MAYNARD DIXON (1875-1946) is one of the pre-eminent interpreters of the American Southwest and its peoples. The son of a Confederate Army officer, Dixon was born in Fresno, California (where his father had moved the family in the hopes of starting a new Confederacy) and became enamored with images of the West at an early age. He was a colorful fixture in the bohemian art world of San Francisco, and gained renown as an artist and illustrator. While his style changed radically over the years, his unwavering determination to explore the soul of the Southwest remained steadfast. He remains a true American maverick.
Maynard Dixon

DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965) is responsible for some of the most profound and indelible photographic images of the 20th Century. The daughter of second-generation German immigrants, she was born in Hoboken, NJ. An adventurous spirit, despite the polio that crippled her left foot, Lange’s life was changed forever when a planned trip around the world instead left her stranded in San Francisco. She became a successful portrait photographer before the hard times of the Depression drew her first into the streets then into the heart of rural America to explore the lives of the lost and disenfranchised.
Dorothea Lange

DANIEL RHODES DIXON is the elder child of Dixon and Lange. Dixon overcame a difficult youth to become a successful writer and advertising executive (he was one of the original “Mad Men”, contributing to the iconic Volkswagen campaign of the 1960’s). He has most recently written a history of the ukelele.
Daniel Dixon

TOM ROPELEWSKI (PRODUCER/DIRECTOR) has written and directed for film and television. His credits include "Loverboy", "Madhouse", "Look Who's Talking Now" and "The Next Best Thing". CHILD OF GIANTS is his first documentary. He is married to screenwriter LESLIE DIXON ("Mrs. Doubtfire", "Hairspray"), granddaughter of Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange.

GEORGE PAUL CSICSERY (SUPERVISING PRODUCER) has been a writer and independent filmmaker since 1968. He has directed 27 films--dramatic shorts, performance films and documentaries – including “N is a Number” (1993), “Hard Problems” (2008), “Hungry for Monsters” (2004) and “Where the Heart Roams” (1987). He received the 2009 Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award for bringing mathematics to nonmathematical audiences.

SKIP SWEENEY (CINEMATOGRAPHY) studied theater arts at Santa Clara University before becoming involved in the Bay Area video scene in the late 60s. In 1970, Sweeney founded Video Free America, a San Francisco media arts center and communications nexus, with Arthur Ginsberg. Sweeney's work in video includes abstract image-processing and synthesis, autobiographical documentaries and portraits, and video installations for theater including a version of Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish (1977). Sweeney has also worked in collaboration with Joanna Kelly, producing video dance tapes, video art, and documentaries.

MARTINA NAGEL (EDITOR/SECOND CAMERA) has worked in the UK editing successful music videos for Simon Cowell and over a dozen documentaries for the BBC. She has also been the Director or Photography on five feature films, all of which have been selected for international film festivals.

PAUL DIXON, A.C.E. (SUPERVISING EDITOR) has received four Emmy nominations and the American Cinema Editor’s prestigious Eddy award twice. His credits include "Hill Street Blues", "LA Law", the Emmy-winning "Door to Door" and more recently "The Starter Wife". He also edited the cult favorite "Mallrats". Paul is also the grand-nephew of Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange.

RICHARD CHON (COMPOSER) is a virtuoso violinist and touring musician who has been heard with the Sons of the San Joaquin, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and his own Western Swing band, the Saddle Cats. This is his first film score.

Production in San Francisco