Charles is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, husband and father based in Bozeman, Montana. He holds a MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University’s School of Film and Photography. Charles’ projects include BEFORE THERE WERE PARKS: YELLOWSTONE AND GLACIER THROUGH NATIVE EYES, which appeared on the primetime PBS nationwide and won two regional Emmy awards, A CAT CALLED ELVIS, about his search (with his family) for snow leopards in western Mongolia (a show which remains the #1 downloaded podcast on the Webby-award winning, and LAST OF THE GUM MEN, about Guatemala’s few remaining chicleros, which aired nationally on PBS via NETA satellite in 2003. Since 1996, Charles has mentored hundreds of young filmmakers and photographers on National Geographic Student Expeditions to countries around the world, and in programs like Seattle’s 9-1-1 Media Arts Center’s Media Underground, Reading, Pennsylvania’s BCTV FilmCamp, Tucson, Arizona’s Voices Community Stories Past and Present Project, and Montana State University’s TerraPod and Montana Apprentice Program. Charles has also taught Sound for Film in Montana State University’s School of Film and Photography. He is deeply committed to helping create media and especially public programming that broadens viewers’ perspectives and inspires belief in an ecologically considerate and multi-cultural future.


"Commercial" Cinematographer.
"Afterthought" Cinematographer.
"Snow Leopards" Director of Photography/Co-Producer. A documentary for the International Snow Leopard Trust in Mongolia (Distributors: National Geographic, CNN Environment Watch, King 5 News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"Hazel Wolf Festival" Co-Producer/Cinematographer.
“Crystal Mountain” Director of Photography/Co-Producer. In the far wild west of the Himalayas, a German scholar undertakes one last mission to preserve the region's disappearing Tibetan Buddhist and Bon cultures. A quest into the forgotten world of the Inner Dolpo, this 52-minute documentary follows the last expedition of the thirty-year-old Nepal German Manuscript Preservation Project.
"Last of the Gum Men" Director of Photography/Co-Producer. Filmed entirely within northern Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve, this 25-minute documentary offers a unique sense of what it's like to live and work in the deep jungle as it follows five chicleros through what may be the last chicle season.