FILMMAKERS and 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.