Tim DeChristopher spent two years in federal prison for disrupting an auction of public lands in an attempt to save the property from oil and gas extraction. His act was partly inspired by Stanford biologist Terry Root, and his life was chronicled by filmmaker Beth Gage (Bidder 70). The three will evaluate how DeChristopher has changed as a result of serving time for his act of civil disobedience.
In Person: Tim DeChristopher
Rob Faris programs Outside TV, and Thom Beers is the founder of Original Productions, which produces such hit shows as “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers.” These two television executives will talk about the future of non-fiction and how the Mountainfilm filmmaking community can be a part of it.
In Person: Rob FarisThom Beers
So many years, so many stories: A longtime Mountainfilm filmmaker (Joachim Hellinger), a regular presenter (Chris Rainier), a former festival director (Rick Silverman) and, most importantly, an audience member who hasn’t missed a festival (Kathy Green), will recall their favorite Mountainfilm experiences with writer Peter Shelton.
In Person: Joachim HellingerChris RainierRick SilvermanKathy Green
In Person: Samantha BergLouie PsihoyosEnric SalaPeter Young
Climate Solutions: Storytelling
The New York Timesshuttered its environmental desk this year, so others have filled the vacuum, people such as photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice); Jeff Goodell, environmental reporter for Rolling Stone;John Hockenberry, who reported Climate of Denial for PBS “Frontline”; and David Sassoon, who founded Inside Climate News, which won a Pulitzer this year.
In Person: James BalogJeff GoddellJohn Hockenberry
With its mix of thoughtful columnists, photo essays and poetry, there is no magazine quite like Orion, which, as its publisher says, “celebrates the wisdom and beauty of the natural world in the belief that humanity will respect and protect that which it comes to know and love.” Discussing this relationship between creativity and nature will be Matt Black, Kathleen Dean Moore and Sandra Steingraber (all of whom contribute to the magazine), and Chip Blake, the publication’s executive editor.
In Person: Matt BlackKathleen Dean Moore Sandra SteingraberChip Blake
The abolitionist movement has made great progress in awareness, but why does the number of slaves worldwide appear to remain constant or even grow? What can be done to stop the second most lucrative criminal business after drugs? These questions and more will be discussed by Justin Dillon, who created the organization Slavery Footprint; Ben Skinner, who wrote the anti-slavery book A Crime So Monstrous and who now works for Tau Investment Management; and Allison Trowbridge, who works for the anti-slavery organization Not for Sale.
In Person: Ben SkinnerAllison TrowbridgeJustin Dillon