Sarah Cantril, organizer of the Eugene Environmental Film Festival, has devoted her career to working with the Latinx community. She learned first hand from families how hard people worked and how difficult it was for them to put food on the table. In 1999 she started Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) with a small group of Latinx mothers. During her 16 year tenure with the organization she became involved in the Food Justice Movement nationwide, speaking to university classes and conferences on topics related to U.S. policy in Latin America and its impact on south-north migration, Oregon’s economic dependence on the Latinx community, and the injustices faced by Latinx workers in the food system as farmworkers, mushroom pickers, food processors, and restaurant workers. Under her leadership Huerto de la Familia received the Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award from WHY Hunger in New York, The Golden Program for USA Country Programs from Heifer International, and the Justice of Eating Award from Food for Lane County.
Karen has a lifelong passion for food, farming and education. After years of researching, teaching and advocacy, Karen grew tired of being inundated with disempowering and hopeless messages about our broken food system, and the future of the planet. She set out to find a real reason for hope, and that’s how the idea of Harvests of Hope was born. When Karen isn’t filming or working on her PhD, she enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. She loves traveling- and eating around the world, especially in Brazil where her family is from. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She hopes one day to start an educational farm where people can come together to share ideas and promote community resilience through food and farming. In 2009 Karen received the Jonathan Daniels Sholarship for diversity and service at Antioch University New England.
Francesco De Augustinis is a freelance journalist. He authored video enquiries about sustainability on many international media, such as Corriere.it, Repubblica TV (Italy), RSI (Switzerland) or the digital edition of The Telegraph (UK). He worked as film director and producer for the documentary “Il tabacco che uccide senza fumarlo” (Killed by Tobacco Farming), winner of the 1st Roberto Morrione Award for TV enquiries (2012) and screened at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2012 in Toronto. Deforestation Made in Italy follows the big cargo ships that cross the Ocean, transporting illegal timber, beef, leather and soy to Europe and to Italy. Francesco will discuss the connection to deforestation and food production, an issue he is currently working on (see: One Earth – www.one-earth.it/en).
Koorosh had an early introduction to the world of video production at the age of 14, when he accompanied his mother as she hosted a show on a local cable access tv station. Koorosh later went on to receive a degree in film and media studies at George Mason University, where he was Director of the Mason Cable Network for four years. After graduating, he focused his work on video journalism and documentary, working for the Associated Press. Since then, he has produced media in English, Spanish and Farsi for various non-governmental organizations, universities and businesses, including The World Bank Institute, The E-Collaborative for Civic Education, and George Mason University. In his free time Koorosh is an avid gardener and world traveler. Harvests of Hope is a project that allows him to merge his work in film with his love of nature and the outdoors.
Katharina Stieffenhofer is a Winnipeg documentary filmmaker with a passion for ecological agriculture, healthy communities, and social justice. Her love of Nature and appreciation of farmers is rooted in her childhood & youth growing up on a mixed family farm on a Rhine island in Germany and expanded when her parents immigrated to Canada to become grain farmers in Southern Manitoba. She will discuss the importance of local, ecological food production and Farmer Participatory Plant Breeding towards greater food security/sovereignty in light of the Climate Crisis, improved organic crop production and farmers’ rights. These topics are among the multiple Food & Agriculture related topics my film, FROM SEED TO SEED, represents.