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2016 Official Selections


A GHOST IN THE MAKING

Dir. Neil Losin & Morgan Heim
Runtime: 19 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 6:30pm

Everyone has heard about bee declines, but with so much attention focused on domesticated honeybees, someone has to speak up for the 4,000 species of native bees in North America. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species – the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee – has become his white whale.



A PASSION OF GOLD AND FIRE

Dir. Sebastien Pins
Runtime: 6 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 5:00pm

A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. A passion of gold and fire which definitely helps our environment to keep on living.



A TREE IN THE SEA

Dir. Shahir Zag
Runtime: 19 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 1:15 PM

The last traditional fisherman of Fujairah fishes illegally in a marine reserve to keep a promise he made 65 years earlier.



ABOVE ALL ELSE

Dir. Yali Sharon
Runtime: 7 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 6:30pm

In 1992, professional skydiver Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld boarded a plane for a routine training jump. Six weeks later, he awoke from a coma to discover that a terrible accident had crippled his body and shattered his dream of becoming a World Champion. Five simple words from a friend will inspire him to attempt to overcome impossible odds, and achieve his lifelong goal.



ADVENTURMENTALISM

Dir. Luke Holton
Runtime: 35 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 5:45pm

Adventurmentalism is a 35-minute interpersonal documentary encapsulating the importance of nature and wilderness for survivors of traumatic events.



BATWA

Dir. Rupert Shanks & Jocelyn Cox
Runtime: 10 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 6:15pm

The Batwa tribe have shared the forests of Uganda with mountain gorillas for millennia. Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga exposed threats to gorillas in neighbouring Congo. In Uganda, gazetting of these forests has seen tourism boom and gorilla numbers rise, but at great cost to the Batwa. Forcibly evicted from their home without compensation or land, they face a desperate struggle for survival.



BEAVERS: PATAGONIA INVADERS

Dir. Pablo Chehebar
Runtime: 87 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 8:30pm

In 1940, twenty Canadian Beavers were brought to 'Tierra del Fuego' island in southern Patagonia for commercial fur production. However, beavers having no natural predators, quickly spread throughout the island, causing massive destruction of trees threatening the entire Patagonian forests rivers and species.



CATCHING THE SUN

Dir. Shalini Kantayya
Runtime: 73 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 8:45pm

Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun explores the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry.



CHASING THE DISTANCE

Dir. Ian Shive
Runtime: 4 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 5:00pm

Chasing the Distance is a personal look into the lives of ultra-running athletes and husband and wife team Rob Krar and Christina Bauer. They share their deep connection to each other and the area of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument in Arizona.



CHROME

Dir. Jeremy Roberts
Runtime: 12 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 4:15pm

Six intrepid anglers - Tom Rosenbauer, Kate Taylor, Dylan Tomine, Hannah Belford, Todd Tanner and Tim Romano - hooked up on a remote North American steelhead river known for its incredible scenic beauty and fantastic fishing. CHROME condenses their five-day adventure into twelve epic minutes. It also examines the looming threat that climate change and ocean acidification pose to our steelhead & salmon.



CREAMEN

Dir. Esther Casas Roura
Runtime: 12 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 1:00pm

“Creamen”- taken from the latin word crimen, meaning “crime”, is a colorful, symbolic story about the global warming crisis, which brings together an unlikely group of anthropomorphic ice-creams who are forced to confront the challenge of a potentially devastating future together - our future.



DOWNSTREAM: MINE WASTE & THE FRASER RIVER WATERSHED

Dir. Jeremy Williams
Runtime: 6 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 5:15pm

Downstream: Mine Waste and The Fraser River Watershed: Huge mine tailings dams – like the one that burst at the Mount Polley Mine in 2014 – pose a serious risk to the health of British Columbia's most important salmon watershed; the Fraser River. These massive dams are holding back increasing amounts of mine waste mixed with water, and some mines are even permitted to release effluent directly into waterways.



FORGET SHORTER SHOWERS

Dir. Jordan Brown
Runtime: 11 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 6:45pm

Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday; or that dancing around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many retreat into these entirely personal “solutions” for social change?



FREYA

Dir. Rachael Pelzer
Runtime: 6 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 5:00pm

Discovered floating off the coast of Belize, Freya was so badly injured she couldn’t even dive to escape the birds pecking at the stump of what had been her front flipper. The endangered sea turtle had survived a serious shark attack and is struggling for her life. The odds are not in her favor, but with a handful of volunteer rescuers working around the clock to save her, Freya at least has a fighting chance.



GLASS BOTTLED MILK

Dir. Benjamin Garner
Runtime: 21 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 5:15pm

Tim Iwig has farmed all his life, and right now he’s fighting to save the family farm from bankruptcy. Battling two years of drought, government legislation, and supply and demand challenges, Iwig struggles to keep his small Kansas dairy afloat. Iwig's customers are addicted to his milk because of its distinct flavor and healthy properties, but this may not be enough to save the farm.



HERE AND NOW

Dir. Andy Miller & Robin Moore
Runtime: 18 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 8:15pm

Every inch of what is now the Bay Area was once Native American land. For thousands of years the Native people stewarded the land such that European settlers described it as a ‘tended garden.’ Today Native Americans live in the Bay Area relearning and applying the ancestors’ knowledge about the plants, animals, and elements.



JUMBO WILD

Dir. Nick Waggoner
Runtime: 60 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 6:30pm

A film by Sweetgrass Productions that documents a 24-year battle of skiers, riders, alpinists, conservationists and First Nations to save the Jumbo Valley of British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains from development. Jumbo Wild is a gorgeous, gripping documentary film that captures the true story of the decades-long struggle over the future of the Jumbo Valley.



NOATAK: RETURN TO THE ARCTIC

Dir. Jason Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Serena & Ric Serena
Runtime: 14 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 5:30pm

The filmmakers from Mile... Mile & A Half, created Noatak: Return to the Arctic to share the inspiring story of adventure, two friends, their genuine connection with nature, and the adventure that continues to enrich their lives.



POSTCARD FROM FIRE COUNTRY

Dir. Todd Dayton
Runtime: 8 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 4:00pm

Follow Fire Ecologist Gus Smith and Pine Mountain Lake resident Eric Henderson as they follow the path of the historic Rim Fire and talk about why this region will continue to be plagued by devastating fires.



PREY

Dir. Laurence Verheijen
Runtime: 3 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 5:15pm

A leopard kills a monkey who had a baby monkey. The compassion of the leopard is stronger than her hunting instinct. She takes care of the baby monkey. A bond begins to form between them, as they are startled by poachers.



SAVE THE BEES

Dir. Marta Topolska
Runtime: 2 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 6:30pm

Bees are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat. They are key to healthy ecosystems, plants and agriculture. This short animation tells the story behind dwindling bee populations, and asks us to take action.



SERIOUSLY DEADLY SILENCE

Dir. Sara Koppel
Runtime: 1 minute
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 4:00pm

A one minute moment of 60 endangered species.



SHADOW OF A GIANT

Dir. Clark Ferguson
Runtime: 29 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 4:30pm

Shadow of a Giant tells the story of one Canada’s largest environmental disasters, Yellowknife’s Giant Mine. Buried in collapsing chambers within the city of Yellowknife, and beside the 9th largest lake in the world, sits 237,000 tons of the highly toxic contaminant, arsenic trioxide, a byproduct of the defunct gold mine.



SHARING THE SECRETS

Dir. Drew Perlmutter
Runtime: 13 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 5:15pm

From rappelling deep pit caves, to discovering the delicate life forms that inhabit these environments, Sharing The Secrets offers a broad perspective on not only the beauty of caves, but also their significance.



SILENT RIVER

Dir. Jason Jaacks & Steve Fisher
Runtime: 25 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 7:00pm

Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, U.S. companies have used the Santiago River as their own waste canal. Silent River follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.



TALLURUTIUP TARIUNGA

Dir. Christopher Paetkau & Trevor Gill
Runtime: 4 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 11:45am

Tallurutiup Tariunga, the Inuktitut name for Lancaster Sound, is one of the Arctic’s richest marine habitats, an area of stunning beauty and deep cultural significance. Located at the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, Lancaster Sound’s abundance has sustained Inuit communities for centuries.



THE BEEKEEPER’S BEEKEEPER

Dir. Megan Rossman & Samantha Farinella
Runtime: 7 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 11:45am

Born and raised in Manhattan, Liane Newton always had a fantasy farm in her head. After the death of her father, she set out to make that fantasy a reality. Newton now runs nycbeekeeping.org, a non-profit working to ensure that all beekeepers in NYC have access to training and mentoring.



THE FABLE OF THE WOLF

Dir. Charlie Cardillo
Runtime: 2 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 6:45pm

Wolves once roamed the U.S. before decades of slaughter pushed them to the brink of extinction. It wasn’t until they were missing that people recognized the crucial role wolves play in balancing the natural world. The animated short unearths the ancient relationship between wolf and man, celebrating the wild nature of this deeply misunderstood species.



THE FESTIVAL

Dir. Taylor Stanton
Runtime: 12 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 8:00pm

Each June, a small Michigan town is over run by amphibious insects called fishflies. Fishflies live only 24 hours, just enough time to lay new eggs, before they die and leave a rotting fish smell. Determined to make the most of their short lives, the town celebrates them in an annual carnival, the Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival.



THE WINTER WISE

Dir. Will Meadows
Runtime: 11 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 5:00pm

Against the backdrop of a fading winter landscape threatened by changing weather, we see the life of Anders Thygesen, (Norwegian craftsman and arctic paddler), Marcia Bjornerud (polar geologist, explorer and writer) and Trent Herbst (Iditarod Musher and 4th grade teacher).



THE VISION WITHIN

Dir. Michael O. Snyder
Runtime: 38 minutes
Screening: Sunday August 7th @ 12:00pm

The Vision Within tells the story of a group of college students who travel deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to meet an ancient ‘dream culture’ living today in much the same way that they have lived for thousands of years. As they return home from their journey they must find ways to integrate their profound experiences into meaningful, engaged lives in service of their own inner visions.



THINK LIKE A SCIENTIST: GORONGOSA

Dir. Nathan Dappen & Neil Losin
Runtime: 7 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 8:30pm

In the 1960's Gorongosa National Park was one the best national parks in all of Africa. It's slogan was, "Where Noah Left the Arch." But, 30 years of war in Mozambique (first a war with Portugal for independence and the a 15-year civil war) devastated the park. The war is over and a group of scientists, conservationists and Mozambicans are bringing back the park.



VOICES OF THE FOREST

A Participatory Documentary by Venice Arts
Runtime: 4 minutes
Screening: Saturday August 6th @ 4:00pm

In Voices of the Forest: Thailand, a female member of a bamboo-shoot processing cooperative tells how they make their livelihood from forest products, while working to improve the area’s degraded forest and promote its long-term sustainability.



WOMEN OF THE FOREST

Dir. Inshallah Montero
Runtime: 15 minutes
Screening: Friday August 5th @ 6:00pm

The Women of the Kayan and Penan tribe struggle in both manmade destruction and the effects of Climate Change. The consequences of deforestation has taken a toll as Penan women are even being sexually harassed by timber workers who come from logging companies. This film points out how Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights should be included in Climate Change action and dialogue.



Semifinalists


Winning films announced live on August 7, 2016 at The G2 Green Earth Film Festival


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