Film Crew

Fritz Green: Director, Producer, Production Designer & Film Editor

Fritz Green

Up-and-coming director Fritz Green now has two full-length feature films under his belt. Though an experienced actor, Green says his true passion is directing.

Green wrote, directed and edited his first feature, “Every Hidden Thing”, which won Best Feature, Audience Favorite, Best Leading Actor in a Feature (Rob Boyd), and Best Leading Actress in a Feature (Victoria Esher) at the 2008 Bare Bones Script-to-Screen Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Oklahoma Feature at the 2009 Trail Dance Film Festival. Green has also directed several short films, including "Keep You", an award-winning short film produced for the 2011 Oklahoma City 48-Hour Film competition, which he co-wrote with Dan Gordon, and has produced numerous promotional and historical videos. (Watch "Keep You" on YouTube.)

Prior to directing "Pruning the Family Tree", the movie, Green directed a well-received production of the play "PRUNING THE FAMILY TREE", which playwright Dan Gordon (see below) adapted for screen. Green has been active in theater for nearly three decades as an actor, director, production designer, and lighting technician. Among dozens of performances, his most memorable stage roles include leads in “DRIVING MISS DAISY,” “THE AMERICAN CLOCK,” “TALLEY & SON,” and “WAIT UNTIL DARK.” His stage directing credits include “REBECCA,” “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” and “SLEUTH.” Green has earned multiple theater awards for Best Stage Production, Best Leading Actor, People's Favorite Production, and Best Production Design.

Green lives with his wife Melissa, a producer on the film, and their three cats in a historic home near downtown Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The couple operates a successful print, web and multimedia design company, Copper Cup Images, and are active in their church. He is currently writing two new original screenplays.

Dan Gordon: Writer, Producer, First Assistant Director & Lighting Technician

Dan Gordon

Acclaimed playwright Dan Gordon (“Little White Lies”), has written the screenplay adapted from his award-winning stage play, also titled “Pruning the Family Tree.”

The play was a finalist in the 1998 Eugene O' Neil Center National Playwrights Conference, it won the Tulsa Heller Theatre's 1998 new play competition, and was finalist in 2010 Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater’s ScriptFest. It has been produced in different languages all around the world.

"The show is a triumph for Bartlesville playwright Daniel Gordon," wrote Tulsa World Staff Writer Michael Smith of the Heller Theater production, who called the play a "wonderfully moving drama…not to be missed".

Gordon has been involved in theater for over 25 years. His duties range from painting sets to judging playwriting competitions for state arts councils. Gordon has authored two screen plays and seven full length stage plays including Smoke Damage, Sorting Trash, and Little White Lies. His plays have been produced at theaters across the country and around the world. As a producer his credits include one feature film and over fifteen plays. Gordon is the founder of the Terrace Level Players Theater Company and also did a stint as the Managing Director of the Bartlesville Community and Performing Arts Center.

Gordon has lived all around the world, from India, to Alaska, to Washington D.C. He and his wife now live in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Learn more about Dan Gordon and his plays at

James Veit: Director of Photography

Tina Gordon: Executive Producer, Production Designer, Set Decorator & Production Accountant

Melissa Green: Producer, Production Designer, Set Decorator & Still Photographer

Renee Michaels: Producer, Second Assistant Director, Casting Manager

Jason Eaton: Producer, Production Sound Mixer, Principle Boom Operator

Jami Harris: Second Second Assistant Director

Paula Fairbrother: Third Assistant Director, Gaffer & Grip, Still Photographer, Make-Up Artist

Louella Hopkins: Casting Assistant, Still Photographer, Production Assistant

Jona L Hitchcock Johnson: Production Assistant

Jeanna Farrar: Casting Assistant, Production Design Assistant

Ron Stotts: Lighting Technician, Gaffer & Grip

Alex McCollum: Still Photographer, Gaffer & Grip

Kevin Mnich: Lighting Technician, Gaffer & Grip

Phil Blender: Script Supervisor, Gaffer & Grip

Karie Fountain-Sill: Make-Up Artist, Production Assistant

Amy Heath: Production Assistant

Patricia Bohannon: Costuming Assistant, Make-Up Artist

Giz Robinson of the L'Chaim Foundation: Catering

James Bowie: Gaffer & Grip

Dee Friend: Gaffer & Grip

Warren Mayer: Second Script Supervisor

Coleen Hambrick: Still Photographer

Tiffany Scroggins: Production Assistant

Kris Brost: Gaffer & Grip

Wes Martin: Gaffer & Grip

Kelli & Jon Kelly: Animal Handlers

Andrea Mann: Studio Photographer

NEW—Watch the official Pruning the Family Tree movie trailer!

Behind the Scenes

Directed by: Fritz Green

Screenplay by: Dan Gordon

Director of Photography: James Veit

Produced by: Tina Gordon, Jason Eaton, Fritz Green, Dan Gordon, Melissa Green, Renee Michaels

Adapted from the award-winning
play Pruning the Family Tree
by Dan Gordon

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