ROSHAN PATEL | PRODUCER + DIRECTOR
Roshan is a co-founder / producer at Nestbox Collective based in Bozeman, MT. With a background of community engagement and environmental education, he is now pursuing a Master's of Fine Arts in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. He has produced short films for a variety of topics, ranging from lions in western India to the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea artifacts and ecosystems. His film, Pride, has won awards such as "Best Short" at the International Wildlife Film Festival (2014), and "Best Conservation Success Film" at the NY Wild Film Festival (2014). Additionally, it has screened at festivals around the globe, including Wildscreen (2014) and the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. It is currently on tour with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Roshan is keen on exploring human relationships with our environment, and uses filmmaking as his way to share those stories.
SUSANNAH SMITH | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Susannah has a master’s degree in Mass Communications from University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Tulane University. She is currently the marketing director for The Vault, a restored 1919 bank building in downtown Tampa's arts district. Her communications specialty is in social marketing and qualitative research-- with a passion for wildlife conservation as it applies to human behavior. Her research has taken her across Florida to interview exotic pet owners regarding human-wildlife interactions on television. Susannah worked at Busch Gardens Tampa for eight years as media spokesperson,zoo educator, and presentation trainer. She represented Busch Entertainment Corporation on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS’ Early Show, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, and others. She was selected as an Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader in 2005 and served as President on BOD for The Wildlands Network from 2012-2015.
MADISON MCCLINTOCK | PRODUCER
Madison has been known to chase mushroom hunters through Montana forests, chat with doomsday preppers and crazy cat ladies, deeply ponder the implications of self-transcendence, and explore many other absurdities for the sake of film. She is particularly
interested in how filmmaking can be used as a creative medium to explore the extraordinary ways humans interact with their environments, the strange and beautiful, and how it can help people rediscover their childlike curiosity about the world. Madison is a co-founder/producer at Nestbox Collective and holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Science & Natural History Filmmaking. Madison’s last film Fungiphilia Rising, was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, is currently screening at festivals throughout the world and is featured on National Geographic’s “Short Film Showcase.”
MICHELLE BENHAM | OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Michelle is an independent multimedia producer and filmmaker. With a background in science and conservation, her goal is to create meaningful and accurate content that is entertaining, inspiring and informative. Michelle has written, directed and produced award-winning videos for nonprofit, corporate and government clients for broadcast, web and education. She has produced innovative content for the Discovery Learning Alliance, and later, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Additionally, Michelle was a member of the 2009-2010 class of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the new Conservation Leaders in the Caribbean.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of Georgia and an Master of Fine Arts in Film & Electronic Media from the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University in Washington, DC. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband and two children.