2017 DC Environmental Film Festival
March 21, 2017
For more than 20 years, the Environmental Film Festival has played a critical role in bringing together filmmakers, policymakers, scientists, educators, and citizens committed to the future of our planet. The 25th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital took place March 14-26, 2017. DCEFF is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Through this annual festival, year-round events, and online resources, the festival advances public understanding of the environment through the power of film.
Roger Williams, Lisa Mazzotta
Internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo, journeys through some of the world's most pristine waterways, to some of its most polluted, in an unprecedented global adventure that reveals the dark side of the fashion industry. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, the manufacturing of our clothing is destroying rivers globally. Shot in 5K with images both stunning and shocking, RiverBlue is a call to action to manufacture our clothing in a more sustainable way.
90 min., Canada, 2016
Introduction by Lois J. Schiffer
Lois J. Schiffer is the former General Counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She served as the chief legal officer for all NOAA activities and as a policy advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. As General Counsel, Ms. Schiffer provided overall management and leadership to more than 116 attorneys.
Legal issues at NOAA included those relating to management of the nation's marine fisheries; protection of marine mammals and threatened and endangered species; coastal zone management; mitigation and restoration of natural resource damages; operation of weather and environmental satellites; monitoring oceanic, atmospheric, and climatic data; and mapping and charting U.S. waters.
Ms. Schiffer has extensive experience in environmental law through her work in federal jobs, in private practice, and for non-profit organizations. From 1993-2001, Ms. Schiffer served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice with responsibility for cases related to pollution, natural resources, wildlife, tribal law, and federal lands. More recently, she served as General Counsel to the National Capital Planning Commission. She has argued cases before a number of courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court and has, for over 20 years, been an adjunct professor of environmental law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Ms. Schiffer is the recipient of the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award at Georgetown University Law Center, and of the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service at the Department of Justice. Ms. Schiffer received her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College (1966) and her law degree from Harvard Law School (1969).
Post-Screening Talkback with:
Lisa Mazzotta is a multi-platform content producer, her work receiving several nominations and winning a Creative Arts Emmy Award.
Her projects have engaged audiences on some of the top shows on television, for networks such as Warner Bros, NBC and Nickelodeon. Lisa is an advocate of global education and social change, having developed youth leadership projects in Canada, India and South Africa.
Roger Williams is a Gemini-nominated Director of Photography who has worked for some of the world’s most respected broadcasters and entertainment companies.
While his career spans decades, perhaps one of his most memorable productions was working as Executive Producer and creative guru behind Canada’s Olympic Torch Relay, an event that has been called “monumental” in its coverage. His work has crossed from documentary, to reality, to drama, as well as commercials in both 3D and 2D environments.
In the production world, there are few minds that can bridge the “creative” with the “analytical” sides of the brain - but Roger has successfully proven that it can be done. He’s not only produced entertaining and enlightening programming, but his company: Inspired Image Picture Company Inc. is one of Canada’s largest and most respected production service and rental companies, while at the same time he continues to shoot some of the industries most compelling images.
If there is a constant theme running through Roger’s work it’s based on his philosophy to create productions with purpose and compelling content that matters to viewers. “RiverBlue” is a documentary that not only fits this mandate, but clean water is a subject that matters to a man who, for years, has been passionate about boating on the waters off the coast of beautiful British Columbia.