Outstanding storytelling that will move your audience.
Tracy berglund co-founder
Tracy Berglund is an artist, photographer, filmmaker, designer, and lifelong student of the human condition.
After Vassar College, she attended the Maine Media Workshops and College, where she earned a certificate in fine art photography, darkroom and printing processes. She took a position at a literary agency in New York City where she had the privilege of working alongside renowned garden writers and designers Ken Druse and Madison Cox, American novelist Celestine Sibley, and famed art historian, Barbara Ehrlich White.
Wanting to explore her own creativity she branched off as an independent photographer. Photography eventually led her to film, and the Jim Henson Company, where she worked in licensing. In the late '90's she moved to work in production for Park Pictures and Normal Networks, the former parent company of Vice News. After working at Normal for a few years, she was drawn back to the more creative aspects of film, photography and design, and decided to dive fully into artistic endeavors, working for herself until founding Oh Sister Productions.
Tracy draws inspiration from Marcel Duchamp, Emmet Gowin, Ana Mendieta, Lisette Model, Ross McElwee, and Errol Morris. Her work is diverse in medium, yet always guided by her unique voice--one of earnestness, depth, and a dash of satire. Her work has been seen nationally at museums and even as album art in Peter Wolf's 2010 album, Midnight Souvenirs. She resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she infuses Oh Sister with her artistic flair and southern sensibilities..
Jennifer Berglund co-founder
Jennifer Berglund is a science communicator specializing in multiple mediums. Her work has flung her to the far reaches of the world, through all seven continents, from the depths of Amazonia to Antarctica, and even the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Her award-winning photos, films and articles have been featured both nationally and internationally on television, and in film festivals and major publications.
She first developed an interest in telling the stories of science as an undergraduate at Boston University, gleaning inspiration from the eloquent scientific writings of ant biologist Edward O. Wilson. There, she worked in a research lab studying the neural mechanisms behind complex division of labor in leaf-cutter ant colonies--work she hoped to continue in a PhD program. But a chance encounter with radio journalists in the Ecuadorian Amazon changed all that. Learning science journalism was a career path, she was excited by the prospect of exploring multiple avenues in science through a more artistic lens. So, she changed course, pursuing a Master’s in Science and Medical Journalism after completing earning her B.A. in Biology in 2007.
Thus launched what became a wildly exciting, prolific career as a science journalist and science and nature filmmaker and photographer. Fresh out of grad school, she worked for several production companies specializing in science and nature content, including Powderhouse Productions and Boston Science Communications. She also co-founded her first production company, Prehensile Productions, with fellow filmmaker and science storyteller, Keith Heyward, creating films about science, nature and adventure. Their films covered a spectrum of topics, from the social behavior of capuchin monkeys, to the unbreakable ties between extreme Amazonian biodiversity and indigenous peoples, and buried glaciers in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. Throughout this period, she maintained an active freelancing career as a print journalist and independent filmmaker, work she continues to this day, telling stories from the underwater caves of the Yucatán Peninsula, aboard the deep ocean research and exploration vessel, the E/V Nautilus, and far beyond. To date, she has worked with dozens of media outlets, including the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, Discover Magazine, Scientific American, Nature Outlook, and IEEE Pulse.
In 2013, she began working as an Exhibit Developer/Writer for the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, a consortium of four museums spanning the disciplines of natural history, archaeology, anthropology, and the history of science. Working closely with world-renowned scientists at Harvard University, she crafts their topics of interest and research into compelling stories illustrated by the University’s vast collections. She also creates much the digital media shown throughout the museums and online. Beyond the Harvard community, she also represents the museum exhibition world on a larger stage as the New England Regional Representative for the National Association of Museum Exhibition, an offshoot of the American Alliance of Museums, the largest national association of its kind.
Her collection of skills, and the nature of her work has made her a passionate advocate for not only science and science literacy, but the importance of effective science communication. She believes the stories of science are the adventure stories of our time, and finding new and innovative ways to tell them plays a critical role in educating and engaging a well-informed society in the day’s most pressing issues. She has put these beliefs to practice as a program administrator and mentor for Boston University’s BURECS Program, which trains high-achieving students from multiple disciplines to communicate science to a range of audiences, from scientists and students to the general public. In 2016, she was named a STEM Media Fellow for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to bring emerging leaders in STEM and science media together to provide “valuable insight about the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in science storytelling and media development.”
Oh Sister Productions represents the culmination of her interests and work, and introduces a new tack in her efforts to bring science to the public in artful, engaging ways.
elena eeckhout intern
Elena Eeckhout is a Spanish high school student. She is interested in science and art and she has found that photography allows her to mix these two passions. Recently she has been experimenting with tintypes and she posts her pictures @the_photogarphist on Instagram. On the science side, she has done research on different topics ranging from the HXX, the first sea watch invented by John Harrison, the hygienic revolution started by doctor Ignaz Semmelweis or the impact on the human body of artificial sweeteners like Sucralose.
She finds inspiration in Frida Kahlo because of her use of color -- "although all of her suffering, she always used color to brighten the image we have of pain as if something good could come out of it". And from Robert Berglund, who once said to her in a haiku-like way "Think, brain" and has always inspired her to figure out the magic of the brain. Elena likes reading, watching comedies and action films, playing guitar, attempting to write song lyrics, learning HTML, and browsing on her computer.