About the Filmmaker

Natural history filmmaker John Grabowska has produced films from the subarctic to the subtropics. His films have won awards at festivals around the world and are broadcast as primetime specials on PBS. He has lectured on environmental film at The National Geographic Society and The Smithsonian Institution, led environmental media workshops in Argentina and Panama and and is co-founder of the American Conservation Film Festival. Grabowska works frequently with actress Meryl Streep and American Indian author N. Scott Momaday and The Washington Post calls him "one of the virtuoso environmental filmmakers in the country." Katmai is his sixth natural history film in collaboration with Idaho Public Television and his second on the Alaskan wilderness.


  • Katmai, 2013. Alaska Peninsula.
  • Sky Island, 2011. New Mexico's Jemez Mountains
  • Land to Life, 2009. The geoecosystem of Yellowstone.
  • Ribbon of Sand, 2007. North Carolina's barrier islands.
  • Remembered Earth, 2005. New Mexico’s high desert.
  • Crown of the Continent, 2002. Alaska’s spectacular alpine wilderness.
  • Breath of Life, 1998. Pueblos and the Spanish Colonial Empire.
  • Gente de Razón, 1996. South Texas and the roots of Tejano.

John Grabowska on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)