Clint Cargile is a writer, screenwriter, historian, and the author of the forthcoming book Five-Mile Spur Line: A Railroad History of Sycamore, Illinois. Before pursuing writing as a career, Clint was a washer of dogs, cars, dishes, and everything in-between. He has a BA in English from the University of Alabama, an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University, and an MA in history with a concentration in public history from Northern Illinois University, where he and his wife direct a creative writing camp for middle-schoolers each summer. He lives with his wife and daughter in DeKalb, Illinois.
Joshua Hapner has a B.S. in Environmental Science and a M.A. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Most of his background is in the field of outdoor education, where he has worked as an educator at a variety of locations including camps in New York, Ohio, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. While working on his Master's degree he also worked as an Interpretive Ranger for the National Parks Service. His current position is as one of the Assistant Coordinators at the Lorado Taft Field Campus. As such, he helps to plan and oversee field trips for groups of up to 160 kids from Chicago area schools to come to Taft where he teaches them a variety of classes including environmental topics such as water ecology, forest ecology, birding, etc., as well as other important topics and skills including teambuilding, orienteering, and pioneering (to name just a few).
Dr. Melissa Lenczewski is the director of the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE). She was worked at NIU for the last 13 years and is an associate professor in the department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.
Marilyn Lorch is a current Doctoral student in the English department of Northern Illinois University. She is currently studying Film & Literature. She also works full time in NIU’s Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning. In her spare time she can be found creating items for her Etsy shop (where she attempts to up-cycle or re-purpose items to give them a second life) or scouring Netflix for a film she has not yet watched.
Kathryn Olson is a returning judge for Green Lens. She is an Environmental Studies student at Northern Illinois University graduating in the spring. She has participated in Green Lens for the past two years and she continues to have invested interest in learning about current environmental issues through classes, research, and the films for this festival.
Dr. Sheldon Turner is a geoscientist by training, with expertise in environmental science and policy. His teaching and research are mostly focused on environmental education in both formal and informal settings. More specifically, he has been studying how visual information impacts the way people make natural resource decisions. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video’s worth is priceless in its ability to inform viewers and change their pre-conceptions. Sheldon hopes to bring both his expertise and passion to the Green Lens Film Festival.