impact of the frolic

Broadcast Documentary /// PBS



In the summer of 1984, archaeologist Thomas Layton unearthed some unexpected Chinese artifacts at a Native American site in Mendocino County. Driven to discover their origins, Dr. Layton set out on a quest to solve the riddle of the mysterious potsherds. What he eventually uncovered was a story of vast cultural connections and a shipwreck that impacted California Forever.




Producers: Robert Benner & Georgia Fox
Director and Cinematographer : Matthew Ritenour
Editor and Cinematographer: Dan Bruns
Director of Photography: Arik Bord
Composer: Robert Stevens


2015 EMMY for Outstanding Cultural/Historical Program
 "Impact of the Frolic"