2019 IWFF FINAL JURY
We feel lucky that these three jurors will be making the difficult decisions in choosing the best of the best in ethically-made wildlife films. IWFF semi-finalists will be announced in March along with the full IWFF list of selections. Winning films will be presented with awards on Friday, April 19th during the 2019 Awards Ceremony.
Lisa Parks is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT where she is Director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab. Before this, she worked as Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Department Chair, at UC Santa Barbara. She is a leading film and media scholar with interests in media history, science and technology studies, and environmental media. She is the author or editor of seven books and over 100 articles and book chapters. Parks has been a principle investigator on major research grants from the National Science Foundation and has conducted fieldwork in Mongolia, Tanzania, and Zambia. She has taught many university film classes over the years, collaborated with artists and filmmakers around the world, and has served on film festival and award juries, including for the American Film Institute and the Peabody awards. Parks recently published an article about animals and infrastructures, which appeared in the book, Being Material (MIT Press, 2019), and serves on the editorial boards of the journals, Environment+Media, Journal of Environmental Media, and Film Quarterly, among others. Parks is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, is a Faculty Fellow at the University of Montana's Humanities Institute, and lives part-time in Missoula with her husband, John, and their dog, Luna.
Ronald Tobias has produced natural history programming for American, British, French, German, Swedish, Russian, Japanese and Australian television. He has authored eleven books most recently Behemoth: The History of the Elephant in America (HarperCollins) and The American Moral Vision of Nature (Michigan State University Press). A Fellow of the Explorer's Club, he founded the world's first graduate program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University, now entering its twentieth year. The bulk of his work has been in the former Soviet Union, the Amazon, New Guinea, and North America. He and his wife Candy currently raise Kunekune pigs on a farm in Montana.
Katie Schuler is an advocate for the planet’s most at-risk species, Katie operates at the nexus between science, empathy, and storytelling. More than a decade of filmmaking across six continents has afforded Katie expertise in the field and in the editing room. Using her signature storytelling flair, Katie’s films explore how we live alongside nature, garnering accolades, accruing millions of views, and inspiring meaningful conservation victories. Her production company, Coral & Oak Studios, has partnered with many of the most recognizable names in wildlife filmmaking, including National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC, HBO, and PBS. Katie’s film, Pangolin, is the winner of six best short awards including Jackson Wild’s 2017 Best Short category. Since its premiere, Pangolin has been translated into four languages, reaching over 75 million people while serving as an important tool for conservation. Two of her latest films, Where Life Begins, and Nigerians Fight to Protect the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal, have won awards at festivals in 2019. Katie is a National Geographic Explorer, a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, a Henry Luce Fellow, and a member of the International League of a Conservation Photographer’s Emerging League. She currently operates out of Washington, D.C. alongside her husband, Nick, and dog, Bullseye.