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Meet the 2019 Filmmakers

The Accidental Environmentalist: Catherine Flowers

Ellen Esling

Ellen Esling is a geographer and media artist who explores place, identity and ecology. She works across a broad spectrum of mediums, including film, stop-motion animation, sound art and installation.


Jess Colquhoun

Filmmaker and photographer Jess Colquhoun aims to explore people and subcultures with a focus on social and environmental change and impact. Her documentaries include Valley of a Thousand Hills and Black Mambas.

Bare Existence

Max Lowe

Max Lowe was introduced to the outdoors by his stepfather, the legendary mountaineer Conrad Anker. He has since parlayed his passion for nature and the environment into a career as a photographer and adventure filmmaker, making films such as Slacker and Sky Migrations.

Big World

Fitz Cahall

Fitz Cahall is the co-founder and creative director at Duct Tape Then Beer, a consort of creatives who specialize in telling outdoor stories. Climber, guide and philanthropist.

David Morton

David Morton has scaled the Seven Summits, topped Everest six times and visited the tallest peaks in countries from Bolivia to Mongolia.

The Biggest Little Farm

John Chester

Emmy-winning director John Chester has been a filmmaker and television director for 25 years. His feature documentaries include Lost in Woonsocket and Rock Prophecies, and he has traveled the world as a wildlife filmmaker with Animal Planet and ITV Wildlife. He and his wife Molly started the biodynamic Apricot Lane Farms in 2010.

The Black Mambas

Bruce Donnelly

South African-born director and producer Bruce Donnelly is the co-founder of DKR Films in New York City, which creates film, television and commercial projects. His films have played in festivals worldwide and garnered international awards.

Blue Carbon

Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele

Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele are a documentary team who craft stories about the natural world in the human age. They particularly love to make science personal and amplify the impact of purpose-driven work.


Simon Lane

Simon Lane is a director and editor based in London who works in commercials, documentaries and branded music content. His clients include Guinness, Nikon, Levi’s and BBC Worldwide.

Victor Frankowski

Victor is a London based photographer, director and visual researcher working worldwide. He’s work has been published and exhibitied internationally and is a member of the Urban Photographers Association as well as the International Visual Sociology Association. While working commercially Victor is focusing is personal research work on urban settlements in the arctic and the long term impact of climate change on these places.

Brotherhood of Skiing

Tyler Wilkinson-Ray

Tyler Wilkinson-Ray is a Colorado-based filmmaker and National Geographic Young Explorer who has created content for companies such as Google, Burton and Patagonia.

Colin Arisman

Filmmaker and Wild Confluence Media Co-founder Colin Arisman is dedicated to telling stories that elevate the planet’s most pressing causes, critical movements and innovative leaders.

Chasing Monsters

Krystle Wright

Krystle Wright is a semi-nomadic adventure photographer, cinematographer and director from Queensland, Australia.

Toby Pike

Australian director and designer Toby Pike creates stylized and visually aesthetic video for clients that include some of the world’s most celebrated musicians.

Climbing out of a Disaster

Dominic Gill

Dominic Gill is a television host, cinematographer, director and co-founder at Encompass Films in Los Angeles His life has always been firmly rooted in adventures, and he has long captured his own on film.

Colors of Change

Jenny Nichols

Jenny Nichols works to create films that will act as tipping points in conservation campaigns — focusing her lens on issues from Greenland’s melting ice cap to animal migration and threatened elephants.

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

Judith A. Helfand

Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith A. Helfand is known for her ability to tell big stories of environmental injustice, corporate misdeeds and chemical exposure in a way that’s personal, resonant, quirky and entertaining. Her films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and the Sundance Channel.

Cowboys and Scientists

Eric Bendick

Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith A. Helfand is known for her ability to tell big stories of environmental injustice, corporate misdeeds and chemical exposure in a way that’s personal, resonant, quirky and entertaining. Her films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and the Sundance Channel.

Creek Sessions

Tahria Sheather

Tahria Sheather is an Australian documentary director and producer who focuses on stories that explore human connection with the natural world. Her commercial clients include Columbia, Chaco Footwear and The Nature Conservancy.

Detroit Hives

Palmer Morse

Palmer Morse is an award-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on using visual and media tools to drive change. He is the co-founder of Spruce Tone Films.

Rachel Weinberg

Rachel Weinberg uses documentary films to raise awareness of social issues and shine a light on untold stories.

Dolphin Reef

Keith Scholey

Keith Scholey (Director/Producer) began working for Disneynature on the feature film African Cats, which he directed alongside Alastair Fothergill. He also directed Disneynature’s Bears, also alongside Fothergill. Scholey is also currently the series and executive producer of the Netflix Original Series Our Planet, and the executive producer of the BBC series Perfect Planet.


Guille Isa

Guille Isa is a filmmaker whose work encompasses short narrative films, documentaries, production design and lighting design.

Angello Faccini

Angello Faccini works as a filmmaker and cinematographer who actively balances narrative, documentary and commercial work.


Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is a filmmaker, musician and composer. His work has been featured on PBS, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Outside Magazine; exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals worldwide. He has also released two critically acclaimed records, Previous Misconceptions and Borrowed Time.

Farmer’s Footprint: Regeneration – The Beginning

Nicol Ragland

Influenced and informed by time spent with the Indigenous in multiple countries, Nicol Ragland continues to engage in a long term photographic and film exploration into humanity’s relationship to culture and the wild.

Feel of Vision

Tucker Gragg

Director, editor and cinematographer Tucker Gragg is invested in the power of documentary as a platform for change, empathy and entertainment.

Ghost Fleet

Shannon Service

Shannon Service is an award-winning reporter and filmmaker whose work is primarily focused on crimes at sea. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian and the BBC.

Jeffrey Waldron

Jeffrey Waldron has won several awards for his directing and cinematography work in both narrative and documentary films, including a 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography.

Greenland Melts

Jason Van Bruggen

Self-taught photographer and filmmaker Jason van Bruggen, who is based in Canada, captures authentic and immersive stories of wilderness, ecosystems and the people whose lives are woven into them.

Grizzly Country

Ben Moon

Ben Moon is a photographer, filmmaker and traveler whose interest is rooted in telling authentic stories of adventure, lifestyle and music. His images have appeared in Patagonia catalogues for more than 15 years, and he makes films through his production company, Moonhouse. Denali, a short film about Moon’s battle with cancer and relationship with his dog, has been viewed more than 15 million times on Vimeo.

Hot Science: Living on Mars & Hot Science: The Science of Superheroes

Scott Rice

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and commercial director Scott Rice has worked on projects that include narrative films, short docs and big-name commercials. He co-teaches a film course at the University of Texas with Matthew McConaughey.

Into the Canyon

Pete McBride

Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. The self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer and public speaker has worked in more than 75 countries for publications such as Smithsonian, National Geographic, Outside and Esquire. In recent years he has focused on the plight of Western rivers.

Katie and Life of Pie

Ben Knight

Ben Knight is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker whose projects include Denali, DamNation and Red Gold. The Felt Soul Media co-founder loves ketchup, bikes and cats.

Travis Rummel

Travis Rummel is a filmmaker and a partner with Ben Knight in Felt Soul Media, which makes documentaries. The duo is known for thoughtful and beautiful films about the sport of fishing, and they have gained attention at festivals worldwide


David Hambridge

David Hambridge is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer, commercial director and documentary filmmaker based in the U.S. Kirafu is his first feature-length documentary as a director.


Nils Hedinger

Nils Hedinger is a Swiss independent filmmaker and animator. His last major film, Timber, won a 2015 Swiss Film Prize and has been screened at more than 100 film festivals worldwide.

A Letter to Congress

Christopher Newman

Christopher Newman is a photographer, filmmaker and surfer based in Northern California. His documentaries have screened in festivals worldwide and nationally on PBS, and he has worked with major brands on commercial projects.

The Man With Bird

Quentin Marcault

Animator Quentin Marcault grew up in the French countryside under an oak tree. The Man with Birds is his graduation film.

A New View of the Moon

Wylie Overstreet

Wiley Overstreet is a writer and filmmaker whose work focuses on science, nature and humanity’s understanding of the cosmos.

Alex Gorosh

Alex Gorosh is a commercial and documentary director whose credits include the Telly Award-winning The True Story of Naadam and To Scale: The Solar System.

Renewal: Think Like a Scientist

Jessica Plumb

Jessica Plumb is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. She produced and co-directed the feature documentary Return of the River, was recognized with a dozen festival awards.

The River and the Wall

Ben Masters

Texas native Ben Masters is a wildlife biologist, author, photographer and filmmaker. He is best known for Unbranded, a feature-length documentary that chronicled him and three friends as they adopted and trained wild mustangs before riding them from Mexico to the Canada — part of an effort to raise awareness about wild mustang adoptions.

The Road to the Photo Ark

Josie Swantek Heitz

Filmmaker Josie Swantek Heitz started her career at National Geographic before co-founding the creative media company Run Riot Films with partner Chris Tuss. Her focus is on telling authentic, character driven stories with a cinematic aesthetic.

Sea of Shadows

Richard Ladkani

Director and cinematographer Richard Ladkani has gained international recognition for award-winning films like The Ivory Game and Escape Over the Himalayas. He and his wife Anita Ladkani founded Malaika Pictures, which produces films that shine a spotlight on the most pressing environmental and political issues of our time.

The Serengeti Rules

Nicolas Brown

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Nicolas Brown has worked for National Geographic, the BBC and the Discovery Channel. For the past five years, he has worked for Passion Pictures as creative director of the Blue Media Lab — a media think-tank dedicated to environmental filmmaking.

SharkWater Extinction

Rob Stewart

Biologist, photographer, conservationist and filmmaker Rob Stewart devoted his life to fighting for the protection of sharks. The Canada native logged thousands of hours underwater as a documentarian and spoke widely to conservation groups. His first film, Sharkwater, won dozens of awards at film festivals around the world.

Sonic Sea

Michelle Dougherty

Michelle Dougherty is a designer and director at Imaginary Forces, a creative company that specializes in visual storytelling and brand strategy. She has directed projects ranging from graphic design to feature film marketing and title sequences.

Daniel Hinerfeld

Daniel Hinerfield directs and produces films and videos for the Natural Resources Defense Council. His journalism and commentary has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, The Washington Post and NPR.

Take Back the Harbor

Kristi Jacobson

New York City-based director and producer Kristi Jacobson is founder of Catalyst Films. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian and Vanity Fair, and she’s a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

Roger Ross Williams

When Roger Ross Williams won an Oscar for his first documentary film, Music by Prudence, he became the first African American director to win an Academy Award. His subsequent films have included God Loves Uganda and Life, Animated.

Take the Hill

David Holbrooke

David Holbrooke is a filmmaker and festival curator whose last directorial effort, The Diplomat, was about his father, the legendary diplomat Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke, who has worked with festivals ranging from Telluride Mountainfilm to the Inspire Film Festival, is the artistic director of EarthxFilm.

There’s Something in the Water

Rory WT

Rory WT is a British animation director and filmmaker who is represented by London-based animation studio Beakus. His short film Mr. Madila garnered accolades from international festivals and qualified for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

Thirst for Power

Mat Hames

Emmy-winning director, writer and producer Mat Hames is known for documentaries like What Was Ours and When I Rise. His films have screened at SXSW, HotDocs and on Sundance TV.

This is the the Northland.

Ted Simpson

Ted Simpson is a filmmaker and the director of Just Trek, a production company that specializes in adventure-based films and branded content.


Ross Kauffman

Ross Kauffman is a filmmaker who directed, produced, shot and co-edited Born Into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary. He was on the lensing team of the high-profile documentary Half the Sky, and directed E-Team, a documentary feature about three Human Rights Watch investigators.


Jordan Manley

Vancouver-based photographer and filmmaker Jordan Manley makes films in an effort to explore the human relationship with nature.

Tribes on the Edge

Céline Cousteau

Céline Cousteau is a multifaceted social and environmental activist working with a variety of mediums from documentaries to art and design, consulting with corporations and foundations to public speaking. As a documentary film director, producer, and presenter, Cousteau is the founder and executive director of CauseCentric Productions.


Rishi Chandna

Rishi Chandna is a filmmaker based out of India who is passionate about developing stories around the anomalies and absurdities of life. Tungrus is his first short independent film.


Fraser Jones

Fraser Jones is an independent filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. After studying film at NYU, he moved to Australia to write a children’s series for Nickelodeon. He currently directs short documentary content for major record labels and non-profit organizations across America and Europe


Lesley Chilcott

Lesley Chilcott has produced several films, including the Academy Award-winning Inconvenient Truth and has directed several documentaries including Watson.

Warzone: The Fight to Save the Florida Coral Reef Tract

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson is an internationally award-winning filmmaker with over 15 years of professional production experience.  He is a PADI Scuba Instructor and FAA certified drone pilot. His work has been featured on Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, TLC, and NBC affiliates.

Jim Hellemn

Jim Hellemn is an award-winning imaging specialist with over 30 years of experience in film, digital imaging and underwater photography, whose projects focus on creating public awareness about ocean conservation. His work has appeared in National Geographic and the American Museum of Natural History, as well as numerous public attractions and documentary film productions.


Alex Jablonski

Director and editor Alex Jablonski focuses on stories of people working to transform themselves through bold and unconventional means. He has received grants from ITVS and the Catapult Film Fund; worked for clients such as Tesla and Patagonia; and in 2018, was named a Sundance Institute | Discovery Impact fellow.

Kahlil Hudson

Kahlil Hudson is a commercial and non-fiction film director and co-founder of the directing collective Finback. His debut documentary, Low and Clear, won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival

Wonders of the Sea – 3D

Jean-Michel Cousteau

As the son of humanity’s greatest modern ocean explorer, Jean-Michel Cousteau has spent his life communicating his concern for planet Earth’s blue places. The environmentalist, educator and filmmaker founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on his father Jacques’s pioneering work. Jean-Jacques Manello is a director and writer known for films such as Time, The Fourth Dimension and OceanWorld 3D.

Jean-Jacques Mantello

Jean-Jacques Mantello is a director and producer, known for Wonders of the Sea 3D (2017), Time, the Fourth Dimension and OceanWorld 3D (2009).

A Word to the Wise

Jordi Esgleas Marroi

Barcelona-based filmmaker, cinematographer and editor Jordi Esgleas Marrio has been working behind the camera for two decades, covering news, sports and documentaries.

Youth Unstoppable: The Rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement

Slater Jewell-Kemker

Filmmaker and climate activist Slater Jewell-Kemker picked up a camera at an early age in her native Los Angeles, where she started making short films for the My Hero project. Along with documenting the rise of the global youth climate movement, she is a leading voice in the movement.