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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 over 200 filmmakers and special guests who will attend the 2013 Environmental Film Festival and make it a unique and prescient event. Please check back often as new bios are added regularly! For specific information on who will be speaking with each film and event, please refer to the film description pages.
Clark will be introducing and discussing TITANS OF THE ICE AGE 3D.
David Clark is a documentary film producer/director/writer with over 35 years experience. He has also produced/directed/written four giant-screen IMAX films, three of them in 3D. Clark’s work has earned two national Emmys, the Outdoor Writer's Association Four Star Award, and top honors at the American, CINE, Columbus, Houston, Ohio, Missoula, New York Festivals, and San Francisco Film Festivals. In 2004 Clark won the National Academies Communication Award for a Discovery Science Channel program.
David Clark Inc. is a film & video production company specializing in non-fiction television, large format, and 3D motion pictures. Established in 1988, the company creates adventure, environmental, history, science and natural history programs.
Clients have included ABC, American Express, Arts & Entertainment, National Audubon Society, Discovery Channel, Giant Screen Films, PBS, National Geographic, IMAX Corp., Military Channel, Nature Company, Science Channel, Smithsonian Institution, Turner Broadcasting System, and National Wildlife Federation.
Clark has filmed in the Arctic, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, China, Columbia, Cyprus, Egypt, England, France, Galapagos Islands, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mongolia, Panama, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, Wales and throughout the United States.
Mr. Clark is a member of the Directors Guild of America and a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies. He earned a B.F.A. (1974) cum laude, in Film & TV from New York University. Clark is a certified scuba diver, still photographer and avid sailor. Mr. Clark is married with two children.
Cunich will be discussing GROWING CHANGE: A JOURNEY INSIDE VENEZUELA'S FOOD REVOLUTION.
Simon is a documentary filmmaker and freelance video producer based in Canberra. He directed, shot and edited Growing Change.
Simon has a passion for telling stories through documentary that can contribute to creating a just and sustainable future.
He is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Documentary at the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and is working on a documentary about circus troupe that toured schools in the Himalayas of Nepal in 2011.
Simon's work includes documentaries, short films, and educational and promotional videos for NGOs. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dickson will be discussing THE LOST BIRD PROJECT.
Deborah Dickson, three-time Academy Award nominee, is an independent filmmaker whose most recent film—LOST BIRDS—is about sculptor Todd McGrain’s memorials to five North American birds driven to extinction. The film follows McGrain as he searches for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiates to have the large bronze sculptures placed there.
Dickson produced the acclaimed CARRIER series, which broadcast on PBS in 2008 and directed ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, the companion feature documentary about life aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. In startling verite intimacy, the film captures the camaraderie of military life, the bizarre psychology of modern warfare, and the difficulty of family life in the service.
Her film, FRANCES STELOFF: MEMOIRS OF A BOOKSELLER (which she produced, directed and edited) premiered at Sundance and Berlin and was nominated for an Academy Award. It was broadcast on PBS. SUZANNE FARRELL: ELUSIVE MUSE (co-directed with Anne Belle) premiered at the New York Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997. It was broadcast on PBS.
Dickson has also worked as a story consultant on such films as MONICA AND DAVID (directed by Ali Codina), WAR DON DON (directed by Rebecca Richmond Cohen), STOLEN (directed by Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw), THE AUDITION (directed by Susan Froemke) and FAVALA RISING (directed by Jeff Zimbalist). In addition, she teaches directing at the School of Visual Arts MFA program in Social Documentary.
Dobbs will be discussing REBELS WITH A CAUSE.
Nancy Dobbs, President and CEO of KRCB Television and Radio, graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in political science. Since that time she has been actively involved with public service in the areas of health care policy and telecommunications. She has been instrumental in putting six channels on the air over the past 35 years. Through her leadership efforts, KRCB brought public television (PBS) to residents of the North Bay and the greater Bay Area, followed by public radio (NPR) when KRCB launched Sonoma County’s first English language public radio station in September of 1994. Nancy served as the Finance Committee Chair for the Board of Trustees of Community Hospital (now Sutter Medical Center) and she was staff to the Assembly Health Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Palm Drive Hospital.
Dwoskin will be discussing THE AGE OF ALUMINUM.
Claire Dwoskin is a child health advocate, philanthropist and leader of an international effort to address the increasing incidence of chronic illness and disability, including autoimmunity, and age related neurological diseases. The Dwoskin Family Foundation is supporting research in the area of adjuvant induced autoimmune diseases, including grants for basic research on factors involved in induction of autoimmune diseases in animal models. She is the founder of Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute, a medical and scientific collaborative established to provide research funding for independent methodologically sound controlled scientific research on vaccines and their ingredients.