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2014 Press (links will be added throughout March):
Comcast (Video - Interview with EFF Founder Flo Stone)
Liang will be performing and discussing Himalaya Song.
Dave Liang is the Emmy winning creator and producer of The Shanghai Restoration Project, an electronic group that combines Chinese instrumentation with hip-hop and electronica. His music has reached the top of the electronic charts and can often be heard in TV shows, radio programs, and advertising campaigns around the world. His projects have received coverage in The New York Times, NPR, BBC, and The Wall Street Journal. He has performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the American Museum of Natural History, MASS MoCA, the Hong Kong New Vision Festival and recently returned from touring in Indonesia and Japan. In addition to his production work for artists on his own label Undercover Culture Music, Liang has also worked with artists on Bad Boy, Warner, and Universal. His most recent album The Classics was featured on NPR's All Things Considered and consists of remakes of classic 1930s Shanghai jazz standards.
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.
Elizabeth Kucinich, Policy Director for the Center For Food Safety, is a sustainable pure food and vegan advocate, a champion for peace, human and animal rights and the environment. As a key advocate for GMO labeling, she was Executive Producer for the documentary, GMO OMG, which will be screening this year at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. She serves on the board of the Rodale Institute, America's oldest organic research institute.
Redford will be discussing Toxic Hot Seat.
James writes, produces and directs for film and television. His latest directorial project, Aces, is a documentary film that explores the emerging link between childhood trauma and life-long health problems - and what can be done about it. He directed The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia currently airing on HBO. He also produced the film Watershed about the Colorado River and the acclaimed HBO documentary Mann V. Ford. Additionally, James wrote and directed Quality Time, an award-winning short comedy starring Jason Patric. He recently combined his passion for music and directing in Andain’s new music video, Much Too Much. Other credits include producing The Kindness of Strangers which premiered at Sundance in 1999 and was picked up by HBO as well as adapting and directing Showtime’s Spin starring Stanley Tucci, Dana Delany, and Ruben Blades. Redford also wrote the original screenplays for Cowboy Up starring Kiefer Sutherland and Darryl Hannah as well as adapting Tony Hillerman’s Skinwalkers, a PBS/Mystery! series that was the highest-rated PBS-scripted program of 2002. The Acting Thing, a comedic short written by James, was named best comedic short at the 1996 Houston Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel that same year. After surviving two liver transplants, James founded JRI, a non-profit dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the miraculous gift of organ donation. His live musical event, "Share the Beat", has been performed across the country with the help of notable talents such as:? Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, Deana Carter, Ruben Blades, Dana Delaney, James Denton, Ryan Merriman, and Eric Stromer among others. James also plays guitar for Olive and the Dirty Martinis, a popular Bay Area rock and roll cover band. He is an avid surfer, cyclist, and skier and currently lives in Marin County, CA.
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