Jury Members

Head Juror Chuck Jaffee loves to plug people into the spirit of independent filmmakers. Find links to more than 100 films reviewed for The Union newspaper at www.startlets.com. He also juries the Nevada City Film Festival and has written an Oscars prediction newsletter for more than 30 years.

Doug Bertran is the Creative Executive of BertranMedia and has won numerous awards for his media productions for National Geographic Television, Nat Geo Channels, NOVA, PBS Nature, Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel, Anglia & Granada Television, TV New Zealand, and the BBC. Doug Integrates complex scientific, legal and policy analysis into conservation communications campaigns. While managing relationships with government agencies, land use organizations, private land owners, and conservation groups.

Dr. Kevin Danaher is co-founder of Global Exchange, co-founder of TransFairUSA, founder and Executive Co-Producer of the Green Festivals (2001), and Executive Director of the Global Citizen Center. He was also the co-founder and designer of ESLI, the Environmental Service Learning Initiative, and he created GreenGuardians.ning.com featuring 200 green career training videos and other green job resources. Kevin conducts workshops on issues ranging from the dynamics of the global economy to how we can accelerate the transition to the green economy. “My film experience consists of teaching a film class and taking many courses on film when I was doing a BA at Sonoma State, and watching tons of films with my two daughters as they were growing up.” Dr. Danaher has published numerous articles and is the author and/or editor of thirteen books.

Deborah Koons Garcia is a filmmaker whose production company Lily Films is based in Mill Valley, California. Her film The Future of Food (2004) has screened in theaters, film, food and farming festivals and community gatherings all over the world. She is now working on a multi-part film and web-based project entitled Symphony of the Soil. A work in progress screening of this fascinating and complex project was shown as the Hans Jenny Memorial Lecture at UC Berkeley this May.

Randy Hayes founded and was the first Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network. He founded the think tank Foundation Earth, and is currently the U.S. Director of the World Future Council. Randy served for five years as president of the City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment, and for two-and-a-half years as director of sustainability in the office of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. He also spent four years working at the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco-based think tank tasked with analyzing the cultural, social, political and environmental impacts of economic globalization. Randy’s master’s thesis at San Francisco State, the film The Four Corners, won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award for “Best Student Documentary” in 1983.

Roger Hicks is a founding member of SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League) and was the organization’s spokesperson, then board president for 15 of the first 16 years. Roger continues to serve on the board and is an integral part of the Festival Committee. He is a physician at Yubadocs Urgent Care, which he founded with his wife, Linda Rachmel. He’s passionate about rivers, salmon, and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. His film credits include Sicko. (That’s his only one.)

Steve Michelson is the Executive Producer for Specialty Studios and the Video Project, one of the nations oldest environmental educational distributors celebrating its 26th year in 2010. He has functioned as the Executive Producer on many award-winning films involving environmental, public health and social justice issues. Steve has served four terms as a Governor with the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and is the recipient of the Gilbert Award from the San Francisco Bay Area film community for his contributions to the industry.

Alison Jones-Pomatto has worked as a professional stage manager, including productions for the Foothill Theatre Company. A former SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League) board member, she now serves as member of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital foundation.

Steve Shor has over 25 years experience in casting, production and agency/management positions, and most recently 10 years with Columbia/TriStar Pictures. Steve is currently an independent producer with a variety of projects in development. Steve has served on the boards of the Earth Communications Office, Friends of the River, American Oceans Campaign and Heal the Bay. The City of San Francisco honored Steve for developing an environmental event that benefited EarthJustice.