Shaw Leonard has lived in Santa Barbara for over 17 years and has been making films for over 15 years. Mr. Leonard's work primarily focuses on social and environmental justice and two of his films have premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (The Future of the Gaviota Coast and A Womb with a View). Today he primarily focuses on wildlife cinematography and black and white film photography. A full description of his work can be viewed here.
Tamlorn Chase is native Santa Barbaran and veteran Channel Islands guide. Mr. Chase earned his BA in Environmental Media from Antioch University in 2015. As a first responder to the 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill at Refugio Beach, his actions were covered by major news outlets and broadcasted around the world. Gaviota: The End of Southern California is Mr. Chase's debut as a producer and cinematographer.
In 1967 John Kay formed Steppenwolf, which became one of the world’s foremost rock n’ roll bands releasing such standards as “Born to Be Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride,” and “Monster.” These songs stand amongst rock’s most indelible anthems. Founding the Maue Kay Foundation in 2004, John Kay and his wife Jutta have devoted their time and energy towards the foundation’s mission of supporting individuals and organizations engaged in the protection of Wildlife, the Environment, and Human Rights.
Producer, Fixed Wing Pilot
Jessie Davidson is a native Santa Barbaran. In 2014, Ms. Davidson filmed and produced “Our Piece of the Sky,” a documentary about women in aviation as a Master's candidate in Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California. A private pilot herself, Jessie also acted as the film crew’s wings when filming high above the Gaviota Coast. Her contributions to the project also include creating the website, editing the narration, and keeping her fiancé, Shaw Leonard, sane.
Ryan Wolfe is an award winning editor and producer with over 12 years in the entertainment industry. He has worked in a supervisory role in nearly every stage of the production process. He is the founder of Cylinder Fire Publishing, a company that provides custom musical compositions for television, movies, and new media licensing. His work can be viewed on here.
Inspired by Shaw's first film about the Naples property, Donovan's passion and shared excitement about this treasured coastal region led him to take on a variety of roles throughout the filmmaking process. Originally from Los Angeles, he relocated to Santa Barbara in 2008 to study Environmental Science at UCSB and began taking action in the preservation of the Gaviota Coast soon after. His experience with community outreach & education, grant writing, and knowledge of policy related issues surrounding the Gaviota made him an invaluable addition to the team.
Troy has dedicated his career to photography and digital imaging. In the past 20 years, his photography has reached nearly every discipline from studio to location and focused for many years on AMA Motocross and Supercross. Troy currently specializes in in digital imaging, post production and large format printing.
Drone Pilot, West Coast Aerial Productions
After 26 years as a southern California police officer specializing and working a variety of details such as a motor officer, patrol officer, narcotics officer, regional narcotics task force, beach patrol officer, bicycle/ATV officer, and finally, canine handler, Manny decided to follow his passion as a professional remote control multi rotor helicopter pilot. What started out as a hobby and a passion, turned into a profession as a very well trained and professional pilot with FAA credentials. Manny Nunez has been flying professionally for over 7 years, being one of the first to enter this profession.
Sound Mixer, Producer
Tucker grew up in Philadelphia, PA and moved to New York City after college, where he attended The Institute of Audio Research (IAR) and The School of Audio Engineering (SAE). In 2000 he decided to open his own studio in Bushwick and in 2008 he relocated the studio to beautiful Santa Barbara, CA in order to be closer to his growing client base. In 2009, Playback Recording Studio won the prestigious TEC Award for Best Studio Design Project. Tucker has been fortunate to work on many independent and feature films that have been accepted at film festivals around the world.
Inspired by Ernie Brooks, Kristi Curtis and her son, Kaleb, moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 so she could attend the Brooks Institute of Photography. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Visual Journalism in 2004. After graduating from Brooks, Kristi focus her energies on local social justice issues. She directed The Youth Media Project, an educational outreach program for marginalized youth in Santa Barbara, and she also collaborated with Shaw Leonard on a film/photography course for the program.
A graduate of Penn State's School of Communications and the Santa Barbara College of Law, Paul has worked full-time in production since 2000. As a commercial producer and cinematographer, he has completed over a decade of national and regional television & web campaigns. Paul's first feature documentary, MatchMakers, premiered in 2008 and he has also screened six narrative films in U.S. festivals.
Wheels Over Paradise is Paul's second feature documentary followed by Man On Top and SkateZones currently in production.