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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)
Browne will be discussing A Will for the Woods.
Amy Browne grew up in Australia and moved to New York to study theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduation, she completed her Bachelor’s degree at The New School University. There, she directed three short films and initiated her first feature film, A Will for the Woods. When her sister Sophie first introduced her to the concept of green burial, which connects the profundity and beauty of nature with the cycle of death and life, Amy was inspired to further explore the idea through film. What started out as a short student project has grown into a life-changing four year journey. Amy also works with independent film producer Steve Holmgren in Brooklyn, NY. Her film credits include Assistant Producer on Marie Losier's avant-garde documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Tribeca 2011), Associate Producer for cult favorite Cory McAbee’s Crazy & Thief (Los Angeles Film Festival 2012), and Unit Production Manager and Associate Producer on critically-acclaimed director Matthew Porterfield’s latest, I Used to be Darker (2013 Sundance Film Festival).
Bellows will be discussing Gringo Trails.
Keith Bellows is the Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Travel Media and National Geographic Traveler magazine. Traveler is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and the category’s No. 1 performer on U.S. newsstands. Under his stewardship, the magazine has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards, won more than 60 Lowell Thomas Awards for best travel writing (it has been named best magazine eight of his 15 years as the editor), and 10 Folio Awards for Best Travel Magazine. In 2011 he was named as the winner of NATJA’s inaugural “Spirit of Kalliope Award” for overall achievement in travel journalism. Prior to joining National Geographic, Mr. Bellows launched BabyCenter.com as its creative director; was the executive producer of Excite.com; and was founding partner of WestWorld Media. He created and edited more than 30 magazines for Whittle Communications, and has written for Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Parenting, AARP, and many other magazines. He also wrote The Canuck Book and the 1998 Winter Olympics ACCESS Guide for ABC-TV. His book, 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life, was published in February 2013. Mr. Bellows is a graduate of Gordonstoun School in Scotland and Dartmouth College. He lectures extensively around the world and his more than 200 television appearances include the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and a regular segment on National Geographic Today.
Hallet will be discussing Tale of the Tongs.
Judith Dwan Hallet is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has been making films for over 45 years. From 1987 to 1991, she was the Senior Producer for The National Geographic Television series, EXPLORER, where she oversaw sixty documentaries and produced four of her own. While she was at the helm, EXPLORER won numerous awards including close to twenty national Emmys. In 1991, Judy formed her own company, Judith Dwan Hallet Productions. For her company, she has produced and directed 14 award-winning documentaries for television and several other films for non-broadcast use. In 1995, Women in Film and Video awarded her their Woman of Vision Creative Excellence Award. In 2001, she received The Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline by the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In 2008, The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gave her an Emmy in recognition for her significant contributions to the broadcast industry. Over her career, Judy has produced films in seventeen countries around the world on subjects as diverse as an obscure tribe living in the rainforest of Irian Jaya, Indonesia to gauchos in Argentina and wild buffalo in Yellowstone National Park, to profiles on Jane Goodall and Pope John Paul II.
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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