Director: Tal Skloot
Tal Skloot is an award-winning filmmaker with a credit list of over twenty feature length documentaries and narrative films that have won multiple Emmy awards, been broadcast nationally on PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS and appeared in numerous national and international film festivals. Tal is a graduate of the American Film Institute and UCSC and is an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University and Diablo Valley College.
Tal's previous feature length documentary film Freeway Philharmonic was broadcast nationally on PBS and toured the globe as part of the U.S. State Department/IDA sponsored American Documentary Showcase, showing worldwide in film festivals and universities. Tal also directed a web series on SF Bay Area artists funded by The National Endowment for the Arts.
Cinematographer: Steve Patapoff
Steve is an independent film and video maker focusing on art, culture, and ethnic diversity. Steve’s work has taken him to Indonesia, where he was the cinematographer on a documentary about Hersri Setiawan, a writer and political activist, who spent ten years as a political prisoner under former Indonesian dictator Suharto. Steve’s work has been shown at numerous film festivals. Steven recently shot and edited Finding David Douglas, a historical biography broadcast on PBS on the life of Scottish botanist David Douglas who traveled thousands of miles across North America in the early 1800s collecting plants for the Royal Horticultural Society of England. His film Reason to Fear, about an American Indian death row inmate, Patrick Hooty Croy, received a film school award. Steve received his B.A in painting from Portland State University and his M.A in film production from San Francisco State University.
Writer & mountaineering advisor: Robert Roper
Robert Roper is the award-winning author of Fatal Mountaineer (2002), the controversial biography of the Himalayan climber Willi Unsoeld, generally recognized as the most accomplished high-altitude American mountaineer of the 20th century. Roper is also the author of Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War (2008). His other books include the novels Royo County, The Trespassers, Mexico Days, and On Spider Creek, and the story collection Cuervo Tales. He has written about mountaineering and other outdoor topics for Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice, and other print and digital publications. His cultural essays appear at Obit-mag.com and he writes also for the New York Times, the L.A. Times, and American Scholar.
In 2002 he was awarded the Boardman Tasker Prize, the principal world prize for mountaineering literature, which is administered by the Royal Geographical Society of London. He is a Visiting Professor of Literature and Writing at Johns Hopkins University, and he divides his time between Baltimore and California, where in his spare time he backpacks and climbs widely.
Editor: Steven Baigel
Steven Baigel has worked on numerous documentary films and commercial shorts as a cinematographer, editor, producer, and director. He and Tal Skloot have collaborated on many films over the past 13 years. Some of Steven's credits include Pete McCloskey: Leading From The Front, The Boys Who Said No: Draft Resistance & The Vietnam War, Freeway Philharmonic, Running For Jim, The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story, A Span in Time, Keeper of the Beat, Going The Distance, Of Wind & Waves, Seniors For Peace, Surfing For Life, Bound By the Wind, Stopping History, Large Dams/False Promises, A Question of Power, wtterflies & Bulldozers, Harvest of Hope, and The Price of Power.
Steven is currently working on two self-produced documentaries That Which Colors The Mind: The Life & Music of Nikhil Banerjee, and With Undivided Faith: A Portrait of a Tibetan Exile Community.
Sound Editor: E. Larry Oatfield
Larry is a sound editor and rerecording mixer of numerous documentaries for PBS, as well as shorts and feature films at The Saul Zaentz Film Center & Lucasfilm's Skywalker Sound. He was awarded a MPSE Golden Reel for Saving Private Ryan (which also won a Oscar for sound editing) and a Primetime Emmy for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His recent credits include Minions, Crimson Peak, and House of Cards.