The Team

TEAM

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Carrie Richer

IWFF Artistic Director

Carrie Richer moved to Missoula in 2018 and is the Director of the International Wildlife FIlm Festival, Kiddomatic Children’s Film Festival and producer of the Montana Film Festival at The Roxy Theater. Carrie has been involved in different creative capacities from dance to art to film all her life. These experiences include six years as director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, 2 years as the Creative Initiatives Coordinator at the Jackson Center for the Arts, freelance film work, producing, crafting interdisciplinary collaborations, teaching, installing media exhibitions, making dance films and a decade as a professional modern dancer. Carrie is thrilled to be a part of the Missoula community and feels lucky to have landed at The Roxy. With an MFA in Film (San Francisco State University), a BA in Dance and Anthropology (Bates College), a badass 4-year-old daughter and 40 plus years adventuring in the mountains, Carrie is well-suited to join the enthusiastic IWFF community!

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Jeri Rafter

IWFF Producer - Sponsorships

Jeri Rafter has been the Producer of IWFF for three years and is also a filmmaker herself when not at IWFF. She most recently was the Line Producer on Annabelle Attanasio's directorial debut MICKEY AND THE BEAR starring Camilla Morrone and James Badge Dale (SXSW and ACID Cannes 2019). She wrapped the seminal Ted Kaczyski film TED K directed by Tony Stone and starring Sharlto Copley in 2018, serving as the Production Manager. Her other producing credits include a documentary about Native adoptees, DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD (Due on PBS in 2021), BELLA VISTA and THE CONSERVATIONIST. Her other Production Manager credits include THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN directed by Jared Moshe as well as numerous TV shows, short films and commercials.  She attended the Sundance Producer’s Lab in 2014 and Women In Film + Sundance Women’s Financing Initiative in 2015. Jeri has an MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana.

She has enjoyed shepherding the start up of the IWFF LABS program and strengthening the relationship between IWFF and the University of Montana's world-class Wildlife Biology program. As Chuck Jonkel would say, "We want this to be the children’s film festival, we want to be the first-putter’s film festival, we want to be the down-home film festival, we want to be the scientifically accurate film festival.”

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Colin Ruggiero

IWFF LABS Program Leader

The IWFF has been near and dear to Colin for the past 20 years. He was inspired by festival films in college and volunteered and ran projection as a graduate filmmaking student. He's taught filmmaking through IWFF as part of the Flagship program at high schools in Missoula and has been on the board, the advisory board, a finalist judge and had several films in the festival over the years. He is now the Program Leader for the IWFF LABS workshops helping empower scientists and filmmakers to tell their stories.

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Brian Chaszar

IWFF LABS Coordinator

This is Brian Chaszar's third year with IWFF. He served as the WildWalk/WildFest coordinator in 2017, then took a year off to be wild in Africa. 2020 is the second year brian has coordinated the IWFF LABS program. Brian has a Master's degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a background as a research scientist. That combined with a long history playing with photography makes him a perfect fit for this role bringing together scientists and filmmakers. His favorite part of the festival is listening to filmmakers speak of the inspiration for their films, as well as hearing about the real-world struggles encountered and overcome in the process. How many times have you sat and watched a film with questions swirling through your head?? IWFF is the perfect place to have some of those questions answered!

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Ryan Hawk

IWFF Marketing Coordinator & Design

Ryan Hawk has been apart of IWFF for the past 3 years and is taking on a bigger role as Marketing Coordinator/Designer this year. She has a BFA degree in Media Arts from The University of Montana and has been helping out small, local businesses as a freelance graphic designer for many years. Catch her pouring some beers at a local brewery or hiking out in the mountains when she isn't glued to her computer. Ryan is excited to be apart of such a great team this year and can't wait to work with so many filmmakers who are passionate about wildlife conservation and awareness.

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Brit Garner

IWFF Education Coordinator

Brit Garner is joining IWFF this year for the first time in an official capacity, though she's been involved with IWFF tangentially during her last five years here in Missoula. Brit's major life passions are science, teaching, and performing, and she pursues those as a PhD student in wildlife biology, science communicator on YouTube and in classrooms, and community theatre performer in Missoula. As such, Brit is pumped to weave these passions into the educational aspects of this year's festival as the IWFF Education Coordinator.

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Mike Steinberg

Executive Director of The Roxy Theater

Mike Steinberg has worked for the IWFF since 2013 when he joined the organization to direct the festival. His enthusiasm for the event stretches back to the mid 90s when he was involved with community judging and participated in the early days of the WildWalk parade. Mike's favorite thing about IWFF is the community it brings together, and the extraordinary diversity of the natural world it celebrates.

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Aaron Roos

Technical Director of The Roxy Theater

Aaron Roos has been apart of the IWFF for the last five as a technical supervisor, projectionist and parade goer. This festival resonates a major feeling in Missoula to preserve, protect and enjoy wildlife in our area and around the world. Aaron is so thrilled to be back this year with this amazing team and solid film family at The Roxy Theater.

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Tammy Bodlovic

Development Director of The Roxy Theater

Tammy Bodlovic has been with the Roxy Theater for three years and this will be her fourth IWFF. Tammy is excited to be part of this iconic film festival and her favorite part of the festival is the incredible Youth Matinee Series where over 3,000 students watch festival films at the UM Dension Theatre.

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Peri Sasnett

IWFF Field Trips

Peri Sasnett is a science communicator for the National Park Service and a freelance filmmaker. After completing her Masters in earthquake geology, she shifted focus when she realized how critical it is to bring scientific stories to wider audiences. Recent projects include "Dispatches from the Field", her series of short films about science in Grand Teton National Park, and multimedia story maps about wildland fire management in Grand Teton and avalanche research in Glacier National Park. She is thrilled to join the IWFF team for the first time this year.