The Accidental Environmentalist

John Wathen was just an average guy until coming into contact with toxic chemicals, stumbling upon a video camera, and discovering his passion for protecting the region’s waters. Watch this Alabama native's transformation into an internationally-recognized environmentalist.

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About the Director

Kristine Stolakis is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker dedicated to creative, complex, and character-driven storytelling. Her films have played at festivals internationally, including Hot Docs International Film Festival, Frameline, and Anthology Film Archives. Her work has also been featured in news outlets including Mother Jones, Buzzfeed, and NPR affiliate KALW in San Francisco. Kristine holds an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. Kristine proudly hails from central New York and North Carolina.

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