Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Clarymond Hardt aka “C.M. Hardt” has made a career out of her passions: capturing candid, compelling and vibrant stories about people and conveying those stories visually. With over 20 years in photography, film, television and new media, Hardt has a broad range of professional experience. Whether she’s interviewing children and families or filming entertainers, policy makers and human rights leaders, her intuitive ability to put people at ease and celebrate their uniqueness while digging deep stands out.
This past summer and fall, Hardt’s AHA! mediaworks production company masterminded the digital and social media strategy behind the defeat of California Senate Bill 649, which the L.A. Times described as “A high-speed assault on the public’s right to say no” to Big Telecom’s attempt to put cell towers just about anywhere they wanted without any input.
For the past several years, Clarymond Hardt has engaged in advocacy work for a variety of non-profits focused on environmental, health, and poverty issues and been developing several personal projects including Mother Corps, this health website about parenting challenges in our insanely toxic world; Mother’s Milk and The Lactivists, a documentary and Docu-Style TV series about the breastfeeding booby-traps families in the US face and the impact this has on the health and well being of our country.
Home birthing her son Rafael in 2008 was an empowering and life changing experience of reconnecting with “our goddess within” and so began her new passion for celebrating and protecting Mother Nature. Having healed herself and her family from several “incurable” diseases according to mainstream medicine, her mission is to empower others with the truth! Clarymond has also studied Shamanism and will graduate from an intensive three year training in May 2018.
In her former life Karen Felzer earned a PhD in geophysics from Harvard University with a focus on earthquake seismology, and worked as a researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey. She was awarded the Charles F. Richter early career award in 2009 and The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2012. After her third child was born Karen decided to refocus her time on home and child rearing, healing, and environmental health, issues that she has been passionate about after losing her father to ALS in 2009 and having her oldest child diagnosed with high functioning autism several years later. Karen is certain that healing is available to all – we just need to keep looking for the right answers.
Steve Barkan is one of California’s top political and media strategists, and he’s overseen more than 145 statewide, congressional and legislative campaigns and dozens of media advocacy projects for environmental, labor and other organizations. His clients over the years include organizations and candidates who stand up for the health of our planet and the families that live on it — including the authors of California’s groundbreaking climate change laws, family leave laws, and the author of California’s law protecting the public breastfeeding rights of mothers. Barkan and his firm were recently recognized by the California League of Conservation Voters with the Environmental Leadership Award, and alongside California’s Secretary of State he was a recipient of this year’s Robert F. Kennedy Award by the SFVYD.