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.
Jayme Dittmar is an outdoors enthusiast and visual storyteller based in Alaska. She has been sled dog racing and traveling in the villages of the Interior for the last five years while directing her work to protect northern lands and livelihoods. Attending the University of Montana, she is a Masters student in the Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism program emphasizing in film. She has produced short films for the Department of the Interior, Teton Gravity Research and PBS. She also serves as a social media presence within the outdoor industry. Her close relationship with several Alaska indigenous communities informs her films and conservation work.
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.
Dorian Adams’s main focus is on new and existing media forms devoted to philanthropy and social change. He has launched several multi-media properties dedicated to the greater good including Benefit Magazine about the lifestyle of giving in the Bay Area. He is Development Director for the Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows; co-founder of LaceUp4Heroes and Operation Reinvent, dedicated to helping veterans transition successfully from the military to civilian life; co-founder of Choose2Heal, a resource guide for cancer patients.
Dorian has worked with leading Fortune 500 marketers and national ad agencies representing every major category. He has crafted multimillion-dollar media sales deals with each of these blue-chip marketers: Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, Nike, Honda, Toyota, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo, Microsoft, Fox, and Walt Disney. His publishing history includes: Esquire, Disney, Sport, Mirabella, People, Elle Décor, Worth, California Magazine, homeportfolio.com. Dorian holds a B.A. from Yale University.
Carl Levine has been at the forefront of video and digital media since its inception. As co-owner, co-founder and member of Creative Bubble’s management team, he helped build the company from an iXL dotcom spin-off, to one of New York’s leading digital video studios resulting in its sale to Definition 6. In his role as EVP Digital Media and iXL Executive Producer, he was the driving force behind digital content ventures and pioneering streaming video projects including introducing Verizon internal TV department to web casting 3 and an NIH AIDs Caribbean live/on-demand web cast project of approximately 100 presentations during a 3 day conference on 5 Caribbean islands.
Carl has written hundreds of articles as the editor of two video trade publications (VideoPro and Corporate Television) and as the Solutions columnist for Video Systems Magazine. Prior to starting his career in the private sector, Carl was a teacher at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan, where he was responsible for a wide range of activities including the creation of A&D TV, an interdisciplinary video program funded by Vocational Education grants that he wrote. He was also faculty advisor to the school newspaper and liaison to the school’s professional advisory board. His approach to interdisciplinary education is documented in his book, The Student Journalist: Producing Radio and Television Programs.
Mitch Coodley has been composing and producing music in NY City for TV and other media for nearly 30 years. He has scored for CBS, WCBS, ABC TV, FOX Sports, ESPN, Ralph Lauren, Victoria's Secret, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Dana Buchman, Joseph Abboud, and Videofashion.
As a guitarist Coodley has worked with Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Donald Byrd, Ben E. King, Cyndi Lauper, Jerry Bergonzi, Michael Urbaniak, Andy Snitzer, and is featured on many of his recorded scores. Coodley has also produced 130 albums of production music, and he now owns and markets his licensing catalog at www.thebuzzmusic.com
Coodley is also in demand as a lecturer and clinician, working with new talent and guiding them toward successful music and work in the music industry. Venues include NYU Film Scoring Department, Sonic Arts at City University, Berkeley College of Music, Northeastern University and others. For more information see www.mitchcoodley.com