Filming The Rational Middle

Through their travels with “Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future,” Gregory Kallenberg and his documentary team saw that there was a need and desire for a balanced discussion about today’s energy issues. A discussion that would leave behind the noise and shrill extremes and, instead, invite open discussion, allowing everyone at the table to work together with the goal of creating a path towards a better future for all of us. This movement is called the Rational Middle Energy Series.

Gregory Kallenberg

Director, Producer

Gregory Kallenberg is the director and a producer of the Rational Middle Energy Series. He deeply believes that people can come together to find balanced and rational solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including utilizing viable sources of energy for the future.

Before the Rational Middle Energy Series, Kallenberg directed and produced Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future, a documentary chronicling a large natural gas discovery in northwest Louisiana and its effect on three individual’s lives. Haynesville played at conferences, universities and prestigious festivals like SXSW and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

The film also received its network television premiere on CNBC in November 2010. Kallenberg has also spoken about the future of energy at engagements across the globe including TEDx, Bucknell University’s Environmental Symposium on Shale Gas and Rice University’s “Distinguished Speaker’s Series.”

Kallenberg’s background includes writing and story editing for the award-winning production house Bluefield Productions. He has also written for Esquire Magazine, the New York Times, the Austin American Statesman, among other publications. Kallenberg graduated from the University of Texas where he received a degree in Film. He also attended the film program at the University of Southern California.

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Mark Bullard

Cinematographer, Producer

Mark began his film career as an editorial assistant at Fox Studios, working under editor Thomas J. Nordberg (I Love You Phillip Morris), and has since contributed to over a dozen film and television productions in a range of capacities. He has worked with HBO, MSNBC, IFC, Lions Gate, Whole Foods, Microsoft and others.

As a producer, his films have garnered awards and screened at film festivals around the world. Bullard attended the University of Texas where he obtained degrees in English Literature, interdisciplinary arts and sciences. After graduation, he spent a year in Latin America guiding horseback and climbing tours in the Andes, returning to work at Julia Roberts’ ranch in Taos, NM before pursuing film as a full-time profession. He is currently developing a feature documentary about Old Mexico.

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Chris Lyon


Chris is a filmmaker and producer in the burgeoning independent Northwest Louisiana film scene, leading commercial pieces, narrative shorts, features, and documentaries from start to finish – including the post- apocalyptic drama Stay with Me starring Randall Newsome (Royal Pains, Boardwalk Empire). Lyon has worked in many of production on studio productions for Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, ABC, CBS, Millenium Films, and a host of independent production companies.

What Chris does most, however, is edit. Telling stories and moulding visions into reality of the timeline. He has cut several award-winning films including the feature-length documentary Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future (SXSW, Copenhagen, Sheffield Doc/Fest), the narrative short “Nobody But Her” (New Orleans FF, Brooklyn Film Festival), and “Out of Chaos” (featuring Robin Roberts, Dan Rather, and Al Roker). Currently, he is working on a new short film.

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Rob Senska


Rob is a talented cinematographer whose résumé includes the internationally acclaimed documentary Haynesville, feature films like Broken Blood, Scrape, and 6 Month Rule, as well as national reality shows for MTV, Travel Channel, and Discovery Health. The Rational Middle Energy Series: Season 2 marks Rob’s return to visually capturing the energy story.

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Ian Summers

Office Manager, Logistics Coordinator

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Mindy Bledsoe

Field Producer

Mindy is a writer and director of narrative films and music videos, as well as a photographer and camera operator for film and television. Her feature film experience includes writing and co-producing the film Scrape, which is currently preparing for distribution. She also served as part of the art direction team on Secret Identity Productions’ 6 Month Rule and 20th Century Fox/ABC’s The Gates. She has also worked on shows for MTV, ESPN, and the Travel Channel. Her music video and photography for the band Super Water Sympathy were used to promote the national Van’s Warped Tour 2012.

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Nathan Pizar

Assistant Editor, Graphics Animator

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Jay Weigel


Jay is a composer, producer, conductor, contractor, and arranger for film, television, records, and concerts. He has worked in the film and television world for over 25 years. His recent work can be heard on Tyler Perry films, HBO’s Little Britain, USA, Jim Carrey’s I Love You Phillip Morris, documentaries and indie films.

From 1998-2001, he worked as an orchestrator, assistant conductor, and head music preparatory for Terence Blanchard, and assisted George S. Clinton and Christopher Lennertz. As an arranger and orchestrator he has worked with REM, Chris Thomas King, Judith Owen, and Hal Wilner. Additionally, original work has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center, Louisiana Philharmonic, St. Louis Cathedral, University of Southern Mississippi Symphony, and the Acadiana Symphony to name a few.

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Margaret Ryan

Research Consultant

Margaret Ryan is a journalist with more than 30 years’ experience covering energy issues worldwide, currently writing on US regulatory issues for Interfax Natural Gas Report. Her positions have included Executive Editor of EnergyNOW! (originally, Clean Skies News), an energy and environment broadcast news group, and Editorial Director of the Global Nuclear and Coal groups with Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill.

Her areas of expertise include energy physical and commodity markets, US energy regulation, nuclear and advanced technology safety culture, and climate change. She is a member of the National Press Club and the National Capital Area Chapter, US Association of Energy Economists. She holds a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Communications from American University.

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