So many talented people have come together to make Carbon Nation a success. Allow us to introduce a few to you:
- Peter Byck, Director + Producer
- Craig Sieben, Producer
- Karen Weigert, Producer
- Chrisna Van Zyl, Producer
- Artemis Joukowsky III, Producer
- Eric Driscoll, Editor
- Gill Holland, Associate Producer
- Bill Kurtis, Narrator
peter byck | director + producer
Peter Byck has over 20 years experience as a director and editor. His first documentary "Garbage" won the South by Southwest Film Festival. (It screened in scores of festivals in the U.S. and Europe and played at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center).
In addition, he has edited documentaries for Peter Jackson's last two films, "Lord of the Rings" and "King Kong." Peter has also worked as an editor or director for documentaries and promotional shorts for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MTV, Vh1, BBC, Disney and MGM, for shows and movies including "The West Wing," "The Matrix," "Scrubs," "er" and many more.
In 1986, Peter received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts.
Peter has presented Carbon Nation for Boeing, Nike, Google, Microsoft, Walmart.com, SC Johnson, Stonyfield, Carbon War Room, Shell, White House CEQ, CarbonTrade Ex, NetImpact, Social Venture Network. AREDAY, Metcalf Institute @ U of R.I., PEW-BICEP, Prince Charles’ B.E.P. program @ Cambridge University, R.I.S.D., Art Center (Pasadena),Yale University, Conservation International, Louisville Fund for the Arts & many other universities, companies and high schools across the country and internationally.
craig sieben | producer
Craig Sieben, founder and CEO of Sieben Energy Associates, is a nationally recognized authority on energy efficiency and a leader in the field of energy management. Since 1990 Craig has successfully piloted Sieben Energy Associates through significant transformations in the energy industry while maintaining the firm’s dedication to providing exceptional client service. Craig also plays a key role in the firm’s strategic consulting and energy management services.
Craig speaks extensively to businesses and civic organizations on energy efficiency and sustainability, especially as they relate to corporate finance and public policy. He is also a frequent commentator on television and regularly contributes his energy expertise to journals and periodicals.
His professional career began in Washington, D.C., where he worked for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy Conservation & Power and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Solar Energy. He also worked in research and marketing at Daniel Yergin’s Cambridge Energy Research Associates and was vice president for marketing at The Lighting Corporation. He graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Energy Policy and Planning.
In addition to his business responsibilities and “Carbon Nation”, Craig is active in numerous civic and professional organizations throughout Chicago and is currently President of the Leadership Greater Chicago Board of Directors. Historically he served on candidate Obama’s Energy & Environmental Policy Advisory Committee and The Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group. He was also a Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40” and a member of the 1999 class of Leadership Greater Chicago.
karen weigert | producer
Karen Weigert is Senior Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She served as chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago from 2011 - 2016. As chief sustainability officer Weigert worked to guide the city’s sustainability strategy and implementation, bringing innovative, practical solutions throughout the work of the city.
Prior to her appointment she served as senior vice president of ShoreBank (later Urban Partnership Bank) where she built a national consumer group that generated deposits to support environmental sustainability and community development in low to moderate income urban neighborhoods. Before her work in community banking, Weigert was a strategy consultant at McKinsey where she served clients on topics including transportation, finance, energy, and land use. She began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later served as an appointee in the Clinton administration focused on global environmental issues and agriculture.
chrisna van zyl | producer
Having spent a decade traveling the world and working in the travel industry, both in Cape Town, South Africa and London, England, Chrisna landed in the U.S.A in 2006. Chrisna holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arizona State University and is currently working on a Master's of Liberal Studies degree. Carbon Nation is her first foray into the independent documentary film world.
As first time producer, she has taken on a wide array of roles and responsibilities as an integral part of the small production team.
artemis joukowsky lll | producer
Artemis Joukowsky is a venture capitalist, asset advisor, entrepreneur, non-profit activist and film producer. He has formed ten for-profit and eight non-for profit institutions and has been a founding partner in two venture capital funds. He has produced one book, and is in the process of making two movies and on-line TV projects.
Artemis is a Senior Advisor of Econergy International, a publicly traded company in the AIM market on the London Stock Market. Before the IPO, he was Vice-Chairman of Econergy which is a diversified international energy services company, focused on clean energy markets. In addition, Artemis is Chairman and CEO of Avalon Financial Group, Union Limited Partnership and HFG Financial Group.
eric driscoll | editor
Eric Driscoll has been editing professionally for over 10 years and has cut documentaries for Peter Jackson's "Two Towers," "Return of the King," and King Kong." Other documentary work includes programming for the National Geographic Channel and behind the scenes content for "Ugly Betty."
Eric also has extensive experience in reality, promo, and trailer work. Major clients have included NBC, Fox, New Line, TLC, ABC, Discovery Channel, Warner Brothers, National Geographic, DirecTV, Fox Movie Channel, Capitol Records, BET, and The Weinstein Company. Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Humanities / Music.
gill holland | associate producer
Spirit Award nominee for Producer of the Year, Gill Holland, has worked on over 50 films, including Sundance faves FLOW: For Love of Water, ADVENTURES OF POWER, SPRING FORWARD, LOGGERHEADS, triple winner HURRICANE STREETS, the FOX sit-com GREG THE BUNNY, the Spirit Award winner and first carbon-neutral independent film SWEETLAND, Al Gore's 2008 Reel Current Award winner MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL, and the Emmy-nominated DEAR JESSE. He produced three volumes of cineBLAST! the short film compilations He is partner at The Group Entertainment, the KY/NYC management/production company
Half-Norwegian, half North Carolinian lawyer and former adjunct professor at NYU Graduate Film School, Gill worked at the French Film Office. He has been on the jury for shorts at Sundance and selection committee for the Academy Awards, Student Division. His record label sonaBLAST! features Kelley McRae, Ben Sollee, The Old Ceremony and Irish star Mark Geary. (Featuring CDs made with recycled plastic and cardboard cases.) He, his wife Augusta, daughter Cora and twins Owsley and Lilla opened The Green Building, the first LEED certified platinum building in Louisville, KY and are also starting up the Jefferson Public Market, a year round public/farmers market in Louisville's East Market District. Louisville Magazine named him its "Person of the Year" in 2009.
bill kurtis | narrator
At the start of his career, Bill Kurtis worked for a television station in Topeka, Kansas, before moving to Chicago in 1966 to work for WBBM-TV. In 1970, he joined the staff of a CBS station in Los Angeles and soon had his first taste of national news, serving as a contributor to CBS Reports. He returned to Chicago in 1973 to become a news anchor at his old station. During this time, he won several awards for his reporting. Kurtis covered the war in Vietnam, including the fall of Saigon, and created a documentary about the city's orphans.
In 1982, Bill Kurtis joined the national program, CBS Morning News, as a co-host. But after three years, he returned to Chicago, resuming his role as anchor at WBBM-TV. In 1990, Kurtis began a new phase of his career as a host and producer of documentary television series. Establishing his own production company, Kurtis Productions, he created Investigative Reports, Cold Case Files, and other programs for the A&E Television Network. As a producer, Kurtis earned two Emmy Award nominations for Cold Case Files for
Outstanding Nonfiction Series in 2004 and 2005. He also serves as host on the popular American Justice series, which looks at famous legal cases and their impact on the law.
In addition to his television work, Bill Kurtis has written two books: Bill Kurtis on Assignment (1983) and The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice (2004). He also lent his deep and distinguished voice to the 2004 news comedy The Legend of Ron Burgundy starring Will Farrell.
Since 2005, Kurtis has become heavily involved in raising and marketing grass-fed beef. His 10,000-acre (40 km) ranch in southeastern Kansas was once the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. While looking for innovative uses for his ranch, Kurtis learned about the health and environmental benefits of grass-fed beef and founded Tallgrass Beef Company. He is also an investor in the Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, Illinois.