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Deep Down / Thursday, 31 December 2009 16:22


Michael Afendakis is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and owner of the production company Tin Can Films.  In 2007, he released Delta Rising, a feature length documentary film about the Blues.


Former Executive Director of the Bay Area Video Coalition and longtime development officer at KQED Public Broadcasting, Judy Holme Agnew has raised financial support and worked with dozens of independent television and radio producers to bring their projects to audiences nationwide. She is currently working with Conservation International.


Greg Howard is Co-Director of the Appalachian Citizen's Law Center, and began working as its environmental justice staff attorney in June 2005. Prior to joining the Law Center, Greg was the Director of Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky.


Sasha Waters is a filmmaker as well as an Associate Professor of Cinema & Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa. Her films have broadcast and screened widely in the U.S. and abroad, including on the PBS series Independent Lens and True Stories as well as the Sundance Channel. In 2005, Waters produced a related documentary, Razing Appalachia , about a community fight against strip mining in West Virginia.


Karen Cochran, Climate Project Presenter and Activist, first got involved with environmental concerns when she saw Al Gore’s presentation on climate change in An Inconvenient Truth . A few years and countless presentations later, Cochran now works tirelessly with Gore’s nonprofit organization, organizing residents in Tennessee to reduce emissions and inform others.


Dr. Roy Silver has been a Professor of Sociology at Southeast Community and Technical College in Harlan County, Kentucky since 1989. Dr. Silver is a community sociologist and a grassroots community activist. He is an active member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, serving three years on their Steering, Personnel and Leadership Development Committees.


Dr. Richard Olson, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Studies at Berea College, has lead this small Kentucky college in their efforts to demonstrate sustainable practices in Appalachia. Dr. Olson offers his expertise in environmental and sustainable practices to DEEP DOWN .


Dr. Chad Berry, President of the Appalachian Studies Association and Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Berea College, KY, acts as the primary historical and contextual expert for DEEP DOWN , offering connections to other researchers and historical analysts as well as access to historical and archival material.


Tom Hansell has worked at Appalshop since 1990, producing documentary radio and television programming. Hansell's 2002 documentary Coal Bucket Outlaw screened on public television in 30 states and was part of the Museum of Modern Art's documentary fortnight program that year.

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