Media Life: Placer County products are Emmy nominees for “Deadliest Catch”

"Star Trek Voyager" actor Robert Picardo in Roseville film; Auburn's State Theatre ups entertainment options
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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“Deadliest Catch” has netted another Emmy nomination for cinematography, which means Placer County products Todd and Doug Stanley are up for a second win. The brothers – Todd lives in Lotus, and Doug is an ex-Ophir resident now in Roseville – were integral parts of last year’s “Deadliest Catch” team that won U.S. TV’s top award last September for cinematography in nonfiction programming. The two grew up in Rocklin. “It’s crazy,” Todd said Thursday morning after the nominations were announced. Stanley said he’ll definitely attend the awards ceremony in Los Angeles. While Doug has been filming Animal Planet’s “American Cowboy” on a 500,000-acre ranch in Montana, Todd has been sticking closer to home as executive producer of the “Experience El Dorado” program now appearing monthly on Sacramento News10. And close to home was the key phrase around Todd Stanley’s household Thursday as the Emmy nomination hoopla was juggled with, among other things, a shoot at his own home for Animal Planet’s “Untamed and Uncut.” The “Untamed and Uncut” story goes back two years to a family trip to Bali, Indonesia that included an excursion to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary. A monkey bit Stanley’s son Raleigh, now 15, and – no surprise here – the Stanley video cameras were rolling. Both Todd and his daughter, Jericho, no 12, caught it on film and the footage was posted on the younger Stanley’s MySpace page. The monkey-bite bit has attracted plenty of hits since then and Stanley said he had an inkling that a reality TV series would eventually bite as well. Animal Planet contacted the Stanley family recently and when they found out who dad was, invited Todd to provide the camera work while they brought in a producer to oversee things Thursday. As it happened, the series will catch the family on a particularly joyous day. As for “Deadliest Catch,” which has been nominated for its camera work for four consecutive years, Stanley said the show keeps pulling in record ratings. “You look at the economy these days and people can relate to crab fishermen and the pressure they’re under,” Stanley said. “A lot of people watching the show are really connected to them.” “Deadliest Catch is up against Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” “Expedition Africa” on the History Channel, Showtime’s “This American Life,” and “Whale Wars” on the Animal Planet. LOCAL FILM SNAGS SCI-FI STAR Auburn-born independent film producer Jo Haskin has a big sci-fi name in tow for Friday, July 24’s premiere at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre of her Roseville production company’s new movie “Sensored.” Actor Robert Picardo, a major player on “Star Trek Voyager” and “Stargate: Atlantis,” is the lead actor in a psychological thriller that KeJo Productions hopes to find a slot on cable TV. Haskin and husband, Kevin, are giving new meaning to the word’s “in-house” with “Sensored.” The Haskins not only serve as co-producers with Eric Mansur but Kevin wrote the screenplay about a children’s author struggling with reality. And their house in Roseville turned into a mini-studio, with six different locations inside, including the couple’s four-car garage. In all, “Sensored” shot 19 days on the property. The couple previously shot a short film in Auburn called “A Bullet Over Five” that made use of locations like the High Street Café. Haskin grew up in Penryn and attended Del Oro High School. With 16-hour days and film lights squirreled away in her bedroom for the next day’s shoot, Haskin said she’s never brought her work home quite like the way she did for “Sensored.” It’s being screened at the 10th annual Sacramento Film and Music Festival. The moviemaking couple is already working on a new film. The next one will be a drama and they’re moving toward hiring an Academy Award winner and an Academy Award nominee for acting roles. BACK TO LIFE More signs of the 79-year-old State Theater’s resurrection. On the film front, the Downtown Auburn venue’s newly installed screen and projectors will light up for the first time in a long time in late August, when two independent documentaries will be shown. Live entertainment is also on tap, with Auburn vocalist Nancy Blue showcasing the songs of bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim and other jazz composers on July 25. The film showing will be a double bill, two times a day on Aug. 28, 29 and 30. The gut-wrenching “Food, Inc.” tackles weighty issues like diabetes, obesity, frankenfoods, corporate farms and new strains of E. coli. “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” is a film about Cuba’s response to the Soviet Union’s collapse – and the loss of half of its oil imports and most of its outside food sources. The screenings will be the first film showings since the Old State Theater business departed from the Lincoln Way landmark last December. Making it an entertainment trifecta, live theater is also on tap Aug. 7 to 22, when the State welcomes the Placer Community Theater for a run of off-Broadway wunderkind “Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical.” Ticket info is available for all the shows at the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center . Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at