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Earl Hamner Storyteller

This documentary pays tribute to one of America's favorite writers. For over seventy years, Earl Hamner Jr.'s writing has entertained and inspired people all over the world. As the creator of television classics The Waltons and Falcon Crest, and as writer of such films as Spencer's Mountain and Palm Spring's weekend, Earl's versatility is evident. He also wrote for many other television shows including several great episodes of The Twilight Zone, which have become fan favorites.

  • Ray Castro
  • Michael McGreevey
    The Way West, Fame, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • Tony Miller
  • Ray Castro
  • Tim McAbee
  • Michael McGreevey
    The Waltons, Bonanza
  • Earl Hamner Jr.
    Key Cast
    The Waltons, Falcon Crest, Charlottes Web
  • Richard Thomas
    Key Cast
    The Waltons, The Americans, Wonder Boys, All Quiet on the Western Front
  • James Best
    Key Cast
    The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show
  • Michael Learned
    Key Cast
    The Waltons, Nurse
  • Mary Badham
    Key Cast
    To Kill A Mocking Bird, The Twilight Zone
  • Susan Sullivan
    Key Cast
    Falcon Crest, Castle
  • Lorenzo Lamas
    Key Cast
    Falcon Crest, The Apprentice, Grease
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  • Genres:
    Biography, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED, Black Magic
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Ray Castro

Ray Castro of Boonton, New Jersey, grew up watching “The Waltons” in the 1970's. His passion for the show led him to produce numerous Waltons related events. The Waltons Cruise to the Caribbean, Richard Thomas' 47th birthday party in Hartford, CT., A Waltons Mothers Day reunion in NJ, producing both ‘The Homecoming’ & The Waltons 40th Anniversary reunions in NJ and LA. Ray recently co-produced A Walton's Reunion on the Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family" as well as Producing and Directing several music videos for #1 New Age Billboard Artist - Paul Cardall

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Director Statement

A statement from one of Virginia's favorite sons - Earl Hamner Jr.

Dear Friends,

As you might imagine I am bursting with pride that my career is being celebrated with this tribute and I would like to thank you for your generosity and support. I want to make clear that my stories would have been just words on paper had it not been for the work of the countless folks who participated – other writers, actors, directors, producers, set designers, make-up artists, casting directors, carpenters, painters, drivers, devoted crews who contributed his or her special talent, and lastly, the folks at the networks, who were often a problem, but oh so necessary in bringing these stories to you, the audience.
Thank you and warmest regards,