Casey Beck, Director, The Great Divide
Casey earned her MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and is on the faculty at California State University East Bay, where she teaches documentary production. She was a recent finalist for the KQED Homemade Film Festival and has produced films for FRONTLINE, MTV, FoodMattersTV, and The Documentary Channel (Pivot). Casey premiered her feature documentary directorial debut The Organic Life to sold-out crowds at the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival in 2013. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the Santa Cruz Film Festival and was broadcast on national TV in tandem with a VOD rollout on Hulu and iTunes. In her film The Great Divide, filmmaker Casey Beck supports the fight for clean water by the small hamlet of Tooleville, an unincorporated community of 80 homes located in the San Joaquin Valley at the southern end of the Central Valley in California. The film tells the story of Pedro Hernandez, an organizer with the nonprofit Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability, as he works to have Tooleville consolidated into a larger neighboring town that has a proper municipal water system.
Melissa Cox, Producer, L’eau Est La Vie
(Water is Life)
Melissa Cox has been an independent documentary filmmaker and visual journalist for over a decade. Melissa creates character driven cinematic media that illuminates the root causes of injustice. Melissa’s work has taken her throughout the Americas to document grassroots resistance to state violence, militarization of society, extractive industries, free trade agreements, extractive economies, and the climate crisis. Melissa’s documentary film roles span cinematographer, editor and producer. She has worked on award winning short and feature length documentaries that have been publicly broadcast and selected for national and international film festivals, including recently DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS which had its world premier at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival. Melissa’s work has appeared in outlets and platforms including Democracy Now, Amazon Prime, Vox Media, Vimeo Staff Pick, and Truth-Out, among others. She is currently shooting a feature length documentary on the Wet’suwet’en struggle for sovereignty, with the working title YINTAH (2021).
Haley Case-Scott, Climate Justice Grassroots Organizer, Beyond Toxics
Haley Case-Scott is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and a descendant of the Klamath Tribes, Yurok Tribe, and the Sakoagan Band of Chippewa Indians. She was born and raised in the Klamath Basin, and moved to Eugene in 2014 to attend the University of Oregon. Four years later, Haley received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Native American Studies. Prior to working as the Climate Justice Grassroots Organizer, Haley served as a Research Assistant with the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project and the United States Forest Service. She is dedicated to ensuring that diverse perspectives are considered and respected in the development of climate policy.
Jan Haaken, Co-Director,
Jan Haaken is professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical and community psychologist, and documentary filmmaker. From refugee camps, shelters, war zones, and mental hospitals to drag bars and hip-hop clubs, Haaken’s documentary films focus on people and places on the social margins, drawing out their insights on the world around them. Jan will focus on taking direct action, civil disobedience and other legal tactics in the climate movement–themes central to the NECESSITY story.