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Episode 130 - Hayley Nenadal, Festival Director, EarthX Film

Hayley Nenadal is the Festival Director of EarthX Film, and shares about upcoming environmental film screening events at EarthX Film, South by Southwest (SXSW), Mountain Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, and the EarthX Earth Day gathering in Dallas, Texas in April. Notably, she discusses Ben Master’s “Trojan Horse” film titled “Deep in the Heart” and a new project called “Four Down” that documents a remarkable sustainable and climate-action project in downtown Dallas led by the skateboarding community. “Four Down” features the community gardens, regenerative urban farm, hydroponic food, compost operation and other soil-building and nutrient-dense food producing impacts led by this extraordinary group of skaters. Hayley discusses the importance of hopeful and inspirational story telling as a powerful tool for education and mobilization to create a better, more sustainable world and to bring more healthful and life-enhancing projects and practices into communities throughout the country and around the world.

Along with jurors from MTV and Vimeo, Hayley is on the “short documentary” panel for the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, at which EarthX Film is also debuting a number of hopeful film stories, including “Four Down” ~ featuring the very special skateboarding and regenerative farm project in the heart of Dallas.

About EarthX & EarthX Film

Founded by Trammell S. Crow (Podcast Episode #55), EarthX convenes the largest Earth Day gathering in the United States, and possibly the entire world. In April, over 200,000 people attend the gathering, at which several concurrent conferences (EarthX Capital, EarthX Film, etc.) are curated, and hundreds of sustainability and regeneration-oriented companies and organizations feature their work, products, and services. (This year the Y on Earth Community will have a booth presence, and Executive Director Aaron William Perry will be giving talks and leading a Biodynamic soil activation workshop for the Dallas community). EarthX Film is a year-round environmental film festival founded by EarthX. If you’ll be in Austin for SXSW, you can visit and join Hayley 1:30-3:30pm on March 12th at SXSW’s “ACL Live” for a free film screening event in Austin, Texas.

About Hayley Nenadal, Festival Director, EarthX Film

Hayley Nenadal has nearly two decades of experience working with film festivals, including Sundance, Telluride, and Mill Valley Film festivals. At EarthX, Hayley oversees the festival programming and operations while also programming and consulting on film and documentary projects developed and acquired by the organization and distributed across its brands. She joined EarthX four years ago as Program Manager for the Festival. Before joining EarthX, Hayley spent ten years at Sundance in Park City working in Artist Relations and Production, where she developed a network of relationships with talent and industry executives. She was Assistant Production Manager for the Telluride Film Festival, working with teams to build the beloved festival venues, and also served as Operations Manager for the Mill Valley Film Festival. She also worked in programming at Mountainfilm Festival, which hosts outdoor adventure and environmental films at their annual Memorial Day event. She began her career at Industrial Light and Magic and has worked in films and television production, including 12 Years a Slave and ‘True Detective’ (HBO). She was recently named a jurist for the Documentary Shorts competition at SXSW 2023.

Resources & Related Podcast Episodes






Podcast Episode 55 – Trammell Crow, Founder, EarthX

Podcast Episode 61 – Michael Cain, Co-Founder, EarthX Film

Podcast Episode 80 – Adrian Alex Rodriguez, Co-Founder, EarthX Latin America

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