Presented as part of its Docs Equinox program of three environment-focused films for Earth Day weekend, April 22 to 25, Hamptons Doc Fest offers a free online “Conversation Centerpiece” with five local eco-advocates, “the new keepers of our planet,” explained Hamptons Doc Fest founder and Executive Director Jacqui Lofaro.
Dubbed the East End Green Team, the young local activists will share their insights on what individuals can do personally to make a difference both locally and globally, to conserve and protect the air, water and land.
Scott Bluedorn is an artist and passionate naturalist, who uses his art to draw attention to
local environmental and housing issues. Born in Southampton and raised in East Hampton, he has taken an active role in working to protect the environment and advocating for a just transition to renewable energy. He sits on several local committees, including the East Hampton Energy and Sustainability Committee, the Community Housing Opportunity Fund, and co-chairs the East Hampton Arts Council.
Daniela Kronemeyer, born and raised on the East End, is an advocate for the natural world and indigenous culture. She consults for several nonprofits around the country where she uses the arts — literature, photography and textile design — to promote environmentalism and native rights. She currently serves as project director for the Peter Matthiessen Center, an organization honoring the legacy of the late Sagaponack novelist, Buddhist teacher, naturalist and indigenous rights activist.
John Robertson, born in Southampton and the son of the founder of Wainscott Farms, Jane Lappin, grew up in the landscaping business, planting seeds, pulling weeds and running through the greenhouses. Now the manager of Wainscott Farms, he and the company, committed to sustainability, provide advice and counsel to their clients on native plantings, low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly landscape planning, and programs for producing/using compost tea, to promote healthy soil.
Alexandra Talty, based in Southampton, is an award-winning journalist who wrote an agricultural column for The Southampton Press for three years. In 2019, she was named a National Press Foundation Fellow for food and agriculture reporting and is currently working on turning that column into a book on how small farms will save the United States. Interested in the intersection of the environment and social justice, she serves as a senior contributor for Forbes, also writing for The Guardian, The Daily Beast and many other publications. In 2016 she was the founding editor-in-chief of StepFeed in the Middle East.
Shane Weeks, a member of the Shinnecock Nation in Southampton, is an artist, traditional dancer, drummer, hunter, fisherman, cultural consultant and educator. He has spent several years working with indigenous communities around the world. He currently works at The Watermill Center and also at Wampum Magic on the Poospatuck Reservation in Mastic, where he creates wampum beads from quahog clam shells. He enjoys speaking about Shinnecock life, history and culture to audiences here and abroad, with the goal of increasing awareness of local indigenous issues.
The panel will be moderated by award-winning reporter Gianna Volpe, morning show host on WLIW 88.3 FM.
Go to hamptonsdocfest.com from April 22 to 25, to watch this free East End Green Team conversation.