Our team consists of producer/cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus, scriptwriter/photographer Nic Stoltzfus, and editor/musician Joey Dickinson.
Elam Stoltzfus got his start in film-making 30 years ago in LA. Lower Alabama, that is. He first picked up a camera in 1984 working for WeCare, a prison ministry in Atmore. He has been filming ever since. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Florida State University in 1988 and started Live Oak Production Group (now Stoltzfus Media), an independent film company, in 1991. Since then he has produced countless shorts, 5 hour-long documentaries featured on Public Television, and recently garnered an Emmy for his work on the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee film. Last year the Florida Wildlife Federation recognized Stoltzfus as the 2014 Conservationist of the Year for Florida. He said this award means just as much or more than the Emmy because it validates his work not just as a film-maker, but as an artist striving to protect Florida’s natural beauty.
Elam’s Little Known Fact: He was 22 when he saw his first film in a movie theatre. The movie was The Sound of Music.
Nic Stoltzfus, Elam’s son, is also a graduate of the Florida State University communication program. After graduating in 2012, he spent a year teaching English in Japan and came home last September to work at Stoltzfus Media. One of the highlights of working for Stoltzfus Media has been a trip down the Apalachicola River with Elam, Joey, and 6 other explorers in December. You can read about his adventures (and misadventures!) here. Nic wrote the companion coffee-table book for the Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast documentary project. It is his first book.
Nic’s Little Known Fact: When he was 6 years old his parents snuck him onto Disney’s “Space Mountain”, even though he was probably too short for the ride. He has been terrified of roller coasters ever since.
Joey Dickinson is a 2014 graduate of the FSU College of Communication & Information’s Media Production program. His senior year he interned with Stoltzfus Media and traveled the state working on projects. He came on full-time with the company this month. Highlights include meeting Clyde Butcher, an early inspiration for Joey; working closely with long-time film-maker, Elam Stoltzfus; and going on the Apalachicola river trip and meeting the folks from the Quapaw Canoe Company (John Ruskey and the crew from Clarksdale, MS, are featured in a documentary by Joey titled The Mighty Quapaws that was screened at the 2015 Clarksdale Film Festival).
Joey’s Little Known Fact: Joey was born with a congenital heart defect – single ventricle, missing right ventricle. After undergoing the Fontan Procedure and 3 open heart surgeries, it is as good as new!