Meet the Filmmakers
Kent Wagner is a filmmaker, photographer, and audio producer focusing on environmental, cultural, and natural history topics. He has completed projects for the National Park Service, NASA, and the USGS. His clients have included The Defenders of Wildlife, Sunset Magazine, and Black Diamond Equipment.
In 2010 he published Canyon Winter: Cold Weather Images of the Colorado Plateau. He is presently working on his second book, This Hallowed Ground, which features photos of the world's most infamous landscapes.
As a recording engineer he made records with Deborah Harry, Al Green, and Aerosmith, and has composed and recorded soundtracks for films about the Boston Bruins and the Boston Museum of Science.
Most at home in the outdoors, Kent has guided climbing trips on Denali, Aconcagua, and Mt. Kilimanjaro. He has guided more than 100 trips on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, and worked as a dive master in the Indian Ocean.
Associate Producer/Editing/Animation/Web Design
Chelsea is a videographer, editor, and environmental activist. She grew up in the mountains of Vermont, where she formed a close connection with nature. With two degrees in Film and Media Arts and Psychology, she began her career as a filmmaker in South Africa producing a show for Nat Geo WILD called safariLIVE. She has collaborated on work shown on Maryland Public Television, NBC, PBS, and now works for the National Institute for Standards and Technology as an animator and science videographer.
Chris Palmer is a professor, speaker, author, and environmental/wildlife film producer.
Chris serves on American University’s full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence. In 2004, he founded AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking at the School of Communication.
Chris also serves as president of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, which produces and funds IMAX films on conservation issues. Over the past thirty years, Chris has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime time television, and the IMAX film industry.
His films have been broadcast on numerous channels, including Animal Planet, the Disney Channel, PBS, and TBS. His IMAX films include Whales, Wolves, Dolphins, Bears, Coral Reef Adventure, and Grand Canyon Adventure. In the course of his career, he has worked with the likes of Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, and Ted Turner.
Bill Gentile is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker. His career spans four decades, five continents, and nearly every facet of journalism and mass communication, especially visual communication and visual storytelling.
He is a pioneer of “backpack journalism” and is one of the craft's most noted practitioners. His recent work “Afghanistan: The Forgotten War,” was broadcast by NOW on PBS, and was nominated for an Emmy Award. He shared two other National Emmy Awards and was nominated for a third on work for clients such as the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and ABC's Nightline.
Bill is a professor of Film and Media Arts at American University, and is the founder and director of American University's Backpack Journalism Project. He teaches Photojournalism, Foreign Correspondence, and Backpack Documentary, bringing more than 30 years of field experience and professional contacts to the next generation of communicators.
Michael Travis is a pioneer in modern improvisational drumming. Best recognized as the drummer and percussionist for the String Cheese Incident, he is known for his groundbreaking work playing both hand drums and the drum kit simultaneously.
Travis created a unique style supportive of a free jam aesthetic and further developed this approach in the band Zilla. He has played with some of the world's finest drummers, including Trilok Gurtu and Bill Kreutzman, and with artists like Warren Haynes and Bela Fleck.
For 20 years he has held down the rhythm section for hundreds of thousands of fans around the globe. His interest in world music has allowed him to explore many genres, and his ability to perform adeptly on guitar, bass, keyboards and drums has led his band EOTO to a rich, organic sound.
Matt Temple is an established post-production sound engineer with roots in the music industry. Classically trained as a violinist, Matt spent many years in the Boston area playing in bands, producing artists and songwriters, and teaching in the Music Synthesis department at Berklee College of Music.
After playing the club scene and touring in the UK, Matt relocated to Los Angeles where he became involved with sound design for film, TV, and video games. He has worked on many major motion pictures and TV shows including, The Passion of the Christ, Bones, The Office, King of the Hill, and with artists such as Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.
Matt still enjoys composing music. His work is computer-driven, utilizing the latest technology. Matt owns and operates a private studio in LA where he mixes music and film in 5.1.
Don Fish is an Emmy Award winning editor with over 25 years experience in film and television. He has edited a variety of broadcast and cable programs, documentaries, museum exhibits, commercials and promotional spots while serving as a Producer/Editor for Pescado Productions in Potomac, MD, and as an Online Editor and Post Production Supervisor for Real to Reel, in Washington, DC.
In 2010 he received an Emmy for Outstanding Magazine Program. His clients have included PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Communications, NBC, The Smithsonian Institution, and Verizon.
Don’s edited programs and spots have received numerous industry awards, including two Emmys, six CINE Golden Eagles, and appearances in festivals such as the New York Film Festival.
This project is being partially funded by the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, and by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in Washington DC.