Stone Hut Studios is an independent film company dedicated to creating “Films For A Better World”.  We have worked around the globe using film and video to tell inspiring stories of people working towards hopeful and positive change. In 2012, Stone Hut Studios released The People and The Olive: The Story of the Run Across Palestine. The film’s message of hope and peace has been spread through film festivals and screenings across the world.

For our filming in Mexico and Central America we team with:PROMEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN COMUNITARIA. Promedios’ mission is to use video to help spread the complex social reality of the  indigenous peoples of Mexico. Videographers from this organization supported the Connected by Coffee production in Central America.



Aaron, founder of Stone Hut Studios, is dedicated to using film and video to create positive change.  He has worked across the globe to tell the stories of non-profit, environmental and humanitarian initiatives. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Film program, Dennis has been a part of several national PBS documentaries and specializes in filming, editing and motion graphics.


Chelsea has been a graphic designer, strategist, photographer, community organizer and fair trade advocate for many years. She is the owner/founder of Chelsea Bay Design: branding, design and creative consulting specifically for environmentally and socially responsible companies and organizations. She was previously the Design Director and co-owner of The Change Creation.

Mario Roberto Najera Martinez – VIDEOGRAPHER

Mario has dedicated his life to community media, first working in public access television in New York City, later joining Promedios Community Media in Chiapas, Mexico. He also has worked as an independent filmmaker in various documentaries. Mario was not only our second camera, but also driver of the infamous jeep and interpreter along the way.

Francisco Vazquez Mota - VIDEOGRAPHER

Francisco is co-founder and president of Promedios Community Media, an organization that trains and mentors autonomous indigenous communities in video production and media technologies in Chiapas, Mexico since 1998. He has experience as an independent filmmaker and photographer.

danDan Mills-  TIME-LAPSE GURU

Dan pursues the serenity he finds while exploring the out-of-doors. Whether it’s embarking on hiking trips along the Appalachian Trail or bicycling through Montana and the Dakotas, writing while lounging across the mossy Icelandic landscape, or exploring the geology of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he thrives on the mental challenges that are met. During the past five years Dan has honed his technical skills as a drummer, pianist, and guitarist to further discover his passion of writing music. Dan also has a knack for technical design and although not trained as an engineer, has worked on a variety of personal projects including traditional wooden snowshoes, tent-hammocks, and camera rigs.

mattEMatt Early- KEY ADVISOR

Matt is a co-founder of Just Coffee Cooperative, roaster of fairly traded coffees in Madison, Wisconsin (and member of Cooperative Coffees). He is also a father, musician (you should hear him on that Uke!), and southern roots man with a passion for social justice and long term relationships with his coffee growing partners.


Chelsea Bay DennisPRODUCTION & CREW