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.
Ellis will be discussing Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields.
Dulanie Ellis, Producer of Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, has been producing documentaries for almost 20 years, specializing in films about food and farming. In her personal life she chairs the Food Council for the Ojai Valley (CA) and publishes a monthly online newsletter, FOOD NEWS. She served for 8 years on her county's roundtable for sustainable agriculture, producing four shorts docs about environmental stewardship of agriculture, farmland preservation, home farming and farm worker housing.
Estrella will be discussing Gringo Trails.
Melvin Estrella has worked in numerous capacities within the independent film arena as well as within commercial, television, and non-profit production. Clients have included ESPN (It’s the Shoes), Filmlance Sweden (The Last Contract), Daniel Fridell (Beneath the Surface), Galavision, 3rd Edge Communications, Hock Films, House Films, Make a Wish, and TV-One. Melvin shot and produced the documentary, The Dodgers Sym-Phony and is the director of photography on the documentary-in-progress Wall Street in the Black. His short film Firebird premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center during the New York Indian Film Festival. He serves on the curatorial committee for The Moth.
Evans will be discussing Come Hellor Highwater: The Battle for Turkey Creek.
Derrick Christopher Evans is an educator, historian, community builder and humanitarian. He is a sixth-generation native of coastal Mississippi’s historic African-American community of Turkey Creek, founded during southern Reconstruction by his former slave ancestors. Evans earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in History, African-American Studies and Education from Boston College, where he taught US Civil Rights History from 1992 to 2005. He taught middle school US History and Social Studies as a Boston Public School teacher from 1991 to 2001, and has taught undergraduate history, social science and humanities courses at Roxbury Community College and Harvard College. In 1997, he co-founded Epiphany School, a full-service and tuition-free independent middle school for low-income children and families from Boston neighborhoods. Evans is a co-founding Managing Advisor of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health (GCF), which directs financial, technical and collegial support to local groups seeking authentic community recovery and resilience amid the Gulf South's contemporary trends of major social, cultural and environmental displacement. This interest and his involvement grew out of his work with Turkey Creek Community Initiatives, which Evans founded in 2003 to conserve and restore the culture, ecology and self-determination of his ancestral community and watershed. Evans restored four blighted apartment buildings and several vacant lots on his street in Boston's historic but under-served Roxbury community - without losing a single long-time resident, architectural detail, or neighborhood land-use goal. In 2010, Evans worked with filmmaker Leah Mahan and the Gulf Coast Fund to launch BRIDGE THE GULF, an interactive Web-based platform for community advocates, journalists and storytellers. Evans' efforts to protect Turkey Creek are told in Mahan's documentary Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.
Fawn will be discussing The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley.
DeSiree’ Fawn is a recent graduate of The New School’s innovative MA in Media Studies graduate program in New York City, where she focused in documentary filmmaking. Prior to attending The New School, DeSiree’ lived in San Francisco and worked for six years in public relations for Silicon Valley based media technology companies, including four years at Electronic Arts. During her undergraduate studies, DeSiree’ spent several semesters studying art in Italy and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montana State University in Bozeman. In her first documentary, The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley, DeSiree’ explores the conflict over wolves in her hometown community of Sun Valley, Idaho. Her new documentary, Capturing Wild Horses, focuses on a herd of wild horses in Idaho and the Federal Bureau of Land Management program that determines their fate.
Fields will be discussing Come Hell or Highwater: The Battle for Turkey Creek.
Leslie Fields is National Environmental Justice Director at the Sierra Club. She teaches international environmental law at Howard University and serves as a Commissioner on the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies’ Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate and the Environment.
Dr. Thomas Gorneau
Dr. Goreau will be discussing Angel Azul.
Tom Goreau, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit organization for coral reef protection and sustainable management, and Coordinator of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Partnership in New Technologies for Small Island Developing States, has dived longer and in more coral reefs around the world than any coral scientist. He was previously Senior Scientific Affairs Officer at the United Nations Centre for Science and Technology for Development, in charge of global climate change and biodiversity issues. He has published around 200 papers in coral reef ecology and biogeochemistry, global climate change sensitivity, the global carbon cycle, stabilization of atmospheric CO2, changes in global ocean circulation, tropical deforestation and reforestation, microbiology, marine diseases, soil science, atmospheric chemistry, community-based coastal zone management, mathematical modeling of climate records, visualizing turbulent flow around marine organisms, scientific photography, and other fields. He developed the method to predict the location, timing, and severity of coral bleaching from satellite data with Ray Hayes. With the late Wolf Hilbertz he invented and developed new methods for preserving coral reefs from global warming and pollution, restoring marine ecosystems, shore protection, mariculture. In 1998 he and Wolf Hilbertz were awarded the Theodore M. Sperry Award for Pioneers and Innovators, the top award of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Dr. Goreau led developing country NGO efforts in marine and climate issues at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), the UN Summits on Development of Small Island Developing States (Barbados, 1994, Mauritius, 2005), the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002), the UN Convention on Climate Change (Bali, 2007 and Copenhagen, 2009), and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, 2012), where an organization he helped found, Yayasan Karang Lestari in Pemuteran, Bali, was awarded the 2012 UNDP Special Award for Marine and Coastal Zone Management and the 2012 Equator Award for Community-Based Development. Dr. Goreau works with tropical fishing communities and organizations around the world to restore their coral reefs and fisheries, especially the Kuna Indians of Panama. He is also a hereditary leader of the Yolngu Dhuwa Aboriginal clan of Arnhem Land, Australia, who preserve the oldest creation myth in the world. He was educated in Jamaican primary and secondary schools, at MIT (B.Sc in Planetary Physics), Caltech (M.Sc in Planetary Astronomy), Yale, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Harvard (Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry), and is a trained nuisance crocodile remover who would rather not.