Return of the Musk Ox
Most of our screenings are enriched by discussions or Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, environmental experts, and other special guests. Below are just some of the bios of those attending. Bios will continue to be added throughout the Festival.
Chandra will be performing and discussing Himalaya Song.
Mridu Chandra is a filmmaker and writer based in New York. She has produced award-winning documentaries and narrative films that have premiered at Sundance and SXSW, aired on national PBS, screened for members of US Congress and the United Nations, and showcased at museums and film festivals worldwide. Documentary credits include producing “The Canal Street Madam” and “Let the Church Say Amen,” co-producing “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” and “ElectoralDysfunction,” and serving as coordinating producer for the PBS series “Women, War & Peace.” As a writer, her first screenplay “The Tennis Partner” was selected for the 2011 Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access development program. She has been invited to develop her craft at residencies at the Blue Mountain Center in New York and at The Banff Centre in Canada. Most recently, she has collaborated with Gingger Shankar and The Shanghai Restoration Project to create a critically acclaimed multimedia performance with live storytelling and music about the Himalayas and climate change. “Himalaya Song” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was chosen as one of the “Ten Best Music Films” by Rolling Stone.
Christ will be Discussing Gringo Trails.
Costas Christ is an award-winning travel writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, whose travels have taken him to more than 100 countries across six continents. His articles have also appeared in numerous other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, and Sunday Times of London. He is best known as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism experts. In 2012, Costas was recognized with Sir Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, Dr Sylvia Earle and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as one of 50 Global Visionaries working to save the planet. NBC Today Show said: “For the past 30 years, Costas Christ been at the leading edge of the green travel movement, since way before it was ever called ‘green’ or even a movement." He is a founding member and former Chairman of the International Ecotourism Society which supports the protection of cultural and natural heritage, and helps sustain the wellbeing of local communities. He also writes the Go Green travel column for Virtuoso Life, the largest circulation travel trade magazine. He frequently appears on television and radio to talk about responsible travel, including appearances on Good Morning America, CNN International, BBC World, Travel Chanel, National Geographic Channel and National Public Radio.
Clark will be discussing Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields.
Ethne Clark, Editor, Organic Gardening magazine is a professionally trained horticulturist, internationally known garden historian and author of 15 books on gardening and landscape history. Under her leadership, Organic Gardening has had a total makeover in design and content, with a bolder, luscious look and expanded food, nutrition and cooking coverage to complement the ornamental gardens. Ground Operations was their cover story for the Fall 2013 issue.
Cravat will be discussing Angel Azul.
Marcelina Cravat, trained at the Berkeley Digital Film Institute and the Art Center College of Design. Currently she is directing her third documentary, Angel Azul. Making a transition from photography to film came later in life when her love for storytelling motivated her to return to school to pursue a career as a writer/director. Upon graduating she co-founded ARTiDOCs, a small production company specializing in portrait style documentaries on artists. Marcelina grew up around Hollywood sets as daughter of character actor Nick Cravat, Burt Lancaster’s life long chum, circus partner and co-star. Upon completion of Angel Azul, she plans to direct a narrative film she wrote while in film school. Her love for art and nature make Angel Azul the perfect project for her at this time.
Das will be discussing Roaming Wild.
Angelica Das is associate director at the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she promotes strategies for socially engaged-media making. Angelica programs and directs the annual Media That Matters conference on cutting-edge practices in strategic design for social issue media. She co-produces the American University Human Rights Film Series, and regularly speaks on social impact documentary at festivals and conferences including IDFA and the Full Frame Documentary Festival. Angelica is a juror for local and national competitions including Justice Matters at Filmfest DC, the DCCAH Media Artist Fellowship Program and the IDA Wolper Student Documentary Award. A true global citizen, Angelica has roots in Poland and India and continues to explore the world through documentary filmmaking.
Delaney will be discussing Angel Azul.
Kath Delaney founded Madera Group and serves as its CEO. Madera Group is a San Francisco Bay Area communications and development firm. As the CEO of Madera Group she manages client relations, business development and project management. Madera Group advises leaders, social innovators, and artists who are in the forefront of social, cultural and political change, policy reform, technological and scientific innovation. Prior to launching Madera Group, Kath was the Managing Director of the Global Security Institute founded by the late Senator Alan Cranston. She has spent the last 20 years working on environmental issues and sustainability. In 1990, Kath and a group of visionary environmentalists organized Earth Day 1990, the 1.4 million person historic event. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Erik Johnson and her daughter Sushma Antonia.
Delestrac will be discussing Sand Wars.
Denis Delestrac (born in France, 1968) is an award-winning film director and author. He is best known for creating inimitably entertaining feature documentaries on highly topical subjects, which have provoked public debate and gained large recognition internationally. Denis Delestrac made his debut in non-fiction filmmaking in 2001 and signed a dozen documentaries. Among his most recent credits are IMAX blockbuster "Mystery of the Nile" and the multi award-winning "Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space". Selected in major international film festivals and acclaimed by the critics, the film reveals how space has become the newest arena for countries around the globe to launch their struggle for supremacy. His latest feature documentary, “Sand Wars” is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! The film premiered at the legendary Cinéma Publicis on the Champs-Elysées in 2013 and was first broadcast in May in France and Germany (ARTE), where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 with a 4.8 market share. A Gold Panda Award winner, "Sand Wars" is distributed worldwide by PBS International. A passionate lecturer, Delestrac – whom the North American press usually refers to as “the French Michael Moore” - is devoted to sharing his expertise with students and professionals around the world. His documentary workshops and master-classes – focusing on international coproduction, development, funding and access – have been imparted in festivals and universities in France, Spain, Latin America, USA and Africa. Delestrac resides in Barcelona and Paris.
Dobson will be discussing Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale.
Scott Dobson is a Gemini-nominated, award winning Producer/Director with over 25 years experience in documentary, factual, and corporate productions. Most recently Scott directed Carpe Diem, for CBC’s The Nature of Things 2012/13 season; a one-hour show investigating the invasive Asian Carp. In 2011/12 Scott Produced and Wrote Church Of Elvis, a 3 hour documentary about the spiritual world of Elvis Presley, and the one hour Elvis In Love, a sister show, for Vision TV. Prior, he produced the very successful spam: The Documentary for CBC/Court TV, Nominated for 2 Gemini Awards. He has produced 3 seasons of the hit show Bingo and a Movie (72 episodes) for the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, Jazzman (13 episodes) and then Bluesman (13 episodes), both for Bravo! Canada. The Memphis Blues Society nominated Bluesman for a prestigious “Handy KBA Award”. He has directed factual shows, Rooms That Rock (2 seasons and holiday special) for HGTV, Diva on a Dime 3 (13 episodes) for Canwest, Things We Do For Love (4 episodes) for Life Channel; music and comedy with Ear To The Ground (3 episodes) and Comics (3 episodes) both for CBC, and many other single episode productions for Prime, Discovery Canada, and Canwest/Global. As Producer/Director he created the award-winning Keep On Shucking documentary seen on Food Canada and US, delivered many projects for the famed Second City in Toronto and Chicago from TV spots, to documentaries to the critically acclaimed re-release of the beloved SCTV onto DVD for the first time; a massive project taking 4 years to complete. In the corporate sphere Scott has Produced/Directed for clients including RIM, RBC, Coca-Cola, PolyGram Group, Volkswagen, and E*Trade Canada.