James Brundige is a director, cinematographer, and founder of FIRST LIGHT FILMS, which specializes in producing science-based environmental films to leverage social change. From the Amazon jungle to Mount Everest, from American suburbs to the South Pole, First Light Films has told stories that help people understand the wonders of the Earth and how they can be preserved. James garnered numerous awards in thirty five years working on more than one hundred films for PBS, BBC, TBS, Discovery, ABC, CBS, NBC, and National Geographic Television. FIRST LIGHT FILMS is currently broadcasting Wild Ways: Corridors of Life, produced for PBS NOVA. Wild Ways is a critical success, and has been embraced by the conservation community for it's clear exposition of the need for Connectivity Conservation. Wild Ways has been viewed by over 15 million people world wide. Recent work includes Forever Wild: Celebrating America's Wilderness narrated by Robert Redford. The film captures the glory of undeveloped, wild places through stunning images and the passionate tales of volunteers from New Hampshire to California who work to preserve a legacy of wilderness for all of us to enjoy.
Harvey Locke is a conservationist, writer, and photographer, and worked closely with First Light Films on Wild Ways. He is a recognized global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation. He is a founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and of the Nature Needs Half Movement. His work has been featured in films and television programs in many countries and his photography has been used in numerous publications. His popular writing has been published in English, French and Spanish, he has co-curated art shows about Nature in major North American museums, and he has written many peer reviewed articles. Named one of Canada's leaders for the 21st century by Time Magazine, he has received many awards for his work including IUCN's Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award for outstanding service to the worlds protected areas. He lives in Banff National Park, Canada.
Vance Martin - Vance is President of the WILD Foundation, and with Harvey Locke, a co-founder of NNH when WILD launched it in 2009. An innovative leader known for bridging the interests of people and nature, he has lived extensively overseas, worked in over 45 countries, and helped to establish many non-profits. An acknowledged expert in international nature conservation and wilderness protection, he serves on the boards of numerous organizations such as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Friends of Peace Parks, Fulcrum Publishing, Wilderness Foundation (South Africa), Wilderness Foundation (UK), International Conservation Caucus Foundation, and others. He is also the founder and current co-chairman of the IUCN Wilderness Specialist Group, and has edited and authored many publications. A native of the U.S. Piedmont region, he graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University.
Steve Michelson - Executive Director of Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows, Executive Producer for media186 and Video Project. Steve is strategic advisor to the media186 initiative. Steve is a 40-year veteran of the documentary space. He believes and has demonstrated that film can change the world. Steve has built a career at the forefront of technology and media. He was co-founder and President of San Francisco's largest production and post-production studio, One Pass, from 1975-85 before starting his own documentary production company in 1986. He is a recipient of the Gilbert Award for outstanding contribution to Northern California's film community. He has served four terms as a Governor with the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Steve has served as Executive Producer on many award-winning documentary films including Climb Against the Odds (1998), Oil on Ice (2004), Crude Impact (2006), Burning the Future (2008), River of Renewal (2009), Power Paths (2009) and Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives (2010). Current projects include In Our Own Hands, Walking in Two Worlds, and Nature's Orchestra. Steve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and The Annenberg School of Communications.
Chelsea Congdon is a media and outreach professional with First Light Films. Beginning with a career in western water issues spanning the Rocky Mountain West, California, Arizona, Mexico and Washington D.C., Chelsea has honed a talent for bringing collaboration and innovation to complex environmental issues. At First Light Films, she specializes in building partnerships in communication, conservation and philanthropy. Chelsea was producer on First Light Films' NOVA Wild Ways, and produced the PBS special Forever Wild: Celebrating America's Wilderness. With Jeff Gersh of Narrative Lab, she produced and directed Subdivide and Conquer: A Modern Western, a one-hour television documentary on the impacts of growth in the Rocky Mountain West. Chelsea also was a consultant on the 4-part PBS series, Cadillac Desert.
Christopher Taylor is primarily known for his directing and cinematography work on the top-rated CBS show, "The District" and as a producer, director, and cinematographer for the multi-award winning documentary, FOOD FIGHT. FOOD FIGHT won the Audience Award from the International Documentary Association and the film played in 35 film festivals world-wide and won 9 "Best Of" festival Awards. The film has played in over 65 markets nation-wide and has been licensed by Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu and other VOD and digital platforms. Chris is an Honors graduate of Harvard College and completed the Cinematography Program at the American Film Institute.