Dear America: Dreams in the Golden Country
Film information
Director Shawn Levy
Producers Deborah Forte
Bill Siegler
Martha Atwater
Teleplay Jill Soffer
Based on Dreams in the Golden Country
by Kathryn Lasky
Starring Natalie Vansier
Music by Jack Lenz
Douglas John Cameron
Editing by
Studio Scholastic Entertainment
Distributed by
Release date April 13, 1999[1]
Running time 30 minutes

Dear America: Dreams in the Golden Country is a film in the Dear America series. The film first aired on April 13, 1999 on the HBO Family Channel. It was based on Kathryn Lasky's Dreams in the Golden Country.


Cast and charactersEdit

  • Natalie Vansier as Zipporah "Zippy" Feldman
  • Dov Tiefenbach as Yitzy
  • Heather Brown as Tovah
  • Josh Peace as Sean
  • Maggie Huculak as Mama
  • Paul Hecht as Papa
  • Joyce Gordon as Matchmaker
  • Rummy Bishop as Bass Player
  • Rafael Vigod as Viola Player
  • Larry Schwartz as Cello Player

Crew and creditsEdit

  • Directed by: Shawn Levy
  • Teleplay by: Jill Soffer
  • Adapted from the book: "Dreams in the Golden Country" written by Kathryn Lasky
  • Based on: the Scholastic book series "Dear America" created by Jean Feiwel
  • Executive producer: Deborah Forte
  • Co-executive producers: Bill Siegler, Martha Atwater
  • Editor: Richard Wells
  • Production designer: Ian Brock
  • Director of photography: Barry Bergthorson
  • Line producer: Lena Cordina
  • Executive in charge: Christie Dreyfuss
  • Music by: Jack Lenz and Douglas John Cameron
  • Story editor: Rhonda Jayne Olson
  • Production manager: Lena Cordina
  • 1st assistant director: Mark Tataryn
  • Location manager: Karen Perez
  • Art director: Roderik Mayne
  • 1st assistant art director: Theresa Tindall
  • 2nd assistant director: Eric Banz
  • Production coordinator: David Hardy
  • Script supervisor: Donna Gardon
  • Set decorator: Elizabeth Calderhead
  • Costume designer: Joyce Schure
  • Property master: Alan Doucette
  • Make-up: Leslie Dumbleton
  • Hairstylist: Etheline Joseph
  • Steadicam operator: Chris Kelly
  • Sound recordist: Bryan Day
  • Re-recording engineer: Steve Foster
  • Gaffer: Michael Forrester
  • Key grip: Darren Boyce
  • 1st assistant camera: Lori Longstaff
  • Post production supervisor: Lynda McKenzie
  • Assistant editor: Douglas Crawford
  • Construction coordinator: Bill White
  • Transport coordinator: J. Skavinsky
  • Stunt coordinator: Anton Tyukodi
  • Special effects by: Brock Jolliffe
  • Casting: Susan Forrest and Sharon Forrest
  • Production accountant: Kelly Decooman
  • Scholastic financial executive: Diane Vilagi
  • Production associate: Tessa Abdull
  • Production services provided by: Protocol Entertainment Inc.
  • Special thanks to: Dome Audio Video & Effects, The Lab

Home video releaseEdit


The film on VHS

Dreams in the Golden Country was released on video cassette on September 1, 1999.[2] It was also released in a three pack with A Picture of Freedom and A Journey to the New World.[3]

Differences from the bookEdit


External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

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