Ben Masters is a filmmaker and writer specializing in wildlife and adventure stories. He is most known for directing the feature-length documentary The River and The Wall (SXSW 2019 award winner) and for producing Unbranded (Mountainfilm 2015 Audience Award winner). Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and founded Fin and Fur Films, a production company specializing in short films featuring wildlife research, conservation, and activism. He is the author of two books published by Texas A&M University Press and has written for National Geographic and Western Horseman. His films have been distributed on Netflix, National Geographic, STARZ, PBS, and he has worked with The Wildlife Society, Borderlands Research Institute, YETI, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and other great brands and NGOs. A proud Texan, Masters loves riding a good horse through new country, filming wildlife stories that haven’t been documented before, and using movies to help conserve wildlife and wild places. @bencmasters
Jay Kleberg is the co-founder of Explore Ranches, connecting travelers with more than 500,000 acres of historic ranches in the American West. He was part of the feature-length documentary The River and the Wall, serving as Associate Producer and one of the key characters in the film. Jay previously served as Associate Director and Director of Conservation Initiatives for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Prior to his work in Texas, he co-founded a Brazilian-based adventure travel outfitter and conservation organization. Jay is a graduate of Williams College, holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and lives in Austin with his wife and three daughters.
Katy is a photographer, designer, and writer with a passion for conservation, the outdoors, and visual storytelling. She is a proud East Texas native who now spends as much free time as possible exploring the Big Bend region of far West Texas. Katy studied agricultural communications and journalism, as well as art, at Texas A&M University and now lives in Austin. Previously, she was Associate Producer of The River and the Wall as well as the 2019 Wild Texas Film Tour.
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Skip is an Emmy Award-winning wildlife cinematographer based in Austin, Texas. Skip grew up in Texas flipping rocks and climbing trees, ever in pursuit of creepy crawlies and little critters. After receiving his BS in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas, he turned his passion for wildlife into a career that has taken him all over the world for National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery & PBS. Skip’s passion for wildlife and conservation are only equaled by his passion for technology. His quick grasp of how to use the latest and greatest camera tech in aid of storytelling quickly advanced his career as a young cinematographer. In 2012, Skip earned an Emmy Award as part of the camera team for National Geographic’s series Untamed Americas.