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Rattled: Conserving Rattlesnakes in Appalachia

The Orianne Society has determined one apex predator to be of vital importance to the Appalachian region, yet it is facing tremendous challenges towards its conservation. It is an animal that we have felt threatened by, and have demonized for centuries, compromising our own capacity for understanding them.

This animal is the Timber Rattlesnake.


The Orianne Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of reptiles, amphibians and the ecosystems they inhabit through inventory, monitoring, land protection and management, on-the-ground conservation action, and education. One of our primary goals within education, is increasing the public’s knowledge about snakes and decreasing fear and persecution.

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  • Ryan N. Olsen
    Director & Cinematographer
  • Tracy Karplus
    Writer & Producer
  • The Orianne Society
  • Chris Jenkins
  • John Sealy
  • Kami Ahrens
  • Adam Warwick
  • Jeff Hall
  • Kristen DiMercurio
  • Nikhil Bhagat
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    22 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography

Ryan N. Olsen is the owner, director, and cinematographer for Cinemaship Productions, a small, but mighty film company that specializes in creating colorful, bright, and impactful videos. His projects have taken him across the United States, ranging from corporate videos, commercials, short films, and documentaries. He is an award-winning director and filmmaker, receiving accolades and laurels for both his commercial work and his 2019 short film "Say Goodbye, Grace." "Rattled" is Ryan's debut documentary. In his nine-to-five, Ryan has worked as a director of video production and filmmaker, working with clients to reach new audiences with video. He has devoted his life to creating engaging and visually impressive images that elevate the projects he has chosen to work on. In his personal time, Ryan is a devout cinephile, a constant student of the craft, and an active member of the film community. Ryan constantly works to expand his knowledge of film production and hone his execution of collaborative creative storytelling. He is currently based in St. Louis and always looking for his next creative project!

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