This last January, See Jane Do hosted the Media Lounge at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
Each year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.
Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this year's films combined stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.
This year’s festival brought together outdoor and environmental pioneers such as Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard, Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder, and Rainforest Action Network founder Randy Hayes with promising up and coming filmmakers and activists including Jon Bowermaster, Tim DeChristopher, Trip Jennings, Andy Maser and Ian Cheney.
This year's Media Lounge was all a-buzz with live interviews with special guests Yvon Chouinard, Miss Snail Pail, Dr. Kevin Danaher, Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, Deborah Koons Garcia, and many others. Two extraordinary women we interviewed in this year's Media Lounge were activist Rebecca Tarbotton and filmmaker Suzan Beraza.
Rebecca Tarbotton, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, stars in the documentary "Dirty Business" directed by Peter Bull. Rebecca sat down with See Jane Do's Jesse Locks to discuss the nation's dependency on coal and what we can do to end it.
Before becoming executive director, Rebecca led campaigns at RAN against one of the most potent forces behind environmental destruction: financing of fossil fuel projects by large American banks. She went toe-to-toe with some of the nation's most powerful CEOs to lead RAN to one of its most important victories of the past decade: the creation of a sector-wide bank policy that put limits on the financing of new coal-fired power plants, creating a pivotal moment in the battle to curtail the construction of 200 planned new coal plants.
Rebecca is featured in the film "Dirty Business." Rebecca, along with director Peter Bull, presented the film at this year's Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Half our electricity still comes from coal, the largest single source of greenhouse gases. Through a series of stories shot in China, Saskatchewan, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada and New York, the "Dirty Business" reveals the social and environmental costs of coal power, explores the murky realities of "clean coal," and profiles innovators who could lead the way to a renewable energy future.
BagIT director Suzan Beraza sat down with See Jane Do's Elisa Parker in the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Media Lounge to discuss her latest film and our obsession with plastic.
BagIT won a Jury Award at the 2011 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
Born in Jamaica and raised in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Suzan Beraza's thought-provoking films challenge viewers to examine their lives and consider the impact of their choices. Social and environmental issues pervade her work. Her films have appeared on PBS, and at many festivals, winning top awards. "BagIT" follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy who is admittedly not a "tree hugger," who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. His girlfriend, Anne, joins him in the challenge to decrease their use of we follow "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.
To watch more videos including interviews with Yvon Chouinard, Dr. Kevin Danaher, Miss Snail Pail, and Trip Jennings and Andy Maser from the Media Lounge at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival click here.