Open Range Films (previously SavaFilm) is a local production company that specializes in Jackson Hole subjects created in a variety of formats and lengths, for diverse clients including non-profit organizations, educators, art organizations, government departments of Teton County, FEMA, individuals, and companies.
Open Range Films’ documentary on the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wild at HeArt aired on Wyoming PBS. Other titles have been distributed nationally to PBS stations. Open Range Films’ videos have been broadcast on local television, on regional and statewide cable, on the internet, and distributed on DVDs.
Their work has been curated and distributed by the MacArthur Foundationʼs Library Media Project and has received numerous awards and grants including: several Telly Awards, Aurora Awards, Videography Awards, International Wildlife Film Festivalʼs “Best of Show,” and a National Media Owl Award. In January 2015, Spark and Sava teamed up with journalist, Angus Thuermer to create WyoFile’s first video, a five-minute news piece — When Mule Deer Fly, which was broadcast extensively over the internet, on social media, competed in the Wyoming Short Film Contest, entered into the Wildlife Film Festival and shown at the Center for the Arts— all in just four months!
After studying film at the Parsons School of Design of the New School for Social Research and working as a cameraman and sound recordist on documentary and feature films in New York City, Sava Malachowski moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and started SavaFilm in 1987. He is a recipient of the Visual Arts Fellowship, Wyoming Arts Council; Wyoming Arts Council individual Artist Grant; and National Endowment for the Arts and American Film Institute Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship.
Spark Malachowski (aka Valerie Schramm) joined SavaFilm in 1994 after completing her Master of Fine Arts in Film at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Open Range Films was created in August of 2013. Together, Spark and Sava have created more than 70 films.