Sarah Koenigsberg, Filmmaker, The Beaver Believers

Sarah Koenigsberg is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and educator whose work focuses on stories of art, environment, and community in the American West. Her films and teaching cross disciplines, illuminating the power of storytelling as a medium through which to explore complex science and policy issues. Her commercial clients include the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US Department of Energy, Discovery Channel Canada, Grand Canyon Trust, Wallowa Resources, Whitman College, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation, and River Management Society.

Koenigsberg’s work has screened across North America in venues such as the National Climate Adaptation Forum, the North American Congress for Conservation Biology, and The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society’s annual conferences. Winner of the Green Spark Award from the American Conservation Film Festival, her feature documentary “The Beaver Believers” has screened worldwide in film festivals such as the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, Banff World Tour, International Wildlife Film Festival, London Eco-Film Festival, Ireland Wildlife Film Festival, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival at Yale, and the Portland EcoFilm Festival, among others. As an educator, she has developed digital media storytelling curriculums for Whitman College, and has more recently begun offering presentations on science communication. She loves strong coffee, dark chocolate, organizing cupboards, and finding any excuse to climb up high to “get the shot.” She detests sticky jar lids and tangled power cords.