A new documentary by Paul Lamont & Scott Sackett
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attempts to take their land to build Kinzua Dam, the Seneca people stand up to the government and prevailing political forces of the 1950s and 60s to save their culture, their sovereignty, and their way of life to preserve their future. This film explores the history of Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and its impact on the Seneca Nation. Completed in 1965, it was originally proposed to help mitigate flooding in the City of Pittsburgh—200 miles downriver, but the 27-mile reservoir that formed behind it inundated vast tracts of the Seneca Indians’ ancestral lands, forcing their removal in breach of the United States’ oldest treaty still in effect.
Lake of Betrayal looks at the Seneca Nation’s fight to protect its sovereignty against a backdrop of a federal Indian Termination policy, pork-barrel politics, and undisclosed plans for private hydro-power generation. The documentary takes a long view of the imposed changes on the Seneca’s way of life that have led to major economic benefits and irreplaceable cultural losses.
Paul Lamont, Toward Castle Films, LLC
Producer, Writer, Director
Paul Lamont has produced, written and directed numerous documentary films for national and regional PBS including in/word/out, Fading in the Mist, Enduring Faith, Driven to Play, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo, Dangerous Silence, Herbert Hauptman: Portrait of a Laureate, Elbert Hubbard: An American Original and Glorious Battle: The Siege of Fort Erie. He has also worked on other PBS projects including the Emmy Award-winning documentary Honorable Nations. He is a Fellow of the PBS/CPB Producers Academy at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts and spent several years as an independent producer, 10 years as senior producer with PBS station WNED in Buffalo, New York and is again producing independently. Critics have called his work “masterful” and “works of art” with “insightful historical analysis” and “impressive direction.” He has been included in Who’s Who in the Media and Communications and Who’s Who in the East and has been recognized for his work with multiple Emmy nominations as well as awards from the CINE Awards, the Gabriel Awards, the Proclaim Awards, the Columbus Film Festival, The Chicago International Film Festival, The Silver State Documentary Film Festival, and the U.S. International Film Festival as well as several other national and international industry awards. Lamont is currently in production on the documentary film The Songpoet about Greenwich Village musician Eric Andersen.
Scott Sackett, Skipping Stone Pictures, Ltd.
Scott Sackett is a 20-year veteran of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and a collaborative partner of Toward Castle Films and the non-profit Center for Independent Documentary. Over the course of his career, he has written and produced cultural and educational programming for national and international radio and television audiences. Between 1991 and 2006, he was a member of the on-air staff at WNED/PBS in Buffalo. Among his credits are producer and program host of WNED-FM’s Morning Classics, the station’s top rated radio program; co-host and feature producer for National Public Radio’s live national broadcast of Messiah; and associate producer of the Public Radio International series Music from Chautauqua. His first foray into filmmaking was in 2004 when he produced a documentary about the Joann Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. In 2006, he founded Skipping Stone Pictures. Recent PBS production credits include Elbert Hubbard: An American Original and Glorious Battle: The Siege of Fort Erie. He is currently collaborating with Paul Lamont on several films including The Songpoet, a documentary about singer-songwriter Eric Andersen due for release in 2015.
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