Mr. Thomson is pursuing a master's degree in environmental science at Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. His interests lie in large carnivore conservation and working to popularize conservation through media.
Mr. Thomson is also a director of Ewaso Lions (EwasoLions.org), a lion research and conservation project in northern Kenya, where he has been working for the last few years. He said he regularly returns to Woodside to visit his family and eat sandwiches at Roberts Market.
"We had a record number of submissions and our lineup is the best we've ever had," Mr. Thomson said of the film festival. "The films cover crucial topics from waste to light pollution to environmental terrorism. And it's not all doom and gloom — we have some fun films, too."