​Creative Team

Doyle Leeding 3 Fascinated by photography as a young man, Doyle’s first memory featured his grandfather laying on the floor to get the photographic perspective of a child. Doyle would attend University and become a fashion industry and wildlife photographer. After traveling to some of the most naturally beautiful locations around the world his passion came full circle. That passion is for the animals which are essentially our 'modern day dinosaurs' and the ecosystems needed to sustain their lives. This passion led him to found Identify Foundation - which to him means our ability to Identify our common desire to make a difference - about a specific cause.

 

Amber Arbucci has led an inspired life. Whether it be her experiences traveling the world, or her vast body of work in front of (or behind) the camera as model and photographer, her zest for life and commitment to her beliefs cannot be denied. Her photography documents the natural world few people see on a regular basis. Specifically, her work focuses on the many endangered and threatened species in peril across the globe, which she has encountered on her travels. According to Amber, she doesn't just want the viewer to enjoy her photos, she wants them to 'experience them;' to be drawn into the natural world, the undeniable beauty of this planet we live on. In turn, hopefully we will appreciate it, and our small place within it, in a more thoughtful way.

 

Scott Ryan is an advocate of advocacy. Having worked in the environmental movement since he was a teen, much of his study involves how to inspire people. He realized that documentary storytelling was a great venue for this aim. His vision began to crystallize when Scott began directing documentaries. Many of these early films were produced for the national TV shows Playground Earth and Hip Hop Nation. He went on to work on the 08’ Olympics and Paralympics for NBC/Universal, and multiple shows for Cartoon Network. He discovered a missing element in television a couple of years ago: the desires and dreams, the very manifestoes (or missions) of everyday people were not being represented. His background intertwined with this deficit & inspired the project & show known as the Manifesto project. Scott's social justice work spans environmental, animal welfare, & civil rights issues, having worked on behalf of Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, NRDC, as a campaign head for Karen Dawn, amongst others. He also appeared in Microsoft’s ‘Green Leaders’ video series.

 

Brandon Schwartz is a Los Angeles local that believes a person is only limited by their imagination and the people that surround them.  He is inspired by people who make a serious impact for causes they passionately believe in.  One of many favorite examples is Ghandi, a single individual that began a violence-free movement that united the nation of India and ousted the powerful British Empire.  Drawing inspiration from such examples of humanity, Brandon finds satisfaction in diligently working to help with causes that he is passionate about.  Protecting animals and children are the interests most dear to him.

Brandon is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where he began managing money in 2001 with the legacy, Morgan Stanley.  A global investor and a student of economics and business in developed and emerging markets, he brings a unique perspective and talent to Identify Foundation's international work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Shifflet - Executive Producer

Christopher Shifflett is, at his core, a true entrepreneur.  As a teenager he fell into the entertainment and fashion industry and became deeply involved as a model first and then moved into being a promoter and  bartender in the club scenes of Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  At the age of twenty he started his own entertainment consulting firm, Koios Group LLC. Christopher’s experience allowed him to penetrate previously unseen market niches to allow his clients to increase revenue exponentially and gain national recognition.  He has spent years building a vast network of highly respected executives, which has given him a great understanding of running a highly successful business. Besides being the C.E.O. of Nooki Mooki, Christopher is C.E.O. and co-founder of his own company, SkyCloud Productions.

 

Charmel Green - Producer

A native Californian, Charmel grew up just outside of “Hollywood”, building strong, respected relationships, with many high profile industry veterans. She has over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry. The scope of her work as a producer includes; feature length and short films, commercials, TV shows, documentaries, and live stage events. The scope of Charmel’s work includes supporting the directorial debuts of Bruce Block’s Stuck, Eric McCormack’s Pirates, as well as Kevin Connolly’s Whatever We Do - executive produced by Tobey Maguire and starring Robert Downey Jr. She was aslo the producer of the acclaimed short film Ring of Fire, directed by Scott Stephens, the feature film Hash Brown’s and co-creator of the original documentary based TV series Manifesto. Her commercial work includes Ready-Pac, the grand opening commercial for Casino Morongo amongst many others. Charmel's goal as a producer is always to create thought provoking, cause driven but commercially viable projects that entertain and educate audiences, simultaneously affecting culture in a positive way.

 

Cory B. Clay - Director of Photography

As a Director of Photography he suspended on a stage from the 25th floor of a skyscraper for the Emmy Award winning “American Tower.” Cory also directed the photography for the PBS documentary “Scott Air Force Base” and found himself a passenger on flights to seven different cities, on an Aerovac mission with the USAF. He was on the crew of the Emmy winning “No Greater Love” which – for 30 hours straight - followed a human organ procurement story to it’s end, transplant surgery. This documentary included full coverage in the operating room. Needless to say, Cory has true love and passion for documentaries. Cory hails from Hannibal, Missouri. He studied film at Webster University, where there was a great emphasis on Media Literacy. He still applies those teachings to his work to this day, by distilling what each project aims to communicate long before he sets up his first shot.

 

Eduardo Quintino - Camera Operator

Eduardo is a native Brazilian who has traveled the world shooting television, PSA’s, and news packages for clients including MTV, ESPN, and many non profit organizations. Currently based in the US, Eduardo owned the Brazil based Qual Video Multimedia, a documentary production company from 2003-2007 before relocating.

 

Matthew Nikolay - Sound Mixer

With 15 years of experience in recording sound for features, television, and commercials, Matt is an industry veteran. Over his years as a sound mixer, Matthew has developed longstanding relationships with many acclaimed producers and directors that have continued to call on him. Matthew’s list of credits ranges from Werner Herzog’s Incident at Loch Ness, to The Polish Brothers’ Twin Falls Idaho and the Kevin Costner political comedy Swing Vote.

 

Production Team

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