Russell Long

Russell Long was the Producer/Director of Room To Breathe, about troubled public middle school children learning mindfulness meditation (PBS World Channel, 2013), Executive Producer of the award-winning film Someplace With A Mountain, narrated by Chevy Chase, about the imminent displacement of Micronesians living on atolls due to sea-level rise (PBS affiliates, 2010), A Sheltered Sea about marine protected areas (PBS affiliates, 2009), Sweet Dreams about the women of Rwanda healing from genocide (HBO Films Producer Award, 2012), State of Control about Tibetan activists risking their lives to demand human rights from China (United Nations Association Film Festival, 2013), and Co-Executive Producer of The lsland President about former Maldives’ President Nasheed's efforts to stop global warming (Toronto Film Festival Audience Award, PBS, 2013). He was also a key funder for Semper Fi, a story about U.S. Marines who contracted cancer from toxic groundwater supplies at Camp Lejeune (PBS, 2011).

Prior to making films, he founded and was Executive Director of the national environmental group Bluewater Network for ten years, and was responsible for numerous state and federal laws including the United States’ first law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He has written opinion editorials on environmental issues for major media outlets such as the New York Times, the L.A. Times, and the Boston Globe. Earlier in his career, he was a professional sailor and America’s Cup Skipper. He received his BA from Harvard’s School of Visual Arts, MBA from Columbia, Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and attended Columbia’s Graduate Film program. He serves on the Board of the environmental group, Friends of the Earth.

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