Francine Strickwerda is an award-winning director, writer and producer of documentary films and Web sites, and owner of Flock This Way Films. She co-directed and produced the feature film Oil & Water for PBS, as well as Busting Out, a feature documentary about the history and politics of America's obsession with the female breast, which aired on Showtime. Her latest film, Ultimate Citizens, is about an Iranian American grade school counselor and ultra athlete who uses Ultimate Frisbee to help immigrant kids. Francine's work has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Independent Television Service (ITVS), and many others. She produced and executive edited national PBS Web sites including Don't Buy It, Videogame Revolution and Exploring Space, and was a senior producer at She's a principal and executive producer at Hullabaloo, a Seattle commercial production company, and she has created videos for clients including the United Nations, Fortune 500 companies and the Seattle Fire Department. Francine began her career as a newspaper reporter, and she has a degree in journalism from Washington State University.


Laurel Spellman Smith is a two-time regional Emmy Award-winning producer of national and local programs for PBS including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the documentary Faith & Fear: The Children of Krishna. She became an independent producer in 2003 and in addition to Oil & Water she co-directed and produced the women's health documentary Busting Out, which aired on Showtime and the Iraq War documentary The Corporal's Diary, seen on PBS stations, Al Jazeera English and Link TV. She is also a fan of other people’s films and is an annual juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Laurel grew up in Los Angeles and Kauai before making a home in Seattle with her husband and cat. She graduated from The Evergreen State College, where she studied film and cultural anthropology, pursuing her interest in the latter by traveling to over 100 countries. When not on the road or in the edit room, she manages a vacation rental house on a remote island in The Bahamas, and she is president of Seattle's Dress for Success, a nonprofit empowering women to achieve economic independence through a network of support, development tools, and professional attire.

Editor and Post Supervisor

Tracy Dethlefs is the owner and creative director of Hullabaloo, a creative communication company in Seattle.  Over the past 15 years, he has edited television series for PBS, MTV, and VH-1 and has edited and post produced documentaries that have aired on PBS, BBC, CBC, the History Channel, and numerous other international channels. Tracy was the supervising editor on the PBS documentaries The Secret Files of the Inquisition, Exploring Space: The Quest For Life, and Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona. He is currently editing documentary specials for National Geographic and Discovery Science channels.  Tracy’s corporate clients include Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Nordstrom.


Diana Wilmar has worked around the world for every major US television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. She has also worked as a principal photographer with CNN’s Environment Unit. Diana has won five Emmy awards and a Silver Medal from the New York Film Festival for her work in news, documentaries and features. Special assignments have taken her to the Seoul Olympics, the civil war in El Salvador, the earthquake in San Francisco as well as documentaries in Russia, Mexico and Peru. Recent work includes a documentary on global warming for NY Times/Discovery and a series on National Parks for Animal Planet.


Erik Aho is a Los Angeles-based composer who has written music for The Bachelor (ABC), The Amazing Race (CBS) and The Miracle Workers (ABC). He has orchestrated and produced music forThe Family Guy (Fox) and American Dad (Fox). He composed the original music score for the feature documentary Busting Out, (Showtime) and continues to compose music for independent films, as well as for video games. Aho believes deeply that if every image contains an entire story, it also contains music. One just needs to look in order to hear it.


Diana, Laurel and Francine in Zabalo, Ecuador, 2011

Diana, Laurel and Francine in Zabalo, Ecuador, 2011


Additional Camera

Laurel Spellman Smith

Roy Wilson

Hugo Lucitante

Francine Strickwerda

Rich Phelps

Jim Billip

Mike Cepek

Manuel Pallares

Sadie Lucitante

Bradley Piper


Original Music 

Erik Aho



Drew Christie



Francine Strickwerda

Laurel Spellman Smith

Tony Tibbetts


Motion Graphic Design

Anthony Pauzie


Audio Mix

Matt McComb



John Davidson


Assistant Editor

Jon Goneau

Carmen Zhu


Post Production Facility



Spanish Translator

Chris Marquardt

Mariana Bueno


Cofan Translator

Michael Cepek

Hugo Lucitante


Production Assistant

Aileen Imperial

Carrie Barnes

Dylan Meeker

Jacob Sheppard

Jacob Stuivenga

Jon Goneau

Kari Watson

Mariana Bueno

Raul Quieta



Jordan Becke

Bonny Chau

Kim Forrest

Taryn Rux

Diane Wah


Additional Editing

Rich Phelps


Consulting Producer

Scott Pearson


Academic Advisor

Michael Cepek



Sindy Todo



Ann Ott



Stacey Walters



Charles Whelan


“Texaco” written and performed by

William Lucitante


Archival Materials provided by

Diogenes Baldeón

Michael Cepek

Miranda Detore

El Universo, Ecuador

KOMO TV 4 Seattle

Bruce Lucitante

Hugo Lucitante

Sean Mullany 

Kevin Mullany

The New York Times

Manuel Pallares

David Poritz


The Seattle Times

Janet Strauss

TV Ecuador

The Washington Post

Pablo Yepez


Fiscal Sponsor

Northwest Film Forum



Ines Hoffman-Kanna

Cynthia Kane

Cheryl Hirasa

Karim Ahmad

Richard Saiz

Richard O'Connell


Executive Producer for ITVS

Sally Jo Fifer



Hugo Lucitante

David Poritz

Bolivar Lucitante

Norma Mendua

Miranda Detore

Mike Cepek

Randy Borman

Manuel Pallares

Janet Strauss

Cristobal Bonifaz

Margarita Bonifaz

Sadie Lucitante

Manuel Salinas

Digna Rocha

Carlos Espinoza

Guido Abad

Andres Romero

Christina Aanestad

Christian Seale

Ciana Lucitante

Jhon Wajai

Klever Lucitante

Jhon Lucitante

Elio Lucitante

Bayardo Lucitante

Valerio Mendua

Rufino Criollo

William Lucitante

Bruce Lucitante

Mauricio Mendua

Corine Vriesendorp


Thank You

Amherst Regional High School, MA

Bishop Blanchet High School, Seattle, WA

Brown University, Providence, RI

CD Exchange, San Antonio, TX

The Cofan Survival Fund

The Cofan Tribe of Ecuador and Columbia

Environmental Media Fund

Equitable Origin

Esperanza International

FEINCE, Ecuador

The Field Museum, Chicago

Hostal de La Rabida, Quito

Hotel El Auca, Coca

Hotel Rio Amazonas, Quito

Hotel La Misión, Coca

Hotel Quito

Ivanhoe Energy

The People of La Victoria, Ecuador


Sherry Abbott

Antonio Aguinda

Roberto Aguinda

Shelly Appleton

Barbara Baugh

Joshua Bernard

Colin Bernatzky

John Bonifaz

Heidi Breeze-Harris

Dan Brinkmeier

Luanne Brown

Gretchen Burger

Christopher Carlisle


Lorena Cevallos

Ben Colburn

Emeregildo Criollo

Martin Criollo

Carolynn Delany

Alvaro Del Campo

James Demo

Sandi Dubowski

Maria Espinoza

Anna Fero

Robert Fetter

Ellen Frick

Ann Gaylin

Wally Glenn

James Green

Duncan Haas

Ted and Dalia Hansen

Mary Jane Hansen

Mike & Joan Hanten

Judith Helfand

Jennie Henry

Aileen Imperial

Shana Kelly

Judith Kimerling

Sheighlyn Knightly

Patricia Kunze

Allison and Chris Laurel

Ralph and Dorothea Lintz

Sarah Libertus

Rebecca Lieberman

Beth Ann Vail Locke

Cesar Lucitante

Oswaldo Madrid

Dawn Martin

Greg Mercer

Donald Moncayo

Ed Morgan

Joanne Henry Nielson

Andrew and Cheryl Oakley

Cathy Oldershaw

Daryl Ondatje

Nancy O’Shea

Jose Cevallos Ortega

Adam Pely

Don Delfin Piaguaje

Rachel Poritz

Sidney Poritz

Sadie Ranen

Jay and Jane Reich

Margaret Roncone

Amy Rushing

Adam Salwena

Bertha Segal

Emily Reich Shem-Tov

Chris Sherlock

Melissa and Nathan Smith

Todd Smith

Valerie Sobel-Twain

Ronni Spellman

Leah Spellman

Leonard Strauss

Jay Strickwerda

Tara Strickwerda

Martin Talty

Mark Titus

Sarah Vhay

Shoshana Weiner

Hannah Wells

Robert West

Don Woutat

Rob Woutat

Catherine Zabriske


Special Thanks

Louise Bryson

Stacey Cook

Sirikul Cox

Bob Cumbow

Chris DeBoer

Gary Dethlefs

Keon Dethlefs

Stefan Enriquez

Dina Guttman

Bruce Gray

Jack Hamann

Christa Heller

Marilee Hansen

Lisa Hardmeyer

Dustin Kaspar

Laurence Kingston

Nolan Lehman

Brian Miller

Rod Minott

Jay and Jane Reich

Sonya Senstra

Douglas Spellman

Chris Strickwerda

Marilyn Strickwerda

Rishika Advani Tartaglia

Leah Warshawski

Fred Wolff

Melody Wolff

Audrey Zekonis


Very Special Thanks

Brian Smith


Huge Thanks

Hugo Lucitante

David Poritz


Funding Provided by


The MacArthur Foundation

Chicken & Egg

Pacific Pioneer Fund

Seattle 4 Culture

Seattle City Artist Project


Channel 4 Films/BritDoc


With additional thanks to The Good Pitch and IFP


Oil & Water is a co-production of Stir It Up Productions LLC

and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).


Oil & Water was produced by Stir It Up Productions LLC,

which is solely responsible for its content.


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