It takes a team to put together a feature-length documentary. Below are the filmmakers involved in putting this months-long, 2400-mile story!
Zak is an award-winning Photographer, Filmmaker, and Musician from Mankato, MN. While his client base is largely from MN, he has adventured and shot in Zion Natl. Park, Mt. Hood, the MN Boundary Waters, Cambodia, Big Bear CA, and recently Nepal/Mt. Everest. A professional photographer like no other. As Zak put it: “With an interest in a source-to-sea paddle of the Mississippi, I was introduced to Dale Sanders, a world record holder and paddler from Memphis. The spark of Dales backstory, upcoming Source-To-Sea world record attempt as the oldest human to through-paddle the length of the Mississippi, and ever present charisma was enough to convince me that an award winning Documentary could potentially be made.”
Alex is an outdoor documentary filmmaker and thru-hiker. His first film and long hike was in 2015 on the Pacific Northwest Trail. That hike changed his whole outlook on life and he has been working towards a career in outdoor filmmaking ever since. He went on to produce two more documentaries, one about the North Country Trail and another about the Hayduke Trail. Now he’s working on a fourth on the Continental Divide Trail with his girlfriend Amy Robin. Alex is interested in using nature and his movies as a tool to explore human consciousness and personal growth. Dale first learned about Alex through his YouTube Channel, Wilderness Mindset, and after being interviewed for his new film Mind, Body and Soul. He is also Co-CEO/ Owner, of Wide Range Multimedia, LLC. Alex personifies excellence in nature and he was the biggest asset on the crew team.
Amy is a photographer, videographer, and adventurer. She’s always been interested in cameras and nature. She seems to think they go hand in hand, and growing up in Montana gave her plenty of opportunities to put those two together with years of experience.
Amy has combined forces with her boyfriend, Alex Maier, to create Wilderness Mindset. They’re planning their next personal documentary called Mind, Body, and Soul: The Nature of Well-Being. Amy believes in the power of nature so much that she’s decided to be vulnerable to show how nature can help heal the mind, body, and soul through a personal and private perspective. You can follow both Wilderness Mindset and Mind Body Soul Film on Facebook and Instagram.
You will rarely meet Amy without her best friend Minnow being somewhere nearby. Where one goes, the other will follow. Together they are unstoppable and are ready for almost any adventure.
Kyle Johnson is a Minnesota based Filmmaker, Astrophotographer and naturalist. KJ has always had a fascination in nature, and photography.
This passion has led him to working in the camera dept. on a number of independent feature films, as well as operating a specialty Ronin II Stabilizer for the Minnesota Vikings.
In 2019, he began focusing on astrophotography – using astronomy and photography to capture images of deep space. With a new perspective on nature, he started a YouTube channel called KJs Cosmos, as well as Barred Spiral Media, a production company focused around stories of adventure, geography and astronomy.
Starting in Minneapolis, Minnesota as an audio post-production house with the inspiration of aiding the film community with audio. Andrew Macht’s goals are to deliver quality dialogue to the clients he serves with his purpose to bring forward the emotion out of your dialogue tracks and enhance the clarity of the actors performance.
Andrew Macht has experience in numerous aspects of the production world which includes film editing technology, recording, pre-mixing, dialogue editing, and supervising others in editing and production.
Coltin Calloway was born in Baton Rouge, LA but after his thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail in 2012 he moved closer to the mountains and now resides in Chattanooga, TN. On that hike, Coltin filmed his adventure which kickstarted his adventure-documentary-making passion. That film, The Climb to Katahdin, is a fun, gritty telling of his, then-partner, and their dog’s 6 month journey. Since then, Coltin has revisited the AT many times including to film Dale on the Trail about the then-oldest man, Dale Sanders, to ever thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. He also helped produce and edit Dale Sanders Source to Sea with Adventureitus Productions.
Coltin has a passion for hiking, family, disc golf, and filming. His focus is now geared towards motion graphics but will still produce some personal projects. From his series Wild Days of the Calloways where he transformed his van and traveled up and down the east coast, Tennessee Disc Golf where he produces local disc golf tournament coverage, to Consoloscopy where his cleans and refurbishes video game consoles and controllers, he keeps himself quite busy in front of the computer.
He currently works for USA Today filming and producing motion graphics for live events all over the country.
Lauren grew up outside. The extreme seasons of Wisconsin lend themselves to a number of outdoor activities and she’s been recording that time outside through photography since she was ten. Since those early, Midwest days, she has lived in Colorado, Oregon, New Zealand, Australia, Montana, and currently, Alaska. With each move, she is met with a whole different set of creative challenges and endless rewards that have evolved both her photographic skills and have sparked interest in just about every other form of visual and written art.
Art is all about storytelling and the best thing for any story is the meshing of art forms. Film meets writing meets digital art meets animation. It’s this combination and collaboration that makes an already great story beautiful.
Allan H. Johnson is a Minnesota-based Filmmaker, Graphic Designer, and Photographer.
His films tend to tell stories of characters who are working through personal struggles and loss; and often elicit an emotional response that leaves the viewer thinking about the deeper meaning. His short films have played in film festivals across the U.S. and abroad.
In his day job as a graphic designer, Allan works with a wide variety of clients and projects; from Non-profit organizations to Manufacturers. One of his favorite types of projects in recent years is that of movie poster design.
A native of southern Minnesota, guitarist Ben Gateno earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Following graduate school, Ben studied for one year with renowned teacher and performer Antigoni Goni in Brussels, Belgium. After his return to the US, Ben spent five years performing extensively as a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.
A versatile musician, Ben enjoys presenting solo guitar programs that feature a wide range of styles and genres, with a special emphasis on classical, country blues, and ragtime. In 2020 he released A Time When Things Were New (listen on Spotify here or below), an album featuring solo guitar music from the 1920’s. In 2021 Ben joined the roster of esteemed educators and performers at Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. For SGGW, Ben has produced two books of acoustic blues and ragtime transcriptions, and Stomping Along the Fretboard – a series of three extended video lessons.
Since 2021 Ben has also been the electric guitarist for the Crop Circles, the backing band for singer-songwriter Luke Hendrickson.
Ben resides in Rochester, MN where he maintains a busy private teaching schedule.
Sam Breckenridge is an accomplished Twin Cities finger-style acoustic guitarist and composer. With over 20 years of live stage experience as a Twin Cities musician, he brings an innovative and soulful style that has earned him performances at Minnesota’s Guitar Concert Series at Sundin Hall, features in the “Minnesota Guitarist” Magazine, two videos featured in City Pages “Top 10 Must See Music Videos,” two releases on the world-renowned Candyrat Records label, and gear endorsements with K&K Pickups and Tim Reede Custom Guitars. Sam is enjoying the successful releases of his 2014 album “The Unknown,” and his 2016 follow-up EP “Looking Back.” His brand new 2022 album “into the dark” is now available on all digital and streaming platforms.
Chad Rivers has been writing, recording, and performing original music for 30 years. A member of several bands of different genres over the years, he now focuses primarily on composing and producing music in his home studio, Riversound Studio. He has composed for films, weddings, and commercials, and is always actively developing original music. His goal is to draw from, and ultimately blend the many styles which have influenced him over his years of musical involvement.