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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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Bill Benenson

Bill Benenson

Benenson will be discussing The Hadza: The Last of the First.

Producer-Director Bill Benenson has been making films for thirty years, beginning with his award-winning documentaries The Marginal Way and Diamond Rivers.  He has produced or executive produced numerous feature films including Boulevard Nights, The LightshipA Walk on the MoonMister JohnsonWatching the DetectivesDiminished CapacityTrucker, and the 2011 documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari?  Bill also produced and directed the acclaimed environmental documentary Dirt! The Movie, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was featured as the Earth Day special on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2010. In addition to The Hadza: The Last of the First Bill is currently working on a documentary about the search for a lost Pre-Columbian city in Central America.  Bill served in the Peace Corps in Brazil. He has wanted to make a film about the Hadza ever since he encountered them on safari in Tanzania in 2003.

Travis Rummel

Travis Rummel

Rummel will be discussing DamNation.

Partnering with Ben Knight in 2004, the two became known for their award winning short films within the tiny genre of flyfishing. In 2007, Red Gold, their first feature documentary was released to critical acclaim and helped foster awareness for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Firm believers in the power of film to effect positive change, the two continue to gravitate towards environmental storytelling. “From the beginning, we’ve always taken on projects and issues that we’re passionate about, and our emphasis has always been on trying to tell these stories in a way we hope people can relate to." Travis was born in New Jersey and received his B.A. from Colorado College.  He lives with his wife Melissa in Denver, CO.

Gingger Shankar

Gingger Shankar

Shankar will be performing and discussing Himalaya Song.

An accomplished artist, composer and performer, Gingger Shankar is the only female in the world that has mastered the 10- string Double Violin. She debuted at Carnegie Hall as a soprano in Osvaldo Golijov’s opera “Ainadamar”. The multi-talented powerhouse transitioned from opera to rock, Gingger then toured with the Smashing Pumpkins as a special guest on their 20th Anniversary tour. In 2011 she was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 New Faces to Watch,’ as well as becoming a member of the Advisory Board for the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to being the artist and co-composer behind the poignant score of Mel Gibson’s blockbuster “Passion of the Christ,” Gingger’s music can be heard in Mike Nichol’s film, “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Her film ‘Monsoon Shootout’ premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She most recently guested on the new Katy Perry single ‘Legendary Lover’ due out later this year. She is currently working on her new record.

Elizabeth  Kucinich

Elizabeth Kucinich

Kucinich will be discussing Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields and GMO OMG.

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.

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