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David Conover – Director and Producer

David Conover, director and producer of Behold The EarthDavid Conover was born and raised in a New England family with strong ties to the sea and a tradition of active storytelling. Both grandfathers were amateur filmmakers in the 1920′s and 30′s.  Upon graduating with a degree in comparative religious studies from Bowdoin College, David worked as a professional seaman—and then as an outdoor educator with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine and in Florida. This was followed by a Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard, with a focus on moral development.  His production company Compass Light has produced dozens of award-winning science and history programs for major broadcasters for 18 years, including the experiential series Sunrise Earth.  David recognizes any discussion of belief must rest on straight-forward understanding. His own religious upbringing was within the community of a rural Congregationalist church with a strong universalist bent, but he characterizes his adult worldview as more secular humanist than religious. For credits, visit Compass Light, Inc.

The Team

Josie Merck – Producer

Josie Merck, co-producer of Behold The EarthJosie Merck has been a Board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council for six years, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and earned an MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art. She exhibits regularly with the Atlantic Gallery in New York. For many years, Josie has worked to support green building, to protect Eastern Forest Ecosystems, and to fight against global warming. For the last 15 years, she’s been involved in environmental education through film and art; co-producing several short films about the Block Island community in Rhode Island, and supporting the feature documentaries King Corn and A Sense of Wonder.

Dyanna Taylor – Director of Photography

Dyanna Taylor, director of photographyDyanna Taylor’s earliest photographic influences came from her grandmother, Dorothea Lange. Dyanna has been in the film business since 1972. Her primary emphasis has been on directing and cinematography. She has shot feature narratives around the world including Yellow Handkerchief, Stop Loss, North Country and The Missing. Her feature documentary credits include The Killer Within by Mackey Alson, What I Want My Words To Do To You by Eve Ensler and Inspirations by Michael Apted.

Phil Cormier – Director of Photography

Phil CormierPhil Cormier is a director of photography with extensive experience in documentary and narrative filmmaking. In addition to working on Behold The Earth, Phil has recently worked with Compass Light on 4 Shorts, One Future, a series of promotional videos about Maine’s lobster fishery for the Island Institute and the Maine Lobsterman’s Association.

Dirk Powell – Musician and Song Composer

Dirk PowellDirk Powell has expanded on his Appalachian heritage to become one of the most prominent traditional American musicians of his generation. He’s recorded and performed with artists such as Loretta Lynn, Sting, Jack White, Levon Helm, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Ralph Stanley, and Linda Ronstadt. He has created and performed music for many film projects, including Ang Lee’s “Ride With The Devil,” Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled,” and Edward Burns’ “The Brothers McMullen.”

Jeanne Kopeck – Director, Interpretive Interludes

Jeanne KopeckFor 15 years, Jeanne was the Senior Creative Director and President of Citizen Pictures. She was the creative visionary behind successful launches and branding campaigns for some of the world’s most well-respected cable and broadcast networks, including ABC, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Health and many more.  She has been awarded 9 Emmys, dozens of BDAs, Tellys, ADDYs, NY Festival Awards, NY Art Directors Club awards, an international Monitor Award and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award.

Sian Evans – Producer, Development

Sian Evans - consulting producerSian has been making documentaries for thirty years. She is most proud of Potter’s Field – on New York City’s burial of its unclaimed dead; HOME IS WHERE – an experimental documentary on what makes a sense of home; Borrowed From Our Future – an early global environmental alarm call for the United Nations Development Programme; and Bearing Witness – a feature-length documentary on women war journalists in Iraq, made with Barbara Kopple/Cabin Creek Films.

Don Grady – Score Composer

Don Grady - composerDon consulted and helped David imagine what this film could be, but unfortunately died before he could fully apply his talents to the work at hand.  He is much missed, both for his graciousness and his fine sense of music.  Don wrote 56 minutes of original music for Disney’s Platinum Edition two-disk DVD Set of Beauty & The Beast.  Since then he wrote music for over 40 DVD’s, including The Lion King, Emperor’s New Groove, Aladdin, Lilo & Stitch, and Harry Potter 4.  Don’s first major television score was The Revolutionary War. He scored the documentary Why Dogs Smile & Chimpanzees Cry, the theme for The Phil Donahue Show, and was music composer/conductor/director for George Lucas’ Live Adventure with the London Symphony Orchestra. His most recent composition for Compass Light Productions was the Discovery Channel documentary, Quest for Captain Kidd.

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