Jacob is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker. Carylanna is an applied anthropologist turned filmmaker. They teamed up to create First Encounter Productions in order to tell stories with compelling characters for audiences curious about how subjects such as science, medicine, technology, climate change, and immigration will affect people worldwide in the years to come.
Curts (documentary short, 2004, Sundance) is Jacob’s first film. Together, Jacob and Carylanna have created Painting the Way to the Moon (documentary feature 2015, documentary short 2014), Every Other Weekend (narrative short, 2016), and ANYA (narrative feature, 2019).