Space flight is unforgiving. It is inherently dangerous. If you get careless, it will kill you, more so than most other activities on earth, except underwater cave exploration.
Dr. James Oberg, NASA
WHY ON EARTH ARE WE MAKING THIS SERIES?
THE TEAM (an abbreviated list!)
Jeanette J. Epps was selected by NASA in 2009 as an astronaut. She completed astronaut candidate training which included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalk training, robotics, T‐38 flight training and wilderness survival training. The New York native was a NASA Fellow during graduate school and authored several journal and conference articles describing her research. Dr. Epps worked for Ford Motor Company where she received both a provisional patent and a U.S. patent for her research. After leaving Ford, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for seven years working as a Technical Intelligence Officer before becoming an astronaut. She currently serves in the ISS Operations Branch working issues in support of space station crews.
JILL HEINERTH is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker. She is a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography, and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world. She has made TV series, consulted on movies, written several books and is a frequent corporate keynote speaker. Jill is the first Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and is a Fellow of the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame. In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was awarded the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration from the RCGS and the William Beebe Award from the Explorers Club.
World-renowned underwater cave explorer and award-winning cartographer, Eric has been involved in exploration nearly all his life. Eric has professionally explored over 100 caves, springs, and reefs, and has mapped more than 50 cave systems throughout Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Mexico. He served as a primary member of the team mapping and exploring the world’s longest underwater cave, Nohoch Nah Chich.
David is an award winning, internationally respected documentary filmmaker and has been a working member of the production community since 1985. Through his independent documentary film production company, David O’Shields Film, he pursues his dream of making important and engaging documentary films. In addition to his work in public television, he has extensive experience as a cameraman and director in commercial television.
BILL CARLSON, DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (F-STOP PRODUCTIONS)
Bill is a PADI Dive master and trained cave diver, with extensive experience exploring and filming in the underwater cave systems of Mexico and northern Florida. He is a long-time member of the team credited with establishing the world record of explored underwater cave passage (43,800 feet), as recorded in the 1992 Guinness Book of Records. That record has been pushed to well over 200,000 feet in more recent explorations.
As director of photography for numerous feature films and documentaries, Bill has traveled the world for diverse networks such as PBS, HBO, TF-I, TVE, Canal 6 and National Geographic. For example, he was the surface and underwater director of photography for many installments of the French TF-I series Ushuaia, Magazine of the Extreme and DP on numerous episodes of the Spanish (TVE) documentary/adventure series, Al Filo De Lo Imposible. In addition, he was the DP on the Japanese program, Time 21, for an episode that took him into the underwater caves of Mexico. Bill completed several projects for Canal 6 in Paris. www.billcarlsonfilms.com
DENISE GARDNER, PRODUCER (F-STOP PRODUCTIONS)
Denise is a licensed attorney, and owns a commercial & video production facility in Northeast Minneapolis, where she has run her production company F-Stop Productions for the last 15 years. She has worked as a producer for HGTV, the Do-It-Yourself Network, and the History Channel. She has also been a consultant for Twin Cities Public Television, developing new programming strands for their local and national production divisions. Denise is currently writing and producing the feature film The Assassination of Hole in the Day with the Academy Award winning writer and producer, Dave Franzoni (AMISTAD, GLADIATOR).
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
A National Science Foundation grant application of this scope and magnitude requires a lot of heavy lifting and labor on the front end, including but not limited to the following elements:
- Assembling the right partners in the fields of archeology, genetics, karst hydrology, conservation and speleology, in order to hone the research questions that will inform the project and the broader field;
- Writing the proposal, pulling together supplementary materials which support the project narrative, and finalizing budget numbers and budget data that meet National Science Foundation requirements and specifications.
- Obtain external reviews of the proposal to ensure that the grant proposal comports with the highly specialized protocols of the NSF’s RFP (Requests for Proposal).
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU!!!!
Give what you can. $1.00 or $30. Every dollar counts, and we need your help.