Forest Woodward is an internationally published and awarded photographer and filmmaker based out of Asheville, North Carolina. With an eye towards issues of social and environmental justice, Forest's work seeks to transcend politics and prejudice and offers the viewer an opportunity to engage in relevant contemporary issues through a humanistic lens. Forest's photographs have been widely published, with notable appearances in The Alpinist, National Geographic Adventure, VICE and The Atlantic. His films Food Chains and The Important Places have screened in dozens of countries, with festivals including Tribeca and Berlinale, receiving critical acclaim and an array of awards including "Best Short Film" from Banff Mountain Film Festival and the James Beard Award.
Canyon Woodward is an internationally recognized writer, activist, and producer from Western North Carolina. Canyon earned his A.B. from Harvard College, where he co-coordinated the Divest Harvard campaign and wrote his senior thesis on the climate movement in the United States. Canyonâ€™s writing has been published in The Nation Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, and The Harvard Crimson. Canyon has also appeared in TV, radio, and newspaper interviews on HuffPost Live, NPR, Newsweek and The Boston Globe.
Mattea Mrkusic is a New Zealand-American radio producer, photojournalist, and climate migration researcher. Following her field research in the Pacific Island nation of the Republic of Kiribati, she started a podcast that would become the first audio iteration of the climate change storytelling project, Collapse the Distance. Previously she was an editorial intern for Years of Living Dangerously, the National Geographic Channel Emmy-award winning climate change series. Currently, she works as a researcher for Okapi Productions, producing a film about the Louisiana criminal justice system. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, PRI: The World and Harvard Political Review. She is a graduate of Harvard College.