EarthxFilm Board of Directors
Trammell S. Crow is a Dallas, Texas-based businessman, philanthropist, entrepreneur and innovative leader in business development and operations. He is the Founder of Earth Day Texas, “the world’s largest Earth Day celebration,” which in 2016 drew more than 130,000 visitors to Dallas’s Fair Park for the two-day event. Earth Day Texas teaches visitors, businesses and school children the benefits of green living and environmental sustainability.
Mr. Crow serves on the Board of Directors of Million Acre Pledge, a 501(c)(3) charity that commits individuals, businesses and foundations to conserve or restore large areas of forest and other bio-rich natural areas to save irreplaceable ecosystems, stop CO2 emissions on ecosystem loss and enable CO2 absorption by recovering ecosystems, and to encourage and inspire forest and other ecosystem conservation. He has committed to protect 250,000 acres of forest in Suriname.
In September, 2016, Mr. Crow was honored at the 20th anniversary Global Green Awards in recognition of his work in advancing sustainable and resilient communities to best support Earth’s natural systems, stem climate change, protect human health and improve livability for all.
The son of Trammell and Margaret, the former being the founder of the Trammell Crow Company, Mr. Crow is the President of the Crow Family Foundation, which operates and manages the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Trammell Crow Sculpture Garden in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District.
A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Crow began his business career as a warehouse leasing agent in Denver. He transferred to Houston and developed residential subdivisions and leased retail space. In Dallas, he joined the development team of the signature Anatole Hotel and worked at Dallas Market Center, expanding its exhibition and retail space by over 2 million square feet. He developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, the INFOMART and the Dallas Fort Worth Teleport. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Crow was Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow International.
Mr. Crow is co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water. He serves on the Board of Directors of Space Center Houston and American Renewable Energy Institute, and is on the Advisory Board of Environmental Defense Fund Texas and Texas Land Conservancy, among others. He is a long-time supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Log Cabin Republicans and the League of Conservation Voters.
Mr. Crow serves on the Development Board of University of Texas at Dallas and has on-going associations with Paul Quinn College, the Dallas Community College District Foundation, Trinity River Improvement Association and McKinney Avenue Contemporary art gallery, among others.
The father of Nathan, Margaret, Daniel and Isabella, Mr. Crow resides in Dallas, Texas, where his hobbies include rock collecting and sharing his love of music, art and reading.
A native of Dallas, Michael received a Master in Fine Arts | Producing from the American Film Institute (AFI) where he was granted the honor of commencement speaker. It was there that he realized film could be used to “change the world.” His career and passions have successfully woven between “for-profit” and “non-profit” ventures.
While in Los Angeles, Michael produced and executive produced over 20 feature-length films for HBO and SHOWTIME. He also produced over 30 commercials and music videos for Black Dog Productions, Ridley Scott’s commercial production company working with David Dobkin, director of The Wedding Crashers and The Judge.
Michael returned to Dallas in 1998 to care for his father who was diagnosed with terminal Pancreatic Cancer. As a legacy to his father, Michael founded the non-profit Arts Fighting Cancer (AFC) with a mission to promote the arts while benefiting the Cancer Relief Fund. AFC produced the annual Deep Ellum Film Festival (DEF2) from 1999 – 2005, the 2002 Santa Monica Film Festival and the Santa Monica Drive-in at the Pier from 2002-2006.
Michael formed Deep Ellum Pictures in 1999 and as its President, produced and directed the award winning documentary TV Junkie (Special Jury Prize, 2006 Sundance Film Festival). In March 2007, TV Junkie aired on HBO as part of the Addiction Series. This series received the Governor’s Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Science (The Emmy® Awards). Hollywood Reporter called TV Junkie “the most powerful” of the four films included in the HBO series.
Following the success of TV Junkie, Michael partnered with the New York Times to produce the Educational Curriculum Film Faces of Addiction, which received an AVA Award and was nominated for a PRISM AWARD™.
From 2006 to 2011 he served in multiple roles as the Founding Artistic Director, CEO, Chairman of the Board and President of The Dallas Film Society which hosts the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) one of the top 30 film festivals in North America. Michael has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 Film Festival Programmers.
Under the M3 Films banner he is co-directing The Starck Club, a documentary set in 1980s Dallas and centered on the designer Philippe Starck’s first American design, the infamous Starck Club. He is in development on the narrative film and television series based on The Club.
He served as an Executive Producer on the Steve Jobs bio-pic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher and is an Executive Producer on the Stanley Marcus documentary.
King has been a part of the Dallas independent film scene for 17 years directing, producing, editing and writing.
With work on more than 30 narratives, 100 commercials and 85 music projects, King has established himself as one of the most active filmmakers in the market.
His current projects include Torey’s Distraction and Lucky Lance 6. King Hollis is a producer and director, known for Sinners and Saints (2010), Jarhead 3: The Siege (2016) and Daylight’s End (2016).
Leilani Münter is a biology graduate turned professional race car driver and environmental activist. Discovery’s Planet Green named Leilani the #1 eco athlete in the world and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Leilani uses her racecar to spread awareness among millions of race fans.
She is on the board of Oceanic Preservation Society, the Oscar winning filmmakers behind The Cove and Racing Extinction. Off track, Leilani drives an electric Tesla Model S powered by solar. Her motto: Never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car.
Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced and executive-produced dozens of films. His producer credits include The Sessions, starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy (Sundance 2012 Audience Award, 2013 Academy Award nomination for Helen Hunt), C.O.G. , the first David Sedaris adaptation (Sundance 2013), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Dogtown and Z Boys, and Radio Free Albemuth, the last Philip K. Dick novel. He is in post-production on Snake and Mongoose, about a legendary drag-racing rivalry.
Stephen’s documentary credits include War/Dance (2008 Academy Award nomination), Fuel (Sundance 2008 Audience Award), Flow (Sundance 2008), Pick Up the Mic (Toronto 2005), Climate Refugees (Sundance 2010), Mr. Bitchin’ about artist Robert Williams, Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, and Patriocracy. He is in post-production on A Nuclear Family, Ride with Larry, and State of Control. He is on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations, including Friends of the Earth, Children Uniting Nations, and the International Documentary Association, and is on the dean’s board of the University of California-Santa Cruz School for the Arts.
Louie Psihoyos, Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), is recognized as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired directly out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the yellow-bordered magazine for 18 years. His ability to bring humanity and wit to complicated science stories carries over to his filmmaking. An ardent diver and dive photographer, he feels compelled to show the world the decline of our planet’s crucial resource, the oceans.
Psihoyos’s first documentary film, The Cove, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film of 2009 and over 75 other awards around the world. The film garnered immense critical praise and has been seen by millions of viewers worldwide.
His second film, Racing Extinction, follows a team of artists and activists as they expose the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the world. The film premiered on Discovery in 220 countries and territories on the same day, was nominated for an Emmy (Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking) and an Academy-Award (Best Song), and sparked the #StartWith1Thing movement. With partner Obscura Digital, Psihoyos was also the creative mind behind the unprecedented large-scale video projections of endangered species onto the United Nations Headquarters, Empire State Building, and the Vatican.
Psihoyos is currently in post-production on the feature documentary The Game Changers.
Danni Washington is a whirlwind of charisma, science smarts, and ocean advocacy and she’s blazing a trail in the #SciComm field!
As a seasoned TV Personality, Science Communicator, and Ocean Explorer, Danni has over 9+ years of science media experience. She is the first African-American young woman to host her own nationally syndicated science show, which is seen in nearly 95 million homes in the US on FOX called Xploration Nature Knows Best.
Upon graduating from University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marine Science/Biology, Danni co-founded a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through the arts and media called Big Blue & You. She has also wowed audiences as an on-camera personality for a variety of projects including Untamed Science, Ocean GEMS, and costarred alongside Jaden Smith in the educational outreach video for the film After Earth, starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith.
Recently, she’s been a featured member of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls #STEM10 documentary series, a presenter at the G.I.R.L. 2017 Girl Scouts National Conference, a featured speaker at the Borneo Global Issues Conference, was the recipient of the EARTHX 2018 Female Emerging Leader of the Year Award among other conferences and summits.