MWF 20: Dusty Hulet - Director & Producer of Award Winning Film 'Bears of Durango'

Dusty explains how he became a wildlife filmmaker, his experience filming in bear dens, and the dreaded burnout and depression that struck during the fundraising and making of his latest film.


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Dusty completed a bachelor's degree in business management at Brigham Young University in Utah, where he also minored in media arts. He’s taken a choose-your-own-adventure approach to graduate school, starting a number of businesses, producing independent films, and spearheading other ambitious creative endeavors.

He's served as the creative director for multiple startups and ad agencies, where he has led teams in creating impactful results for both corporate clients and champions of social causes domestically and abroad. Dusty's viral campaigns have surpassed 10X returns on their budgets, and carved out substantial brand awareness overnight in crowded markets.

Dusty has had the privilege of (as he puts it) puking his guts out at Everest Basecamp, hiding from rebels in the bushes of the DRC-Uganda border, filming the largest lava lake in the world, eating the wrong part of the fish in the Philippines, photographing critically endangered mountain gorillas, being charged by a bull water buffalo, and crawling headfirst into occupied bear dens.

A believer that his small-town upbringing in Idaho provided the constraints in which his creativity could learn to thrive, he's anxious to combine his diverse experience to provide outstanding, creative solutions for clients and causes, big and small.

Dusty’s latest film, Bears of Durango centers around a team of wildlife researchers who are in search of the reasons why Bear-human conflict is increasing exponentially in Durango, Colorado.

Over the past year Bears of Durango has been doing the festival circuit and has so far been awarded:
Best Human-Wildlife Interaction Film and The Spirit Award by the International Wildlife Film Festival.
Best Conservation Film by the Lookout Wild Film Festival.
The Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Durango Independent Film Festival.
And most recently it received the Fan Favorite Award at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.


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