Melinda MacInnis — Director / ProducerMelinda MacInnis is a National Geographic Traveler of the Year award winner for her work traveling the globe documenting rhino conservation. She is on the board of Annamiticus, an NGO fighting the exploitation of endangered wildlife, and through Annamiticus is a CITES International Observer. A former South-Central L.A. schoolteacher and curriculum developer for the acclaimed USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative, her short educational video “The Rhino Wars” has been viewed in over 120 countries worldwide. She has a degree in English from U.C. Berkeley and in Creative Writing from C.U. Boulder, and she lives in Venice Beach and Boulder, Colorado.
Larissa Rhodes — ProducerLarissa is a co-founder of Unreasonable Media, an arm of the acclaimed Unreasonable Group, an accelerator hub for entrepreneurs looking to make the world a better place. She has worked on documentaries and narratives including the feature documentary CHASING ICE, which premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. In 2009, working under an academy award nominated documentarian in Bolivia, she directed and produced a short documentary about the world’s largest known lithium deposit. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University and an internship for HBO Documentaries. She also has a BA from the University of Colorado in Film Studies.
Tina Imahara — EditorTina Imahara is the award-winning editor of over 50 short and feature films. She was the lead editor of FUEL, a documentary addressing America’s addiction to oil, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was short-listed for the 2009 Academy Awards. Tina also co-edited THE BIG FIX, a feature documentary revealing the layers of corruption behind the BP Gulf Oil Spill, which was as an Official Selection at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She is the editor of ON TIP TOE about the acclaimed South African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which won the prestigious International Documentary Association Award and was honored with both Academy Award and Emmy nominations. She is a graduate of both the California Institute of the Arts and the American Film Institute.
John Mans — Director of PhotographyEmmy Award-winning cinematographer John Mans has over 20 years of experience working on international productions and has filmed in some of the most remote places on earth. As the Director of Photography for Season Two of Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, he spent four months aboard the Steve Irwin in Antarctic waters, documenting the Sea Shepherd crew’s attempts to halt whaling in illegal waters. In National Geographic’s Great Migrations, John worked tracking Mali’s last freely migrating elephant herds. John has worked for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the Travel Channel, and more. He is an avid diver, loves exploring old shipwrecks, and holds a World Record for the southernmost dive in Antartica. John grew up in a small Rocky Mountain mining town, graduated from the C.U. film school, and now resides in Boulder, Colorado.
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Matt Fife — Co-Producer / Music Supervisor / Lead Camera (Vietnam)As an experienced television executive and a professional live action director, Matt Fife has overseen the creative execution for network broadcast brands and successfully launched some of television’s most watched programs, including 24, House, Glee, The Vampire Diaries, and most recently, I Am Cait. Beyond his television work, Matt also produces original music compositions and videos, including work with Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, Big Daddy Kane, Brand Nubian, Hugh Laurie, Michelle Branch, and more. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Matt lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Mark Crawford — Composer / Lead Camera (Nepal)
Mark Crawford is a composer, filmmaker, and a co-founder of Unreasonable Media, a production company dedicated to leveraging the power of stories to shift paradigms and solve problems. He has traveled around the world making films and absorbing the cultures allowing for a versatile musical style and blending of instruments. His composing credits include features for Fast Company and National Geographic websites, commercials for Facebook, and additional music for the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Chasing Ice that screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In 2014, he spent six weeks in New York shadowing composer J Ralph as he wrote the original score for Racing Extinction. He is about to start composing music for an indie narrative feature film called Blame. He will be composing music for the Untitled Reef Project and scored the current teaser for the film, which has screened before audiences at Good Pitch, and Sundance Catalyst among others.
He currently lives in Boulder, CO, where he enjoys the glorious outdoors, working on projects with his lovely wife and producing partner, Larissa Rhodes where he composes from a home studio.
Nick Chevalier — Lead Camera
Nick has some 30 years experience filming and directing socio-environmental projects throughout Africa. His most recent work includes the searing BLOOD LIONS, a investigative documentary about the canned lion hunting industry and lion bone trade in South Africa. This vitally important film is currently shedding light on a largely unregulated and corrupt practice. Nick’s focus is on stories relating to wildlife, conservation education, and community-based projects, working with local and international TV production companies and a variety of leading NGOs. Based out of Cape Town, South Africa, Nick has a deep love for Africa and the natural world.
Phillip Hattingh — Associate Producer / Trafficking & Trade Consultant /Lead Camera (Thailand, South Africa)
Jeff Orlowski — AdvisorJeff is the founder and director of Exposure Labs. He served as director, producer, and cinematographer on the 2012 Sundance Award-Winning documentary and 2014 Emmy® Award winning film Chasing Ice, which played in film festivals throughout the world and on National Geographic Channel.
Rhishja Cota-Larson — Associate Producer /Trafficking & Trade Consultant / CameraRhishja is the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which is working to stop the economic exploitation of endangered species. She has journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. Rhishja is the Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, she works with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. Rhishja is the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. When she’s not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, Rhishja enjoys gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with dogs.
Jennifer Cusentino — Associate ProducerJennifer is a producer with 20+ years of wide-ranging experience from talent management to film distribution. Her producing credits include Co-Producing the environmental, award-winning documentary THE BIG FIX (Cannes Official Selection) about the Gulf Oil Spill, with Executive Producers Tim Robbins and Peter Fonda. She is also the Executive Producer of FREEDOM (Golden Ace Award), and VANISHING SAIL, an International award winner (Grand Prize Rhode Island Int’l & People’s Choice Award Trinidad+Tobago). As well as producing THE PRICE, she is also currently producing UNDER THE INFLUENCE, about the corrupting influence of money in the American political system, and UNCONVENTIONAL GREY, a film about geo-engineering and Climate Change.
Darius Fisher — Associate Producer / Camera
Scott McElroy — Lead Editor / Script Consultant
Scott McElroy is the lead video editor at Unreasonable Media and a motion graphics artist and animator. He edited and co-wrote the documentary High Ground, a film telling the story of 11 wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who attempt to climb a 20,000ft. peak in the Himalayas. The film was directed by Michael Brown and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the Disney classics The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. The film premiered at the 2012 Boulder International Film Festival and won the Best Call 2 Action Award and People’s Choice Award. Scott is a graduate of the C.U. Boulder Film and Journalism schools and is the owner of Thought/Process Films. He lives in Longmont, CO with his wife Bess and daughters Olive and Nova.