THe Program

This year our program took us to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) for a 6 week documentary film expedition. Our film focused on Heu Rapu, an elder of the island, seeking to find his peace and understanding on how to preserve his cultural, environmental and ancestral traditions while embracing the encroaching globalized world and the harmful effects that can so often come with tourism growth. 

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HAILEY ALLISON, 2016 “Poverty Of Perception”
Fellow: PRODUCER, AUTHOR

Hailey graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and minor in Professional Writing. Always combining her love of nature and passion for writing, Hailey joined the Fellowship as a Producer to bring her background in environmental communication to the next level. She is currently a Senior Editor at a research institute.

Adam Benton
Mentor: Director, Director Of Photography
www.emmastehli.us

Emma Stehli was born and raised in the sweet small-city that is Portland, Maine. She grew up around photography and film from an early age. As the daughter of a free-lance photographer, Emma fostered an early passion for visual storytelling. This interest led her out West, where she now pursues Film and Media at UC Santa Barbara. With an emphasis in cinematography, Emma has continued to learn and further her craft both through her courses and directing and filming in the field. 

Campbell Brown
Mentor: EDITOR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Alicia is currently an English and Film and Media Studies student at UC Santa Barbara set to graduate in the spring of 2017. Her role within the Fellowship involved production and post production aspects alongside Stefan Hunt and Campbell Brown. With an interest in storytelling as a whole, cinematography and editing was her key focuses. She hopes to spend time traveling while developing her filmmaking capabilities and style along the way.

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Céline Cousteau
Director, Director Of Photography
www.emmastehli.us

Emma Stehli was born and raised in the sweet small-city that is Portland, Maine. She grew up around photography and film from an early age. As the daughter of a free-lance photographer, Emma fostered an early passion for visual storytelling. This interest led her out West, where she now pursues Film and Media at UC Santa Barbara. With an emphasis in cinematography, Emma has continued to learn and further her craft both through her courses and directing and filming in the field. 

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Stefan Hunt
EDITOR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Alicia is currently an English and Film and Media Studies student at UC Santa Barbara set to graduate in the spring of 2017. Her role within the Fellowship involved production and post production aspects alongside Stefan Hunt and Campbell Brown. With an interest in storytelling as a whole, cinematography and editing was her key focuses. She hopes to spend time traveling while developing her filmmaking capabilities and style along the way.

  Alicia Rubio:  Editor

Nicole JOhal
Editor, Copywriter 

Nicole is a change-seeking creative and filmmaker with a background in post-production, film production, and story development. She has a well developed experience in scripted narrative, music video, and documentary short films. She hopes to create visual content that moves and inspires a greater social and environmental consciousness. Nicole is a Southern California-native and recent graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies.

  Nicole Laughlin  (Social Media)

Cailie Kafura
Producer, “Amo”

Cailie is a producer, activist, advocate, and lover of the environment and people of the world. Her travels and life experiences have shaped her passions and desire to protect our world for future generations to experience. She is currently focusing her time and attention producing impact driven documentary films and organizing grassroots campaigns to ensure our world is a much better place. She also hopes to become a tree in her future life. 

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NICOLE LAUGHLIN
WWW.NICOLELAUGHLIN.COM

SOCIAL MEDIA
"BEHIND THE SCENES" DIRECTOR / EDITOR
"INTROSPECTIVE FILM" DIRECTOR / EDITOR

Nicole is a freelance filmmaker with projects ranging from commercial work to environmental and social documentaries. She is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in environmental science.

Isaac Lowe
Illustrator

Montana-native Isaac Lowe-Anker grew up with the Rockies in his backyard, raised in a family that instilled an appreciation for both the outdoors and art at an early age. Isaac currently goes to school in northwest Washington State, where is continues to hone his craft as an illustrator. 

Max Lowe
Director, Director Of Photography
www.emmastehli.us

Emma Stehli was born and raised in the sweet small-city that is Portland, Maine. She grew up around photography and film from an early age. As the daughter of a free-lance photographer, Emma fostered an early passion for visual storytelling. This interest led her out West, where she now pursues Film and Media at UC Santa Barbara. With an emphasis in cinematography, Emma has continued to learn and further her craft both through her courses and directing and filming in the field. 

Clayton Mason
Director, Director Of Photography
www.emmastehli.us

Emma Stehli was born and raised in the sweet small-city that is Portland, Maine. She grew up around photography and film from an early age. As the daughter of a free-lance photographer, Emma fostered an early passion for visual storytelling. This interest led her out West, where she now pursues Film and Media at UC Santa Barbara. With an emphasis in cinematography, Emma has continued to learn and further her craft both through her courses and directing and filming in the field. 

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ALICIA RUBIO
EDITOR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Alicia is currently an English and Film and Media Studies student at UC Santa Barbara set to graduate in the spring of 2017. Her role within the Fellowship involved production and post production aspects alongside Stefan Hunt and Campbell Brown. With an interest in storytelling as a whole, cinematography and editing was her key focuses. She hopes to spend time traveling while developing her filmmaking capabilities and style along the way.

  Siobhán Wetzel:  Producer

Simone Staff
Assistant Director

Simone is a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has spend her whole life growing up in and around the ocean: surfing, sailing and exploring the seas. There hasn't been a time that she doesn't remember having a camera in her hand to document and remember those fleeting moments that pass us by. She always pushes herself to better her camera skills and become a better documentary filmmaker and photographer. This is her passion. 

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Emma Stehli
Director, Director Of Photography
www.emmastehli.us

Emma Stehli was born and raised in the sweet small-city that is Portland, Maine. She grew up around photography and film from an early age. As the daughter of a free-lance photographer, Emma fostered an early passion for visual storytelling. This interest led her out West, where she now pursues Film and Media at UC Santa Barbara. With an emphasis in cinematography, Emma has continued to learn and further her craft both through her courses and directing and filming in the field. 

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Matthew Vanatta
Director, Director Of Photography
www.emmastehli.us

Emma Stehli was born and raised in the sweet small-city that is Portland, Maine. She grew up around photography and film from an early age. As the daughter of a free-lance photographer, Emma fostered an early passion for visual storytelling. This interest led her out West, where she now pursues Film and Media at UC Santa Barbara. With an emphasis in cinematography, Emma has continued to learn and further her craft both through her courses and directing and filming in the field. 

SIOBHÁN WETZEL
PRODUCER
ASSISTANT EDITOR (TRAILER)
COPYWRITER

Siobhán is a recent UCSB graduate with a bachelor's degree in English with a specialization in Literature and the Environment.  With a strong passion for storytelling, she began her professional journey with UCSB's Blue Horizons documentary filmmaking program.  She believes helping a story come to life on screen is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences in the world. She is passionate about preserving our world natural beauty, and believes we should all do our part.