Director/Producer: Jan Selby


Jan Selby is an award-winning independent director and producer and owner of Quiet Island Films, a Minnesota (USA) film and video production company. In 2006, Jan began pursuing her lifelong dream of producing and directing documentary films. She began as a producer, working with director Melody Gilbert to create the feature-length documentary FRITZ: THE WALTER MONDALE STORY (2008). Her first short doc­u­men­tary film, A Cir­cle and Three Lines, fol­lowed the 50-year his­tory of the peace sym­bol. It won a regional Emmy© award, trav­eled to film fes­ti­vals world­wide, was broad­cast on the Minnesota’s PBS sta­tion, and included in the Best Buy video bay at the Walker Art Cen­ter.  Her first feature-length film, Beyond the Divide (for­merly known as 9 Pieces of Peace) inspires dia­logue about what it means to stand for peace. Her second feature, Build­ing the Pink Tower, co-directed and pro­duced with Vina Kay, will reimag­ine schools and learn­ing through the lens of Montes­sori education.


Production Crew

Videographer: Brandon Hamilton

A recent college graduate living in the San Francisco Bay Area (Ken’s shoot was in Sebastopol, California).

Co-Editor: Ben Gottlieb

Ben is a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minnesota).

Original Music: Rodney Tahija

Rodney is a Twin Cities’ musician and composer.

Colorist: Oscar Obozo

Oscar is known as the best colorist in the midwest. He works at Pixel Farm in Minneapolis.

Re-recording Mixer: Jesse Marks

Jesse works his mixing magic at Pixel Farm in Minneapolis.

Technical Advisor: Kevin McKeever

Kevin is a freelance cinematographer, editor and still photographer. His website is

Production Assistant: Sam Sobieck

Sam graduated from St. Catherine’s University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and now works at Sage Communications.

Marketing Assistant: Amira Cohen

Amira graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is currently working at Darn Good Documentaries.

Documentary Muse: Melody Gilbert

Award-winning documentary filmmaker (and Darn Good Documentaries co-founder) Melody Gilbert offered inspiration plus technical and moral support.

I held several rough-cut screenings for fellow filmmakers, family, and friends. Their input and support made this a better film.

Special Thanks to..

Ken and Jan Kolsbun

A. Michele Boutique, Saint Paul MN

Dunn Bros Coffee, Grand Avenue, Saint Paul MN

Minnesota Historical Society and The 1968 Project

The Peace Pavilion, MN State Fair

Rebel Ink Baby, Saint Paul MN

The talented people at Pixel Farm (, Channel Z (, and the ADS Group ( for their support.

Friends and Family who supported me in so many ways:

Amanda Becker
Denise Dzik
David, Daniel, Andrew and Lily Ellis
Lori Fink Garelick
Delle Jacobs
Douglas Lang
Pam Mondale
Jack Probst
Tom Probst
Martha Sandberg
Meera Sury
Adam Belisle
Randal Dietrich
Gabi Fjare
Mark Heitke
Marikay Klein
Steve Miles Milan
Berit Mondale
Jean Probst
Leah Rosenthal
Jill Sandeen
Mark Wollemann
Sandy Date
Camille Edesess
Sally Gagne
Mike Jackson
David Krame
Nick Miller
Addie Phelps
Jenna Probst
Lucia Sandberg
Chris Schunicht
Mariko Yoshimura-Rank

Video and Photo Sources

Amistad Digital Resource
Guardian News and Media
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Ken Kolsbun
Peter Marshall
National Geographic Books
Jack Probst
Spread the Peace
United States Library of Congress