SASHA JOSEPH NEULINGER, DIRECTOR
Sasha Joseph Neulinger (B.F.A in Film Production at Montana State University) is the co-founder and Head of Production at Step 1 Films. He has worked behind the scenes on National Geographic’s award winning series, America The Wild, as a post production assistant. At Step 1 Films, he has produced, directed, and edited multiple commercial videos for various corporate clients. He is currently directing his first feature length documentary, Rewind to Fast-Forward, an autobiographical film about his life surviving multi-generational sexual abuse. Sasha also travels nationally as a public speaker, advocating for reforms in child advocacy and child abuse prevention.
THOMAS WINSTON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Thomas Winston (M.F.A in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, Montana State University) is the founder and president of Grizzly Creek Films. He has worked extensively in the film and television industry as executive producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. Broadcast credits include work for The National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and PBS, among others. His films have been award nominees and winners at numerous festivals including the prestigious Wildscreen Festival, where The Mongolian Marmot (2008) was nominated for the BBC Newcomer Award and both Expedition Grizzly (2010) and Kinect Nat Geo TV (2012) won Panda Awards for Best Presenter-Led Program and New Media, respectively.
SHASTA GRENIER, PRODUCER
Shasta Grenier (MA English, University of British Columbia) has directed and edited three award winning feature documentaries: Class C (2008), Never Long Gone (2010), and Not Yet Begun to Fight (2012). Her films have screened at festivals across the country garnering both audience and jury awards. Her most recent documentary was selected by Roger Ebert to appear at Ebertfest just weeks before his passing and is currently being broadcast nationally on PBS television.
ROBERT SCHNEEWEIS, PRODUCER
Robert Schneeweis started his film career at Futuristic Films in Denver CO. In his first year with Futuristic, he worked on national commercial productions for Rawlings, Amway, and Wendy’s. Robert has directed for KBZK News Television (A CBS affiliate), technical directed for Montana PBS’ television show, AG Live, has operated instant replay for NCAA broadcasts, and has worked as a camera operator, best boy electrician, and assistant editor for the Emmy Award winning television show, 11th & Grant. Robert is the co-founder and production manager of Step 1 Films and is currently a producer on the feature length documentary, Rewind to Fast-Forward.
JEFF DOUGHERTY, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Jeff Dougherty (B.A. in Film Production, Montana State University) is a co-founder of Step 1 Films. In addition to Rewind To Fast-Forward, he has worked as Director of Photography on commercial, corporate, and narrative films. He has received Best Cinematography and Best Fiction film, among others, from festivals across Montana. Jeff is currently pursuing his passion as a freelance cinematographer.
AVELA GRENIER, EDITOR
With foundations in the essentials of design, (BA in Design, Western Washington University) Avela has used her love for visual communication to fuel her work in book design, branding, public relations and film, designing for international brands such as IBM, Nestle, National Geographic and Microsoft. Recently, Avela has worked as a producer and designer on the National Geographic Television Series, America The Wild. She also animated and designed for the Xbox game, Kinect Nat Geo TV, inspired by the series.
KEN SCHRETZMANN, ACE, EDITOR
RICK SMITH, CINEMATOGRAPHER
Rick’s films and images have been awarded for their authentic narratives and powerful aesthetic. After an undergraduate degree in biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and a couple years as a field researcher, Rick switched gears and got in touch with his artistic side. He received his MFA from Montana State University and went to work as a cinematographer and producer specializing in wildlife and adventure television. His technical expertise and ability to thrive in the toughest of field conditions made him an asset as the series DP for the Nat Geo Wild series America The Wild which took home the award for “Best Presenter Led Show” at Wildscreen, the worlds most prestigious wildlife film festival in 2010. Most recently, he won the 2014 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences NW Emmy for best Photographer of a Program for Indian Relay which premiered nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens.
MIKE KASIC, SOUND RECORDIST
Mike Kasic is a highly-skilled sound recordist with extensive experience working in extreme environments. Besides being a “dry” sound mixer, he is a specialist in underwater and water-related sound. As such, he has engineered equipment and developed new techniques for the acquisition of underwater sync sound. His impressive list of credits include substantial work for the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, and WNET Nature. Mike lives with his wife Kathy and daughter Phoebe near the Yellowstone River in Livingston, Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park.