The Heiress and Her Chateau


Harriett Pullman Carolan, Heiress to the Pullman Railway Car fortune, builder of Chateau Carolands

The true story of an American ‘Downton Abbey’?  Well … yes!

Coming to PBS stations across the USA in Jan., 2015!!!!
Check your local listings.  Here are some:

San Francisco, KQED –  Dec 29th, 9:30 pm
San Jose, KQED PLUS (formerly KTEH, San Jose) Jan. 1 at 11 pm (after a repeat of Downton Abbey)
Atlanta, WPBA, Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 10pm; Sunday, Jan. 11 at midnight
Austin, KLRQ – Monday, Jan. 5 at 9 pm
Baltimore, Maryland Public Television – Sunday, Jan 11 at 11pm
Charlotte, WNSC, Friday, Jan. 2 at 10pm
Denver, Colorado Public Television, Thursday, Jan 8 at 7pm, Jan 9 at 3am
Grand Rapids, WGVU, Sunday, Dec. 28 at 8pm
Greenville-Spartan, S. Carolina Channel – Sunday Jan 4 at 8 pm,; Saturday, January 2 at 10pm on SCC; Sunday, January 13 on SCETV World
Indianapolis, WFYI  - Sunday, Dec 21 at 10 pm
Kansas City, KCPT - Sunday, Jan 4 at 10 pm
Los Angeles, PBS SoCal 2, Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11pm; Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8am and 3pm
Los Angeles, KLCS, Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 8pm
Lousiville, Ky, KET – Sunday, Jan 4 at 2pm (KET) and at 4 pm (KET2)
Oklahoma City, OETA – committed to airing, time tbd.
Philadelphia, WHYY2 – Tuesday, Dec 16th 1 pm
Phoenix, KAET – Jan 13 at 4:30 am and better slot to follow
Portland, Oregon PBS  - Sunday, Dec 28 at 8 pm
Sacramento, KVIE – Sunday, Jan. 4 at 7 pm
San Antonio, KLRN – Monday, Dec 15 at 10 pm
San Diego, KPBS, Monday, Jan. 5 at 10pm
Seattle, KCTS – committed to airing, time tbd.
Tampa, WUSF – Thursday, Jan 18 at 11 pm
West Palm, WXEL, Saturday, Dec. 27 at 8:30pm

          … and more to come.  Check your local listings …

The Heiress and Her Chateau:  Carolands of California is  the 100-year saga of a 100-room mansion, a three-dimensional window into life among America’s elite. Chateau Carolands was built by one of the richest women in the world to be her ultimate dream home, but nothing went as planned.  Once the most fabulous house west of the Mississippi, now a foundation, the story of the rise and fall and rise of Chateau Carolands s is a dramatic tale of wealth and ruin, love and loss, art and architecture – with a murder, a porno film, and a couple of earthquakes along the way. It all ends happily, with a multi-million dollar restoration of the Chateau, more grand and glorious now than it ever had been.  See how this unique historic architectural masterpiece has come to be preserved for decades to come.

“…the best way to see it is through the lens of Ryan and Weimberg….” Nancy Davis Kho, SF Chronicle
 “… magnificent visuals, eccentric characters, heart-sweeping soundtrack, and a plot action packed with murder, love, loss and a lush, lingering legacy.”  Lou Fancher, Contra Costa Times
“… like a real-life fairy tale with a twist, with the chateau in the role of an enchanted magic mirror, so grand and expensive that it encourages a dangerous hubris in those who fall under its spell.”  Gentry Magazine

A Luna Productions documentary

Producers/Directors:  Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg
Cinematographer:  Tim Metzger
Editor/Writer:  Gary Weimberg
Original Music:  Todd Boekelheide
Narrator: Lorri Holt
Length: 56 minutes
Underwritten by:  Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, Fiduciary Trust, Wells Fargo Bank. ISU Insurance Services.

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The history of the Chateau is like a real-life fairy tale with a twist, with the chateau in the role of an enchanted magic mirror, so grand and expensive that it encourages a dangerous hubris in those who fall under its spell.  The drama unfolds through generations of owners of Carolands as they fall into failure and near-ruin, starting with one of the richest women in the world, Harriett Pullman Carolan heiress to the Pullman Railway Car fortune, who first built the house in the 1910′s.  Lucklily, there is a happy ending:  the complete restoration of the Chateau by Ann and Charles Johnson that is an artistic triumph, and the film concludes with the transformation of the Chateau from private family home to charitable foundation, at long last able to be preserved into the future in all it’s grandeur and elegance.  Along the way, the documentary provides an insider’s look at the struggles and desires of the ultra-rich in America, where even the Heiress’s nearly limitless money could not guarantee that her dream would come true, yet inspired others nearly a century later, to complete the fantasy and create the architectural triumph that is Chateau Carolands today.



Chateau Carolands, Tim Metzger Director of Photography


Catherine Ryan, Producer/Director

Catherine Ryan, Producer/Director

Gary Weimberg, Producer-Director

Gary Weimberg, Producer-Director

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