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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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Reilly Morse

Reilly Morse

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

Reilly Morse is president/CEO of the Mississippi Center for Justice. In partnership with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, he has led legal advocacy for environmental justice and equity in disaster recovery in southern Mississippi.

Marcelina  Cravat

Marcelina Cravat

Cravat will be discussing Angel Azul.

Marcelina Cravat, trained at the Berkeley Digital Film Institute and the Art Center College of Design.  Currently she is directing her third documentary, Angel Azul. Making a transition from photography to film came later in life when her love for storytelling motivated her to return to school to pursue a career as a writer/director. Upon graduating she co-founded ARTiDOCs, a small production company specializing in portrait style documentaries on artists. Marcelina grew up around Hollywood sets as daughter of character actor Nick Cravat, Burt Lancaster’s life long chum, circus partner and co-star. Upon completion of Angel Azul, she plans to direct a narrative film she wrote while in film school. Her love for art and nature make Angel Azul the perfect project for her at this time.

Ben Hamilton

Ben Hamilton

Hamilton will be discussing The Meaning of Wild.

Ben Hamilton is a filmmaker and outdoor enthusiast. He travels the world, loves the outdoors, and is infatuated with wildlife. Everyday in the field is a new learning experience and he strives to capture and share the majesty of our planet. Ben works as a freelance cameraman for National Geographic, Military Channel, among many others. His work has placed him face to face with a king cobra, hanging on a zip-line over alligators, surrounded by grizzly bears, eating unbelievably bizarre foods, and sitting in awe of the largest tidewater glacier in North America. When he is not working as a freelance cameraman Ben runs Pioneer Videography LLC.  He founded Pioneer in 2007 and since has produced content ranging from environmental documentaries to tourism commercials. Conservation has always been at the center of Pioneer's productions and Ben continues to pitch socially responsible films today.  Ben is Leave No Trace certified and is dedicated to minimal impact filming in the wild.

Lisa Scafuro

Lisa Scafuro

Scafuro will be discussing The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert.

The founder of Mona Lisa Film Productions was raised in Saddle River, NJ.  As a teenager, Scafuro attended The Art Students League of New York, and Ridgewood School of Photography.  She received a BS degree in Design Sciences from the College of Architecture at Arizona State University. Prior to her film making debut, Scafuro began an architectural career in Philadelphia with The Kling Partnership and Ballinger Architects working with such clients as First Pennsylvania Bank and Dupont. Eventually, she returned to NYC to specialize in hospital design and construction, collaborating on projects for New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University/Presbyterian Medical Center. After seventeen years in architecture and construction fields, Scafuro moved west to Arizona to pursue her passion for writing and ultimately film making.  Her friendship with Soleri also began at this time.  Inspired by Soleri's life's work, the idea to produce the film "The Vision Of Paolo Soleri," initially began in 1998 when Scafuro met Ken Burns at Taliesin for his unveiling of his documentary, Frank Lloyd Wright." Eventually encouraged by Burns, several years of research and delays later, the self funded project has finally come to fruition.  Throughout the film's production...the process, the individuals involved, both on camera and off.....have been a challenging, fascinating, and an inspiring journey. Over the course of her friendship with Soleri, she established ongoing communications with leaders in government, media, academia, and business, to bring to light, Soleri's contributions to society; culminating in pursuing the City of Scottsdale, Az in a street renaming "Via Soleri" for his 85th birthday and Soleri receiving the Cooper Hewitt's 2006 National Lifetime Achievement Award.

Film Stills

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