Montopolis is an indie chamber music group from Austin, Texas that performs the works of composer Justin Sherburn. Their music folds country and folk idioms into modern classical arrangements with inventive instrumentation to create "stunning and transcendent" (Austin Chronicle) concerts. Their programs are audience-engaging, multi-media events that combine live music with video and interactive story telling. Their most recent albums, Music for Enchanted Rock and The Legend of Big Bend, are themed around Texan ecological points of interest. Montopolis will continue to be inspired by and draw attention to the natural wonders of our state, country and planet. The Montopolis musicians include members of the Austin Symphony, Okkervil River, Tosca String Quartet, and the Polyphonic Spree.
Anlo Sepulveda is an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent work, "Yakona," premiered at SXSW in 2014 and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary in the Visions category. "Yakona," an experimental documentary told from the perspective of the San Marcos River, screened at numerous film festivals worldwide, garnering multiple awards and glowing press reviews.
Christopher Zebo is an award-winning photographer whose photos of Texas have been seen by millions of people worldwide. His work for the state of Texas’ tourism bureau captured everything from the beaches to the mountains, the cities to the deserts—and everything in-between. He has taught photography workshops and given lectures at Texas A&M, and his photos of the state have appeared in numerous publications around the world.
Wendy Gordon, PhD
Wendy Gordon is a science and policy expert working on how climate change impacts water and species. She is the Founder of Climate Action Texas, a climate change information hub. She received a PhD in Botany from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Biology from Brown University. A former Texas state employee, she now has a consulting business in Austin, TX.
Ecologist and Conservationist
Megan O'Connell is an ecological researcher and science communicator completing her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is focused on the interactions of plants and their pollinators, and how these species are navigating the complexities of habitat loss and climate change. https://www.meganoconnell.net
Interviews and Photography
Sunday Ballew is a multi-media artist and educator from Austin, TX. She received an MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and a BA in Germanic Studies and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. She exhibits nationally, is a former co-director of Clamp Light Studios & Gallery in San Antonio, TX, and lectures at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.
Robert A. Kraft
Robert A. Kraft is a voice talent, an actor, and a musician. His soulful Sixties and Seventies-inspired Original R&B has been moving hearts and packing dance floors for over 30 years. His latest CD "North Bishop Ave." (under the rubric The Robert Kraft Trio) has been getting spins across the United States and in the UK. He is in the studio now, recording new original material for his upcoming CD entitled "Soul 73", due for release in Spring of 2020.