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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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Pegi Vail

Pegi Vail

Vail will be discussing Gringo Trails.

Pegi Vail is an anthropologist and Associate Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History at NYU. She has taught at NYU and Columbia University on Film, Culture, and Tourism. Her book, Right of Passage, based on her research among backpackers in Bolivia as a Fulbright scholar, is forthcoming. Vail has additionally served as lecturer for Columbia Alumni Travel Study Tours, National Geographic and Soros Open Society. As a curator, she has collaborated with organizations such as the Museum of the American Indian, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and The Moth, the storytelling collective she was a founding board member and curator for, currently on the General Council and curatorial committee. Gringo Trails is Vail's first feature-length documentary.

Dr. Thomas Gorneau

Dr. Thomas Gorneau

Dr. Goreau will be discussing Angel Azul.

Tom Goreau, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit organization for coral reef protection and sustainable management, and Coordinator of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Partnership in New Technologies for Small Island Developing States, has dived longer and in more coral reefs around the world than any coral scientist. He was previously Senior Scientific Affairs Officer at the United Nations Centre for Science and Technology for Development, in charge of global climate change and biodiversity issues. He has published around 200 papers in coral reef ecology and biogeochemistry, global climate change sensitivity, the global carbon cycle, stabilization of atmospheric CO2, changes in global ocean circulation, tropical deforestation and reforestation, microbiology, marine diseases, soil science, atmospheric chemistry, community-based coastal zone management, mathematical modeling of climate records, visualizing turbulent flow around marine organisms, scientific photography, and other fields. He developed the method to predict the location, timing, and severity of coral bleaching from satellite data with Ray Hayes. With the late Wolf Hilbertz he invented and developed new methods for preserving coral reefs from global warming and pollution, restoring marine ecosystems, shore protection, mariculture. In 1998 he and Wolf Hilbertz were awarded the Theodore M. Sperry Award for Pioneers and Innovators, the top award of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Dr. Goreau led developing country NGO efforts in marine and climate issues at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), the UN Summits on Development of Small Island Developing States (Barbados, 1994, Mauritius, 2005), the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002), the UN Convention on Climate Change (Bali, 2007 and Copenhagen, 2009), and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio de Janeiro, 2012), where an organization he helped found, Yayasan Karang Lestari in Pemuteran, Bali, was awarded the 2012 UNDP Special Award for Marine and Coastal Zone Management and the 2012 Equator Award for Community-Based Development. Dr. Goreau works with tropical fishing communities and organizations around the world to restore their coral reefs and fisheries, especially the Kuna Indians of Panama. He is also a hereditary leader of the Yolngu Dhuwa Aboriginal clan of Arnhem Land, Australia, who preserve the oldest creation myth in the world. He was educated in Jamaican primary and secondary schools, at MIT (B.Sc in Planetary Physics), Caltech (M.Sc in Planetary Astronomy), Yale, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Harvard (Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry), and is a trained nuisance crocodile remover who would rather not.

Scott Dobson

Scott Dobson

Dobson will be discussing Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale.

Scott Dobson is a Gemini-nominated, award winning Producer/Director with over 25 years experience in documentary, factual, and corporate productions. Most recently Scott directed Carpe Diem, for CBC’s The Nature of Things 2012/13 season; a one-hour show investigating the invasive Asian Carp. In 2011/12 Scott Produced and Wrote Church Of Elvis, a 3 hour documentary about the spiritual world of Elvis Presley, and the one hour Elvis In Love, a sister show, for Vision TV. Prior, he produced the very successful spam: The Documentary for CBC/Court TV, Nominated for 2 Gemini Awards. He has produced 3 seasons of the hit show Bingo and a Movie (72 episodes) for the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, Jazzman (13 episodes) and then Bluesman (13 episodes), both for Bravo! Canada. The Memphis Blues Society nominated Bluesman for a prestigious “Handy KBA Award”. He has directed factual shows, Rooms That Rock  (2 seasons and holiday special) for HGTV, Diva on a Dime 3 (13 episodes) for Canwest, Things We Do For Love (4 episodes) for Life Channel; music and comedy with Ear To The Ground (3 episodes) and Comics (3 episodes) both for CBC, and many other single episode productions for Prime, Discovery Canada, and Canwest/Global. As Producer/Director he created the award-winning Keep On Shucking documentary seen on Food Canada and US, delivered many projects for the famed Second City in Toronto and Chicago from TV spots, to documentaries to the critically acclaimed re-release of the beloved SCTV onto DVD for the first time; a massive project taking 4 years to complete. In the corporate sphere Scott has Produced/Directed for clients including RIM, RBC, Coca-Cola, PolyGram Group, Volkswagen, and E*Trade Canada.

Judith Hallet

Judith Hallet

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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