Stone Hut Studios mission is to create “Films For A Better World”. We’re proud to be based in Traverse City, Michigan and we help local and international organizations, companies and movements that are doing good by spreading their message and telling their stories. More than any other medium, film and video have the power to reach an audience’s heart, to inspire them and to move them to action. We strive to make powerful videos that tell a story and make change.
AARON DENNIS, Founder, Director, Videographer, Editor, Animator
Stone Hut’s founder, Aaron Dennis, has over ten years of professional experience working around the globe on film and video projects. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Cinema Arts program, Dennis began his career in Malawi, Africa filming the work of Malaria and AIDS researchers. Afterwards he spent five years in New York City working on several PBS documentaries including the award-winning four-part “Supreme Court” series. In 2007 he spent seven months filming the Tibetan communities of India, Nepal and Tibet to create an archive of a rapidly changing culture. The importance of family and the natural world led him to return in 2008 to his beautiful hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. From there he worked independently before founding Stone Hut Studios in 2011. In 2012 Stone Hut Studios released “The People and The Olive: The Story of the Run Across Palestine” directed and edited by Dennis, which is an official selection of several film festivals including The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival and The Boston Palestine Film Festival.
ANDREW CASE, Assistant Editor
Andy, a graduate of Full Sail University, has over 5 years experience with animation, film and web. And he can do anything! Climbing to the top of a sail mast for the right shot, staying up all night to finish an Arabic Sub-title version of a film, learning new technology or techniques every day, Stone Hut Studios would not work without him. Andy also works part-time at Higher Grounds Trading Co., Traverse City’s 100% organic and fair trade coffee roastery. Working “for good” is part of everything he does.
CHELSEA DENNIS, Communications and Creative Director
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. Chelsea not only designs for Stone Hut Studios, but also handles communications, event planning, and overall strategy of the business.