Joell Hallowell is a filmmaker, writer, and photographer living in San Francisco. Her collaborative films have been screened at various venues and experimental festivals, including the Harvard and New York Film Archives, the London International Film Festival, the Madcat Women’s International Film Festival, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. She is presently working on Here Come the Brides, a book of oral histories and photographs that capture the stories of couples who were married in California during the few months in 2008 when gay marriage was legal.
Coke Hallowell grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and has been involved in conservation issues for twenty-five years. In 1986 she was part of the San Joaquin River Committee, a grassroots group who rallied to protect the San Joaquin. She was the president of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust for twenty years and is currently chair of the board. She was also a founding member of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy and the California Council of Land Trusts and she currently serves on the Planning and Conservation League Foundation’s board of directors.