Michele Eggers is an Assistant Professor at Chico State University and the director of the Eugene Environmental Film Festival. Her work addresses the interrelated issues of environmental and economic exploitation, poverty, repression, and violence that force individuals and communities to leave their home countries. She has produced or directed ten short films with human rights and environmental justice themes, visually documenting environmental exploitation in Central and South America as well as coordinated speaking engagements and outreach to help raise awareness about these issues. Her vision of creating the Eugene Environmental Film Festival is to bring people together across geographic boundaries to address critical environmental issues facing our planet and to acknowledge the people in the struggle for positive change.
Shane Anderson is an award winning documentary filmmaker based out of Olympia, Washington. In addition to owning North Fork Studios, Shane also works as the director of storytelling for Pacific Rivers, a river conservation organization based out of Portland, Oregon. Shane is a former professional downhill skier and his interest in film began in 1998; he worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles for eight years before studying fisheries biology at Humboldt State University where he decided to merge his love of the outdoors and conservation with visual storytelling. In 2014 he completed his first feature documentary feature “Wild Reverence” and has since produced Behind The Emerald Curtain, A River’s Last Chance, Run Wild Run Free and is finalizing production on Chehalis: A Watershed Moment. Four of Shanes films have aired on PBS.
David Craig is co-founder of Site Media Inc. and a producer on all its films. Prior to Site Media, he worked as an analyst at Telefilm Canada. In 2005 while at Telefilm he was awarded the Ajjiit Nunavut Media Association Industry Recognition Award for his work with producers from Nunavut. In 1988 Craig was appointed Film, Photography and Video Officer for the Ontario Arts Council. David has produced a number of documentaries including the two latest Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island (2014) and Spring & Arnaud (2013). The Mill is his first solo credit as a writer and director. The Northern Pulp mill ceased operations on January 30th, 2020 as the Government did not allow an extension of the Boat Harbour Act and the mill no longer had access to the effluent treatment facility adjacent to the Indigenous community of Pictou Landing. There was a period of shocked silence that a couple of months later was overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The anticipated collapse of the forestry industry and closures of the province’s sawmills did not happen. Instead, the pandemic sparked a building and renovation boom and the price of lumber practically doubled.
Olivier Grancher-Martel is a French and Canadian writer and filmmaker who moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017 to make films that matter. His local Congolese company, Est Ouest Production, helps young African artists produce their own films while teaching them invaluable production skills. Congo’s Call of the Wild documents the rich fauna and flora of Africa’s largest rainforest, Salonga National Park, and its anti-poaching enforcement and community conservation efforts. In an age when zoonotic diseases have paralyzed the planet, the hour long film also examines an outbreak threatening our closest primate relatives in the Malebo community forest reserve. Biologists and community leaders are trying to stop bushmeat hunters from inadvertently spreading human diseases in one of the bonobos’ last safe havens.
How do we know if our personal actions matter and that what we do makes a difference? Rose Madrone is the producer and director at Connectivity Project LLC. Her latest project is a documentary style short film series examining the “ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world.” This topic has always been relevant and is increasingly more pertinent now than ever before, as the pandemic has taught us. By weaving together stories of the ripple effects of our actions, and combining that with an understanding that our world functions in an interconnected way, we have a language with which to address the common question: “Does what I do make a difference in the world?” “Does what I do matter?” Indeed, there is no doubt.
Justin is an award-winning nonfiction filmmaker and journalist with over a decade of experience directing, writing, shooting and editing nonfiction projects. His work has aired on The National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and PBS, as well as theatrically worldwide. There have been a few documentaries that feature Agbogbloshie, but they all have the same approach: b-roll of young workers shown while the viewer hears the voices of foreign, mostly caucasian, environmental experts and advocates. With The Burning Field, I wanted to eliminate the foreigners and talking heads, and let the young people who work in Agbogbloshie speak for themselves. Inspired by classic ethnographic films from the likes of Robert Gardner and Timothy Asch, this film is a visceral, intentionally challenging portrait of those who work in Agbogbloshie. This is an environmental film wrapped in an ethnographic film, with the environmental aspect shown instead of talked about.