MWF 36: Lisa Samford - Executive Director, Jackson Wild

From her beginning as a journalist & graphic designer to her current role as Executive Director of Jackson Wild, Lisa discusses the importance of drive and passion.

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Lisa Samford left a career in journalism to become a documentary filmmaker, specializing in difficult and remote expedition projects.

She has filmed across five continents on a diverse collection of projects exploring topics ranging from science and discovery, violent crime, espionage, and ethnographic and archeologic expeditions to intimate personal portraits of author Wallace Stegner and conservation pioneer Mardy Murie.

Joining the ranks of the urban refugee, Lisa returned to Jackson Hole to raise her son with paleontologist Wallace Ulrich.

As Executive Director of the internationally renowned Jackson Wild (formerly Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival) since 2004, Lisa curates and oversees all programming including its annual Summit and International Film Competition, Global Partnerships, Media Labs and Impact Coalitions as well as its annual United Nations World Wildlife Day Film Showcase.

Lisa is committed to amplifying the power of media to inspire wonder for our living planet and ignite action to restore and protect it through high-impact collaborations as well as elevating diverse global perspectives that directly engage new audiences to address the critical challenges facing our world.


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