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The Company

Prehensile Productions is an American production company specializing in films about nature, adventure and science. Since 2009, Keith Heyward and Jennifer Berglund have taken audiences to the far corners of the globe, from the Amazon rainforest to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, to emphasize the beauty of our world and the life that decorates its landscapes. Their diverse portfolio of work, created both as a team and individually, has been honored with numerous awards and featured nationally in the United Stated and internationally on networks like the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, TV Aichi, Netflix, ZDF, NHK, BBC, and Arte, among others. Their style is thoughtful and creative, at times whimsical, yet always guided by story and a reverence for the natural world.

Our Crew

Jennie Berglund's PhotoJennifer Berglund (Executive Producer | Writer) is a writer, filmmaker, and passionate communicator of science. A lifelong lover of the outdoors, she discovered science within the vibrant mountainscapes of southern Appalachia. A trained biologist and science journalist, she has worked as a professional science communicator for close to a decade. Her perpetual quest to tell great stories about science and nature has taken her around the globe to all seven continents, from the depths of the Amazon Rainforest to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, even to the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Her award-winning photos, films and articles have been featured both nationally and internationally in film festivals and major publications, and she was recently awarded a prestigious Science Media Fellowship at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. In addition to this work, she also works closely with world-renowned scientists and scholars at Harvard University to develop exhibits for the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, a consortium of four museums spanning the disciplines of natural history, archaeology, anthropology, and the history of science, and she serves as the New England regional representative for the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME). She is also the program administrator and mentor for the Boston University BURECS Program, which trains high-achieving students from multiple disciplines to communicate science to a range of audiences, from scientists and students to the general public. To her, the stories of science are the adventure stories of our time, and finding new and innovative ways to tell them plays a critical role in educating and engaging a well-informed society in today's most pressing issues.

Keith Heyward's PhotoKeith Heyward (Executive Producer | DP | Editor) considers himself equal parts scientist and filmmaker. With a Biology degree from Brown University, he has worked as a researcher in labs and in the field. As a filmmaker, web developer, and immersive media creator he has produced a wide range of media experiences from documentaries and educational videos to multimedia art exhibits, virtual reality, and music videos. As a cinematographer, he has worked with an extensive network of organizations including the BBC, National Geographic, Netflix, Paramount, Science Channel, NHK Enterprises, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and UCLA. He has filmed in some of the most remote and extreme environments in the world, and as both a scientist and an artist, he appreciate the similarites between the two disciplines. Concerned about the widening gap between scientific research, science entertainment and public understanding,he hopes to narrow that gap by applying his knowledge in both to all the projects he takes on. He is the creator of the virtual reality experience, offering a unique digital exploration of the Antarctic Dry Valleys, and he has designed, developed, and coded many other innovative web and mixed-media experiences for science related programs, organizations, and academic institutions.

Keith Heyward's PhotoDanielle Myers (Assistant Camera | Assistant Editor) is a graduate of Tufts University. Danielle has worked with several environmental organizations including WildEarth Guardians and Massachusetts Audubon Society to pursue her passion for understanding and preserving our natural world. She is interested in the use of film as a medium to educate and inspire others about the wonders of nature and the need to protect it. Through her involvement with Prehensile Productions, Danielle hopes to explore the power of art as a catalyst for positive environmental change.