The Forum

We were so excited to host a 2nd annual Forum as a featured part of our 31st Annual Environmental Film Festival. This conversation series launched in 2022 as part of the 30th Anniversary DCEFF, but this past March we were thrilled to be able present it live and in-person at Eaton DC.


Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Director, The Grab, Blackfish)

Nate Halverson (Journalist, The Center for Investigative Reporting )

Shawn Bannon (Director, The Smell of Money)

Jamie Berger (Writer/Producer, The Smell of Money)

Brigadier “Brig” Siachitema (Film Subject, The Grab)

Sarah Graddy (Senior Communications Advisor, Environmental Working Group)


Melody Mobley (Retired Forester, USDA Forest Service)

 JR Harris (Explorer, Backpacker; Featured Subject, Born Curious)

Tyrhee Moore (Founder, Soul Trak Outdoors)

James Edward Mills (Producer, An American Ascent)

Gregory McGruder (Director, Global Special Events, National Geographic Society)


Hannah Hearn (DAWG member; Impact Coordinator & Fellowships Lead at Working Films)

Pat Aufderheide (DAWG member; University Professor of Communications at American University)

Rachel Lears (Director, To The End)

Alexandra Rojas (Executive Director, Justice Democrats)

Molly Kawahata (Former Obama White House Climate Advisor)

**This event has been postponed due to recent developments in Ukraine** Storytelling During Times of War: A View From Ukraine

How can filmmaking survive as a practice during times of war, precisely when the power and importance of visual storytelling is most urgently needed? When infrastructure is crumbling, how can filmmakers function and operate, get their stories out while mitigating the risks associated with filming in a warzone? Ukrainian filmmakers and festival organizers Illia Gladstein and Nadia Parfan will share their unique experiences and insights.

Presented in partnership with Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) and the Elva and Lawrence O’Brien Family Trust

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