Debb(ie) Doesn't Do Dallas - "A River Runs Through It" instead.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

When I first read about Roger Mucci's contest, "Be the Star of Your Own Movie," my palms started to sweat. I’ve heard enough “Debbie Does Dallas” jokes to last a lifetime. :)

Debbie Does Dallas

Therefore, it took some thought to find the perfect movie to depict my philosophy, lifestyle and Real Estate business.

A River Runs Through It "A River Runs Through It," is about two brothers - not two sisters, which is the A River Runs Through Itstory of my life. In Robert Redford’s version of the Norman MacClean story, one brother eventually self-destructs. However, in my version of the movie, my sister and I are both alive, well, and happy.

What we do share in common with the movie brothers, is a childhood spent fishing and exploring in the great outdoors. My sis still loves A River Runs Through Itto fish, and does so each summer while camping at a lake. I’m not much of a boat fisherman, and prefer instead to stand in a stream with a fly-rod in hand.

Our love affair with nature and the outdoors began long ago, growing up in Alaska. Dad wasn’t a Presbyertian minister as in "A River Runs Through It," but he was an Alaska State Trooper.  We too grew up disciplined, with strong principles and good ethics, and we always knew we were greatly loved.
A River Runs Through It
How could we not? Since Dad didn’t have a son, my sister and I happily took on the role of his outdoor buddies. We mastered life around boats and water, baited hooks and even learned how to properly shoot a gun at an early age. In short, we enjoyed a lot of adventures in the wilderness, and learned a deep love and respect for nature.

Today, I carry my love of nature and the environment into my job as a Real Estate Broker. Technically, I’m called an EcoBroker, which means I can help people live in a more beautiful, comfortable and healthier environment - and save them money. It's actually quite easy to live in harmony with the planet.

"A River Runs Through It" is a story about two brothers and their very different paths in life. However, much of the film depicts their love of fly-fishing and shared experiences in an outdoor-oriented world. The river and fly-fishing become the one place where brothers, and father alike, transcend their differences - it allows them the gift of harmony, albeit temporary. 

A River Runs Through It My favorite quotation comes at the end of Norman MacClean’s book, and it pretty much sums it all up.

"A River Runs Through It" - starring Debb Janes.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” 

Please watch my 1:28 movie trailer, I promise it's a different version of the original movie. Ladies, there will be a few Brad Pitt moments, gentlemen, there will be fishing scenes from Oregon's Deschutes River. No fish were harmed while making this movie. (
Catch and release!

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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Debb - A River Runs Through It is one of those well known movies that I haven't seen. Congratulations!

May 02, 2012 02:09 PM #73
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great story, Deb. I can see why it’s a winner.

May 02, 2012 02:23 PM #74
John F Muscarella
Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast

Congrats Deb.  Being from Montana and fishing the same waters where the movie was shot, I appreciated your post.  It is a great story and a slice of life.  Keep up the great work.

May 02, 2012 09:53 PM #75
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\ - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

haaaaaaaaaaaa - GOOD ONE!!!

May 02, 2012 10:43 PM #76
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Jan, great to see you fellow EcoBroker, glad to know we have even more in common. Thanks for the visit.

May 02, 2012 11:23 PM #77
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Debb~ Congratulations on your nomination and WIN!  Your gown was beautiful!  You looked stunning!  I enjoyed your movie.  I wish I could watch the trailer, but my wireless always has problems with youtube videos.  I'll have to try to watch it at the office at another time!

May 03, 2012 12:52 AM #78
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Very nice, Debb. I've never tried fishing, but I think I'd love to stand in the stream, too. Congrats on your movie debut and prize!

May 03, 2012 01:17 AM #79

LOL - Agree with #1 (Q) have to agree title was bizarre enough that I simply ahd to read. Good post and congrats on your STAR!!!



May 03, 2012 02:14 AM #80
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Terrific and clever all the way...from the title, to the story and to the excellent use of video.

Congratulations! May I now have your autograph?



May 03, 2012 11:38 AM #81
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

A well deserved win, great job!  And yes, I agree that you look MAHvelous, dahling!

May 04, 2012 01:08 AM #82
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kathleen, thanks and it's good to see you "back in the Rain." You were missed.

Dawn, aw shucks, and thanks.  By now, the other two winners have been announced. They are very sure to check "them" out.

Erica, no need to clarify. I got it. ;)

Leah, glad you "loved it." It's nice to see you.

Joni, hi there and thanks so much for the visit and congratulations. :)

May 04, 2012 01:27 AM #83
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Christine, it's a good movie for outdoor scenes and a good story of family dynamics, but it's also a bit sad.

Hi John, thank you kindly.

John M, I went to college in Missoula for a couple of years. Unfortunately, I didn't fly fish at that time and I know I missed some wonderful water. Oh well, I can always visit.

Travis, thanks for the visit.

Donna, Sharon did a fabulous job "dressing me." She was a bit upset that I insisted on wearing my waterproof boots with the gown, as I kept telling her, the dress is so long, nobody will see my feet." :) You can dress the girl up...but?

Lottie, often times that's pretty much what I do...stand in a stream and watch the fish that get away. ;)

Hi there # 82, Thanks for the visit anonymous. Peace to you too.

Margaret, it is I who should be asking for YOUR autograph. :) :)

Janna, you are a kind and gracious lady. Thanks much.

May 04, 2012 01:35 AM #84
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I watched the original movie when it was first released--the story line lost out to the breathtaking scenery--mostly nature but a little Brad Pitt.  :)  I applaud your efforts!

May 04, 2012 04:52 AM #85
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Congratulations on your win, Debb. So well deserved. The movie fits your life pretty well and the photos you picked were perfect!! The video was terrific, too.


May 04, 2012 10:17 AM #86
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Norma, thanks much for the visit...yes, the scenary is magnifcient - and a little bit of Brad can be a good thing. ;)

Jeff - great to see you and thanks so much for watching my little movie and your very kind words.

May 05, 2012 12:07 AM #87
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"


I was not here yet when your movie came out. Great job. I checked it out bc I wanted to see what the contest was all about. You did a fine job on this one.

Feb 02, 2013 03:08 AM #88
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks Dana. Appreciate your kind words. :)

Feb 02, 2013 10:38 PM #89
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Debb congratulations first of all and I did like your little movie, the rainbow was very beautiful.  I am not a fisherman but my husband is a talented fly fisherman, both he and our son Erik, great hands and instincts. I love that you and your sister are.  Alan says there is nothing better than being on the river, lake whatever and watching the Eagles and Osprey fly overhead.  Again Congrats!

Mar 08, 2013 03:27 AM #90
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks for the visit Mary. Fly fishing is a very zen activity. 

Mar 08, 2013 03:29 AM #91
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Well I'm late to this party, but congratulations on the oscar!  Nice catch.

Feb 03, 2014 09:28 AM #92
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