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2013 EFF General Press Release
Date: February 15, 2013
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Attending Filmakers & Special Guests
Monroe will be discussing Rivers Lost, Found, and Turned-Around.
Jeremy Monroe is the Director of Freshwaters Illustrated. "I see my job as helping to reconnect people to the vibrance, diversity, and profound importance of freshwater ecosystems. My background in aquatic ecology helps me to access stories and people that can help share and celebrate the beauty and value of freshwater life, and with a talented group of visual artists and communicators, I work to make those stories as compelling as they can be. I live with my wife and two daughters within canoe-carrying distance to Oregon’s Willamette River."
Bird will be discussing Ocean Adventures with "JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD".
Christine credits friends from medical school for the path towards becoming a part of the Jonathan Bird’s Blue World team. Over dinner one night they convinced her to learn to scuba dive. So, at the end of her first year of medical school, she not only passed her classes but got certified to scuba dive. She soon joined a local dive club and learned a great deal from the members about the underwater world. There she also met Jonathan and began her next adventure in diving and an apprenticeship in underwater photography and filmmaking. One of her favorite dives is the Airplane Graveyard in Kwajalein Atoll which she first visited on a film project with Jonathan in 2001.
Christine, a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, is a family medicine physician by training, working at a community health center in Massachusetts. She has filled many roles with Oceanic Research Group and Jonathan Bird Productions, working as Production Assistant, Production Manager and Researcher on several films. She was the Production Manager for Sharks: Deep Trouble for National Geographic Channel. As the Executive Producer of Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, Christine is in charge of funding.
Vogel will be discussing FOLD, CRUMPLE, CRUSH: THE ART OF EL ANATSUI.
Susan Vogel lives in New York, grew up in Beirut, and has lived for long periods in a village in Ivory Coast, and a medieval city in Mali. She is internationally recognized as a curator and African art expert. She has published many books, and written a few, founded an art museum in New York – that survived her departure – and directed two museums. She then successfully completed two years as MFA student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and became a film maker.
Vogel has a PhD in art history and has held the positions of curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Founding Director of the Museum for African Art, Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and Professor of Art History at Columbia.
About her exhibitions, the New York Times recently said, "In the 1980s and ’90s [they] revolutionized the way art, any art, could be exhibited. No one else has fully picked up that challenge since." Her book, BAULE: African Art/Western Eyes, received the African Studies Association’s highest honor for original research on Africa, the Herskovits Prize. Her body of work was recognized with the prestigious Leadership Award of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association.
She has five documentaries in distribution with Icarus Films through her production company, Prince Street Pictures. In African Arts, Paul Stoller reviewed her films with: “In the very best tradition of documentary filmmaking, Vogel’s sensuously contoured films tell stories. . . . Given her sure hand, sharp eye, and narrative focus, I eagerly await Susan Vogel’s next cultural production.”
Currently, her book EL ANATSUI: Art and Life, Prestel Publishing, is appearing October 1: she is curating an exhibition of tents from the Sahara and Arabian deserts designed by Zaha Hadid that will open at I.M. Pei’s beautiful Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha in the fall of 2014.
Pedersen will be discussing HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT.
As a producer, Alec has contributed to such groundbreaking documentary films as The Cove, UNITY – Shaun Monson’s epic second chapter in the EARTHLINGS trilogy which is coming to US theaters this summer, as well as the follow-up to The Cove, hitting theaters next year.
Alec’s undercover film work with Cove director Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton, and other Oceanic Preservation Society team members during the film’s successful Academy Award season in 2010 exposed a popular Santa Monica, CA restaurant that was serving endangered sei whale, horsemeat, and blowfish. This sting operation resulted in a federal grand jury indictment to the restaurant and two of its sushi chefs with fines of up to $1.2 million and up to 67 years in prison. It is illegal to sell any kind of whale meat in the U.S.
Alec Pedersen lives in Los Angeles and owns a successful financial planning practice in Beverly Hills. Among his other duties in the field of animal conservation, Alec is proudly serving as the CFO on “How I Became an Elephant.”
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