Douglas McCann – Director
Hailing from New England and gravitating towards mountainous regions and coastlines, Doug McCann is a storyteller at heart. Drawing inspiration from the natural environment and some good old fashioned adventures, he enjoys making films and music that inspire others. He was nominated for an Emmy for his position as a camera operator/producer for Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and has showcased his work on networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Fox. He currently lives with his dog in California and runs Pinecarver Visual and Acoustic, a creative media house dedicated to bringing these stories to life.
Laura Borner – Producer
Laura is the Executive Director and co-Founder of the Peaks Foundation, an initiative created to raise funds for organizations around the world by engaging women in adventure challenges. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health. Laura has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector where she hopes to help better the lives of women and girls, and promote environmental conservation. She currently resides in Serengeti National Park.
Joey Hartstone – Story Writer
Joey Hartstone is a screenwriter and professor in Los Angeles. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in Boston, Joey moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television, working on several shows including Project Runway and Top Chef. In 2007, he completed UCLA’s Professional Program, winning its screenwriting competition with his script “The Gentleman From Arizona.” The following year, Joey was admitted to UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting Program where his script “New Dogs” won the program’s annual competition. In 2010, Joey received his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA where he now teaches screenwriting.
Amy Rosner – Editor
Amy is fascinated by the role that films play in the context of social change. She is incredibly passionate about the art of storytelling and is committed to using the medium of film to educate and empower individuals and communities around the world. While acquiring her Master’s degree in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she was inspired by the politically-charged films of Argentine filmmaker/activist Fernando Solanas. Since then, Amy has been editing, writing, and producing short and feature-length documentary films on a vast range of topics including East African politics, mountain climbing, surrealist portrait photography, and the importance of breastfeeding.
Henrik Jakobsson – Sound Editor
Henrik Jackobsson moved to the United States from Sweden in 2003 and began his career in Hollywood at Oceanway Recordings, assisting in recording sessions with artists including Radiohead, Beck and India Arie. Henrik has worked with notable studios and agencies such as Paramount Pictures, Universal Music Group, LIME Studios, Goodby Silverstein; Partners, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Ogilvy and Oceanway Recordings. Heinrik holds over 15 years of experience in film, television, games and broadcasting. He lives and breathes the fresh air of Topanga Canyon, 20 minutes outside of Los Angeles.
Felix Borner – Wildlife Photographer
African wildlife and landscapes drive the passion behind Felix Borner’s photography. Felix enjoys capturing the beauty of nature and the importance of conservation with his work. He holds a degree in photography and also acquired a commercial pilot license. Felix currently resides in Tanzania where he works as the Chief Pilot and Operations Manager for Frankfurt Zoological Society, an internationally operating conservation organization. His work provides him with a birds eye view of the world and his photography allows him to capture each vantage point.