Writer | Producer | Director | Cinematographer
Osprey is conceived, produced, and directed by Jacob Steinberg, who brings a valuable combination of filmmaking, project management, natural studies. and ornithology expertise to the production. He leads an exceptional team of experienced filmmakers and scientific experts, all helping to develop the film to its full potential. Jacob was born in New York where he studied digital filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. Since 2006, he has worked as a guide and educational instructor in Peru, teaching and documenting a variety of subject matters including wildlife conservation, indigenous culture, and natural history. An active conservationist, among Jacob's highest priorities are sustainability and biodiversity preservation. Evident in all of his work is the deep desire to bring to public awareness issues and stories that yield powerful messages as to the importance of protecting our natural environment and ecological heritage. IMDb Filmography
MICHAEL MALE: Cinematographer
Emmy Award nominee Michael Male has been working on natural history films since 1980. His first film Return of the Osprey, (NOVA, 1985) tells the story of the osprey comeback from DDT. He has produced films for National Geographic, PBS, Birdsight, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He has contirbuted to several BBC Natural History Unit productions including Planet Earth, The Life of Birds, The Life of Mammals, Blue Planet, and Journey of Life. Michael was nominated for an Emmy in 2009 for his cinematography on the PBS Nature program Crash: A Tale of Two Species.
DAVID GESSNER: Writer
David Gessner is the author of eight books and countless essays about the wild world, including Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond, and Return of the Osprey, which was hailed as a "Classic of American Nature Writing" by the Boston Globe and was selected as one of their top ten nonfiction books of the year. Gessner is the recent winner of a Pushcart Prize and the John Burroughs Award for Best Natural History Essay. His work has also appeared in many magazines and journals including New York Times Magazine, Outside, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, and Orion. Founder of the journal Ecotone, he teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. www.davidgessner.com
PATRICK GAMBUTI JR.: Editor
Emmy Award winning editor, Patrick Gambuti, Jr. has been working in the field of motion picture production since 1986. As senior editor at National Video Center’s non-linear division, West End Editorial, Gambuti edited numerous award winning pieces, including “Panic” for HBO, which he won an Emmy for best sound design in a documentary. “Suicide” a documentary for HBO’s America Undercover series garnered Gambuti his second Emmy for best editing in a documentary and aired in early 2001. He has cut in genres as diverse as commercial, promotional, educational, corporate communication, music video, and documentary films. He has cut many programs for the PBS Nature series, including “Under Antarctic Ice,” a High Definition documentary which aired in January 2003 and premiered at The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. IMDb Filmography
ALAN POOLE: Expert Adviser
Alan Poole is editor for the Birds of North America (BNA) Online - an 18 volume compendium on the life histories of North American birds. Initiated in 1991 as a print series, and completed in 2002, BNA is now an online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where Alan is a senior research associate. He enjoys having one foot in science and another in publishing, and takes great interest in the new world of online scholarly resources -- how they are used and how they are updated and maintained. Alan is the author of “Ospreys: a Natural and Unnatural History,” the definitive work on the subject published by Cambridge University Press in 1989.
ROB BIERREGAARD: Expert Adviser
Rob Bierregaard began his life with raptors as a young falconer in 1969 and has been studying them ever since. His PhD thesis investigated the importance of competition in structuring raptor communities. He conducted the first nest study of the crested eagle and did some nesting and telemetry work with other Amazonian raptors. His current research focuses on barred owls in suburban habitats and osprey migration, population dynamics, and ecology, He co-authored the Osprey Account for the Birds of North America project and wrote the 81 species accounts for the neotropical falconiformes in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. After 18 years at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, he has relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now serves as a board member for the Raptor Research Foundation.
MARK MARTELL: Expert Adviser
Mark Martell is the Director of Bird Conservation for The Minnesota Audubon Society. He has been involved in bird conservation and raptor studies for more than 25 years; serving as co-coordinator of the Midwest Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program and the Minnesota Osprey Reintroduction, and as a member of the National Bald Eagle Recovery Team. He formerly was Coordinator of Conservation/Research Fellow at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. He has a M.S. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Minnesota and has published more than 40 articles in scientific journals. Mark has served as an adviser to reintroduction programs in Germany and England, and has studied a number of birds including Burrowing Owls, Bald Eagles, Goshawks and Ospreys. For the past ten years, he has focused on national and international migration research with Ospreys, Swainson’s Hawks, and Broad-winged Hawks across the U.S. and in Costa Rica and Cuba.