Open Range Films Sava Malachowski, Producer/Camera Spark Malachowski, Writer/ Director/ Editor — After studying film at the Parsons School of Design of the New School for Social Research and working as a sound recordist on documentary and feature films in New York City, Sava moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1987 and started SavaFilm. Spark joined SavaFilm after completing her Master of Fine Arts in Film at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Together they have created more than 60 films. In July 2013, Sava and Spark established a new company, Open Range Films, LLC.
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Sava and Spark specialize in documentaries and educational films. Their documentary on the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, Wild at HeArt, aired on Wyoming PBS. Other titles have been distributed nationally to PBS stations throughout the United States. Their work has been curated and distributed by the MacArthur Foundation’s Library Media Project and has received numerous awards and grants including: several Telly Awards; Aurora Award; Videographer Award; International Wildlife Film Festival — Best of Show; Retirement Research Foundation — National Media Owl Award; National Endowment for the Arts and American Film Institute —Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship.
Spark received a BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Film from Columbia University. Her interest in film and anthropology developed into a career in documentary filmmaking as a producer, writer, director and editor. As a painter and award-winning photographer, she combines a refined visual sensibility while navigating the technical challenges of editing. Her strengths as an editor spring from her talent as a writer, which facilitates her ability to organize information and tell a compelling story. Spark founded and leads Movie Night at the Library in Jackson,Wyoming, a successful monthly evening devoted to screening and discussing current and classic films.
In the course of their professional careers Sava and Spark produced an extensive body of work dedicated to safety and awareness. Their films Driving Snow: The Keys to Winter Driving, Rules of the Snow and A Sense of Snow have wide distribution and are used in drivers education, snowmobiling safety courses and avalanche education. Driving Snow has been seen from Inuit villages in Alaska to National Science Foundation research stations in Antarctica. Sava and Spark also produced films on living in the Wildland-Urban interface and many PSAs addressing public safety. Sava has been involved in avalanche awareness education for many years — in the 1990's as a member of Teton County Search and Rescue and for the last 10 years as the co-producer of Avalanche Awareness Night, an annual event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This event is designed to increase avalanche awareness among the residents of Jackson Hole, targeting people who are new to the area, but eager to experience backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. In the winter, Sava instructs skiing at Snow King Mountain in Jackson and at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Wyoming.