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Debra is head of Conservation Matters, LLC, a firm providing legal, policy, and strategic planning services to environmental organizations and government agencies. She served as Executive Director of Delaware Canal 21, a fundraising and advocacy group for the historic 60-mile long Delaware Canal and recreation path, part of the East Coast Greenway. Debra formerly was regional advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, general counsel at Heritage Conservancy, and an attorney with the law firm of Wolf Block. As chair of the Land Use Committee of the Philadelphia Commission on Parks & Recreation, she drafted the city’s first parkland protection ordinance. Debra also served as vice president of the Fairmount Park Commission. Debra was co-host of the popular environmental television show “Greenworks for Pennsylvania” and has written numerous scholarly and popular publications on environmental issues. Debra’s been a tree hugger since she was 11, when her favorite chestnut tree was chopped down to make way for a parking lot.
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Alexandra has over a decade of experience in the film industry. She helped James Cameron launch Lightstorm Entertainment and produce “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”, assisted with post-production of “The Abyss”, and research on “Titanic” and “Avatar”. She oversaw international production of multimedia programs for Pantheon Studios and was post-production manager on Gregory Nava’s “A Time of Destiny.” She also produced the documentary “Sistuhs,” about women in South Central Los Angeles. Alexandra is currently a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s annual “Set in Philadelphia” screenwriting competition. Alexandra has always been deeply moved by the power of wide open spaces, from thunderstorms rolling across the prairies of her native Wisconsin, to the golden desert sunsets of Joshua Tree and the Senegalese Sahel.
After spending 20 years working in the film industry in Los Angeles, Kathy returned to her hometown in suburban Philadelphia to marry her teenage sweetheart. She brings extensive experience working Academy Award campaigns and special screening events for Miramax Films, the Weinstein Company, Disney and Lions Gate Films. She worked on such films as the Oscar winning “Chicago” and “The English Patient”, “Frida,” “The Great Debaters,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, “Into the Wild,” “Gangs of New York” and “Sling Blade.” She has a love for nature and the “diverse outdoors” of the American West and the four season changes of the East, as well as the “diverse indoors” of a dark movie theater showcasing powerful and inspiring films.
Darcie is a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience. She studied photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh before working for United Press International. After several years of freelance work and teaching black and white film and darkroom technique courses, she completed her Masters in the Creative Arts at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She was the Executive Director of the Chester County Art Association for 18 years. Inspired by recent trips to Cuba, Darcie is now pursuing documentary and street photography. She is an avid movie buff who believes that the arts will tell our story for generations to come.
Tigre is a writer/producer/director whose documentary, “The Shame Of A City” (released in 2006), explored the underbelly of Philadelphia politics during the controversial mayoral contest of 2003. The election became a national story when a FBI bug was found in the incumbent mayor’s office 27 days before the election. In 2010 came “The Barrel Of A Gun,” which looked at the controversial killing of officer Daniel Faulkner by former Black Panther and journalist Mumia Abu Jamal. Tigre currently is working on the Mafia documentary “The Corrupt And The Dead,’ which takes a look at the origins of the Mafia and the economic impact it has had on society. He also is in pre-production for his script “American Zealot,” based on the life of attorney/civil rights activist Cecil B. Moore. Tigre is drawn to film for its ability to enlighten, inspire, and entertain.
Ellen is a criminologist who has spent her career in public service. For the last 10 years she was director of research for Philadelphia’s Adult Probation & Parole Department. She has extensive grant writing and project management experience. She and her husband love going to the movies and rarely go a week without venturing to the theater. Ellen spends as much time as possible outdoors and feels strongly about preserving the environment for others to enjoy. She is so committed to environmentalism that she “allowed” her husband to buy a Tesla with some of their retirement funds.
Carrie, longtime movie critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, now contributes to Yahoo! Movies and The New York Times. A film historian with a masters degree in film from the University of California, San Diego, she teaches a popular course, “Mars and Venus at the Movies,” at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a documentary about Philadelphia’s role in the invention of movies. Recently she has hosted film discussion series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the American Museum of Jewish History. She is an inveterate film festivalgoer who fell in love with movies in part because they introduced her to memorable landscapes, many of which are now threatened.
Tim is an Emmy Award winning producer of environmental and sustainable agriculture documentaries and television shows. His work in film and video spans 25 years, winning numerous film and communication awards as well as reaching millions of viewers. After a career in film, Tim became national Executive Director of the FoodRoutes Conservancy and the Buy Fresh Buy Local Program. Today, Tim manages the Cream Ridge Winery in New Jersey where he pursues his passion for winemaking and sustainable farming.
Lesley is Director of Marketing for Spring Garden Lending. She previously served in that role for Valley Green Bank, overseeing all marketing, public relations, media, and philanthropy functions. Prior to that Lesley worked in local politics and as a third and fourth grade teacher in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she developed quite a reputation for creating innovative learning games made of recycled objects.