Gregory Kallenberg is the founder and executive director of the Louisiana Startup, Film, Food, and Music Prizes. As of 2019, the award-winning Louisiana Film Prize has contributed over $15 million in economic development for the Shreveport / Bossier area and reached tens of thousands of Film Prize fanatics. Since its inception in 2012, over 600 films have been created for the Film Prize using over 4,000 northwest Louisiana locals in casts and crew - the equivalent of 44 feature films!
Kallenberg is also the founder of Rational Media, a documentary production company committed to creating balanced media and catalyzing civil, solutions-based discussions around divisive topics. He is the director and producer of the Rational Middle of Immigration and the award-winning Rational Middle of Energy (a partnership with Shell). To date, Rational Middle films have been downloaded, viewed, and shown over 6 million times.
Before the Rational Middle, Kallenberg directed and produced Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future, a documentary chronicling a large natural gas discovery in northwest Louisiana and its effect on three individuals’ lives. Haynesville played at conferences, universities, and prestigious festivals like SXSW and the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Kallenberg graduated from the University of Texas where he received a degree in Film. He also attended the film program at the University of Southern California. His background includes event organizing, filmmaking, investment consulting, and philanthropy. He has been a writer and story editor for the award-winning production house, Bluefield Productions. He has also written for Esquire Magazine, the New York Times, and the Austin American Statesman, among other publications. Kallenberg was named the 2019 Champion of Culture by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. He currently serves on the SXSW Interactive executive board in Austin, the Artspace board in Shreveport, and is the chairman of the Deaf Action Center (Shreveport, LA) and Junior Achievement Laureate.