Parkersburg native Boll contributes to award-winning documentary

PARK CITY, Utah – Parkersburg native Pam Tanner Boll is co-executive producer of the movie “E-Team,” which won an award recently at the Sundance Film Festival.

“E-Team” received the Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary.

The film chronicles the efforts of Human Rights Watch workers who entered war-torn Syria and Libya to document atrocities committed by dictators. Members of the E-Team, or Emergencies Team, report their findings to governments and the media.

“It’s a very good film,” said Boll, a 1973 graduate of Parkersburg High School who attended the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in late January.

Boll said the documentary was beautiful but risky to film in these dangerous parts of the world. She described the scenes as exciting, heartbreaking, difficult and terrifying as the human rights advocates try to right the wrongs in these countries.

With bullets and bombs around them at times, movie directors Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman follow the four E-Team workers as they document death and destruction in Syria and Libya. They interview survivors of the terrorism.

Boll provided some financial backing for the movie. She offered suggestions after a screening of “E-Team” in New York City in November.

The movie’s important message is to show how people struggle around the world, she said.

Boll and Kauffman, director-producer-director of photography for “E-Team,” worked together on the movie “Born Into Brothels,” which won an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2005. Kauffman was co-director and co-writer, while Boll was co-executive producer.

Boll said she saw about 20 movies at Sundance, which was founded 30 years ago by actor Robert Redford.

“There were some really, really great films,” she said. Many of the movies were “quirky” and filmed in interesting places, Boll said.

She mentioned movies such as “Rich Hill,” “Land Ho!” and “Watchers of the Sky” as ones she particularly enjoyed during her seventh trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

Boll is directing and producing the documentary “A Small, Good Thing,” which she hopes to release this year after some editing. Set in The Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the movie is about pursuing things that make you happy.

“A Small, Good Thing” will tell the stories of individuals who have moved closer to the land, community, a spiritual dimension, their health and the greater good instead of pursuing a materialistic lifestyle.

Boll, who lives in Massachusetts and has an office in New York City, said she is supporting Gamechanger, which is working to increase the number of female film directors.

Boll screened her documentary “Who Does She Think She Is?” at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg in July 2008.