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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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Travis Rummel

Travis Rummel

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.

Rowan Pybus

Rowan Pybus

Pybus will be discussing Amazing Grace as part of the Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award Program.

Director, Rowan Pybus, is a Cape Town based filmmaker. He began his career studying graphic design at CPUT, but ultimately shifted towards video and photography. His company Makhulu first opened its doors in 2003 and has subsequently established itself as a leading South African production house of online and broadcast content. Rowan’s dynamic approach as a filmmaker, cinematographer and editor has lead to Makhulu creating high-impact content for global brands like WWF, Red Bull, VW, and Adidas. Additionally, Makhulu is proud to be working on ethical projects for Princeton University, Wikimeida, Greenpop, 46664, African Impact, and Water Writes. An ongoing collaboration between Rowan and renowned local graffiti artist, Faith47 has also resulted in a series of internationally acclaimed short films that have been exhibited across Europe. Rowan describes himself as an artist/filmmaker and a social activist who is the product of two worlds, the rationality of my father and the spiritual faith of my mother. Rowan draws from these two opposing forces to create his moving images of the world. Rowan is currently directing a series for Mediahouse called +27: The Social Innovators of South Africa.

Costas  Christ

Costas Christ

Christ will be Discussing Gringo Trails

Costas Christ is an award-winning travel writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, whose travels have taken him to more than 100 countries across six continents. His articles have also appeared in numerous other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, and Sunday Times of London. He is best known as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism experts. In 2012, Costas was recognized with Sir Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, Dr Sylvia Earle  and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as one of 50 Global Visionaries working to save the planet.  NBC Today Show said: “For the past 30 years, Costas Christ been at the leading edge of the green travel movement, since way before it was ever called ‘green’ or even a movement." He is a founding member and former Chairman of the International Ecotourism Society which supports the protection of cultural and natural heritage, and helps sustain the wellbeing of local communities. He also writes the Go Green travel column for Virtuoso Life, the largest circulation travel trade magazine. He frequently appears on television and radio to talk about responsible travel, including appearances on Good Morning America, CNN International, BBC World, Travel Chanel, National Geographic Channel and National Public Radio.

Merete Mueller

Merete Mueller

Mueller will be discussing Tiny: A Story About Living Small.

Merete is a writer and documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. With a background in nonfiction editorial and writing, she was formerly the Managing Editor of elephant journal, a magazine-turned-online journal focused on sustainability and "the mindful life." She has also worked with environmental journalist Simran Sethi and as a freelance writer and producer. TINY, which premiered at SXSW in 2013 and was recently broadcast on Al Jazeera America Presents, is her first film. She is currently writing a book based on her grandmother's larger-than-life childhood in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as well as developing a number of documentary shorts.

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