Filmmaker Bios

Jack Kohler

A student of engineering at Stanford, Ko hler is an actor and filmmaker. He has played Tecumseh, Crazy Horse, and Captain Jack in outdoor theatrical productions, and Kohler played the lead role, a Yurok gillnetter, in Stephen Most's play Watershed. He has also acted in numerous films and television programs. Kohler edited a two-minute program, Karuk Creation Story drawing from River of Renewal footage, that was broadcast on PBS stations in November, 2002. He is associate producer of a television documentary program on Indian gaming, Beyond the Dream. Kohler currently works for the Auburn Rancheria training Indian youth in video production methods, and each summer he works with American Indian youth in making short features for the American Indian Film Festival.

Stephen Most

Most is a playwright and documentary storyteller. Many of his plays and documentary films have historical subjects. Among the documentaries that Most has written or on which he worked as consulting writer are four Academy Award nominees and two Emmy Award-winners. He also wrote the texts, audio voices, and video scripts for the permanent exhibit of the Washington State History Museum. His book River of Renewal, Myth and History in the Klamath Basin was co-published by the Oregon Historical Society Press and the University of Washington Press in September, 2006.

Executive Producer
Steve Michelson

Steve Michelson is the Executive Producer for Specialty Studios ( and the Video Project, the nations oldest environmental educational distributor celebrating its 25th year in 2009 ( He has functioned as the Executive Producer on many award-winning films and DVDs involving environmental issues and social justice including: River of Renewal (2009), Power Paths (2009), Burning the Future (2008), Sound of the Soul (2007), Crude Impact (2006), Oil on Ice (2005) and Climb Against the Odds (2000).

He has served four terms as a Governor with the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and is the recipient of the Gilbert Award from the San Francisco Bay Area film community for his contributions to the industry. Steve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he attended the Annenberg School of Communications and the Wharton School of Business. In 2001 he opened the studio at Lobitos Creek Ranch that specializes in providing production and completion services for documentary producers.

Carlos Bolado

Carlos Bolado is an internationally respected director and editor. He directed and edited the feature film Solo Dios Sabe, a Sundance Film Festival selection; he edited Like Water For Chocolate; he co-directed and edited Promises, which won film festival awards around the world and an Academy Award nomination; and he wrote, directed and editedBajo California, a Sundance Film Festival selection which won the Best Film Award at several international film festivals and seven Ariels, the Mexican Oscar. Bolado received a MacArthur/Rockefeller fellowship in 2001 and a Mexican National Artist subsidy in 2003. His work for television includes directing "Lonely Planet, Mexico City" for the Discovery Channel.
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