Welcome to Pack Creek Productions

Moab Rom & La Sal Mountains Pack Creek Productions is the film and video production company of award-winning filmmakers Michael Chandler and Sheila Canavan, who live and work just outside the town of Moab in Utah's spectacular canyon country. Moab is home to two national parks, boasts some of the nation's most scenic locations, and offers one of the rare places in the country with easy access to the Colorado River’s rapids.

We're surrounded by breathtaking views of the La Sal Mountains and the intricate red rock sandstone formations that give Southeastern Utah's high desert plateau its distinctive character.

Michael and Sheila have been making films here since 2001, when they left the San Francisco Bay Area to come to Moab's thriving community, an eclectic mix of writers and rock climbers, filmmakers and four-wheelers. We hope you'll join us soon.


"Buffalo Ball" was our winning entry to the The Utah Film Commission's first Annual "Spot On" Commercial Contest, where local filmmakers help promote Utah as a destination for motion picture production by creating commercial spots.


Sheila Canavan

Sheila Canavan produced and directed the Showtime Broadcast Premier Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank and the Independent Lens documentary Knee Deep, winner of the prestigious Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film. Her film credits include Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey and Yosemite, The Fate of Heaven.

Sheila is also a nationally-known attorney in consumer law and predatory lending fraud, specializing in financial abuse of the elderly. She served a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council, which advises the Board on its responsibilities under the Consumer Credit Protection Act.


Michael Chandler


Michael Chandler is an award-winning filmmaker and Academy-Award nominated editor. In addition to producing and directing Compared to What? and Knee Deep with partner Sheila Canavan, Michael's film Forgotten Fires probed the burning by Ku Klux Klansmen of Black churches in South Carolina. Bill Moyers said about it: "If we wanted a real dialog about race in America, we'd start with this film." Michael also specializes as a consulting editor for documentaries, emphasizing story and structure.

He was a writer and consulting editor on the Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, edited the Academy Award-nominated Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey, and wrote and edited the Oscar-nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-Winner Freedom on My Mind, the Emmy Award-winning Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven, and ABC's Can't It Be Anyone Else?, for which he received the Christopher Humanitarian Award.

Michael has produced and directed documentaries for the PBS series Frontline. Blackout, a co-production with The New York Times, was the first media program to expose Enron's financial manipulation of energy markets. Secrets of the SAT dealt with the impact of standardized testing in college admissions and won First Prize in Broadcast Journalism from the Education Writer's Association.

Michael has also edited feature films, including Never Cry Wolf, Mishima, and Amadeus, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.