Holly Stadtler

Holly Stadtler

Independent Filmmaker

Organization: Dream Catcher Films Entertainment Inc

Biography

 
 

I began my career in news and worked for six years for NBC Nightly News in Washington, DC as a Unit Manager and Production Manager.  I was in the oval office when President Ronald Regan gave his farewell address to the nation.  I was a camerawoman for Willard Scott of the Today Show during a 4-month long NABET strike and also during this period filmed many well known politicians, scholars and others (including former President George H. Bush when he was Vice President).  From news, I moved into documentary production at the Discovery Channel where I worked for 6 years before opening my proudction company, Dream Catcher Films, Inc (now Dream Catcher Films Entertainment, Inc).  My varied field experiences have taken me from sound stages in Hollywood filming with the popular Stuart Copeland (former drummer for the POLICE), to the swamps of the Everglades in search of rare panthers.  I climbed Africa’s highest peak while filming as novice hikers challenged Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for sick children, had the privilege of witnessing the world’s largest land predator, a Kodiak brown bear, nursing her cubs in AK, and toured a rarely glimpsed wooded canopy of over 400 nesting endangered wood storks — all for the camera lens.  I have interviewed biologists, scholars, politicians, and unsung heroes and traveled to some of the world’s most magical places while enduring air sickness, relentless mosquitoes, frostbite, and intense equatorial heat.  I have spent sleepless nights under the African sky as lions and hyenas prowled through camp, strained for hours in blinds waiting for animals to appear for the lens, and logged countless hours on the phone, at a computer, and in airport terminals.  I have also been an adjunct professor at both American University and George Washington University, teaching documentary production.

I have treasured all of these experiences while amassing a body of work which includes production and direction of 13 documentary projects and collaboration on over 100 additional hours of television and film. Of these, I am most fond of the movies about our natural world.  For the last 4 years I have been traveling North America in an RV with my husband and border collie hiking, biking and watcing wildlife,  but I have reopened my production company and look forward to developing The Green Box:  At the Heart of a Purple Heart with co-producer/director Vicki Hughes while working with Filmmakers Collaborative!

Holly Stadtler began her career in news and worked for six years for NBC Nightly News in Holly Stadtler began her career in news and worked for six years for NBC Nightly News in Washington, D.C. as a Unit Manager and Production Manager. She was in the oval office when President Ronald Reagan gave his farewell address to the nation. She was camerawoman for Willard Scott of the Today Show during a 4-month long NABET strike and also during this period filmed many well known politicians, scholars and others including former President George H. Bush when he was Vice President. From news, Stadtler moved into documentary production at the Discovery Channel where she worked for six years before starting her own production company, Dream Catcher Films, Inc. Her varied field experiences have taken her from sound stages in Hollywood filming with the popular Stuart Copeland (former drummer for the POLICE), to the swamps of the Everglades in search of rare panthers. She climbed Africa’s highest peak while filming as novice hikers challenged the mountain to raise awareness for sick children, had the privilege of witnessing the world’s largest land predator, a Kodiak brown bear nursing her cubs in Alaska, and toured a rarely glimpsed wooded canopy of over 400 nesting endangered wood storks — all for the camera lens. She has interviewed biologists, scholars, politicians, and unsung heroes and traveled to some of the world’s most magical places while enduring air sickness, relentless mosquitoes, frostbite, and intense equatorial heat. She has spent sleepless nights under the African sky as lions and hyenas prowled through camp, strained for hours in blinds waiting for animals to appear for the lens, and logged countless hours on the phone, at a computer, and in airport terminals. She has also been an adjunct professor at both American University and George Washington University, teaching documentary production.

 

She has treasured all of these experiences while amassing a body of work, which includes production and direction of 13 documentary projects and collaboration on over 100 additional hours of television and film. Of these, she is most fond of the movies about our natural world.

Her independent films have screened around the world at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, Terra Nostra in Costa Rica, as well as the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, West Hollywood International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Festival and many others. She has won numerous awards including a national Emmy nomination, 5 CINE golden eagles, Silver and Bronze Telly awards, several Communicator awards, Gold and Silver awards from the NY festivals and many more. Recently, she has taken time away from film production to travel the US with her husband and dog in an RV but is currently developing several documentary film projects.

 

Holly Stadtler began her career in news and worked for six years for NBC Nightly News in Washington, D.C. as a Unit Manager and Production Manager. She was in the oval office when President Ronald Reagan gave his farewell address to the nation. She was camerawoman for Willard Scott of the Today Show during a 4-month long NABET strike and also during this period filmed many well known politicians, scholars and others including former President George H. Bush when he was Vice President. From news, Stadtler moved into documentary production at the Discovery Channel where she worked for six years before starting her own production company, Dream Catcher Films, Inc. Her varied field experiences have taken her from sound stages in Hollywood filming with the popular Stuart Copeland (former drummer for the POLICE), to the swamps of the Everglades in search of rare panthers. She climbed Africa’s highest peak while filming as novice hikers challenged the mountain to raise awareness for sick children, had the privilege of witnessing the world’s largest land predator, a Kodiak brown bear nursing her cubs in Alaska, and toured a rarely glimpsed wooded canopy of over 400 nesting endangered wood storks — all for the camera lens. She has interviewed biologists, scholars, politicians, and unsung heroes and traveled to some of the world’s most magical places while enduring air sickness, relentless mosquitoes, frostbite, and intense equatorial heat. She has spent sleepless nights under the African sky as lions and hyenas prowled through camp, strained for hours in blinds waiting for animals to appear for the lens, and logged countless hours on the phone, at a computer, and in airport terminals. She has also been an adjunct professor at both American University and George Washington University, teaching documentary production.

 

 

She has treasured all of these experiences while amassing a body of work, which includes production and direction of 13 documentary projects and collaboration on over 100 additional hours of television and film. Of these, she is most fond of the movies about our natural world.

Her independent films have screened around the world at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, Terra Nostra in Costa Rica, as well as the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, West Hollywood International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Festival and many others. She has won numerous awards including a national Emmy nomination, 5 CINE golden eagles, Silver and Bronze Telly awards, several Communicator awards, Gold and Silver awards from the NY festivals and many more. Recently, she has taken time away from film production to travel the US with her husband and dog in an RV but is currently developing several documentary film projects.

Holly Stadtler began her career in news and worked for six years for NBC Nightly News in Washington, D.C. as a Unit Manager and Production Manager. She was in the oval office when President Ronald Reagan gave his farewell address to the nation. She was camerawoman for Willard Scott of the Today Show during a 4-month long NABET strike and also during this period filmed many well known politicians, scholars and others including former President George H. Bush when he was Vice President. From news, Stadtler moved into documentary production at the Discovery Channel where she worked for six years before starting her own production company, Dream Catcher Films, Inc. Her varied field experiences have taken her from sound stages in Hollywood filming with the popular Stuart Copeland (former drummer for the POLICE), to the swamps of the Everglades in search of rare panthers. She climbed Africa’s highest peak while filming as novice hikers challenged the mountain to raise awareness for sick children, had the privilege of witnessing the world’s largest land predator, a Kodiak brown bear nursing her cubs in Alaska, and toured a rarely glimpsed wooded canopy of over 400 nesting endangered wood storks — all for the camera lens. She has interviewed biologists, scholars, politicians, and unsung heroes and traveled to some of the world’s most magical places while enduring air sickness, relentless mosquitoes, frostbite, and intense equatorial heat. She has spent sleepless nights under the African sky as lions and hyenas prowled through camp, strained for hours in blinds waiting for animals to appear for the lens, and logged countless hours on the phone, at a computer, and in airport terminals. She has also been an adjunct professor at both American University and George Washington University, teaching documentary production. She has treasured all of these experiences while amassing a body of work, which includes production and direction of 13 documentary projects and collaboration on over 100 additional hours of television and film. Of these, she is most fond of the movies about our natural world. Her independent films have screened around the world at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, Terra Nostra in Costa Rica, as well as the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, West Hollywood International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Festival and many others. She has won numerous awards including a national Emmy nomination, 5 CINE golden eagles, Silver and Bronze Telly awards, several Communicator awards, Gold and Silver awards from the NY festivals and many more. Recently, she has taken time away from film production to travel the US with her husband and dog in an RV but is currently developing several documentary film projects.

 
 

 

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Films

Finding Our Voices (2008)

Role: Producer

Feature length documentary for theatrical distribution and DVD market about the importance of dissent to American Democracy, and the profiles of 8 courageous people who spoke out against the war in Iraq.  AWARDS: Best Political Documentary, Action on Film International Festival; Best Feature Documentary, West Hollywood International Film Festival.

Struck by Lightning (2007)

Role: Producer

One hour documentary for the National Geographic EXPLORER series about what happens to the human body when someone is struck by lightning. High definition graphics and video propel a fascinating look at the medical exploration of lightning strike side effects for survivors. Aired April, 2007.

Is It Real? - Miracle Cures (2006)

Role: Director

One hour documentary for National Geographic Television’s IS IT REAL series that examines the science behind miracle cures claimed by televangelists, visitors to Our Lady of Lourdes, and those who visit a psychic healer known as John of God, in Brazil. AWARDS: BRONZE Telly Award, 2007

Voyageurs National Park (2004)

Role: Director

Twelve minute video that blends this unique national park’s rich cultural history with it’s natural history – a park named for French canoemen who plied the park’s waters during the height of the fur trade. The film runs in the Voyaguers National Park visitor center daily.  AWARDS: AURORA AWARD, Visitor Centers Category, 2005; CINE Golden Eagle, Independent Non-fiction, Spring 2005 Released Fall, 2003 to park visitor centers, sold on home video/DVD.

Kilimanjaro for Hope (2003)

Role: Director

One hour independent documentary about a group of novice hikers who set out to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for sick and underprivileged children. AWARDS: GOLD, Houston Worldfest, 2004; SCREENED: Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, October, 2003; SCREENED: Rossland Mountain Film Festival, November, 2003

America's Last Red Wolves (2002)

Role: Director

Twenty five minute documentary about the most endangered canid in the world, the red wolf. Reintroduced into North Carolina in the 1980’s, this film marks the first in-depth look at these rare creatures and the biologists who dedicate their careers to making their comeback a success.  Aired on MSNBC in the Explorer Wild series produced with National Geographic Television. AWARDS: FINALIST winner, New York Festivals, 2002; BRONZE , Houston WorldFest, 2001.

Troubled Waters (2001)

Role: Director

Hosted by celebrity Ed Begley, Jr. this one hour documentary explores the unique Florida Everglades and the health of the water and wildlife living there. Begley swims with a one ton manatee, travels to the undertarp of 400 nesting wood storks, and follows the trail of a Florida panther as he investigates the impact of urban growth and improper water management and the challenges these endangered species face. AWARDS: GENESIS AWARD COMMENDATION, Ark Trust, 2000; AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, Communicator Awards 2000; GOLD award Houston WorldFest, 2000; TELLY AWARD, 2001. Aired TBS Superstation in Wild!Life Adventures series.

The Multiple Personality Puzzle (2000)

Role: Director

This one hour documentary examines the efforts to determine what about MPD stands up to the most rigorous of scientific scrutiny — and what does not — and asks the viewers themselves to decide where the scientific cards fall in the cruel puzzle of Multiple Personality Disorder. Aired TLC, 1999.
AWARDS: GOLD, Directing, 2000 Aurora Awards; CINE GOLDEN EAGLE, 2000; AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, The Communicator Awards, 2000