Ilana Lapid

2:30 PM | Environmental Filmmaking

Representatives from Doña Ana Community College, the Learning Action Buffet, the Humanities Action Lab, NMSU Creative Media Institute, and the Gila Film School and Environmental Media Center join to discuss the nexus of environmental equity action and media production. 

Ilana Lapid is a filmmaker and educator interested in telling stories of personal transformation, healing and environmental conservation. She holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of Southern California.

She has directed multiple award-winning short films, including “Red Mesa” and “La Catrina.” Her film “Yochi,” shot in Belize and dealing with the illegal wildlife trade, was Oscar qualified and played at over 30 film festivals around the world.

Lapid and producer Kristi Drexler partnered with international NGOs to use the film for conservation education; “Yochi” was taken on screening tours across Central America, Brazil and Tunisia. Lapid is an Associate Professor at the Creative Media Institute of New Mexico State University, where she teaches directing, screenwriting and environmental filmmaking, and is building the Southern New Mexico Environmental Media Center.

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