Return of the Musk Ox
Helen Strong, Public Affairs Director
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
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)
Kaplan will be discussing A Will for the Woods.
Jeremy Kaplan is a director, cinematographer, and editor who resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received his B.A. from Boston College in Film and Philosophy and his M.A. in Documentary/Media Studies at The New School. His documentary work has brought him across the globe to Costa Rica, Egypt, and South Korea. He has produced award-winning short fiction films while short documentaries he has worked on played more recently at the Woodstock Film Festival and Africa World Documentary Film Festival. The topics have ranged from the environmental impact of American corporations in Costa Rica to a portrait of a progressive New York orthodox Jewish community. In 2009, he was a post-production intern on the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary, Restrepo. While considering himself mostly a documentarian, he has worked as a producer and production manager for fiction films including the feature length film, Surviving Family (2012). The almost four years spent on A Will for the Woods have been the most gratifying work yet due to moving subject matter and the collaborative nature of the project.
As Senior Director, Clean Energy Collaboration, Diane Munns identifies potential partners, nurtures shared dialogue, develops opportunities to leverage our common work and implements tactical joint efforts for the EDF Clean Energy Program. Diane is no stranger to the clean energy sector. Over the years she has worked tirelessly to improve energy efficiency. In her previous position as Vice President of Regulatory Relations and Energy Efficiency with MidAmerican Energy Company, Diane represented the company at national and regional regulatory forums and was responsible for direct management of the energy efficiency group, including strategy, personnel, budget and compliance, among other duties. She also spent a year as Executive Director for Retail Energy Services for the Edison Electric Institute, where she managed a staff of twelve, developed and directed EEI’s policy positions for investor-owned utility members in the states and before Congress and established the Institute for Energy Efficiency to provide services to membership on state ratemaking, energy efficiency, supplier diversity and National Accounts. Before that Diane spent over two decades with the Iowa Utilities Board first as General Counsel and later as the Chairman and Member. As General Counsel, Diane was the chief legal officer for the agency responsible for management of the office, legal advice to the Board and all filings and pleadings made in state and federal court. As Chairman, she acted as chief administrative officer responsible for budgeting, personnel, legislative and legal strategy and media messaging for the 65-member state agency. And, finally, as a gubernatorial-appointed member of a 3-member quasi-judicial board, Diane was responsible for regulating gas, electric and telecommunication companies within the State of Iowa. While Chair or the Commission, she served two terms as the President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In 2006, Diane received the United States Energy Association Public Service Energy Leadership Award, which recognizes government officials who have motivated and advocated action to address energy efficiency. She received her B.A. from University of Iowa (Phi Beta Kappa) and her J.D. from Drake University.
Rummel will be discussing DamNation.
Partnering with Ben Knight in 2004, the two became known for their award winning short films within the tiny genre of flyfishing. In 2007, Red Gold, their first feature documentary was released to critical acclaim and helped foster awareness for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Firm believers in the power of film to effect positive change, the two continue to gravitate towards environmental storytelling. “From the beginning, we’ve always taken on projects and issues that we’re passionate about, and our emphasis has always been on trying to tell these stories in a way we hope people can relate to." Travis was born in New Jersey and received his B.A. from Colorado College. He lives with his wife Melissa in Denver, CO.
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.
High-resolution film stills for use by the press.
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