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Kelly+Yamamoto Productions
Nancy Kelly, Writer, Producer, Director and Kenji Yamamoto, Producer, Editor

Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto made Smitten, a documentary thatenters the world of Napa Valley’s Rene di Rosa, an unusual art collector whose goal is neither about interior decorating nor increasing social status, but about the pure joy of discovery. Smitten was made in partnership with KRCB public television with support from ITVS and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Smitten won several film festival awards and has aired repeatedly as a PBS Primetime Special. In 2009, Smittenwill launch on iTunes.

Nancy and Kenji made the hour-long documentary, Downside UP, which aired on the PBS Independent Lens series. Downside UPis a first-person story about America’s largest museum of contemporary art (MASS MoCA), which opened in the abandoned Massachusetts factory where Kelly’s grandparents and parents once worked. Downside UP explores whether something as ephemeral as contemporary art can breathe life into a dying city.

Nancy and Kenji also made the critically acclaimed American Playhouse Theatrical film Thousand Pieces of Gold, which showed at many international film festivals and was theatrically released in the US and Europe. It aired on the PBS American Playhouse series, was broadcast worldwide, and is on Netflix. Nancy also produced and directed the documentaries Cowgirls: Portraits of American Ranch Women; A Cowhand's Song: Crisis on the Range; and Sweeping Ocean Views.

Kenji has edited a number of documentaries, including: New Muslim Cool, produced and directed by Jennifer Taylor; Immigration Calculations, a KQED production produced by Jennifer Taylor and Sheraz Sadiq; the DVD extras for the HBO series Deadwood, produced and directed byDavid Schwarz; and Thirst,anhour-long documentary that aired on the PBS P.O.V. series, produced and directed by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

The Team

Nancy Dobbs, KRCB President & CEO
Nancy Kelly, Director, Producer, Writer
Kenji Yamamoto, Editor and Producer
Stan Marvin, KRCB Program Director

California Stories:
California Council for the Humanities
in partnership with the Skirball Foundation
Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
LEF Foundation
California Coastal Commission Whale Trails Grant Program
Audubon Canyon Ranch
Marin Community Foundation
Nu Lambda Trust
Pohaku Fund
Fred Gellert Family Foundation
Robert Praetzel


Phyllis Faber (co-founder, Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Doug Ferguson (Mill Valley attorney and long-time activist), Gary Giacomini (former Marin County Supervisor), Martin Griffin (co-founder, Audubon Canyon Ranch), Huey Johnson (founder, Resource Renewal Institute and the Trust for Public Land), Don Neubacher (Superintendent, Point Reyes National Seashore), Brian O’Neill (Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area) and Martin Rosen (former President, the Trust for Public Land).


Robert Berner, Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Sue Conley, Cowgirl Creamery
Dr. Martin Griffin, Author
Ralph Grossi
John Hart, Author
Charles McGlashan, Marin County Board of Supervisors
Elisabeth Ptak, Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Michael Straus, Straus Communications

Rural California Broadcasting
PBS & NPR affiliate for the North Bay
5850 Labath Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Photography ©Kelly+Yamamoto Productions. Photo: Lou Weinert

Environmental News

April 22, 2022

Connect the Bay: Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

At Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, garden curator Rachel Spaeth wrangles dedicated student and community volunteers to keep this historic landmark an ongoing center of learning and beauty.
April 08, 2022

Raptor Fest

Master Falconer Kenny Elvin supports a Peregrine Falcon in his gloved hand when he tells us, "Falconry is the art of hunting with raptors."
February 04, 2022

Identifying a Death Cap Mushroom Could Save Your Life

The fungal network in California has been infiltrated by an invasive and fatal species of fungi––the death cap. Learn more here about the key characteristics of the Amanita phalloides mushroom and how to avoid potential poisonings while hunting for mushrooms in Northern California.
February 04, 2022

Hunting for Wintertime Fungi in Sonoma County

When winter rains fall, life that was dormant underground begins to make its appearance. Mushrooms pop up all over our region – from the forest floor to your own backyard! Learn more here about what to look for when hunting for mushrooms.
February 01, 2022

Winter Bird Observing with Birder Alex Cho

While winter may seem hush and dormant, birds fill the season with sounds and activity as many different species visit the Bay Area during their winter migrations to warmer locations. Learn more about what makes our region special for migratory and native birds during winter from a young and avid…
Dec 14, 2021

Water Conservation - Groundwater

While not visible, underground aquifers hold vast amounts of water. However, during periods of drought groundwater storage is at risk of overuse.…
Dec 08, 2021

Tidal Marsh Soil Elevation

In the tidal marshes at San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, research ecologist Karen Thorne, PhD and biologist Chase Freeman, from the USGS…
Nov 03, 2021

Carbon Farming and Ranching

Loren Poncia discovered the powers of carbon sequestration after partnering with the Marin Carbon Project a decade ago. After learning from the…
Nov 03, 2021

The Soil Food Web

Dr. Sajeemas "Mint" Pasakdee is a University of California Cooperative Extension master gardener. Her passion is studying the amazing microscopic…
Nov 03, 2021

Compost and Carbon Sequestration

Kevin Lunny founded West Marin Compost after realizing the local need to recycle organic materials from the area into nutrient-rich and biologically…
Nov 01, 2021

Creating Vermicompost Through Earthworms

Jack Chambers co-founded the Sonoma Valley Worm Farm a quarter of a century ago after a surprising discovery in his home garden's compost bin. The…
Oct 11, 2021

San Jose Airport Pollutants Survey

Neighbors who live near San Jose's Reid-Hillview Airport have been living with noise and air pollution for many years. Now a new study commissioned…
Oct 01, 2021

Agricultural Workers and Poor Air Quality

Late summer is grape harvest season in Sonoma County, an extremely important time for Sonoma County’s billion dollar wine industry. Unfortunately,…
Sep 28, 2021

Growing Food During a Drought

Front Porch Farm in Healdsburg, CA is located right next to the Russian River, and during this drought period, their water was shut off to maintain…
Sep 27, 2021

South Bay Water Savings

Like the rest of the Bay Area, Santa Clara County is facing a serious lack of water this year. Valley Water is the agency tasked with providing this…

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