Call of Life was produced by Species Alliance, a nonprofit organization formed in 2005 to raise public awareness of the impending mass extinction and the threat to Earth's life support systems due to the loss of biodiversity.
David Ulansey, Executive Producer, is the creator and webmaster of massextinction.net, the Web’s oldest and most comprehensive source of information on the current mass extinction. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Boston University, Barnard College (Columbia University), the University of Vermont, and Princeton University. He is the author of The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries (Oxford University Press), and has published articles in Scientific American and numerous other scholarly journals.
Monte Thompson, Director, has worked professionally in film and television since 1983. With a background in fine art and theater and an M.A. in Philosophy and Religion, he has directed, designed, written, and produced a wide array of award-winning film, video, and other media, from music videos to news programs to commercial spots to feature films. His design and messaging for national and international corporate, broadcast, and educational clients, as well as his work on a variety of independent feature productions, has been broadcast and distributed worldwide.
Chera Van Burg, Producer, is an award winning filmmaker, psychologist, writer, and educator. She has written, produced, and directed feature and short films, which have shown at film festivals and educational conferences worldwide. Her background as a psychologist brings a depth to her work and informs her use of film as an agent of social and individual change. She has a doctorate degree in psychology and has taught at Skidmore College, University of California at Davis Medical School, and Stanford University Medical School. She recently published an article in The California Psychologist (July/August 2010) titled, Cultural Traumatic Stress Disorder: Identifying Cultural and Psychological Causes of Planetary Destruction.
Susan Scott, Co-Producer, has worked in the media industry for 20 years and is passionate about image making. As a digital artist she has worked with renowned photographers and major international ad agencies on high profile campaigns. As a photographer she has worked with numerous writers, musicians, filmmakers and visual artists. Her fine art photography has been collected and shown in galleries worldwide.
Greg Tennant, Co-Producer, has 17 years experience in film, television, and video. He has worked on independent features, cable movies, documentaries, educational films, corporate videos, and television commercials as a writer, director, producer, editor, cinematographer, assistant director, assistant editor, grip, and electrician. His feature-length drama “The Distraction” is available on DVD and has been distributed internationally.
Directors of Photography:
Chera Van Burg
Design & Motion Graphics:
Audio Post Production:
Sara Elizabeth Love
Add'l Interview Producers:
Global Oneness Project
Barb & Mort Nicholson
The filmmakers would like to especially thank the following, without whose generous support Call of Life would not have been possible:
Keith and Elizabeth Cich
California Institute of Integral Studies
Dr. Zafra Lerman,
Science Institute at Columbia College