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)
Beraza will be discussing Uranium Drive-In.
Born in Jamaica and raised in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, social and environmental issues pervade Suzan's work. Her films have appeared on National Public Television and on the Documentary Channel, at Lincoln Center, and at many festivals. Her last film, BAG IT, was honored as a finalist at the Puma Creative Impact Awards in Berlin, and has been televised in over thirty countries. Her current project, URANIUM DRIVE-IN, is a recipient of Sundance Institute and Chicken and Egg funding and was featured at Good Pitch and at Hot Docs Pitch Forum. The film is currently on the festival circuit and recently won the Big Sky Award at Big Sky Film Festival.
Bowermaster will be discussing On the Edge, Antarctica 3D.
A six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker Bowermaster's ten-year-long OCEANS 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak during the past ten years, on expeditions ranging from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica. Seeing the world from the seat of a sea kayak has given Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the planet's ocean and the lives of the nearly four billion people around the globe who depend on them. His eight-part film series documenting the OCEANS 8 project has shown in 150 countries on the National Geographic Channel. Recently named one of a dozen Ocean Heroes by the National Geographic Society, Jon’s website and blog (Notes from Sea Level, www.jonbowermaster.com) continues his reporting on the world’s coastlines, the people who live along them and issues of importance to anyone interested in and concerned about the planet’s one ocean. Author of twelve books, Jon’s most recent are "Descending the Dragon" about his travels in Vietnam published by National Geographic Books and “Wildebeest in a Rainstorm,” a collection of profiles of our most intriguing conservationists and explorers and published by Menasha Ridge Press. His companion book to the Jacques Perrin/DisneyNature film “Oceans” was published alongside the premiere of the film on Earth Day 2010. Jon’s most recent documentaries are “Terra Antarctica, Rediscovering the Seventh Continent,” “What Would Darwin Think? Man v. Nature in the Galapagos” and the prize-winning “SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories.” His most recent film -- “Dear Governor Cuomo” -- looks at the controversy surrounding fracking in New York State. Jon’s next film, due in Spring 2014, is the first 3D film to be shot in Antarctica. “On the Edge, Antarctica 3D” begins distribution through museums and science institutions around the globe beginning Spring 2014. Bowermaster lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Bromet will be discussing Escaping the Flood.
Frans Bromet is a renowned Dutch independent filmmaker. After his studies in cinema and editing at the Dutch Film Academy in 1964, he directed his own film productions and cinema films such as Ciske de Rat (1963) and Op Hoop van Zegen (1985). Since 1991 he has been producer, director and cameraman for a number of documentaries and tv series. He was guest of honor at the 2008 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, on which occasion a retrospective of 15 of his films were screened. He has also taught master classes, together with Raoul Heertje. In ESCAPING THE FLOOD, Frans Bromet raises awareness of the possible consequences if rising waters, due to climate change, threaten his family’s existence in the small Dutch village of Ilpendam, located in a Dutch polder. Experts predict that Ilpendam will be gone within 50 years, and Bromet and his family need to make the difficult choice whether they should stay there or move somewhere else. This discussion has become very relevant in the US as well, where after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy US citizens are faced with the same dilemma.
MacDonald will be discussing What's for Dinner?
Mia MacDonald is the Co-Executive Producer of WHAT’S FOR DINNER?, a short documentary film directed by Jian Yi. She is the Executive Director of Brighter Green (www.brightergreen.org), a New York-based public policy action tank works to raise awareness and encourage dialogue on and policy attention to issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainable development globally, with a particular focus on equity and rights. WHAT’S FOR DINNER? grew out of policy research and analysis by Brighter Green on China’s changing food systems, shifting dietary patterns, and climate change. MacDonald is also a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute, worked closely with the late Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai on writing and other projects, and has taught in the environmental studies program at New York University and the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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