Michel Scott, Director
Michel Scott spent most of his youth exploring the thick wooded areas of central Texas where he was born and raised. After earning a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin (where he also studied modern dance), Scott took on a diverse range of projects ranging from set construction and design on Hollywood features to abstract experimental work and documentaries. My Father in the River, the first film that began this journey, took him to the heart of the Bolivian rainforest. Since that project, Scott has been studying and drawing inspiration from the study of wilderness survival through indigenous skills and crafts and has recently created promotional films for companies such as The Indigenous Land Rights Fund, Sol Education Abroad, and MAPAJO, an indigenous rights organization and eco-tourism company.
Rupert Isaacson, Producer
Rupert Isaacson was born in London to a South African mother and a Zimbabwean father. Isaacson’s first book, The Healing Land: A Kalahari Journey (Grove Press), was a 2004 New York Times Notable Book. His journalism and travel writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Esquire, National Geographic, Independent on Sunday, Conde Nast Traveller, Daily Mail, and The Field. He has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia, and North America and now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Kristin, and their son, Rowan. In addition to being an ex-professional horse trainer, Rupert is founding director of the Indigenous Land Rights Fund, a non-profit organization that helps threatened and displaced indigenous tribes obtain tenure of their ancestral land.