THE FILM CREW
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
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.
Executive Producers: Katy Drake Bettner (Dark Money, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, The Infiltrators, Always in Season); Sarah Cavanaugh (Camp 72, Even Though the World is Burning, Love & Stuff); and Jill Mazursky (Oscar nominated documentary Keep On Keepin’ On, and The Babushkas of Chernobyl) are Executive Producers who bring financial and executive leadership to the team.
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 Sundance.tv.