Patrcia Theriault Ezzy of Van
Buren, Maine plays the role of
"Tante Blanche" in our film.
She is a descendent of
Marguerite Blanche Thibodeau,
who is credited with saving the
Valley in the Black Famine
"Acadians Of The St. John Valley", a one hour DVD, follows the plight of these refugees as they carve out a new life for themselves in a harsh landscape, making do with very little, but succeeding by carrying with them values and skills that helped them thrive in Acadia.
"I highly recommend the Crown of Maine Productions website for more information on Acadians Of The St. John Valley. Thanks Brenda Nasberg Jepson for this wonderful DVD," Juliana L'Heureux, the Franco American writer for the Portland Press Herald for 25 years.
Read Juliana's review here: http://contributors.pressherald.com/news/the-franco-american-blog/film-by-brenda-jepson-acadians-of-the-st-john-valley/
"Too few Americans know about the "Great Deportation" I can't wait to see your production on Acadia." - D.T. Medway, ME
Brenda Nasberg Jepson graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Maine (UMO) in 1974 before emigrating to Europe where she lived for fourteen years. There she learned the craft of television production, training under a BBC producer/director for four years, and then owned and ran her own award winning production company in London for five years
Productions Jepson has directed and produced for PBS include "The Copper Kettle, A Maine Chance For Scotland, Homecoming, A Bowdoin Expedition, Stans A Jewel In The Crown Of Maine, The Coming Of The Swedes, Dont Fence Me In, and Tater Raisin Folk
Alan Jepson has a degree in entomology from UMO, and he worked in forestry for eleven years before training and joining his wife in the production of television programs for Maine PBS, which he has done since 2000.
Their company, Crown Of Maine Productions, Inc., also produces commercials, training videos and promotional videos on digital formats for a variety of clients such as the Institute for Global Ethics, Maine International Trade Center, Aroostook Medical Center and Aroostook Tourism.