Following three teams as they prepare for and compete across a grueling Indian Relay season, INDIAN RELAY is a unique, present-day American Indian story full of beauty, hope, determination and excitement.
Winner of two 2014 Northwest Region Emmy awards!: Cultural Documentary & Photography
Selected for PBS' Independent Lens: 932 broadcasts across the USA!
Montana air: October 31, 2013
USA air: November 18, 2013
When I took my wife and infant son to Mongolia to make a film about the rare and beautiful snow leopard (called 'elvis' in Kazakh Mongolian) I had no idea it would be a true passage. A uniquely personal natural history experience, A CAT CALLED ELVIS is a gorgeous vision of a nearly impossible journey, unfolding and revealing the filmmaker and the world we share with snow leopards.
A contract job for MontanaPBS, BEFORE THERE PARKS: YELLOWSTONE & GLACIER THROUGH NATIVE EYES weaves an indigenous understanding of responsibility and relationship with how that worldview came to be marginalized, and how now it is being re-valorized.
PBS National Program Service primetime broadcast and winner of two Emmy Awards: Historic-Cultural Program Special Category & Cinematography. Northwest Region, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In an age where obesity is the #1 killer in America, FINDING TRACTION presents the inspirational story of endurance specialist Nikki Kimball's quest to become the fastest person in history to run Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail.
This project grew out of idea Rick Smith had a for a human endurance film that I just couldn't let go. Then Rick sat next to Nikki on a plane and I knew we had our story. But I was tied up with INDIAN RELAY, so brought in my friend Jaime Jacobsen and she and many others, have made FINDING TRACTION the fine project it is today. I'm honored to still be this film's co-producer/director.
WHAT GOES AROUND... by Youssra Chanaai & Lamiae Skalli
HORIZON by Yacine Kaouti, Mohammed Serghini, Adel Abaab
VID SPILUM TÓNLIST, by Lizzie Eckman
SNOODLES by Alex Gerstein
THE GREEN MAN, by Loudna Taleb, Hazim Azghari & Ilham Hajji
More soon--I hope!
With only one company’s demand for natural chewing gum keeping Guatemala's San Benito chicle cooperative in business, a sustainable source of local work teeters on the brink of oblivion. LAST OF THE GUM MEN documents one season in the lives of five of the last chicleros working in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
Distributed by the National Education Telecommunications Association and broadcast by PBS affiliates across the USA.
It's an honor to be a small part of the ARMING SISTERS doc film project.
KAITIAKITANGA: THREE ENDEAVORS IN CONSERVATION O TE TAU IHU is a wonderful project that I feel honored to have edited for Dawson Dunning.
It's always great, years later, to see the final film when you're just one of its many cinematographers. On SOURCE TO SEA: THE COLUMBIA RIVER SWIM I spent a few days with Chris Swain, just as he was beginning his epic journey.
I ran a camera just one day for PRODIGAL SONS--but it was an interesting day for sure. It was hoot to hear my name is somewhere in the credits.
EVOLUTION is not my work and it's been often copied, but I think it's still one of the best one-minute videos out there.
One of my students just brought in EXISTENTIAL BUMMER. It's pretty cool too.
Early work? Bah! But still...
For awhile I struggled to write the ideas behind BEAR as an essay, but it turns out I’m not that kind of eco-phenomenologist.
When I first got to grad school, my films suffered. EWE was a return to making films how I wanted to make them.
I began THE ELK HUNT after THE CYRSTAL MOUNTAIN fell through. Then I read The Omnivore's Dilemma and thought: Well, heck. Pollan did such an amazing job with Chapters 17 & 18--exactly what I was wanting to do with THE ELK HUNT (just 100 times better)--that I decided to just move on to grad school.
COMMERCIAL was a hoot to shoot for my friend Michael Cross.
Before LAST OF THE GUM MEN was edited, THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN was in production. To learn how to do something well, one just has to do it. Failing along the way is part of the process.
A just for fun, overly serious, theoretical foray into fiction film, THE CURTSY is a post-structural, revisionist Western adapted from the achingly beautiful essay by Deirdre Stoelzle-Graves in the book, “Leaning into the Wind.”
Because life is not all work, Honeying is our blog for friends and family about our time in Morocco--and elsewhere!
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In film, through our stories, we find the visions and resolve we need to better appreciate and navigate our interdependent journeys. I love being a filmmaker and a filmmaking teacher because it allows me put my energy into helping create the kind of narratives that make a positive difference in this world. I see myself as a guide for my students, a practitioner of this craft, delighted to be in the company of fellow film enthusiasts no matter what their experience-level.
A few the more dog-eared books on my shelf:
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EMMY Award: BEFORE THERE WERE PARKS: YELLOWSTONE AND GLACIER THROUGH NATIVE EYES: Producer/Director. Historical/Cultural Documentary, Northwest Region, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences