Beyond the Divide


Set in the vast, mountainous beauty of Montana, BEYOND THE DIVIDE is a feature-length documentary film about war, peace, and the courage to find common ground.

Almost 50 years have passed since the beginning of the Vietnam War. The politics and casualties are history yet deep scars remain between those who served and those who fought a different war at home. In Missoula, Montana, a mysterious graffiti peace symbol inflamed the enduring animosity, dividing a community for decades. Through the courageous acts of a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate, BEYOND THE DIVIDE illuminates a path to healing old wounds and demonstrates authentic peace building. The story inspires audiences to take courageous first steps to reach beyond polarization in search of what unites us instead of what divides us.



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Past screenings

Date Venue
Feb 22 12:00 AM Big Sky Film Festival Missoula, MT
Jul 24 12:00 AM VFP's National Convention Asheville, NC
Sep 3 8:50 PM DocUtah Dolores Doré Eccles Black Box
Sep 19 7:00 PM Global Peace Film Festival Valencia College - Winter Park Campus
Sep 20 3:00 PM Global Peace Film Festival Rollins College - SanTrust Auditorium
Oct 17 7:00 PM Peace & Justice Studies Association National Conference (PRIVATE) University of San Diego
Oct 18 3:00 PM National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar (PRIVATE) Northern Virginia Community College
Oct 26 12:00 PM Flyway Film Festival Villa Bellezza
Nov 9 2:00 PM the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers Pepito's Parkway Theater, Minneapolis MN
Nov 12 7:00 PM St. Thomas University John Roach Center, Saint Paul MN
Dec 4 7:00 PM Missoula, MT Roxy Theater
Dec 11 12:10 PM Appalachian Peace & Education Center Southwest Virginia Community College
Jan 2 7:00 PM Marine Film Society Historic Marine Village Hall
Jan 4 5:00 PM Missoula, MT Open Way Mindfulness Center
Jan 17 7:00 PM Pepin, WI The Flyway Minema
Jan 26 4:30 PM Aliso Viejo, CA Soka University of America
Feb 17 5:00 PM Winona, MN Frozen River Film Festival
Feb 28 7:30 PM Montpelier, VT Green Mountain Film Festival
Mar 21 7:15 PM Chicago, IL Peace on Earth Film Festival
Mar 22 1:30 PM Montpelier, VT Green Mountain Film Festival
Mar 29 3:30 PM Sebastopol, CA Sebastopol Film Festival
Apr 19 3:30 PM Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis St.Paul International Film Festival
Apr 21 4:45 PM Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis St.Paul International Film Festival
Apr 30 7:00 PM Minneapolis, Mn Pepito's Parkway Theater
May 10 2:00 PM Hill City, SD Black Hills Film Festival
May 22 12:00 PM Fairfax and D.C. GI Film Festival
Jun 7 1:00 PM Duluth, MN Duluth Superior Film Festival
Jun 19 12:00 AM George Mason University, VA International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
Aug 31 6:30 PM Rapid City, SD Black Hills Film Festival
Sep 11 4:30 PM Sebastopol, CA Sebastopol Film Festival
Sep 11 7:00 PM Sebastopol, CA Sebastopol Film Festival
Sep 15 7:00 PM Huntington, NY Cinema Arts Centre
Sep 19 12:00 PM Awareness Film Festival LA Live Regal Cinema
Oct 17 5:30 PM San Diego GI Film Festivals UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley
Oct 24 6:30 PM Saint Paul, MN Wisdom Ways
Nov 7 10:00 AM Mineral Point, WI Driftless Film Festival
Nov 9 9:00 PM Saint Paul/Minneapolis, MN Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)
Nov 14 2:15 PM San Francisco Veterans Film Festival Main Library Koret Theater
Dec 3 7:30 AM Minneapolis, MN Casket Cinema





Jan Selby is an award-winning independent director/producer and owner of Quiet Island Films, a film and video production company located in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA).

Jan’s first film as director/producer was A CIRCLE AND THREE LINES (2009), a short documentary about the history of the ubiquitous peace symbol, tracing its roots from a nuclear disarmament march in England to becoming a global commercial icon. This film premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (MT, USA) and screened at film festivals worldwide including the Woodstock Film Festival (NY, USA), the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (CA, USA), the Global Peace Film Festivals, (FL, USA). A CIRCLE AND THREE LINES was also broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television, awarded a regional EMMY©, and included in an exhibit at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Jan’s most recent film, BEYOND THE DIVIDE (2014), is a feature-length documentary about the courage to find common ground. Set in Missoula, Montana, BEYOND THE DIVIDE follows Vietnam Veteran Dan Gallagher and peace advocate Betsy Mulligan-Dague as they mend the decades of animosity left behind by the Vietnam War.

In 2009, Jan produced FRITZ: THE WALTER MONDALE STORY with director Melody Gilbert. Jan’s next film, BUILDING THE PINK TOWER, (pre-production, directed/produced with Vina Kay), will reimagine schools and learning through the lens of Montessori education.

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan attended Tufts University in Boston, worked in marketing at Apple Computer, spent 25 years as a communications consultant, and finally followed her heart to become a film producer/director. Her award-winning production company, Quiet Island Films, creates video content for client-partners nationwide.



Elgin’s credits include an Academy Award® nominee for Documentary Short Subject in 2005 for SISTER ROSE’S PASSION. He began his career at the award-winning PBS series “American Masters”, and collaborated for several years with director Oren Jacoby at Storyville Films. His work has shown theatrically, at international film festivals, and been broadcast nationally. He has worked on commissioned films for clients ranging from the Tribeca Film Festival to the Philadelphia Orchestra. A native of Montana and a graduate of the University of Montana, he lives in Missoula after having lived in Brooklyn, New York for 10 years. Elgin co-owns BACKTRACK films with his wife and BEYOND THE DIVIDE field producer, Sarah Frick Smith.



Bill Kersey has edited several compelling and compassionate documentary features, most recently the 2014 film The Starfish Throwers, which premiered at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece and has garnered numerous festival awards. He was both editor and music composer for the award-winning audience favorites American Heart and Thicker than Water, and also worked as editor on the PBS Independent Lens documentary Precious Knowledge. Bill holds a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and his award-winning short films have screened at dozens of festivals all over the world. A selected participant in the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium and an Editing Fellow at the Latino Producers Academy in Santa Fe, he currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Bill Kersey has edited several feature documentaries, most recently the peacemaking film BEYOND THE DIVIDE. He edited the festival hit THE STARFISH THROWERS, which has garnered numerous awards and was named the most heartwarming film of 2014 by The Huffington Post, and he edited and scored the Emmy-winning AMERICAN HEART, which received its national broadcast premiere on PBS's America Reframed in January 2015. He also edited and scored the award-winning THICKER THAN WATER, and edited the broadcast version of the PBS Independent Lens documentary PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE. His other works as editor include the documentaries RITA OF THE SKY and BLACK, WHITE AND YELLOW. His own award-winning short films have screened internationally at numerous film festivals. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and holds a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. He is currently at work as director of a feature-length documentary on the life of Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, entitled, GENE MCCARTHY: IN THE LAND OF THE AARDVARKS.



Christopher Koza is a singer-songwriter-composer living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Critics have taken note ranging from local press, Minnesota Monthly to national attention, Paste Magazine. Koza performs with regularity in the Twin Cities, the greater Minnesota region, and also nationally, supporting such artists as Brandi Carlile, The Jayhawks, Blitzen Trapper, Stephen Kellogg, Tift Merrit, and Field Report.

Over the last several years, Koza and his band Rogue Valley have released a total of nine albums and EP’s. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Koza is also involved with co-writing and arranging songs with other artists, and is exploring commercial and film opportunities. Koza’s songs have been featured on numerous television shows including “Cougartown”, “Jersey Shore”, “Matt & Kim”, and CBS’s 2013 Super Bowl Pregame Show. Most recently, Rogue Valley’s song “The Wolves & The Ravens” was featured on the film, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY.

International music blog, Americana UK gave Koza’s most recent solo release, “The Dark, Delirious Morning” 9 out of 10 stars, calling it “an unpretentious little masterpiece.” Koza is currently developing new work both as a solo artist and with Rogue Valley, looking towards late- 2014 for both release dates.

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  • Local PBS Station (tpt) Broadcast

    Twin Cities Broadcast of BEYOND THE DIVIDE

    Posted 9th Nov in News

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  • Ms. Selby Goes to Washington

    Everyone here at Quiet Island is honored to be a part of the national GI Film Festival in Washington, DC, this May 22nd, and to contribute to the dialogue to create lasting peace in our communities.

    Posted 13th May in News

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  • Film Festivals and More!

    2015 is off to a great start! BEYOND THE DIVIDE screened the third week of February during the Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, MN. BEYOND THE DIVIDE is an Official Selection in three film festivals in March.

    Posted 17th Mar in News

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  • Two Twin Cities Screenings in November to Honor Veterans!

    Interested in seeing Beyond the Divide? We have TWO upcoming screenings in the Twin Cities and would love to see you there! Learn about our Minneapolis and St. Paul screenings and discussions in November by clicking here!

    Posted 5th Nov in News

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  • The Axe Award

    Last weekend, Jan attended the Flyway Film Festival in beautiful Pepin, Wisconsin, one of the “25 Coolest Small Town Film Festivals” according to MovieMaker Magazine. This year Beyond the Divide took home the Minnesota/Wisconsin Showcase Film Axe,a stone sculpture designed by local artist David Culver!

    Posted 4th Nov in News

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  • San Diego Screening at the Peace and Justice Studies Conference

    It was an honor to screen Beyond the Divide at the 2014 Peace and Justice Studies Association national conference in San Diego earlier this month. Director, Jan Selby was in attendance to discuss the film along with very special guests and film principals, Dan Gallagher and Betsy Mulligan-Dague. Continue reading.

    Posted 4th Nov in News

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