Atlas Films is a production company located in Southern California.
Founders Michael and Michelle Walrath and Stephanie Soechtig started Atlas Film in 2008 with the goal of creating films that educate, entertain & inspire change.
Stephanie Soechtig is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Atlas Films. Her most recent film, Under the Gun, received a prolonged standing ovation when it premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Lionsgate and Epix acquired the award-winning film, which critics called “masterfully crafted” and "the best film on firearms since the 2002’s Oscar-winning doc Bowling for Columbine.”
Two years earlier, FED UP, premiered at Sundance where it was acquired by Radius/TWC and received a wide theatrical release. A New York Times Critic's Pick, many have likened FED UP to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth for the way we eat. The film spotlighted our addiction to sugar and the ensuing obesity epidemic, and succeeded in bringing the issue into the mainstream.
Stephanie's directorial debut documentary, Tapped, focused on the high cost -- to both the environment and our health -- of the bottled water industry. Hailed by critics as “stunning” and “whip-smart,” Tapped swept film festivals across the country while picking up six awards for Best Documentary Feature.
Stephanie's film about chemical contaminants in drinking water, The Devil We Know, is currently in production. She also produced the documentary The Last Animals, about Africa's poaching crisis, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Dubbed by Fortune Magazine as one of the "Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink," Stephanie has also directed political campaign commercials, short films, and viral videos for nonprofit groups, including the Environmental Working Group and Food and Water Watch.
Michelle Walrath is founder and executive director of the Walrath Family Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to having a positive impact on our environment, and furthering awareness of conservation and sustainable practices. In addition to her work with the foundation, Michelle is an active member of the community at Holy Child Academy, where her 3 children attend school.
Michelle has a masters degree in elementary education and an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, where she was a double major in health and women's studies. She also earned a yoga teaching degree and teaches children's yoga classes. Michelle was born and raised on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and three children. Michelle co-found Atlas Films with her husband Michael and Stephanie Soechtig with the goal of creating entertaining films with social messages.
Michael Walrath founded Right Media in 2003. He was CEO of the company before its acquisition by Yahoo! in July 2007. Guiding and following through on Right Media's vision to create a more open, fair environment for online advertising, Mike helped to transform the industry and introduce a new sector: the exchange marketplace.
Mike had a successful career at DoubleClick (and later MaxWorldwide) where he was director of direct marketing and SVP of strategy and development. In 2001, he was responsible for the creation of DoubleClick Direct, the company's direct marketing offering.
Mike was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007. He spends his non-business time enjoying his family and an occasional golf game. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Richmond.
Kristin Lazure was a producer on Under the Gun, with a concentration on research and development, as well as expert and character interviews. Variety said the film “potently combines statistics, expert commentary and personal stories into a well-researched and easy-to- consume piece of nonfiction filmmaking.” In addition, she spent time in the field and worked extensively on outreach and the film’s social action campaign.
Kristin co-produced the critically-acclaimed documentary, Fed Up, focusing on securing and producing on-camera expert, political, and high-profile interviews for the film. Both Under the Gun and Fed Up were official selections of the Sundance Film Festival, in 2016 and 2014, respectively.
Before joining the Atlas Films team, she spent almost a decade at the Fox News Channel, producing interviews with presidents, policymakers, and newsmakers. During her tenure in the cable news industry, she worked on multiple investigative reports, including an award-winning piece on the 9/11 charities.
Before leaving FNC, Kristin spent several years senior producing the O’Reilly Factor, the network’s #1 rated show. She is currently working on the development of multiple Atlas Films projects. She is based in New York, where she lives with her husband and two young children.
Josh studied law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and after working as an attorney for a number of years, he decided to follow his love for film and desire to bring forth issues of truth and justice. Josh’s introduction into production began with the award-winning film, DIVE!, Living off America’s Waste, which won awards at 22 film festivals around the world and even screened at the US Capital in Washington DC.
Following DIVE!, Josh began producing the critically acclaimed and highly contentious documentary GMO OMG, which was released in theaters and is now on DVD and VOD. During that same time, Josh worked on a number of independent projects directed at creating change, which included a series of celebrity PSA’s for Prop 37 in California and Kirstin Bauer’s upcoming documentary Out for Africa. Josh currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Kate and daughter, Olive.