We are a small team of locals determined to seize the moment to capture and preserve Sonoma Valley's rich and colorful history!
JULIE MORRISON, Director, Writer & producer
Julie Morrison was inspired to create this film through her friendship with Bob Parmelee and her love for Sonoma Valley. She first met Bob in the course of producing a 30-minute historical video for the Sangiacomo family (click to view video). She loves doing historical research and tackling intricate stories. After spending hours in rapt attention listening to Bob’s many tales, she decided that Sonoma's colorful history is just simply too good to miss being recorded for posterity.
ROBERT PARMELEE, HISTORIAN
A former Sonoma County deputy district attorney and self-described “country lawyer,” octogenarian Bob Parmelee has served as an unofficial city historian for decades, providing local historic information for newspapers, magazines and books, railway societies, the chamber of commerce and the visitors’ bureau as well as to many individuals. He created the legendary Parmelee Collection of historic materials. Named the 2016 Chamber Champion, both Parmelee and his unique collection are valuable city treasures.
SANDI HANSEN, ARCHIVIST AND RESEARCHER
Sandi Hansen has had various careers including radio and TV broadcasting, newspapers, advertising, public relations and historic-collections management. Married to a Sonoma native, Hansen has lived in Sonoma Valley for more than 40 years and has worked closely with local historian Bob Parmelee to help organize and catalogue his noteworthy historical collection. She believes in preserving the past for future generations. She is the former director of Sonoma's historic Depot Park Museum.
Shoot Blue Productions
Since 2006, Leslie and James Simmons have emerged to center stage as a Producer-Director duo for film production in Northern California, producing hundreds of videos for businesses and working as hired guns on other independent film projects. A native of Healdsburg, Leslie moved her family back to Sonoma County in fall of 2011 to raise their young daughter. They run both Shoot Blue Productions in Sonoma County and Simz Productions in the Sacramento region. Click here to watch Shoot Blue's feature length film available on Amazon.