Meet the Filmmakers

IMG_99252-200x300Brendan Walsh (Director of Photography)
is the co-owner of the production company Great Lakes Media. In addition to DP’ing and editing for GLM, Brendan has filmed for television shows on PBS, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, CNBC, A&E, the History Channel, FOX and TLC.  Brendan’s work has taken him across the globe, but his heart has always remained in the Great Lakes region. His driving factor in creating this film was his love for the Lakes.  After learning more about the unique and tragic history of the Great Lakes, Brendan and Jessica knew the story needed to be brought to life through video.


Jessica Walsh (Producer) is the co-owner of Great Lakes Media production company.  Jessica is an award-winning print journalist and editor, and is responsible for coordinating and delivering a wide range of productions for Great Lakes Media.  Her photographic talents also came into play on Making Waves when she served as an additional camera operator.  Her concern for native ecosystems, plants and animals were an impetus in making the documentary a reality.

bk_sidebar-1Bill Kurtis (Narrator), acclaimed journalist and documentarian, is the owner of Kurtis Productions in Chicago. For more than 40 years, Bill has produced, hosted and narrated countless television series and documentaries around the world.  Bill currently hosts the television series Through the Decades, and is the announcer for the National Public Radio news quiz show, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!  A former anchor for Chicago’s CBS News, he narrated the feature film comedies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.  Bill is the recipient of numerous humanitarian, journalism and broadcasting awards including Emmys, CableACE awards, and the Thurgood Marshall Award. He is a published author and a member of the board of directors of several distinguished organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Foundation, Chicago Green City Market, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.