After graduating from The Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, Bill Yahraus began his filmmaking career in San Francisco as a member of the documentary unit at KQED. He then teamed up with filmmakers Michael Anderson, Paul Jacobs and Saul Landau to make documentaries collectively (The Jail, Song for Dead Warriors, Robert Wall: Ex-FBI Agent).
In Los Angeles he formed Focal Point Films with Chris Burrill and David Davis, where he made the award-winning documentary Homeboys about the Cuatro Flats gang. A career in feature film editing followed, including such films as Pass the Ammo, Heartland, Country, The Long Walk Home, and Silent Tongue, for directors Richard Pearce and Sam Shepard, among others.
Though continuing to consult on documentaries during this period, including the Academy Award-winning Broken Rainbow, and The Samoan Heart for the PBS "Pacific Diaries" series, TRAVELS WITH TARZAN marked Bill's return to his roots as a documentary filmmaker.
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Since 1999 he has taught film production at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.
When not behind the camera or in front of the editing system, Bill can be found on his horse "The General," exploring the high desert surrounding Jumpin' Jack Ranch.
Robin Rosenthal graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to Queens College, City University of New York for her Master of Fine Arts. In Texas she taught studio art at San Antonio College and the San Antonio Art Institute, and exhibited her video art throughout the Southwest.
In Los Angeles she became a film editor and a documentary filmmaker. She edited the documentaries Chamoru Dreams for Pacific Islanders in Communications' "Pacific Diaries" series, and the award-winning Mary Jane Colter: House Made of Dawn about the groundbreaking Fred Harvey Company architect (broadcast nationally by PBS in July 1999). TRAVELS WITH TARZAN was her first filmmaking co-venture with husband Bill Yahraus.
Robin handles the producing duties for Pony Highway. For relaxation and adventure she hits the trails around Jumpin' Jack Ranch on "Gem," her lively Arabian horse.
Before starting work on their latest documentary ESCARAMUZA: Riding from the Heart, Pony Highway Productions completed Post Production on director Carla Garapedian's human rights documentary Screamers, featuring the band System of a Down. Robin was Post Production Supervisor, and Bill was Editor of the High Def feature film. Screamers had its world premiere November 2, 2006 at the AFI Fest, where it captured the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Since its theatrical release, Screamers has been widely distributed, both in the U.S. and internationally, and has garnered accolades from all over the world for its strong anti-genocide message.