Danny Schmidt is a Montana-based producer, director, and cinematographer whose credits include National Geographic, PBS, NASA, and a variety of environmental and science groups around the world. His passion for adventure, storytelling, and cinematography has taken him to the high-mountain huts of Japan's top sword makers, to the tropical jungles of Colombia's Caribbean Coast. His work has been featured in festivals around the country and in 2011, his film Feeding the Problem was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Schmidt's background in art and science leaves him uniquely poised to communicate issues of scientific and environmental significance in a way that captivates and entertains audiences. He will graduate with his MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University in 2012.