Return of the Musk Ox
Helen Strong, Public Affairs Director
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2014 Press (links will be added throughout March):
The Washington Post - Going Out Guide
The Washington Post - Health & Science
Comcast (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)
DCist - Launch Party
WJLA TV (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)
Clear Channel (Radio - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)
The Northwest Current (PDF)
Comcast Newsmakers - (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)
Festival DC (Come Hell or High Water)
Festival DC (Angel Azul)
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Video of EFF panel)
Zoljargal will be discussing Singer from Taiga.
Batbileg was born in 1983 in Mongolia. He studied at the University of Film Art and majored in film directing and cameraman. His father Zoljargal Gombo is a well-known writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Batbileg, coming from filmmakers’ family, has worked for their production company “Namuun Zet” and made several TV programs and documentaries. His film “A day of Amarbat” was selected to screen as part of the Mountain Film Festival in 2006. In 2007, his documentary “Five fingers of a hand” was awarded the Grand Prize of Watch Doc Festival. In 2011, “Singer from Taiga,” one of his latest films was selected for The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
Jacquet will be discussing Once Upon a Forest.
Luc Jacquet was born in Bourg-en-Bresse in 1967. As a young boy he spent his time roaming the mountains of France’s Jura region. As he himself admits, he likes to ‘roam’, to lose himself in the wilderness. It was there in this mountainous region that he first discovered the joy of disappearing into the wild to observe the secret world of animals and plants over all seasons. Luc was originally drawn to science. In 1991 he studied for a Masters in Animal Biology at the University of Lyon I. He then studied for a Post Graduate Diploma (DEA) in Mountain Ecosystems and Environmental Management at the University of Grenoble. Throughout his studies, he took part in numerous field trips to study animal behaviour and ecology in various species. It was during his scientific training that he first travelled to Antarctica. Aged 24 he embarked upon a 14-month ornithology and ecology field trip for France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). During this polar mission to the French Dumont d’Urville base, he acted as Cameraman for the film The Congress of Penguins by Swiss director H.U. Schlumpf. It was there that he discovered his passion for filming and began his career in cinema as a Cameraman before becoming a Director of nature documentaries. Most of his documentaries are made in Antarctica and the islands of the South Pole. Enamoured of these magical locations, he spent a total of three years living under the 40th Parallel South. These trips to the sixth continent led to his first feature film March of the Penguins: the story of the Emperor Penguins and their battle for survival in the most extreme climate on the planet. The film was a global huge success and won many awards including the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary in Los Angeles 2006. Following the success of this first film, Luc Jacquet was able to realise another project that was close to his heart: The Fox and the Child, an unforgettable story of friendship between two beings separated by two different worlds: the human and the animal. The film attracted over 2.5 million viewers in France and was screened in over 50 countries. With two highly successful projects firmly under his belt, he has decided to launch into a new challenge: a spectacular journey taking us 35,000 years into the past with Fresco, an epic adventure into the world of the first Prehistoric painters. At the same time, Luc Jacquet has taken his commitment to nature conservation a step further: in 2010 he launched his NGO Wild-Touch, a link between man and nature. This association is devoted to supporting nature conservation programmes through films and events.
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.
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