Return of the Musk Ox
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)
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.
Chandra will be performing and discussing Himalaya Song.
Mridu Chandra is a filmmaker and writer based in New York. She has produced award-winning documentaries and narrative films that have premiered at Sundance and SXSW, aired on national PBS, screened for members of US Congress and the United Nations, and showcased at museums and film festivals worldwide. Documentary credits include producing “The Canal Street Madam” and “Let the Church Say Amen,” co-producing “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” and “ElectoralDysfunction,” and serving as coordinating producer for the PBS series “Women, War & Peace.” As a writer, her first screenplay “The Tennis Partner” was selected for the 2011 Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access development program. She has been invited to develop her craft at residencies at the Blue Mountain Center in New York and at The Banff Centre in Canada. Most recently, she has collaborated with Gingger Shankar and The Shanghai Restoration Project to create a critically acclaimed multimedia performance with live storytelling and music about the Himalayas and climate change. “Himalaya Song” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was chosen as one of the “Ten Best Music Films” by Rolling Stone.
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 Lightship, A Walk on the Moon, Mister Johnson, Watching the Detectives, Diminished Capacity, Trucker, 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.
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.
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