Ben Leonberg, Director

Ben Leonberg is a film director and a graduate of Columbia University's MFA film program.  Despite living in NYC, Ben makes movies that feature exciting outdoor locations like caves, deserts, and remote forests.  He's also a cinematographer and special-effects enthusiast.  When he isn't making genre films, Ben works as the Creative Director for the Virtual Reality company YouVisit , pushing the boundaries of storytelling in a new medium.

Scott Riehs, Producer

Scott Riehs is a NYC-based producer and filmmaker with a background in editing, acting, and Circle Rules Football. Among several ambitious short films, his Columbia Producing credits include Devil’s Work, directed by Miguel Silveira. (Alfred P. Sloan Production Award; DGA Student Film Award). Scott recently worked as a Locations Assistant on the feature film Three Generations, starring Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning, as well as the ill-fated Carey Fukunaga adaptation of Stephen King's It.  Bears Discover Fire is Scott’s seventh major collaboration with director Ben Leonberg, but first featuring bears and torches.


Alex Cannon has been making movies since his dreadful all-boys high school days. His work has been featured in festivals and venues, including SXSW, SPIN, Fader, NME, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He's presently pursuing an MFA in Directing at Columbia University


Jan Reichle, Director of Photography

Growing up in the cultural melting pot of Hong Kong and mastering his craft in Sydney and Melbourne, Jan now is based in New York City.  He enjoys a healthy mix of advertising, indie feature film, TV promo, music video, TV & web series work. He is a passionate collaborator, works fast & efficiently, whilst remaining calm. His images punch above their budget weight.  His first feature credit as cinematographer, Jucy, premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Chloe Lenihan, Co-Producer


Chloe has worked for the Academy-Award winning GK Films (on films like The Departed, The AviatorBlood DiamondThe Young Victoria), balancing work in both Creative Development and Business & Legal Affairs. After studying acting under Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio in NYC, she co-founded Buds of May Productions, developing content for the stage and screen. Her directorial debut, Red Dot, has screened at domestic and international film festivals.

 Peter Todd, Co-Producer

Peter Todd is a film producer based in NYC. In 2014, Peter founded his own production company Shady Deals Productions while working on his MFA thesis project Parents of the Groom.  Prior to that, Peter produced six short films and co-produced five other short films at Columbia University. Peter began his entertainment career working for Henderson Hogan Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and the Independent Producers Pete Lengyel (Super Troopers) and Rich Perello (Super Troopers).

Ali Petre, Production Designer

Ali grew up “shooting” movies in her mind since she was a little girl. Like pages of a book flipping madly, her imagination has created endless virtual photographs, snapshots of cinematic and animated lives with tales to tell. For in her creations, the mundane becomes extraordinary, and the impossible becomes a celluloid reality playing before our very eyes. Ali has been working on commercials with companies including Oscar Mayer, Nascar, Walmart and Reebok and is currently working with HGTV's Love It Or List It on their new season.

R.e. Smith, composer

Hailing from Western Australia, Rebecca Erin Smith specializes in collaborative media and concert works. She works primarily with large ensembles and voice, at times electronically manipulated and set alight with found sounds. She is currently living in NYC as a Masters of Music candidate in composition at the Manhattan School of Music. A Fulbright Scholar, the past year has seen Rebecca also awarded the Deolus Husband Scholarship in composition from MSM. She has scored seven short films to date, as well as a 10 part comedy series.


Chuck Testa is a Master Taxidermist/Youtube Sensation based out of Ojai Valley, California. Chuck has thirty years experience as one of the premiere taxidermists in the country, and was commissioned to help create the main bear puppet for Bears Discover Fire


Terry Bisson, Author of the short story "Bears Discover Fire"

Terry is an award-winning science fiction writer, known mainly for his short stories.  Check out his awesome website “Terry Bisson of the Universe” for his full story: