Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer Jim Dutcher began producing documentary films in the 1960s. His early adventures with a camera were spent underwater, part of a Florida coast childhood. In 1985, Water, Birth, the Planet Earth, his first television film, initiated a career spent with animals that range from tiny hatching sea turtles to one of the top-ranking predators on the continent, the wolf. Jim's extraordinary camerawork and the trust he gains from his subjects have led audiences into places never before filmed: inside beaver lodges, down burrows to peek at wolf pups, and into the secret life of a mother mountain lion as she cares for her newborn kittens. His work includes the National Geographic special A Rocky Mountain Beaver Pond and ABC World of Discovery's two highest-rated films, Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies and Wolf: Return of a Legend.
In 1991 Jim received the extremely prestigious Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his documentary Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies. Jim's intense personal involvement with the details of his subjects' lives and his eye for the beauty of the natural world have placed his work in a category all its own.
In 1995, the Governor of Idaho appointed Jim as an ex officio member of the Idaho Wolf Management Committee, a position he served in until 2001.
Jamie Dutcher, Jim's wife and co-producer, made her mark on the world of film when she won an Emmy Award for sound recording with her carefully collected vocalizations of the Sawtooth wolves. A former employee in the animal hospital of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Jamie brought to Jim's projects a knowledge of animal husbandry and medical care. Combined with her gentle instinct, these skills enabled Jamie to quickly gain access to the sensitive and secret inner lives of wolves. Her photographs complement the Dutchers’ three books on The Sawtooth Pack.
Together, Jim and Jamie Dutcher have been nominated for five Emmy Awards and have won three. Jointly, they created the Discovery Channel's most successful wildlife documentary, Wolves at Our Door, and have been interviewed extensively on numerous television and radio programs and in print articles, in both the United States and Europe. Their most recent film and book, Living with Wolves, continues the story of the Sawtooth wolf pack that became a part of their lives.
The Dutchers have brought the story of wolves to hundreds of millions of television viewers, radio listeners and readers in media such as:
Jim and Jamie live in Ketchum, Idaho, in a log home at the edge of a wild pond with ducks, flying squirrels, elk, deer, owls, coyotes and a mischievous black bear for neighbors.
James S. Gilliland
From 1993 to 1997 Jim Gilliland served by Presidential appointment as the General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture, the nation's senior lawyer on all matters of law and policy involving America's food, forest, and farm areas. With a staff of 300 lawyers in 27 offices, his responsibilities ranged from controversies over use of the nation's forests, to agricultural trade issues of GATT and NAFTA, to oversight of the U.S.D.A.'s $100-billion loan portfolio for America's rural needs, to the enforcement of America's food safety laws, to nutritional assistance for America's underserved. He supervised nearly 10,000 cases including the landmark “Spotted Owl Case” that halted all logging on Pacific Northwest public lands, a case that he ultimately helped conclude. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School, Mr. Gilliland served as a partner of the Memphis law firm now named Glankler Brown PLLC, where he is 'of counsel.' Until recently he chaired America's largest national battlefield preservation trust, and sat on several corporate and national nonprofit boards, including the Environmental Law Institute. Jim and his wife, Lucia, live in Memphis, Tennessee and part time in Jackson, Wyoming.
Jean McB. Greene
Jean Greene has had a lifelong interest in conservation of land and wildlife. Presently she is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Lake Forest Open Lands, where she is chair of the Land Management Committee. Mrs. Greene is also on the Board of the Lake Forest Country Day School, a member of the Sculpture Garden Committee of the Lincoln Park Zoo, and served as a member of the Board of the Population Institute in Washington, D.C., and as a Trustee of the Lake Forest Improvement Trust. Jeanie and her German Shepherd therapy dog make weekly visits to her local hospital. Mrs. Greene is also an artist, specializing in bronze sculptures and oil paintings. Jeanie is a graduate of Vassar College, who first worked as a stewardess for Pan Am, flying primarily to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Later she worked in the White House, composing letters for Mamie Eisenhower, before marrying and moving to Europe with her husband, John. The Greenes live in Lake Forest, Illinois. They live have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Hon. John V. Tunney
Living with Wolves is pleased to welcome to the Board in 2008 former U.S. Senator from California, John Tunney. Mr. Tunney served one term in the Senate, from 1971 to 1977. From 1965 through 1971, he was a Representative to the U.S. Congress. Following his public service, John resumed the practice of law in Los Angeles. John graduated from Yale University, attended the Academy of International Law at The Hague, Netherlands, and graduated from the law school of the University of Virginia. Mr. Tunney joined the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate and served until discharged as a captain in 1963. He is the author of The Changing Dream, 1975. It is acknowledged that the 1972 movie ‘The Candidate,’ which starred Robert Redford, was inspired by John Tunney’s campaign. Today, Mr. Tunney is President of the Museum Board of Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA. He and his wife divide their time between California, Idaho and Maine.