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Leila Conners Petersen
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Leila Conners founded Tree Media Group in August of 1996. With a background in international politics, Leila set out to build a production company that creates media to support and sustain civil society by telling inspiring stories.

Leila most recently directed Ice on Fire for HBO with Leonardo DiCaprio producing that premiered in Cannes 2019.  Previous to Ice on Fire, Leila directed a documentary on Gorbachev titled The Arrow of Time that premiered at the Zurich International Film Festival 2017. 

Prior to that, she directed We the People 2.0, a feature doc about community and nature rights that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. Leila has also directed short film series for a total of 18 short films. Series include Digital Wampum - Testimony of the Iroquois; Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta for Lexus; Green World Rising narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio; and 2 shorts on Biomimicry with Janine Benyus. The first, Biomimicry, premiered at SXSWeco. Leila produced a documentary film on the explosion of urban farming in Detroit called Urban Roots. Leila’s first feature-length documentary, The 11th Hour, was co-created with Leonardo DiCaprio. She has written a feature film script for Ridley Scotts Scott Free Productions on the state of the oceans. 

Leila has also been published in newspapers and magazines around the world including the International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Yomiuri Shimbun and Wired Magazine among others. Projects over the last 10 years with Tree Media Group include work with the Council on Foreign Relations, NASA, JPL, Norman Lear, Green Cross International, Harvard University, and Hollywood studios among others. Her article on Death and American Culture was published in War, Media and Propaganda, published by Rowman and Littlefield.[...]

In 1991, Leila translated Jacques Attali's book from the French for Random House entitled, Millennium. Leila is often invited to speak on issues of sustainability and the environment and has served on panels nationally and internationally.

(Source : Tree Media)