Panel Discussion to Follow Screening ~~~ 4:30 – 5:30 pm

We are honored to have gathered a distinguished group of individuals for the panel discussion following the movie presentation.
The Filmmakers:
Stuart Sender is an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, broadcast journalist and screenwriter. His credits include producing and directing the Academy-Award® nominated documentary Prisoner of Paradise which also received a Directors Guild nomination and won the prestigious Grierson Award for best documentary on film. Stuart also executive produced The Garden which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature.
Stuart is a partner in Balcony Films, a Los Angeles based media production and consulting firm. Stuart produces and directs much of Balcony Films award-winning content which has featured some of our best-known public figures and personalities, including: His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Shamir, KKK Grand Dragon David Duke and performers such as Will Ferrell, Jason Alexander, Felicity Huffman, Rosario Dawson and Stevie Wonder.
Julie Bergman Sender has a complex experience—from producing feature films and documentaries to producing and directing groundbreaking media campaigns that focus on politics and social issues. Julie began her career as a film executive at Warner Brothers producing movies with her mentor, director Sydney Pollack, as well as working at Disney, Universal and partnering with Jodie Foster in the creation of Egg Pictures.
Julie is a partner with her husband Stuart Sender in Balcony Films, Inc., a Los Angeles-based media production and consulting firm. Balcony Films current projects include feature and documentary films and television programs, as well as visual content and large-scale campaigns and specials for theaters, television, on-line, radio and whatever comes next.
Stuart Sender – Co-Producer/Director and Julie Bergman Sender – Co-Producer
Lori Pye, Ph.D.
Dr. Pye comes from an extensive background in education, environmental and marine conservation, ecopsychology and cultural mythology. She is the founder of Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychology.
Nicholas Deitch, R.A.
An architect, educator and civic activist, Mr. Deitch has been instrumental in developing community consensus and support for the preservation and revitalization of several downtowns and neighborhood centers throughout Ventura County and California. Founding Partner at Mainstreet Architects + Planners, Inc., Ventura, CA
Jim Churchill
Jim Churchill spent an important part of his childhood in Ojai. He has been farming in the Valley intermittently since 1978 and full time since 1997. With his wife Lisa Brenneis, Mr. Churchill grows organic tangerines and avocados. He is a founding member of the Ojai Pixie Growers Association. He is also a Board member of Food for Thought Ojai – working on school food issues in Ojai Unified School District since 2003.
Moderator: Michael Shapiro
A 22-year resident of Ojai, producer-screenwriter and disruptive entrepreneur Michael Shapiro has been a long time environmental and progressive political activist who has led many successful environmental coalitions, which have helped preserve and protect the Ojai Valley for generations to come.
ABOUT OUR PANELISTS: click here to view their extended profile