The Wayne James Story

However serene the film's universe is, its landscape in not without the heart's eventual gravity or it's continual search for a healing levity, and this part of the film's integrity which is achieved also in its revealing of the truth of the lives presented and a way of life that is finally, like the film, as settling as the sky itself.

The Wayne James Story

However serene the film's universe is, its landscape in not without the heart's eventual gravity or it's continual search for a healing levity, and this part of the film's integrity which is achieved also in its revealing of the truth of the lives presented and a way of life that is finally, like the film, as settling as the sky itself.

Credits

  • Producer

    Verlena Orr

  • Director

    Debbra Palmer

  • Director of Photography

    Curley Johnson

  • Editor

    Divonna Ratkiff

Music

  • "Hard Life"
  • "Big Old Heart"
  • "Where Were You"
  • "Come to Me"
All Composed and Performed

by Rick Barttow from the album "Bone Road"

Original Guitar Music

Composed & performed by Bill Christensen

An independent film

Produced by Verlena Orr and directed by Debbra Palmer, "Sky Settles Everything" is a feature length documentary filmed in Grangeville, Idaho and the surrounding Camas Prairie. It features Wayne James, a life-long resident and old-time cattle rancher still in operation at more than 70 years of age. As the subject and star of the film, Wayne James is living proof that the family-style ranching way of life is still alive and well -though possibly fading-in the wide-open ranges of North Central Idaho. A portrait of a landscape and the characters in it, "Sky Settles Everything" explores an often-romanticized way of life through the eyes of James and his first cousin, the well-known Portland poet Verlena Orr, who grew up on the Idaho prairie where James has worked and lived his entire life. Woven into the storyline, Orr reads her work, rooted in the physical and emotional landscape of growing up on a small farm where the town of Winona was at one time.