Les Guthman
 Director, Producer, Writer, Editor 

                                                                                                             


        Producer

Les Guthman created and produced the DISCOVER MAGAZINE series at the Walt Disney Company, and Outside Television, the production division of Outside Magazine.  In these multi-year series and as owner of XPLR PRODUCTIONS, he has produced 35 feature documentaries.  His productions include "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE," by director Michael Brown, which was nominated for two national Emmys:  Outstanding Sports Documentary and Outstanding Sports Cinematography (on Everest).

His other awards include:

Special Jury Award, Banff Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Grand Prize, Montreal International Adventure Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Audience Award, Best Documentary, Newport Beach Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Gold Camera Award, Graz International Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Best of Festival, Taos Mountain Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Audience Choice Award, Documentaries, Beverly Hills Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Best Adventure Documentary, Boulder International Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Human Spirit Award, Whistler Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Documentary Prize, Sant Feliu de Guixols Film Festival, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"
Men's Journal's "Top 20 Adventure Films of All Time," "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"

Men's Journal's "Top 20 Adventure Films of All Time," "INTO THE TSANGPO GORGE"
Men's Journal's "Top 20 Adventure Films of All Time," "INTO THE THUNDER DRAGON"
Best Extreme Adventure Film, Montreal International Film Festival, "INTO THE THUNDER DRAGON"
Best Cinematography in Extreme Conditions, Moscow Film Festival" INTO THE THUNDER DRAGON"

Special Jury Award, Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, "BURNING TIME" ("ELEMENTS OF ADRENALINE")

Winner, Best New Idea in Science Television, National Academy of Sciences, "THREE NIGHTS AT THE KECK"

Teddy Award, Nation’s Best Conservation Film, "IN THE SHADOW OF THE CONDOR"

Teddy Award Runnerup, Nation's Best Conservation Film,  "THE RAINFOREST WISDOM OF MOISES CHAVEZ"

Cable Ace Award Nomination, Best Interview Show,  "21st CENTURY: JONAS SALK"

Acquired by the Museum of Broadcasting, "CORWIN"



Featured Screenings:

Lincoln Center Benefit Premiere, New York, "CHURNING THE SEA OF TIME"
Royal Geographical Society, London, "CHURNING THE SEA OF TIME"
Museum of Modern Art’s “Documentary Fortnight” Film Festival, New York, "CHURNING THE SEA OF TIME"
Asia Society, New York, "CHURNING THE SEA OF TIME"
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, "CHURNING THE SEA OF TIME"

Smithsonian Museum of Natural HIstory, "THE HUDSON RIVERKEEPERS" (Now combined with "THE WATERKEEPERS" into one film.)

Museum of Broadcasting Screenings, New York, Beverly Hills, "CORWIN"

Opening Night, Telluride MountainFilm Festival, "MESSNER"

National Geographic Society, Washington DC, "FARTHER THAN THE EYE CAN SEE"

Banff Film Festival World Tour, "INTO THE TSANGPO GORGE"

Santa Fe Film Festival, "THE YUNNAN GREAT RIVERS EXPEDITION"

Banff Film Festival World Tour, "IN THE SHADOW OF THE CONDOR"


Other Notable Productions:

"THE BIJAC BOSNIA KAYAK CLUB" - Filmed in the late 1990s in Bijac, Bosnia at the end of the Bosnia civil war, "The Bihac, Bosnia Kayak Club" tells the story of American Olympic kayaker Scott Shipley's support for a kayak club and the young kayakers of this muslim town, which had suffered a years-long siege by Serbian troops.  Shipley met their coach when he was airlifted out of a wartime trench in 1996 to compete in the Altanta Games.  Shipley came to Bihac after the Games and returned there three years later, bringing kayaks and equipment along with his friendship and encouragement to these young people, who had no other place to find recreation in a city filled with land mines, except to kayak on the magnificent Una River.  Directed by Carl Ginsburg and Helen Demeranville.

"ICE CHALLENGER"  The first crossing of the frozen Bering Strait, from Alaska to Russia, in a land-based vehicle.  The third and final attempt by British adventurer Steve Brooks in his Snowbird 6 vehicle — the ultimate SUV, capable of traversing the wild ice flows, the perilous stretches of flat ice pans, and the open icy sea.  An Explorers Club Flag Expedition.  Written and Produced  by Celia Carey. Directed and Edited by Sean Davison. 

"21st CENTURY" - Nominated for a Cable Ace Award in 1996, the series focused on the science of the upcoming 21st Century.  Its episodes included the last interview with Dr. Jonas Salk, discoverer of the polio vaccine, who was a leading AIDS researcher at the end of his career.  Hosted by Warren Olney, esteemed Los Angeles journalist and NPR host.  Other episodes included
Dr. Ed Stone, head of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Bran Ferren, head of Walt Disney Imagineering.