Blue Heart, Patagonia Documentary (45mins). Blue Heart tells the story of the last wild river system in Europe and the people fighting to protect it. This will be followed by a selection of Short Screenings from the Eco Film Festival.
Following the screenings there will be an Ecological Panel chaired by Jo Sawicki (Cerescom), Talia Woodin (Extinction Rebellion UK), Luke McMillan (Eco Film Festival) plus special guests.
Jo is a media entrepreneur with over 25 years international experience running
profitable media businesses. She is an award winning writer, director and producer, having held senior roles in the BBC, BSkyB, Channel Nine Australia and News Ltd. She is currently CEO of Cerescom Ltd, a production and training company that creates social impact programming and interactive strategies for large organizations. She also match-makes impact investors with dynamic, talented creative projects and people. A pioneer in multi-platform media, Joanne uses her communication skills to change consciousness, reach mass or targeted markets, and generate ethical profit.
Talia Woodin, 20. Until a few months ago I was a Visual Anthropology student at Goldsmiths, UoL. After becoming involved with Extinction Rebellion in October 2018 as a photographer, then setting up a group within my university at the start of this year whilst juggling my degree and a part time job, I made the decision to stop my studies and work within XR full time. I am now the national coordinator for Extinction Rebellion Youth media and messaging as well as also working within XR media. A lot of people have criticised my decision to drop out of university but I believe it is one of the best decisions I've made. My current role has given me experiences, knowledge and opportunities that would never have been possible within the confines of a lecture theatre!
Luke McMillan has a background in working in conservation having formed his own NGO focussed on human/animal conflict in Indonesia and having extensive experience in the humanitarian sector with time spent with Save the Children and the United Nations. With this experience he is now the Head of Programmes and Research for the Atlantic Whale and Dolphin Foundation.
He is also putting together the London Eco Film Festival, which takes place in November; which aims to highlight the incredible work of individuals around the world, something which he is incredibly passionate about.
Ieva Balciute is a serial entrepreneur, who has spent all of her professional life working in fashion and media.
Originally from Lithuania, Ieva started her career in the fashion industry in Milan, whilst she studied Political Science and Diplomacy.
Later, her career path took her to the media sector, within which she started her first company. Working with award winning documentary filmmakers and cutting edge technologies, it was the projects focused on climate change that inspired her to make a difference in her beloved field - the fashion industry.
Last year, she co-founded Aequem - an e-commerce platform, that brings stunning sustainable fashion to consumers; making conscious shopping effortless and rapidly moving towards changing the landscape of the fashion industry.
Paul Cayford is an architect who has spent his career at the forefront of ecological design.
A Certified Passivhaus Consultant as well as a RIBA Client Adviser, his clients range from homeowners, developers, businesses, schools and government departments.