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Meet the 2020 Filmmakers

David Regos

A Fistful of Rubbish

David Regos

David Regos is an award-winning documentary producer and director, whose work has screened not only in countries around the globe but also in outer space. In 2001, after graduating from UC Berkeley, he made the feature documentary Figures & Loops about the quirky world of artistic roller-skating. Since then, he has worked for ABC TV Australia (2009), traveled across the USA filming people’s inspiring Aha Moments (2010-2013), and documented the ancient traditions of the Tibetans in India and the Q’eros of Peru (2015-16). From 2011 to 2014, he produced Divide in Concord, a film about an 84-year old grandmother on a crusade to ban plastic bottled water, which premiered at Hot Docs and won festival awards around the world. His short film, The Most Ideal Place (2019), won Best Film and Best Documentary at the Cinespace Film Festival in Houston.

Maria Wilhelm - Director of Akashinga

Akashinga: The Brave Ones

Maria Wilhelm

Maria Wilhelm thrives at the helm, executive producing the earth-conscious documentaries The Game Changers for Netflix, Emmy-winning climate change series Years of Living Dangerously for Showtime and National Geographic, and James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction for AMC. Among other productions in tandem with James Cameron, she runs Earthship – focused on advocacy media, the Avatar Alliance Foundation, and CAMERON Companies. Moving into the director’s chair for Akashinga: The Brave Ones, she tells us the story of an elite troop of women protecting the illegal hunting of elephants in Zimbabwe. Beyond her film efforts, Maria is a Trustee of the African Wildlife Foundation and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Be sure to look out for her upcoming executive producer films, National Geographic’s Planet of the Whales and Mission OceanX.

Eric Bendick - Director of Chasing Ghosts

Chasing Ghosts

Eric Bendick

Eric Bendick is an Emmy-winning Storyteller, Director, and Producer for Montana-based Grizzly Creek Films. Exploring connectivity, conflict, intersection, and balance among the human and natural world is the motivation for his work. A natural adventurer, his productions become film expeditions to hard to reach places like the Florida Everglades, the Grand Canyon, the Great Bear Rainforest, the Alaska Range, and to the farthest point from any road in Yellowstone National Park. His other accolades include a Webby, a Wildscreen Panda Award, and the Best Broadcast Feature Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival.

Eric Bendick - Director of Chasing Ghosts

Counter Mapping

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Musician, composer and filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee performs with some of jazz’s most prominent names while also publishing work in outlets like The New York Times and National Geographic. He brings a deeper understanding of humans and our planet as a producer and co-director of documentaries on subjects from space travel to languages on the verge of extinction.

Eric Bendick - Director of Chasing Ghosts

Counter Mapping

Adam Loften

Adam Loften is a director, editor, cinematographer, and producer for documentary short films dedicated to highlighting the pressing social and environmental issues of our time. His works are featured on PBS, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Current Sea

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith is a documentary, commercial, and music video director and producer. His award-winning first feature documentary, TINY: A Story About Living Small, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and was screened at more than 40 film festivals around the world, including Hot Docs, DOC NYC, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and Mountainfilm in Telluride. In June 2014, TINY was released via Al Jazeera America and First Run Features on Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes where it was extremely popular with millions of views. Christopher’s second feature documentary, Current Sea, premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in the competition. He is currently in production on his third feature, American ESPionage.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Echos in the Arctic

Tahria Sheather

Tahria Sheather is an Australian documentary filmmaker whose work explores our human connection with the natural world. She produced the documentary feature film Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO in December 2019. Also, with Vermilion Films, she produced the short documentary Homeless: The Soundtrack, which received a special jury mention at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, a New York Times Op-Doc about the impact of technology on deafness, and a series of 17 short films on sex trafficking.

Tahria has directed, produced, shot, and edited short films, 360 video experiences, broadcast series, and commercials for brands, nonprofits, and media outlets, including The New York Times, National Geographic, Facebook, Destination Canada, NoVo Foundation and Neighborhood Centers Inc. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a member of the Documentary Producers Alliance.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Echos in the Arctic

Andy Maser

Andy Maser is a three-time Emmy Award-winning director and cinematographer known for filming in the world’s most challenging and remote locations. Most recently, he shot the IMAX nature documentary Great Bear Rainforest (2019), which recently won Best Cinematography at the annual Giant Screen Awards. Andy recently shot the feature documentary, The Weight of Water (2019), which has won nine film festival audience and grand jury awards since its release. He has also filmed more than 20 hours of television for National Geographic, CNN, HBO, and Travel Channel.

Andy also regularly directs commercials for major international brands, including US Bank, Samsung, Toyota, Purina, and Facebook, among others. He also works with nonprofits, including World Wildlife Fund, American Rivers, Wild Salmon Center, and SeaLegacy, to tell compelling, high production value environmental stories.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Echos in the Arctic

Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen is a visual artist and marine biologist who has documented both the beauty and the plight of our planet for over 20 years, collaborating with scientists, filmmakers, conservationists, and explorers to create awareness and inspire action for global issues such as climate change. Paul’s photography informs and connects by creating an emotional bond with wild subjects in extreme conditions. After a 20-year career of photographing for journalistic publications like National Geographic, Paul hopes his viewers look into the eyes of the animals in his photographs and fall in love with their vulnerability. His ongoing journey is to continue photographing intimate, evocative, powerful subject matter to create a thought-provoking body of work. Paul is a well-known speaker, TED Talks participant, author, and National Geographic Fellow.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Epoch

Kevin McGloughlin

Kevin McGloughlin is a Sligo, Ireland based filmmaker and self-taught artist primarily working as a director-animator. Kevin’s interest in the arts and music at a young age fuels his thirst for innovation and creativity, reflecting in his films. His initiative is to create immersive and thought-provoking experiences using unconventional methods of film and animation. Mainly working in an abstracted and expressionistic form, Kevin incorporates a myriad of experimental techniques that flourish from passion and public concernment.

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Ferryman at the Wall, Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen, and The River is Me

David Freid

Kevin McGloughlin is a Sligo, Ireland based filmmaker and self-taught artist primarily working as a director-animator. Kevin’s interest in the arts and music at a young age fuels his thirst for innovation and creativity, reflecting in his films. His initiative is to create immersive and thought-provoking experiences using unconventional methods of film and animation. Mainly working in an abstracted and expressionistic form, Kevin incorporates a myriad of experimental techniques that flourish from passion and public concernment.

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Fire on the Hill

Brett Fallentine

Brett Fallentine is a Los Angeles based filmmaker making his feature directorial debut with Fire on the Hill. No stranger to striking visual design, his films are uniquely influenced by his impressive career start as an apprentice editor to George Lucas on Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and his role as assistant editor to James Cameron on Avatar. After receiving an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he directed documentary-style commercials for clients such as Pepsi, Google, IBM, and Samsung. Now in his tenth year as a commercial director, Brett brings his visually-rich documentary storytelling style to the large screen with this first film.

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Golden

Charles Post

Charles Post is an ecologist and filmmaker who calls southwest Montana home. His documentary work includes Island Earth, Sky Migrations (Mountainfilm 2018), and Return of the Desert Bighorn (Mountainfilm 2019). With nearly a decade of experience working as a field researcher and studying ecology at U.C. Berkeley, Post leans on the communicative power of storytelling to inspire our next generation of stewards. A devoted environmentalist, he is co-founder of The Nature Project, ecology editor of Modern Huntsman, and a fellow of the Explorers Club. His photography and writing are published in YETI, National Geographic, and Outside Magazine.

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Guardians of the Gulf

Cait Martin Newnham

Cait Martin Newnham is a director, writer, and producer specializing in documentary films and branded content. She produced Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation, an award-winning documentary about the global menstrual movement. The film premiered at the 2019 Whistler Film Festival and the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

After pursuing a Master’s of Journalism, Cait’s first documentary film, Filter, about Instagram influencers was bought by Bell Media. Cait is currently working on narrative and documentary projects.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Guardians of the Gulf

Ulla Laidlow

Ulla Laidlaw is a Toronto-based filmmaker, focusing on environmental content and practice. She is currently developing Under the Concrete with Charles Street Video, a curated program of Engaged Environmental Filmmaking that connects filmmakers with the land and water in Toronto as a first impulse in narrative filmmaking practice. Her most recent documentary Time Machine follows Radix Theatre’s 5-hour yacht trip exploring the past, present, and future of Tsleil-Watuth First Nation’s territorial waters while directing remotely in a carbon-cutting filmmaking practice. She is pleased to be a part of the collaborative team of Guardians of the Gulf, and to have an opportunity to honor the people who live, work, and play in this precious body of water.

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Hudson Geese

Bernardo Britto

Bernardo Britto is a writer, director, and animator hailing from Rio de Janeiro, South Florida, and New York. His films include the short animations The Places Where We Lived, Yearbook, and Glove, as well as the live-action feature Jacqueline (Argentine).

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Jane Goodall: The Hope

Kim Woodard

Kim Woodard is co-founder and co-president of award-winning production company Lucky 8, which creates unscripted content for broadcast and cable networks, as well as streaming platforms. Since the company’s 2014 inception, she has executive produced hundreds of hours of programming, encompassing nearly every unscripted and non-fiction genre, from formatted reality to docuseries.

Woodard was featured in Variety’s 2018 New York Women’s Impact Report, and her prodco’s content has received constant acclaim. Under the Lucky 8 banner, she has executive produced content that explores important social issues like incarceration, education, and gender bias. This includes A&E’s award-winning series 60 Days In, currently in its sixth season, as well as Undercover High and Bravo’s In A Man’s World with executive producer Viola Davis.

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Jane Goodall: The Hope

Elizabeth Leiter

Elizabeth Leiter is a documentary filmmaker with over a decade of experience crafting films and television. She made her directorial debut in 2019 with Frontline’s The Abortion Divide. Her producing credits include the Emmy-nominated series Parched for National Geographic, the feature film This Is Home that premiered at Sundance, and the Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary short God is the Bigger Elvis. She has also produced television content for PBS, National Geographic, CNN and VICE. Leiter’s work has taken her around the world and to all seven continents.

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Last Wild Places

Vanessa Serrao

Vanessa Serrao is the Executive Producer of National Geographic Society’s Storytelling division. An award-winning filmmaker, producer, and media strategist, Vanessa specializes in telling stories about science, culture, and the intersection of the two. Her work has helped to raise millions of dollars for wildlife conservation, influenced communities to end poaching, and made complex scientific concepts accessible to a worldwide audience. Vanessa began her career producing on-air and online content for the Discovery Networks, where her work won a Webby and Emmy nomination. Since then, she has produced media for numerous networks and non-profit organizations, including Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, The Science Channel, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and the Jane Goodall Institute.

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Director of Lost World

Kalyanee Mam

Kalyanee Mam is an award-winning filmmaker focused on art and advocacy. Born in Battambang, Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime, Kalyanee immigrated to the United States in 1981 with her family. She launched her career with a bang with her debut documentary feature, A River Changes Course, winning the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the Golden Gate Award for Best Feature Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Kalyanee cinematographer chops include the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, and as co-director and co-producer of Between Earth & Sky.

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Lowland Kids

Sandra Winther

Sandra Winther is a New York-based film director from Copenhagen, Denmark. Much of her work tells the story of underrepresented youths, focusing on the often-overlooked subcultures across America. Her documentary Lowland Kids tackles the complex subject of climate change through the eyes of two American teenagers living on a sinking island in Louisiana.

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Matthew Modine’s Ripple Effect

Andrew Klein

Andrew Klein is the director and co-writer of Ripple Effect. After a decade creating ad campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, Andrew turned to filmmaking and writing, directing human character stories for brands like Airbnb, Delta Airlines, and Conde Nast. A “wavemaker” always attempting to change the planet through his works, he contributes film work to The Explorer’s Club and shoots nature photography on five continents. He is an admitted “bird nerd” and is as equally at home wading in a trout stream as he is swimming with white sharks.

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Matthew Modine’s Ripple Effect

Matthew Modine

Audiences currently know Modine as Dr. Martin Brenner on Netflix’s Stranger Things, the most-watched show in the world in 2019. Renowned New York Times film critic Vincent Camby proclaimed Matthew to be “one of the best, most adaptable film actors of his generation.” For four decades, Matthew has partnered and worked with many of the film industry’s most respected directors, including Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme, and John Sayles. Matthew has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and is the recipient of one for Altman’s multiple award-winning Short Cuts. Modine is well remembered for the title character in Birdy, which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Gran Prix Award. His work in Equinox helped earn the film four Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Film and Best Actor for Modine. He’s also the recipient of two acting awards from the Venice Film Festival, the Volpi Cup and Golden Lion. Modine has directed several distinguished short films — the multiple award-winning Jesus Was I a Commie, I Think I Thought, and To Kill An American. His earlier shorts, When I Was Boy, Smoking, and Ecce Pirate debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and played at film festivals worldwide.

Matthew is also a political activist, environmentalist, and educator. He’s been working in the environmental sector for over three decades. He studied oceanography in San Diego and has been a passionate advocate for the health and protection of the world’s oceans and sea life ever since. Bicycling has been his primary form of transportation since moving to New York in 1980. Most of his environmental accomplishments are based on common sense solutions. In the mid-90s, Matthew single-handedly convinced the William Morris Talent Agency to evolve away from single page script printing to double-sided, effectively cutting paper consumption in half. He shared this idea of paper reduction with other actors and agencies, and double-sided scripts are now the industry standard, saving billions of sheets of paper over the years. While working on a film in Ourrzazate, Morocco, Matthew helped to institute a plastic bottle deposit and recycling program. This effort not only cleared the desert of discarded bottles but provided young kids that collected the bottles with pocket money (as it did for Modine when he was a boy). Matthew is the founder of Bicycle for a Day (BFAD), whose mission is to encourage bicycling as a way toward better health and environmental sustainability. BFAD’s first event attracted some 14,000 participants in NYC. Presently, Matthew is working on his global DO-ONE Campaign, a viral video campaign that encourages and empowers individuals to “do one” thing every day to reduce wasteful behaviors. Matthew served on the board of NYC’s Transportation Alternatives, Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation, Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy (The Bronx, NY), the Director of Humanitarian Activities for Twisted Sun, Inc., and the acting President of Hyper Chariot. Matthew founded Card Carrying Liberal, a grassroots movement dedicated to human rights. In addition, Mr. Modine is an avid supporter of The Wounded Warrior Project, Purple Heart Foundation, and God’s Love We Deliver. Matthew is also a guest teacher and board member at the New York Film Academy’s College of Visual & Performing Arts.

Melted

Sierra Quitiquit

Sierra began skiing at the age of 2 and turned professional at 23. In her rookie year, she made a splash on the scene when she landed the closing segment of the ski film Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride and starred in the award-winning film Valhalla. Since then, she has worked as an advocate and activist in current affairs by raising awareness through digital media. Sierra works to create content that shapes positive habits on a broad scale through education, awareness, and alternative solutions. She has worked alongside Protect Our Winters (POW) – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. POW leads a community of athletes, thought pioneers, and forward-thinking business leaders to affect systemic solutions to climate change.

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Miracle Fishing

Miles Hargrove

Miles Hargrove has worked extensively as a behind-the-scenes documentarian on major Hollywood productions like Proof of Life, three Harry Potter films (The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, and The Order of the Pheonix) and Fast & Furious. In 2008 he edited the documentary Torey’s Distraction, a passion project for Casting Director Tisha Blood (Never Goin’ Back). The film went on to win the Audience Award at both the New Orleans and Austin Film Festivals. He has also shot extensively in Sierra Leone, documenting the changes under the new president’s leadership from 2009 – 2011. And in 2016, he was embedded with United Nations peacekeepers in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. From 2012–2014, he co-directed The Starck Club with award-winning filmmaker Michael Cain. His work as director also includes multiple music videos for The Polyphonic Spree.

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Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

Alexander John Glustrom

Alexander Glustrom is a director, DP, producer, and editor of commercials, music/art videos, and documentaries. His projects have aired on HBO, CNN, Fusion, NYtimes.com, Great Big Story, and Democracy Now. Alex’s directed, shot, produced, and edited his first film, the award-winning documentary Big Charity, which won The Jury Award, and Audience Award at The New Orleans Film Festival. Big Charity was also awarded 2015 Documentary of the Year by Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, named the 5th Best Film Made in Louisiana in 2014, and the 4th Best Katrina Film by NOLA.com. Alex’s fundraising videos have also raised thousands of dollars for New Orleans youth programs. Alex was awarded Filmmaker of the Year at the 2015 New Orleans Millennial Awards and named as one of New Orleans’ 40 under 40 brightest and most innovative young people by Gambit Magazine.

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My Octopus Teacher

Pippa Ehrlich

Pippa Ehrlich is a natural history filmmaker and award-winning environmental journalist, specializing in the vast field of marine science and conservation, working with some of the world’s top marine researchers and underwater photographers. She is editor of the acclaimed photographic book Sea Change: Primal Joy and the Art of Underwater Tracking. Pippa is an ardent free diver with more than a decade of experience and has spent her last three years exploring the underwater forests of Cape Town, creating the documentary feature My Octopus Teacher.

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My Octopus Teacher

James Reed

James is an award-winning director and writer specializing in dramatic, long-form documentaries concerning the natural world. His films have brought unique, untold stories from the most remote locations to be broadcast on BBC, Netflix, Disney, Discovery, and many others. James is best known for the multi-award-winning docu-films Jago: A Life Underwater and Rise of The Warrior Apes.

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Ode to Desolation

Lindsey Hagen

Lindsey Hagen is a Director with a focus on cause-related storytelling in the hopes to unite us through emotive, vulnerable narratives. Her background in sales and marketing, journalism, and brand strategy propels her success in ideating and pitching meaningful stories to brand and network partners. Lindsey creates compelling human-centered films and campaigns to imagine possibilities, ignite curiosity, and inspire action for our world. Her work garners global festival circuit acclaim and awards in the ad and branding space.

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Okavango: River of Dreams

Dereck Joubert

Dereck Joubert is a National Geographic explorer-at-large, director, cinematographer, conservationist, and author. He and his wife, Beverly, have made 40 wildlife films, receiving eight Emmys, a Peabody Award, two Wildscreen Panda Awards, and an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. He is also the recipient of a World Ecology Award and the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service in Botswana.

Beverly Joubert

Beverly Joubert is a premier African conservationist, National Geographic explorer-at-large, wildlife filmmaker, and photographer. In collaboration with her husband, Dereck, she has co-produced and recorded sound for over 40 wildlife films and received numerous awards. Saving wildlife and wild landscapes is a significant driving factor in her life.

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On a Wing and a Prayer

Dominic Gill

Dominic Gill is a former environmental consultant who launched his career in filmmaking by riding a tandem bicycle from Alaska to Argentina while picking up strangers on the back. In 2008 he debuted his film on the subject at Banff Film Festival, taking home the Special Jury Prize with a distribution deal by the UK’s ITV4. In 2011 Dominic formed Encompass Films with his producing partner Nadia Gill. While working on his own feature directorial debut Coming To My Senses he also DP’d the forthcoming film Riders of Destiny premiering at Thessaloniki film festival in 2019. Dominic has won numerous awards for his publishing and film work, a select few include the National Outdoor Book Award, Hiscox Courage Award Austin Film Festival, & Best Feature Documentary Mammoth Film Festival.

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Public Trust

David Byars

David Byars made his directorial debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with No Man’s Land (Tribeca 2017, Independent Lens), a documentary about the 2016 militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that sparked international headlines. Byars also produced and lensed Massacre River (Hot Docs 2019, ITVS) Suzan Beraza’s film about statelessness in the Dominican Republic.

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Rebuilding Paradise

Ron Howard

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation’s most popular directors and producers. Whether it be from in front of or behind the camera, or for film, television or documentaries, Howard has been a part of many of the most significant projects in every decade since the 60’s.

Howard’s latest film includes the documentary Rebuilding Paradise, premiered at Sundance this year. The film follows the community of Paradise, California, as it rebuilds following the devastation of the 2018 California wildfires. Howard is also currently in post-production on the film adaptation of the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams; the documentary Dads; and served as an executive producer on the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band which opened in select theaters on February 21, 2020.

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Sacred Strides

Forest Woodward

Adventure photographer Forest Woodward was born and raised in the hills of North Carolina. Still, his career has seen him log many miles across the globe as he has captured the beauty of sports, such as surfing and climbing, as well as intimate portraits of migrant workers and street kids. Woodward seeks out stories with soul and intrepid spirits whose eyes twinkle with the allure of adventure.

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Sacred Strides

Anna Callaghan

Anna Callaghan is a Boulder-based freelance writer and filmmaker. She spent her early film career producing films at Talweg Creative for clients like REI, YETI, Porsche, and RAM Trucks. Her writing frequently appears in Outside magazine, and Sacred Strides is Outside’s first original documentary. You’ll find her getting lost in projects with strong people-driven narratives.

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Sacred Strides

Marie Sullivan

Marie Sullivan is a Los Angeles-based producer, director, and editor of non-fiction documentary content. She is drawn to strong characters and compelling stories that stand out from the pack.

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Saving Salma

James Robinson

James Robinson is currently a senior at Duke, where he is majoring in Environmental Science and Documentary Studies. His environmental films range from documenting sooty terns in the Dry Tortugas to land loss in Louisiana. He enjoys all stages of his filmmaking and has learned to embrace the process—the shoot, the edit, the headaches, the challenges, the closeness, the silence, and the shared vulnerability that meets at the camera’s lens.

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Spaceship Earth

Matt Wolf

Matt Wolf’s feature documentaries include Wild Combination, about the cult cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell; Teenage, about early youth culture and the birth of teenagers; and Recorder, the activist Marion Stokes, who recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years. His short films include Bayard & Me about the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin; It’s Me, Hilary, about the Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight; and I Remember, about the artist Joe Brainard.

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Step Outside

Quinn Costello

Quinn Costello is a director/editor living in sunny Oakland, California. He has directed and edited documentaries for PBS, Disney Plus, and many others. On his first trip to Dallas, he introduced the city to giant 20-pound swamp rats via his directorial debut documentary Rodents of Unusual Size. After ROUS played at the 2018 EarthxFilm Festival, it went on to screen at over 100 festivals and rack up more than 20 awards before having its television debut on Independent Lens.

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The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Jeremy Seifert

Jeremy Seifert is a documentary filmmaker. His feature films include GMO OMG and DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste.

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The Cost of Silence

Mark Manning

Mark Manning, a former offshore oil-field diver, is an entrepreneur, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and the director of internationally acclaimed films, including The Road to Fallujah. He is the founder/CEO of OURVOICE Inc., a media and technology company dedicated to creating positive social change, and the founder of ConceptionMedia, a feature documentary film and media campaign production company. Mark formerly was a co-founder of an international relief agency specializing in humanitarian missions in combat zones.

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The Great Green Wall

Jared P. Scott

Jared P. Scott is an award-winning filmmaker and NY Times Bestseller. His feature films include The Age of Consequences, Requiem for the American Dream, Disruption, and Do the Math – which have been released theatrically (US, Canada, UK), premiered at top-tier festivals (TriBeCa, HotDocs, AFI, IDFA, Sheffield), charted at #1 on iTunes & Amazon, and distributed in over 200 countries & territories (Netflix, STARZ, PBS, ABC, Al-Jazeera, IFC, Documentary Channel). Jared’s climate films have screened at high-level events (NASA, NATO, US Congress, EU Parliament, UK Parliament), with over 200 environmental orgs (Sierra Club, WWF, 350.org, LCV), and over 500 universities worldwide.

His films helped spark the fossil fuel divestment movement and galvanized the largest climate march in history days before the 2014 UN Climate Summit.

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The Long Haul

Scott Yorko

Scott Yorko is a freelance journalist and magazine editor based in Boulder, Colorado. His work has sent him on escapades to far-flung corners of the world, be it heliboarding in Russia, rickshaw-riding across India, trekking through the jungles of Central & South America, or mountain biking in Bhutan. He always looks for the human story beneath every adventure and has documented them in The New York Times, Playboy, Outside, TransWorld SNOWboarding, Backpacker, The Red Bulletin, and more.

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The Long Haul

Zach Doleac

Zach Doleac is a commercial, editorial, and documentary photographer based out of Portland, Oregon. The breadth of his work spans from the grit of the American West to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims. His imagery is diverse, and mixing up the subject matter keeps him at his best. Zach has told stories around the globe for Rolling Stone, Nike, Red Bull, OPI Products, and Yeti.

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The Love Bugs

Allison Otto

Allison Otto is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and visual journalist. Her documentary short, The Love Bugs, was recently shortlisted for a 2019 IDA Award, and she is a 2019 recipient of the SFFILM Catapult Film Fellowship, a 2019 finalist for a Heartland Emmy for Outstanding Human Interest Special, a 2018 and 2013 Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment grant recipient and a 2018 Roy W. Dean grant winner. Allison’s documentary shorts have won Audience Choice and Jury Awards at film festivals around the world. Her first film, Keeper of the Mountains (2013), screened more than 500 times in 32 countries, including a screening at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. It was also named One of the Best Adventure Films of 2013 by Outside magazine.

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The Love Bugs

Maria Clinton

Maria Clinton is a filmmaker, photographer, and consulting editor based in New York. Also, she is an Adjunct Professor of Film. Maria has presented a lecture with her colleague Women Who Help Women: For Women, the Doc is in. As a filmmaker, her work focuses on finding and sharing untold stories that shed light on underrepresented groups of people, shattering stereotypes and reconstructing the narratives. Her current projects include The Love Bugs and Side by Side, a documentary that profiles a charismatic and witty seventy-five-year-old fitness instructor. Her photography has been shown in various exhibits, with the latest being featured at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.

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The Social Dilemma

Jeff Orlowski

Jeff Orlowski is the director, producer, and cinematographer of Chasing Coral (2017 Sundance Film Festival winner of the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary) and Chasing Ice (2012 Festival winner of the Excellence in Cinematography Award Documentary). Both films screened at the United Nations and Congress and won Emmy Awards. Orlowski was awarded the inaugural Sundance Institute Discovery Impact Fellowship and named a United Nations Environment Programme Champion of the Earth.

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The Story of Plastic

Deia Schlosberg

Deia Schlosberg made national news in October, 2016, when she was arrested and charged with 45 years’ worth of felonies for filming the #ShutItDown pipeline protest in North Dakota. The Story of Plastic, the Story of Stuff’s first feature film, is her current directorial project. Deia’s other film works include producing Josh Fox’s climate change film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change (Sundance/HBO), co-producing Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock (Tribeca/Netflix), and The Reluctant Radical (2018), Lindsey Grayzel’s portrait of one climate activist and his personal struggle with avoiding global catastrophe, and co-directed and produced Cold Love, a look at the 25-plus-year career of explorer Lonnie Dupre’s journeys to the world’s coldest places and the climate change impacts. At Montana State University in Bozeman, she directed and produced Backyard, which looks at the human cost of fracking winning two student Emmys (Best Documentary, Bricker Humanitarian Award) and screened at film festivals around the world.

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The Wild Inside

Andrew Michael Ellis

Andrew’s films have been featured at Sundance, South By Southwest, CNN, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Magazine. He was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International. Andrew’s most recent film, The Wild Inside, takes place inside a maximum-security prison, portraying a mystical bond between a prison inmate and a wild mustang.

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This Land

Chelsea Jolly

An adventurer and documentary filmmaker based in Truckee, California, Chelsea’s work is focused on social and environmental causes. Her goal is to give an approachable voice to these critical issues through creative visual storytelling. Chelsea’s most recent work based around developing tribal economies and carbon offsetting has been featured as a centerpiece at the United Nation’s Equator Prize ceremony. Some of her creative partners and clients include Patagonia, Merrell, Peak Design, Moonhouse, Yeti, Yakima, Rivian, and The North Face.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

This Land

Whit Hassett

Whit Hassett is a filmmaker and aerial videographer based in the Pacific Northwest. With a love for wild places and a passion for environmental advocacy and social consciousness, she has contributed her unique aerial and on-the-ground perspectives to a variety of brands and organizations, including Patagonia, Yeti, Earthjustice, Nature Conservancy and Ocean Conservancy. With a background in ecology and conservation, she has shifted focus to communicate the human stories that tie us to our landscapes, and the power of film to ignite change.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Venture Out

Palmer Morse

Palmer Morse is an award-winning filmmaker rooted in activism who focuses on using the devices at hand in our visual and media culture that can drive our society to make a change. His short films have been shown around the world, winning both awards and high praise. A Swiss Army knife of knowledge and skills, you’ll hear him planning his next shoot as often as you’ll find him on set holding a camera or sitting in the editing room. Interested in stories of humans, our planet, and the interactions of the two, Palmer often works with organizations, non-profits, and brands in honing in on their mission in a visual format. He currently lives in Oakland, California, and is the co-founder of Spruce Tone Films.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Venture Out

Jamie DiNicola

Jamie DiNicola is an activist, writer, and award-winning filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. As a queer, transgender man, Jamie has made storytelling the cornerstone of his queer and trans activist work. Jamie wrote, directed, and produced the short narrative film Spot, which was created with an entirely transgender cast playing non-transgender specific roles. Spot has screened in festivals around the country and was the winner of Best Short Screenplay at the 2017 Rahway International Film Festival. Jamie was recently featured in Huffington Post’s 10 Trans Filmmakers You Should Know. He is the co-founder of TransWave Films.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Venture Out

Matt Mikkelsen

Matt Mikkelsen is a sound recordist, audio engineer, and documentary filmmaker. He has worked as an engineer, sound designer, director, and producer on several award-winning documentaries that have screened around the world but has devoted most of his professional career to observing, recording, researching, and preserving natural soundscapes. Matt’s work was recently featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. He is the owner of Hayloft Audio and the co-founder of Spruce Tone Films. He currently travels around the country in his van recording sounds, taking photos and telling stories along the way.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

When the Earth Moves

Julio Palacio

Julio Palacio is director of the Outrider Foundation and Generous Films production of When the Earth Moves (2020). He is a DP with nearly a decade of professional experience in film and television production and a focus on directing and cinematography for documentaries, commercials, and web videos. He has recently produced and directed commercials and films for brands such as MasterCard, Daimler, McDonald’s, Canada Dry, Interface, Snapple, National Bank of Australia, Stanley Black and Decker. His passion for filmmaking has taken him to work on projects all over the world, including countries such as Australia, Germany, Italy, China, EAU, Taiwan, India, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, and all over the US. Julio has an eye for real authentic moments, believing this is what makes documentaries and films special.

Christopher Smith - Director of Current Sea

Wild Space

Jordan Manley

Jordan Manley is a filmmaker & photographer who attempts to explore the complex human relationship we have with nature. His films include A Skier’s Journey (Series, 2010-2016), The Curve of Time (2017), and Treeline (2018). He lives on Vancouver’s North Shore in a small apartment stuffed with bicycles and plants.