Filming The Rational Middle

Throughout its travels with Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future and Rational Middle of Energy over the past nine years, our team has seen that there is a need and desire for a balanced discussion about today’s most challenging issues. This approach is designed to leave behind the noise and shrill rhetoric of the 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.

Gregory Kallenberg

Director, Writer, Producer

Gregory is the director and a producer of the Rational Middle. He deeply believes that people can come together to find balanced and rational solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including immigration.

Before the Rational Middle, 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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Chris Lyon

Writer, Producer, Editor

Chris is a producer and editor living in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has edited and produced a wide array of projects including narratives, documentaries, television shows, and music videos, and has worked on promotional projects for films released by A&E, Warner Brothers, and Paramount. His past documentary work includes award-winning projects Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future and the Rational Middle Energy Series.

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Wendell Riley

Production Manager

Wendell has worked closely with directors and creative leads throughout multiple phases of the production pipeline. He has worked for the Academy Award-winning animation company Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, and his experience in managing workflows and personnel ensures the trains leave the station on time and that the creative minds have the freedom and tools to execute their vision on-screen. In 2017, Riley was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work on The Boy Who Learned to Fly (2016).

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Loren Steffy

Executive Producer, Researcher

Loren Steffy is managing director of the communications firm 30 Point Strategies and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. He is the author of Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit published by McGraw-Hill in 2010, The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, published by Texas A&M University Press in April 2012.

Steffy’s writing has been published in newspapers and publications nationwide, including and The Houston Chronicle, where he was the business columnist for nine years. He has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, MSNBC, the BBC and the PBS NewsHour. Steffy is a four-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, business journalism’s highest honor, along with numerous state and national awards.

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Zach Storie

Production Associate

Zach primarily works in the research division of Rational Middle, leading the charge of uncovering experts and data which are used to bring real-world context the discussion taking place on-screen. He also prepares this information and more for use in fact checking for each episode and assists the team during on-set interviews. His work in post-production helps make the Rational Middle an effective force for bringing important stories to the forefront.

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