Last month I traveled to Gabon with National Geographic Explorers Helle Olsen and Uri Golman, a photographic duo amidst a five-year project to document the world’s last remaining wild places. Gabon is the home of the last remaining healthy populations of mandrills, a monkey made famous by the Lion King’s Rafiki in the early 1990s. The males exhibit colors that are out of control – blues and reds not seen anywhere else in nature.
It’s been really cool to step up the VR game this summer, working with Portland-based agency The Program on an experience for Ledlenser. I field-produced and edited the piece, Night Sessions lit by Ledlenser, which became a user experience at the Leatherman/Ledlenser Outdoor Retailer booth in August and is now available on the Jaunt app.
While in production for Middlebury late in 2014, Seedlight Pictures stumbled upon the story of Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue, who run Maps for Good, a start up that partners with conservation organization to create maps that illustrate their work – in this case it was the new Patagonia Park, which has been in development over the past ten years by Conservacion Patagonica. Marty and Ross received a Patagonia Environmental Grant and National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to complete their work in Patagoina. We spent a week in the park mapping new trails with Marty and Ross and learning about the park, which is an exceptionally ecologically diverse tract of land home to all the region’s original species. The film explores the way maps can serve as powerful tools to conserve wild lands and, through the voice of conservation icon, Kris Tompkins, and Marty and Ross, highlights a new era of exploration that is focused around conservation, more than simply discovery. The film is currently in production…Stay tuned for more updates soon.
Tahria is a commercial and documentary producer based in Portland, Oregon. Hailing originally from, Sydney, Australia, she has worked in remote locations in over 15 countries across the world.
Tahria produces branded content, investigative journalism and TV and online series for brands like Ledlenser, Chaco Footwear and Travel Oregon, media outlets like National Geographic and PBS, and non-profits including The Nature Conservancy, Maine Farmland Trust and Neighborhood Centers Inc.
Tahria’s recent work with National Geographic includes producing a broadcast series following the path of human evolution through the horn of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Africa; a branded content series for the Adventure online magazine and an investigative story with two Explorers in central Africa.
With collaborators like Seedlight Pictures and Maser Films, she acts as the master logistician throughout pre-, in-field and post-production stages of each project. She is as capable behind the camera as she is crafting story in the editing suite.
Tahria’s films have received recognition at various film festivals, including…
Finalist, Eric Moe Sustainability Award, 2015 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Best Documentary Short, 2015 California International Shorts Festival
Best Environmental Short, 2015 Mountain Film Festival
Official selection, 2014 Camden International Film Festival
Official selection, 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Official selection, 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Official selection, 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival
Read about some of Tahria’s recent adventures in an interview with travel blog Travels With Nina here.
Read a recent interview about Tahria’s life in the outdoors with Sisu Girls here.
Follow her on Instagram here.
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