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Born and raised in Nogales, Arizona, Anaïs knew she wanted to make movies at a young age. She fell in love with the documentary genre and the power of it to inform and promote social change. The injustices she has seen and/ or experienced herself have greatly influenced her past works. Her documentary, “Hero For A Day,” was awarded Best Documentary at the 2014 SCC Film Festival and she recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Film School at Scottsdale Community College, where she was a commencement speaker. She has her sights set on making more documentaries that will inform and start conversations about topics such as mental illness and street harassment.
Green Anniversary in the Flagstaff National Monuments ~ Session 01: W 10/8 @ Orpheum Theatre, 7-10pm
With her first screenplay at 13, Amanda was born to write. She has written professionally for eight years. She writes for a variety of publications, and she continues to enjoy writing screenplays and fictional stories. Amanda is also a filmmaker and photographer. She recently became a member of the Flagstaff Artist Coalition, where several of her photographs will be available at the upcoming First Friday ArtWalk. When Amanda is not writing, she explores the backcountry of the Grand Canyon and often shows the Canyon trails to her young son. Please visit her Facebook page at Along the Trail Productions.
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Our Canyon Lands ~ Session 03: Thu 10/9 @ Orpheum Theatre, 7-10:30pm
Justin Clifton is a Flagstaff native with a passion for film. After 10 years working for Mountainfilm in Telluride and 5Point Film Festival, Justin shifted from curating film to creating film, specifically about subjects important to the preservation of the Southwestern US. Today he once again lives and works in Flagstaff and is actively engaged in a campaign to protect more land surrounding Canyonlands National Park in Southeastern Utah.
Michael Edwards is a magician, mentalist, lecturer and businessman. Mike rose to fame years ago as part of Project Alpha, where he and Banachek (Steve Shaw) posed as psychics and were declared genuine by a leading physic research laboratory. Michael’s work on Project Alpha, along with that of James Randi, showed that even highly funded scientists were able to be fooled with relatively simple magic effects in their own laboratories. Michael has lectured throughout the United States as a skeptic. He lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.
Lincoln has been an activist since her late teens on the East Coast. She attended film school in LA, and worked on productions at the American Film Institute. In the 90’s, she worked at the University of Arizona’s Center For Creative Photography and founded the acclaimed “More Exposure Project” which taught photography to at risk children.
Her previous award-winning documentary film, DROWNING RIVER celebrates the environmental activism of 1950’s starlet, Katie Lee. It tells the story of this feisty woman’s 50-year battle against the Arizona politics and corporate agendas, which “murdered” her beloved Glen Canyon. The concept for the film grew out of Lincoln’s concern for the massive disappearance of wilderness and the wild rivers in the West. The film has enjoyed festival success and has screened at the Taos Mountain Film Festival (Juror’s Honorable Mention), Aspen Shorts Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (Honorable Mention), Topanga Film Festival, The Big Easy Film Festival, Telluride Mountain Film Festival and the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking Student Shorts Festival, where it received recognition as Best Picture and Best Director.
Ben Mallin is a Vancouver-based creative producer with experience in television and feature production. Ben began working as a creative executive with a Vancouver/LA based studio and rose through the ranks to manage development and eventually produce his own material including the 2013 feature film Hemorrhage. Unleashed! A Dog Dancing Story is Ben’s first documentary feature film.
James Q Martin
James ‘Q’ Martin is a Flagstaff-based photographer and filmmaker who was born in the Arizona desert and raised in the remote reaches of Alaska. Q’s work conveys the delicate relationship between athlete and place, inspiring simultaneous respect for the athlete and a reverence for nature. Having a desire to give back to the environment, he co-founded the Rios Libres Project (RL), which seeks to help keep Chilean Patagonia wild. As part of RL, he has directed the award-winning films Power in the Pristine & Streams of Consequence. jamesQmartin.com / RiosLibres.com
Carol has been a freelance film editor since 2000. Her feature documentary credits include Sound City, directed by Dave Grohl about the legendary music studio and the shift from analog to digital music making, Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck, a film about country music legend Willie Nelson, Waiting for Lightning, a film about professional skateboarder Danny Way and his attempt to jump the Great Wall of China, and Click Me, which delves into the early days of online dating. In addition to feature work, Martori has edited a number of television documentary series from Gangland on the History Channel to The Final Report on the National Geographic Channel. Her work has appeared in numerous film festivals from Sundance to SXSW to Hot Docs.
Sarah McCann is the current Head of Section of Creative Media and previous Programme Director of the BA in Video & Film Production in Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland. She is also documentary filmmaker and has had her work screened in festivals in Ireland, the UK and the US. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Sarah worked for a number of years as a production co-ordinator and production manager on short films and documentaries for Irish and UK broadcasters and funders, including a BAFTA award-winning animation, before starting to direct and edit her own documentary films.
Lisa Molomot has edited several documentaries that have aired on Independent Lens, Discovery Channel, A&E, and ESPN. Her work has been seen at SXSW, Sundance, and Mill Valley film festivals and at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and MoMA.
Molomot’s film The Hill, about a civil rights issue in New Haven, CT won Best Documentary Feature at the Greenpoint Film Festival and honorable mention at the Newark Black Film Festival. Her short School’s Out, about a Forest kindergarten in Switzerland won Best Short at the Prescott and Colorado Environmental Film Festivals and has continued to screen at festivals and organized screenings around the globe.
Molomot has taught film production at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Trinity College and currently at the University of Arizona.
Few are as dedicated to ice climbing exploration as Aaron Mulkey, who has spent the last decade systematically scouring the canyons of northern Wyoming for undiscovered ice lines. Seeking untouched frozen treasures deep within Wyomingâ??s toughest mountain terrain, he often trudges for days in his boots, testing his own limits, and the patience of his climbing partners. But, the occasional gems he discovers fuel his determination, pushing him forward to find the next untapped treasure. As the ice begins to melt, Mulkey trades in his ice tools and climbing rack for a kayak and paddle. The exploration continues, this time through the spectacular watery gorges buried deep in the Rocky Mountains. His year-round hunt for uncharted ice and water in some of the most remote locations in the West makes him one of the most prolific pioneers of the Rocky Mountains. coldfear.com
Scott Ransom, the filmmaker who has given us Lady B?s First Winter, has worked for such clients as National Geographic, Discovery, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and PBS in his “day” job as a freelance Director Cameraman. His work on “Endurance: Shackleton?s Epic Antarctic Adventure,” which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and later at Sundance, was nominated for a British Academy Award for nonfiction camera. Living in Telluride, Colorado, for the past decades and travelling out from there to work has taken him to every continent. In addition to documentary work, Ransom is a Second Unit Director of Photography on over a dozen feature films. scottransom.com
A self-professed documentary junkie, Elizabeth Rohe found her love of truth telling at an early age. These interests pushed her to excel in school, graduating with honors from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Apart from academia, Elizabeth is also a stage actress, with experience in the other side of storytelling.
Raised on 1950s doo-wop and Motown, a long-time love affair with music inspired her to pursue the topic of music and memories in her latest film, Rose-Colored Rhythm. A nostalgic person at heart, you can often find her listening to her favorite records, shooting on her super 8 camera, or watching classic movies about days gone by.She is honored for the opportunity to share this passion with the world and the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival.
Deia is a filmmaker based in Bozeman, Montana, where she runs Pale Blue Dot Media, a production company devoted to social and environmental justice. She has an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University and a background in environmental education, visual arts and expeditioning. palebluedotmedia.com
Justin Turcotte is a Vancouver-based filmmaker with a penchant for documentary craft. Justin is a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Film And Video Production Program and presently works as an offline editor with Emmy award winning Greedy Productions. Unleashed! A Dog Dancing Story is Justin’s feature directorial debut.