2018 Films

A Misty Experience

This deep canyon shrouded in mist is right off the beaten path but rarely explored, Loves Falls on the North fork of the Yuba, holds much beauty and many mysteries.

A River’s Last Chance

A Story of salmon, timber, weed and wine along California’s mighty Eel River.

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A crab who aims to see the worlds beyond him.

Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds, and Sovereignty

Abundant Land follows a group of Hawaiian residents on the island of Moloka’i as they oppose the biotech industry’s use of their land to test genetically engineered seeds and work to restore an integrated food system based on ancient Hawaiian farming practices. Featuring Native Hawaiian Rights leader, Walter Ritte, Environmental activist, Vandana Shiva and Permaculture educator, Geoff Lawton.

Aghanashini

In southern India, amidst the onslaught of modern developmental activities there exists a river, Aghanashini, which is silently flowing in its original course that it took millions of years ago when it was first formed. There is no dam along its path to obstruct its natural flow and also there are no industries along its path. It’s water is pure through the entire year!

Alice Ayalik

Alice is a strong advocate for the Inuinnaqtun language and traditional teachings. She speaks of how she has seen the northern climate change since she was young and how her parents taught her to care for her elders.

Arrestable: A Grassroots Guide to Taking a Stand

During a city-wide bank protest, some Seattle climate activists experience arrest for the first time.

Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota captures world attention through their peaceful resistance against the U.S. government’s plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land.

BE’ JAM BE: the never ending song

In Sarawak (Borneo), “the ones who live upstream” are the first affected by deforestation. The Penan, (ex) nomadic hunters, are caught in the eye of that storm : how to go on living when one’s entire world is being taken apart, when the landscape, which brought meaning to existence, literally disappears and with it language, customs and the spirits ? The film, carried by the song of those who refuse to give in, draws the lines of resistance of each one to that deadly fight. It tells of the intimate interweaving of a sweet and secret way of life with the fight which rages in the shadow of the big trees.

Berta Vive

On March 2nd, 2016 news of Berta Caceres’ murder shook the world. Gustavo Castro, Mexican environmental activist, witnessed the crime, and survived the horror of that night but was then trapped in Honduras. The defense against the construction of a dam at the Gualcarque River, sacred to the Lenca indigenous communities, is the preface to a story in which we follow Miriam Miranda, leader of the Garífuna Afro-descendant people, as well as a friend and comrade of Berta. Both women unified in a struggle for decolonization in a country that is being sold to transnational capital and where death is delivered in so many different ways.

Big Boom

The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

Bison Nation: Walking Sacred Sites

We are still here. This is our story, the story of the bison, who inhabit the Northern Hemisphere. You might also know us as buffalo, tatanka, zubr, wisent, basha, Inii, ethanon, tatanga, Wisent… sometimes we are caught in politics, colonialism or religion. It is a story of disconnection and destruction as well as a story of hope, resilience, beauty, interconnectedness, return and reunion. We are walking sacred sites because we take care of our biggest sacred site: The Earth.

Blue Heart

Blue Heart documents the battle for the largest undammed river in Europe, Albania’s Vjosa, the effort to save the endangered Balkan Lynx in Macedonia, and the women of Kruščica, Bosnia, who are spearheading a months-long, 24/7 protest to protect their community’s only source of drinking water.

Born to Rewild

Follow ultra trekker, John Davis, on his 8 month journey as he hikes, bikes, and paddles 5000 miles from Mexico to Canada to bring awareness to the obstacles that wildlife faces as it tries to move from one area to another. His mission is to bring conservation groups, public land agencies, and private land owners together to create a continuous wildlife corridor across the spine of the continent.

Confluir

In Peru, the headwaters of the Amazon River cut through the Andes Mountains and help sustain resident communities as well as the most diverse ecosystem on Earth. As the energy demands of Peru increase, the currently free flowing Marañón River faces over 20 proposed dam projects, two of which have already been approved. Our international team of scientists and river experts spent 28 days rafting the Marañón while documenting the natural and cultural resources that would be eminently impacted by proposed dam projects.

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Life can sometimes feel monotonous and repetitive, but we must not make the mistake of confusing it with a game…

Crossing the Divide

A reactionary Iowa farmer has a change of heart when climate activists march into his tiny town.

Dancing Salmon Home

Dancing Salmon Home is a journey of loss and reunification, across generations and oceans, as the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California travels to New Zealand to meet their long-lost Chinook salmon relatives, which have been missing from their McCloud River homeland for 65 years.

Don’t Frack with Denton

Hundreds of gas wells tower over Denton, Texas extracting natural gas using a dangerous and controversial drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking”. Childhood asthma rates are on the rise as the county’s air quality declines, but the people of Denton are fighting back. Against overwhelming odds, the citizens of Denton vote to become the first city in Texas to ban fracking. But after a shady coalition of corporate lobbyists and industry insiders manage to throw out their vote behind closed doors, the people of Denton must resort to acts of civil disobedience to physically stop the fracking industry from returning to their town.

Enough White Teacups

Enough White Teacups showcases how design can be used to plan and build affordable housing, to prevent of blindness, to destroy landmines, to deliver vaccines and blood in remote areas, to clean up the oceans and to help prevent infant and mother mortality, among others. Enough White Teacups examines sustainable designs/inventions that embrace the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability.

Facing Navassa

A documentary short that examines the dark history of environmental injustice in southeastern North Carolina.

Incredible Animals Galápagos: A Wildlife Sanctuary?

This documentary short alludes to several human-related threats to wildlife in the Galápagos, including climate change/El Niño, the presence of humans… as well as poaching/commercial fishing, without making us its central focus.

Intraterrestrial: A Fleeting Contact

The Shore and the Ocean. The frozen and the fluid. The artificial and the genuine. Humans and dolphins. Two ways of life. Two mentalities. A dialogue about two world-systems. Is contact possible between them? Intraterrestrial – inhabitants of the Earth – not us OR them, but us WITH them.

Just People

What is life like for the homeless in the summer? How do they feel about where they stand in society? Young filmmakers attempt to encapsulate what life is like on the streets in the northwest.

Lake Victoria: An Ecosystem in Turmoil

Lake Victoria: An Ecosystem in Turmoil explores how the environmental degradation of Lake Victoria is affecting the people and communities who call the lake and basin their home… With dwindling fish stocks leading to clashes between fishermen, farmers tainting the waters with chemicals, and miners washing mercury into the food chain, the film provides an in-depth overview of just how under siege Lake Victoria’s ecosystem is.

Last Nomads of Everest

Last Nomads of Everest is a documentary exploring the wilderness of the snowy Himalayas. Covered in the snow is the Nurkum village that lies around Everest region at the height of 4000 m above sea level. This documentary tells the story of the last Sherpa family holding the traditional Sherpa profession of Mountain cow husbandry in the most extreme weather condition.

My Golden Rule

This film was made as a tribute to the wonders of our earth and the importance of protecting them. Follow a young woman, armed with her banjo and her spirit, as she enters a portal from a post-apocalyptic world into a realm of rhinoceroses, gorillas and ancient trees to recover magical seeds and make the world wild again!

Nobody Dies Here

Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

OME: Tales of a Vanishing Homeland

Filmed in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon in the Yasuni biosphere, “OME: Tales From a Vanishing Homeland” offers incredible access to the unique and ancient way of life of the Huaorani, one of Ecuador’s most isolated indigenous groups. OME explores the intricacies of the Huaorani way of life, highlighting their connection to land and family, while raising questions about their future survival as oil companies encroach upon Ome, their homeland.

Plastic is Forever

What happens when you throw plastic trash away? Dylan, a 13 year old filmmaker from the San Juan Islands, follows plastic trash to where it ends up, and shows how kids can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic.

Resilience at the Roots

Resilience at the Roots follows a community in El Salvador who, after fleeing government repression and spending a decade in exile, returned to their country to rebuild their lives in the coastal lowland areas surrounding the Bay of Jiquilisco. But their challenges were not over: in 1998 Hurricane Mitch hit, and other severe storms followed, washing away homes, destroying crops, and burying the community in rising waters. They recognized that these storms were linked to climate change and loss of protective mangrove forests, and so began to organize.

Saving the Dark

80% of the world’s population can no longer see the Milky Way. What do we lose when we lose sight of the stars? Excessive and improper lighting robs us of our night skies, disrupts our sleep patterns and endangers nocturnal habitats. The current advances in LED technology have enabled several cities to safely light their streets and save energy without disrupting the nighttime environment. Saving the Dark explores the need to preserve night skies and what we can do to combat light pollution.

Straws

Used once and tossed, billions of plastic straws wind up in landfills and streets finding their way to oceans. A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-straw campaigns globally. Actor/Director Tim Robbins narrates the history and story of straws and marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how it’s possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time.

The Adventures of Zack and Molly

Zack is more interested in the small world of his smart phone than the larger world around him. His online request for a roommate is answered by Molly, a tech-savvy dumbo octopus on a mission to tell the world about the importance of the deep ocean. Molly wants to use Zack’s apartment for her global communications headquarters, but Zack is skeptical. To win Zack over, Molly takes him to her deep ocean home in the Gulf of Mexico to see its unique features and diverse marine life, and to help him understand how human activities threaten its health.

The Asylum/Episode One

High school students become angry and involved when developers clearcut a hillside next to their school to build expensive homes.

The Profanity Peak Pack: Set up and Sold Out

Reveals the surprising players and policies that set up an unjust and unnecessary wolf slaughter on pristine, public forest land in Washington State in 2016. Despite public outrage and the revelation of deceit and missteps, the wildlife “managers” involved refused to learn that killing wolves increases attacks on livestock and resumed the slaughter in 2017.

The Salmon Will Run

The Salmon Will Run follows the story of Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and the journey to bring our salmon home. Though they are not a federally recognized tribe and are small in numbers, the Winnemem Wintu have made tremendous strides in achieving their mission. They have galvanized people across the country, made their way into federal agency meeting rooms, and have raised over $70,000. Our film brings our audience to the heart of the issue, helping them understand what is at stake, and why they need to be involved.

Tipping Point

“Tipping Point” is the second film, after “Plastic is Forever,” in a new series of documentaries called “Kids Can Save the Planet” by 14 year old filmmaker Dylan D’Haeze. Tipping Point explains climate change from a kid’s perspective, and shows kids what they can do to help solve the problem. Kids can make a difference!

Upsetting the Apple Cart: Building the Weaving Wagon

This short film documents the planning, construction, and use of the Weaving Wagon, a woven willow, bicycle powered cart that allows two environmental artists, (Sharon Kallis and Rebecca Graham), to take their community based art practise on the road, without need of a car or truck.

Wetlands in My Heart

Old Chan reminiscent his life as a farmer and fisherman, adapting the wetland environment and utilizing the natural resources.

Where Do We Go?

The documentary film “where we do go?“ is a warning film about waste and the problems and environmental consequences resulting from it.

Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change

Set in the context of the Paris climate change agreements, the documentary tells the stories of climate change leaders from Canada’s West Coast working in renewable energy, city government, energy conservation, community engagement, sustainable food, finance and indigenous land stewardship. This film shines a spotlight on women who are taking meaningful action on climate change and what can be accomplished when the women’s collaborative leadership is directed toward solving the climate crisis.