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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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DeSiree' Fawn

DeSiree' Fawn

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.

Costas  Christ

Costas Christ

Christ will be Discussing Gringo Trails

Costas Christ is an award-winning travel writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, whose travels have taken him to more than 100 countries across six continents. His articles have also appeared in numerous other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, and Sunday Times of London. He is best known as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism experts. In 2012, Costas was recognized with Sir Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, Dr Sylvia Earle  and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as one of 50 Global Visionaries working to save the planet.  NBC Today Show said: “For the past 30 years, Costas Christ been at the leading edge of the green travel movement, since way before it was ever called ‘green’ or even a movement." He is a founding member and former Chairman of the International Ecotourism Society which supports the protection of cultural and natural heritage, and helps sustain the wellbeing of local communities. He also writes the Go Green travel column for Virtuoso Life, the largest circulation travel trade magazine. He frequently appears on television and radio to talk about responsible travel, including appearances on Good Morning America, CNN International, BBC World, Travel Chanel, National Geographic Channel and National Public Radio.

Bayar  Banzragch

Bayar Banzragch

Banzragch will be discussing Give the World a Chance and Horse Trainer.

Bayar Banzragch was born in 1980 in Mongolia. In 2002 he graduated from the University of Culture and Arts with a major in painting. Since then, he has worked as a cameraman and director for TV programs and serials such as “Time and Youth,” “Moment,” “You Guess, You Think” and “Night Rhythm.” Currently he works as a director for his production company “Semoon.” In 2012 his film “Give the World a Chance” won the Second place in Egypt International Film Festival.

Leah Mahan

Leah Mahan

Mahan will be discussing Come or Hell or Highwater: The Battle for Turkey Creek.

Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. She has been a fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab and the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies. Leah’s film Sweet Old Song (2002) was featured on the PBS series P.O.V. and was selected by film critic Roger Ebert to be screened at his Overlooked Film Festival (“Ebertfest”). The film tells the story of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, an old-time string band musician who undertakes a bittersweet journey with the woman he loves. In 2013 she completed Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, about a group of determined Mississippians who struggle to save their endangered Gulf Coast community in the face of rampant development, industrial pollution and disaster. She worked with Gulf Coast NGOs to develop a related community journalism project titled BRIDGE THE GULF. Leah began her career as a research assistant for filmmaker Henry Hampton on the groundbreaking PBS series on the civil rights movement Eyes on the Prize. A sequel to her first film, Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street (1996), was completed in 2013. The films tell the story of a vibrant community organization that transforms a devastated Boston neighborhood through grassroots organizing. Leah’s work has been supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, Independent Television Service, Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She holds a BA in anthropology from Cornell University and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two children.

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