Founded in 2002, the On the Brink Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating innovative film, television, and new media programming that informs the public about critical threats to our environment posed by ongoing human activitieswhile also motivating viewers to become actively engaged in the efforts to solve these problems.
Drew McKeen: Producer/Director
OTB founding member Drew McKeen's credits include managing multimillion dollar VFX initiatives on major Hollywood blockbuster films like The Patriot, Armageddon, and End of Days. Drew's documentary camera work has appeared on nationally broadcast programming from PBS and CNN to MTV's The Real World-San Francisco.
Drew holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Michigan State University and a Master's Degree in Film Production from San Francisco State University. Additionally, Drew studied International Law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Adrienne Bramhall. Executive Producer, Sierra Club Productions
Adrienne Bramhall heads Sierra Club Productions, the television and film division of the Sierra Club, and is On the Brink's Executive Producer. Her Executive Producer credits include the Emmy-Award winning Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film, co-produced with Ric Burns' Steeplechase Films; Vertical Frontier, a feature length documentary on the history of climbing in Yosemite, and news segments aired on National Geographic Channel's Today news program.
Before to moving to Los Angeles, Adrienne was the Manager of Natural History Programming for Turner Original Productions where she co-developed Wild!Life Adventures, a celebrity hosted natural history/adventure series which aired for three seasons on TBS. While at Turner, Adrienne also served as Development and Program Coordinator for programs like National Geographic Explorer, as well as specials from the Audubon Society and the Cousteau Society. Adrienne began her career as a production assistant for CNN's Real News for Kids program in the early nineties.
Adrienne holds a B.S. in Communications and Media from Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the International Documentary Association, and is also a past President of the Atlanta Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT).
Sharon Perlman. Director, Education Technology & Distance Learning
Sharon Perlman holds a BA in history from Columbia University as well as a Master's Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, from San Francisco State University. While at San Francisco State, Sharon studied the application of interactive multimedia technologies to create effective educational material for contemporary students. As a pioneer of interactive programming since the birth of the multimedia industry in San Francisco in the early 1990's, she has been actively creating informational media content for over ten years. She has applied this academic background to enterprises ranging from content development to web engineering while working for many of the preeminent web-publishing houses including HotWired, TechTV, ZDNet and CNET. She now uses her technical expertise to assist several non-profit organizations to promote environmental education and sustainable development.
Diane Piepol. Creative Director, Computer Graphics
Diane Piepol is considered among the pioneers in the Los Angeles computer graphics community. As a producer, digital educator and digital effects artist, her credits encompass work on digital research projects, feature films, broadcast television and commercials spanning 1984 to the present.
Diane joined the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) in the summer of 2000. The ICT is a unique technology research center bringing both scientists and entertainment industry experts together to create enhanced environments for training and education. Currently, she is the project director of ICT's futuristic FlatWorld immersive display system project. She has also led a collaborative research effort between ICT and the Newseum of Washington DC. She previously acted as producer with Dr. Paul Debevec's Graphics Lab at the Institute and was instrumental in obtaining permissions to lidar laser scan the Parthenon in early 2003.
In the computer graphics production community, Diane has line produced video animation segments for James Cameron's prototype web channel project in 2000. In 1999 she produced the 90 minute, juried festival of computer animation, The Electronic Theater, for the SIGGRAPH 26th International Conference on Computer Graphics. Her feature film credits include: Eraser, True Lies, Super Mario. Bros., Until the End of the World and others. Her client list includes: Silicon Graphics Inc., Dreamworks Interactive, Mass Illusion, VIFX, Discreet Logic, Digital Domain, CBS Animation, RGA/LA and Robert Abel & Associates.
Diane has taught computer graphics at the UCLA Department of Design and has been a digital artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry. Piepol has served two elected terms as Chair of the Los Angeles ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter and currently acts as Executive Advisor to the LA Chapter Council on topics of professional educational content as well as donorship development. She is also a founding member of the Visual Effects Society (VES) and a current alternate member of the VES Board of Directors.
Diane holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
Rae Cline. Music Supervisor
Rae Cline is currently Head of Promotion for Nettwerk Music Group and was a National Director of Promotion for Virgin records for five years. Rae spent five years as Marketing Director for Detroit alternative radio station CIMX. Rae has worked in the music industry since starting her career in 1988 as Marketing Director for Midwest concert promoter Prism Productions.
Adrienne Fitch-Frankel. Advisory Board Member, On the Brink Foundation
Adrienne Fitch-Frankel has been involved in advocacy and research on environmental and human rights issues for over a decade. She is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and UC Davis School of Law. Adrienne is a member of the California State Bar.
Ferris Kawar. Director, Corporate Sponsorships
Ferris Kawar's entrepreneurial spirit started immediately after graduating with his Marketing degree from Sacramento State University. He helped to found a web development agency during the early years of the world wide web's commercial dÈbut. While others were dazzled by email, his company was designing advanced commerce sites and trading floors on the web. In time, Ferris moved on to help found the San Francisco office of one of the world's most cutting edge brand development agencies, working with brands such as Nike, Intel, Microsoft, Levis, and Toyota to connect with the highly coveted youth market of the prosperous 90's.
In a 180 degree career change, Ferris walked away from his secure life in advertising to pursue goals that satisfied his passion and conviction for the environment. Successfully transferring his skills of project management, networking, and relationship building he took on the task to pilot a new Sustainability program for property managers and residents of Santa Monica, California. He is also working to develop a hydrogen fueling corridor in the state of Georgia to accelerate the evolution of a hydrogen economy. In addition he is using his skills to fund raise and consult on two films about global warming which reflect his strong belief that the medium of entertainment is grossly underutilized by the environmental movement.
Ferris is an avid outdoorsman, traveler, and adventurer that spends his leisure time surfing, diving, biking, climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and volunteering whenever possible.
Alan Bradshaw. Co-Author, OTB Print Publications
Alan Bradshaw is a screenwriter and Production Director for Palgrave Macmillan USA. He is also the proud father of a born environmentalist, and he would like to see that his son still has a natural environment when he grows up.
Sarah J. Colby. Climate Change Research Associate
Sarah received her B.S. in biology, minoring in political science, from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
After graduating, Sarah worked as a research assistant in the Alaskan Arctic for two summers examining the effects of warmer summer season on the plant physiology, plant community, and ecosystem processes found there. Over the past few years, Sarah has enjoyed teaching human biology, genetics, and environmental science at both the high school and university level. In spring of 2004, Sarah will be receiving her M.S. from Florida International University in the area of arctic plant ecophysiology and global change.
Sarah loves to cook, travel, and partake in a good conversation ranging from world affairs to the finest and most current reality television episodes. She is presently living, studying, and teaching in Miami, Florida.
Eugene Kuo. Website Designer
A graphic designer and photographer based in New York, Eugene has worked for a diverse clientele ranging from cosmetics companies to children's charities. An avid traveller, he has documented travels through China, Southeast Asia, and, most recently, the Middle East. He is currently the creative director of 226 design.
Anna-Lena Isaksson. Volunteer
Anna-Lena Isaksson is soon-to-be graduate from SFSU's Broadcast and Electronic Communications Art Department. Immigrated from G”llivare, a small town in northern Sweden, where the rest of the family still resides. Special interests in the video production process are videography, and audio/video post-production.
Betina Papadeas. Volunteer
Betina Papadeas was born and raised in Los Angeles to Greek immigrant parents. Her mother's family lived off the land in harmony with nature by growing their own food and wine, weaving their own clothes, blankets, rugs, etc. Ms. Papadeas' mother greatly influenced her decision to work in the environmental field. As a result, Betina Papadeas earned a Bachelor's degree in Geography/Environmental Studies and a Master's degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from UCLA.
Betina has worked with and for governmental and private entities in several fields including recycling and solid waste management; environmental documentation; and watershed and biological resource management. Since 1997, she has worked for EcoTelesis, an environmental non-profit that specialiazes in helping jurisdictions throughout California to divert solid waste from landfills through business technical assistance and program implementation. Working with the California Department of Fish and Game as an Americorps*USA field intern for the Watershed Stewards Project/Salmon Restoration Project, Ms. Papadeas worked to preserve and enhance habitat for coho and chinook salmon. She also conducted workshops on how consumer choices affect the local environment. While vounteering for the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, Ms. Papadeas helped to preserve the habitat of the endangered Loggerhead turtles of Crete.
Gaia Pelliccioli. Intern
Gaia Pelliccioli studies Semiotics at the University of Bologna. She received her degree in Communicative Sciences in 2002. Her dissertation investigated the relationship between visual and anthropological issues from a methodological perspective, to better understand how and why people produce and use images. She is interested in cultural geography and in the relation between the environment and people who inhabit it, within the context of an increasingly globalized world. She is currently at UCLA as an exchange student at the Department of Film and Television, studying visual anthropology and ethnographic films.
Greg Singer. Volunteer
Greg Singer holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Producing for Film and Television, and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology. He has served as an agroforestry extension officer in the Peace Corps in Kenya, as well as a research fellow with the space life sciences division of NASA Kennedy Space Center. Since relocating to Los Angeles, he has worked with the production management, story development and executive offices of DreamWorks Feature Animation, Fox Feature Animation and Cartoon Network. He has assisted as an associate editor for such academic and industry publications as Animation World Network and the Animation Journal. He has also helped with the nonprofit work of the Alaska Center for the Environment, promoting sustainable development and conservation of the Alaskan wilderness; the American Friends Service Committee, advocating nonviolent social change; the Tucson Indian Center, teaching computer literacy to Native American youth; and the Capitol Children's Museum, teaching animation principles to 'at-risk' youth as part of an after-school, outreach program.
Amy Tenowich. Volunteer
Is it hot in here . . . or is it just global warming? Questions like these started to bother me so much, that I left the entertainment industry and went back to school to learn about how we are ravaging the earth, and hopefully how we can fix it. I am currently at UCLA in the Anthropology program, studying about how people all over the world function within their various environments. Having a strong interest in non-human primates as well, I have volunteered extensively with captive gibbons, and traveled to Belize and to the Amazon to see monkeys up close, without the cages. There is nothing like being in the forest at dawn, getting sprinkled by the previous night's rain as a howler monkey rattles the branches above you!
Lester Lee. Web Intern
Lester is an undergraduate at San Francisco State University pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Arts, with an emphasis in Digital Media. Lester enjoys reading, running and hiking.
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