The Team

Rowan Isaacson:
Diagnosed with autism at age two, he has been in both orthodox and alternative therapies for the past several years. Possessed of an uncanny ability to communicate with animals, he has much to teach us.

Photo: Justin Jin
Rupert Isaacson:
An ex-professional horse trainer, he is a writer and journalist as well as human rights advocate for tribal peoples. His books include The Healing Land – the Bushmen and the Kalahari (Grove Press), The Wild Host – History and Meaning of the Hunt (Rowan Littlefield) and many others. He is also founder and director of the Indigenous Lands Rights Fund (

Photo: Justin JinKristin Neff:
Rupert's wife and Rowan's mother, is a tenured professor of psychology at the University of Texas. A practicing Buddhist for more than 10 years, she is well known for her researches into the Buddhist concept of self-compassion ( and its correlation with positive mental health. She and the rest of the family live in the country outside Austin, Texas.
Michel Orion Scott:
Director and Cinematographer
Michel draws much of his inspiration from the study of native cultures, indigenous crafts and a desire to connect with the root of humanity through wilderness studies. Traveling from Bolivia to Namibia, Mexico to Mongolia, his films reveal how affected he is by simple human relationships and family dynamics while his background in dance is reflected in his use of movement and framing as metaphor in film.

Rita K. Sanders:
Rita began her career by editing television news on tape-to-tape machines and has since cut on five feature films and many shorts, industrial videos and music videos. Her work includes "Slam Planet: War of the Words" which garnered an audience award at SXSW 2006. Rita has also edited video extensively for many non-profit groups including Grrl Action, The Austin Browncoats, and the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

Jeremy Bailey: Second camera

Justin Hennard: Sound
Photo: Justin Jin

Lili Haydn and Kim Carroll:
Lili Hayden is an internationally known violinist, singer, and recording artist. She has released three critically acclaimed major label cds and has had legendary collaborations with the likes of Pink Floyd, Herbie Hancock, and George Clinton. The lush and emotionally honest film score she created in collaboration with Kim Carroll, award winning composer and guitarist, is her first.

Lili Haydn

Kim Carroll
Photo: Justin Jin

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