About the Filmmakers

Jim Rivett —
President, Creative Director and Principal of Arketype Inc.

A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, Rivett is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin — Whitewater where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting and drawing and a minor in television and film production. He then studied at the New York School of Visual Arts under Milton Glaser.

Rivett has forged a broadly successful career in advertising, graphic design and fine art, leveraging his talents in illustration, design, art direction, and photo direction. Today he is president and creative director of Arketype Inc, a 30-person advertising and design agency based in Green Bay (www.arketypeinc.com).

In 2007, at the invitation of Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, Rivett was asked to serve on the newly formed Wisconsin Task Force on Arts and Creativity in Education. The group's mission is to ensure that a creative workforce and entrepreneurial talent is cultivated throughout the state to compete in a 21st century global economy (www.creative.wisconsin.gov).

All along with his passion for painting, drawing, and graphic design was a love
of film and the goal to create dynamic, compelling work in animation, live action, and documentary film. In 2005 he began work on fulfilling this passion by forming Arketype Entertainment — a division of Arketype Inc — and bringing together an ensemble of video producers, animators, editors, and musicians. The full-length feature documentary film project Westbound began in 2006 and is the culmination of the team's work (www.catchwestbound.com).

In a very recent development and almost simultaneous to the completion of Westbound, Arketype was selected to The BCA Ten — 2009, an exclusive group of ten companies selected by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) which recognizes businesses for exceptional involvement with the arts (www.bcainc.org). The BCA, founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that the arts flourish in America by encouraging, inspiring and stimulating businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community

Shelly Young —
Producer, Arketype Inc.

After growing up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shelly Young attended Suomi College and Michigan Tech University, majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis in the Arts and Performance. She has a true passion for film and video and brings more than 18 years experience in television and video production to Arketype's clients.

Prior to joining Arketype full-time, Young had worked independently, partnering with Arketype to produce several award-winning video projects for both clients of industry and not-for-profit organizations. She also served as a producer with Wisconsin Public Television — PBS from 1992 until 2002.

Another of Young's passions is writing. She co-wrote a screenplay based on the true story of the Wyandot Tribe of Kansas, currently under contract with Sir Ben Kingsley and SBK Pictures. Their project is scheduled to begin principle production in 2010.

Recognized with over 30 national and international awards including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMY®), Young has produced a wide range of broadcast programs including children's series, social issue documentaries, performance specials, live television, public service announcements, and television advertising.