Speakers and Panelists Bios
Ietef “DJ Cavem Moetavation” Vita
TED talk presenter DJ Cavem Moetavation is more than a deejay, this Denver, Colorado native, and has been a long time community activist due to an early awareness of inequity in his neighborhood. At age 27, Ietef Hotep Vita aka DJ C.A.V.E.M. stands for (Communicating Awareness Victoriously Educating the Masses) Moetavation, an internationally known HipHop artist, writer/producer, deejay, HipHop Yogi, Afro-Latin percussionist, father, midwife, and environmental youth advocate. He is an Eco-Cultivator/Educator, sharing his knowledge with various age groups in organic gardening, veganism, wholistic health, sustainability, conscious consumption, and HipHop culture. Straight out the garden, representing the Historic Five Points, DJ Cavem is an O.G.: Organic Gardener, “teachin’ HIP HOP history and how to grow greens” and not the ones you roll. He is HIP HOP: Higher Inner Peace, Helping Other People, an award winning activist, founder of “GOING GREEN LIVING BLING” a HIPHOP & FOOD JUSTICE Curriculum a Green For All Fellow, B-Boy and Midwife. This Vegan chef is producing more than just beets, harvesting three albums; “Deep Rokc”, “The Teacher’s Lounge” and his last release is “THE PRODUCE SECTION - THE HARVEST” Dropped in 2012 working with FARMERS and ARTIST. SEE HIM IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF OPRAH MAGAZINE and look out for him new album coming out “ECO TWERK”, coming soon!. He has played with artists such as Talib Kweli, Les Nubians, Digable Planets, KRS One, K’naan and Gil Scott-Heron just to name a few, and has performed ECO Music internationally in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Paris, London, Mexico, and Amsterdam.”
Ariana is a multimedia artist. She is a musician, filmmaker, photographer, actor and writer. Delawari graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts. A few months after graduation, she found herself on a plane to Afghanistan for the first time and began a 10-year documentation of her father’s post 9/11 homeland. “We Came Home” is her award winning feature length directorial debut. It is the culmination of this documentation, her family story, and the making of her album “Lion of Panjshir”. The film won Best International Documentary Feature Film at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the Mexico International Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival. “Lion of Panjshir” was recorded in both Kabul and Los Angeles, and was partially produced and mixed by filmmaker David Lynch. Lynch released the album on his record label and it has received international acclaim in such publications as Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR Weekend Edition, The Daily Beast, LA Weekly, BMI World, Al Jazeera, SOMA, IFP, The Independent, and Marie Claire Italia.
Gena Konstantinakos is an award-winning director and producer of TV and film whose work has appeared on ABC News (Peabody Award-winning Hopkins, Boston Med), MTV (Emmy Award-winning MADE), MSNBC (CINE Award-winning Lockup: Getting Out), PBS (NOW with Bill Moyers), Discovery/New York Times (Politics and the Media), in independent films, and elsewhere.
Her most recent film, THE INTERNET MUST GO, follows hapless market researcher John Wooley on a misguided mission to help the companies that provide Internet access sell their vision of a “faster,” “cleaner” Internet, and highlights the importance of the open Internet and broadband access. The project is funded by Ford Foundation, Media Democracy Fund, Open Society Foundations, and Wyncote Foundation, and is fiscally sponsored by Women Make Movies. It was leaked online on September 9th, 2013.