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Here members of the press can access EFF press releases, download stills from select 2014 Festival films, and read biographies of filmmakers and other special guests who will attend the 2014 Festival. Information will be added on a regular basis up to and through the Festival.

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2014 Press (links will be added throughout March):

The Washington Post - Going Out Guide

The Washington Post - Health & Science

National Geographic News Watch on DamNation

Comcast (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)

DCist - Launch Party

El Tiempo Latino

WJLA TV (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)

Washington Diplomat

Clear Channel (Radio - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)

The Northwest Current (PDF)


Comcast Newsmakers - (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)


The Star Democrat

Festival DC (Come Hell or High Water)

Festival DC (Angel Azul)

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Video of EFF panel)

2014 EFF General Press Release

Date: February 26, 2014


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Attending Filmakers & Special Guests

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Carolyn Smythe Kallenborn

Carolyn Smythe Kallenborn

Smythe Kallenborn will be discussing Woven Lives Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions.

Carolyn Smythe Kallenborn is an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. She has been working with artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico since 2004. Inspiration for her artwork comes from the rich exchange of ideas and culture from her design and teaching collaborations with Oaxacan textile artisans.  Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally including the Textile Museum of Oaxaca and the Chinese Polytechnic Institute of Hong Kong. She is the creator of the film Woven Lives, which has been shown across the U.S. Mexico and the world. Woven Lives was the only independent film featured in the 2012  Mexican Film Festival of Hong Kong. 

Gerrit  Vyn

Gerrit Vyn

Vyn will be discussing Field Report: Migratory Bird Trapping in South China.

Gerrit Vyn is a Seattle-based photographer deeply committed to conservation and connecting people more intimately with the myriad creatures we share this miraculous and fragile planet with. His work often focuses on birds because they are such powerful and visible indicators of environmental health and change. Connecting people with birds is often a first step in opening people’s eyes to the natural world around them – and to the unprecedented environmental crises now unfolding. Vyn’s purpose is to help conservation groups better communicate their stories to individuals and policy makers through powerful compelling media. Vyn’s images have been used by most major conservation organizations and appear regularly in books and magazines including National Geographic, Audubon, Living Bird, BBC Wildlife, Natural History, National Wildlife and New Scientist. He was the primary image provider for the 2009 and 2011 State of the Birds reports that were delivered to the Obama administration and congress by a coalition of leading environmental organizations. As a natural sound recordist, Vyn has contributed thousands of recordings to the Macaulay Library collection at Cornell University and have produced and authored two CD compilations, Voices of North American Owls and Bird Songs of the Pacific Northwest. Vyn’s audio and video work have been featured on radio and television programs including NPR’s Morning Edition, PRI’s Living on Earth, Birdnote, PBS News Hour and CBS Sunday Morning. Vyn is a Producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

Richard Krantz

Richard Krantz

Krantz will be discussing The Goose with the Golden Eggs: Tourism on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast.

Richard Krantz has a background of more than 20 years as a journalist, including 12 years as a newspaper reporter and eight as television reporter. He is the president of Pilot Productions, a video production company based in Columbia, Maryland, founded in 1986.  He spent much of his journalism career as an investigative reporter and won many national and local awards.  These include a Gavel Award from the American Bar Association; the Roy Howard Public Service Award; the Ohio State Broadcasting Award; two Emmys; plus awards from the American Political Science Association and the Associated Press Managing Editors.  He has worked for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat; the Louisville Courier-Journal and Times; and at WHAS-TV in Louisville; KTVI-TV in St. Louis; and WTTG-TV, in Washington, D.C.  He has produced documentaries on the founding of Columbia, Maryland, and for 10 graduating classes of the U.S. Naval Academy.  Through Pilot Productions he has produced videos for the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago; the National Electrical Contractors Association; Xerox Corp.; the International Law Students Association; and many other clients.  He has also taught journalism at Webster University, in St. Louis, and at Southern Illinois University.

Stanley Hallet

Stanley Hallet

Hallet will be discussing Tale of the Tongs.

Former Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, Stanley Ira Hallet, FAIA, is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at CUA where he teaches undergraduate and graduate studios and seminars exploring the historic and contemporary relationships between culture, urban design, landscape and architecture. Given his early experiences in Tunisia as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1964-66) and in Afghanistan as a Fulbright-Hayes Lecturer at the University of Kabul (1972), his studio work and lectures often explore issues of landscape, urban fabric and sacred space. Recently he was Studio Head in Rome, Italy and currently acts as Graduate Studio Head, School of Architecture and Planning in Paris, France. Based upon research and his personal experience as a cameraman, he has offered seminars and studios addressing the relationship of cinema and architecture in Schools of Architecture in the United States, Puerto Rico, France and Italy and has produced several documentary films with his wife, Judith Dwan Hallet, an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker. He has lectured widely on these subjects in both the United States and Europe and his observations have appeared in major international and national journals of architecture.  Recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his contributions to both architecture and architectural education, his work has been distinguished with 12 AIA design awards.

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