We began as strangers banded together by a common interest: to tell the story of Bears Ears.
Volunteering time and resources to travel to the heart of the issue, we strove to give a voice to those who may not otherwise be heard. Through the process, our common interest evolved into a unique friendship.
As a former board member of PANDOS ( Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support), a Utah-based Native and environmental rights non-profit, Carmen follows the conflict around Bears Ears closely.
She has worked with public land agencies since 2014, as a recreation site designer in Utah and field researcher in the Great Basin Desert. She is also a freelance writer, focused on environmental and social justice issues.
Amy’s been teaching in Utah schools for 6 years. She loves introducing students to new ideas and taking walking field trips. Amy’s first film won the Jury Choice Award at the 2016 Salt Lake Film Society’s Open Screen Night.
When she’s not teaching or making movies, you can find Amy in her garden, encouraging historic melon and cucumber varieties to grow. On her nightstand is J.A. Baker’s The Peregrine and China Miéville’s October.
Paige grew up in Park City, Utah with the Uintah’s in her back yard. Camping, exploring, and recreating shaped who she is today. With natural landscapes in jeopardy, Paige needed to find a way to give back.
In college she developed an interest in documentary filmmaking and made her debut as an associate producer for shows on National Geographic, Discovery, and Outdoor channel. In 2013, she worked as a producer for short and long format documentaries featured on KUED, the local PBS affiliate in Salt Lake City. Her films have won various awards including a Silver Telly and two Rocky Mountain Emmys. When she’s not making films she spends her time camping with her husband and two dogs, Sam and Jack..
Nick came to Utah for the snow and stayed for the desert. His inspiration and success in film is rooted in the desert canyons of the southwest. With his education in Environmental Sustainability and experience as a documentary videographer, Nick hopes to shed light on these important relationships between land and people.
His film experience has led him around the Southwest, working with companies such as PBS, Fatali Photography, Camp 4, and many more. He specializes in time lapses and enjoys solitude of nature. When he isn’t filming Nick can be found backpacking through the desert and sleeping in his hammock.
Alex Simon is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and sound mixer residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since getting his degree in Music from UC Berkeley in 2012, he has applied his composition skills to videos by clients such as NASA, AdultSwim, Indigenous Rising Media, Honest Engine Films, and Survival Media Agency.
In 2016, he lived and worked in Navajo Nation, which led him to understand the importance of keeping sacred sites pristine, and considers Bears Ears to be the most beautiful land in the country. Apart from film, he runs a project called Sovereign Sounds, which has the mission of providing recording materials and training to Native communities around the country, and performs pedal-steel based electronic music as Tone Ranger.
Ian McMillan recently completed his Film and Media Arts and Environmental and Sustainability Studies double major at the University of Utah.
His goal is to effectively communicate knowledge of environmental issues through the use of film in a meaningful and lasting way. Ian is a world traveler and often visits South Africa where his dad is from. He hopes his film experience can lead to effective change for our environmental futures.
Anthony was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He is an aspiring filmmaker currently studying film at Salt Lake Community College.
He has an affinity for the outdoors and hopes his filmmaking experience can land him a directing career someday.
Jason has a wide range of experience. Including, but not limited to, animal rights, earth rights, and human rights issues. He worked at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a number of positions including Senior Youth Outreach Specialist, Circus Monitor, and Senior Projects Specialist. Jason traveled the country documenting and reporting animal abuse and neglect within the entertainment industry, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the NYC horse drawn carriage industry.
He served on the Advisory Board of Food Empowerment Project, a vegan food justice organization. Jason is currently the President of the board of directors for Center for Farmworker Families, non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and support for farmworker families. In addition, he currently sits on the National Board of Directors for Move to Amend, a coalition who is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.
His full time job is with Pachamama Alliance, as U.S. Community Development Specialist, where he supports volunteers and co-develop resources and trainings that strike at the root of systems and structures that keep us separated from each other and earth.