We are a small team of creatives with a passion for telling stories about the ecosystems and economies that sustain our coastal communities.
DANIEL J PIERCE, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Dan Pierce has been making documentaries and working as a freelance video producer and journalist since 2008. Through his production company Ramshackle Pictures, he's directed, produced, shot and edited numerous shorts videos with such partners as the Wilderness Committee, Timber Framers Guild and Create Change Foundation. He has also reported for such news outlets as the Vancouver Observer, Common Sense Canadian and Vice Canada.
Dan’s first long-form documentary The Hollow Tree chronicled a tenacious group of Vancouver citizens as they attempted to resurrect the historic Stanley Park Hollow Tree. This one-hour documentary premiered at DOXA Documentary Film Festival and was licensed to CBC Documentary and Knowledge Network.
In 2012, Dan was sent to Cortes Island by the Vancouver Observer to report on the growing unrest around planned old-growth logging on Cortes. That trip solidified his passion for ancient forests and he began developing Heartwood as a multi-platform series. Since then, he has been booting around bumpy logging roads, capturing the most threatened ancient forests on the coast, supporting his work through crowd-funding, and connecting with a vast network of coastal communities that share his vision of a forest industry that works for all.
Meet Dan, the director of Heartwood, as he describes his vision for this multi-platform series.
CARI GREEN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Cari Green is a film and television producer with over twenty-five years experience in production and a background in distribution, sales and marketing. She has produced over twenty award-winning feature documentaries, including The Corporation and Scared Sacred. Her latest production, When I Walk – which explores filmmaker Jason DaSilva’s personal, gruelling and transformative journey with multiple sclerosis – was invited to Sundance 2013, where it was picked up for theatrical release.
Cari has produced many award-winning films with First Nations filmmakers, including The Washing of Tears. She developed the Global Women's Memorial website and authored a report on the status of women in the independent film industry. An advocate for Canadian film, Cari has served on many boards and was recognized with an award from Women In Film. She’s been teaching at Vancouver Film School since 2006 and recently completed her MFA in film at the University of British Columbia.
Alexis was first introduced to Cortes Island’s forests while working as an environment reporter at the Vancouver Observer, where she collaborated with Daniel to co-produce a series of articles and videos about the community’s resistance to clearcut logging by Island Timberlands. Her personal experience with wilderness and the forestry industry stretches back years – she spent four seasons working as a tree-planter in northern BC, in addition to a brief stint as a mountain pine beetle surveyor in Alberta.
After moving to Vancouver to complete her Master’s degree in journalism, she became a freelance reporter/producer and worked on projects spanning a variety of media platforms including print, online, radio, documentary film and television. Since 2012, Alexis has worked as a communications and engagement specialist in the nonprofit sector, first with the Wilderness Committee and more recently at West Coast Environmental Law.
BRITTANY BAXTER, DESIGNER
Brittany is an artist + designer specializing in creating brands for award winning films. Her passion for visual storytelling is rooted in a desire to help depatriarchalize, decolonize, and deindustrialize our cultural narrative, helping us to reclaim our relationship with our natural world.
Ramshackle Pictures is a full-service production studio and independent documentary producer formerly based in Vancouver but recently relocated to Cortes Island, BC. Ramshackle specializes in providing heartfelt visual storytelling for charities, NGOs, and grassroots movements. Ramshackle provides services in story consultation, video production, direction, editing and post-production at any scale or budget. In addition to commissioned works, Ramshackle also develops and produces original, independent, multi-platform documentaries.
Media One Productions, animation, VR
Victoria-based Media One Productions is handling the motion graphics, animations and virtual reality components of the project. Not only do the founders of Media One have a deep love for Vancouver Island’s ancient forests, but they also have a history of producing some of the highest caliber multimedia projects in Western Canada. We are enlisting them to create dynamic animations and motion graphics and to be the chief architects of the VR videos and interface. http://mediaone.ca
Campfire Social, online community Engagement
We have been working with a team of digital marketing specialists called Campfire Social (Kevin Park & Alissa Wild). Kevin and Alissa are based in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, so their hearts are connected to the west coast. But their expertise is in online community building, website design, graphic design and social media consulting. We are excited to continue working with them on web design, online community-building, audience engagement and our impact strategy. http://campfiresocial.ca