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Documentary Now in Post Production on Robber's Cave


For Immediate Release
Date 03/03/2021

The Announcement
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — A documentary is currently in post production on the local Robber’s Cave after a recent filming by Patton Productions out of KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. Robber’s Cave is owned by Sam Manzitto of Robber’s Cave, LLC. The documentary is based upon the book Robber’s Cave: Truths, Legends, Recollections -, by Joel Green, author/historian/tour guide. Green’s book won a Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2019.

Documentary Location
Robber’s Cave is a 5,600 square foot sandstone structure located 3-4 stories underground with a rich history of over 150 years. The cave is adorned with a multitude of carvings as a result of its social gatherings and local folklore that includes the infamous Jesse James. This cave is a literal time capsule recognized as a National Historic Landmark and recently added to the National Register of Historic Places - United States Department of the Interior.

Production Team
Owner and Director Daniel Patton - Patton Productions assembled his partners for the creation of the Robber’s Cave Documentary to include Producer Jim Johnson - Jim Johnson Productions, Director of Picture (DP) Jacob James Dean - DF Production Services, LLC., 1st Assistant Camera (1st AC) Christopher Frith - Intempest, Production Manager Kayla Ingle - DF Production Services, LLC., Assistant Producer / Script Supervisor Tabatha Breeden, Drone Operator David Morgan - Davino Photography.

Intellectual Partner
Patton Productions worked closely with Joel Green optioning his book as a basis for the documentary. Green played an integral part of the documentary’s development providing constant support to the entire film crew with invaluable information, interview contacts, and historical resources. Green, a middle school teacher and a Robber’s Cave tour guide -, took personal leave to assist in co-producing the project during the entire production process. Nine-year-old and third-grader, Brooklyn Green, Joel’s daughter, is both interviewed and featured in the documentary. She hopes to someday follow in her father’s footsteps and write a cave book of her own.

Funding Partner
Owner of the Robber’s Cave LLC., which encompasses the property above the cave as well as the below-ground cave, Sam Manzitto is also an Executive Producer of the Robber’s Cave Documentary. The cave began its history in 1869 as a brewery and Manzitto was the developer for a modern brewery in 2015 before the property changed to an event venue for private parties, corporate events, and weddings. Both Manzitto and Green were integral in the production process throughout filming the Robber’s Cave Documentary.

Narrated By
Emmy-winning television personality, comedian, and former talk show host Dick Cavett will be the voice of Robber’s Cave Documentary. Cavett’s familiarity of the cave spans back to his childhood growing up in the Lincoln, Nebraska, area. He revisited the cave in 2017 with Joel Green. Green personalized the visit as their host, driver, and private tour guide.

The cave's story is also told through a series of in-depth interviews that includes an acknowledgement from broadcast communications pioneer and legend Ron Hull of NET Public Broadcasting. Additional interviews include past cave visitors, current owner, historians, state geologist, History Nebraska David Calease, Nebraska Capital Preservation Architect Matt Hansen, author Joel Green and his daughter Brooklyn Green.

Airing On
Where might you expect to see the Robber’s Cave Documentary? At this time, we have a few preferred platforms both streaming and traditional broadcast, but have not yet chosen a final delivery network for airing. We are remaining open to a “best fit” home for the Robber’s Cave Documentary. Once a network has been selected, we intend to do another Press Release with more information.


Lincoln NE Location

Joel Green - Author/Co-producer
Robber’s Caves Tours
+1 (402) 975-0598

Sam Manzitto - Executive Producer
Robber’s Cave, LLC.
+1 (402) 430-8220

Knoxville TN Location

Daniel Patton - Director
Patton Productions
+1 (865) 237-2412

Jim Johnson - Producer
Jim Johnson Productions
+1 (865) 254-1505

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