The Pickin' Up Tennessee Team
Dave Porfiri is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer, a veteran film educator and a founding partner in Mindflow Media, a Chattanooga-based film and television production company that produces programming for national TV networks, TV commercials, independent documentaries and videos for corporations and nonprofits. He has won more than 10 major national peer awards and has been nominated three times for a regional Emmy. His 25 years of production experience includes 10 years working on feature films in Los Angeles, and his television credits include work with National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS and other major networks. Dave holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a graduate degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinema Arts. He has also taught film and video production at American University in Washington, DC. Dave has been picking up litter since his youth growing up in South Florida. His first experience on an organized litter cleanup involved taking a boat ride to Elliot Key in Biscayne National Park and spending the day picking up a year's worth of washed-up refuse that included tires, hypodermic needles and lots of beer bottles. Dave is a lover of the outdoors and wherever he has lived, hiked, camped or canoed, he has made a lifelong habit of picking up trash and recycling. Dave and the rest of the family have proudly participated in several Tennessee River Rescue Clean-ups at Booker T. Washington State Park in Chattanooga. In 2006, Dave served on a Citizen Task Force that helped to save curbside recycling in Chattanooga.
Linda Duvoisin is a documentary filmmaker and founding partner of Mindflow Media, a film and television production company located in Chattanooga. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in communications, Linda has worked for public television, Walter Cronkite, National Geographic and Discovery Networks, among others. Her independent documentary feature film, you don't know what i got, played in more than 20 film festivals and won several prestigious honors including the Audience Award at the Full Frame Film Festival. Her documentary short film commissioned by the Tennessee State Museum, We Shall Not Be Moved, was accepted into 50 film festivals and won 10 awards. In 2010, she was awarded a Makework grant for filmmaking by CreateHere and in 2008 was awarded an Individual Artist Grant for filmmaking by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Linda grew up on Chickamauga Lake in Chattanooga and spent a childhood picking up debris that routinely washed up on the beach. Later, as a filmmaker crisscrossing the globe on assignments, Linda developed the peculiar habit of picking up rocks as souvenirs, except from Kīlauea in Hawaii where it is bad luck to remove anything from the volcano. When Linda first met her husband Dave, she knew she had found the love of her life when on a canoe trip, Dave steered suddenly towards the shore to pick up litter that he spotted while declaring, “Sorry, but I pick up trash wherever I find it.” By the end of the trip, they had filled up a garbage bag with cans, bottles and fishing line.
Jane Porfiri is thrilled to be participating in the Pickin' Up Tennessee tour, but this won't be her first time picking up trash. At 10 years old she is already a veteran of three Tennessee River Rescue clean-ups at Booker T. Washington State Park. Having just completed the 4th grade, she is ready to hit the road with her parents and little sister Harlan. Jane wants to be either a travel writer or a detective when she grows up. She loves a good mystery and is a keen observer of everything and everyone. Jane also loves to sing, play the piano and write her own songs. She looks forward to sailing camp on Chickamauga Lake every summer and enjoys the outdoors. She has also competed in several soap box derby races. She has enjoyed participating in several musicals, including a community theater production of The Sound of Music this past spring and The Music Man, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factoryand The Little Mermaid at St. Peter's Episcopal School. She is also a member of the Chattanooga Girls Choir.
Harlan Porfiri just completed the 2nd grade at St. Peter's Episcopal School and she is anxious to hit the road this summer on the Pickin' Up Tennessee tour; she will turn eight years old on the road! She is a veteran of three Tennessee River Rescue clean-ups at Booker T. Washington State Park and loves finding treasures in other people's trash. She serves as the special adviser to this project in the R/V selection process. Especially of concern to her is whether or not the R/V has bunk beds. Harlan is full of boundless energy. She loves singing, gymnastics, volleyball and cheerleading. She spends as much time as she can roller-skating and loves the outdoors. She has enjoyed participating in several musicals including a community theater production of The Sound of Music, and at her school, Winnie the Pooh and Cinderella . She is also a member of the Chattanooga Girls Choir.
project manager; tour functionary
Marge is president of Scenic Tennessee, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1987 to protect and enhance Tennessee's scenic resources. A past member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Keep Tennessee Beautiful and a board member of the national Container Recycling Institute, Marge is a freelance writer specializing in conservation history and the environment. Her articles have appeared in many of Tennessee's conservation-related publications, including The Tennesssee Conservationist and the Tennessee Wildlife magazine, and her 1997 book, Sportsmen United: The Story of the Tennessee Conservation League, is the most comprehensive account to date of Tennessee's conservation history. She has a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University and hopes eventually to finish a murder mystery. She and her husband Paul Davis, the country's longest-serving water program head when he retired as director of Tennessee’s Division of Water Pollution Control in 2012, live in Mount Juliet with their rescued Lab-mix Stella.
communications and media relations
Susan is a Nashville-area communications, marketing and branding professional whose 30 years' experience has spanned the entertainment, corporate, public and nonprofit sectors, from The Nashville Network to Bridgestone Americas handling media relations, brand and reputation management, crisis communications, economic development, tourism and sponsor relations. Having grown up on the shores of Lake Michigan and now living on the shores of Old Hickory Lake, Susan is deeply committed to protecting and promoting Tennessee's scenic and natural qualities. That commitment most recently led to a 2013 ADDY Award (from the Nashville Advertising Federation) in the Public Service Campaign category, for the "Tennessee River Trail - Drive and Discover" (www.driveanddiscover.com) marketing effort. Susan and husband Mike live in Mount Juliet; son Adam is a junior at UT Knoxville.
segment producer/lead editor
Sannah is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For the past few years, she has been immersed in all aspects of video production, and has spent a lot of time working on projects about beautifying communities in the Chattanooga area alongside several different local non-profits. Sannah recycles on a regular basis, and is always looking for new ways to improve upon her personal impact on the environment.
social media coordinator/graphic design
Marie graduated with a history major from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her interest in the past came from growing up in Chattanooga, where she visited battlefields and state parks rich with history. Marie's passion for keeping Tennessee beautiful stems from a love of growing up there.
social media support
Jake is majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is active in UT's SPEAK (Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville) as well as the university's cross-country and track teams. He made news last year when he sat out the team's spring season in order to help his mother recover from a serious car accident. Jake's hometown is Clarksville, Tenn.
Eric is a chemistry major at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and co-president of UT's student environmental group SPEAK (Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville). He works part time for the Apple Store in West Town Mall; when time allows he volunteers at WUOT (Knoxville's NPR station); and he has a deep passion for recycling and environmental stewardship stemming from his youth as an elementary school kid, recycling aluminum cans and being a member of Westwood Junior High's Trashinators in Manchester, Tenn., his home town.
Chandler is a native of Chattanooga, a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and an Eagle Scout. His time as a Boy Scout taught him the importance of caring for the environment, and he has many fond memories of camping all over scenic Tennessee.
editing/production support/research/social media
Matt is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Tennessee native. His father is an avid outdoorsman and taught him to respect and take care of the land at an early age. Now a survival and primitive skills enthusiast Matt has seen first hand the damage that littering can do to the environment and land he calls home.
motion graphics, editing
Trey Cook, a 28-year-old Chattanooga native is an accomplished editor, visual effects artist and cinematographer. In addition to cutting for clients such as Travel Channel, HGTV, GAC, and the Oxygen Network, he's created visual effects for feature films and national television commercials. He's also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the study of documentary film editing. Trey enjoys teaching his three young boys, Jude (7), Jack (6), and James (5) about the importance of recycling. Jude recently related a story about how he felt that littering had a much larger impact, particularly on the animals that call Tennessee their home. His concern and sentiment should be embodied by all Tennessee residents. Trey is excited about preserving the beauty in the hills of Tennessee for his youngsters.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He grew up in rural Tennessee near a landfill, and the experience of riding by on a regular basis has had a profound effect on the way he looks at recycling and the way he treats the environment, especially in his beautiful home state of Tennessee. He is also a musician, and believes in the power of music to bring people together with a call to action.
Dhonielle is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate. Along with problem solving and dealing with mathematical equations, her interests are singing, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, and embracing what nature has to offer. Dhonielle has been involved in several outreach programs that have been beneficial to the environment we live in. She recycles and tries to encourage those around her to do the same.
Daniel is a current senior at Lee University where he studies Film. His passion for visual storytelling led him to found the LeeU Film Society, where students create and discuss the art of filmmaking. As an aspiring filmmaker and photographer, Daniel has spent much time in the beautiful hills of Tennessee, and wants to helppreserve the landscape for years to come.
traditional music guru
Before he started Fulmer Associates (polling, public relations, research, corporate and political communications), Doug was a prolific freelance writer with a particular interest in music. From 1993 to 2000 he was the de facto music writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, providing most of the paper's coverage of country music, writing concert and CD reviews and reporting on rock, blues and bluegrass. He published frequently in Country Weekly, was a contributing editor of Music Direct, wrote Folk CD guides for the Music Hound and did a bimonthly column on Cleveland Live called "Blues Spotlight." He has written for the Banjo Newsletter, Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited, CD Now, GetMusic.Com and other print and online publications. The Cleveland correspondent for Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, his work also appeared in Ad Astra, American Visions, Bay Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cleveland Country Music, Country Plus, E - The Environmental Magazine, The Free Times (Cleveland), InReview (Nashville), the Knoxville News Sentinel, Music Row, National Parks, New Country, Outdoor America, Power Source, Sonic Net and other publications. The former director of government relations at Scenic America (Scenic Tennessee's parent organization), Doug now donates his time to scenic protection as treasurer of Scenic Tennessee. He lives in Mount Juliet with wife Eng Chen and daughter Marjorie, who's learning karate.
Matt Evans plays clawhammer and minstrel banjo, old-time fiddle, flatpick and fingerstyle guitar, mandolin, and the bones. Primarily interested in the music of the Cumberland Plateau and Southern Appalachians, he collects and plays tunes from these regions, and enjoys the opportunity to play and talk about the folk music and traditions he studies. Matt has studied banjo with Dwight Diller and fiddle with Bruce Greene. He teaches at the Folk School of Chattanooga.