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Director, Editor
Paige Browning graduates from the University of Montana this year with degrees in Radio-TV Production and Environmental Studies. She interned at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in 2009, and worked as their assistant/video blogger in 2010.  In the future, she hopes to produce more films, and live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

drew.jpgDrew Trafton
Producer, Field Producer
Drew Trafton is a graduating senior in broadcast journalism at the University of Montana, and producer of Cannabusiness. Drew grew up in Billings, Montana (for the most part) and graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School. He has worked at KTVQ for the past three summers and breaks as an intern/ part-time employee. Drew’s hobbies include committing journalism, sports (playing and watching- especially Seattle teams), watching films, reading, acting and singing. He loves working with the other students on this film.

mark.jpgMark Wilson
Director of Photography, Photographer, Promotions
Mark Wilson is the father of two great children, Sloan Caroline who is 5 and Lex Blaze who is 3. When Mark isn't taking care of his children, he enjoys shooting and editing. Currently, he is in school preparing to graduate with a degree in Television production. After the film premiere, he may pursue a career growing medical marijuana.

Chief Editor
Raised in Big Timber, MT, Dan Ryan is an avid fisherman and outdoor enthusiast. He has spent the last four years on the Griz sidelines working as a student assistant coach for the football team, while also pursuing a degree in TV Production. Away from the gridiron, he enjoys spending time with his dog Zoe and riding his motorcycle in the summer. Dan hopes to have a career coaching college football and plans to utilize his RTV degree to work in the field of documentary production.

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Budget, Associate Producer, Promotions
Gillette Vaira began her path to broadcasting by using flashlights and lint rollers as microphones to practice her news delivery skills. Now, she is a graduate student of broadcast journalism at the University of Montana. Originally from Lambert, MT, she graduated from Montana State University Billings in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a minor in International Studies. She has interned with KULR-8 Television and the March of Dimes in Billings, MT, as well as the National 4-H Council in Washington, D.C. Gillette has reported for Montana Public Radio and National Native News, and she aspires to work as a television news reporter and anchor.

laura.jpgLaura Wilson
Associate Producer, Promotions
Laura Wilson is a senior at the University of Montana, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Communications.  Laura is a current member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma-Beta Phi chapter.  Her dream job is to work as an NFL sideline reporter and also to shoot, produce, and edit her own sports stories.  Laura grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and loves hiking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and rafting.  Her three greatest passions are family, sports, and dogs.

Associate Producer, Chief Promotions
Jaime Berg grew up in Lewistown, Montana.  She spent her first year of college in Minneapolis/St. Paul and transferred to the University of Montana in the fall of her sophomore year.  She enjoys documentaries, both making them and watching them.  She is undecided on what she wants to do after college but would probably like to pursue a career in law in order to support her documentary film career.

Associate Producer, Graphics
Whitney Caldarone grew up on a farm in Bynum Montana, she attributes most of her quirks and talents to that upbringing. Whitney developed an interest in Radio-Television and film after making home movies of shadow fights on her trampoline with her brother and sisters. Her family has always been extremly loving and supportive of all that she has done and will continue to do. Currently Whitney is finishing out her internship at KPAX. SHe enjoys singing, dancing and being happily married.

khusnuda.jpgKhusnuda Shukurova
Associate Producer, Promotions
Khusnuda Shukurova,from Tajikistan, Central Asia, came to Missoula, MT in 2007 to study English as a second language. In 2008, she entered the School of Journalism as an R/TV Production student. Currently she is a junior and will be graduating in December 2010. 

Field Producer, Graphics
Willi Brooks is a graduating senior of the University of Montana School of Journalism, from Jackson Hole Wyoming. He has been living in Missoula for the past 5 years. When asked what his favorite thing about working on Cannabusiness he said "learning about all the different people in the film."

evan.jpgEvan Phillipe
Field Producer, Research/Writer
Evan Phillippe grew up "back East" and after being introduced to Montana by his father at the age of twelve, he has made a conscious decision to spend as much time as possible playing outside in the American West. A life-long outdoorsman, Evan guides fly fishing trips on Missoula-area rivers in the spring, summer and fall and has also guided in Colorado and Chile. He spends winters hunting, skiing, and attending journalism school at the University of Montana, where he plans to graduate with a BA in print journalism in the fall of 2010.

rose.jpgRose Stepanek
Field Producer
Rose Stepanek from BIllings, MT is a senior in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in History. She is also on the golf team for the University of Montana which is what she loves to do in her free time. She will be graduating in May and then returning for another year of eligibilty of golf for the 2010-2011 season. During breaks from school and golf, she works for KTVQ in BIllings as a sports reporter. She would like to be involved in sports broadcast in the future.

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Field Producer, Chief Research/Writer
Katrina Heser was born and raised in Billings, MT.  She started in television in high school, working at KTVQ in Billings running cameras and editing, eventually reporting. Katrina moved to Missoula for college in 2007.  She did her internship with Soldiers Radio and Television in Washington, DC.  She loves the fast pace of news. Katrina spends her time in Missoula rock climbing and enjoying the outdoors. She looks forward to a career in the newsroom.

Photographer, Web Designer
Carmen was born in Billings, grew up in Helena, moved to Missoula for school and finds the further west she goes, the happier she is.  She's worked at KBGA College Radio as a reporter and at Montana Public Radio as a news anchor. Carmen loves hanging out with her friends and spending time with her family at Seeley Lake. When not at Don Anderson Hall, she enjoys catching a local hockey game, attending underground hip-hop shows, or hitting softballs out of the park on the intramural team.  

Photographer, Chief Web Designer, Graphics
Ever since Sarah Grant discovered her family's video camera as a little girl growing up in Illinois and Wisconsin, she has been producing and directing newscasts, commercials, talk shows and music videos. Cannabusiness is her first documentary film. When she is not in school or working on the film, Sarah spends her time traveling. She also enjoys live music, reading, designing things, and involving herself in community theatre. After Sarah receives her BA in Television production in May of 2010, she will work as an intern at Chisel Industries in Bozeman, MT.

buddy.jpgBuddy Cowart
Photographer, Music

grant.jpgGrant Beaudette
Editor, Chief Graphics

mike.jpgMike Houchin
Editor, Chief Music
Mike Houchin is a senior in the radio and television department at the University of Montana. His hometown is Butte, MT, and he came to Missoula to study journalism and entertainment management. He plans to pursue a career in live television and event production when he graduates in May 2010.

scott.jpgScott Youngbauer
Editor, Music
Scott Youngbauer, from Lewistown, Montana, graduates from the University of Montana in May of 2010 with a bachelor of arts in Radio Television, and with a minor in film studies. Growing up in central Montana, Scott has had a passion for film ever since he was a kid. After high school graduation in 2004, he went on to complete two years of media and theatre arts at Montana State University, before transferring to the University of Montana’s Radio and Television program in 2007. Although the focuses of his studies are broadcast news, Scott hopes to pursue a career in film production. His goal is to work as a post-production editor in Los Angeles or New York after graduation. His favorite films are Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures and Todd Field’s Little Children.