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Thomas Winston

Thomas Winston
Executive Producer | Director | Cinematographer

Tom is the founder and president of Grizzly Creek Films, a full service production company that has created original series and specials for The National Geographic Channel, NatGeo WILD, History Channel and PBS. His films have been winners and finalists at Wildscreen Festival, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Eric Bendick

Eric Bendick
Producer | Writer

Eric’s writing and producing credits include National Geographic Television, PBS, History Channel, Animal Planet, Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and Patagonia. His accolades include a Webby Award, a Wildscreen Panda Award and a Best Conservation Film Award from the American Conservation Film Festival.

Shasta Grenier

Shasta Grenier Winston
Producer | Writer

Shasta’s writing and producing credits include work in both television and documentary film. The three feature documentaries she has directed have earned Emmy, CINE Golden Eagle, and numerous film festival awards. Her most recent feature, Not Yet Begun to Fight, was selected by Roger Ebert to appear at Ebertfest..

Avela Grenier

Avela Grenier
Producer | Designer

Avela’s award winning design credits include work for Microsoft’s Xbox Studios, IBM and Nestle in animation, branding and public relations. She has produced original broadcast episodes for NatGeo WILD and History Channel.

Rick Smith

Rick Smith
Cinematographer

Rick has produced films for The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and his cinematography has been featured on the NBC series The Island with Bear Grylls, the NatGeo WILD series America The Wild and several award-winning PBS documentaries including Indian Relay.

SaVenna Hanley

SaVenna Hanley
Business Manager

SaVenna has been Grizzly Creek Films Business Manager since 2011 and Production Coordinator for NatGeo WILD, Xbox, and History Channel. As an award winning wife and proud mother of two, SaVenna’s multi-talented background and her love of people, food, culture and the fast-paced film production world continue to be put to good use in her roles at Grizzly Creek Films.

Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed
Cinematographer | Producer

Jeff has filmed for National Geographic, PBS, Smithsonian and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. As a co-founder of the Ocean Media Institute, he also designs and builds interactive tech to teach about the natural world.

Scott Sterling

Scott Sterling
Online Editor | Colorist

Scott has been the online editor and colorist for over twenty Grizzly Creek Films productions since 2009. As senior producer for MontanaPBS, he directs and produces everything from documentary to live music. He has earned six Emmy® awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, northwest chapter.

Stefanie Watkins

Stefanie Watkins
Editor

Stefanie has edited non-fiction content for over ten years in both the US and UK, for the BBC, Discovery, History, Nat Geo, NASA, and PBS. Her passion lies in creating distinctive documentaries ranging from blue-chip natural history to unscripted broadcast programming.

Ronan Donova

Ronan Donovan
Cinematographer

Biologist turned photographer and filmmaker, Ronan’s work has taken him from the Yellowstone backcountry to the rainforest of Uganda. His photos have been featured in National Geographic Magazine and hung on the walls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and his film work has aired on PBS Nature and National Geographic.

Patrick Tormey

Patrick Tormey
Assistant Editor

Patrick is currently working on his MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University, Bozeman. His latest credits include assistant editor for a variety of projects, content producer for the science and natural history website Lifeonterra.com, and producer for the 2015 Element Film Festival. Photo: Patrick Tormey

Carl Hansen

Carl Hansen
Production Technician

Carl Hansen grew up in the north woods of Minnesota near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The pristine wilderness, clear waters, and brilliant night skies inspired Carl to find and create beauty in all sources of nature. Carl can be found snowboarding during the winter, paddling during the summer, and playing music all year round.

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