There are a few documentaries featuring Route 66, and two of the most popular ones were produced by Katrina Parks. Parks produced The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound in 2014 and her latest release features Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on The Mother Road.
Join Anthony Arno as he talks with Parks about her career as a documentary filmmaker, from her first project as a college student to her upcoming projects.
Developing an interest in storytelling
How a college assignment led Katrina into filming her first documentary, Wrappings
Wrappings wins an award through the United Nations
Documentary vs. typical Hollywood movies
Early work with History Channel
A Summer in Vietnam
Importance of Research
Use of actors in documentaries
Past and Future Podcasting Projects
Route 66 Documentaries: Fred Harvey & Women of The Mother Road
Behind the scenes in preparing a documentary
The “Katrina Parks” rule in producing documentaries
Recollecting Katrina’s first exposure to Route 66
What comes first: Website or Documentary?
Women of The Mother Road themes:
Archeology & Anthropology
Boosters & Travelers
Family & Business
Waitresses & School Teachers
Website: Route 66 Women
Website: Route 66 Women Facebook Page
PODCAST PRODUCED BY KATRINA PARKS
Frontline Women Episode 1: From Harvey Girls to The Navajo Ordinance Depot
Frontline Women Episode 2: From the WAAC to Nurses
Thank you to Route 66 Podcast & Scholarship supporters!
- MidPoint Cafe, Adrian, TX – Featuring both their Ugly Crust Pie and one of the most popular photo ops along Route 66, located exactly halfway between Chicago and Santa Monica in Adrian, Texas.
- Gilligan’s Route 66 Tours featuring tours of Route 66 in Ford Mustang convertibles, stays at historic Route 66 motels, and daily breakfast.
- Jack Rabbit Trading Post, Joseph City, AZ – Probably one of the most iconic curio shops along Route 66, the famous Here It Is billboard and fiberglass jackrabbit in front of the store is reason enough to stop…. and say hello to Cindy and Antonio.
- Jeff Buschell, Illinois
- Reed Coles – Nebraska
- Jim Crabtree – California
- Route 66 author and photographer – Shellee Graham and also my guest on Episode # 10 where she talks about her book, Tales from the Coral Court Motel.
- Kristin Haakenson – Washington
- Rich Havlik – Minnesota
- Mary Nicholson – Pennsylvania
- Brian Sawyer – Indiana
- Evan Stern – New York
- Charli Beeton
- Jim Rensen
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