Tales from California's Channel Islands

The Filmmakers


Brent Sumner

Studio 8
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 708-4562

Sumner maintains an active video producing/shooting/editing business serving numerous clients throughout Santa Barbara. His work involves commercials, PSA’s, business videos, material for non-profits, and feature length documentaries, including 3 Big Ideas for PBS stations.

Educated at Brooks Institute of Photography, Brent started as an editor in the reality and documentary realm. His early credits include ABC’s The Bachelor and WB’s The Living Edge. He also worked on Autograph, a documentary series which took him around the world to interview stars such as Ben Kingsley, Janet Leigh, and Michael Caine.

Highlights of his career were shooting and editing a PBS documentary entitled Above Yellowstone, the first-ever aerial tour of Yellowstone. He also shot and edited Above Santa Barbara and Citizen McCaw, a documentary about the future of journalism.

Brent received a Gold Medal at the International Film Awards for both cinematography and editing of a documentary featuring Robert Duvall.

He currently serves as a board member of the Santa Barbara Visitor’s Bureau and Film Commission.


Sam Tyler

Santa Barbara, CA

Tyler’s most recent film (June 2011) is a special for PBS stations titled Above Yellowstone, the first-ever aerial tour of Yellowstone National Park.

He has been involved in creating and producing documentary films since 1983, including specials for PBS on the best-selling business books of the last 30 years:

In Search of Excellence
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Good to Great

Tyler also produced and directed Citizen McCaw, a film about a controversial newspaper publisher in Santa Barbara.

Prior to becoming an independent producer, Tyler was VP for Development at WGBH Boston, one of PBS’ flagship stations, where he was involved in funding programs such as Julia Child’s Kitchen, This Old House, NOVA, and Frontline.

Tyler is also responsible for 30 other video and film projects including the launch of Michael Porter on Competitive Strategy for The Harvard Business School Video Series, which he co-founded, and other PBS films, including The Excellence Files and The Entrepreneurial Revolution.

Tyler is a graduate of Princeton University. He served in the US Marine Corps Reserve. He is on the board of a foundation in Santa Barbara where he resides.


Peter S. Seaman

Carpinteria, CA

Peter S. Seaman is a writer/producer/director with numerous credits from a career spent in the motion picture business. He wrote the romantic comedies Doc Hollywood and Last Holiday, box office hits like How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Shrek the Third, and the ground breaking multiple Academy Award winning Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Seaman (with longtime collaborator Jeffrey Price) received Best Adapted Screenplay nominations from both the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for his work on Roger Rabbit. As well, he received a BAFTA Children’s Award nomination for The Grinch.

Seaman has also worked in TV, creating original series as well as writing and directing episodes of Tales From The Crypt. In 2008, Seaman produced the documentary Citizen McCaw about the upheaval at a Santa Barbara newspaper with, among others, Sam Tyler and Brent Sumner.

A transplanted Chicagoan, Seaman has lived in Carpinteria for 25 years. He’s a graduate of Harvard University and a member of the WGA, the DGA and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He serves as a mentor for young filmmakers at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.