Welcome!

News Feed Item

Documentary The Hadza: Last Of The First Will Have World Premiere at Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 24th; The Film Is Supporting the Work of The Nature Conservancy

Emmy(R) Award Winner Alfre Woodard Narrates; Oscar(R) Winner Lupita Nyong'o Is Swahili Consultant and Translator in Film That Examines Africa's Hadza Tribe, One of Last Hunter-Gatherer Societies on the Planet

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 -- Award-winning filmmaker Bill Benenson announced today that his latest documentary film, The Hadza: Last Of The First, will have its World Premiere at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 24th at 7pm. The film is presented in association with The Nature Conservancy, which is working to conserve the homelands of Africa's Hadza tribe -- one of the world's last remaining hunter/gatherer groups.

The Hadza: Last Of The First, now in post-production and narrated by Emmy® Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard, takes a look at human origins in Africa's Rift Valley, where the Hadza, one of the last remaining hunter/gatherer groups in Africa, have lived sustainably on their land for at least 50,000 years (and possibly as long as two million years). This makes the Hadza the last people on the planet who have lived continuously as our earliest ancestors did in the exact place of our collective birth. Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong'o, Ms. Woodard's co-star in the film 12 Years a Slave, is the film's Swahili consultant and translator.

"We are honored that the Environmental Film Festival and The Nature Conservancy have chosen to support our story of a remarkable, self-sustaining people who can help illuminate our past while teaching us unexpected lessons about how humans might better live cooperatively in the future," said Bill Benenson. "And we are thrilled that the gifted artists Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong'o have shared their prodigious talents in the service of our film."

"The Nature Conservancy's long-standing commitment to protecting nature for people today and future generations via a non-confrontational, collaborative approach is beautifully reflected in the Hadza's way of life," said Geof Rochester, Chief Marketing Officer of TNC. "We are delighted to be a part of Bill Benenson's graceful telling of their important story."

About The Filmmakers:

Bill Benenson (Director/Producer) is best known for his award-winning documentaries Dirt! The Movie, The Marginal Way and Diamond Rivers. In addition to his recent The Hadza: Last of the First, Bill is currently working on a documentary about the search for a lost Pre-Columbian city in Central America using LIDAR technology, work for which he was awarded the prestigious Leading Global Thinkers Award from Foreign Policy magazine and garnered expansive media coverage: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/06/130506fa_fact_preston). His feature films include Boulevard Nights, The Lightship, A Walk on the Moon, Mister Johnson, and Who Bombed Judi Bari? Bill, who served in the Peace Corps in Brazil, is a passionate environmentalist and supporter of The Nature Conservancy, The Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation International, Bioneers, RainForest Action Network, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Laurie Benenson (Executive Producer) is a writer, editor and journalist. She founded Movieline magazine in 1985 and went on to write about film and television for The New York Times Sunday Arts and Leisure section. An avid environmentalist, Benenson is a board member of Tree People and The Violence Policy Center, and also serves on the action forum of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Rainforest Action Network and Conservation International. Laurie wrote a screenplay about pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring," and is currently writing a novel about her travel around Europe, through the Middle East, into India and back by land.

Alfre Woodard (Narrator) One of most accomplished and talented actresses of her generation, Alfre Woodard won a Best Actress Golden Globe Award for "Miss Evers' Boys," earned an Oscar® nomination for Cross Creek, and has won four Primetime Emmys (Miss Evers' Boys, Hill Street Blues, LA Law, and The Practice) in a prolific film and TV career that has spanned over three decades. Woodard has worked primarily in drama, starring in films including Passion Fish, Grand Canyon, Crooklyn and Down in the Delta and such diverse TV productions as PBS's Go Tell It On The Mountain and ABC's Desperate Housewives. Woodard was a recent Screen Actors Guild nominee for outstanding performance by a female actor in a lead role for the 2012 TV film Steel Magnolias.

The Environmental Film Festival
The 2013 the Environmental Film Festival presented a record 190 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental, and children's films, including 110 Washington, D.C., United States and world premieres, hosting 94 filmmakers and almost 200 special guests who participated in film introductions and post-screening discussions. Over 31,000 people attended the Festival and 80 percent of the programs were offered free to the public. http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. The Nature Conservancy's Hadza Project:
http://www.nature.org/hadza

The Hadza: Last of the First: https://www.facebook.com/TheHadzaLastOfTheFirst
www.TheHadzaLastOfTheFirst.com

Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2548357

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

Media Contact:
Maggie Begley
MBC
310.390.0101
Mobile: 310.749.3055
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of the 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great deals to gre...
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
In his Opening Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, John Considine, General Manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, led attendees through the exciting evolution of the cloud. He looked at this major disruption from the perspective of technology, business models, and what this means for enterprises of all sizes. John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering m...
The next XaaS is CICDaaS. Why? Because CICD saves developers a huge amount of time. CD is an especially great option for projects that require multiple and frequent contributions to be integrated. But… securing CICD best practices is an emerging, essential, yet little understood practice for DevOps teams and their Cloud Service Providers. The only way to get CICD to work in a highly secure environment takes collaboration, patience and persistence. Building CICD in the cloud requires rigorous ar...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
"ZeroStack is a startup in Silicon Valley. We're solving a very interesting problem around bringing public cloud convenience with private cloud control for enterprises and mid-size companies," explained Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Management at ZeroStack, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...
"Infoblox does DNS, DHCP and IP address management for not only enterprise networks but cloud networks as well. Customers are looking for a single platform that can extend not only in their private enterprise environment but private cloud, public cloud, tracking all the IP space and everything that is going on in that environment," explained Steve Salo, Principal Systems Engineer at Infoblox, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventio...