Soozie Eastman is a documentary filmmaker and short film producer. During her time at Chapman University completing her MFA in Producing for Television and Film, she returned to her hometown of Louisville to produce and direct By The Wayside, a feature length documentary about the city's homeless. The film played very well both in Kentucky and on the festival circuit, winning several awards, but it was the discovery of her profound love for educating and inspiring people through motion pictures that was taken away most from that experience.
Since graduating in 2005, Soozie has gone on to work under Michael Ovitz (founder CAA, former president ABC/Disney) and Janet Yang (Producer The Joy Luck Club and People vs Larry Flynt). She was post-production accountant and festival liaison for Dark Matter which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. She has taught university-level courses in pre-production and worked as Director of Programs for the HUMANITAS Prize and continues to produce and direct short films, industrials and documentaries.
Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films. His producer credits include The Sessions (2013 Academy Award nomination for Helen Hunt, 2012 Sundance Audience Award), C.O.G., the first David Sedaris adaptation (Sundance 2013), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Dogtown and Z Boys, Radio Free Albemuth, the last Philip K. Dick novel, and Snake and Mongoose about a legendary drag-racing rivalry. Nemeth's documentary credits include War/Dance (2008 Academy Award nomination), Fuel (Sundance 2008 Audience Award), Flow (Sundance 2008), Pick Up The Mic (Toronto 2005), Climate Refugees (Sundance 2010), Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin', Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, Patriocracy and is in post-production on A Nuclear Family, Ride With Larry and State of Control. He is on the board of numerous non-profit organizations including Friends of the Earth, Children Uniting Nations and the International Documentary Association and is on the dean's board of the UC Santa Cruz's School for the Arts.
Lisa Kaas Boyle
Lisa Kaas Boyle is an environmental attorney, Co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, and a consultant on environmental programming and communications. Lisa began her legal career as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles where she served in the Environmental Crimes Division, Consumer Protection Division, and Central Trials Division. In addition, Lisa has served as Director of Law and Policy for the Santa Monica-based non-governmental organization Heal the Bay, thereafter joining its board of directors. Lisa is a founding board member of the 5 Gyres Institute on plastic pollution and the George Greenstein Institute for applied neuroscience.
Lisa writes regularly on environmental and social issues for Huffington Post and other publications. Lisa has produced, moderated and participated in environmental panels around the globe including at the United Nations, the 2012 Rio Earth Summit, Blue Ocean Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival of the Dominican Republic, and numerous universities. Lisa is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a double major in English and Fine Arts, and Tulane Law School, cum laude.
TEDx talk on global environmental solutions to plastic pollution
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Michael Green, Founder & Executive Director, Center for Environmental Health
Michael Green is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) which promotes public awareness of the corporate use of toxic chemicals and of the many viable, pragmatic solutions to this pervasive threat to public health. He founded CEH in 1996 and since then has helped lead national efforts to stop toxic exposures and protect public health. He has also pioneered the groundbreaking legal work that has won landmark victories to protect the public from hazardous consumer products and toxic emissions. Michael has worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, and the US EPA’s Working Group on Environmental Equity. Michael designed a solid waste management plan for the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India, and cared for the sick at Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, India. He was awarded the California Wellness Foundation’s annual Leadership Award, as well as the prestigious Compassion in Action Award which is presented from the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Committee of 100 for Tibet each year. He has testified in front of Congress, serves on numerous boards of directors, and is frequently quoted in national and international media. Michael has an MS in Natural Resources and an MPP in Public Policy, from the University of Michigan.