FILMMAKERS and ADVISORY BOARD

 
John Fiege (@johnfiege)
Director, Producer, Cinematographer
John Fiege works in both fiction and nonfiction, and his films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art, Miami International Film Festival, and Austin Film Festival, among many others.  His film, Mississippi Chicken, was nominated for a Gotham Award for “The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” He holds a B.A. from Carleton College, an M.S. in cultural geography and environmental history from The Pennsylvania State University, and an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, where he has also worked as a lecturer.
 
Leah Marino
Editor
Leah Marino’s latest film, Don’t Stop Believing’: Everyman’s Journey, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and she has edited a number of documentary features that aired nationally, including The Learning, a story of Filipino teachers recruited to work in inner city Baltimore, Ramona Diaz’s Imelda, and The Creek Runs Red, which aired on Independent Lens. She edited the racing documentary Get Back to Dirt, the first independent film to show on Speed TV. She worked for six years at Galan Productions, Inc., where she completed “Winter Texans,” the Emmy award-winning segment of the series, The Border.
 
Anita Grabowksi
Producer
Anita Grabowski is a community organizer who also produces films in collaboration with her husband, John Fiege. Their most recent film, Mississippi Chicken, is based on Anita's five years of community organizing work in Mississippi, where she co-founded a workers' center to support poultry workers in their battle to improve workplace conditions. She has worked as a field organizer for the Center for Community Change. Currently, she is the communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
 
Christopher Lucas (@christophrlucas)
Producer
Christopher Lucas has a background in broadcast news and was a writer and researcher on Living Springs, an interactive environmental documentary about Barton Springs in Austin, Texas. In 2011, he was awarded a doctorate in media studies from the University of Texas, where he co-founded Flowtv.org, an online forum for critical media analysis. He also holds an appointment as a Visiting Professor of film and new media at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
 
Daryl Hannah
Executive Producer
Daryl Hannah has starred and acted in over fifty films and has been an activist and advocate for a more sustainable world for decades. A short film she directed, The Last Supper, won a prize at the Berlin Film Festival, among others. She produced, directed, and shot the documentary, Strip Notes, and is currently editing her documentary on human trafficking. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy and activism.
 
Julia Butterfly Hill
Executive Producer
Julia Butterfly Hill is writer, poet, and environmental activist. In 1997, she brought international attention to the plight of the world’s last remaining ancient forests when she climbed 180 feet into the branches of a 1000-year-old redwood tree and refused to come down for 738 days. Her historic protest resulted in permanent protection for the tree known as “Luna” and a three-acre buffer-zone around it. She is the author of the national best seller, The Legacy of Luna, and the co-author of One Makes The Difference, both published by Harper Collins.
 
Janet MacGillivray Wallace
Executive Producer
Janet MacGillivray Wallace is an environmental lawyer with more than a decade of public-interest and advocacy experience. At the United States Department of Justice, Janet helped prosecute the first case under the international ocean-dumping statute and supported litigation on the Exxon Valdez spill. While working with the Environmental Protection Agency, Janet fought to protect human health and enforced cleanups of contaminated communities. Janet continually travels internationally to work with contaminated communities, and she is currently writing two books.
 
Paul Bassis
Executive Producer
Throughout a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Paul Bassis has consistently strived to bridge the worlds of entertainment and activism. Beginning in the late 1980’s he was a producer of one of the west coast’s premier summer music festivals, Reggae on the River. In 2004, Paul Bassis left the production company he co-founded in the early 1990’s to dedicate himself full time to operating a management company/speakers bureau and literary agency for high-profile environmental activists with the stated mission of “helping important voices be heard.”
 
Associate Producers
Liz Perlman
Libbie Weimer
 
Consulting Producer
Paul Stekler
 
Co-Editors
Alvaro Torres Crespo
Liz Perlman
 
Composer
Justin Sherburn
 
Sound Recordists and Additional Camera
Keegan Curry
Libbie Weimer
 
Associate Editors
Keegan Curry
Libbie Weimer
 
Publicity and Fundraising
Jamie Lee
 
Research and Archival Acquisition
Ashyea Khan
Christopher Lucas
 
Interns/Additional Research
Elizabeth Blancas
Kayla Galang
Amanda Gray
 
Interns/Research and Assistant Editing
Maritza Avelar
Emily Barbin
Susie Cansler
Maggie DeLone
Katrina DeVera
MacGregor Greenlee
Josh Hilliard
Guillermo Jimenez
Jackie Kuenstler
Juan Izaguirre
Nidhi Reddy
Ayshea Khan
Camille Killion
Michael Madden
Michelle Mendiola
Skyler Moran
Steven Morris
Munis Rashid
Nikita Namjoshi
Dew Napattaloong
Rebecca Rodriquez
Ashley Thomas
Matt Waguespack
Jocelyn Zuniga
 

ADVISORY BOARD

Ann Beeson – Ann Beeson is Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities; Former Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation, College of Communications, University of Texas at Austin; Founder, Culture and Change Fellowship Program; Former Executive Director of U.S. Programs, Open Society Institute.

Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg - Charles Ramirez Berg is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor Joe M. Dealey, Sr. Professor in Media Studies, Radio-Television-Film Department, University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ramirez Berg has written many articles on Latinos in U.S. films, film history and narratology, Mexican cinema, as well as entries for the World Film Encyclopedia, The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States.

Karen Bernstein - Karen Bernstein is an award-winning documentary producer and filmmaker whose works have screened at over 100 International film festivals including Sundance and Berlin. She was a series producer for American Masters and received a national Emmy award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for her work as a producer on Ella Fitzgerald ­­– Something To Live For. She received a Grammy award for producing Lou Reed – Rock and Roll Heart. She also produced Body of War with Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2008. She is currently producing a documentary feature with Galan Inc entitled Children of Giant, which has been awarded production funding from Latino Public Broadcasting.

Marcy Garriott - Marcy Garriott is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Austin Texas.  She produced and directed Split Decision (2000), about deported boxer Jesús Chavez, which was broadcast on public television and is distributed by First Run Features.  She then produced and directed Inside the Circle (2007), about a close-knit group of young hip hop dancers.  Inside the Circle won a SXSW 2007 Audience Award, was broadcast on MTV, and is distributed by Cinema Libre Studio.  Ms. Garriott also produced The Least of These (2009), and most recently the award-winning film An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story. She is a former board member of KLRU, a former President and board member of the Austin Film Society, and a current member of the Cine Las Americas Advisory Board.

Sally Kohn - Sally Kohn is a political commentator and communication consultant. She regularly appears on television channels including Fox News, MSNBC and CNN and is a columnist with Salon and The Daily Beast. Ms. Kohn's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Magazine, More Magazine, Reuters, USA Today, Politico, Time and many other outlets. Her work has been highlighted by everyone from the New York Times to The Colbert Report, and she is ranked by Mediaite as one of the top 100 most influential television pundits in America.

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy – Thomas Lovejoy is Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Chair of the Scientific Technical Advisory Panel for the Global Environment Facility, Biodiversity Chair of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. Founder and former scientific advisor for the public television series Nature.

Clark Lyda – Clark Lyda is a filmmaker based in Austin and New York City.  Mr. Lyda's background is in law and entrepreneurship, but his interests include politics, design, and the environment.  He and Jesse Lyda formed Glass House Productions in 2007 to create films to promote change by entertaining and informing.

Jesse Lyda Jesse Lyda is originally from Lynchburg, VA where he danced at the Virginia School for the Arts.  He moved at age 18 to New York where he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and later graduated from AADA’s Los Angeles campus. He has been involved in a number of productions and short films as an actor. He formed Glass House Productions in 2007 with partner Clark Lyda to produce documentary and narrative films focused on promoting change through informing and entertaining.

Chris Palmer – Chris Palmer is Distinguished Film Producer in Residence, American University, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking. Producer of To the Artic 3D, Greenhouse Gamble, Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk, and over 300 hours of original programming for television and IMAX.

Tom Philpott - Tom Philpott is the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones. He is a cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. He was formerly a columnist and editor for the online environmental site Grist and his work on food politics has appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and the Guardian.

Dr. Adam Rome – Adam Rome is Associate Professor, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment, Department of History, University of Delaware. Environmental historian and author of The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation and The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism.

Dr. Robert Wilson – Robert Wilson is Professor, Department of Geography, Maxwell School of Syracuse University. A subject matter expert in Environmental History and Environmental Social Movements, Dr. Wilson’s current project is Geographies of the Climate Movement a book examining the demonstrations, organizations, and individuals involved in the North American climate movement.

 

 

 

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