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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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Sylvia Johnson

Sylvia Johnson

Johnson will be discussing Roaming Wild

Sylvia Johnson made her first film as a Fulbright scholar in the ghettos of Brazil. The documentary film short,  “Alagados,”  was nominated for an award by the International Documentary Association, and screened as an official selection at film festivals across the globe. She is the founder of The Alagados Project, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides college scholarships as an exit strategy from poverty for talented first generation college students from the community where the film was made. Sylvia works as a producer, cinematographer, and editor through her production company, Free Roaming Studios. Her clients include top leadership of organizations such as the National Park Service and the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation. Sylvia’s work has screened at Aspen Shortsfest, Telluride Mountainfilm, National Geographic, deadCENTER, and the American Conservation Film Festival among others. Born in Bolivia and raised in six different countries, Sylvia is a global citizen who loves sharing the world with others through film.

Matt Stoecker

Matt Stoecker

Stoecker will be discussing DamNation.

Matt Stoecker is a biologist and photographer focused on restoring rivers and wild fish populations through his company Stoecker Ecological. His early passion for trout fishing evolved into a deep love for the underwater world and, eventually, the desire to capture it on film and share with people above water. Matt has worked on more than 50 fish-passage projects, including the removal of several obsolete dams. He is on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Matilija Dam removal project and works as a river ecologist with the Marine Science Institute at U.C. Santa Barbara. Matt is also the director of Beyond Searsville Dam, a nonprofit coalition advocating the removal of Stanford University’s unnecessary and destructive Searsville Dam. In 2009, along with project partners, Matt received the Riparian Challenge Award from the American Fisheries Society for the removal of steelhead migration barriers on Carpinteria Creek. Matt has helped produce or provide underwater footage for various films including Horse Creek Damolition – Restoring Southern Steelhead With Dam Removal (2007), Watershed Revolution (2011) and Southern California Steelhead: Against All Odds (2013).

Frank  Hawkins

Frank Hawkins

Hawkins will be discussing Extinction in Progress.

Frank Hawkins is a conservation biologist and policy advisor with many years of experience working with governments, civil society and local communities in Africa and around the world. Prior to joining IUCN, Dr Hawkins was Senior Vice-President at Conservation International. In addition to leading CI’s programme in Africa and Madagascar, he worked closely on green economy policy and land-use planning issues, emphasizing the value of nature as the basis for sustainable development, particularly in Liberia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and South Africa. He has collaborated with the US government and US-based institutions on a range of policy issues based on that field experience, including links between economic growth and natural resource use, mechanisms for promoting green investment, and multi-stakeholder engagement processes. He has organized events to highlight the potential for public-private partnerships to deliver nature-based development. Dr. Hawkins is delighted to have the chance to work within IUCN and outside to move these partnership opportunities to a higher level. For 20 years until 2007, Dr Hawkins worked primarily in Madagascar, with CI and other NGOs, where he conducted research on birds, lemurs and carnivores, and supported the government, local communities and local NGOs in implementing the National Environmental Action Plan. He has written or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers and 10 books, the latest of which, the Birds of the Malagasy Region, will be published later this year. Dr Hawkins has joint UK and Canadian nationality, and is married with two teenage daughters. When not sampling the manifold delights of biodiversity around the world, he enjoys cycling, cheese and cinema, not necessarily in that order.

Dulanie  Ellis

Dulanie Ellis

Ellis will be discussing Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields.

Dulanie Ellis, Producer of Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, has been producing documentaries for almost 20 years, specializing in films about food and farming. In her personal life she chairs the Food Council for the Ojai Valley (CA) and publishes a monthly online newsletter, FOOD NEWS. She served for 8 years on her county's roundtable for sustainable agriculture, producing four shorts docs about environmental stewardship of agriculture, farmland preservation, home farming and farm worker housing.

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