The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is a celebration of the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences to protect and preserve the environment.
CEFF presents thought-provoking films and dialogue that raise awareness of a wide variety of interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes. The Festival provides an experience for the audience that goes beyond passive film viewing: CEFF inspires audiences into awareness and action.
With a growing public awareness for the environment, CEFF aims to inspire audiences through films to motivate them to make a difference in their community.
CEFF helps audiences build the knowledge and skills they need to make environmentally responsible choices.
CEFF inspires audiences into action to make a difference in their environment!
CEFF Board of Directors and Staff
Board of Directors - President
Rocky has been involved in film and photography since high school. He has been involved with the Starz Denver Film Festival, the Boulder International Environmental Film Festival, the Cheyenne International Film Festival, and the Boulder International Film Festival. His interest in the environment started at a young age, playing in the streams and mountains of Pennsylvania. Currently Rocky is principle of Gaia Video Productions in Boulder.
Board of Directors - Vice President
Dave is a native of Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Mass Communications. He worked briefly for ABC Wide World of Sports on the summer golf tour. He worked for two years in Waco, Texas at an NBC television affiliate and then two years at an ABC television affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He hired on with the U.S. Forest Service as a videographer for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands. After a few years working on a Forest, he transferred into the Regional Office in Lakewood where he was involved in a whole variety of tasks. He retired in 2015 after 38 years of service. He retired as the Assistant Director for External Affairs and ran the Creative Services department which dealt with videotapes, still photography, presentations, exhibits, web content, media training and meeting facilitation. Dave was also involved with fire suppression for his entire Forest Service career and was qualified as a fire photographer, a Type I Incident Information Officer and instructor for beginning and advanced information officer training.
In 2005, Dave co-produced a two-hour documentary film, The Greatest Good, a U.S. Forest Service centennial film on the history of the agency and the evolution of public lands. The show played on PBS for ten years with more than 8,000 screenings on stations across the country, and the international version of the show was released in eight languages.
In 2011 he co-produced a one-hour documentary film, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time. The Emmy Award winning film screened for a year at film festivals and state premiers and then debuted on Earth Day in April 2013 as a one hour Wisconsin Public Television production on Public Broadcasting Service. It continues to run on PBS and is used as a fundraiser for the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
Dave is also the co-chair of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival that is entering its fourteenth season showing the very best environmental films from around the world every February in Golden, Colorado. He just finished an hour-long documentary on Herman Dingus, Colorado’s Polka King, and always tries to have an entry into the Colorado 48 hour film festival.
He is a science fair judge, volunteer beer-pourer, edits a newsletter for Forest Service retirees, a balloon artist once a year and lives in unincorporated Jefferson County with his wife Sue, a local watercolor artist. Their daughter Erin graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder and works in the Denver metro area.
Board of Directors - Secretary
Board of Directors - Treasurer
Board of Directors - Member at Large
Lindsay is a lawyer specializing in environmental/conservation law and small business law at Lindsay Walton Legal in Golden, Colorado. She loves helping do-gooder small businesses and entrepreneurs get legal and her background has substantially focused on environmental and conservation matters, with an emphasis on remediation and reuse of property impacted by soil and groundwater contamination. She has contributed to environmental publications, including as co-author for a textbook chapter related to factory farming, and was a research assistant for textbooks related to climate change and indigenous peoples and climate change impacts on ocean and coastal law. She was also the Colorado State Coordinator for a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and preserving litter-free open spaces, and spent time in the British Colombian inland temperate rainforest volunteering at an off-the-grid eco lodge.
Lindsay received her yoga teacher training in India and you can generally find her in downward dog, working out, concert-going, hiking, skiing, reading, and writing poetry. She also enjoys travel, spending time with her friends, family, and boyfriend, and has recently started gardening.
Dean Berggren - Member at Large
Board of Directors
external and internal auditing for over 20 years. He has lived in Mongolia, Russia for several years and
travelled for work to many other countries. He is an active outdoorsmen and spends much of the winter
skiing and summer river rafting and biking. Before becoming a CPA, Dean lived for six years in
Micronesia, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and then for the Chuuk government. Dean earned a B.A in
psychology from the University of Denver and a B.S. in Accounting from Metropolitan State University.
Dean works with other non-profits including the Friends of Micronesia, a Mongolian accounting student
scholarship program and the Kawanee Gardens Ditch Company. Dean believes strongly in protecting
nature and the environment and in educating and motivating both kids and adults of the critical
challenges facing our natural world.
Shawna Crocker is a Colorado native and graduate in biology and education from Colorado State University. She has been natural science educator and champion of our environment from early childhood!
After teaching PreK-12th grade science in private, public, urban and rural schools in Colorado and Swaziland, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she recently retired from the Colorado State Forest Service, where she served as the Colorado Coordinator of Project Learning Tree, for an international environmental education program for teachers and students.
She helped create the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) and has served on many of its committees, including the State Environmental Education Leadership Council. She founded CEFF in 2005 as a program of the CAEE after attending an environmental film festival in Washington, DC and realizing that Colorado needed such an event to help inspire, educate and motivate our citizens to become committed stewards of our world.
Shawna has received the Enos Mills Award for Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education, National Outstanding Project Learning Tree Coordinator Gold Star Award, CSFS Program Excellence Award, CSFS Career Excellence Award, Friend of Science Award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers, and Retired Environmental Educator Award from CAEE.