October 12, 2019 @ 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM - FREE EVENT
Andrea works with the Latinx community to protect and conserve our coasts and oceans. She has always been passionate about fighting for social justice and has been involved with animal rights, juvenile justice, immigrant rights, and of course, environmental groups, for nearly two decades.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Andrea has lived in Los Angeles for 25 years. In 2016, Andrea co-authored a book called “Fracking: ¿Qué es y cómo evitar que acabe con México?” (“Fracking: What is it and how to ensure it doesn’t destroy Mexico”). The book is the foundation for Mexico’s legal fight against oil corporations. She also recently co-authored Sustainable Energy Technologies by CRC Press.
Koorosh Farchadi, Harvests of Hope
Multimedia producer with over 15 years of experience as a producer, director, editor, cameraman, sound engineer, and project coordinator. Graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Film and Media Studies. Worked as a News Producer at bilingual online and satellite news agencies, producing and editing news in Persian and English. Worked as a Content Producer for the World Bank Institute. After the Financial Crisis in 2008, I worked as an Assistant Editor for the Educational Film Center on a 28-part educational series entitled Economics U$A, funded by the Annenberg Foundation.
Latest work includes developing, producing, and distributing a full-length, award winning documentary and educational series called Harvests of Hope, which is available on Amazon Prime. The project aims to capture stories of resilience in our agricultural system in the face of climate change.
Currently a content creator for the National Science Foundation’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. in the capacity of Production Coordinator for the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. Highlights include working on the Even Horizon Telescope’s first ever image of a blackhole, LIGO gravitational wave discovery webcast, and curating over 70 hours of programming aired by over 150 broadcast stations nationwide. Also a cohost of 4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn’t Hear About This Week web series.
Harvests of Hope is a project that allows him to merge his work in film with his love of nature and the outdoors. In addition to digital content production experience, I also hold a permaculture design certificate and completed a fellowship program with the Docs in Progress. Speaks Farsi fluently with an understanding of French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Ben Stillerman is a South African documentary producer who has been working in Los Angeles since 2011. He completed his Masters degree at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, graduating at the end of 2014 with a thesis documentary, which has been expanded into a first feature, Taking Stock. His second feature film, a story about the county in Utah with the least belief in climate change in the USA, is currently in pre-production.
Ben’s work focuses on personal stories, driven by character and narrative, and concern themselves with questions of social justice, psychology, and the environment. In 2017, he founded a production company focused on environmental outreach media, and has since told stories with a range of great environmental organizations. He values collaboration, on developing content from those who have not been able to represent themselves, and on making this content available to local and international audiences that have not yet been given access to these diverse opinions, stories or histories. He runs a documentary collective in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles, and loves spaghetti.