Home From School: The Children of Carlisle

A film by Geoff O’Gara



Available to stream in Texas 



United States, 2021
56 min, Color

In 2017 a delegation of Northern Arapaho tribal members traveled from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to retrieve remains of three children who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 1880s. It’s a journey into the troubled history of Indian boarding schools and a quest to heal generational wounds.

World Premiere


Director’s Bio

For over 20 years, Geoff worked for public television as on-camera talent, writer, and documentary producer. Currently, he is the President of Caldera Productions, an independent documentary film company that tells stories rooted in the American West. His productions have won a variety of prizes, including a Heartland Emmy nomination for “The State of Equality” (2019), “Ferret Town” (2019), Heartland Emmy award for best documentary “Will Rogers & American Politics” (2011, screenwriter), and the National Educational Television Association (NETA) top prize for documentary “Alan K. Simpson: Nothing Else Matters” (2012). Geoff is also the author of several books, one of which, “What You See in Clear Water” (Knopf), is about the Wind River Indian Reservation, and won the Spur award for best nonfiction from the Western Writers of America. He is a former editor of High Country News and has published in many national publications. Home From School is Geoff’s third feature documentary that he has directed with Caldera Productions.



Producer: Sophie Barksdale
Production Companies: Caldera Productions
Screenwriter: Geoff O’Gara
Cinematographer: Nathan Shucker
Editor: Virginia Moore, Nathan Shucker, Kyle Nicholoff
Sound Design: Kyle Nicholoff
Music: Jarod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate


Print Source: Rose Steller Burke,