Arctic cinematographers Kathryn Barrows (left) and Ingeborg Jakobsen (middle), and director Holly Morris (right) shooting on 4K Canon C-300s, Go Pros & drones, and capturing first-of-its-kind Virtual Reality/360 footage on Google Jump Halo, and Rylo 360 cameras. 


Photo credit: Renan Ozturk

The Director

Holly Morris

Director and Producer Holly Morris’s The Babushkas of Chernobyl premiered at the LA Film Festival, and won the Jury Award for Directing - the first of 20 awards the film has received. After its theatrical run, the film broadcast across the world. The story of the film is based on Morris' print journalism and popular TED Talk. Morris’ other films featuring female role models include Behind Closed Chadors (Iran), Holy Cow (India), Mana Wahines (New Zealand) and Paradox Found (Cuba), part of the Adventure Divas series broadcast nationally on PBS and worldwide. The author of Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine (Random House), and former editorial director of Seal Press, Morris is a longtime host of Globe Trekker (PBS). Morris’ print journalism has been featured in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, SLATE & the New York Times and her film work has received many notable grants, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Redford Center, Fork Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures and the San Francisco Film Society.



The Producers


Producer: Michael Kovnat is a former Executive Producer with the National Geographic Channel, where he oversaw documentaries and science series such as StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brain Games. He is a three-time Emmy nominee and one-time Emmy winner.  He has produced documentaries and series for Discovery, Science Channel, History, Animal Planet, New York Times Television, and many other networks.


Producer: Eleanor Wilson, an alumna of the Film Victoria Producer's Attachment Program and the Spruceton Inn Artists Residency, has worked with Holly Morris for 2 years as the Outreach & Festival Director for The Babushkas Of Chernobyl. Her commercial clients include Acne, Cadillac, ESPN, Fossil, IBM, Samsung, Southwest Airlines, Vogue, and West Elm. Her award-winning short films have screened worldwide, with the latest, Everything All At Once premiering on

Impact Producer: Melissa Bałut Fondakowski began her professional career as a development writer. Over several decades in nonprofit work, she has become a seasoned fundraiser, program manager and developer, and artist mentor. She has worked with a number of organizations in media, the arts, environment, social justice, and philanthropy. Her writing has appeared most recently in San Francisco Magazine and the GIA Reader. Melissa is the former Director of Redford Center Grants at The Redford Center. Contact

Executive Producers

Sarah Cavanaugh

Rebecca Cleary

Katy Drake Bettner

Nancy P. Sanders

Jason Blum

Jeremy Gold

Marci Wiseman

Mary Lisio

Amanda Spain

Kim Cleworth

Susan Capitelli

Amber Sakai