in 1991 as Etoile Productions, the Etoile Documentary Group is a
Boston-based film production company committed to serious
international programs, primarily aimed at a PBS audience. The
production unit is comprised of professionals with the collective
experience of approximately 200 years.
of the Etoile productions have been broadcast on WGBH, while these
and others have been broadcast nationally and internationally
(Ireland, China, Holland, etc.), as well as at UNESCO in
Paris. Several of these productions have been awarded a
regional Emmy for "Outstanding Documentary." The
documentary Prelude to Kosovo has toured the United States
and Europe as part of the D.C./Belgium Common Ground series.
Most of these films have also been shown nationally and
internationally as an integral part of lectures, social justice
programs, conflict resolution series, and peace-oriented conferences
John J. Michalczyk: Professor/Co-Director of Film Studies and
current Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Boston College, he is
also a documentary film producer since 1991 and founder of Etoile
Productions. He has produced and directed twelve documentaries as
well as scripted eight of them. Several have received regional
Emmy awards among other distinctions.
Goudreau: Cameraman/editor/associate producer, he has an
international reputation, having filmed in approximately fifteen
countries. Besides being an original member of the Etoile
Production crew, he has worked closely with other production
companies such as the Longbow Group and Cambridge Television
Productions, among others. He is also Director/Producer of The
War of Art: Murals of Northern Ireland (2003).
Meyer: Professor of photography at Boston College, he has worked
in the area of film and photography for more than thirty
years. With Florentine Productions, he worked as Sound
Recordist for Ken Burns' Civil Wars, Baseball, and a
few other shorter documentaries. His photography has been
exhibited widely, most recently at UNESCO in Paris. For Etoile,
he serves in the capacity of Sound Recordist, Still Photographer,
and Associate Director.
D. Chandler, III: Field Producer for Etoile documentaries
in Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Israel, he comes from a
background of history and journalism. In the last part of the
conflict resolution series he has also been a key asset with respect
to research and Pre-Production.
Raymond Helmick, SJ: An international scholar, teacher,
and writer, he has been in peace studies and conflict resolution
since the early 1970's, and helped negotiate in the Northern Ireland
Hunger Strikes at the Maze Prison. He has interviewed Yasser
Arafat on occasion and has been in direct correspondence with him
and other international figures over the past twenty years. He
has been on two missions with Rev. Jesse Jackson, to free the US
prisoners in the Balkans and most recently to serve as an
intermediary in the MidEast conflict. He is most
responsible for the research and content of the productions.
Rodney Petersen: Executive Director of the Boston Theological
Institute (9 Boston colleges, seminaries, and universities -
Harvard, BU, BC, Andover-Newton, etc), he has helped provide the
physical planning for the crew's study trips from Northern Ireland
to the MidEast. He, along with Rev. Helmick, serve as
Executive Producers of the conflict resolution series (Northern
Ireland, Balkans, South Africa, Israel).
Booth: Veteran journalist and television commentator for
ABC/Hearst/WCVB television, he has written the South Africa and
Will Lyman (3x), Paul Horn, Brian O'Donovan (2x), Studs Terkel,
Donald Winning, Chris Claussen, Wren Ross
Kleiderer: He has worked in refugee camps and completed a degree
at Notre Dame in Peace Studies. He was responsible for
additional sound and camera, as well as consulting on the
Marsh: Boston College, responsible for archival and
bibliographical research. In the earlier productions he was an
Herson: From Northern Ireland, she served as a key
resource (field locations, interviewer, bibliography) for several
Northern Ireland productions.
Shafei: Of Palestinian heritage, he served as additional
camera and assistant field producer for the Israeli-Palestinian