The 2011 EFFY Jury is made of Yale faculty, staff, Master's students, and undergraduates. They will decide which films take home the Best Feature and Best Short awards.
Dr. Nadine Unger, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Assistant Professor
Nadine Unger is Assistant Professor of Climate Science in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. In 2004, she directed a production of Waxing West by Romanian playwright Saviana Stanescu performed at International House in New York City. She was a member of The Shakespeare Workshop in New York City between 2004-2008. Performances include Feste in Twelfth Night and Cecile de Volanges in Dangerous Liasons. She is currently developing an outreach theater project about climate change.
Johannes DeYoung, Yale School of Art, Lecturer
Johannes DeYoung is a video artist and Lecturer at the Yale School of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally, with shows in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Melbourne, Australia. Mr. DeYoung received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Rachel Kramer, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master’s Student
Rachel Kramer is a Masters of Environmental Science candidate at Yale with interests in the social ecology of conservation and development. Rachel recently created a short film for National Wildlife Federation on emerging solutions to deforestation for cattle expansion in the Brazilian Amazon that was selected for screening at the 2010 Cancun Climate & Development Days film festival. Rachel has been featured in the Madagascar episode of the French nature series, "Ushuaia" for her lemur conservation and community development work, and her photography has been published in print and online media including National Geographic NewsWatch and National Wildlife Magazine.
Mike Carroll, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master’s Student
When he couldn't pull off R-rated cable films at friends' houses as a youth in the 1980s, Mike Carroll watched random movies on local Boston UHF channels 38 and 56, often times on a 12-inch black and white television. As a teenager, it slowly dawned on him that films were seriously worthy things, leading to Peckinpah to Nichols, Kopple to Herzog, and both Andersons to Louis C.K. He is currently enrolled at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focusing on organizational sustainability management and performs related work at the educational level.
Ritika Tewari, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Student
Rikita Tewari is a postgraduate fellow from TERI, India, and brings along the perspectives of the developing world to pressing environmental concerns. Rikita is pursuing Masters in Natural Resources Management back home. Analyzing movies is one of her hobbies, and at EFFY she would be looking at the message each film conveys and how effectively it does so.
Emily Levada, Yale School of Management, MBA Student
Emily Levada is a first year MBA student at the Yale School of Management (SOM). Prior to coming to Yale, Emily worked for five years as a production manager at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. After first attending the DC Environmental Film Festival a number of years ago, Emily joined an environmental political action committee in DC and spearheaded an environmental awareness initiative at her company. Emily is excited to be promoting both the arts and the environment at Yale through EFFY.
Josh Glick, Film Studies and American Studies, PhD Student
Josh Glick is a PhD candidate at Yale in the departments of Film Studies and American Studies. His research interests are focused on documentary media, race and representation in popular culture, and 20th century social movements. Josh is currently co-teaching a seminar on digital documentary and the internet that gives special attention to contemporary politics, activism, and the environment.
Kiku Langford, Yale Divinity School, Masters Student
J. Kiku Langford is a first year M.A.R. candidate at Yale Divinity School where she co-leads the student group FERNS (Faith, Ecology, Nature, Religion and Spirituality). She grew up in Tucson, AZ and attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she majored in Studio Art. In 2008 she worked for the International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, Japan, and in 2010 she helped to distribute the documentary film "Orgasm Inc," for director Liz Canner. Kiku's future goals include being a mother, having a cow and a farm, and helping to develop farm-to-school programs in New England.
Jennifer Newman, Yale School of Drama, Masters Student
Jennifer Newman is a third-year MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama. Prior to coming to Yale Jennifer performed on Broadway in Disney’s The Lion King and was a Radio City Rockette. She also had the immense pleasure of performing with Michael Jackson at Madison Square Garden. Her love of film dates back to watching West Side Story and Grease, Car Wash and of course Star Wars. The documentary film Baraka changed her life.
Liz Godar, Yale College Student
Liz Godar is a first-year Yale College undergraduate from St. Louis, Missouri. She conducted research on carbon sequestration in Environmental/Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and worked on an award winning environmental documentary entitled Unleaded. As a high school student, she represented the youth of St. Louis in environmental rallies and press conferences, headed political action for St. Louis Interschool Ecological Council, wrote published articles to raise awareness about environmental issues, and led the environmental club at her school in various campaigns. She served as a representative for the U.S. in a State Department sponsored program called Ocean for Life in which she studied ocean science and worked with National Geographic photographers to document themes of ocean diversity, conversation, and education.
Patrick Cage, Yale College Student
Patrick Cage is a freshman Ecology & Evolutionary Biology major and hopes to pursue a career in conservation biology. He is a Pierson College STEP coordinator, working to improve sustainability throughout Yale's undergraduate population, and a member of the Yale Animal Welfare Alliance, as well as a volunteer at the New Haven Police Animal Shelter. Patrick enjoys bicycling as a means of transportation, vegan cooking, and botanizing.