The SATELite Festival is about awareness, community building, entertainment, education, and having fun. The added fundraising element speaks to a need to support our communities, knowing, that sometimes that comes with a price that can only be addressed when we work together. Participation in the general festival is free compliments of the sponsors and donors. Thank you! Red Gold screening & other film shorts - libations - booths - workshops - live music
Additional activities, exclusive to this event, are available at special rates with proceeds benefiting our cause. concert - wild salmon dinner - limited seating workshops & symposiums
BRING YOUR BIKE
longest skid mark
SATELite Founder/Foundation Director - Blair Brown
Born into the four generations of Alaskans, this young self-starter adapted to her family's nomadic lifestyle and appreciation of mother nature. Spending her childhood in various regions of the U.S., from rugged Alaska, the enchanting islands of Hawaii and the colorful seasons of Idaho and Colorado, she now resides between Tahoe, CA, and Alaska. Blair finds herself constantly in the midst of adventure, travel and challenge, enjoying the likes of equestrian sports, fishing, biking, skiing, surfing, climbing...the list goes on.
Taking to heart her ethical beliefs as a jeweler and involvement in consumer culture as an entrepreneurial designer, Blair Lauren is committed to enhancing arts and adventure. Blair is an active member of 'No Dirty Gold', a non-profit aimed to educate consumers, retailers and the general public about alternatives to the gold industry's environmental impacts due to irresponsible gold mining. She also supports '1% for the Planet', an organization dedicated to building support among an alliance of businesses that are financially committed to creating a healthy planet.
Her company and her position serve as a platform for awareness and community building. Personally and politically active in the above mentioned campaigns, she uses her business as a structural support to hostess and facilitate events in support of ethical causes on a larger scale. Having spent years working in cultural marketing and business development for a range of start up companies across the country, her event and partner building experience is extensive. SATELite - A 2010 Red Gold Event - is the first in a series of community building environmental & fundraising events for the foundation to be launched in Tahoe, California.
New Media Director - Rachael Beth Anderson
Holding her North Dakota roots close, the adventurous Rachel Beth Anderson finds herself bouncing all over the globe capturing human and environmental issues from behind a camera lens. Combined with her passion for the cutting edge multi-media her intentions and productions have acquired her several notable accolades in a few short years.
After acquiring a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Rachel has spent her time producing award winning documentaries and long format projects for PBS Nebraska, ANDRILL (an international climate research project based in Antarctica), a Fulbright funded program in Egypt and most recently, for her own media company, Ishta Productions.
Currently a member of the Obscura Digital team, a leading interactive technology and creative firm located in San Francisco, she is harnessing her skills building on new media and digital productions both locally and internationally. Rachel seeks to add a documentarian’s eye to the conservation field through her rare perspective, striking cinematography, and unique skill of storytelling.
In working with SATELite, Rachel hopes to showcase the altruistic mission using visual and digital technology, allowing SATELite projects to speak to a broader audience in a progressive format.
SATELite Outreach Coordinator - Nicole Cronin
Nicole and SATELite founder, Blair Brown, connected in 2005 while working together in San Francisco's restaurant and nightlife industry. Instantly inspired by Blair's creation and vision of the SATELite Festival. Nicole sees the opportunity to become a catalyst for environmental consciousness and connectivity through her involvement in this years SATELite kick off event in Squaw Valley, CA. Born and raised in one of the green capitals of the US- Santa Cruz, California- recycling, greenhouse gas reduction and low-flow faucets were part of her vocabulary at an early age. Granddaughter to, Suzanne Paizis- the first women in CA to run for State Senate, Nicole has a strong sense of service and the desire to "give back".
Currently the managing partner at Mas Sake Sushi in San Francisco, Nicole has taken steps to make this decade-old venue environmentally considerate. Purchasing renewable energy certificates, composting and "green" cleaning supplies is just a start. Through event planning and fundraising, Nicole takes her passion of earth-friendly causes to build community awareness.
Nicole will serve on the SATELite Board of Directors- helping to guide the vision of the event by means of promotions, donor and volunteer enrollment, and overall operations.
Development & Operations Manager - Leila Burrows
Leila Burrows is proud to join SATELite Festival to launch the first annual fundraising event for the purpose of preserving and supporting the natural environment which supports us. The great outdoors has always been her favorite playground. Leila has spent her life skiing, cycling, hiking, running, horse-back riding, boating, gardening - appreciating what nature has to offer year round. Since the age of 8, when she raised enough money to save 26 acres of the Children's Eternal Rainforest, Monteverde, Costa Rica, Leila has committed to protecting the environment and all it encompasses. A vegetarian since the age of 4 years old, she was quick to recognize that action begins with personal choices.
Fourth generation San Franciscan, Leila graduated from UCLA in 2004 and spent several years working for Viceroy Hotel Group, an LA based luxury hotel company. Currently, Leila is the co-founder of The Pad Studios, a power yoga and pilates studio located on Union Street, in the Marina District of San Francisco. With experience in daily business operations, event management, customer service excellence, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Leila will fill her role as Development and Operations Manager with passion and pride to create meaningful partnerships and build community support for SATELite Festival.
David L. Brown
Going the Distance
Going the Distance features the moving stories of several survivors of TBI, including Bob Woodruff, extreme athletes, a victim of a road rage beating, a survivor of a car crash and . The Lake Tahoe paddle footage is interwoven with TBI survivor stories, including their recovery and rehabilitation. The challenge and uncertainty faced by the paddlers is described by physician, Robb Gaffney, as a metaphor for some of the challenges and uncertainties facing TBI survivors. Less than half of the Lake Tahoe paddle participants had ever been on a stand-up paddleboard prior to setting out for what would be a 7-hour, 22-mile marathon event. But unlike the athletes that day on Lake Tahoe, TBI victims will face struggles and uncertainty each and every day—most likely for the rest of their lives. This documentary explores these struggles in the face of what many experts are calling a “TBI crisis” created by the “signature injury” of the Iraq war. Estimates suggest that up to 300,000 Iraq war veteransare afflicted by TBI, with many such injuries going undiagnosed.
Bumbles & Out-Takes
A bit of behind the scenes on the My Day "Living the Dream" piece...footy of the funky POV setup.
These piece is just a glimpse of the shorts we will be seeing from Renan - including his piece My Day "Living the Dream."
Green Rush is a celebration of some of California's most adventurous and talented athletes and innovative companies that are in search of a more harmonious relationship with nature through sports, lifestyle, recreation and environmental technology.