FILMMAKER BIOS

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Doug Nelson 

Director, Producer, Writer

Doug is lucky enough to enjoy a far-flung television career beginning in the late 90s when he traveled extensively while working for National Geographic Television. He was even once attacked by a young chimpanzee in Uganda who mistook him for a large play toy. From there, he played it safe producing series for HGTV and the DIY Network’s I Want ThatRock Solid, and Indoors Out. Doug then branched out to produce shows such as Ghost Town Gold (now on Netflix) and FBI Takedowns and American Titans (American Heroes Channel). He has also produced shows for I.D., Food Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. Throughout, what drove Doug was his appetite to experience, learn from, and tell stories. Of course, it would all be for not if he didn’t have an amazing wife (smarter, prettier, more accomplished than he) and three wonderful children. They school him, humble him, and fill him with joy.

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Stephan Herrera

Executive Producer, Writer

Stephan was an investigative reporter who wrote about science and technology innovations from a distinctly contrarian angle. If the mainstream and public perception of a topic was headed in one direction, he (perhaps) stubbornly went looking in precisely the opposite direction to uncover anything that might be overlooked, misinterpreted, miscast, hidden, or covered up. He held staff positions at magazines such as Forbes, Red Herring, and Nature Biotechnology. His work also appeared in The EconomistMIT Technology Review, and the Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics.  He has also studied what holds back new thinking and bold innovation from gaining broader traction. This focus led to stories about misunderstood and deeply polarized topics like genetic engineering, stem cell research, vaccinations, and food politics. He received his Master's Degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Isaac Cole

Producer, Editor

Isaac is a graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied film production. After graduating in 2012, Isaac went on to work for acclaimed documentary filmmakers, Jules and Gideon Naudet, and has produced and directed various documentary and narrative films of his own.