An Emmy-award winning cinematographer with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Christi communicates complex issues through storytelling and visual narrative to raise awareness about her subjects. Her quest for knowledge also led to an MS in Microbiology and an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking. Her primary goals are to combine her in-depth knowledge of science with her desire to create compelling narratives focused on raising awareness about sociopolitical issues. Her film awards include a Wildscreen Panda Award for Best Campaign Film, Best Environmental Film from Backcountry Film Festival, Best Youth Film from Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and Best Made in Montana from the International Wildlife Film Festival, among others. In her little “free” time, she enjoys being a mother and a partner, growing her own food, and relishing in the incredible beauty and lifestyle of Montana.
DANIEL SCHMIDT | CINEMATOGRAPHER
Daniel is a two-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer, who works as a documentary film director, producer, and director of photography for a variety of clients, including PBS, National Geographic, NASA, the National Science Foundation, LifeOnTerra, CBS, and many others. He received his MFA in Documentary Film in 2012 from Montana State University and his BS in Earth Science from the University of Utah. His passion for adventure, storytelling, and cinematography has taken him to the high-mountain huts of Japan's top sword-makers, to the tropical jungles of Colombia's Caribbean Coast. Schmidt's background in art and science leaves him uniquely poised to communicate issues of scientific and environmental significance in a way that captivates and entertains audiences.
Kelly Matheson is a human rights attorney and award-winning filmmaker who leads WITNESS’ Video as Evidence program. She has worked with grassroots organizations around the world on a myriad of human rights issues ranging from Ebola prevention to climate change to the trafficking of children and war crimes. Currently, she supports lawyers and human rights activists to ensure the video that activists risk their personal safety to collect can be used to secure justice. She received her JD for the University of Oregon School of Law and her MFA in Filmmaking from Montana State University.
Roshan is a co-founder and producer at Nestbox Collective based in Bozeman, MT. He is also a graduate of Montana State University's MFA program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. Roshan has produced short films for a variety of topics, ranging from lions in western India to the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea artifacts and ecosystems. His films have won awards including Best Short at the International Wildlife Film Festival (2014: Pride, 2016: Red Wolf Revival), Best Conservation Success Film at the NY Wild Film Festival (2014: Pride) and others. His most recent film, Red Wolf Revival, has been screening across the country and designed with an impact component to understand how the film is shifting attitudes towards red wolves and local ecology. Roshan is keen on exploring human relationships with our environment and uses film as his way to share those stories.