hoto Credit: Joanne McCubrey

hoto Credit: Joanne McCubrey

Joanne McCubrey Still Photograher

Joanne McCubrey is a photographer and artist. She spent 20 years with the Mountain Democrat newspaper in Placerville, CA as a photographer, and has won over 30 personal and professional awards in photography and writing. She's been published in many magazines including Sierra, Country, Nevada Range, Westways, and Nikon World. Her work has been exhibited in the Ansel Adams gallery in Yosemite, Nikon House in New York City, the Margaret Crow Gallery in Pasadena, New Artworks in Fair Oaks and at many El Dorado galleries including Red Door and Iron Willow.

hoto Credit: Shawny Strombo  Mitya Ku

hoto Credit: Shawny Strombo Mitya Ku

Katie Ryan Director/Producer

 Lee Ryan Director/Producer

Katie Ryan has a real passion for this project as a loyal follower of Don Edward's career and music for many years. She first saw him play at the William S. Hart Museum and found it fitting for Edwards to play in the living room of a silent cowboy movie star with the paintings of Charles Russell and Frederick Remington in the background. Katie is a published author of Horse Wisdom Alchemy and The Secret of the Blood Moon and currently has a equine-assisted business called Synergy Military Equestrian Program serving  Military and their families.

Lee Ryan hails from Chicago, Ill. where he was part of The Second City Improvisational troupe. Lee moved to Los Angeles and became a writer for a series starring James Belushi and Michael Keaton. Lee has acted in over 150 television episodes including co-starring in Hill Street Blues, St Elsewhere, Cheers, Arrested Development, and Just shoot Me as well as theatrical productions such as Beau Jest at the Westwood Playhouse, The Tangled Snarl at the Santa Monica Theatre and Men At Work at the Hudson Theatre where he received a Drama Logue award.  Lee had the idea to document Don Edwards after seeing him play at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and was struck by the humility that Don displayed. He said the way Don spoke to the audience was matter of fact, geniune, and unpretentious. He felt like he was sitting around a campfire with an old friend.


Huan Manton: Cinematographer

hoto Credit:  K katie Ryan

hoto Credit: Kkatie Ryan

Huan attended Loyola Marymount University's acclaimed Film Production program where he refined his skills as a cinematographer. He grew up in Denver, Colorado and participated in the National History Day competitions where his documentaries and websites on The Nanjing Massacare, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and W.E.B Du Bois reached finals at the National level and placed third. He has also won the European International Student Film Festival Audience Choice Award and Scholastic Art and writing Awards for his films. This project marks his return to documentary filmaking, and he is bringing together his experience and his passion for music the stories of the land to help capture the incredible story of Don Edwards.

Joe Ryan : Editor

Joe has his own company called SuperUnknownPerson. He produces, directs, edits, and acts in videos on YouTube.


Howard Bashew: Editor

Howard Bashew is a Cameraman, Producer, and Editor. Howard has worked on numerous documentaries including one about South African tribal cultures and African Wildlife in Namibia. He is the owner of Multi Media Conversions.