According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 70 reporters lost their lives while working in 2013. Many of those deaths occurred in war zones, dangerous terrain that’s all too familiar to war correspondent Dexter Filkins, director Ross Kauffman (E-Team) and photographer Reza.
In Person: Dexter FilkinsRoss KauffmanReza
How to Get Your Film on Television
There are ever-increasing platforms for getting your film seen, yet television remains a force. Thom Beers, CEO of Fremantle Media North America; Charlie Ebersol and Simon Kilmurry, executive director of POV on PBS, survey today’s media landscape.
In Person: Thom BeersCharlie EbersolSimon Kilmurry
We know about many effects of climate change: melting glaciers, forest fires, rising seas. What are some of the impacts that we don’t know? Casting an eye toward the future are Cary Fowler, a scientist at the Seed Bank in Svalbard, Norway (Seeds of Time); David Sassoon, founder of Inside Climate News; and Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company.
In Person: Cary FowlerDavid SassoonAuden Schendler
Activists face a variety of challenges in doing their work, which sometimes include physical danger. Azzam Alwash, a Goldman Environmental Prize winner; Mikal Jakubal, featured in DamNation for painting massive cracks on federal dams; and Andrea Rutigliano, who works for the Committee Against Bird Slaughter in Europe, talk about putting their lives on the line for a cause.
In Person: Azzam Alwash Mikal JakubalAndrea Rutigliano
Morgan Spurlock with Tom Shadyac
Morgan Spurlock first came to our attention 10 years ago with his groundbreaking film Super Size Me. Since then, he’s surely the only person to make films about Osama Bin Laden, the Simpsons and the boy band One Direction. At Mountainfilm with both a tenth-anniversary screening of Super Size Me and a showing of Gluttony, an episode from his Showtime series “Seven Deadly Sins,” he discusses with director/producer Tom Shadyac where the food movement has gone since Super Size Me.
In Person: Morgan SpurlockTom Shadyac
What does it take to save wild places? Leslie Danoff, a filmmaker and board director at The Rainforest Trust; Eric Melson, a program director at the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation; Jeff Parrish, managing director at the World Wildlife Foundation; and Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, have devoted their careers to preserving wilderness.
In Person: Leslie DanoffEric MelsonJeff ParrishJamie Williams
There's a dearth of women in filmmaking, but efforts are afoot to rectify the problem, including a group called the Film Fatales. This workshop-driven conversation includes Danielle Lurie, who wrote about this topic for Filmmaker Magazine; Noah Cowan, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society; and Meredith Lavitt, co-director of The Grand Rescue, in conversation with Emily Long, Mountainfilm’s program director.
In Person: Danielle LurieNoah CowanMeredith LavittEmily LongMerete Mueller