Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania was a flashpoint in history for the Seneca Nation of Indians. Completed in 1965, the dam was originally proposed to help mitigate flooding in Pittsburgh, almost 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 then in effect. Set against a backdrop of a federal Indian termination policy, pork-barrel politics, and undisclosed plans for private hydropower, Lake of Betrayal reveals an untold story from American history—a one-sided battle pitting an impoverished Native American nation against some of the strongest political, social and commercial forces in the country as they fought to protect their lands and way of life. And although the Seneca suffered irreplaceable cultural losses, the Kinzua crisis became a turning point to more aggressively protect and exercise their sovereignty and build a stronger Seneca Nation.
Paul Lamont, Writer/Director, 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. His films have been screened at festivals and institutions around the country including 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 at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Paley Center for Media in New York City and Los Angeles; the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York; the Dallas Center for Architecture in Dallas, Texas and the Bascom Center for Visual Arts in Highland, North Carolina. He has been recognized for his work with multiple Emmy nominations as well as awards from the CINE Awards, the Gabriel Awards, the Proclaim Awards and several other national and international industry awards. He is a Fellow of the PBS/CPB Producers Academy at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts.
Scott Sackett, Writer/Producer, Scott Sackett is a filmmaker and radio producer with a 25-year history in the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He has written and produced for national PBS, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and the member stations of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (WNED|WBFO). He currently serves as the lead reporter for the Arts and Culture Desk on NPR station WBFO, Buffalo and as a classical music producer and program host on WNED-FM. He is the founder of Skipping Stone Pictures and a collaborative partner in the Toward Castle Films production group. Current co-productions include Arts and Culture Desk stories for WBFO and the forthcoming film about singer-songwriter Eric Andersen entitled The Songpoet.
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