Sasha Joseph Neulinger // Director
Sasha Joseph Neulinger (B.A in Film Production at Montana State University) is the co-founder and Head of Production at Step 1 Films, where he has produced, directed, and edited for commercial clients nationally. In April 2014, Sasha launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to start production for Rewind To Fast-Forward, and in doing so, it became the 6th most backed documentary in Kickstarter history, raising over $176,000 from the support of 4,395 supporters.
While directing the post-production team, and gearing up for a 2018 release, Sasha also travels nationally as a public speaker, advocating for reforms in child advocacy and child abuse prevention. On March 27th, 2015, Sasha presented at TEDxBozeman. His presentation was titled "Trauma Is Irreversible. How It Shapes Us Is Our Choice." On August 8th, 2016, Sasha was the Survivor Keynote Speaker at the Crimes Against Children Conference, where he spoke to over 4,200 men and women representing all 50 states and 28 other nations in the fight against child abuse.
Thomas Winston // Executive Producer
Tom is the founder and president of Grizzly Creek Films, a full-service production company that has created original series and specials for The National Geographic Channel, NatGeo WILD, History Channel and PBS. His films have been winners and finalists at Wildscreen Festival, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Avela Grenier // Editor and Story Producer
In her role at Grizzly Creek Films, Avela wears the hats of a designer, producer and editor. Her award-winning design credits include work for Microsoft's Xbox Studios, IBM and Nestle in animation, branding and public relations. She has produced original broadcast episodes for NatGeo WILD and History Channel. Since joining the GCF team in 2011, she has found a particular passion and knack for editing wildlife and social justice stories that connect with the fundamental building blocks of the human experience.
Jeff Dougherty // Director of Photography
Jeff Dougherty (B.A. in Film Production, Montana State University) has worked extensively in commercial, promotion, and documentary films. Jeff has operated cameras for Sportsman Channel’s Meat Eater and TLC‘s Sister Wives. He has produced and directed for Zero Point Zero West, Bozeman outpost of the award-winning media company Zero Point Zero. He is currently a camera operator for Warm Springs Productions, and travels nationally as a broadcast television cinematographer.
Shasta Grenier Winston // Story Producer
Shasta’s writing and producing credits include work in both television and documentary film. The three feature documentaries she has directed have earned Emmy, CINE Golden Eagle, and numerous film festival awards. Her most recent feature, Not Yet Begun to Fight, was selected by Roger Ebert to appear at Ebertfest.
Rick Smith // Camera Operator
Rick has produced films for The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and his cinematography has been featured on the NBC series The Island with Bear Grylls, the NatGeo WILD series America The Wild, and several award-winning PBS documentaries, including Indian Relay.