Valles Caldera: The Science lands 2 Emmy wins!

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards celebration was held October 19th, 2013. Valles Caldera: The Science won in two of it's three nominated categories.  Best Documentary - Topical was awarded to Executive Producer/Director Tim Aydelott and Producer Ylonda Viola.  Best Photography went to John G. Britt.  Producer Ylonda Viola represented Santa Fe Productions and Tim Aydelott Productions at the gala event.  We extend our sincere thanks to our friends, family and supporters.  Especially of note are all the folks listed below - Thank you all so so much! 

Funders: The National Science Foundation, Valles Caldera Trust, Albert I. Pierce Foundation, PNM Foundation, New Mexico Geological Society Foundation

On Air Talent:

Fraser Goff, Ph. D. - Adjunct at UNM, LANL retired
Robert L. Smith, D.Sc. - USGS, reitred
Laura Crossey, Ph.D. - UNM
Jesus Gomez - New Mexico School of Mining and Technology
Paul Gabrielson - New Mexico School of Mining and Technology
Robert Parmenter, Ph.D. - Valles Caldera National Preserve
Colleen Caldwell, Ph.D. - USGS Cooperative Extension, NMSU
Peter Fawcett, Ph.D. - UNM

Special Thanks:

Staff and support of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Valles Caldera Trust;  Dennis Trujillo, Robert Parmenter, Dennis Rino, Terry McDermott, Rourke McDermott, Ana Steffen, Tim Haarmann, Mick Trujillo, Steve Herrera, Sue Anderson, Bernadette Cordova, Jacqueline Stark, Scott Compton

Jemez Ranger District

Madeline Zeigler

Franz Joachim

Pierce Foundation; Terry Pierce & Deborah Thrall-Pierce

PNM Diane Ogawa and Ernest C DeBaca,

La Cueva Lodge

New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources

R.L. Smith, Richard Hughes, Barbara Smith, Kate Zeigler, Lauren Sherson, Manny Encinias, Lance Bernal, Rebecca Oertel, William Myer, Sarah Kindschuh

William Michener, Mary Jo Daniel, Sarah Cobb, Jerry Jacobi, Natalie Willoughby, Anna Espinoza, Anna Morrato, Christalina Donovan

Fernando Lucero

University of New Mexico Press 

New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program; Becky Coel-Roback, Kurt Steinhaus

NSF Advisory Committee; Barbara Kimbell, Carlos Atencio, Roger Madelena, Bradley Udall, Dan Agan,

NSF Evaluator; Kirk Minnick & teachers from the focus group

Rhonda Spidell

Rocky Mountain Corporation for Public Broadcasting – Heidi Brown

Kat Tiano

Ali MacGraw

The Crew:

Executive Producer – Anthony S. Tiano

Executive Producer/Director - Tim Aydelott

Producer - Ylonda Viola

Narrator - Ali MacGraw

Director of Photography - John Golden Britt

Additional video footage – Ylonda Viola, Tim Aydelott

Editor – Randy McComas

Field Audio Engineer – David Renner. Eric Donald

Production Assistants – Ian Simon, Kelly Byars, Alan Madalena, Ali Silverstein, Gabriella Marks, Robin Garcia, Terry Pierce, Alan Crawford

Animations – Antony Lostetter, Chris Cervantes

Post Production Audio – Wild Woods Studio – Bruce Graham

Narration Recording - Stepbridge Studios

Music – Matthew Pavolaitis

Still photos courtesy of – Ana Steffen, Rourke McDermott, Bob Parmenter, R.L. Smith Ph.D., Peter Fawcett Ph.D., Fraser Goff Ph.D., NASA, Ylonda Viola

Las Conchas fire Footage courtesy of  - KRQE news, Bob Martin, Rourke McDermott – VCNP Landscape Architect

Post Production Supervisor – Ylonda Viola

Technical Advisor – Brent Newman, Ph.D.

F-900 Transfers & Closed Captioning – Jim Hoppin

Accounting – Kathleen Barrett 

Transcripts – Ruth Frank

Technical Advisor – Brent Newman, Ph.D.

Photographer - Terry Pierce



Teacher’s Guide to Valles Caldera: The Science

In a unique approach to creating innovative educational curriculum from an environmental documentary, New Mexico EPSCoR secured the talents of Science Education Consultant, Rhonda Spidell to create NGSS aligned curriculum based on select video clips from the documentary Valles Caldera: The Science. The curriculum incorporates an Earth Systems approach to the research taking place in the Caldera & provides elementary, middle and high school teachers access to student labs and activities under the subjects; Fire, Climate Change, Water Quality and Geology.

It is available for free online at

The Albert I. Pierce Foundation offered support as well and sponsored two presentations of the new website at the 2013 national conference of The North American Association of Environmental Educators in Baltimore Maryland.  Tim Aydelott, Deb Thrall, Rhonda Spidell and Ylonda Viola were thrilled to attend and share this innovative curriculum with a national audience.  Thank you to everyone involved in making this a reality!

ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL article by Adiran Gomez Sun, Apr 14, 2013

IN THE VALLES CALDERA: For nearly three years, Tim Aydelott and crew captured footage in the Valles Caldera in northern New Mexico. Now his documentary, “Valles Caldera: The Science” will have a run on PBS, Channel 5 at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

This documentary focuses on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the high mountains of northern New Mexico. The preserve is situated inside a collapsed crater surrounded by eruptive domes and features the 11,254-foot Redondo Peak. Much of the year, the Valles area is an emerald gem amidst the sere New Mexico landscape.

“I’ve always wanted to do a piece on this area since I moved here in 1992,” he explains. “Once it became public land, I started to think about the documentary and eventually it fell into place and here it is.”

Aydelott says the film explores scientific research into climate change being conducted on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, as well as the geology, the geologic forces that formed the caldera’s super volcano, the current hydrology within the caldera and the effects of fire in the region.

It also is broken up into three major topics: geologic history, current research and fire impact.

“When we started filming, this was years before the Las Conchas Fire,” he explains. “You can see the change in the landscape. It turned out well because the fire created all the drama we needed to tell this story.”

Aydelott says it was surreal being out in that open space.

“I keep going back to the first time we were there and that was in 2008,” he says. “It was 4:30 in the morning and there were about five people that were in the area. I just kept thinking to myself how special it was to be here.” - By Adrian Gomez

Public Television high ratings bring more broadcast times....

Valles Caldera: The Science received incredible ratings in New Mexico this past Sunday.  Based on high demand the show will be broadcasts again in prime time in April near Earth Day.  Check back for local times on the Broadcast page of this website or your local channel.  Thanks so much to the 16,000 households that tuned in last Sunday afternoon and for all the Facebook Likes! 

Repeat screening of the documentary at The Screen Feb 16, 2013

Due to the sold out show on Jan 24th we will be screening the documentary again!  We hope those of you that didn't make it in to the show can come back.  Thank you for your efforts!  Here are the details;

Public screening of Valles Caldera: The Science as a Benefit for Caldera Action

Noon February 16th at The Screen in Santa Fe New Mexico

Discussion and Q & A afterward with Dr. Bob Parmenter and  the Director of the documentary: Tim Aydelott

Purchase tickets the The Screen

Contact your local PBS station by November 28th to help get Valles Caldera: The Science screened in your area!

We are uplinking Valles Caldera: The Science to the Public Television satellite on Thursday, November 29, 2012. 

By contacting your local PBS station and requesting the documentary be screened in your area you help by showing audience generated interest.  It only takes a few voices for programmers to download and schedule the show. 

So here is what you can do between now and November 28th, 2012:
1) Use the following link: to find your local PBS station.

2) Call or email them & tell them that you want to see: Valles Caldera: The Science. You can provide them this information as well: NOLA: VRCA 000, Feed Date: November 29, 2012: 12:30 – 1330 ET HD 05.

3) Pass this info along to your friends and family across the nation so they can see the documentary too!

The stations listen to their viewers and we'd love for you to be able to see it!

Please contact us if you need help locating your station.

We really appreciate your interest and time – Thanks!

Los Alamos Screening Nov 1st, 2012

We'll be screening Valles Caldera: The Science at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos on November 1st, 2012 @  This is a fundraiser for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Q&A after the showing with the Director Tim Aydelott and LANL scientists who worked on the film. $10 adults, $5 kids at the door.  

Pajarito Environmental Education Center,