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Sunday, September 24
 

7:30am

Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by Pulse Africa
Breakfast with a bite! Make the most of every networking opportunity by joining a table of people you DON’T already know. We’ll have a bowl of “conversation starters” if you want to engage a roundtable discussion!

Sunday September 24, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Where Do We Stand?
A look at recent data gives insight into the complicated global picture surrounding global cat conservation. This session is a comprehensive overview of current species numbers, critical issues impacting wild cat populations and current trends associated with threats, conservation efforts, and global policy.  

Facilitator
avatar for Dereck Joubert

Dereck Joubert

Filmmaker, Explorer and Conservationist
Dereck Joubert is a world renown and award-winning, filmmaker, explorer and conservationist. He is one of just 12 National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, and has worked primarily in Africa on big cats for over 30 years.  He has dedicated his life to saving the wild places that protect the large iconic species, and as a founder of the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, has led an effort that has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jonathan Baillie

Dr. Jonathan Baillie

Chief Scientist and SVP of Grants at the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
Dr. Jonathan Baillie leads grant-making in the areas of science and exploration across a variety of disciplines and serves as vice chair of the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. Baillie joined the Society after 14 years at the Zoological Societ... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Lovejoy

Thomas Lovejoy

Professor - Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Thomas Lovejoy is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, based in Washington, DC. Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations and was also the World... Read More →
avatar for George Schaller

George Schaller

Field biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera
George Schaller is a field biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera.  He has studied and helped protect such species as the mountain gorilla, tiger, giant panda, and snow leopard.  These have been the basis for his books, among them The Year of the Gorilla, The Serengeti... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

10:30am

The Commerce of Cats
With profits funding organized crime syndicates, terrorism and global destabilization, the sale of feline body parts is just one of the pieces in the complicated puzzle of illegal wildlife trafficking. Legal commerce around cats extends broadly into fashion, exotic pets, game farms and trophy hunting.

Facilitator
avatar for Michelle Gadd, Ph.D.

Michelle Gadd, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Africa Programs, US Fish and Wildlife Service - Division of International Conservation
Michelle has worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service since 2005, where she oversees programs to support elephant and rhino populations across sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to joining USFWS, she spent more than a decade in the field: catching frogs in Kenya and DRC and studying elephants in Kenya, South Africa and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Banks

Debbie Banks

Campaign Leader for Tigers & Wildlife Crime, Environmental Investigation Agency
Debbie Banks (MSc Conservation), has over 20 years of experience investigating environmental crime with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), including illegal wildlife trade, illegal mining and illegal trade in ozone depleting substances. She has developed, deployed and participated in overt and covert investigative teams to obtain incontrovertible evidence in the form of video and audio recordings, and ensured that EIA investigation findings are backed up with robust desk-based research and... Read More →
avatar for Carson Barylak

Carson Barylak

Campaigns Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Carson is a Campaigns Officer with the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Washington, D.C. office. She leads IFAW’s U.S. big cats in captivity policy campaign and spearheads legislative efforts related to predator control reform, endangered species conservation, and public l... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Crosta

Andrea Crosta

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Elephant Action League
Andrea has over 25 years of experience in conservation projects around the world and, in a parallel professional career, he has been working for 17 years as an international consultant to companies and governmental agencies on high-end security technologies & services, homeland security, anti-piracy, investigations and risk management. He... Read More →
avatar for Masha Kalinina

Masha Kalinina

Humane Society International
Masha Kalinina, Esq, specializes in wildlife policy at Humane Society International. She advocates for increased legal protections for lions, leopards, giraffes, and others, under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and CITES. Masha also leads the campaign to end trophy hunting. Educ... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

11:30am

Lunch and a Movie: Cat Projects in the Pipeline

Sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios
On the Ground Insight + Media Engagement = Amplified Impact

Join us for lunch and a “sneak peek” at a selection of exciting new cat films and projects that are “in the pipeline” and coming soon! Presenters will give an overview of their projects and films, telling compelling stories, and screening footage from their time in the field, both behind and in front of the camera.


Speakers
avatar for Casey Anderson

Casey Anderson

Founder and Filmmaker, VisionHawk Films
Casey has been involved in wildlife filmmaking for 22 years, and his “track record” has been focused on wildlife and nature for his entire life. Born and raised in Montana surrounded by wilderness, his passion for the outdoors began before he could even walk.  As a filmmaker, tracker, avid outdoors adventurer and explorer, Casey has made it his mission to bring the wild to the hearts of every generation. In 2015, Casey started VisionHawk Films, a natural history production company located in Livingston, MT... Read More →
avatar for Gavin Boyland

Gavin Boyland

Series Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Gavin is an award-winning producer making shows for both the BBC and the independent sector, from filming mountain gorillas with Sigourney Weaver to chasing mammoths across Siberia. Gavin specializes in popular natural history and his recent credits include Monkeys Revealed, Natural... Read More →
avatar for Mani Mirsadeghi

Mani Mirsadeghi

Filmmaker
Mani Mirsadeghi is an Iranian filmmaker with more than 20 documentaries about wildlife and environmental issues. He’s the winner of “Panda Award, Wildscreen” 2008 (UK) and “International Wildlife Film Festival” 2007 (US). His film “Soul of the Reef” was recognized by UNESCO as the... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Unger

Elizabeth Unger

Photojournalist, Filmmaker, National Geographic Explorer
Elizabeth Unger is a National Geographic Explorer, photojournalist, and filmmaker who has been featured in National Geographic Magazine. A background in science, and a passion for wildlife, cuisine, and exotic landscapes has led Elizabeth across seven continents, steeping her in... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

1:00pm

Landscapes + Corridors
Wild cats need to inhabit vast corridors or landscape to thrive. As our planet’s population continues to increase and human encroachment takes over more of more critical habitat, cats and entire ecosystems are fast disappearing. This session takes a close look at a few strategic interventions and partnerships devised to preserve existing habitat, expand remaining wilderness, ensure better land-use and infrastructure planning and reopen wildlife corridors.

Facilitator
avatar for Joe Walston

Joe Walston

Vice President for Global Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society
Joe Walston is the Vice President for Global Conservation, overseeing WCS’s portfolio of field-based programs across 60 countries in Africa, Asia, North America, Latin America and Caribbean, as well as the Marine realm and the Wildlife Health Program. He has spent 15 years living in South East Asia (Viet Nam and Cambodia), the Congo Basin (Gabon) and Southern Africa (Zambia) before moving to New York in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Beth Pratt- Bergstrom

Beth Pratt- Bergstrom

California Director, The National Wildlife Federation
A lifelong advocate for wildlife, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom has worked in Yosemite and Yellowstone, and currently serves as the California Director for The National Wildlife Federation. She leads the #SaveLACougars campaign, featured in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, BBC World Service, the Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Rodney Jackson

Rodney Jackson

Founder-Executive Director, Snow Leopard Conservancy
Dr. Rodney Jackson, Founder-Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Conservancy in Sonoma, California, is widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on snow leopards. Having dedicated his life to protecting this rare and elusive cat, he considers his work on alleviating hu... Read More →
avatar for Peter Lindsey

Peter Lindsey

Conservation Initiatives Director, Wildlife Conservation Network
Peter works for Wildlife Conservation Network as their Conservation Initiatives Director and manages the Lion Recovery Fund. Peter studied at Oxford University and the University of Pretoria, qualifying with a PhD in 2003. He has now worked on African wildlife through conservatio... Read More →
avatar for Leandro Silveira, PhD

Leandro Silveira, PhD

Founder, Jaguar Conservation Fund
Leandro Silveira, is a Brazilian biologist with a PHD in jaguar ecology and conservation from | University of Brasília. A member of the IUCN cat specialist group, Dr. Silveira has dedicated | his career to studying the jaguar and its main prey species. In 2002 Dr. Silveira, together | with his wife, biologist Ana... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kim Young-Overton

Dr. Kim Young-Overton

Director Cheetah Program, Panthera
Kim’s career has focused on the spatial requirements of large mammals at vast spatial scales across southern Africa with emphasis on the consequences of human disturbances on their movements and demography.  She is currently leading the conservation of a habitat network for large carnivores across the vast Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area; the... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

2:30pm

From Conflict to Coexistence
Predators and humans have been in a conflict battle for millennia – from farmers and livestock, to urban dwellers, wild cats have always been feared and persecuted. How do we change the pictures of the past to envelope a new strategy and paradigm that encompasses a more harmonious co-existence?  This session will examine strategies from around the world that are making a positive impact, and creating new ways for humans and wild cats to live side by side.

Facilitator
avatar for Ginette Hemley

Ginette Hemley

Senior Vice President for Wildlife Conservation, WWF
Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President for Wildlife Conservation, oversees WWF’s programs to secure a future in the wild for some of the world’s most endangered species.  Under Hemley’s leadership, WWF is designing and executing high-impact strategies for wildlife protection and species recovery, including community-based conservation approaches; eliminating urgent threats such as the illegal wildlife trade by applying new technologies and reducing demand; and mobilizing large-scale public, political, and financial support for long-term species and habitat conservation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nilanga Jayasinghe

Nilanga Jayasinghe

Senior Program Officer, Asian species, WWF
Nilanga Jayasinghe is a senior program officer at WWF and focuses on Asian species, particularly elephants, rhinos, tigers and snow leopards. She has extensive experience in species conservation in Asia, Africa and North America, and has expertise in human-wildlife conflict, strategic planning for conservation, protected area management, community-based conservation and capacity... Read More →
avatar for Ignacio Jiménez-Pérez

Ignacio Jiménez-Pérez

Wildlife Reintroduction Program Coordinator, The Conservation Land Trust, Argentina
Originally from Spain, Ignacio has extensive international experience in conservation. He has coordinated research and management projects with manatees in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and with golden-crowned sifakas in Madagascar, worked on wetlands and protected areas in El Salvado... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Ole Sambu

Daniel Ole Sambu

Predator Protection Program Coordinator, Big Life Foundation
Daniel Ole Sambu is an elder in the Maasai community, a natural leader and dedicated conservationist. He has over 10 years experience working with communities and partners to protect the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and its predators. During his time with the Predator Protection Program he has helped significantly reduce retaliatory killing of predators, namely... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Stein

Andrew Stein

Founder and Director, CLAWS Conservancy
Dr. Andrew Stein has been working in the field of African carnivore conservation for over 15 years.  He has worked with a variety of communities across East and southern Africa to mitigate carnivore conflicts with particular focus on leopards. As part of his work, he led the IUCN... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Zimmermann

Alexandra Zimmermann

Chair,, IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force
Alexandra Zimmermann is the founding Chair of the IUCN SSC Task Force on Human Wildlife Conflict, as well as Head of Conservation Science at Chester Zoo, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of Oxford University. Her work on human-wildlife conflict has included elephants and lions in India, tigers in Nepal, bears in Bolivia, jaguars in Brazil and across Latin America, armadillos in Brazil, and fruit bats in Mauritius. She has developed several community-based human-wildlife conflict initiatives, led four UK government Darwin Initiative projects, and works with NGOs and governments to develop conflict mitigation strategies, particularly in South Asia and Latin America. She also supervises doctoral and postdoctoral research on various aspects of human-wildlife conflict around the world. She studied at the University of Leeds, the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, Harvard University, and gained her doctorate from the University of... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

4:00pm

Community Empowerment
Preserving the world’s wild cats can benefit the entire ecosystem they inhabit. For conservation to be successful and sustainable, it must raise up communities through education, human services, commerce and economic growth. This session will take an in-depth look at sustainable and diverse ideas to empower, engage, and enhance local communities that are an integral part of the wild cat’s landscape.

Facilitator
avatar for Laly Lichtenfeld, PhD.

Laly Lichtenfeld, PhD.

Co-Founder and Executive Director, African People & Wildlife
Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld believes wild animals and humans can coexist in harmony. A long-time resident of Tanzania, Laly co-founded African People & Wildlife in 2005 to help rural communities conserve and benefit from their wildlife and natural resources. Laly received her Ph.D. from Yale University in wildlife ecology and social ecology. Laly is a Distinguished Alumni of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute, a National Geographic Explorer, and a recipient of the 2016 Lowell Thomas Award for open space... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Heydlauff

Andrea Heydlauff

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, African Parks
Andrea Heydlauff is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for African Parks, a conservation NGO that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across Africa. They have the largest amount of area, six and a half million hectares under management, and the largest counter-poaching force, with 850 rangers, for any one NGO on the continent. Prior to joining African Parks, Andrea was the founding employee of Panthera where she served as Senior Vice President for eight years and helped establish them as a leading big cat conservation organization. Before that, she managed the Tiger Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society across nine countries in Asia, and was a co-author on... Read More →
avatar for Mateus Mutemba

Mateus Mutemba

Warden, Gorongosa National Park
Mateus Mutemba was born in Mozambique in 1972. He received a Masters in Public Policy from The Australian National University in 2005. In 2011 Mutemba became Warden of Gorongosa National Park. He also serves as Board Director for the Gorongosa Project, and as vice-chairman of the General Assembly of... Read More →
avatar for Thandiwe Mweetwa

Thandiwe Mweetwa

Wildlife Biologist and ConservationEducator, Zambian Carnivore Programme
Thandiwe Mweetwa is a wildlife biologist and conservation educator with the non-profit organisation, Zambian Carnivore Programme. Her work focuses on studying lion population dynamics in Luangwa Valley and building local support for the protection of species and other large carnivores. Thandiwe is a National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee and a 2016 National Geographic Emerging... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Snell Rullman

Jennifer Snell Rullman

Assistant Director of Conservation, Snow Leopard Trust
Jennifer Snell Rullman, Assistant Director of Conservation for the Snow Leopard Trust since 2003, guides community-based conservation initiatives, including the Snow Leopard Trust’s flagship program, Snow Leopard Enterprise (SLE) which empowers women in conservation.  Working with colleagues in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, India, and China, she is committed to engaging in positive, long-term models of community-based wildlife conservation... Read More →
avatar for Sejal Worah

Sejal Worah

Program Director, WWF India
Dr. Sejal Worah has worked in the field of natural resource management and sustainable development for over 25 years. She is currently Program Director at WWF India in New Delhi, where she manages and provides strategic direction to an interdisciplinary team of over 250 professionals working on diverse issues ranging from human-wildlife conflict to renewable energy, river pollution to indigenous rights and coral reef conservation to market transformations. Her key area of interest, while managing WWF... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

5:00pm

Cat Summit Wrap Up

Join us as we come together for a moment of reflection and wrap up to Cat Summit Day - a time to acknowledge the conversations, review accomplishments to date and the work to come, and reaffirm our commitment to protecting the wild cat populations around the world and the landscapes they inhabit. 


Facilitator
avatar for Natalie Cash

Natalie Cash

Executive Producer of Video Production, Wildlife Conservation Society
Natalie Cash is the executive producer in charge of video production at the Wildlife Conservation Society, an international conservation organization with programs in 60 countries. WCS also operates the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, educating four million visitors each year about the importance of conservation. With three... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Lovejoy

Thomas Lovejoy

Professor - Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Thomas Lovejoy is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, based in Washington, DC. Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations and was also the World... Read More →
avatar for George Schaller

George Schaller

Field biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera
George Schaller is a field biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera.  He has studied and helped protect such species as the mountain gorilla, tiger, giant panda, and snow leopard.  These have been the basis for his books, among them The Year of the Gorilla, The Serengeti... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

5:30pm

Sunset Reception
Sponsored by Wildlife Conservation Network
Come prepared to hear about the remarkable conservation work being led by cat stakeholders around the globe. Networking, with a splash of Teton inspiration. Conservation—and conversation—to match the landscape!  

Sunday September 24, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Lodge Lobby/Terrace

7:00pm

Ghost of the Mountains
Joined by Brian Leith, Shane Moore and George Schaller
Two short films to precede Ghost of the Mountains screening. Pavel: I Protect Tigers (4 mins), Why the Lion Calls (12 mins)
78 minutes
Ghost of the Mountains goes behind the scenes of one of Disneynature’s most challenging undertakings: finding and filming the rarely seen snow leopards for the feature film “Born in China.” At more than 15,000 feet, China’s Qinghai Plateau is perfect for snow leopards. However, for the humans who endeavored to film there, the air is painfully thin, the weather is brutal, the terrain is tricky and their spotted subjects are nearly impossible to locate—much less capture on film. With never-before-seen footage captured on location and interviews with the people behind the production, this feature documents the team’s unforgettable journey. 

Sunday September 24, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge
 
Monday, September 25
 

7:00am

Mountain Yoga
Relaxing morning yoga with a beautiful Tetons view! Mats, blocks and straps will be provided, and an instructor will be on hand to adjust during the yogatoday.com classes that will be shown on screen.

Monday September 25, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Trappers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

7:30am

Networking Breakfast
Breakfast with a bite! Make the most of every networking opportunity by joining a table of people you DON’T already know. Join one of our “assigned table leaders” for a lively discussion on a variety of timely issues and topics (a table/topic list will be provided on-site).

Monday September 25, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Cats in the Shadows
Start your day with an hour of innovation and come ready for inspiration and potential story ideas. Presenters have 8 minutes to share compelling discoveries and big ideas that the world needs to hear. Rarely sighted and difficult to research, this session presents seven amazing stories you have never heard from the world of small and rare cats research and conservation.

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Special Presentation by Ravikant Singh - Binomial Solutions - Wildlife Tech Challenge Winner




Facilitator
avatar for Luke Dollar

Luke Dollar

Wildlife Biologist, Manager, Big Cats Initiative
Wildlife biologist and National Geographic Explorer Luke Dollar coordinates conservation and research programs focusing on carnivore ecology, habitats, and preservation. While most of his own research is focused in Madagascar, he also manages the Society’s Big Cats Initiative, which has funded more than 105 fieldbased programs worldwide, covering big cat habitat worldwide encompassing an area more than 10 times the size of Wyoming. Much of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Giordano

Anthony Giordano

Founder and Chief Conservation Scientist, S.P.E.C.I.E.S.
Anthony J. Giordano is the founder and chief conservation scientist at S.P.E.C.I.E.S., the only organization dedicated specifically to the conservation of the world’s carnivores (www.carnivores.org).  He holds a M.Sc. in Conservation Biology, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and... Read More →
avatar for Murthy Kantimahanti

Murthy Kantimahanti

Founder and Lead Conservation Biologist, Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society in South India
Murthy Kantimahanti is the founder and lead conservation biologist for the Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society in South India. Murthy works closely with communities throughout the Eastern Ghats ranges, especially in unclassified forests where human-wildlife conflict occurs, monitoring mostly neglected wildlife like small wild cats and providing education and intervention... Read More →
avatar for Ravikant Singh

Ravikant Singh

Co-Founder and CEO, Binomial Solutions
Ravikant Singh is the co-founder and CEO of Binomial Solutions, a leading Indian IT solution and service provider which created "e-Eye®", a solar-powered surveillance system that monitors wildlife areas 24/7 and in all weather while its intelligent software flags suspicious activity and sends alerts in real... Read More →
avatar for Rodrigo Villalobos

Rodrigo Villalobos

Coordinator of the Mitigation Human-Wildcats Conflict Program, Andean Cat Alliance
Rodrigo Villalobos, DVM, PhD candidate of Conservation Sciences at University of Minnesota, is the coordinator of the mitigation human-wildcats conflict program for the Andean Cat Alliance. He has spent 11 years traversing the Andes Mountains looking for and studying the Andean cat and other wildcats. His research is primarily focused on the human-wildcat conflict issue using interdisciplinary... Read More →
avatar for Carlton Ward

Carlton Ward

National Geographic Explorer
Carlton Ward Jr is a National Geographic Explorer focused on the story of the Florida panther as a call to action for protecting the Florida Wildlife Corridor – a campaign he helped establish through two 1000-mile expeditions that mapped and connected conservation priorities from... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Planet Earth II: Grasslands
Followed by Q&A with Chadden Hunter 
60 minutes
Grasslands cover one-quarter of all land and support the vastest gatherings of wildlife. To survive here, animals must endure the most hostile seasonal changes on the planet. From Asia's bizarre-looking saiga antelope to the giant anteaters of Brazil, grassland animals have adapted in extraordinary ways to cope with these extremes. In the flooded Okavango, lions take on formidable buffalo in epic battles, on the savannah, bee-eaters take advantage of elephants to help catch insects and, on the freezing northern tundra, caribou embark on the world's greatest migrations shadowed by hungry Arctic wolves.

Monday September 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Antelope 2

9:00am

Brothers of the Wind

98 minutes
Our eagle’s story begins in the nest. The first-born chick pushes his weaker brother to a certain death on the forest floor. But fate intervenes and the chick is found by Lukas - a boy who suffers at the hands of a father who has withdrawn since the loss of his wife. Naming the chick Abel, Lukas cares for the creature in secret, finding a love and companionship denied to him at home. But when the day comes to release Abel back into the wild, will Lukas find his own release into a new life?


Monday September 25, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Wapiti 2

9:00am

Exhibitor Showcase
Monday September 25, 2017 9:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibitor Floor Jackson Lake Lodge

10:30am

Cecil and Beyond: A Case Study Analysis
These high profile animal stories were focal points of massive media coverage that galvanized unprecedented public engagement and shifted consumer behavior, impacting commercial enterprise and public policy. What can we learn, moving forward?
Made possible in part through support from the National Science Foundation

Facilitator
avatar for Jeff Flocken

Jeff Flocken

North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Jeffrey Flocken is the North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare where he leads the organization’s team of legislative professionals in the US and Canada advocating for global, national, and local policy initiatives on behalf of animals.  Before this appointment, Mr. Flocken worked for the federal government as an International Affairs Specialist. Mr. Flocken has served as a consultant on numerous movies, books and television shows addressing wildlife conservation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin

Founder & CEO, Big Cat Rescue
Carole Baskin is the Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL which is home to more than 70 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, bobcats, servals, caracals and ocelot.  She is working to protect wild cats in the wild by ending the captive trade in them as pets, props and... Read More →
avatar for Ian Michler

Ian Michler

Co-owner, Invent Africa Safaris
Ian has spent the last 27 years working as a safari operator, specialist guide, consultant and photo-journalist across Africa. Currently, he is the Consultant and Lead Character for the campaign documentary Blood Lions (www.bloodlions.org). Ian lives in South Africa where he is co-owner of Invent Africa Safaris... Read More →
avatar for Will Travers, OBE

Will Travers, OBE

President, Born Free Foundation
Will Travers, OBE, is an internationally-renowned wildlife expert and President of the Born Free Foundation. He co-founded the charity alongside his mother, actress Virginia McKenna OBE and the late Bill Travers MBE in 1984. The organisation works to stop individual wild animal s... Read More →
avatar for Brent Stapelkamp

Brent Stapelkamp

Photographer & Conservationist, The Soft Foot Alliance Trust
Brent Stapelkamp is a Zimbabwean born conservationist and wildlife photographer who has spent the last decade studying lions and specializing in mitigating the conflict between them and livestock owners in Zimbabwe. He lives with his wife, Laurie Simpson, and their nine year old son... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

10:45am

Paris: A Wild Story
Followed by Q&A with Frédéric Fougea 
90 minutes
Paris: A Wild Story relates the destinies of animals that stroll through town in search of food, love and adventures while humans go about their daily lives. There exists a wild and unsung Paris that we do not suspect. Let’s take a walk on the city’s wild side, and set off in search of its secret tales.

Monday September 25, 2017 10:45am - 12:30pm
Antelope 2

11:00am

30 Minutes with PBS International
PBS International is the worldwide co-production and distribution arm of PBS Distribution, a joint venture of PBS and WGBH. PBSd is widely recognized for its diverse catalog of the best documentary programming developed by PBS, WETA, WGBH (NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE), and WNET, as well as high quality acquisitions and coproductions from independent producers around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Beckett

Tracy Beckett

Director, Program and Media Acquisitions, PBS International
Tracy Beckett is the Director of Program and Media Acquisitions for PBS International.  She is responsible for acquiring documentaries to bring into the PBS International catalog for the sales team to sell to other broadcasters around the world.  Further, she is responsible for i... Read More →
avatar for Germaine Sweet

Germaine Sweet

Managing Director, Co Productions, PBS


Monday September 25, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

11:00am

Gear on the Terrace
Monday September 25, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
TBA

11:30am

Tales by Light: Sacred Nature

45 minutes
Tales By Light follows extraordinary photographers and their quest to change perceptions through their art. These extraordinary artists know that the right image can speak volumes and have the power to make a difference to the fate of the precious ecosystems and wildlife of our natural world.


Monday September 25, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Wapiti 2

11:30am

Portfolio Review with National Geographic Photographers
National Geographic Photographers, Charlie Hamilton James, Joe Riis, Steve Winter and Tim Laman will lead portfolio reviews. Bring 15-20 photos to review, pre-loaded on laptop or tablet. Select five of these photos to discuss as an edited selection that best represents your body of work.
Advanced sign up required: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aaba92da2f58-portfolio

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Hamilton James

Charlie Hamilton James

Photojournalist, National Geographic
Charlie Hamilton James is a photojournalist who specializes in wildlife and conservation. His work requires specialized equipment, much of which he makes. Hamilton James has a particular interest in exposing “the brilliance of nature” in order to better document, understand, and save it. He has been obsessed with... Read More →
avatar for Tim Laman

Tim Laman

Biologist, Photographer & Filmmaker, National Geographic
Tim Laman is a field biologist, wildlife photojournalist, and filmmaker.  Since getting his Ph.D. from Harvard for pioneering research in Borneo’s rainforest canopy, his cameras have become his main tools for telling the stories of rare and endangered wildlife, and revealing some of... Read More →
avatar for Joe Riis

Joe Riis

Joe Riis, National Geographic
Joe Riis is a wildlife photojournalist, National Geographic contributing photographer, and Expeditions Council grantee. During his pioneering work chronicling the Grand Teton pronghorn migration, he photographed the migration for the first time and campaigned for six wildlife hig... Read More →
avatar for Steve Winter

Steve Winter

Photojournalist, National Geographic
Steve Winter has been attacked by rhinos in India, stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a 11-foot grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He has slept in a tent for six months at -40 below zero tracking snow leopard, flown over erupting volcanoes, and visited isolated villages where residents have never before seen a blonde... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

12:00pm

30 Minutes with Nat Geo Wild
Speakers
avatar for Meghan Cassin

Meghan Cassin

Nat Geo WILD, Director of Development
Meghan Cassin is the Director of Development for Nat Geo Wild. In this role she is responsible for specials, character-driven series, SharkFest and BarkFest. In addition to linear programming, Cassin develops digital content for Wild and executive produced the multiplatform series Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade. | Previously, Cassin has worked in development, strategy, and production roles at Digitas, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, Intersport, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. | She is a graduate of The George Washington... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

12:00pm

Lunch & A Movie: Tribe versus Pride

Sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios
Finalist, Best Conservation

This premiere screening event will be followed by Q & A with Beverly Joubert, Dereck Joubert, Walter Koehler and Daniel Ole Sambo

For thousands of years, Kenya's Maasai people had an ancient ritual to prove their skills and courage: young men ventured out into the Savannah to find and kill a lion. Due to habitat loss, poaching and hunting, there only 20,000 lions left in Africa, today. As a means to stop the falling lion numbers, the Maasai decided to change their tradition. Now, instead of killing lions, the young men compete in a different physical test: athletics. In 2008, the Maasai Olympics were founded, taking place in Kenya biannually. This way, bravery can still be expressed and lions may continue to roam the African savannahs.

Speakers
avatar for Dereck Joubert

Dereck Joubert

Filmmaker, Explorer and Conservationist
Dereck Joubert is a world renown and award-winning, filmmaker, explorer and conservationist. He is one of just 12 National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, and has worked primarily in Africa on big cats for over 30 years.  He has dedicated his life to saving the wild places that protect the large iconic species, and as a founder of the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, has led an effort that has... Read More →
avatar for Beverly Joubert

Beverly Joubert

Photographer, Filmmaker and Conservationist
Beverly Joubert is an award winning photographer, filmmaker and conservationist. She is also a National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, and a founder of the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, triggered by comparing the 8 Emmy Awards, Peabody, Jackson Hole Grand Teton awards against declining big cats numbers in the same span of a career. They have now... Read More →
avatar for Walter Koehler

Walter Koehler

CEO, Terra Mater Factual Studios
Walter has always felt a strong magnetic pull towards the media industry. After completing his master degree in journalism at Vienna University, he joined ORF as a freelance producer/writer/director and was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. As versioning producer, he premiered a new slot called UNIVERSUM in 1987. As writer/director he handled the original development and steered the first major series of the soon-to-be very successful strand. In 1994, he took over the UNIVERSUM team and created the ORF Natural History Unit destined to become one of the leading brands in factual television... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Ole Sambu

Daniel Ole Sambu

Predator Protection Program Coordinator, Big Life Foundation
Daniel Ole Sambu is an elder in the Maasai community, a natural leader and dedicated conservationist. He has over 10 years experience working with communities and partners to protect the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and its predators. During his time with the Predator Protection Program he has helped significantly reduce retaliatory killing of predators, namely... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

12:30pm

Creating Smart, Strategic & Irresistible Social Media Content
Facebook Live. Snapchat. Instagram. Twitter. The list of platforms is only growing. In this ambitious session, innovators experimenting on the frontiers of digital storytelling share what has worked to expand audiences with deepened engagement.

Facilitator
avatar for Jean-Paul Polo

Jean-Paul Polo

Director, Social Video, National Geographic
 Originally from Puerto Rico, JP serves as Director of Social Video for National Geographic. For the past six years he worked as a producer, cinematographer and editor for National Geographic producing content for their digital and social platforms as well as TV content. Combining film techniques with a keen sense of wildlife and exploration storytelling for digital and social platforms is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Breckenridge

Jenn Breckenridge

Lion Recovery Fund, Digital Media Strategist
Jenn Breckenridge is an LA-based digital media strategist who specializes in content strategies that expand audiences and engagement while deepening the understanding of brand missions. Since 2007, Jenn has infused innovation into the digital presence of ecologically conscious organizations such as Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, Stand.earth, and most recently, the Lion Recovery... Read More →
avatar for Adeline Cassin

Adeline Cassin

Senior Vice President - Marketing, CuriosityStream
Adeline Cassin is a trailblazer at the forefront of innovation in content, media and technology.  | Her passion is empowering the art of storytelling with tech, in a lifelong quest of discovery across this magnificent world we call home. | She currently leads marketing across all platforms for CuriosityStream, a leading destination for premier documentary and nonfiction series and films, entertaining and inspiring across nature, history, science and civilization. | Her background includes pioneering the digital content platforms for Discovery Communications across Latin America and U.S. multicultural, leading the strategy across 13 different... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Hedman

Stacey Hedman

Social Media Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Stacey Hedman is Manager of Social Marketing at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). With headquarters in Washington DC, Stacey is responsible for overall guidance and strategy across the social media accounts of 19 worldwide offices. Her team leads the nonprofit sec... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

1:00pm

How to Apply for a Nat Geo Grant

The National Geographic Society pushes the boundaries of exploration to further understanding of our planet and empower the global community to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future, awarding grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology.Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President of Grants at the National Geographic Society, Jonathan Baillie, leads a session on how to apply for a National Geographic grant.


For more information about National Geographic Grants click here.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jonathan Baillie

Dr. Jonathan Baillie

Chief Scientist and SVP of Grants at the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
Dr. Jonathan Baillie leads grant-making in the areas of science and exploration across a variety of disciplines and serves as vice chair of the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. Baillie joined the Society after 14 years at the Zoological Societ... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

1:00pm

Death by a Thousand Cuts
73 minutes
In Death by a Thousand Cuts, Eligio Eloy Vargas, alias Melaneo, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park was found brutally murdered by machete. At the time, he was believed to have been on patrol investigating an illegal charcoal production site often run by Haitians coming across the border into protected Dominican forests. This murder becomes the metaphor for the larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation: the alleged murder weapon itself being the same tool used to chop down Dominican trees by the thousands.

Monday September 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Wapiti 2

1:30pm

30 Minutes with France Television
Monday September 25, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

2:00pm

Amazon Adventure
Followed by Q&A with Alex Mifflin 
45 minutes
Amazon Adventure tells the epic, true story of intrepid naturalist Henry Bates' fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon in the 1850’s. Determined to explore the wilds of nature from the time he was a young boy, Bates risked his life for science. Mind-boggling and rare examples of camouflage and mimicry inspired his endless curiosity and determination to unravel the great mystery of the origin of species. Bates returned to England in 1859 with what Darwin called “the beautiful proof” for natural selection—  the greatest explanation for the development of life on earth.

Monday September 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Antelope 2

2:00pm

A Lion Case Study: Collaboration = Amplification
Join PRIDE Lion Conservation Alliance in a conversation about how their unprecedented collaborative union has enhanced the work of each organization through solutions and fresh ideas. This concept is not only transferable across countries and species, but has the potential to change the way we look at collective collaboration in conservation.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Dickman

Amy Dickman

Director, Ruaha Carnivore Project/PRIDE Lion Conservation Alliance
Amy Dickman, PhD is Director of WildCRU's Ruaha Carnivore Project in Southern Tanzania. With more than 18 years of experience in wild cat conservation, Amy has achieved vital conservation successes in one of Africa’s most important landscapes for large carnivores – the Ruaha Landscape... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Dolrenry

Stephanie Dolrenry

Co-founder and Director of Science, Lion Guardians/PRIDE Lion Conservation Alliance
Stephanie Dolrenry, PhD is Co-founder and Director of Science of Lion Guardians based in Maasailand, Kenya and across sites in East Africa. Stephanie has studied human-wildlife conflict throughout North America and East Africa, and has spent the last 10 years leading a team of lion researchers and Maasai warriors. Stephanie received her PhD from University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a member of the African Lion Working Group, Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlife Society, and is a research affiliate with the Conservation Conflict Research Institute at the University of Cape Town... Read More →
avatar for Leela Hazzah

Leela Hazzah

Executive Director and Co-founder, Lion Guardians
Leela Hazzah, PhD is Executive Director and Co-founder of Lion Guardians. Leela has worked on conservation issues in East Africa for more than 15 years, where her research focuses on understanding the predictors and motivations behind lion killing in Maasailand, Kenya. Leela’s in... Read More →
avatar for Alayne Oriol-Cotterill, PhD

Alayne Oriol-Cotterill, PhD

Founder and Director, Lion Landscapes
Alayne Oriol-Cotterill, PhD is Founder and Director of Lion Landscapes. She began her field conservation and research career in 1991 and, over the past 25 years, she has spent more time in the field with wild lions than nearly any conservationist alive today. Her vast experience working with diverse teams throughout East and Southern Africa, along with her commitment to research and natural aptitude and resourcefulness in the field, has positioned her as a unique leader and conservation strategist. Through Lion Landscapes, Alayne uses innovative research and conservation initiatives to increase the capacity of stakeholders to manage and conserve their large carnivore... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

2:00pm

Going LIVE: Challenges and Opportunities
LIVE programming is everywhere, saturating our social media feeds and capturing audiences engaged with stories unfolding in real time. This session looks inside effective storytelling via live platform, from a small scale to epic production scale.  

Facilitator
avatar for Doug Hope

Doug Hope

Head of Development - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Doug has led the in-house Development team for the BBC NHU now for several years; having come from production he felt he needed the rest, but was sadly mistaken when it materialised that in fact it was much harder, was more vague and even more work. Although he is proud of everything that he has been involved with these forms dictate picking out some favorites so let's go with the BAFTA winning Big Blue Live, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur and a recent Natural World called... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marc Etkind

Marc Etkind

General Manager, Science Channel
Marc Etkind is General Manager of Science Channel. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of programming, production, development, marketing, brand strategy and day-to-day operations for the network. Etkind is based in New York. While leading Science Channel, Etkind has been... Read More →
avatar for Bill Gardner

Bill Gardner

Vice President of Programming & Development, PBS
Bill Gardner oversees content strategy, development and production for the PBS Primetime schedule in the genres of science, natural history, culture, current events and history as well as a portion of the PBS drama lineup. During his time at PBS projects he has shepherded have won two Peabody Awards and been nominated for multiple Emmys. Recent projects... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Parsons

Charlie Parsons

Vice President of Development, National Geographic Channel
Charlie Parsons is Vice President of Development for the National Geographic Channel, responsible for developing new projects, discovering new talent and serving as one of the network’s main points of contact for the global production community.  Since joining the Channel in 2010, Parsons has developed popular series... Read More →
avatar for Graham Wallington

Graham Wallington

CEO & Co-Founder, WildEarth
Graham is CEO and co-founder of WildEarth which produces safariLIVE a twice daily 3-hour expert hosted interactive High Definition safari show. WildEarth has licensed safariLIVE to Nat Geo Wild in the US since 2014 and has produced thousands of hours of experiential wildlife programming. Prior to that he founded... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

3:00pm

30 Minutes with CuriosityStream
Speakers
avatar for Jorge Franzini

Jorge Franzini

Executive Producer, CuriosityStream
Jorge Franzini has produced and written a wide range of highly acclaimed documentaries for CuriosityStream, including its first original series Destination: Pluto, its first 4K series Underwater Wonders of the National Parks, and the award-nominated Jason Silva special Transhumanism. Outside of his duties as a writer and producer, he works alongside the programming team as a liaison with outside production companies and partners. | Prior to joining CuriosityStream... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

3:00pm

David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef: Builders
Followed by Q&A with Anthony Geffen
62 Minutes
Almost sixty years after his first visit to the Great Barrier Reef, aboard the Alucia, a research and exploration vessel equipped with the latest technology, David Attenborough embarks on a personal journey of discovery to understand how the Reef was created and meet the animals that call it home.

Monday September 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Antelope 2

3:00pm

To Skin a Cat

75 minutes
SAFTA-award-winning film about a man aiming to halt the alarming decline in southern Africa’s leopard populations due to a widespread skin trade. Traditionally only Zulu royals have been allowed to wear leopard skins, however the Shembe Church, a four million strong religious group, has adopted the skins into their ceremonial outfit. The demand for leopard skins is now unsustainable, law enforcement is helpless to police this trade and so Panthera’s Tristan Dickerson travels from the heart of the African bush to the centre of Shembe and Zulu culture and beyond to China, seeking a solution benefitting all parties.


Monday September 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Wapiti 2

3:30pm

Camera Trapping
Operating silently and continuously, with minimal disturbance to wildlife, camera traps capture remarkable images of rare and elusive wildlife animals. Recent technological advances have revolutionized the quality of trail cam imaging, and this specialized niche has become more important to both nature storytelling and conservation. Join a few to the masters of this trade for a deep dive into the tech and the art of camera trap imaging.

Facilitator
avatar for Shane Moore

Shane Moore

Filmmaker & Cinematographer
Shane Moore has been filming wildlife for more than three decades.  His clients have included the BBC, Discovery Channel and Disney.  He considers the opportunity to film snow leopards the highlight of his career.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Hogan

Jeff Hogan

Cinematographer
Cinematographer Jeff Hogan has been filming and photographing wildlife around the world for over 30 years earning numerous awards for his work including several Emmy nominations for Cinematography. | Being a naturalist at heart, Jeffs passion is to witness wildlife behavior, and for a privileged view into the secret lives of wildlife, capturing intimate imaging that illustrates the unique... Read More →
avatar for Chadden Hunter

Chadden Hunter

Biologist & Wildlife Filmmaker
Dr. Chadden Hunter is an Australian wildlife biologist and filmmaker. After completing a PhD on gelada baboons in Ethiopia, Chadden worked with National Geographic, PBS and Discovery Channel, filming everything from tribes in Africa to snow leopards in Pakistan. On the BBC series ... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Hamilton James

Charlie Hamilton James

Photojournalist, National Geographic
Charlie Hamilton James is a photojournalist who specializes in wildlife and conservation. His work requires specialized equipment, much of which he makes. Hamilton James has a particular interest in exposing “the brilliance of nature” in order to better document, understand, and save it. He has been obsessed with... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

3:30pm

Investing in Impact
Philanthropic funding has evolved substantially into impact-driven investment as foundations and private donors strategically evaluate project goals and metrics. Here is a frank conversation with funders about their priorities as they consider projects for support.

Facilitator
avatar for Lynn Hirshfield

Lynn Hirshfield

Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Participant Media
Lynn Hirshfield is Participant Media’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances. She joined Participant Media in September 2005 and is responsible for leading the development of strategic partnerships and integrating these partners into social action and advocacy campaigns and across all of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Fred Nelson

Fred Nelson

Founder and Executive Director, Maliasili Initiatives
Fred Nelson is the Founder and Executive Director of Maliasili Initiatives, an organization that works with leading African conservation organizations to help them become more effective and impactful organizations. He has worked on natural resource management and sustainable development in East Africa since 1998, with eleven years spent living and working on the ground in Tanzania... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Parrish

Jeffrey Parrish

Vice President of Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Network
Jefe (Jeffrey Parrish) is the Vice President for Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Network, where he is responsible for supporting, growing and strengthening a network of the most innovative conservation heroes saving wildlife around the world.  He has a particular focus on identifying the most urgent and innovative projects that can reverse the elephant crisis, and raising the funding and political will to ensure we will always live in a world with vibrant elephant populations. Prior to joining WCN, Jefe was a Managing Director at the World Wildlife Fund where he launched initiatives to engage the travel industry in conservation and developed new cutting edge concepts for game-changing funders such as Google and Leonardo... Read More →
avatar for Brooke Runnette

Brooke Runnette

Executive Vice President & Chief Program Officer, National Geographic Society
Brooke Runnette leads the National Geographic Society's impact agenda to empower world-changing science, exploration, and education; captivate and inspire global citizens; and advance solutions to sustain our planet for generations to come. | | In this capacity, she is responsible for all grantmaking across this global nonprofit in the areas of science, exploration, storytelling, and education, as well as the Society's signature programs, including National... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Sobrevila

Claudia Sobrevila

Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank
Claudia Sobrevila is a Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank that she joined in 1992.  She has dedicated her career to protecting the environment especially national parks, biodiversity and endangered species and supporting indigenous peoples’ cause.  Her work at the World Bank, The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International over the past 29 years has taken her to remote areas in more than 30 countries in the world where she has conducted field work, organized workshops and advised governments, NGOs and grass root organizations, on projects funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that support biodiversity... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

4:00pm

Refine Your Pitch
Come prepared to present! You will get tips to help prepare a concise and compelling project pitch. You will want to be ready for that unexpected moment when you find yourself chatting with a commissioner on the bus or in the food line!

Speakers
avatar for Jared Lipworth

Jared Lipworth

Producer, Audience Engagement, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
Jared Lipworth is an Emmy award-winning executive producer, writer and producer with extensive cross-platform production, development and outreach leadership experience; and hundreds of hours of factual science, history and natural history programs and campaigns to his name. At HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, he spearheaded the impact campaign... Read More →
avatar for Janet Han Vissering

Janet Han Vissering

Senior Vice President - Development & Production, Nat Geo WILD
As Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Nat Geo WILD, Janet Han Vissering is responsible for over 150 hours of programming commissioned each year for broadcast in 166 countries, 330 million homes and 34 languages worldwide.  | In her role, Vissering manages WILD's development team, working with the world's leading independent producers, distributors, creative agencies and strategic broadcast partners to create the network's signature series, specials and events. She also provides daily oversight of production to ensure creative continuity and that all network programming objectives are being met... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

4:00pm

Exhibitor Reception
Sponsored by Sony
Enjoy a drink and some tasty appetizers while you check out the latest gear and tools with the pros who know them the best! 

Monday September 25, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibitor Floor Jackson Lake Lodge

4:30pm

30 Minutes with ZDF Enterprises
Speakers
avatar for Nikolas Hülbusch

Nikolas Hülbusch

Director, ZDFE.factual
Born in Mainz in 1968, Nikolas Hülbusch studied Theatre, Film and Television, as well as Slavic studies, at Bochum (Germany) and Katowice (Poland) Universities from 1989 to 1995. He published several articles and two books on documentary and feature film history. After first experiences in various TV companies, he joined the Documentary Co-Production... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

5:00pm

Between Two Firs: Hits and Misses
A take on Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns interviews. Geoff Daniels gets down and dirty in this candid examination of the year’s best, most awkward, and surprising moments, with insights on lessons learned from some of the industry’s most visionary innovators.

Facilitator
avatar for Geoff Daniels

Geoff Daniels

Global Executive Vice President & General Manager, Nat Geo WILD
Geoffrey Daniels is Global Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nat Geo WILD, which launched in March 2010. In this role, Daniels annually commissions close to 200 hours of original series, specials and events for broadcast on WILD worldwide, furthering the network's commitment to provide extraordinary wildlife programming that inspires people to care about the planet. Under Daniels' leadership, WILD continues to deliver brand-defining events... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Bay

Anthony Bay

Co-Founder, UPROAR
Anthony Bay (co-founder) was most recently the CEO of Rdio, a leading global music subscription streaming service which was sold to Pandora for $75M in December 2015. Previously, Anthony was Global Head of Digital Video business for Amazon.com, a senior executive at Microsoft an... Read More →
avatar for Clark Bunting

Clark Bunting

CEO, Digital Circus Media, LLC
With more than three decades as a senior leader in media and entertainment and championing environmental and conservation causes, Clark has successfully developed and managed comprehensive strategies for quality branded enterprises, incubating business units and cultivating talent. He is currently an entrepreneur, investor and developer of new businesses, platforms and services in a wide array of... Read More →
avatar for Phil Fairclough

Phil Fairclough

Managing Director, Earth Touch USA
Phil Fairclough is the managing director of Earth Touch USA. He is a prolific producer of factual TV, including hundred of hours of content about wildlife, nature and animals. He was the executive producer of the acclaimed theatrical documentary Grizzly Man and the Oscar nominated Encounters at The End Of The World. Phil also created high entertainment shows like Animal Face Off and The Shark Attack Experiment Live as well as blue chip series such as... Read More →
avatar for Julian Hector

Julian Hector

Head of The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Julian leads the BBC Natural History Unit, a department of about 140 BBC staff making content for BBC channels, digital platforms and broadcasters around the world. Julian has worked for the NHU for over 23 years with an executive producer portfolio across radio, TV and digital... Read More →
avatar for Emre Izat

Emre Izat

Filmmaker, Director & Producer
Over the past 14 years, Emre has developed, produced, filmed, and directed multiple award-winning documentaries for National Geographic, PBS, Netflix, Discovery, History, ID, MSNBC, and TLC. His films include one-off specials and wildlife series ranging in topics from crime to health, science and technology to wildlife conservation. Emre has a special love of elephants, and has made five films devoted to them... Read More →
avatar for Marcia Martin

Marcia Martin

Senior Vice President, Love Nature / Blue Ant Media
As Senior Vice President Original Content, Love Nature, Marcia oversees all aspects of original content working with Wild life Producers from around the world. She has been responsible for over 350 hours of Wild Life and Nature content since the inception of Love Nature International 3 years ago. Before moving over to oversee Love Nature International, Marcia led execution of all aspects of TV production. As Senior Vice President, Original Production at Blue Ant Media she oversaw all in-house and commissioned content for Travel+Escape, Smithsonian Channel, Cottage Life, Love Nature ( Oasis) , HIFI, Aux, Radx and bitetv. And previously as Senior Vice President, Executive Producer, Specials, CTV, she oversaw all major in-house produced live specials... Read More →
avatar for Carole Tomko

Carole Tomko

Creative Director & General Manager, Vulcan Productions
With over 30 years of experience in developing and producing award-winning content for leading networks, Carole Tomko serves as General Manager and Creative Director of Vulcan Productions. She has worked closely with founder Paul Allen to increase the company’s output and scope of films, documentaries, series, digital content, social media and impact campaigns, resulting in numerous awards since she joined in 2013, including an... Read More →

Session Producer
avatar for David Hamlin

David Hamlin

Filmmaker & Executive Producer
David Hamlin is a multiple Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Executive Producer.   He’s responsible for 250+ award-winning Specials, Series and Digital/VR assets for the National Geographic Channel, NBC, PBS, Gannett/Google and other broadcasters and NGO’s. | For 17 years, Hamlin was on staff at National Geographic where his work focused on adventure, natural history, science and... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

6:00pm

Welcome Reception on the Sunset Terrace
Sponsored by Fujifilm & Terra Mater
When the opening day sessions conclude, the fun kicks up a notch. Join our hosts, Terra Mater Factual Studios and Fujifilm for a Teton sunset and toast to the best Festival yet, with an open bar, delicious appetizers and a welcome opportunity to greet old friends and meet a few new ones!  

Monday September 25, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lodge Lobby/Terrace

7:30pm

Re-Wilding the Planet with Kris Tompkins & Greg Carr
Sponsored by HHMI | Tangled Bank Studios
The notion of committing 50% of the planet to nature is achievable and this year’s Legacy Award honorees have taken us significantly toward that visionary goal. Todd Wilkinson leads a conversation with Greg Carr (Gorongosa Restoration Project) and Kris McDivitt Tompkins (Tompkins Conservation) on lessons they have learned as they re-imagine the future of community-driven conservation.

Facilitator
avatar for Todd Wilkinson

Todd Wilkinson

Founder, Mountain Journal
Todd Wilkinson is an American journalist and author proudly trained in the old-school tradition of asking tough questions and pressing for honest answers.  He is the founder of Mountain Journal. Since he began as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Carr

Greg Carr

Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project
Located at the very southern end of the Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Gorongosa is Mozambique’s most iconic national park. It is one of the most biologically rich and most geologically diverse parks in the World. In January of 2008, the Greg C.Carr Foundation signed a 20-year agreement with the Government of Mozambique to restore and co-manage the... Read More →
avatar for Kris Tompkins

Kris Tompkins

Tompkins Conservation
From the fiords and grasslands of Chile to the wetlands of northern Argentina, Tompkins Conservation’s wide array of initiatives protect and rewild native landscapes while nurturing local economies. Created by Kristine and Douglas Tompkins with the underlying goal of saving biodiversity and inspiring others to do the same, Tompkins Conservation--specifically two of its main organizational vehicles Conservacion Patagonica and the Conservation Land Trust--has protected over 3.4 million acres across Chile and Argentina to date. Working in collaboration with private and public partners and four different presidents, Tompkins Conservation has created six new national parks, expanded another, and established two provincial parks. The Tompkins Conservation family of organizations continues to expand its efforts as it works to create 5 new national parks, with the goal of adding at least 10 million additional acres to the national park systems of Chile and Argentina via a combination of direct land donations and government contributions. | In addition to creating national parks, Tompkins Conservation has undertaken the most ambitious rewilding effort in the Americas by returning giant anteaters, macaws, tapirs and other species to the... Read More →


Monday September 25, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge
 
Tuesday, September 26
 

7:00am

Mountain Yoga
Relaxing morning yoga with a beautiful Tetons view! Mats, blocks and straps will be provided, and an instructor will be on hand to adjust during the yogatoday.com classes that will be shown on screen.

Tuesday September 26, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Trappers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

7:30am

Mentor & Mentee Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by Vulcan Productions

Seasoned industry veterans join emerging filmmakers and conservation advocates for frank roundtable conversation and a chance to strategize this week of networking and engagement! If you have signed on to be a mentor or mentee, this will be your official meet-up. If you have NOT signed up or been assigned your table, contact rachel@jhfestival.org.

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation

Tuesday September 26, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

30 Minutes with ARTE
Tuesday September 26, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Big Data for Media
While "Big Data" and "artificial intelligence" have become buzzwords in the media industry, in the future, these practices will become a matter of survival in the brutally competitive digital media ecosystem. Dozens of major media companies around the world have leveraged their audience usage data to understand, engage, delight and retain their customers. Martha Stone will give a world overview of how media companies are rolling out their data practices to emulate the success of global heavyweights like Google and Facebook, by personalizing customers' experiences on their digital platforms. Brad Dancer will describe National Geographic Partners' Big Data and AI best practices and strategy that point to the future of the company.
Made possible in part through support from the National Science Foundation

Speakers
avatar for Brad Dancer

Brad Dancer

Executive Vice President of Insights, Analytics, & Data Strategy, National Geographic
Brad Dancer is Executive Vice President of Insights, Analytics & Data Strategy, overseeing all aspects of National Geographic Partner's customers and audiences. Dancer manages a team of market researchers, data scientists, digital/social analysts and TV media experts to help NGP grow its business across TV, Digital, Social, Print, Travel, Kids and other businesses. One of the most innovative media researchers, Dancer has done landmark studies across publishing, media, membership and digital with biometrics, social loops, predictive analytics and looking for ways to leverage new... Read More →
avatar for Martha Stone

Martha Stone

CEO, World Newsmedia Network
Martha L. Stone is a media industry author, speaker, and consultant. She is CEO of the World Newsmedia Network and owner of the Big Data for Media Week conferences in New York, London, and Hong Kong, where Artificial Intelligence is a main focus. She founded and has organized the Big Data for Media events since 2013... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

High Dynamic Range
Consumers cannot tell the difference between 2K and 4K from 10 ft away on a screen. But, HDR is a whole different animal, and the implications for those creating content for streaming and broadcast need to understand why THIS technological innovation translates directly into eye-popping imaging.

Facilitator
avatar for C.R. Caillouet

C.R. Caillouet

Technical Producer
C. R. has been involved in high definition television production for nearly three decades and contributed to many milestone productions in the development of the high definition television industry. He is acknowledged as a competent technical producer and video engineer and was regularly called on to advise recognized television... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Crithary

Peter Crithary

Marketing Manager, Sony
avatar for Michael Keegan

Michael Keegan

Global Partnerships, RED Digital Cinema
Michael Keegan has been part of the RED Team since 2008 and currently oversees global strategic partnerships and industry relationships, including working with major natural history organizations and outlets such as National Geographic and the BBC. Michael was accepted into the A... Read More →
avatar for Steve Mahrer

Steve Mahrer

Senior Technologist, Panasonic Media and Entertainment Company
As Technologist for Panasonic’s Media and Entertainment Company, PMEC.  Mr. Mahrer’s primary responsibilities include working with Panasonic’s core technologies; imaging devices, displays, and the technology partners aligned with Panasonic’s video compression and file based workflow technologies. Previous positions with Panasonic have included engineering management responsibilities for cameras and... Read More →
avatar for Guenter Noesner

Guenter Noesner

Senior Technical Sales Rep, ARRI
Guenter Noesner, is ARRI’s Senior Technical Sales rep for the eastern US region. | He worked in production since 1994, and joined the broadcast world for almost a decade, when he joined WHDT in West Palm Beach in 1997. There he encountered first time the challenges of the new digital world and the transition from analog SD to HD. Later in 2007 he joined ARRI Rental in Fort Lauderdale dealing with... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Beartrek
Followed by Q&A with Chris Morgan 
86 minutes
BEARTREK was born on the back of motorcycle. A decade ago, British ecologist Chris Morgan set out on a mission to discover and protect the world’s most loved – and often feared - carnivore. Incredibly moved, Chris became determined to educate people about the basic truth he had discovered: what’s good for bears is good for people and the planet. BEARTREK documents his motorcycle odyssey to some of the wildest places on earth - from the biggest bears on earth to the smallest - showcasing beautiful cinematography and driven by stories of individuals who have devoted their lives to protect these magnificent creatures.

Tuesday September 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Antelope 2

9:00am

Sixteen Legs
Followed by Q&A with Niall Doran
101 minutes
Giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates seek kinky love in the dark. As the world descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often unfairly reviled, that has survived prior mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath the World Heritage mountains of one of the world's last great wildernesses. With spectacular imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this real-world “Charlotte’s Web” capitalizes on master story-teller Neil Gaiman’s global popularity to bring a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change.

Tuesday September 26, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Wapiti 2

9:00am

Exhibitor Showcase
Tuesday September 26, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibitor Floor Jackson Lake Lodge

10:00am

30 Minutes with Nat Geo Digital Platforms
Speakers
avatar for Jean-Paul Polo

Jean-Paul Polo

Director, Social Video, National Geographic
 Originally from Puerto Rico, JP serves as Director of Social Video for National Geographic. For the past six years he worked as a producer, cinematographer and editor for National Geographic producing content for their digital and social platforms as well as TV content. Combining film techniques with a keen sense of wildlife and exploration storytelling for digital and social platforms is... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

10:30am

Bringing Science to Conservation
Curated by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
Conservation was long been hampered by a shortage of data and lack of a theoretical frameworks. But now, more than ever before, new forms of data and sophisticated experimental designs are informing, empowering and transforming conservation.
Made possible in part through support from the National Science Foundation 

Facilitator
avatar for John Rubin

John Rubin

Executive Producer, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios
John Rubin is executive producer at HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. He turned to documentaries after completing his PhD at MIT in cognitive science. Rubin has written, produced and directed films for the signature PBS series Nature, American Experience and NOVA as well as for National... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paola Bouley

Paola Bouley

Associate Director of Lion Conservation, Gorongosa National Park
Paola Bouley is Associate Director of Lion Conservation for Gorongosa National Park in Central Mozambique, a program she co-founded in 2012. Her team focuses on strategic actions to secure lion and leopard landscapes across the Gorongosa Ecosystem, and includes the first Mozambican... Read More →
avatar for Jane Lubchenco

Jane Lubchenco

Marine Biologist
Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, is a marine ecologist with expertise in the ocean, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and as part of President Barack... Read More →
avatar for Rob Pringle

Rob Pringle

Professor - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Rob Pringle is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Research in Pringle's laboratory combines field experiments, theoretical models, and forensic DNA-based analyses to understand the ecology and conservation of African savanna ecosystems and their iconic wildlife... Read More →
avatar for Laura Prugh

Laura Prugh

Biologist
Laura Prugh obtained a BA in Biology from Earlham College, and she then conducted her PhD at the University of British Columbia on the foraging ecology of coyotes in the Alaska Range under the supervision of Charley Krebs. She conducted postdoctoral work at UBC and UC Berkeley, a... Read More →

Session Producer
avatar for Anne Tarrant

Anne Tarrant

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Managing Director
Anne Tarrant is the Managing Director for HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. Anne is an Emmy-Award nominated producer with over 20 years of experience in cable television including working at multiple cable networks and production companies as well as a six-year stint running her own pro... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

10:30am

More than a Movie: Launch a Movement
Telling a brilliant story is just one piece of the puzzle. In a time of global political and social upheaval, the role of media in science and conservation has never been more critical. This is another “big picture” session. How can content creators leverage media to create impact through social change or public policy?

Facilitator
avatar for Ellen Windemuth

Ellen Windemuth

CEO, Off The Fence
Ellen Windemuth is the owner and CEO of Off The Fence, having founded the company in 1994. Under her leadership Off the Fence acquired, produced and co-produced over 6,000 hours of content. Ellen is a seasoned Executive Producer and Distributor, and has produced over 400 hours to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Bay

Anthony Bay

Co-Founder, UPROAR
Anthony Bay (co-founder) was most recently the CEO of Rdio, a leading global music subscription streaming service which was sold to Pandora for $75M in December 2015. Previously, Anthony was Global Head of Digital Video business for Amazon.com, a senior executive at Microsoft an... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Hinerfeld

Daniel Hinerfeld

Director of Content Partnerships, NRDC
Daniel Hinerfeld is Director of Content Partnerships at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and an award-winning director and journalist. Daniel founded NRDC’s film unit in 2008 and has produced and directed several environmental documentaries for NRDC, including Sonic Sea ... Read More →
avatar for Brooke Runnette

Brooke Runnette

Executive Vice President & Chief Program Officer, National Geographic Society
Brooke Runnette leads the National Geographic Society's impact agenda to empower world-changing science, exploration, and education; captivate and inspire global citizens; and advance solutions to sustain our planet for generations to come. | | In this capacity, she is responsible for all grantmaking across this global nonprofit in the areas of science, exploration, storytelling, and education, as well as the Society's signature programs, including National... Read More →
avatar for Carole Tomko

Carole Tomko

Creative Director & General Manager, Vulcan Productions
With over 30 years of experience in developing and producing award-winning content for leading networks, Carole Tomko serves as General Manager and Creative Director of Vulcan Productions. She has worked closely with founder Paul Allen to increase the company’s output and scope of films, documentaries, series, digital content, social media and impact campaigns, resulting in numerous awards since she joined in 2013, including an... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

11:00am

Highlands - Scotland's Wild Heart: Spring - Season of Extremes
Followed by Q&A with Nigel Pope 
59 minutes
Spring is the most unpredictable of seasons in the Highlands. It’s all about timing. Red squirrels, osprey, roe deer and dippers make the most of this fleeting opportunity to raise a family. In the Caledonian pine forest, capercaillie perform a striking display to compete for breeding rights while, on the forest floor, a timberman beetle searches for a mate with antennae four times the length of its body. In the Moray Firth, a pod of bottlenose dolphins gathers to feed on the spring run of salmon; it’s a bounty but only if they can swallow it. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

Tuesday September 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Antelope 2

11:00am

Gear on the Terrace
Tuesday September 26, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Tale of a Lake
Followed by Q&A with Marko Röhr and Teemu Liakka
76 minutes
Tale of a Lake is a film about the thousands of lakes that Finland is known for. It takes the viewers on an unprecedented adventure, ranging from the crystal clear springs all the way to the basins of the big lakes. It opens a whole new world of underwater nature for the viewers, and tells about the many old tales and beliefs in the land of thousands of lakes. The story of the film is told through tales that are based around the myths, legends and old beliefs that are part of the Finnish mythology. 

Tuesday September 26, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Wapiti 2

11:30am

30 Minutes with Vulcan Productions
Speakers
avatar for Sara Edelson

Sara Edelson

Head of Development, Vulcan Productions
Sara Edelson is Head of Development for Vulcan Productions, overseeing all original development and co-productions. Recent projects she has shepherded include the Academy shortlisted feature documentary The Ivory Game, Unseen Enemy (CNN Films) and Ocean Warriors (Animal Planet). Before joining Vulcan, she was Director of Development for Discovery... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

11:30am

NSF Focus Group: Building Consensus on Expertise
Delve deep into how you earned your stripes as an expert content producer. What led you down this career path? How do you recognize expertise in the field? You insight will advance NSF sponsored research into science communication, and will help craft a legacy of rigorous, research-based professional development at JH WILD conferences.
Made possible in part through support from the National Science Foundation 

Tuesday September 26, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

12:00pm

Lunch and a Movie: Born in China

A screening of Born in China Presented by Disneynature, Finalist in Best Conservation
Followed by Reimagining the Co-Pro

The opportunity for co-productions to flourish is better than ever, but their impact and value can go far beyond a distribution model.  Harnessing their full potential can lead to reaching new and diverse audiences.  However, to do so successfully requires creative teams to get uncomfortable.  Infusing projects with outside talent and differing perspectives has risk, but the risk of not doing so today is far greater.
Please join Brian Leith and Paul Baribault following the screening of Born in China, as they discuss the changing landscape of co-productions today. 


Speakers
avatar for Paul Baribault

Paul Baribault

Vice President - Animation Marketing & Disneynature, Walt Disney Studios
 Paul Baribault is a Vice President at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures leading Studio Marketing Operations and Strategy for Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Animation Studios films.  Paul also leads the Disneynature film label as the Brand, Creative, Production, Operations, and Strategy... Read More →
avatar for Brian Leith

Brian Leith

Director & Executive Producer, Brian Leith Productions
Brian Leith is a director and executive producer specialising in 'man and nature' stories. He has produced a Disneynature film 'Born in China', and a 75' documentary 'Ghost of the Mountains' which have been nominated for awards at this year's festival. He is creative director and... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

12:30pm

Explore Your Backyard Wilderness

4 minutes
Explore your Backyard Wilderness is a micro-movie about the great web of life that surrounds and sustains us, but which we have forgotten how to see. Set in and around a typical home and neighborhood pond, it is a poignant snapshot revealing the miracles that unfold right under our noses each year in backyards across America – whether we see them or not. Explore your Backyard Wilderness reconnects people to nature by allowing them to experience the world through animal eyes and at nature’s pace, inspiring a new sense of wonder and commitment to understanding the world outside their back door.


Tuesday September 26, 2017 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Antelope 2

12:30pm

30 Minutes with Blue Ant Media

Love Nature International, a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, offers the world’s largest library of 4K wildlife and nature content​.​

 ​Love nature's products include international program sales, 4/UHD linear channels, a VOD library available globally and a 4K SVOD service which is available in 60+countries on multiple platforms.​in 2015 Love Nature, Smithsonian Earth and Plimsoll Productions partnered to launch a 2 year natural history project, Camp Zambia. And just this year expanded that partnership to include season 2, Camp Zambia and 3 new series out of Sri Lanka.Love Nature continues to work with the best in Wild Life productions and have on going relationships with Blink, Taglicht, Derek and Beverley Joubert, NHNZ, Wild Bear And Off The Fence to name a few.


Tuesday September 26, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

12:30pm

The New Face of Program Marketing
Creative storytellers and nonprofits, it’s time to meet the business world, where brands have become masters of all aspects of modern storytelling, from concept, creation and distribution to audience building and engagement. You don’t need to spend a fortune, but you do need to learn what this means for your project.

Facilitator
avatar for Russell Sparkman

Russell Sparkman

FusionSpark Media
Russell Sparkman is an award-winning, purpose-focused communications pioneer whose client list includes Toyota, Epson, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, American Liver Foundation, Florida Department of Environmental Protection as well as many smaller nonprofits and small to medium businesse... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Fearnley

Patricia Fearnley

Head of Natural History Content, BBC Worldwide
Patricia Fearnley is the Head of Natural History in the Content team at BBC Worldwide, responsible for all natural history acquisitions from both the BBC Natural History Unit and independent production companies.  Patricia has 23 years’ experience in the TV industry having started off as a Production Secretary before becoming a Production Manager working in most departments across the BBC, but primarily in the Science Unit working on titles like Walking with Beasts, Krakatoa: The Last Days, World War II: Behind Closed Doors, Wild Weather and Horizon before joining BBC Worldwide in 2007 as part of the Content Acquisitions... Read More →
avatar for Bertie Gregory

Bertie Gregory

Filmmaker, Photographer, Series Host, Nat Geo Wild
Bertie Gregory is a 24-year-old wildlife filmmaker, photographer and host of Nat Geo WILD's first digital series, wild_life with Bertie Gregory.  | | Bertie has been completely obsessed with wildlife since a young age. At just 12-years-old, Bertie got ahold of his father's camera and began sneaking off to photograph his local wildlife. From that moment, he was hooked. Over the following years, this obsession earned him the titles of Youth Outdoor Photographer Of The Year, 2020VISION Young Champion and a youth nomination at the Wildscreen Panda... Read More →
avatar for Fred Kaufman

Fred Kaufman

Executive Producer, Nature
For over twenty five years, Fred Kaufman has been a leading executive in the natural history genre. As the executive producer of the acclaimed PBS Nature series, Kaufman has won seven Emmys and two Peabody Awards. He has been with Nature since its beginning in 1982 and has overseen it since 1991. During his tenure, Nature has been honored with hundreds of industry awards. In 2012, Kaufman was named the recipient of the International Wildlife Film... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

1:00pm

New Tools for Underwater Exploration & Seafloor Visualization
Evan Kovacs and William Lange Advanced Imaging & Visualization Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (AIVL) Woods Hole Productions Marine Imaging Technologies (MITECH)
This presentation will focus on some of the new tools and techniques that have been developed through scientific, archaeological and cinematic collaborations and how these tools can be used by the documentary film community. These tools include “Pixel,” a new Cinema class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) designed principally for underwater cinematography and precision scientific imaging. Additionally an advanced penetration ROV designed for exploring deep inside shipwrecks, submerged downed aircraft and other hazardous underwater sites was devleoped. This ROV, nicknamed11th Hour, successfully completed many deep penetrations as well as recovered samples from inside the US Arizona in Pearl Harbor with the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center and PBS. Both of these ROVs are equipped with VR and 4k UHDTV 3D imaging systems and can be used for scientific or cinematic imaging. A very important aspect to scientific imaging is the ability to reconstruct objects large and small in their full context as they relate to the seafloor and the rest of their environment. AIVL working with Marine Imaging Technologies and the National Park Service Submerged Resources Group has developed a revolutionary new multi-function underwater imaging system capable of generating ultra-high definition television (UHDTV) video, 2-D mosaic imaging, and 3-D Optical Volumetric models. The system is capable of producing near-millimeter accurate 3-D models that are built using digital optical imagery—rather than lasers—and are able to represent the volume of an object with high resolution detail derived from optical image data. Examples of volumetric optical models will be shown during the presentation including open discussions with filmmakers as to how this new technique can be applied to documentary and wildlife filmmaking. 

Tuesday September 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

1:00pm

Sonic Sea

61 minutes
Everywhere on Earth songs of life can be heard. This is even more apparent deep down in the darkness of the sea, where whales and other marine life depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, raise their young and defend against predators. Yet, their symphony of life is being disrupted by the industrialized noise that has become commonplace in our oceans today—with tragic and deadly costs. Created in partnership with NRDC and IFAW, SONIC SEA travels beneath the ocean’s surface to uncover the damaging consequences of increased ocean noise pollution and what can be done to stop it.


Tuesday September 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Wapiti 2

1:30pm

30 Minutes with PBS
Speakers
avatar for Bill Gardner

Bill Gardner

Vice President of Programming & Development, PBS
Bill Gardner oversees content strategy, development and production for the PBS Primetime schedule in the genres of science, natural history, culture, current events and history as well as a portion of the PBS drama lineup. During his time at PBS projects he has shepherded have won two Peabody Awards and been nominated for multiple Emmys. Recent projects... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

1:30pm

Yasuni Man
Followed by Q&A with Ryan Killackey 
92 minutes
Yasuni Man is a film about a conflict raging deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon. It's a real-life Avatar story. Once under siege by missionaries seeking to civilize them, the Waorani people battle industry operatives and their own government in a fight to survive. Join filmmaker Ryan Patrick Killackey and his native friend Otobo as they embark on an expedition into the most bio-diverse forest on Earth. Witness what may be lost as oil companies encroach, human rights violations run rampant, and a forest Eden is destroyed - all for the oil that lies beneath Yasuni. 

Tuesday September 26, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Antelope 2

2:00pm

Video for Social Media
National Geographic Partners Director of Snapchat leads a social video class on creating mobile-first content for National Geographic.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Atlas

Stephanie Atlas

Senior Director of Snapchat, National Geographic
Stephanie Atlas is the Senior Director of Snapchat for National Geographic Partners. In this role, Stephanie spearheads National Geographic's programming strategy for Discover, a daily mobile-first magazine edition on Snap. Atlas leads a team of editors, producers, and designers who translate... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Paul Polo

Jean-Paul Polo

Director, Social Video, National Geographic
 Originally from Puerto Rico, JP serves as Director of Social Video for National Geographic. For the past six years he worked as a producer, cinematographer and editor for National Geographic producing content for their digital and social platforms as well as TV content. Combining film techniques with a keen sense of wildlife and exploration storytelling for digital and social platforms is... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

2:30pm

30 Minutes with Off the Fence
Speakers
avatar for Ellen Windemuth

Ellen Windemuth

CEO, Off The Fence
Ellen Windemuth is the owner and CEO of Off The Fence, having founded the company in 1994. Under her leadership Off the Fence acquired, produced and co-produced over 6,000 hours of content. Ellen is a seasoned Executive Producer and Distributor, and has produced over 400 hours to... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

2:30pm

Declaration of Independents
So, what do you do when no one has commissioned the story you want to tell? Make it yourself! The fund-as-you-go approach takes longer and presents its own set of challenges, but has some distinctive advantages. Is it worth the pain to have complete ownership and creative control? A case-study approach examining four recent projects.

Facilitator
avatar for Susan Todd

Susan Todd

Producer, Director, Co-Founder, Archipelago Films / Arise Media
Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Producer/Director Susan Todd has been making cutting-edge, natural history and social impact films for the past three decades. She co-founded Archipelago Films in 1991, with partner Andrew Young, to make films and media that inspire, inform and ignite through high-quality, visual storytelling. | With a well-established track record of producing, directing, and writing dozens of documentary and fiction films, for television, wildlife and natural history, museum installations, corporate, and commercial projects, Archipelago Films is now expanding its scope to include the Giant Screen/IMAX format. | Backyard Wilderness, their first Giant Screen film, is currently in post-production and is being produced under their 501(c)3 organization, Arise Media, which was created to produce quality, thought-provoking media about some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. Pushing the boundaries of storytelling and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allison Argo

Allison Argo

Film Director & Producer, ArgoFilms
Allison Argo and her films have won six national Emmys (11 nominations) and over 60 awards internationally. Her first film, The Urban Gorilla, won the very first Newcomer's Award at JHWFF. Her most recent film, The Last Pig, was made possible through crowdfunding, in-kind service... Read More →
avatar for Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Wildlife Media/UPROAR
Ecologist Chris Morgan is no stranger to adventure. Over the last 20+ years he has worked as a wildlife researcher, wilderness guide, and environmental educator on every continent where bears exist. From icy polar bear country at 81° North to tropical Andean bear forests on the equator, Chris has sought adventure among the focus animals of his life... Read More →
avatar for James Reed

James Reed

Founder, Underdog Films
James worked in Natural History film making for various companies in Bristol (UK), including Silverback, Icon and the BBC, before setting up a small production company of his own, Underdog Films, for the purposes of making a self-financed film called Jago: A Life Underwater. Everyone advised against producing independently on loans and credit... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

2:30pm

Shooting the Natural World with the EVA1 Camera
Panasonic’s new AU-EVA1 Compact Cinema Camera features a Super-35 sensor with Dual Native ISO and 5.7K resolution. 
Learn what these and other unique features of this revolutionary new camera can mean for your productions. 
Sample footage will be shown and EVA1 cameras will be available for hands-on exploration.

Tuesday September 26, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

3:00pm

Wild Tales from the Village
Followed by Q&A with Mike Gunton 
59 minutes
An Animal drama that tells the story of a year in the life of an extraordinary village, hidden away in the timeless French countryside. Narrated by Tcheky Karyo, this tale reveals the parallel world of incredible tiny creatures that live side by side with the unsuspecting humans.
Red squirrels, wild boar, edible dormice and a cunning stone marten all take advantage of the riches of the village, while doing their best not to get caught! Can they outwit the villagers and survive the seasons? Seen from the perspective of these secretive animals, their adventures are happening right beneath our feet!

Tuesday September 26, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Wapiti 2

3:30pm

30 Minutes with Smithsonian Networks
Tuesday September 26, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

3:30pm

Digging Deeper: Investigative Journalism
Investigative journalism is a compelling form of character-driven storytelling, with dramatic potential for systemic impact. Engaging broad audiences, these storytellers put themselves directly in the line of fire as they solve unfolding mysteries and expose crimes against wildlife and humanity.

Facilitator
avatar for Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum

Director, Knight Science Journalism Program - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prizewinning American science journalist, columnist, and author of five books, including The Poisoner’s Handbook (2010), and Love at Goon Park (2002). She is a former president of the National Association of Science Writers, was a member of the governin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kate Brooks

Kate Brooks

Filmmaker & Photojournalist
Kate Brooks is an American photojournalist who has chronicled conflict and human rights issues for nearly two decades. She began her career in Russia at the age of 20 while documenting child abuse in state orphanages. The resulting photographs were published worldwide and used by the Human Rights Watch to campaign for... Read More →
avatar for Rhett Butler

Rhett Butler

Founder & CEO, Mongabay
Rhett Butler is the founder and CEO of Mongabay, a popular environmental news platform that publishes original stories in English, Spanish, and Indonesian. In the course of his reporting on conservation issues, Rhett has traveled widely, spending time in threatened landscapes wit... Read More →
avatar for Richard Ladkani

Richard Ladkani

Film Director & Cinematographer
As director and cinematographer, RICHARD LADKANI has gained international recognition in the feature documentary category for his award winning films, The NETFLIX Original "The Ivory Game", executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. This investigative thriller-doc on the illegal trade of ivory and the extinction... Read More →
avatar for Mary Rice

Mary Rice

Executive Director, Environmental Investigation Agency
Mary Rice is the Executive Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in the UK. | Trained as a journalist, Mary spent 15 years working in Asia before moving to London and into the environmental sector. With more than two decades of experience in this field, Mary has extensive knowledge of the illegal international trade in natural resources and... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

3:30pm

Wild Ireland - The Edge of the World
Followed by Q&A with John Murray 
52 minutes
Hanging like an emerald jewel off the western edge of Europe, Ireland has always been a place apart. Never conquered by the Romans, Ireland was for millennia the very edge of the known world and the last stop for countless animals before they disappeared into the mists of the Atlantic ocean on their ceaseless journeys of life.
As never captured before, this film shows Ireland’s wild wonders – from breaching Humpback Whales off its southern shores, to Golden Eagles fighting the gales of the northern highlands to raise their young on precipitous cliffs, to the majestic Salmon returning from the Arctic to face upriver into the purest freshwater in Europe and a murderous gauntlet of waterfalls and fishermen. From the Red Squirrels battling back from the edge of extinction to the clash of Ireland’s last Red Deer stags echoing through the mountains of Kerry. Not to mention that off the Irish coast swarm the second largest fish in the world: over  hundred Basking Sharks have been seen in one day - the film features these gentle giants as they follow the summer plankton trail before turning west and disappearing into the abyss.

Tuesday September 26, 2017 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Antelope 2

4:00pm

End-to-end Workflow: Exploring the real world of High Dynamic Range
Sponsored by Sony
Presented by Peter Crithary, Sony Electronics 
High Dynamic Range imagery is true to life and can go beyond into the hyper real. HDR results in a new world of imagery transforming visual storytelling, amazing audiences with unprecedented contrast, color and clarity. It works by preserving a greater range of detail in scene brightness from deepest shadows to brightest highlights. Display technologies are now capable of showing High Dynamic Range, whereas certain high end camera technologies have been able to generate content capable of producing HDR for several years. This seminar will explain High Dynamic Range, highlight some lessons learned in producing effective HDR content, and will have a live demonstration of HDR footage utilizing both consumer and professional display technology. Sony will also present the new Full Frame motion picture camera VENICE

Speakers
avatar for Peter Crithary

Peter Crithary

Marketing Manager, Sony


Tuesday September 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

4:30pm

30 Minutes with NOVA
Tuesday September 26, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

4:30pm

POV: Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes with the makers of Planet Earth II and Spy in the Wild

Technological innovation has taken character-driven storytelling to a whole new level, bringing audiences directly into the story from the creature’s point of view. From Nestcams to animatronix cameras, drones and motion-activated imaging, this session is a behind-the-scenes look at two of this year’s innovative finalists.


Facilitator
avatar for Philippa Forrester

Philippa Forrester

Producer, Writer, Presenter, Halcyon Media
As a producer/writer/presenter Philippa has worked for almost three decades in the UK on high profile, large audience, primetime television across a number of disciplines with particular expertise in live, event television. With her husband, Charlie Hamilton James, she runs Halcyon Media. She has produced factual based television and radio series for clients including BBC, Animal Planet and National Geographic and has worked as Executive Producer on several documentaries for BBC... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Downer

John Downer

Executive Producer and Director, John Downer Productions
A passionate zoologist, John has been making ground breaking nature documentaries for the BBC for over 30 years. He made his name by abandoning the traditional style of nature documentaries and pioneering a highly inventive subjective approach. Using new technology and dramatic story-telling techniques he continues to find new ways to immerse the audience in the animal world. His innovative approach to filmmaking has brought him numerous international awards including an Emmy for genre-changing series such as Supersense, Weird Nature, Earthflight and Penguins - Spy in the Huddle. His productions have won an RTS award five times for the most innovative TV... Read More →
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Mike Gunton

Creative Director - The Natural History Unit & Factual BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios
In his dual role Mike works as an executive producer on many BBC titles, acts as an ambassador for BBC Worldwide and is responsible for bringing new stories and techniques to audiences. Mike has overseen over 120 wildlife films, including many critical acclaimed series such as Life, Africa... Read More →

Session Producer
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Gavin Boyland

Series Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Gavin is an award-winning producer making shows for both the BBC and the independent sector, from filming mountain gorillas with Sigourney Weaver to chasing mammoths across Siberia. Gavin specializes in popular natural history and his recent credits include Monkeys Revealed, Natural... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

4:30pm

Antarctica in the Footsteps of the Emperor

90 minutes
A frozen continent stretching across 13 million km2, Antarctica had until now seemed sheltered from the dangers of climate disruption. Protected by an international treaty it has been spared the effects of hunting and fishing. But signs in ice's cyclical patterns and its biodiversity have become worrying. Connected to the planet's global ecosystem via atmospheric circulation and ocean currents, this white haven is suffering the effects of human activities. To document and explain what is unfolding in Antarctica, photographer, diver, and marine biologist Laurent Ballesta and photographer of extreme environments Vincent Munier will be blending their artistic perspectives of a rapidly changing continent. Antarctica, In the Footsteps of the Emperor is an ode to the biodiversity and protection of the white continent.


Tuesday September 26, 2017 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Wapiti 2

5:00pm

David Attenborough's Light on Earth

51 minutes
The spectacular and magical light produced by glowworms, fireflies and luminous plankton is known as bioluminescence - light made by living creatures. But those quite familiar glows and flashes are just a tiny, easily observed fragment of a previously unexplored, mysterious realm. Sir David Attenborough will be our guide, as we venture into a world he describes as "utterly unlike our own". He and a team of the world’s leading scientists take us on a quest into the fascinating realm of living light.


Tuesday September 26, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Antelope 2

5:30pm

Sunset Reception
Sponsored by BBC Earth & PBS
Unwind and debrief, after a long day filled with meetings, sessions and screenings, with BBC Earth and PBS. Be sure to check out our special guests—the Spy Creatures used to film Spy in the Wild, with John Downer Productions. 

Tuesday September 26, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Lodge Lobby/Terrace

7:00pm

Rise of the Warrior Apes Screening with Q&A
A finalist in Best Animal Behavior and Best Science & Nature
Rise of the Warrior Apes tells the 25 year story of the rise of the largest and most powerful troop of chimps ever known - the formidable Ngogo community in Uganda. The story is told entirely from the perspective of the scientists who have lived alongside them for a quarter of a century. 
Made possible in part through support from the National Science Foundation 

Facilitator
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Brian Leith

Director & Executive Producer, Brian Leith Productions
Brian Leith is a director and executive producer specialising in 'man and nature' stories. He has produced a Disneynature film 'Born in China', and a 75' documentary 'Ghost of the Mountains' which have been nominated for awards at this year's festival. He is creative director and... Read More →

Speakers
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John Mitani

Behavioral Ecologist, James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan
John Mitani is the James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan.  He is an animal behaviorist who studies the behavior of our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates.  During the past 40 years, he has conducted fieldwork with all five apes in the world today: gibbons and orangutans in Indonesia, bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, chimpanzees in Tanzania and Uganda, and gorillas in... Read More →
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James Reed

Founder, Underdog Films
James worked in Natural History film making for various companies in Bristol (UK), including Silverback, Icon and the BBC, before setting up a small production company of his own, Underdog Films, for the purposes of making a self-financed film called Jago: A Life Underwater. Everyone advised against producing independently on loans and credit... Read More →


Tuesday September 26, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge
 
Wednesday, September 27
 

7:00am

Mountain Yoga
Relaxing morning yoga with a beautiful Tetons view! Mats, blocks and straps will be provided, and an instructor will be on hand to adjust during the yogatoday.com classes that will be shown on screen.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Trappers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

7:30am

Networking Breakfast - Amplifying Impact
Sponsored by National Geographic Society
Join the National Geographic Society for a discussion about the balance of communicating the wonder and the worry of conservation. Come with your ideas and suggestions! 

Wednesday September 27, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

30 Minutes with Animal Planet & Science Channel
Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Micro Movie Finalist Showcase
I am a Ranger 
4 minutes
Rangers: the unsung heroes of conservation. In this film, we meet a plethora of different Rangers: the guards of Sudan, rangers in the field and antipoaching squads. This film explores their stories: What is the daily experience of a Ranger? Why did they become rangers? What challenges do they face? It hopes to shed light on the good work they do and give them the exposure they deserve.

The Chorus of Colorado (with Thomas Winston)
2 minutes
Colorado is truly a land of plenty - with a song all its own. The Chorus of Colorado is an anthem that reverberates from majestic peaks to red rock canyons, bustling cities to tranquil mountain towns. Heard in the brewery, the stadium, or even in the wide open spaces of the backcountry, it's a chorus that hums with life. But listen carefully: one voice has gone missing. A note that rang through the mountains for eons has disappeared. Now, it's time to bring this voice home.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Wapiti 2

9:00am

Re-defining the On-camera Host
In an ever-changing media world, how does the role of an on camera host continue to connect with us as an audience? Our panelists and well experienced hosts of various shows will speak on new trends that aim to engage and continue to challenge us as viewers.

Speakers
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Stephanie Arne

Public Speaker, Host, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
As a wildlife conservation professional, Stephanie is committed to raising awareness about the disconnect between modern society and the natural world. And she's determined to explore and share how each of us can use our specific talents and skills to bridge that gap and make our planet a healthier place for generations to come.​ | | Today, she is not only the host... Read More →
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Chris Morgan

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Wildlife Media/UPROAR
Ecologist Chris Morgan is no stranger to adventure. Over the last 20+ years he has worked as a wildlife researcher, wilderness guide, and environmental educator on every continent where bears exist. From icy polar bear country at 81° North to tropical Andean bear forests on the equator, Chris has sought adventure among the focus animals of his life... Read More →
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Bob Poole

Cinematographer & Filmmaker, National Geographic
Bob Poole is an Emmy award-winning cinematographer, on-camera presenter and speaker for National Geographic. His extensive credit list includes documentaries for PBS, BBC and Discovery, and more than 35 projects with National Geographic. He works around the world and his passion for wildlife conservation has taken him to some of the African... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

The Aesthetics of Virtual Reality
The creative possibilities of this rapidly developing medium are immense. But, shooting, editing and sound design are quite different from linear storytelling. This workshop is a master-class conversation with VR/360 early adaptors on storytelling techniques and lessons learned.

Facilitator
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Jennifer Shoemaker

Senior Director of Visual Storytelling, Conservation International
Jennifer Shoemaker is Senior Director of the Visual Storytelling Team at Conservation International, where she recently produced a VR film about the Amazon rainforest. She has also worked in digital video, TV and live event media at National Geographic, NASA and the National Park... Read More →

Speakers
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Eric Hanson

xRez Studio
xRez Studio is a creative VR production house which explores and applies highend graphics and production techniques toward natural history content. Years of experience in LA high-end feature film visual effects allows xRez Studio to provide high-level results toward a wide variety of projects and clientele. Partners Eric Hanson and Greg Downing share an enthusiasm for applying immersive media to meaningful projects in entertainment, natural history, cultural heritage, and museums. Whether recreating historic events in film, revealing complex processes in scientific visualization, or illustrating environmental change in VR, xRez Studio can offer powerful media solutions for filmmakers, organizations, researchers, or activists. At FHFF 2017, we will be debuting xRez Traverse, a unique and powerful VR experience enabling transport to some of the... Read More →
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DJ Roller

As co-founder of NextVR, DJ drew on vast cinematic and technical background to push the  | potential of virtual reality forward, both for live and on-demand VR experiences, bringing the audience “beyond the front row.” No stranger to immersive entertainment, he is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer for 3D... Read More →
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Max Salomon

Executive Producer, Black Dot Films
Max is a multiple Emmy award-winning executive producer, writer and director of high-profile non-fiction programming. A leading pioneer in VR content creation and development, Max has directed and produced over 30 VR films with a total audience of over 150 million viewers. Max developed and executed the launch strategy and pipeline for NGVR... Read More →

Session Producer
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David Hamlin

Filmmaker & Executive Producer
David Hamlin is a multiple Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Executive Producer.   He’s responsible for 250+ award-winning Specials, Series and Digital/VR assets for the National Geographic Channel, NBC, PBS, Gannett/Google and other broadcasters and NGO’s. | For 17 years, Hamlin was on staff at National Geographic where his work focused on adventure, natural history, science and... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Into the Amazon
Followed by Q&A with Mark Samels, John Maggio and Hannah Olson 
120 minutes
Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of the perilous 1913 journey of Theodore Roosevelt and Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the dark and deadly heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon River.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Antelope 2

9:00am

Exhibitor Showcase
Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibitor Floor Jackson Lake Lodge

10:00am

30 Minutes with ORF/Universum
In 2017 ORF's UNIVERSUM strand celebrates 30 years commissioning, coproducing, broadcasting and distributing blue chip wildlife documentaries, working with leading Austrian and international production companies, and partner- broadcasters from Europe, Asia and the USA, including NDR/Doclights, France Télévisions, Arte, Smithsonian, National Geographic Wild, CCTV and Channel One Russia. UNIVERSUM originates up to 12 hours of blue chip wildlife documentaries per year, filmed in our own region and across the globe, and participates in international coproductions, often on a reciprocal basis.High production values (all 4K or higher), strong, original stories, often with a welcome twist or a touch of humour, feature in our single hours or short series. UNIVERSUM's films are distributed by ORF Enterprise.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

10:00am

Acquisition Choices: The VariCam family, HD, 2k, UHD, 4k, HDR, HFR and?
Sponsored by Panasonic
Much like choosing 16 vs 35mm film years ago, what you shoot today will play a large role in the longevity and quality of your content for many years to come. Come see and examine the HD, 2k, 4k acquisition options of the VariCam family of cameras. Is HDR really needed today, how about later? Capturing the best possible quality, with an eye on the range of future deliverables is always wise. Acquisition options will be examined, post workflows also. Follow-up field shooting and post testing is available during the week.
 

Wednesday September 27, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

10:00am

Engaging Youth Finalist Showcase
My Haggan Dream (with Stephani Gordon and Laura Sams)
8 minutes
On the island of Saipan, a young girl's mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles that live around her home. Join her adventure to find turtles, which leads to a wonderful birthday wish.
short version: A young island girl dreams of a mysterious haggan, or sea turtle, that sends her on a quest to investigate the sea turtles that nest and swim near her home.

Meet the Real Wolf (with Thomas Winston)
3 minutes
What happens when fairy tales and reality collide? Throughout history, myths about the “big bad wolf” have generated fear and concern that creeps out of our storybooks and into the real world. By the 1950’s, wolves were pushed to the brink of extinction in the lower forty-eight and more was lost than just the wolf.  Meet The Real Wolf introduces a new chapter where the apex predator becomes the protagonist, changing the narrative of the ecosystems they are rebuilding. We learn what happens when the wolf is no longer antagonized, but instead realized as the missing link, and the denouement to our story.

Water from the Mountain (Agua de El Yunque) - (with Jeremy Monroe)
16 minutes
Follow the path of water from the rainforests of Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest to the coastal communities that rely on fresh water… and discover one of the world’s most amazing water treatment (eco)systems.

Wild Kratts: Spirit Bear
27 minutes
When the Wild Kratts head out looking for Black bears, Aviva keeps seeing a fleeting glimpse of what she thinks is a ghostly white bear.  The gang soon realizes that they have stumbled across the rare Spirit Bear of the Northern Pacific. But celebration turns to dismay when they encounter new villain, Ms. Paisley Paver, CEO of Pave Nature Incorporated, and discover her plans to turn the island into a Mega Storage facility.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Wapiti 2

10:30am

Reality Check
Virtual Reality. Augmented Reality. Mixed Reality. Extended Reality...It’s hard enough to live in REAL reality. We can only imagine what will unfold as this technology advances. In this session we explore the current landscape of technology and business models as well as the societal impact of a media in an extended reality world.


Speakers to come!!!

Facilitator
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Paul Baribault

Vice President - Animation Marketing & Disneynature, Walt Disney Studios
 Paul Baribault is a Vice President at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures leading Studio Marketing Operations and Strategy for Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Animation Studios films.  Paul also leads the Disneynature film label as the Brand, Creative, Production, Operations, and Strategy... Read More →

Speakers
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Carla Borras

Director of Digital Video, FRONTLINE
Carla Borrás is the Director of Digital Video for FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series. She oversees digital video production and strategy, working with FRONTLINE’s producers, editors, and journalists to create smart engaging video that is shared with audiences across platforms... Read More →
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Anthony Geffen

CEO, Atlantic Productions
Anthony Geffen is one of the world leading documentary film makers and a pioneer in multi-platform story telling. His films have won over 50 international awards including four British Academy Awards (BAFTAs) and seven Emmys, and multiple awards at Wildscreen and Jackson Hole.  | Anthony's diverse range of work includes 11 productions with David Attenborough, most recently the acclaimed Great Barrier Reef series. Other series include the BBCs Inside the Commons and Mission Galapagos. Theatrical films include Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest and IMAX films include Museum Alive... Read More →
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Malvina Martin

Executive Producer, Black Dot Films
Malvina is a senior executive producer, with a passion for creating smart, cutting-edge programming for a wide range of audiences. Her track record of success is rooted in understanding the target demographic of the brands she works with. At Black Dot Films she created the award-winning VR pipeline for National Geographic Magazine. She also developed, produced and directed the highly successful launch of... Read More →
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Mitch Turnbull

Director & Producer
Mitch Turnbull is an award-winning film, television and digital producer/director with over twenty years experience in the US and UK. She has produced and directed factual content for broadcasters and studios including Disneynature, PBS, NHK, BBC, National Geographic and Discovery. Over the last four years she has also developed, produced and directed 360/virtual reality content for BBC Earth, Oculus and the UN and acts as a VR Advisory Associate for BAFTA. | Mitch produced and directed BBC Earth's 360/VR experience, Cat Flight, nominated for the Best Interative Award at this year's Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

11:00am

Gear on the Terrace
Wednesday September 27, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
Terrace

11:15am

Mosquito
Followed by Q&A with filmmakers
62 minutes
Mosquito is a timely, in-depth look at this dangerous creature, how it is changing in unpredictable and unprecedented ways, and highlights how without an international coordinated effort, the world and its citizens are at risk for an historic pandemic. Shot on four continents, Mosquito features insights from world and health leaders including Bill Gates and former CDC Director Tom Frieden, as well as the intimate stories of the men, women, and children who are living in fear that the next bite could be a deadly one.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Antelope 2

11:30am

30 Minutes with Nature/WNET
Wednesday September 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

11:30am

Managing Your Brand
Extending the life and impact of your film requires effective positioning, branding and marketing your project as more than just a film. This workshop examines how to increase engagement and revenue by transforming a program into a brand. Trust us - you need this

Speakers
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Russell Sparkman

FusionSpark Media
Russell Sparkman is an award-winning, purpose-focused communications pioneer whose client list includes Toyota, Epson, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, American Liver Foundation, Florida Department of Environmental Protection as well as many smaller nonprofits and small to medium businesse... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

11:30am

VR Demos
Wednesday September 27, 2017 11:30am - 2:00pm
Exhibitor Floor Jackson Lake Lodge

12:00pm

NSF Focus Group: Continuing the Conversation
Join the Jackson Hole NSF research team for an informal focus group on developing excellence in STEM communication. Share insights about your professional journey to help us identify the most important resources for supporting the success of emerging professionals.  
Made possible with support from the National Science Foundation 

Wednesday September 27, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

12:00pm

The Hunt: The Hardest Challenge
58 minutes
The contests between predators and prey are the most dramatic events in nature. The Hardest Challenge reveals the extraordinary range of techniques predators use to catch their prey- from a leopard using all its powers of stealth to stalk impala in broad daylight to wild dogs, whose tactic is to wear down their prey over long distances; from Nile crocodiles, the Planet’s most patient predators, to killer whales who use teamwork and intelligence to take on humpback whales. But even with these finely tuned strategies, the outcome is far from certain. Surprisingly, most predators fail most of the time.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Wapiti 2

12:00pm

Lunch and a Movie: Savage Kingdom Premiere
Sponsored by Nat Geo WILD

Savage Kingdom: Uprising, Episode One

The second installment of Nat Geo WILD’s hit global event miniseries event, Savage Kingdom, returns to remote Africa where mighty factions of lions, leopards, wild dogs, and hyenas battle it out to become rulers of the realm. Savage Kingdom: Uprising continues as sons plot to overthrow fathers, clans seek revenge on their enemies and new arrivals enter the Savage Kingdom to stake their claim. There. Will. Be. Blood.




Wednesday September 27, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

12:30pm

30 Minutes with BBC Natural World
Speakers
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Roger Webb

Executive Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Roger has worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for 21 years and has been Series Editor of the award-winning Natural World strand since 2013. He is passionate about wildlife broadcasting, constantly striving for excellence. Roger’s experience is broad, taking in Springwatch, Planet Earth Live and Big Cat Diary, as well as... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

1:00pm

The Convergence of Stills and Motion
Sponsored by RED
Speaker
: Field biologist, explorer, photographer, and filmmaker, Tim Laman
Tim will take delegates into the world of where motion captures blurs with still imagery as he shares his experiences shooting with RED's new EPIC-W 8KS35 camera system. His cameras are his tools for telling the stories of rare and endangered wildlife, and revealing some of earth’s wildest places, and he recently won the top honor in his field: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016.  

A representative from RED will be on-hand.


Speakers
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Michael Keegan

Global Partnerships, RED Digital Cinema
Michael Keegan has been part of the RED Team since 2008 and currently oversees global strategic partnerships and industry relationships, including working with major natural history organizations and outlets such as National Geographic and the BBC. Michael was accepted into the A... Read More →
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Tim Laman

Biologist, Photographer & Filmmaker, National Geographic
Tim Laman is a field biologist, wildlife photojournalist, and filmmaker.  Since getting his Ph.D. from Harvard for pioneering research in Borneo’s rainforest canopy, his cameras have become his main tools for telling the stories of rare and endangered wildlife, and revealing some of... Read More →
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Sean Ruggeri

Field Tech, RED Digital Cinema
Sean Ruggeri has been with RED Digital Cinema since 2007, initially responsible for remote technical support and customer service. From there, he moved into the role of field tech which supports productions during prep and when on-set. | On top of customer support and education... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

1:30pm

30 Minutes with NHK
Speakers
avatar for Tetsunori Kikuchi

Tetsunori Kikuchi

Producer, NHK Enterprises
Tetsunori Kikuchi joined NHK in 1992. He has been working on numerous natural-history productions. He was engaged in the series program, "Satoyama", which portrays beautiful relationship between human and nature in Japanese countryside. Now he is a series producer of NHK's 30-min... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

1:30pm

The Last Pig
Followed by Q&A with Allison Argo
54 minutes
The Last Pig is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Deeply immersive, the film follows a farmer through his final year of slaughtering pigs. As the seasons pass, the farmer admits his admiration for the pigs – and his growing conflict over “peddling in death.” Deeply personal, the film unfolds unhurriedly, often in real time, asking the viewer to stop…and experience: the gaze of a pig, the trust, the steel-hooked slaughterhouse, and the ghosts. The film invites the viewer to contemplate our dominion over others.

Speakers
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Allison Argo

Film Director & Producer, ArgoFilms
Allison Argo and her films have won six national Emmys (11 nominations) and over 60 awards internationally. Her first film, The Urban Gorilla, won the very first Newcomer's Award at JHWFF. Her most recent film, The Last Pig, was made possible through crowdfunding, in-kind service... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Antelope 2

1:30pm

One Hundred Days of Solitude
Followed by Q&A with Juan Maria Morales 
93 minutes
Emulating writers and adventures such as Henry David Thoreau, Dick Proenneke or Sylvain Tesson, José Díaz, a photographer and naturalist, embarks on a unique adventure: to live for a hundred days in a cabin in the Mountains of Redes Natural Park (Asturias) in complete self-sufficiency and solitude, without communication with the outside world. José will show us with rigor and truthfulness how it is still possible in our frantic world, to live in harmony with nature, questioning the so-called "progress" and pleading for a return to our roots, to the essential. He will have to fight to survive and also to keep his mental faculties intact, without being carried away by loneliness and isolation. 

Wednesday September 27, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Wapiti 2

2:00pm

Adventure & Science Storytelling
The adventure industry is hotter than ever, but in today’s world it is a shared experience gaining interest and attention from younger and more diverse audiences. How can we harness this popularity into meaningful personal engagement in nature, science and conservation?

Facilitator
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Hazen Audel

Host - Primal Survivor, National Geographic Channel
Hazen has been exploring fascinations of nature his entire life. But it was at age 19 he went to remote Ecuador in hopes of finding where the big snakes live and the most reclusive of animals lurk. During this experience his destiny had him taken in by the local indigenous Quichua family who he lived with for many more years. This set the next 20-year path and lifelong passion to be living with and learning... Read More →

Speakers
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Josh Bernstein

Founder & Executive Producer, Explorer At Large
International explorer, educator, author, and television host Josh Bernstein has traveled more than 1,000,000 miles by train, plane, bus, bike and camel to over 75 countries, exploring the biggest mysteries of our planet in pursuit of knowledge and discovery. Known in over 220 co... Read More →
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Nate Dappen

Biologist, Photographer & Filmmaker
Nate Dappen is a biologist and an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. His images, films, books and other projects have been featured by organizations like National Geographic, The Smithsonian Channel, The Washington Post, Scientific American, The Atlantic and many others. N... Read More →
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Bertie Gregory

Filmmaker, Photographer, Series Host, Nat Geo Wild
Bertie Gregory is a 24-year-old wildlife filmmaker, photographer and host of Nat Geo WILD's first digital series, wild_life with Bertie Gregory.  | | Bertie has been completely obsessed with wildlife since a young age. At just 12-years-old, Bertie got ahold of his father's camera and began sneaking off to photograph his local wildlife. From that moment, he was hooked. Over the following years, this obsession earned him the titles of Youth Outdoor Photographer Of The Year, 2020VISION Young Champion and a youth nomination at the Wildscreen Panda... Read More →
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Gaelin Rosenwaks

Filmmaker & Photographer
Gaelin Rosenwaks is a marine scientist, explorer, photographer and filmmaker. She began her career working in Antarctica researching over-wintering patterns of Southern Ocean zooplankton after which she earned her Master's Degree researching the migratory movements of Giant Bluefin Tunas. Alarmed by the changes happening in the oceans, Gaelin founded Global Ocean Exploration, Inc. to share her passion for ocean exploration, marine conservation, and fishing through powerful imagery, words and adventure. She now participates and conducts expeditions in every ocean to alert the public not only to the challenges facing the oceans, but also to what science is doing to understand these changes. Gaelin is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. She has published articles in scientific journals, newspapers and magazines and has delivered lectures at many institutions including the Explorers Club, Patagonia, Inc and Yale University. She has also appeared as a scientific consultant and angler on the National Geographic Channel... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

3:00pm

30 Minutes with BBC Studios Natural History Unit
Speakers
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Doug Hope

Head of Development - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Doug has led the in-house Development team for the BBC NHU now for several years; having come from production he felt he needed the rest, but was sadly mistaken when it materialised that in fact it was much harder, was more vague and even more work. Although he is proud of everything that he has been involved with these forms dictate picking out some favorites so let's go with the BAFTA winning Big Blue Live, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur and a recent Natural World called... Read More →
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Oliver Thompson

Head of Business - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Oli Thompson is the Head of Business for the BBC Natural History Unit, responsible for all operational and commercial aspects of the business. Oli has 15 years of experience in the TV industry working in roles ranging from Post Production Supervisor on Dancing with the Stars, to ... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

3:00pm

The Last Animals
Followed by Q&A with Kate Brooks 
90 minutes
The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to all lengths to save the planet's last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa's front lines to behind the scenes in Asian markets, to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the northern white rhinos who are on the very edge of extinction.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Antelope 2

3:30pm

Hollywood is Calling
Embedding conservation themes and nathistory stories into popular narrative and scripted programming has dynamic potential for impact. But, how do we GET these stories into the hands of the writers and producers bringing popular content to prime time audiences? Four Hollywood veterans are here to tell you what they know and what they’re looking for. And yes, you can pitch your ideas to them on Thursday!

Facilitator
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Rick Loverd

Director of The Science & Entertainment Exchange, National Academy of Sciences
Rick Loverd directs a program of the National Academy of Sciences called The Science & Entertainment Exchange. Its mission is to inspire better science in Hollywood by introducing entertainment professionals to great science communicators. Since its launch in 2008, The Exchange h... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gillian Bohrer

Gillian Bohrer

Executive Vice President, Fox 2000
Gillian Bohrer joined Fox 2000 in July 2016 as Executive Vice President.  Previously the Co-President of Production and Development at Lionsgate, Gillian played an instrumental role in the growth of some of the Company's biggest brands and franchises.  She has shepherded the development and production of Lionsgate's Divergent franchise, with the first two films grossing nearly $600 million at the global box office. | She also oversaw hit movies such as: La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, directed by Damien Chazelle, Oscar-nominated writer/director of Whiplash; The Glass Castle, based on the New York Times best-selling memoir and starring Academy Award winner Brie Larson, directed by Destin Cretton; Wonder, based on the best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio, with Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) directing; and Stronger, based on the memoir of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington). | A graduate of Yale University and USC's Peter Stark Producing Program, Ms. Bohrer joined Lionsgate when it acquired Summit Entertainment in January 2012 and has been responsible for recent hits such as the zombie romance Warm Bodies and the critically-acclaimed cult classic Perks of Being A Wallflower... Read More →
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Effie Brown

Producer
Effie T. Brown is an award winning film and television Producer, known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. Through her company, Duly Noted Inc., Brown has produced several critically acclaimed HBO Films and award winning projects including Stranger Inside, Jane... Read More →
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Arvind David

Executive Director, Ideate Media
Arvind Ethan David is a producer and writer of film, television, comics and theatre, who also serves as Executive Director of Ideate Media, a Los Angeles-based production and financing company. | David currently serves as an Executive Producer of the acclaimed BBC America / Netflix series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, created by Max Landis and starring Elijah Wood. The show, currently in production on its second season, has quickly become a cult favorite, described as... Read More →
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Joely Fisher

Director, Actor, IFAW Ambassador
A triple-threat talent is rare in Hollywood these days, but Joely Fisher stands out as a star of television, musical theatre, and motion pictures.  Her “sensational and sexy” turn as Sally Bowles in "CABARET" on Broadway as well as the National touring company, earned her raves for her "pipes and presence." When Joely Fisher hits the theater floorboards or her marks on the soundstage you know someone special is about to knock your socks... Read More →

Session Producer
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Ann Merchant

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine, Acting Executive Director of Communications
Ann Merchant has worked in marketing and communications for more than 25 years.  She is currently the Acting Executive Director for Communications at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for a number of innovative outreach programs that contribute to an increased public understanding of... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

3:30pm

Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras/Fujinon Lens Workshop, and some Tasty Pastries!
Sponsored by Fujinon
Join Fujifilm EID and Fujifilm/ Fujinon Lenses for a hands-on Optics and Lens discussion, and an introduction to the X Series and GFX Series Mirrorless Cameras.  And get some tasty Pie and Coffee! Representatives from Fujifilm’s Electronic Imaging and Fujinon Lens Divisions will lead an open discussion about Lens and Camera concerns that are common to Wildlife and Natural History filmmakers.
For Wildlife Cinematography there are more Lens choices to consider today than ever before.Spherical or Anamorphic.  Primes or Zooms. Character or Clean. Focal lengths. T Stops. Image coverage.  HDR. 4K. Delivery requirements.  Let’s talk.
Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras have quickly proven their abilities in every realm of professional photography, significantly reducing size and weight in the field while producing stunning images. Compact X-Series Cameras and the new medium format GFX-Series Camera offer a large assortment of Fujinon lens choices.  Come enjoy a quick tour of the Fuji Mirrorless systems.
4K Footage shot from a ground-zero totality location in Grand Teton National Park on Aug 21 will be shown.  Director of Photography Tom Piozet will discuss challenges faced with Lenses, Cameras and Filter choices for time lapse and motion capture of this rare event. Tom’s recent 4k camcorder footage of researchers tagging Sharks will also be shown and discussed.
4K HDR-ready lenses and accessories from Fujinon will be featured, including the compact Cabrio 85-300mm and 20-120mm “PL mount “ zoom lenses, often paired with high- end external 2x PL extenders for a compact, affordable, telephoto-capable 4K lens package.
Also featured: “UHD” Series 2/3"  B4 mount lenses;  including new UA24x7.8, UA18x5.5, and two exciting new E-mount  “MK Series” zooms. 
Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras have quickly proven their abilities in every realm of professional photography, significantly reducing size and weight in the field while producing stunning images. Compact X-Series Cameras and the new medium format GFX-Series Camera offer a large assortment of Fujinon lens choices.
Speakers:
Tom Piozet, Dir Photography; Home Planet  Productions, Santa BarbaraChuck Lee, Dir Cinema Products, Fujifilm/ Fujinon, Los AngelesTom Fletcher, Dir Sales, Fujfilm/ Fujinon, ChicagoMichael Bulbenko, Prof Markets Training Mgr, Fujifilm EID, Los Angeles



Speakers
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Chuck Lee

Chuck Lee serves as Fujinon's Western Manager and Director of Cinema Products for the Americas. Chuck is involved with Fujinon Lens development, Product management, Lens service and Quality control, and User applications of Fujinon products in the Documentary, Sports, Broadcast a... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

3:30pm

Jaguars - Brazil's Super Cats
Followed by Q&A with Roger Webb 
59 minutes
Jaguars are South America's supreme predator, but they are also one of the most elusive animals on the planet. This film follows a pioneering team in Brazil as they track and follow individual wild jaguars to gain amazing new insights into their lives. With jaguars increasingly under threat, every cat counts. So when two young jaguar cubs are tragically orphaned, the team needs to use all their newfound knowledge to help the cubs return to the wild.

Wednesday September 27, 2017 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Wapiti 2

3:30pm

Behind the Scenes: Bird of Prey
A work-in-progress followed by Q&A with Eric Liner, Neil Rettig, Laura Johnson, Skip Hobby, Kike Arnal, and John Cullum
92 minutes

“Some people question the sanity of trying anything, they just hold their hands-up and say what can we do?”

A world-renowned wildlife cinematographer nearing the end of his career embarks on a grueling adventure--to find and film the rarest and most endangered eagle on the planet.  Bird of Prey comes face to face with the top predator of the Philippine forest, and reveals the unlikely heroes that are determined to save it.
 

Wednesday September 27, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

4:30pm

30 Minutes with SVT
Wednesday September 27, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

5:00pm

Board & Sponsors Reception (by invitation)
Sponsored by RED
A special thank you to the Board Members and sponsors who helped make this year’s Festival possible.  

Wednesday September 27, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dornan's

6:00pm

Nat Geo WILD BBQ
Sponsored by Nat Geo WILD 
Party like a local at the infamous Nat Geo WILD BBQ—a Festival Institution—with music by an all-local favorite, Uncle Stack and the Attack! 
5:30 pm, Buses begin leaving Jackson Lake Lodge (last bus, 6:30)
9:00 pm, Buses return to Jackson Lake Lodge (last bus, 11:00) 

Wednesday September 27, 2017 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Dornan's
 
Thursday, September 28
 

7:30am

Finalists Breakfast (by invitation)
Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy
Congratulations, finalists! Join us for breakfast, pick up your beautiful certificates and learn what to expect during the Gala Awards event later tonight!   

Thursday September 28, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Delegate Lounge Jackson Lake Lodge

8:30am

Premiere: Man Among Cheetahs
Here kitty, kitty. Veteran wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole sets out on a madcap adventure following a formidable cheetah mother who is determined to keep her cubs alive. Along the way, we watch him negotiate the risks and realities of filming in the African wilderness while trying to keep up with the fastest animal on four legs. This firsthand account of a cheetah chase will have you rooting for the cats and the filmmaker. 

Thursday September 28, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Antelope 2

9:00am

Finding Truth in the Mis-information Age
Seriously, what IS a fact? How do we stay credible and gain an audience’s trust in a world filled with fake news and manipulated or distorted information.
Made possible in part through support from the National Science Foundation 

Facilitator
avatar for Paula S. Apsell

Paula S. Apsell

Senior Executive Producer, Director, NOVA & ScienceNOW, WGBH Science Unit
Paula Apsell is the Senior Executive Producer of NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW and the Director of the WGBH Science Unit. She has worked in radio and television at both WGBH and WCVB, and has served on the board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Brandeis University Sciences Advisory Committee, and the International Documentary Association. She has won numerous awards for her documentary work, including the International Documentary... Read More →

Speakers
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Debbie Banks

Campaign Leader for Tigers & Wildlife Crime, Environmental Investigation Agency
Debbie Banks (MSc Conservation), has over 20 years of experience investigating environmental crime with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), including illegal wildlife trade, illegal mining and illegal trade in ozone depleting substances. She has developed, deployed and participated in overt and covert investigative teams to obtain incontrovertible evidence in the form of video and audio recordings, and ensured that EIA investigation findings are backed up with robust desk-based research and... Read More →
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David Dugan

CEO and co-founder, Windfall Films
David Dugan is CEO and co-founder of Windfall Films, a UK independent with a strong track record in science and natural history documentaries. He has been a final judge at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. He has produced many science series, including the Emmy-award-winning series Your Inner Fish for PBS in collaboration with Tangled Bank Studios; and DNA, an Emmy award-winning PBS series, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the double helix discovery. He is executive producer of Viva Puerto Rico! for... Read More →
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Marcos Orellana

Director - Environment and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
Marcos A. Orellana is the director of the Environment and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. He has worked most recently at the Washington DC-based Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). At CIEL, Marcos collaborated with many environmental and human rights groups and multilateral institutions around the world, participated at processes leading to environmental agreements, and conducted advocacy on environmental issues at regional and global human rights forums. | | Marcos is adjunct associate professor at the George Washington University School of Law. He was, at various times, a fellow at the University of Cambridge, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Pretoria. He was also a visiting scholar with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC and instructor professor of international law at the Universidad de Talca... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Visual Effects & Natural History Storytelling
Visual effects are best recognised in blockbuster action movies, but they are also a powerful storytelling tool in natural history. 
Top producers and creatives examine how visual effects can enrich the narrative and the ethical issues that are raised concerning VFX in documentary storytelling.

Facilitator
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Paul Schleicher

Executive Producer, axisVFX
Paul is an experienced Executive Producer, responsible for axisVFX’s continued development – from expanding the Bristol studio to establishing the new London hub. Prior to Axis, Paul worked in production roles in leading VFX companies such as The Mill, Realise and Glassworks, and the BBC. Over 15 years he has produced international campaigns for global brands, UK and US TV series, and major features. He possesses a wealth of experience in complex VFX and animation... Read More →

Speakers
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Jon Bardin

Senior Director of Production & Development, Discovery Channel
Jon Bardin serves as Senior Director of Development and Production, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and Velocity. In this role, Bardin is responsible for bringing new documentaries and specials to Discovery while helping manage the development and production of concepts to green light, in addition to maintaining the quality of documentaries and specials through production and delivery. Recent projects include the 2017 Sundance Film Festival premiere Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman... Read More →
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John Downer

Executive Producer and Director, John Downer Productions
A passionate zoologist, John has been making ground breaking nature documentaries for the BBC for over 30 years. He made his name by abandoning the traditional style of nature documentaries and pioneering a highly inventive subjective approach. Using new technology and dramatic story-telling techniques he continues to find new ways to immerse the audience in the animal world. His innovative approach to filmmaking has brought him numerous international awards including an Emmy for genre-changing series such as Supersense, Weird Nature, Earthflight and Penguins - Spy in the Huddle. His productions have won an RTS award five times for the most innovative TV... Read More →
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Mike Gunton

Creative Director - The Natural History Unit & Factual BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios
In his dual role Mike works as an executive producer on many BBC titles, acts as an ambassador for BBC Worldwide and is responsible for bringing new stories and techniques to audiences. Mike has overseen over 120 wildlife films, including many critical acclaimed series such as Life, Africa... Read More →
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Howard Jones

Co-Founder & Visual Effects Supervisor, Axis VFX
Howard is an industry veteran with over two decades’ experience in the creation of stunning visual effects. Howard moved into the world of post-production after earning his degree in Fine Arts. It wasn’t long before he specialised in visual effects, leading teams at Aardman Animations and the... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Grizzly Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

VR Stories from the Field - Master Class
Hear stories from the crews on the forefront of VR production, talking about their project challenges as well as guidelines and best practices they have learned. 

Speakers
avatar for Eric Hanson

Eric Hanson

xRez Studio
xRez Studio is a creative VR production house which explores and applies highend graphics and production techniques toward natural history content. Years of experience in LA high-end feature film visual effects allows xRez Studio to provide high-level results toward a wide variety of projects and clientele. Partners Eric Hanson and Greg Downing share an enthusiasm for applying immersive media to meaningful projects in entertainment, natural history, cultural heritage, and museums. Whether recreating historic events in film, revealing complex processes in scientific visualization, or illustrating environmental change in VR, xRez Studio can offer powerful media solutions for filmmakers, organizations, researchers, or activists. At FHFF 2017, we will be debuting xRez Traverse, a unique and powerful VR experience enabling transport to some of the... Read More →
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Refah Mahmoud

DRYFT Digital
Refah’s earliest memories are of seeing Aladdin in the theater with his Mom and of watching scratchy VHS copies of Merrie Melodies with his Dad. An inveterate day-dreamer, Refah still managed to graduate with an MFA in film from Montana State University, and has since applied his fascination with the structure of storytelling to the emerging field of virtual reality. Teaming up with Erik Rochner to form DRYFT Digital, their... Read More →
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Erik Rochner

DRYFT Digital
Director of photography of both tranditional and 360 film mediums with credits under National Geographic, PBS, and USA Today.  In 2014, Erik and Refah Mahmoud began producing some of the earlier 360 content under the brand Dryft Digital, which solidifed his interest for immersive, natural history filmmaking... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Speed Pitching 1
Advanced sign up required: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aaba92da2f58-2017

Participating organizations include:

ARTE, BBC Natural World, Curiosity Stream, Nat Geo Digital Platforms, Nat Geo WILD, Nature/WNET, NHK, NOVA, Off the Fence, ORF/Universum, PBS International, Science Entertainment Exchange, Smithsonian Networks, Vulcan Productions.

IMPORTANT: Slots are 12 minutes, which includes 2 minutes for transition. Pitches will last 10 minutes, and will be timed.

 


Speakers
avatar for Pamela A. Aguilar

Pamela A. Aguilar

Senior Director of Programming & Development, PBS
As Sr. Director of Programming and Development for PBS, Pamela A. Aguilar identifies, develops and oversees the production of original content and acquisitions for Primetime in the genres of science, history, natural history, culture, and independent film. She has overseen such projects as 9 Months That Made You, Food-Delicious Science, Big Pacific, and the Emmy nominated In Defense of Food. | For over fifteen years, prior to joining PBS, Aguilar worked as a writer, producer, director and executive producer creating content across all platforms exploring race relations, education, social justice, pop-culture and health. Some of her credits include, America by the Numbers, The Graduates, Bigger Stronger Faster, and Between Two Plates, a digital satirical bilingual telenovela series she created to promote healthy eating... Read More →
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Tracy Beckett

Director, Program and Media Acquisitions, PBS International
Tracy Beckett is the Director of Program and Media Acquisitions for PBS International.  She is responsible for acquiring documentaries to bring into the PBS International catalog for the sales team to sell to other broadcasters around the world.  Further, she is responsible for i... Read More →
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Gavin Boyland

Series Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Gavin is an award-winning producer making shows for both the BBC and the independent sector, from filming mountain gorillas with Sigourney Weaver to chasing mammoths across Siberia. Gavin specializes in popular natural history and his recent credits include Monkeys Revealed, Natural... Read More →
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Meghan Cassin

Nat Geo WILD, Director of Development
Meghan Cassin is the Director of Development for Nat Geo Wild. In this role she is responsible for specials, character-driven series, SharkFest and BarkFest. In addition to linear programming, Cassin develops digital content for Wild and executive produced the multiplatform series Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade. | Previously, Cassin has worked in development, strategy, and production roles at Digitas, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, Intersport, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. | She is a graduate of The George Washington... Read More →
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Sara Edelson

Head of Development, Vulcan Productions
Sara Edelson is Head of Development for Vulcan Productions, overseeing all original development and co-productions. Recent projects she has shepherded include the Academy shortlisted feature documentary The Ivory Game, Unseen Enemy (CNN Films) and Ocean Warriors (Animal Planet). Before joining Vulcan, she was Director of Development for Discovery... Read More →
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Jorge Franzini

Executive Producer, CuriosityStream
Jorge Franzini has produced and written a wide range of highly acclaimed documentaries for CuriosityStream, including its first original series Destination: Pluto, its first 4K series Underwater Wonders of the National Parks, and the award-nominated Jason Silva special Transhumanism. Outside of his duties as a writer and producer, he works alongside the programming team as a liaison with outside production companies and partners. | Prior to joining CuriosityStream... Read More →
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Hélène Ganichaud

Deputy Head of the Specialist Factual Unit, ARTE France
Since June 2016, Helene Ganichaud is the deputy head of the Specialist Factual Unit at ARTE France. She commissions natural history, science, expedition and history programs. Before that, she was a London-based freelance producer, writer and director for more than 10 years working mostly for the BBC in-house specialist factual unit... Read More →
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Emre Izat

Filmmaker, Director & Producer
Over the past 14 years, Emre has developed, produced, filmed, and directed multiple award-winning documentaries for National Geographic, PBS, Netflix, Discovery, History, ID, MSNBC, and TLC. His films include one-off specials and wildlife series ranging in topics from crime to health, science and technology to wildlife conservation. Emre has a special love of elephants, and has made five films devoted to them... Read More →
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Andrew Solomon

Head of Nature & Science, ORF Universum
Since 2011 Andrew has edited ORF's UNIVERSUM strand, now celebrating 30 years commissioning, coproducing, broadcasting and distributing blue chip wildlife documentaries, working with leading Austrian and international production companies and major partner broadcasters in Europe, Asia and the USA. Previously Andrew was head of Documentary Studio Hamburg and commissioning Editor, wildlife... Read More →
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Germaine Sweet

Managing Director, Co Productions, PBS
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Tria Thalman

Executive Producer - Natural History, Smithsonian Network
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Roger Webb

Executive Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Roger has worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for 21 years and has been Series Editor of the award-winning Natural World strand since 2013. He is passionate about wildlife broadcasting, constantly striving for excellence. Roger’s experience is broad, taking in Springwatch, Planet Earth Live and Big Cat Diary, as well as... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

9:00am

Toad People
Followed by Q&A with Mike Mckinlay
76 minutes
Toad People is a story about hope, community and the struggle to save the western toad. In British Columbia, toads are on the decline because of habitat loss, fragmentation, and roadkill. Different families work together to save the toads as they undertake their annual migration from the wetland habitat where they breed to the forest where they spend most of their lives. Toad People is not just about toads, but about residents who care about species at risk in their backyards and help restore the fragile connections between communities and the natural world.

Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Wapiti 2

9:00am

Exhibitor Showcase
Thursday September 28, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibitor Floor Jackson Lake Lodge

10:30am

The D Word
Embedding Diversity in Audiences, Content and Partners
News flash: Embracing diversity is more than a social movement. The economic impact has been deep and measurable. The creative opportunity with including diverse voices and perspectives drives impact and resonance. This session unpacks the spectrum of possibility with those working to amplify diversity in our industry at every point of opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela A. Aguilar

Pamela A. Aguilar

Senior Director of Programming & Development, PBS
As Sr. Director of Programming and Development for PBS, Pamela A. Aguilar identifies, develops and oversees the production of original content and acquisitions for Primetime in the genres of science, history, natural history, culture, and independent film. She has overseen such projects as 9 Months That Made You, Food-Delicious Science, Big Pacific, and the Emmy nominated In Defense of Food. | For over fifteen years, prior to joining PBS, Aguilar worked as a writer, producer, director and executive producer creating content across all platforms exploring race relations, education, social justice, pop-culture and health. Some of her credits include, America by the Numbers, The Graduates, Bigger Stronger Faster, and Between Two Plates, a digital satirical bilingual telenovela series she created to promote healthy eating... Read More →
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Effie Brown

Producer
Effie T. Brown is an award winning film and television Producer, known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. Through her company, Duly Noted Inc., Brown has produced several critically acclaimed HBO Films and award winning projects including Stranger Inside, Jane... Read More →
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Karen Greenfield

Vice President of Production & Business Operations, Nat Geo Wild
Karen Greenfield is the Vice President of Production & Business Operations for Nat Geo WILD.  Her responsibilities include managing the Network’s programming budget, ensuring best practices when contracting with WILD’s producers and talent as well as supervising program prioritization and delivery for over 250 hours of programming across 170... Read More →
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Julian Hector

Head of The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Julian leads the BBC Natural History Unit, a department of about 140 BBC staff making content for BBC channels, digital platforms and broadcasters around the world. Julian has worked for the NHU for over 23 years with an executive producer portfolio across radio, TV and digital... Read More →

Facilitator & Session Producer
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Julie Ann Crommett

Vice President - Multicultural Audience Engagement, Walt Disney Studios
Julie Ann Crommett joined The Walt Disney Studios on February 6th as Vice President, Multicultural Audience Engagement. She was most recently Google's Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief leading their efforts to shift and diversify on-screen perceptions of computer science t... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

10:30am

Student & Emerging Finalist Showcase
Between Two Lichens
4 minutes
The word "symbiosis" was invented to describe how an alga and a fungus live and work together to make up a lichen. An international team of scientists had to fundamentally change their perspective to discover the third symbiotic partner 150 years later. 

The Healing Lizard (with Fernanda Prudencio)
12 minutes
In the heart of South America lies a land of contrasts and ancient traditions - Bolivia. High up in its mountains, lives a tiny lizard.  A whole culture is about to be revealed through this incredible reptile. The Healing Lizard highlights the fragile relationship that exists between nature, tradition and culture, showing the various elements of its complex interaction, which needs to find a balance in order to achieve sustainability. Having the lizard as a common thread, the story is told through three different characters; a biologist, a subsistence farmer and a traditional healer. Each reveals a different perspective of one reality. Science, nature, tradition, belief, faith and culture, are some of the themes that this film explores.  Equilibrium and harmony is what a traditional cultures are trying to find, but what happens when harmony and balance breaks down? The Healing Lizard is an engaging and visually stunning film that embarks on a complex journey, told through the story of a tiny creature. 

Wild Expectations (with Rene Arneda and Christian Munoz Donoso)
42 minutes
Wild Expectations follows the adventures of two regular guys, both wildlife enthusiasts and good friends, as they travel to Chilean Patagonia in search of a very unique puma, the elusive "No Tail". They utilize guiding skills learned in Africa for tracking animals, following signs provided by nature. All life forms excite the dynamic duo, nothing is too big or too small. The relationship between the presenters is the key to presenting the animal subjects in a fresh new way as they joke and have a laugh between delivering natural history and behavioral information. The presenters are accompanied by a small film crew, well experienced in the field of wildlife cinematography, who are also part of the adventure and featured in the production. 

Thursday September 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Antelope 2

10:45am

Ocean Warriors: Enforcement
Followed by Q&A with Mark Benjamin and Katie Carpenter
43 minutes
From Executive Producers Robert Redford and Paul Allen, Animal Planet presents Ocean Warriors, a gripping new series that propels viewers to the edge of a vast frontier and a battle critical to Earth’s survival. Impossible to control or police, the oceans that cover 71% of the planet’s surface and border 146 countries are home to a new breed of outlaw mercenaries who threaten not only our fisheries but the entire global marine ecosystem. A six-part series, Ocean Warriors features unlikely heroes with a passion for justice as they track down these criminals in high-adrenaline missions.
From Animal Planet, Vulcan Productions, Sundance Productions and Brick City TV

Thursday September 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Wapiti 2

11:00am

Speed Pitching 2
Advanced sign up required: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aaba92da2f58-2017

Participating organizations include:

ARTE, BBC Natural World, Curiosity Stream, Nat Geo Digital Platforms, Nat Geo WILD, Nature/WNET, NHK, NOVA, Off the Fence, ORF/Universum, PBS International, Science Entertainment Exchange, Smithsonian Networks, Vulcan Productions.

IMPORTANT: Slots are 12 minutes, which includes 2 minutes for transition. Pitches will last 10 minutes, and will be timed.




Speakers
avatar for Pamela A. Aguilar

Pamela A. Aguilar

Senior Director of Programming & Development, PBS
As Sr. Director of Programming and Development for PBS, Pamela A. Aguilar identifies, develops and oversees the production of original content and acquisitions for Primetime in the genres of science, history, natural history, culture, and independent film. She has overseen such projects as 9 Months That Made You, Food-Delicious Science, Big Pacific, and the Emmy nominated In Defense of Food. | For over fifteen years, prior to joining PBS, Aguilar worked as a writer, producer, director and executive producer creating content across all platforms exploring race relations, education, social justice, pop-culture and health. Some of her credits include, America by the Numbers, The Graduates, Bigger Stronger Faster, and Between Two Plates, a digital satirical bilingual telenovela series she created to promote healthy eating... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Beckett

Tracy Beckett

Director, Program and Media Acquisitions, PBS International
Tracy Beckett is the Director of Program and Media Acquisitions for PBS International.  She is responsible for acquiring documentaries to bring into the PBS International catalog for the sales team to sell to other broadcasters around the world.  Further, she is responsible for i... Read More →
avatar for Gavin Boyland

Gavin Boyland

Series Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Gavin is an award-winning producer making shows for both the BBC and the independent sector, from filming mountain gorillas with Sigourney Weaver to chasing mammoths across Siberia. Gavin specializes in popular natural history and his recent credits include Monkeys Revealed, Natural... Read More →
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John Cavanagh

Executive Producer, Smithsonian Channek
John Cavanagh is an executive producer for Smithsonian Channel, where he produces a range of specials and series, including natural history, history and science programming.  Before joining Smithsonian in 2016, he spent 8 years at Discovery Communications across everything from blue chip natural history, survivor shows and shark week specials to medical docuseries and even a brief crime spree at Investigation... Read More →
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Jorge Franzini

Executive Producer, CuriosityStream
Jorge Franzini has produced and written a wide range of highly acclaimed documentaries for CuriosityStream, including its first original series Destination: Pluto, its first 4K series Underwater Wonders of the National Parks, and the award-nominated Jason Silva special Transhumanism. Outside of his duties as a writer and producer, he works alongside the programming team as a liaison with outside production companies and partners. | Prior to joining CuriosityStream... Read More →
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Ashley Hoppin

Executive Producer, Nat Geo WILD
As Executive Producer for Nat Geo WILD, Ashley Hoppin oversees some 80 hours of original programming per year.  These hours cover a wide range of topics including natural history, reality, science and adventure. Highlights include highly-acclaimed specials Wild Yellowstone, Kingdom of the Apes and Game of Lions, signature anthology, Destination Wild and returning series Animal Fight Night, Dr... Read More →
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Emre Izat

Filmmaker, Director & Producer
Over the past 14 years, Emre has developed, produced, filmed, and directed multiple award-winning documentaries for National Geographic, PBS, Netflix, Discovery, History, ID, MSNBC, and TLC. His films include one-off specials and wildlife series ranging in topics from crime to health, science and technology to wildlife conservation. Emre has a special love of elephants, and has made five films devoted to them... Read More →
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Tetsunori Kikuchi

Producer, NHK Enterprises
Tetsunori Kikuchi joined NHK in 1992. He has been working on numerous natural-history productions. He was engaged in the series program, "Satoyama", which portrays beautiful relationship between human and nature in Japanese countryside. Now he is a series producer of NHK's 30-min... Read More →
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Mike Olcott

Senior Producer, National Geographic Magazine Video
Mike Olcott is an award-winning producer of short-form video and documentary films. Since 2015, he’s led a prolific digital team at National Geographic creating content in support of the NG Society, NG Channel, Kids, Education and Brand Marketing teams. Whether writing fast-paced scripts tailored to social media or researching a long-form documentary for worldwide broadcast... Read More →
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Birgit Peters

Commissioning Editor, UNIVERSUM, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
Since 2004 Birgit has written, directed and presented natural history and wildlife documentaries for ARD, NDR, BR and ORF. In 2007 Birgit was writer/director of the BBC/NDR coproduction Pacific Abyss. She co-presented the three-part series "Adventure Ocean" (ARD/NDR) and the miniseries "Wonders of the Namib" for NDR. In 2016 Birgit became Commissioning Editor for ORF UNIVERSUM, currently celebrating its 30th year as broadcaster and producer of blue chip wildlife... Read More →
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Jean-Paul Polo

Director, Social Video, National Geographic
 Originally from Puerto Rico, JP serves as Director of Social Video for National Geographic. For the past six years he worked as a producer, cinematographer and editor for National Geographic producing content for their digital and social platforms as well as TV content. Combining film techniques with a keen sense of wildlife and exploration storytelling for digital and social platforms is... Read More →
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Germaine Sweet

Managing Director, Co Productions, PBS
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Melanie Wallace

Senior Series Producer, NOVA
Melanie Wallace is the Senior Series Producer for NOVA, the most highly recognized science documentary series on television in the United States, now approaching its 45th season, In that role, Melanie is connected to all aspects of production and works closely with Senior Executi... Read More →
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Roger Webb

Executive Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Roger has worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for 21 years and has been Series Editor of the award-winning Natural World strand since 2013. He is passionate about wildlife broadcasting, constantly striving for excellence. Roger’s experience is broad, taking in Springwatch, Planet Earth Live and Big Cat Diary, as well as... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge

11:30am

Getting Creative with Drones
Explore the creative side of using drones with some of the best in the business. Hear from a panel of drone experts about their experiences and advice to creatively use this popular specialty camera.

Facilitator
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Vanessa Boshoff

Creative Producer & Head of Development, VisionHawk Films
Vanessa Boshoff is the creative producer and head of development at VisionHawk films. She has worked on many television shows and feature films around the globe. Alongside her husband, she managed an aerial company in Panama for 12 years, but returned home to the Rocky Mountains to create wildlife films with a... Read More →

Speakers
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Nel Boshoff

Aerial Cinematographer
Nel Boshoff is an Emmy nominated aerial cinematographer, working both in the worlds of full size helicopter platforms and drones. He was born and raised in South Africa, ran an aerial company in Latin America for the last 12 years before landing in Bozeman as his home base. ... Read More →
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Patrick Dykstra

Well known among the nature documentary field, Patrick Dykstra has worked with the likes of the BBC as well as producing content for Emirates Airlines and the government of Sri Lanka. He is renowned for capturing footage of difficult to reach locations and unique landscapes and... Read More →
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Nick Wolcott

Elevated Productions
Nick Wolcott spent 5 years as a newspaper photographer enjoying mountain town life and getting his pilot’s license. In 2011 he came across a video of someone flying a camera on a remote controlled helicopter and realized a way to combine his love of photography and flight.  He spent the next year engineering large scale, remote control helicopters and learning how to fly them. By 2011, he had left his job and started his company Elevated... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

12:00pm

Lunch and a Movie: Impact Finalist Showcase
Sponsored by Discovery Communications

Chasing Coral (a Netflix documentary, Exposure Labs)
Huntwatch (IFAW for Discovery)
Ivory Games (a Netflix documentary, Terra Mater Film Studios, Vulcan Productions in association with Malaika Pictures in association with Appian Way). 


Facilitator
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Jon Bardin

Senior Director of Production & Development, Discovery Channel
Jon Bardin serves as Senior Director of Development and Production, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and Velocity. In this role, Bardin is responsible for bringing new documentaries and specials to Discovery while helping manage the development and production of concepts to green light, in addition to maintaining the quality of documentaries and specials through production and delivery. Recent projects include the 2017 Sundance Film Festival premiere Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman... Read More →

Speakers
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Kerry Branon

Producer, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Kerry has produced short films on animals and the environment for more than ten years including her first feature film, Huntwatch about the non-indigenous commercial seal hunt in Canada, distributed by Discovery and Lionsgate. Some of her favorite production moments include interviewing Jane Goodall in NYC, dancing with the Maasai in Kenya on her birthday, interviewing Cynthia Moss at her elephant camp in Amboseli National Park and visiting the orphaned elephant and rhino calves at the IFAW/WTI Wildlife Rescue Center in Northeast India. It is rumored that she was once seen liberating a tiger from a bar in... Read More →
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Walter Koehler

CEO, Terra Mater Factual Studios
Walter has always felt a strong magnetic pull towards the media industry. After completing his master degree in journalism at Vienna University, he joined ORF as a freelance producer/writer/director and was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. As versioning producer, he premiered a new slot called UNIVERSUM in 1987. As writer/director he handled the original development and steered the first major series of the soon-to-be very successful strand. In 1994, he took over the UNIVERSUM team and created the ORF Natural History Unit destined to become one of the leading brands in factual television... Read More →
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Richard Ladkani

Film Director & Cinematographer
As director and cinematographer, RICHARD LADKANI has gained international recognition in the feature documentary category for his award winning films, The NETFLIX Original "The Ivory Game", executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. This investigative thriller-doc on the illegal trade of ivory and the extinction... Read More →
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Richard Moos

Producer, International Fund for Animal Welfare
For over 25 years Rich has been an award winning producer, director, DP, and editor, often at the same time. He has an extensive background in independent film and commercial television production and is the founder of Cathartic Filmworks. The company’s first feature, “Squeeze,” was sold to and released by Miramax while Bob and Harvey were still running things. He has had the good fortune to travel the globe, filming stories that are rare and unique. He often returns home with stories of his own, mostly regarding the use of toilets in remote and unfamiliar... Read More →
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Larissa Rhodes

Director of Creative Development, Exposure Labs
LARISSA RHODES is a film producer and the Director of Creative Development at Exposure Labs, where she develops projects motivated by social impact. Most recently, she produced the Sundance Award Winning Chasing Coral, a feature film following a team of adventurers trying to reveal how the oceans... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

12:30pm

Short Finalist Showcase
Big World in a Small Garden (with Jorge Franzini, Devin Cheema, Martin Dohrn, Liz Thorp)
12 minutes
Natural history filmmaker, Martin Dohrn, has rigged one-of-a-kind cameras to capture the hectic and complex world of Bristol’s wildlife – all in his own backyard! Watch as he slows down the almost imperceptible movements of the insects that populate his garden, from fascinating winged-species to creeping spiders and much more. With this sort of set-up, his small garden is transformed into an unexplored nature reserve, as dramatic and dynamic as anything seen in the plains of Africa. 

Pangolin (with Katie Schuler)
13 minutes
Pangolin is an intimate glimpse into the journey of a single pangolin; from the moment it is taken from the wild to its final destination in China. Filmed on location across three countries with the help of reformed poachers and wildlife enforcement officers, the film acts as a surrogate for an estimated hundred thousand pangolins that are poached and smuggled annually throughout Southeast Asia and Africa. PANGOLIN seeks to inform a broad audience about pangolins and the illegal trade they are central to, in order to address the very real danger that pangolins might be extinct before much of the world ever knew they existed. Filmed with minimal commentary to be as immersive as possible, PANGOLIN offers audiences the opportunity experience the life, death and afterlife of the most illegally trafficked mammal on the planet. 

Shark—A 4-D Experience®
12 minutes
Come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. These extraordinarily intelligent underwater giants each exhibit unique behaviors to navigate their ever-changing environment. Essential to the fragile balance of our ocean’s health, Shark: A 4-D Experience® explores the complex nature of these magnificent creatures’ survival instincts. Stunning 3-D and special effects place you right in the middle of the action as sharks reveal their hidden traits whileroaming an eerily beautiful underwater landscape. 

Why the Lion Calls
12 minutes
This is a story about Kapurua Daniel, a young boy who lives in Amboseli in Kenya who wants to grow up to become a Lion Guardian like his older brother. Historically, Maasai boys have killed lions to become warriors. But something different is happening here, where the Maasai are now employed to protect lions, and show how both people and Africa's iconic cat can live together in this landscape.  

Thursday September 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Antelope 2

12:30pm

Great Human Odyssey
Opening set of remarks from the filmmakers
113 minutes
Our ancient human ancestors once lived only in Africa, in tiny bands of a few thousand hunter-gatherers. Then we moved out of our African cradle, spreading rapidly to every corner of the planet. How did we acquire the skills, technology and talent to thrive in every environment on earth? How did our prehistoric forebears cross the Sahara on foot, survive frigid ice ages, and sail to remote Pacific islands? Great Human Odyssey is a spectacular global journey following their footsteps out of Africa along a trail of fresh scientific clues. With unique glimpses of today’s Kalahari hunters, Siberian reindeer herders, and Polynesian navigators, we discover amazing skills that hint at how our ancestors survived and prospered long ago.

Thursday September 28, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Wapiti 2

2:00pm

Short Series Finalist Showcase
Animated Life
7 minutes
'Animated Life’ is a short video series published by the New York Times Op-Docs that celebrates scientific discoveries that changed the world using stringent journalism and paper puppets. The three episodes submitted here include Animated Life: Seeing The Invisible, the story of the man who saw microbes for the first time; Animated Life: Mary Leakey, the story of the discovery of ancient hominid footprints, and Animated Life: Coelacanth, the story of the discovery of a living fossil fish, long thought to be extinct. Each film in the series uses sympathetic character development, clever audio editing, and painstakingly handmade visuals to bring to life these pivotal moments of scientific discovery in a novel - and at times humorous - format.

Deep Look (with Joshua Cassidy, Elliott Kennerson, Gabriela Quiros, Lauren Sommer)
3 minutes
Deep Look is a 4K short video series created by KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios. See the unseen at the very edge of our visible world. Get a new perspective on our place in the universe and meet extraordinary new friends. Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small. 

Lens of Time (with Josh Rosen and Amy Miller)
6 minutes
From the nearly instantaneous slime attack of a velvet worm to the invisibly slow life cycle of a coral, we live in a world in motion, but much of it remains hidden because it happens too quickly or too slowly for us to see. Lens of Time breaks free from the limitations of human experience, time traveling to the secret realms inhabited by other organisms. Our guides are scientists who have developed special high speed video or time lapse photography techniques that unlock hidden natural worlds so we can witness behaviors and understand biological structures that have previously remained unseen.   

Shelf Life
7 minutes
Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds— opening doors, pulling out drawers, and taking the lids off some of the incredible, rarely-seen items in the American Museum of Natural History. This is a video series that dives deep into the Museum’s research collection to discover the past, present, and future of its approximately 33 million artifacts and specimens. 
Shelf Life’s episodes emphasize the value of scientific collections and explore big-picture themes through the fascinating stories of particular specimens, and the people who work with them. 

Thursday September 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Antelope 2

2:00pm

RED DSMC2 Camera Workshop
Cinematographer Ivan Agerton of Lost River Film Co. His recent work is featured in BBC's upcoming "Blue Planet 2"
RED is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cinema cameras. In Fall 2016, RED introduced the HELIUM sensor, which is found in RED's EPIC-W 8K S35 and WEAPON 8K S35 cameras. These cameras follow up the original Digital Stills and Motion Camera (DSMC) concept as the latest additions to the DSMC2 line. This workshop will give attendees an opportunity to learn about these camera and RED's workflow while covering exercises that illustrate the best practices for working with RED in a variety of shooting scenarios. A representative from RED will be on-hand.

Speakers
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Michael Keegan

Global Partnerships, RED Digital Cinema
Michael Keegan has been part of the RED Team since 2008 and currently oversees global strategic partnerships and industry relationships, including working with major natural history organizations and outlets such as National Geographic and the BBC. Michael was accepted into the A... Read More →
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Sean Ruggeri

Field Tech, RED Digital Cinema
Sean Ruggeri has been with RED Digital Cinema since 2007, initially responsible for remote technical support and customer service. From there, he moved into the role of field tech which supports productions during prep and when on-set. | On top of customer support and education... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Antelope 1 Jackson Lake Lodge

2:30pm

Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasures
Followed by Q&A with Sylvia Earle, Bob and Sarah Nixon and Sea of Hope filmmakers.
44 minutes
“Sea of Hope” follows ocean legend Sylvia Earle, renowned underwater National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, writer Max Kennedy and their crew of teenage aquanauts on a year-long quest to deploy science and photography to inspire President Obama to establish new Blue Parks to protect essential habitats across an unseen American Wilderness. 

Speakers
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Sylvia Earle

Marine Biologist
Sylvia Earle is President and Chairman of Mission Blue / The Sylvia Earle Alliance. She is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, and is called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Pl... Read More →
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Sarah Nixon

Producer
From a young age, Sarah has been creating change. Growing up with social activist parents in a homeless shelter where feeding 700 people was just another day, Sarah learned the importance of giving early.   So when a teenage Sarah landed a gig in the music industry with the legendary Cellar Door Productions she found calm in the rock world storm. There seemed to be no crisis she couldn't solve or any area not to be enhanced by her creative... Read More →
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Robert Nixon

Filmmaker
Academy Award nominee Robert Nixon leads film crews to the Earth’s furthest corners to capture compelling stories of tribal peoples, threatened habitats and endangered species. His captivating films illustrate humankind's connection to our environment and highlight the urgency of making peace with... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge

3:00pm

Planet Earth II: Islands
Followed by Q&A with Mike Gunton 
59 minutes
Remote islands offer sanctuary for some of the planet's strangest and rarest creatures. The rare pygmy three-toed sloth enjoys a peaceful existence on an idyllic Caribbean island, while nesting albatross thrive in predator-free isolation. 

Thursday September 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Wapiti 2

3:00pm

Ranger and Leopard

53 minutes, followed by Q&A with filmmakers
"Halvani", a hard-working ranger hears about the presence of a Persian Leopard in area under his protection in Isfahan (a city in central Iran). But nobody has spotted any Persian Leopard there for about forty years. "Halvani" suspects that there traces of Persian Leopard. But he faces lots of problems.


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Wapiti 2

5:00pm

Grand Teton Awards Gala
Sponsored by Panasonic and Jackson Hole WILD

Get ready for a night to remember as we recognize the films and filmmakers selected by this year’s jury as this year’s award winners! Join us at the beautiful Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole for an evening of celebration, drinks, eating and dancing to the music of Jackson Hole Six! 

4:30, Buses begin leaving Jackson Lake Lodge
5:30, Cocktail Reception
6:00, Theatre doors open
6:30, Awards Presentation
8:00, Dinner, Music & Gala Celebration
9:30, Buses begin returning to Jackson Lake Lodge
11:00, Last bus leaves for the Lodge. Really.


 

Thursday September 28, 2017 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Center for the Arts
 
Friday, September 29
 

6:30am

Wildlife Safari AM
Join our partner Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures for a 4-hour sunrise or sunset tour of Grand Teton National Park with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. During the fall, they'll hit the back roads of Jackson Hole to escape the crowds and seek out our favorite hotspots for uninterrupted observation of wildlife, including moose, elk, bison, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles, and trumpeter swans.
This excursion will require advance sign up.

Friday September 29, 2017 6:30am - 10:30am
TBA

8:30am

Hands-On: Wildlife Filmmaking with the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera
Join DPs Tor Johansen and Jody Eldred on an excursion into Grand Teton National Park where you'll have the opportunity to shoot your own test footage with the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K and Fujinon Cabrio PL zoom lenses. With 15 stops dynamic range recording Raw internally, film-like color science, and ENG-style form factor with a price point making it accessible to every filmmaker, discover for yourself why it was named Best Camera of 2017 NAB, and why it's rapidly becoming the camera-of-choice for documentarians as well as narrative filmmakers.

Friday September 29, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
TBA

9:00am

Drone Field Workshop sponsored by Freefly
Sponsored by Freefly
Drones (UAVs) have become a very important tool in today's production tool box as well as for the conservationist. Take a look at flight capabilities of a few of the best systems out there including the Freefly Alta for the on-the-move natural history filmmaker. Hear from pilots, filmmakers and producers that have been through it all to give perspective on the best way drones can be utilized, carried in the field, and modified for newer techniques including VR.

Speakers
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Nel Boshoff

Aerial Cinematographer
Nel Boshoff is an Emmy nominated aerial cinematographer, working both in the worlds of full size helicopter platforms and drones. He was born and raised in South Africa, ran an aerial company in Latin America for the last 12 years before landing in Bozeman as his home base. ... Read More →
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Vanessa Boshoff

Creative Producer & Head of Development, VisionHawk Films
Vanessa Boshoff is the creative producer and head of development at VisionHawk films. She has worked on many television shows and feature films around the globe. Alongside her husband, she managed an aerial company in Panama for 12 years, but returned home to the Rocky Mountains to create wildlife films with a... Read More →
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Patrick Dykstra

Well known among the nature documentary field, Patrick Dykstra has worked with the likes of the BBC as well as producing content for Emirates Airlines and the government of Sri Lanka. He is renowned for capturing footage of difficult to reach locations and unique landscapes and... Read More →
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Nick Wolcott

Elevated Productions
Nick Wolcott spent 5 years as a newspaper photographer enjoying mountain town life and getting his pilot’s license. In 2011 he came across a video of someone flying a camera on a remote controlled helicopter and realized a way to combine his love of photography and flight.  He spent the next year engineering large scale, remote control helicopters and learning how to fly them. By 2011, he had left his job and started his company Elevated... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Lost Creek Ranch 17820 Old Ranch Rd, Moose, WY 83012

9:00am

Scenic Rafting in the Park

Enjoy a 10-mile raft trip on the scenic Snake River which offers a close-up look at the unique habitat of the area as well as spectacular views of the Grand Tetons. Experienced river guides will share the human and natural history of the valley while you enjoy the views and catch a glimpse of wildlife along the way.


Friday September 29, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

National Museum of Wildlife Art Tour
Join seasoned docents on an engaging tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art's internationally renowned collection. Dating from 2500 B.C. to the present, the collection chronicles much of the history of animal art, focusing primarily on European and American painting and sculpture. 

Friday September 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
TBA

1:00pm

Virtual Reality Field Workshop
VR filmmaking has been rapidly changing over the last several years. Advancements in equipment, approach and post production techniques have kept filmmakers on their toes. Step into the field with experts on the cutting edge to hear their thoughts on best practices. Attendees will get a hands on look at topics like depth-based capture, stereoscopic issues, photogrammetry, and run and gun vs. laptop control. Take a look at some of the latest VR camera rigs and the pros/cons of each. Led by xRez founder Eric Hanson and Dryft Digital’s Refah Seyed Mahmoud.

Speakers
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Eric Hanson

xRez Studio
xRez Studio is a creative VR production house which explores and applies highend graphics and production techniques toward natural history content. Years of experience in LA high-end feature film visual effects allows xRez Studio to provide high-level results toward a wide variety of projects and clientele. Partners Eric Hanson and Greg Downing share an enthusiasm for applying immersive media to meaningful projects in entertainment, natural history, cultural heritage, and museums. Whether recreating historic events in film, revealing complex processes in scientific visualization, or illustrating environmental change in VR, xRez Studio can offer powerful media solutions for filmmakers, organizations, researchers, or activists. At FHFF 2017, we will be debuting xRez Traverse, a unique and powerful VR experience enabling transport to some of the... Read More →
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Refah Mahmoud

DRYFT Digital
Refah’s earliest memories are of seeing Aladdin in the theater with his Mom and of watching scratchy VHS copies of Merrie Melodies with his Dad. An inveterate day-dreamer, Refah still managed to graduate with an MFA in film from Montana State University, and has since applied his fascination with the structure of storytelling to the emerging field of virtual reality. Teaming up with Erik Rochner to form DRYFT Digital, their... Read More →
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Erik Rochner

DRYFT Digital
Director of photography of both tranditional and 360 film mediums with credits under National Geographic, PBS, and USA Today.  In 2014, Erik and Refah Mahmoud began producing some of the earlier 360 content under the brand Dryft Digital, which solidifed his interest for immersive, natural history filmmaking... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Lost Creek Ranch 17820 Old Ranch Rd, Moose, WY 83012

4:00pm

Wildlife Safari PM
Join our partner Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures for a 4-hour sunrise or sunset tour of Grand Teton National Park with a knowledgeable and experienced guide. During the fall, they'll hit the back roads of Jackson Hole to escape the crowds and seek out our favorite hotspots for uninterrupted observation of wildlife, including moose, elk, bison, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, bald eagles, and trumpeter swans.
This excursion will require advance sign up.

Friday September 29, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA