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Co-presented with THEARC Theater, a Program of Building Bridges Across the River

Annie Kaempfer is an independent filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals including Mill Valley, Big Sky and Twin Cities. Her feature debut, The Falconer, won Best Environmental Feature at BendFilm, a Special Jury Prize at Cinema on the Bayou, and is set to air on PBS America Reframed in 2021.  A Spike Lee Fellowship and Alan Landsburg Documentary Award recipient, Annie graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Filmmaking. She brings a collaborative spirit, devotion to aesthetics, and focus on real-world impact to all her film projects. Annie serves on the Board of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital’s and has consulted for Ford Foundation, JustFilms and FotoDC.  Annie was born in Washington DC and lived in London and Maine before settling in Brooklyn with a lawyer/musician, one small child, and overly exuberant rescue Saint Bernard.

Rodney Stotts is a master falconer and licensed raptor specialist from Southeast Washington D.C. Under his organization Rodney’s Raptors, Mr. Stotts creates interactive and educational programming, allowing adults and children of all ages to experience the excitement that comes from holding a live bird of prey. He is also a youth community leader, creating transformative opportunities that connect young people to the environment and their community. Mr. Stotts’ love for falconry stems from the fact that it helps to keep the local raptor population healthy, while crossing all color, socioeconomic and ethnic barriers. Through Mr. Stotts' work, he makes the powerful connection between endangered species and local youth who must navigate survival in a stressed community.  

Corina Newsome is the Community Engagement Manager for Georgia Audubon and a biology Master’s student at Georgia Southern University studying avian conservation. Having experienced the hurdles faced by people of color interested in wildlife careers, she has founded several programs to encourage high school students from underrepresented demographics to consider careers in wildlife sciences. Corina’s mission is to center the perspectives and leadership of historically marginalized communities in wildlife conservation, environmental education, and exploration of the natural world. 

Akiima Price is a creative thinker and doer who links people, places, and programs with stressed, underserved communities. A Washington, DC native, Akiima is a nationally respected thought leader at the intersection of social and environmental issues and the relationship between nature and community well-being. Her innovative programming strategies feature nature as a powerful medium to connect youth, adults, and families in meaningful, positive experiences that affect the way they feel about themselves, their communities, and their parks. From her early career experiences as a National Park Service Interpretation Ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Boulder City, Nevada to work her national work with environmental and social service organizations, Akiima has cultivated over 25 years of experience into cutting-edge best practices in trauma-informed environmentalism. Akiima is currently contracted with the National Park Foundation, charged with developing strategies to strengthen Anacostia Park’s programming and external relationships as a critical part of a broader effort to build an innovative friends group between the park and the highly stressed surrounding community. 

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