Return of the Musk Ox
Most of our screenings are enriched by discussions or Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, environmental experts, and other special guests. Below are just some of the bios of those attending. Bios will continue to be added throughout the Festival.
Walker will be discussing Toxic Hot Seat.
Kirby is an award winning independent film and video producer. She worked for CBS News in New York, and left to do graduate work in communications at Stanford University, where she received her MA in Communication. She founded Omega Productions, an educational and corporate film and video and production firm where she produced and directed projects for numerous clients including: Apple, The Gap, Levi Strauss, Pacific Telesis. She is currently an Honorary Board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York, and Summer Search San Francisco and has served on the boards of Marin Country Day School, and The Center for Investigative Reporting. She serves on the Advisory Committee for Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
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.
Welland will be discussing Sand Wars.
Michael Welland obtained a BA and a PhD in geology from Cambridge, an MA from Harvard, and went on to a career with the British Geological Survey in Oman, followed by university teaching and research in the US, and over 20 years in technical and management positions in the international energy industry. He set up his own consulting and training company, Orogen Limited, ten years ago. His experience has involved travel and work, face to face with geology, around the world. Author of the award-winning book Sand – A Journey Through Science and the Imagination, Welland has given public lectures and radio broadcasts in the US and the UK, and writes a blog on all topics sandy. He now divides his time between London, France, and international projects, most recently in Central Asia, Egypt, and Indonesia.
Wickham will be discussing Chattahoochee Unplugged.
Jonathan Wickham was born in Malawi, Africa, educated in the UK at Cambridge University, obtaining a BA in Modern Languages, and began his career in television at Turner Broadcasting. In 1997 Wickham started ZoëTV, an Atlanta-based television production company, which he co-owns. ZoëTV produces long-form programs on a variety of subjects. Wickham works primarily as a writer/producer, taking on complex subjects from science, history and contemporary life and fashioning them into dramatic character-driven stories. Wickham’s programs have appeared on National Geographic Channel, History Channel, PBS Nova, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, as well as local broadcasters Georgia Public Broadcasting and Fox-5 WAGA.
Ambassador Woolsey will be discussing The Lithium Revolution.
Ambassador R. James Woolsey, a former Director of Central Intelligence, chairs the board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. Woolsey also currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, and the Advisory Board of the Opportunities Development Group, and he is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter. In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues. Mr. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. From July 2002 to March 2008 Mr. Woolsey was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and then a Venture Partner with VantagePoint Venture Partners until January 2011. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation. During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Mr. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989– 1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973. He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970. Ambassador Woolsey currently serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several, including the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and he is a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. Previously he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University. He has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, 1999–2000; The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), 1998; The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, 1989; The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985–1986; and The President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission), 1983. Ambassador Woolsey has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security, including Martin Marietta; British Aerospace, Inc.; Fairchild Industries; and Yurie Systems, Inc. In 2009, he was the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and in 2010-11 he was a Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Ambassador Woolsey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Tulsa public schools, graduating from Tulsa Central High School. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University (1963, With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar 1963–1965), and an LL.B from Yale Law School (1968, Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal). Ambassador Woolsey is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and from time to time gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of energy, foreign affairs, defense, and intelligence. He is married to Suzanne Haley Woolsey and they have three sons, Robert, Daniel, and Benjamin.
Zoljargal will be discussing Singer from Taiga.
Batbileg was born in 1983 in Mongolia. He studied at the University of Film Art and majored in film directing and cameraman. His father Zoljargal Gombo is a well-known writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. Batbileg, coming from filmmakers’ family, has worked for their production company “Namuun Zet” and made several TV programs and documentaries. His film “A day of Amarbat” was selected to screen as part of the Mountain Film Festival in 2006. In 2007, his documentary “Five fingers of a hand” was awarded the Grand Prize of Watch Doc Festival. In 2011, “Singer from Taiga,” one of his latest films was selected for The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.