MIKE GALE, JILL, PAUL, & BETSY MARTIN, ALDA & LIBERTO MOTA, SCOTT MURPHY, CATHIE & AL PONCIA, KATHY & JOE TRESCH with appearances by LAURETTE ROGERS, JOHN ELLIOTT, LUCIA COMNES, LARRY SERPA, PAUL MARTIN, NANCY SCOLARI, KERRY MAZZONI, GRANT DAVIS, AL PONCIA, KATHY TRESCH, MARC HOLMES, JOSH SOSA, MICHAELA MARYMOR, JANEA EARLY, RICHARD LOUV, ROGER HART, ANITA BUCKNER, ALEX HOWELL