Senior Executive Producer
Dennis Aig has produced and/or directed both documentary and dramatic productions for the Walt Disney Company, National Geographic Television, PBS, Lifetime Television, the Outside Channel, the History Channel, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). His projects have ranged from a documentary about bone marrow transplant patients at UCLA Medical Center to two behind-the-scenes specials about feature films directed by Robert Redford. His major works include Shadow Casting: The Making of “A River Runs Through It,” Visions of Grace: Robert Redford and “The Horse Whisperer,” Guide Season, Sacred Journey of the Nez Perce, Test Pilots of the Body, and America’s Outdoor Heritage. Aig’s works have won over 100 awards since 1993, including three regional Emmys, a Gold Hugo from the Chicago Film Festival, 12 Tellys, and the Gold Medal from the New York Festivals. A PhD from The Ohio State University with advanced work in English and film, Aig is also a tenured Professor of Media and Theatre Arts at Montana State University-Bozeman.
Gianna Savoie is an award-winning Natural History filmmaker with a passion for the environment that drives her to sink her teeth into some of the most critical conservation issues on the planet. Holding a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology, she pairs her love of science with the art of filmmaking to craft stories that she hopes not only inform, but inspire. Her work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, the BBC, and Animal Planet. In 2010, Gianna wrote and produced, Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom for the PBS series, NATURE which was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Nature Program.” She is currently writing and story-producing, a theatrical feature documentary about the Pacific Ocean, called Our Blue Canoe, due for release in 2013. And in her quest to “pay it forward,” Gianna teaches in the MFA program for Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University, Bozeman. For her, the opportunity to mentor this superbly talented generation of environmental storytellers is not only an honor, but truly a gift.
Senior Producer - Content
Emily Narrow grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and had a love for wildlife and the outdoors at an early age. She attended Oberlin College, where she double-majored in Biology and Cinema Studies. After graduation she became a producer at a video production company in Washington DC. Here she worked on video projects for environmental groups and non-profit organizations such as Environmental Defense Action Fund, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Union of Concerned Scientists, and many more. She has also worked independently as a video producer for the National Park Service. She currently is pursuing an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. Her goal is to make nature films that are both informative and entertaining – and which ultimately inspire viewers to strengthen their own relationship with the natural world.
Senior Producer - Web Design
Although he will always call Oklahoma home, Jeff is a current MFA candidate in the Science and Natural History Filmmaking program at Montana State University. He earned a degree in Zoology from Oklahoma State University and took some time to study chemistry, ecology and spanish as well. After school, he spent some time doing marine biology research in British Columbia and working abroad in New Zealand. He spends his free time shooting photos, designing websites and woodworking. He has produced several short films with an emphasis on human-nature interactions. His 2012 film, Restoring an Icon, won best student documentary at the Montana CINE International Film Festival. Jeff is currently filming the work of the Gorongosa Lion Project in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.
Senior Producer - Episode Management
Roshan is a candidate for MSU’s MFA Program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. He grew up in Virginia and earned a degree in Biology from the College of William & Mary. After graduating, he worked for several non-profits, including Conservation International, the National Environmental Education Foundation, the International Union of the Conservation of Nature. He later moved on to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA and eventually transitioned into freelance photography, working for a variety of museums and scientific researchers. He is currently a producer for the Element Film Festival and is in pre-production for a film exploring the relationship between rural Indians and the endangered Asiatic Lions that inhabit their ecosystem.
Senior Producer - Social Media
After a nomadic lifestyle for the past decade, Boni joins the TERRA team with a MFA in Digital Filmmaking from the University of Montana and a deep love of exploring the workings everything outdoors and sharing them with the global community. Raised in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana and high plains of Wyoming, she grew up enjoying and appreciating all the natural wonders and wildlife of the Rocky Mountains. Her travels have taken her from the rain forests of Alaska, to the sands and beaches of North Africa, to the peaks of the Austrian Alps. She currently is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, focusing on the media images of the contemporary Native American, and these images’ influence on popular perception on how and what it is to be a modern “Indian”.
Taylor is originally from California but also grew up in Australia and Canada. At Whitman College he majored in Geology and twin minored in Environmental Studies and Film Studies. Following undergrad, Taylor spent a few years working as a exploration geologist for the Canadian mining industry where he continued to travel around the world. He recently finished his Master’s in the Science and Natural History Filmmaking program at Montana State University, where he successfully defended a thesis on the cultural studies of beer… that’s right… beer. Taylor tends to favor a quirky and humorous approach in his films, but he’s certainly serious about making information accessible and enjoyable to all.
Producer - Web Content
Abby Kent is a filmmaker and artist based in Bozeman, Montana. She creates unique short films and graphic design work for various clients, as well as personal projects. Abby is a candidate for an MFA in Science and Natural History filmmaking at Montana State University, and she has worked on short-form documentaries as well as feature-length narrative films. She loves to get out of her comfort zone and spend time in wild places.
Producer - Content
Growing up in Maryland and Hawaii, Emily was constantly fascinated by the natural world surrounding her. Favorite pastimes like surfing and scuba diving nurtured that passion over the years. During high school and college, Emily discovered an interest in filmmaking and she has successfully combined the two fields and is pursuing an M.F.A. in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. While in undergrad and graduate school, Emily has produced several of her own short documentaries and worked with the National Wildlife Federation and TEDx. For her undergraduate thesis film, Emily had the unique chance to work with the Historic St. Mary’s City Museum where she got to live on a 17th century recreation tall ship. Emily’s goal is to use filmmaking to educate and inspire others to care about the wonderful world we live in.
Producer Brett “B.J.” Kuxhausen is pursuing his MFA in Science and Natural History at Montana State University. Brett is a native Iowan and graduate of the University of Nebraska’s biology and film programs. A lifelong fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, Brett’s own first year film “Alpha” portrayed another heroic adventure, the story of a veteran sled dog musher in the race of her life. Now in his second year, Brett’s interests include hiking, new technologies, sports, bacon and denim shirts.
Born and raised in Texas, Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology and a minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. As an undergraduate, she did field work on sea otter mother and pup behavior in Alaska, studied ultrasonic vocalizations of wild mice species, and mentored first-year Biology students for three years. Her passion for animal behavior and creativity led her to her current pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. Caitlin recently completed a writing and film internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and was chosen to be a John Mather Nobel Scholar. Caitlin’s goal is to make entertaining, insightful films about all areas of science in new and eventful ways. She is currently in pre-production on a film about the ways fantasy is used to teach scientific processes and concepts.
Laurence is originally from the sunny shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Always intrigued with the natural world, she obtained her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University in Conservation Biology. Her love for wildlife brought her all the way to Montana State University where she is pursuing a M.F.A in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. Laurence has produced films for the USGS and Southern Environmental Law Center. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, kayaking and baking bread.
Eliza Goode is a second year MFA student in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. Hailing from Missoula, Montana, Eliza has a BA from the University of Montana, where she studied Creative Writing and Wildlife Biology. An environmental educator with experience teaching in national parks across the country, Eliza loves sharing the joy of learning about the beautiful world we live in. When she’s not in class or out filming in the field, you can find Eliza reading, playing with pets, and swimming in the river.
Zuzana Gedeon is attracted to mathematics and logic, and from an early age she was encouraged to study math. She was always drawn to biological applications. She worked at the center for Biofilm engineering and The Center for Computational Biology, while she studied computer science at MSU. To ballance things out, she always dabbled in arts. Currently she is an M.F.A. candidate at Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. In her spare time she can be found climbing, hiking, skiing, dancing, or just biking around town.
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