Beyond Rubicon follows the journey of two brothers, their family and friends, past the point of no return in their pursuit of big game in New Mexico and across the United States. The show’s dedicated and committed hunters are outdoorsmen who have decades of experience with free-range, fair-chase hunting. These men believe in focusing more on the journey than the kill while igniting their primal wilderness instincts and stopping at nothing in the pursuit of big game animals.
Hunting is a lifelong family tradition for the Cillessens. A love and respect for the wilderness, and the animals that live in it, has been passed down for generations.
Brian Cillessen was taught to shoot by his grandfather when he was about four years old, and his dad taught him how to hunt shortly after. Receiving his first shotgun at ten years old, Brian remembers his first hunt: “I shot my whole box of shells and got one dove.”
A Marine Corps veteran of 22 years with multiple combat deployments completed, Brian retired in 2014 to spend time with his son. He is a dedicated single father, businessman and avid outdoorsman who strives to pass along the family traditions of surviving and thriving in the wilderness to his son. Driven by his sense of adventure and passion for hunting free-range, fair-chase big game, the untamed wilderness are a place where Brian can unleash his primal instincts, allowing himself to recenter and focus.
Jeff Cillessen is a hard-working businessman. Brian’s younger brother, Jeff, accompanies the family on many of their hunting trips across the diverse New Mexico terrain. Highly successful in the family’s booming construction business, he transfers his bull-headed determination into the great outdoors when he’s on a hunt. Also a father, Jeff strives to teach his daughter and sons that hunting is more than taking down big game, it’s about quality family time and sustaining off what the land gives you. In fact, his daughter Emma, an avid dancer, recently scored 100% on her hunter safety course.
Bill Cillessen is the patriarch of the Cillessen family. Teaching both Brian and Jeff to hunt as young boys, Bill is his sons’ mentor, advisor, and steadfast supporter. A man with six kids, 21 grandkids and more than 25 years of marriage under his belt, Bill is not one to shy away from a challenge. A rifle hunter most of his life, Bill recently took up archery hunting and joins his sons on their big game hunts — ready to test his growing archery hunting skill and precision.
The Cillessen brothers began filming their outdoor adventures themselves more than five years ago. After a steadily increasing investment in high-end camera equipment, Brian recognized their need for an experienced production team and camera crew who could capture the journey of the free-range, fair-chase big games hunts in some of the nation’s most beautiful terrains with high-quality photography and cinematography.
PRO-STAFF AND SPECIAL GUESTS
Beyond Rubicon partners with dedicated and skilled hunters to help promote the latest and best, high-quality equipment and gear. Please visit this section again soon for a list of our accomplished and inspiring pro-staff outdoorsmen.
Jonathan Ballew is a husband first, a father always, a business man, and an avid hunter. He and his wife, Audrey, have three children and they strive to raise them with morals and ethics. Jonathon says “I attribute my success to those that pushed me to be the best no matter what I was doing– 2nd place was never good enough for me.” Jonathon was a high school wrestler where he learned that his battles were his own. After earning a state title and being nominated for the Wrestler of the Year, Jonathon went on to make hunting his personal passion. We joke that there really isn’t an hour that goes by that Jonathon isn’t dreaming of the next hunting challenge where he can prove himself again and again. God willing he will continue to battle the game of chess with animals who know only how to allude predators and survive!
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Phil joined the team in the summer of 2014 and produced the pilot episode “Ghosts of the Gila” which was the first major step for Beyond Rubicon. Phil is highly adept in the industry and has a tremendous amount of experience in animation, film editing, and post-production. A true master of the art, Phil is capable of capturing the Producer’s vision and ensuring the storyline remains true. [email protected]
Find out more about Phil at ignitedframes.com
Alexander was born and raised in New Mexico where he discovered cinematography. Believe it or not, he had never hunted before he was thrust into this role as a hunt story cameraman but he gained an incredible appreciation for what hunters do in the field. He has an artistic inclination and a passion for adventure which made him a perfect fit for this effort.
Andre jumped on board back in November of 2015 and brought with him an artistic perspective on how to best edit Beyond Rubicon; the results have been impressive. Andre is well versed in film editing, is an incredible photographer, and produces/directs short films and music videos.
Jakob Anderson is a freelance Cinematographer located in Santa Fe New Mexico. Jakob has a BFA in Film Production from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He has earlier attended NKH (Norwegian School of Creative Arts) for a two-year film program. Jakob’s background is music videos, short films, commercials, and now moving in to the TV world.
Matt is a New Mexico Native of 23 years and is presently finishing up his last year at West Texas A&M. After graduating from Hope Christian High School Matt played baseball at Lamar Community College, then West Texas A&M. Matt has a lifelong passion for hunting and has always had an eye for catching his adventures on film. Matt met with the Beyond Rubicon crew after realizing they shared a friend in Tom Petry, The Life TV Outdoor Video Education, and quickly became a viable member of the team. Matt is a hunter first but has a strong passion for film, which is a deadly combination for any hunting show. Matt cut his teeth with Beyond Rubicon on an Ibex hunt in New Mexico’s rugged Florida Mountains and the results were nothing less than impressive. We are looking forward to having this incredibly talented outdoorsman on our team.