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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)
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.
Waller will be discussing Fishing the Anacostia.
Colby Waller is a documentary filmmaker, creative director, author, and endurance mountain biker. His recent film projects have covered a diverse range of subject matter including subsistence fishing on the Anacostia River, the decline of the bike courier in Washington D.C., and search and rescue operations across the United States using autonomous drones. He is completing a masters degree at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and will graduate in April. His work has been featured at Hemphill Fine Art, Heinert Contemporary, Brooklyn Fire Proof, and the Corcoran Gallery. He is the owner of THOR Design Studio on Capitol Hill, an award-winning graphic design firm specializing in publication, web, and identity projects.
Fishing the Anacostia is a short film focused on the health concerns related to the consumption of catfish caught in the Anacostia River. The film examines the current state of the waterway and the efforts being made to draw attention to the plight of the river.
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.
Bromet will be discussing Escaping the Flood.
Frans Bromet is a renowned Dutch independent filmmaker. After his studies in cinema and editing at the Dutch Film Academy in 1964, he directed his own film productions and cinema films such as Ciske de Rat (1963) and Op Hoop van Zegen (1985). Since 1991 he has been producer, director and cameraman for a number of documentaries and tv series. He was guest of honor at the 2008 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, on which occasion a retrospective of 15 of his films were screened. He has also taught master classes, together with Raoul Heertje. In ESCAPING THE FLOOD, Frans Bromet raises awareness of the possible consequences if rising waters, due to climate change, threaten his family’s existence in the small Dutch village of Ilpendam, located in a Dutch polder. Experts predict that Ilpendam will be gone within 50 years, and Bromet and his family need to make the difficult choice whether they should stay there or move somewhere else. This discussion has become very relevant in the US as well, where after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy US citizens are faced with the same dilemma.
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