Co-founder, Program Director
Marika graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland with an MA in Education for Sustainable Development. She has since gained experience teaching outdoors and trained to bring lessons of sustainability, biomimicry, and mindfuless into the classroom. Having worked all over the world with different communities and organizations on sustainability projects, she is always seeking the next adventure in which she can explore ways to help deepen children’s connection to nature, community, and to themselves. These interests inspired the creation of Cycling4SEED and SOS; two projects that have given her the experience of project management, workshop design and curriculum development. Through these projects Marika has gained insight into the challenges school communities face in educating their students for an ever-changing world and has collected many stories of inspiration and success that meet this challenge with a refreshing direction of innovative optimism. Her passion lies in coming up with new ideas to make the world a better place and building the connections needed to make those ideas happen.
Co-founder, Creative Director, Editor
Cory is an artist originally from the Midwest, having moved to many places around the world to find himself in the forests of northern California. With a degree in Industrial Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, he has experience in almost all forms of artistic media from painting to designing products to music. This background led him into the film industry where he has been working for 6 years initially in art department, props, and as a prop fabricator. He has since been directing and filming web series, music videos, organizational promos, and documentary films. He specializes in nature-inspired filmography and timelapse photography around the world, working in close collaboration with various Chinese productions companies. He was recently the cinematographer for The Hexi Corridor, a documentary series about the ancient Silk Road trade route through Gansu Province, as well as DP for The First 70, a documentary about state park closures in California that won numerous awards including Best Cinematography from Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, was shown statewide in Patagonia and REI stores, and aired on public access throughout California and Oregon.
Richard is a New York City based producer, born and raised in the valleys of western New York. He has worked as a Prop Master on many award winning films and television series, including Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, Frozen River, and Winter’s Bone. With extensive on set experience, Richard moved on to found Neighborhood Watch Films, a production company focusing on producing short films, commercials, music videos and feature films. In 2013 he produced Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film FEstival where it received the International Critics Award, and has since played at TIFF, Sundance and was released theatrically by the RADiUS/Weinstein Company. In 2014 he produced Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms, which premiered at the LA Film FEstival and was selected for the IFP Cannes PRoducing Network.
Director of Photography
Josh is a photographer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He splits his time between shooting stills and motion while focusing on adventure and music. He has worked with a wide range of artists and familiar names such as The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys, Skrillex, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, Spoon, Willie Nelson, Jay-Z, ?uestlove, The Lone Bellow, Sufjan Stevens, Elvis Costello, The Men, OAR, Ra Ra Riot, and Kiss. His clients vare mostly entertainment-based, though he has branched out into the advertising and editorial world as well. His work has been circulated through Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine, Spin, American Songwriter, CMT, Rangefinder, PDN, Nylon, and Esquire.com. He's been commissioned to shoot for Bonnaroo, Voodoo Fest, Newport Folk Festival, Met Gala, SXSW, Carnegie Hall and various individual musician's tours. Notable advertising brands and clients include AT&T, New Balance, Advil, Jim Beam, Google, PF Flyers, John Varvatos, Yahoo, BBH London, Droga5, VICE, Atlantic Records, Merge Records, and Vogue among others.
Sashwa Burrous is a cinematographer and photographer based just north of the San Francisco Bay Area. He has photographed documentaries, music videos and fundraising videos for non-profit organizations. He has a passion for the outdoors, and brings a sense of adventure to all of his work. Sashwa has a unique ability to create beautiful time-lapse footage. He was a camera operator for the award-winning documentary The First 70, a journey through California to document the closure of 70 state parks, and recently started his own production company.
Jarratt has worked in the film and television industry for the past nine years as a director, art director, designer, and animator. He has worked for studios and agencies throughout New York and San Francisco for clients including Google, Chevy, Adobe, Twitter, Intel, and Comcast. He currently freelances from his home in Grass Valley, California where he and his wife run an organic farm.
Chap Ambrose holds a BFA in industrial design from Savannah College of Art & Design and graduated in the inaugural class of Austin Center for Design with a certificate in Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship. He works with nonprofits, startups, and small businesses to build useful and generous things.