Environmental Film Festival 2014 Schedule of events!
Saturday April 19 at 4:00 p.m.
More Than Honey
Dir: Markus Imhoof / 2013 / US / 95 minutes / dcp
Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain largely unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located.
In the US, the latest estimates suggest that a total of 1.5 million (out of 2.4 million total beehives) have disappeared across 27 states. In Germany, according to the national beekeepers association, one fourth of all colonies have been destroyed, with losses reaching up to 80% on some farms. The same phenomenon has been observed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Poland and England, where this syndrome has been nicknamed “the Mary Celeste Phenomenon”, after a ship whose crew vanished in 1872.
Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), which appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.
Saturday April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Wild Reverence – Local Film w/ Q & A
Dir: Shane Anderson / 2014 / US / 77 minutes / high definition digital
Wild Reverence is a documentary film chronicling the plight of the iconic wild steelhead along the west coast of America.
In Nov. of 2012 I made a pilgrimage back to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state to the rivers I once fished as a boy. This was a once in a lifetime fishing trip and I soon discovered wild steelhead and salmon were disappearing from the rivers and appearing as federally listed under the Endangered Species Act. How could the icons of the Northwest slip toward the abyss of extinction? This discovery left me asking many questions so I decided to take off the rest of the year, cash out my life savings and embark on an adventure up and down the west coast to document and learn about the current plight of wild steelhead and why this fish is so revered. We are constantly mis-informed on information about the reality and the status of our fish until its too late. I wanted to find the truth, look at history and hard scientific fact as well as talk with people who have dedicated their lives to studying and advocating for wild steelhead and salmon My journey took me from Malibu, CA back north to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I snorkeled some rivers and creeks and fished in others. Everywhere I traveled I met kindred spirits that the steelhead has influenced. I hope to give the wild steelhead the spotlight it deserves and through “Wild Reverence” begin a movement to enact some real change before its too late.
Saturday April 19 at 9:00 p.m.
Dir: Nicolas Teichrob / 2013 / Canada / 45 minutes / high definition digital
Mashing adventure with real world issues, STAND will take you into the heart of the largest temperate rainforest on the planet—the Great Bear in British Columbia, Canada. Hung on the skeleton of a good ol’ fashioned adventure undertaken by a group of surfers, the potential effects of introducing super tankers to these pristine waters will be articulated. Featuring Norm Hann’s 350km standup paddleboard (SUP) expedition through the mystical archepelago of Haida Gwaii, a class of Heiltsuk students building their own SUP boards from locally sourced red cedar and the powerful surfing and connection to the West Coast of Raph Bruhwiler, the landscape and people of the coast will be illuminated.
Each in their own way is “standing up” to preserve this truly wild corner of the globe. Captured in cinematic High Definition, the film will bring Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline debate into the the collective consciousness in a way that will have you fishing in your basement for that old fluorescent wetsuit.
Sunday April 20 at 2:30 p.m. matinee
Moon Man, animated Family Film
Dir: Stephan Schesch / 2013 / US & France / 96 minutes / high definition digital
The man on the moon is bored. One day, he hitches a ride to Earth on the tails of a passing comet-an “attack from outer space”that sets the alarm bells ringing in the President’s headquarters — and starts to explore the fantastical creatures and sights of a new planet. But all is not well-the Moon Man’s absence from his post means that all the world’s children are unable to sleep. Before the President can capture him, they must join forces to return him to his rightful place in the sky.
Sunday April 20 at 5:00 p.m. (screens w/ Untrammeled)
The Meaning of Wild
Dir: Ben Hamilton / 2013 / US / 30 minutes / high definition digital
The Meaning of Wild is a visually stunning half hour documentary that follows wildlife cameraman Ben Hamilton as he travels by boat, plane, kayak and foot to capture and share the true value of Wilderness. Along the journey Ben encounters bears, calving glaciers, ancient forests, and harsh seas but it’s the characters he meets along the way that bring true insight to his mission. The Meaning of Wild highlights never before captured landscapes while provoking reflection about their importance to us all. Ultimately The Meaning of Wild celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act and seeks to share these national treasures and inspire the next generation of wilderness advocates.
Sunday April 20 at 5:00 p.m. (screens w/ The Meaning of Wild)
Untrammeled w/ Q & A
Dir: Joni Packard / 2014 / US / 27 minutes / high definition digital
Untrammeled is an inspiring 27 minute film about passing the torch for wilderness to the next generation. Filmed in Montana’s Scapegoat and Bob Marshall Wilderness areas, it features Montana high school and college age youth, as they experience wilderness, some for the very first time. The film was produced by the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Region, in partnership with Back Country Horsemen of Montana, local outfitters, the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center, Wilderness Institute University of Montana, Montana Wilderness Association, Missoula Public Schools, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Education Department, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, The Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club-Montana Chapter, and others.
Sunday April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The Last Lions
Dir: Beverly & Derek Joubert / 2013 / Africa / 88 minutes / high definition digital
The Last Lions, tells the suspense-filled tale of a determined lioness ready to try anything to keep her family alive. Created by pioneering filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, this beautifully shot film tells the tale of Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) and her fragile cubs as they must take a perilous journey through raging fire, rival prides, croc-infested rivers, and deadly buffalo in order to survive. Yet, even as Ma di Tau faces devastating losses and escalating perils, she becomes part of a stunning turning point in the power dynamics, bringing together a competitive rival pride in a titanic primal bid to preserve the thing that matters most: the future of their bloodlines.