Frances Beinecke is president of NRDC, a national nonprofit organization that uses law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to solve today’s biggest environmental challenges. Prior to becoming president in 2006, Beinecke was NRDC’s executive director for eight years, during which time the organization’s membership doubled and its staff grew to 300. She also worked as an advocate with NRDC’s Water & Coastal Program. Beinecke serves on the board of the World Resources Institute and the Energy Future Coalition. She also is the co-chair of the Leadership Council for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect people, the places they live and the natural resources they depend on. Founded in 1970, NRDC is a national nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. We work with communities, businesses and government leaders to achieve results that maintain and restore the balances that are essential to the health and future of the Earth and its inhabitants. NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.
As director of acquisitions and programming at Sundance Channel, Ian Bricke is responsible for tracking and evaluating feature films, documentaries and shorts for Channel acquisition. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries and original programs, all unedited and commercial free. Before joining Sundance Channel, he worked at Killer Films on projects including Storytelling and Hedwig and the Angry Inchand at the Independent Feature Project on three consecutive Independent Feature Film Markets. He also worked in development for Open City Films and Pipedream Productions and has appeared on panels and juries at numerous film markets and festivals.
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, uncompromising and irreverent, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries and original programs, all unedited and commercial free. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture of NBC Universal, CBS and Robert Redford. Sundance Channel operates independently of the nonprofit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression.
Chris Paine's first documentary feature film Who Killed the Electric Car? (SFIFF 2006) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened theatrically to critical acclaim in 100 U.S. markets. Paine’s film investigates the events leading to the destruction of a whole generation of revolutionary fast electric vehicles. Its “murder mystery” spin on an almost unreported scandal captured the public’s attention and garnered multiple awards. Paine executive produced Faster (2003), about the world's fastest motorcycle race, and the award-winning No Maps For These Territories, which chronicles a road trip across the U.S. with visionary author William Gibson and U2’s Bono. Currently, Paine is collaborating with Buzz Aldrin and Steve Wozniak on Zero South, a documentary tracking his drive to the South Pole in alternative-fuel vehicles. His activist work includes campaigns to stop nuclear testing in Nevada and the U.S.-backed contra war in Nicaragua. He also fought CalTrans in its efforts to build a new freeway in Northern California. Paine supports the work of the NRDC, the Rainforest Action Network, Conservation International, the Amazon Conservation Team and Plug-In America.
Drive Around the World Organization
Drive Around the World is a team of professionals who use long-range driving expeditions to promote cross-border understanding and goodwill through innovative education and fundraising programs. During the past 20 years, Drive Around the World team members—all volunteers—have lived in and traveled throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. Team members have built homes for refugees in Asia, taught farming techniques in small villages in Africa, and worked with thousands of school children worldwide.