Chill Out 2009 Webcast

The 2009 Chill Out webcast was shot by world-renowned cinematographer Eric Adkins ("Sky Captain & The World Of Tomorrow"), directed by Melissa Balin ("Green Means Go"), and produced by Melinda Esquibel of Mundo Maravilla, Carey Stanton of National Wildlife Federation, and Balin and was nominated by The Imagen Foundation for its positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment.

The webcast features an all-star cast of students, faculty and staff from the winning campuses and a broad range of advocates and activists in today's environmental movement, including:

  • Academy Award-Winning producer Lawrence Bender
  • Actor Courtney Gains ("Sibling Rivalry")
  • Musician and composer Ethan Gold
  • Comedian and host of Planet Green's "Wa$ted" Annabelle Gurwitch
  • Musician Nick Jago
  • Actor Efren Ramirez ("Napoleon Dynamite")
  • Actor Alisa Reyes (Nick's "All That")
  • Founder and CEO of Karmaloop.com Greg Selkoe
  • Director, screenwriter and actress Angela Shelton
  • Actor and stuntman Isaac Singleton, Jr.
  • Producer, first president of eBay and founder of Participant Media Jeff Skoll
  • Tony-Award-winning poet "Poetri" Smith
  • Actor Douglas Spain (HBO's "Walkabout")
  • Actor Michael Welch ("Twilight")
  • Actor Jose Yenque ("Traffic")
  • Actor Shawn-Caulin Young ("Dreams and Shadows")
  • Austin band The Steps

The webcast is a low carbon footprint production, going well beyond the industry's sustainable filmmaking guidelines, and has been recognized by the Environmental Media Association's Green Seal Program for using the film industry's best environmental practices. The production used the Red Camera--a 4K camera system that is filmless and tapeless, cabling directly into a hard drive, eliminating wasted film, tape, and chemicals. The lighting was Lite Panels' LED system, and the lights and production were powered by solar energy thanks to a solar generator provided by Pure Power Distribution and a portable solar-capturing tent from FTL Solar. Even the teleprompters were made from recycled materials!

National Wildlife Federation was thrilled to be nominated by The Imagen Foundation, which strives to bridge the gap between the Latino community and the entertainment industry. The Campus Ecology Program acknowledges the importance of diverse campus communities coming together in the fight for climate action and considers the Chill Out competition a valuable tool in cultivating a diverse group of youth leaders.

The program was part of Earth Day-related events scheduled at more than 275 college campuses, high schools, and organizations nationwide and abroad.  Find out who hosted a 2009 Chill Out Webcast Event.