2011 Films

180º South

Surfer and climber Jeff Johnson retraces the epic 1968 journey of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins, on which they drove, mountain climbed and surfed their way to Chilean Patagonia. Along the way, Jeff encounters surf, mountains, a dangerous ocean crossing, pulp mills, cowboys, and dams. The film is a road trip movie, a historic document, […]

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Chris Malloy | 2010 | 86 min. | USA

350 – Pass it On!

Aerial-art-activist, Daniel Dancer, takes viewers on a tour of his gigantic and magnificent living paintings made of people engaged in a special way to help solve our climate crisis.

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Daniel Dancer | 2010 | 4 min. | USA

A Blooming Business

The roses we enjoy may come with more thorns than we realize. In Kenya, giant flower factories use massive amounts of pesticides and chemicals to keep their flowers alive, and then pollute the local water supply, harming the very same people they employ. This revealing investigation of the global flower supply also exposes the horrific […]

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Ton van Zantvoort | 2009 | 52 min. | Netherlands

A Day on the River

In Central Florida a springfed river spills millions of gallons of fresh water every day towards the sea. The Rainbow River is a haven for wildlife, and a turtle paradise. We follow two turtle scientists who study these ancient creatures and use their status as indicators of the river’s health.

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Tom Fitz, Andi Campbell-Waite | 2010 | 14 min. | USA

A Mongolian Couch

Begzsuren lives with his wife and four children in Mongolia and possesses an inspiring passion to improve both his family’s and his community’s lot. Installing a rain water shower, changing his family’s diet, planting trees—this man is a busy, dedicated and extremely forward-thinking individual. Best Short Film and Audience Favorite Award, EcoFocus FF

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George Clipp, Eva Arnold | 2010 | 12 min. | Mongolia/Australia

A Murder of Crows

Crows can pick an individual human face out of a crowd of thousands and they may be more like us than we ever could imagine. Featuring captivating never seen before footage and research from around the world this documentary offers insight and understanding into one of the most haunting and misunderstood species on the planet […]

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Susan Fleming | 2009 | 52 min. | Canada

A Skier’s Journey: Freshfield Icefield

Skier Jordan Manley returns home to Canada to visit the iconic Canadian Rockies. Set to the backdrop of Banff National Park and the Freshfield Icefield, Manley and the crew round out their ski season, climbing and skiing for 6 days out of their picturesque base camp.

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Jordan Manley | 2010 | 8 min. | Canada

A Skier’s Journey: Kashmir

Skiers Chad Sayers and Tobin Seagel travel halfway around the world to Kashmir to ski the high altitude Gulmarg gondola, only to find the snow pack is a ticking time bomb. Never the less, they find safe areas to ski and discover the beauty of Kashmir and the Himalaya – its people and its landscape.

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Jordan Manley | 2010 | 5 min. | Canada

A Skier’s Journey: La Grave

Chad and Tobin continue their global ski journey in La Grave, France where a quirky yet stalwart cable car that transports skiers to 3200m, high in the Southern French Alps. Here, the terrain is wild, unmarked, and unpatrolled … a stripped down, raw version of big mountain skiing.

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Jordan Manley | 2010 | 12 min. | Canada

A Thousand Suns

The evangelistic aspirations of the protestant church are destroying the Gamo Highland’s indigenous spirituality and governance systems. Plus a Western aid organization is spending hundreds of millions of dollars bringing chemical pesticides, fertilizers and so-called improved seeds to the continent. Can this area survive? Best Doc, Humboldt Intl’ FF

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Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Stephen Marshall | 2009 | 28 min. | USA

A Time Comes

Six Greenpeace activists climbed the chimney of the Kingsnorth coal plant to protest the building of a second unit and they then attempted to paint the side of the tower but were unable to finish. Upon coming down they were promptly arrested and tried for criminal damage. They managed to win their case by proving […]

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Nick Broomfield | 2008 | 19 min. | UK

Africa Revolutions Tour

Journey with seven longtime friends to discover and explore the white water rivers of Southern Africa. Along their adventure the team works closely with the Sun Catchers Project, bringing solar cooking ovens and water purification into schools, orphanages and communities in Africa. People’s Choice, 5 Point FF; Tribe Riders Film Of The Year

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Tyler Bradt, Rush Sturges | 2009 | 33 min. | USA

Alexandra’s Echo

Alexandra Morton lives in paradise, the remote Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago of British Columbia. Alexandra fears that it will be paradise lost, if she cannot stem the relentless tide of industrial fish farms into the Broughton: “What’s the real price of cheap farmed fish? Nothing less than the destruction of the last temperate […]

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Helen Slinger | 2004 | 47 min. | Canada

Arctic Cliffhangers

Join biologist and filmmaker Steve Smith across the eastern Canadian Arctic, following researchers and Inuit aboriginal hunters to colonies of breeding seabirds. He finds himself grappling with high seas and clinging to vertiginous, wind-whipped cliffs on remote arctic islands, all to discover what is really happening at the roof of our planet. Best Wildlife Film, […]

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Steve Smith, Julia Szucs | 2009 | 60 min. | Canada

As It Happens

In January 2010, Renan Ozturk & Cory Richards boarded planes bound for the Everest region of Nepal. Their goal was not only to establish a technical new alpine climb on 21,320 ft Tawoche, but also to tell the story from the field. With only digital cameras, solar energy, a satellite modem, and two laptops, they […]

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Renan Ozturk | 2010 | 16 min. | USA

Awakening the Skeena

At the intersection of three of the last wild rivers of North America, in an area known as the Sacred Headwaters, a battle is underway to halt proposals for coal bed methane that threaten this fragile ecosystem and a way of life. Local resident, and chef, Ali Howard, embarks on a 26 day mission to […]

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Andrew Eddy | 2010 | 80 min. | Canada

Bag It

Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, […]

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Suzan Beraza | 2010 | 45 min. | USA

Bearwalker of the Northwoods

In the forests of northern Minnesota, biologist Lynn Rogers has gained the trust of wild black bears during a forty year career which has evolved from fear into fascination. Following the fortunes of a mother bear and her cubs over a year, the film reveals an intimate portrait of the lives of black bears.

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David Wright, MiMi McGee | 2009 | 60 min. | USA

Better Bones and Gardens

Dan Phillips and Kipp Nash are remaking the common house and garden in wildly imaginative ways. They use cattle bones, wine corks, DVDs, and bottle caps as building materials, and lawns are transformed into lush, nutritious gardens. A whimsical story of how a little strife and change in attitude can lead us all to better […]

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Natalie Edler, Lindsey Clark | 2009 | 25 min. | USA

Border Country

Jeremy Collins and Mikey Schaefer climb a new route on Yosemite Valley’s Middle Cathedral in honor of two friends recently killed in a climbing accident. A tribute to Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, a response to both the catastrophe and the beauty that restores in wild places.

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Jeremy Collins | 2010 | 9 min. | USA

Born Sweet

Despite being only 15, Vinh Voeurn has accepted his destiny – to be sick for the rest of his life with incurable arsenic poisoning. He longs to fall in love and become a karaoke star. But his body is terribly scarred by illness and there is a good chance the arsenic will soon take his […]

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Cynthia Wade | 2010 | 28 min. | USA/Cambodia

Brower Youth Award – Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero

Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental justice advocacy. Meet the 2010 winners: Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero, De’Anthony Jones, Freya Chay, Marcus Grignon, Misra Walker, […]

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| 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Brower Youth Award – De’Anthony Jones

Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental justice advocacy. Meet the 2010 winners: Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero, De’Anthony Jones, Freya Chay, Marcus Grignon, Misra Walker, […]

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| 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Brower Youth Award – Freya Chay

Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental justice advocacy. Meet the 2010 winners: Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero, De’Anthony Jones, Freya Chay, Marcus Grignon, Misra Walker, […]

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| 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Brower Youth Award – Marcus Grignon

Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental justice advocacy. Meet the 2010 winners: Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero, De’Anthony Jones, Freya Chay, Marcus Grignon, Misra Walker, […]

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| 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Brower Youth Award – Misra Walker

Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental justice advocacy. Meet the 2010 winners: Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero, De’Anthony Jones, Freya Chay, Marcus Grignon, Misra Walker, […]

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| 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Brower Youth Award – Varsha Vijay

Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental justice advocacy. Meet the 2010 winners: Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero, De’Anthony Jones, Freya Chay, Marcus Grignon, Misra Walker, […]

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| 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Butterflies & Bulldozers

Can people and endangered species live together? San Bruno Mountain, site of the nation’s first Habitat Conservation Plan and last intact fragment of wild San Francisco, provides a context to explore this complex question.

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Ann Dunsky, Steve Dunsky | 2010 | 62 min. | USA

Carbon Nation

Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, solutions to climate change can also address other social, economic and national security issues. Meet entrepreneurs, visionaries, scientists, and the everyday man, all making a difference and working towards solving climate change.

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Peter Byck | 2010 | 82 min. | USA

Change for the Oceans (2011)

Free Range Studios created this 3D animation for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s campaign to raise public awareness about the impacts global climate change is having on ocean life. We can slow the climate crisis by making little changes on our own and big changes together. Narrated by John Cleese.

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Free Range Studios | 2010 | 2 min. | USA

Coast is Clear: Greenpeace Occupies Enbridge Office

Two days after an Enbridge pipeline spilled more than three million litres of crude oil into a creek leading to the Kalamazoo River in southwest Michigan, Greenpeace activists occupy Enbridge’s office in downtown Vancouver. They demand that the oil giant withdraw its latest application for a pipeline that would bring more than 200 crude oil […]

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George Faulkner, Mike McKinlay | 2010 | 3 min. | Canada

Coast is Clear: Learning from our Mistakes

The Canadian government is considering a proposal from Enbridge for a 1,170 km pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to the coast of British Columbia. The pipeline would bring more than 200 crude oil tankers annually to this spectacular coast. With this kind of traffic, it will not be a question of IF a spill will […]

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Aube Giroux | 2010 | 3 min. | Canada

Crepe Covered Sidewalks

Actress Renee’ Wilson returns home to the devastation and desolation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and witnesses the effects of the aftermath on her family. Through her story, Wilson delivers a powerful and personal account of her family’s challenges to reclaim the life they once lived as well as the love that brought them […]

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Reneé Wilson, Tamika Miller | 2010 | 60 min. | USA

Crude Sacrifice

The devastating effects of Canada’s rich Tar Sands development is being felt in the northern community of Fort Chipewyan and it’s indigenous population. Although this town is located near the earth’s second largest fresh water delta, they can no longer drink the water, or eat the fish and other game food which sustained them for […]

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Lawrence Carota | 2010 | 52 min. | Canada

Dark Horizon

Puzzling questions still surround the Gulf Oil Disaster. Could the leak have been stopped sooner? Are the lives of locals returning to normal? And most importantly, after the worst environmental disaster in this country’s history, how have Americans’ attitudes toward fossil fuel consumption changed, if at all?

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Jesse Hicks | 2010 | 20 min. | USA

Darkened Horizons

Using hand-drawn animation techniques (cut-outs and flipbooks), 6th – 8th grade students in New Mexico created all the artwork, sound effects, music, and narration in this film about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Best Student Doc, Montana CINE International FF

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Karen Aqua, Ken Field | 2010 | 4 min. | USA

Dear & Yonder

Bodysurfer and geophysicist Judith Sheridan fearlessly charges the brutal surf of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Far out to sea, Captain Liz Clark demonstrates her commitment to surfing and the environment by utilizing wind power to sail the world in search of the best waves. In the spirit of craft and innovation, Ashley Lloyd designs, shapes […]

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Tiffany Campbell, Andria Lessler | 2009 | 32 min. | USA

Deeper

Follow top snowboarder Jeremy Jones and other freeriders as they travel to the world’s snowboarding meccas and venture past the boundaries of helicopters, snowmobiles, and lifts to explore untouched realms. Their playground fun includes hiking all night, sleeping on peaks, camping 65 miles from civilization, 20 below temperatures, 10 day storms, and 20 mile days […]

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Teton Gravity Research | 2010 | 76 min. | USA

Delicious Peace Grows In A Ugandan Coffee Bean

Christian, Jewish and Muslim Ugandan farmers form a cooperative around their organic, high-quality Arabica coffee. Calling themselves “Delicious Peace” Coffee Co-op, the farmers partnered with Fair Trade US buyer Thanksgiving Coffee Company, producing early monetary success and reinforcement of a global message that “peace works.” Best Short Doc, New Jersey FF; Best Doc, Bronzeville FF

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Curt Fissel, Ellen Friedland | 2010 | 40 min. | USA

Dirty Business

Half our electricity still comes from coal, the largest single source of greenhouse gases. Through a series of stories shot in China, Saskatchewan, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada and New York, the film reveals the social and environmental costs of coal power, explores the murky realities of “clean coal,” and profiles innovators who could lead the […]

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Peter Bull | 2010 | 89 min. | USA

Disturbance

As a hybrid of natural history documentary and political commentary, this unique film explores the complexity of fire management and fire ecology of the Northern Rockies. It speaks to homeowners, taxpayers, and anyone who cares about the diversity of life on earth. Numerous awards including College Emmy, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; CINE […]

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Jeremy R. Roberts | 2009 | 19 min. | USA

Eagle Among the Swarm (2011)

Thousands of Pacific Dunlin birds spend the winter in Boundary Bay, British Columbia. At the seasons peak, numbers can reach up to 20,000 birds at a time and the packs can be seen flocking in great numbers, while continuously evading hungry falcons. Best Picture, Victoria Seabird FF

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Mike McKinlay | 2009 | 3 min. | Canada

Earth Whisperers

Meet ten quirky and inspiring New Zealanders who are saving heritage seeds, regenerating forests, harvesting and protecting wild herbs, leaving the car forever for a bicycle, and saving huge swathes of old forest. They demonstrate, in a compelling and sometimes humourous way, how they are ‘walking the walk’ by living in a sustainable way.

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Kathleen Gallagher | 2009 | 73 min. | New Zealand

Eastern Rises

A wild band of flyfishermen risk life and limb in one of the last wild places on earth, the Russian Far East. They brave Cold War helicopters, grizzlies, massive mosquitoes, and even Bigfoot to explore rivers that have never been fished before and search for the ultimate fish story. Mountain Sport Award, Banff Mountain; Best […]

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Ben Knight, Travis Rummel | 2010 | 39 min. | USA

Farmed Salmon Exposed: The Global Reach of the Norwegian Salmon Farming Industry

Open net cage salmon farms dump their waste, toxins, parasites, and diseases directly into the surrounding marine environment, taking a heavy toll on wild fish and the ecosystems, indigenous and coastal communities that depend on them. The film takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the countries in which the industry operates and features interviews […]

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Damien Gillis | 2009 | 23 min. | Canada

First Ascent: Point of No Return

Elite alpine climbers Jonny Copp and Micah Dash travel to a little-explored and treacherous mountain range near the border of Tibet to make a first ascent of a high-altitude face. When tragedy strikes, the dark and dangerous side of climbing is revealed.Kendall Mountain Film Festival – Grand Prize Boulder Adventure Film Festival – Best Climbing […]

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Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen | 2009 | 24 min. | USA

First Snow in the Woods: The Movie

In a pumpkin patch surrounded by the reds and golds of fall, a scarecrow watches the animals prepare for an early winter. He worries another season will pass without scaring a single crow or meeting the beautiful lady scarecrow across the field. A mouse moves into his straw-filled heart and tells him a story.

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Laura Sams, Robert Sams | 2010 | 28 min. | USA

Global Focus VII – The New Environmentalists: Cambodia

Meet the 2010 Goldman Award winners. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries, while others are creating partnerships with unlikely allies. Tuy Sereivathana worked to mitigate human elephant conflict in Cambodia by introducing innovative low-cost solutions, empowering local communities to cooperatively participate in endangered Asian […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2010 | 4 min.

Global Focus VII – The New Environmentalists: Costa Rica

Meet the 2010 Goldman Award winners. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries, while others are creating partnerships with unlikely allies. Drawing international attention to the inhumane and environmentally-catastrophic shark finning industry, Randall Arauz led the campaign to halt the practice in Costa Rica, making […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2010 | 5 min.

Global Focus VII – The New Environmentalists: Cuba

Meet the 2010 Goldman Award winners. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries, while others are creating partnerships with unlikely allies. A scientist and biodiversity researcher, Humberto Ríos Labrada promoted sustainable agriculture by working with farmers to increase crop diversity and develop low-input agricultural systems […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2010 | 5 min.

Global Focus VII – The New Environmentalists: Michigan

Meet the 2010 Goldman Award winners. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries, while others are creating partnerships with unlikely allies. A family farmer in rural Michigan, Lynn Henning exposed the egregious polluting practices of concentrated animal feeding operations, gaining the attention of the federal […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2010 | 5 min.

Global Focus VII – The New Environmentalists: Poland

Meet the 2010 Goldman Award winners. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries, while others are creating partnerships with unlikely allies. Małgorzata Górska led the fight to protect Poland’s Rospuda Valley, one of Europe’s last true wilderness areas, from a controversial highway project that would […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2010 | 5 min.

Global Focus VII – The New Environmentalists: Swaziland

Meet the 2010 Goldman Award winners. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries, while others are creating partnerships with unlikely allies. Thuli Brilliance Makama, Swaziland’s only public interest environmental attorney, won a landmark case to include environmental NGO representation in conservation decisions and continues to […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2010 | 5 min.

Gum For My Boat

An ocean that was once deemed off limits due to fear and a very conservative Islamic culture is now becoming source of fun, escape and even a chance for a way to make a living for the young members of the Bangladesh Surf Club. Follow professional surfer, Kahana Kalama as he works with Hawaiian-based non-profit, […]

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Russell Brownley | 2010 | 33 min. | USA

High Sierra – A Journey on the John Muir Trail

Follow the John Muir Trail, through the tallest mountain range in the contiguous United States. Experience the “Range of Light” as well as the range of emotions and physical challenges that accompany such an epic adventure.

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Pete Bell, Leon Godwin | 2010 | 75 min. | USA

How to Boil a Frog

Too many people using up this too little planet, much too fast. In this eco-comedy everyman dad gives us the scoop on the imminent end of the world as we know it, and 5 surprising ways we can save civilization while having fun, meeting new friends, and making some trouble.

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Jon Cooksey | 2010 | 87 min. | Canada

In Search of Good Food

Follow Antonio Roman-Alcalá as he travels California in search of the emerging “sustainable food system.” Does it actually exist? The journey features farmers, scientists, politicians, activists, and everyday eaters.

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Antonio Roman-Alcalá | 2010 | 60 min. | USA

In the Wake of Giants

Humpback whales migrating between Alaska and Hawaii become entangled in marine debris. Rescuers and trained volunteers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whales National Marine Sanctuary use tried and true whaling techniques in a race against time to cut the animals free.

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Lou Douros, Mark DiOrio | 2010 | 17 min. | USA

Into Darkness (2011)

Journey along with a group of cavers who push impossibly small passages to access some of the final frontiers on earth. The images and sounds of these spectacular and remote wilderness caves reveal a fantastic world unlike anything we experience on the surface. Best in Show, NSS Video Salon; Audience Favorite Short Doc, NW Film […]

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John Waller | 2010 | 15 min. | USA

Into the Dragon’s Lair

Deep in a dark lair a 14-foot dominant male crocodile, accepts the presence of filmmaker Didier Noirot and diver Roger Horrocks and allows them to bring back images that defy belief. This is a true story about two courageous men who use the strength of their beliefs and their intimate knowledge of animals to bridge […]

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Craig Foster, Damon Foster, Didier Noirot, Roger Horrocks | 2010 | 52 min. | South Africa

Living Downstream

Cancer runs in Sandra Steingraber’s family: her mother, aunts and uncles, and now her. But Sandra is adopted. This unusual twist led Sandra to ask what else families have in common besides their DNA. The answer is all around us: our environment. Ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. breaks the silence about cancer and […]

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Chanda Chevannes | 2010 | 85 (56min On Tour) min. | Canada

Living Lands

Living Lands Agrarian Network brings farmer activists together in their efforts to grow food and create a new paradigm where relationships are valued, work is shared, and celebration is abundant.

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Amanda Bontecou | 2010 | 20 min. | USA

Lost and Found

A boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep, and unable to determine where it came from, decides to row it all the way home to the South Pole. Based on the best-selling picture book by Oliver Jeffers. Over 50 awards to date, including a BAFTA for Best Children’s Animation.

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Phillip Hunt, Sue Goffee | 2008 | 24 min. | UK

Mount St. Elias

Austrian ski alpinists Axel Naglich and Peter Ressmann and American freeski pro Jon Johnston face the challenge of completing the longest ski descent ever: the peak of Alaska’s Mount St. Elias down to Icey Bay at the Gulf of Alaska. With a distance of 25 kilometers and a summit height of 18,008 ft, the route […]

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Gerald Salmina | 2009 | 100 min. | Austria

Nico’s Challenge

A 13 year-old boy faces special challenges as he climbs mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain. His goal is to raise money and deliver free wheelchairs to the people of Tanzania.

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Steve Audette | 2009 | 16 min. | USA

Oktapodi

Two octopuses help each other in their comical escape from the grasps of a stubborn restaurant cook.

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Julien Bocabeille, Olivier Delabarre | 2007 | 3 min. | france

On the trail with Miss Snail Pail

Follow Colleen a.k.a. Miss Snail Pail, as she gathers, grinds, cooks, and creates, while encouraging people to rethink their consumer approach by considering alternative, more sustainable lifestyles. Hers includes the common garden snail.

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Greg Young | 2008 | 12 min. | United States

One Percent of the Story (2011)

1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Here’s [a very tiny bit] of the story…

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Ben Knight, Travis Rummel | 2009 | 15 min. | USA

Percy Schmeiser – David versus Monsanto

Imagine that a storm blows across your garden. Without your knowledge or consent, genetically-manipulated seeds are now throughout your veggie patch. Suddenly a multi-national corporation demands that you surrender your vegetables, plus it files a criminal complaint against you, resulting in a fine of $20,000. This epic David vs. Goliath battle is true. Canadian Farmer […]

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Bertram Verhaag | 2009 | 65 min. | Germany

Plastic Bag

A Plastic Bag (voiced by film director Werner Herzog) goes on an epic journey in search of its lost maker, wondering if there is any point to life without her. The Bag encounters strange creatures, brief love in the sky, a colony of prophetic torn bags on a fence and the unknown.

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Ramin Bahrani | 2009 | 18 min. | USA

Poop Smart

Young filmmaker and a student of Finding the Good Traveling Semester, Genesis Napel takes us on a humorous and enlightening journey to find out how our everyday acts can align with Nature’s systems or work against them. As he discovers, the answer can be very simple.

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Genesis Napel | 2010 | 6 min. | USA

Power in the Pristine

Patagonia, one of the last untouched places on the planet is under attack. Big business seeks to choke two of the region’s most pristine rivers with dams and plans to decimate unique forest ecosystems to build the longest powerline in the world. Led by pro athlete, Timmy O’Neill and writer, Craig Childs, Team Rios Libres […]

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James Q. Martin, Chris Kassar | 2010 | 22 min. | USA

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Director Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) brings us an alternative look at the global bee crisis. Juxtaposing the catastrophic disappearance of bees with the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around […]

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Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz | 2010 | 82 min. | USA

Redwoods: Anatomy of a Giant

Andy Shillabeer films photographer Jim Balog as he compiles photos for his Redwood composite image. Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve, CA Photographer: Jim Spickler Humboldt State University’s Steve Sillett, the first researcher to explore the redwood canopy, is obsessed with monster redwoods. Just when Sillett thinks he’s climbed and measured an unbeatably tall tree, another […]

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John Rubin, James Donald | 2009 | 50 min. | USA

Ride A Wave

Magic is happening in Santa Cruz. One man’s dream and a community come together to give special needs and disadvantaged youth the thrill of catching a wave. The Ride A Wave story is as much about the kids who receive the priceless experience of a day surfing at the beach as it is about the […]

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Rocky Romano, Rob Armenti | 2010 | 8 min. | USA

Sarcastic Fringehead Quarrel

The Sarcastic Fringehead is a ferocious fish, which has a large mouth and aggressive territorial behavior. Yet when two Fringeheads have a battle for territory, they wrestle by pressing their huge mouths against each other, as if they were kissing.

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Jeff Litton | 2010 | 2 min. | USA

Save The Farm

For 14 years, farmers feed their families and community on a 14-acre urban oasis in South Central Los Angeles. But when the city sells this public land to a developer in a closed door session, activists and celebrities stage a tree sit to try to save the farmers from eviction. Mark Haslam Award, Planet in […]

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Michael Kuehnert | 2010 | 25 min. | USA

Saving A River

Follow a small group of passionate community members in the Coloma-Lotus Valley in their efforts to save the American River canyon from development and to preserve rivers and land for life. The American River Conservancy has protected over 11,500 acres of community park lands, endangered species habitat, fisheries and forested lands within the American and […]

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Janice Stanley, Todd Stanley, Dustin Farrenkopf | 2009 | 18 min. | USA

Scattered Flurries

Ben Knight closes his eyes and dreams of winter in his home town of Telluride. Filmed in-bounds and out of bounds at the Telluride Ski Area this cinematic exploration of deep powder and a tight knit community will leave you aching for winter in the San Juans.

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Ben Knight | 2009 | 4 min. | USA

Sign Language

Ben holds a sign for a living, and he loves his job more than almost anything. But today is his last day. Winner of Virgin Media Shorts (UK’s biggest short film prize).

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Oscar Sharp, Stephen Follows | 2010 | 5 min. | UK

Sirya

Meet the villagers of Atvin, Turkey. Their lives are uprooted when a large dam is constructed in their community. Audience Choice, IF FF

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Merve Numanoglu, Cnegiz Duz, Aylin Ozturk, Gulsah Cakmak | 2010 | 15 min. | Turkey

Slow The Flow (2011)

Follow a landscaper who shocks his neighbors by putting in native landscaping. Discover a school district that goes green. Meet a non-profit which puts gardens in the city. The projects and approaches highlighted are very low-tech, cheap, and beautiful, making a good argument for kicking back and not raking the leaves or watering the lawn.

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Elizabeth Pepin Silva | 2010 | 27 min. | USA

SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories

Jon Bowermaster and his crew first went to Louisiana in 2008, to make a film about the complicated relationship between man and water. They had no idea that their reporting would conclude with the worst manmade ecologic disaster ever. This film is a poignant look back at a way of life that may now be […]

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Jon Bowermaster | 2010 | 62 min. | USA

Spoil

The International League of Conservation Photographer’s adventure through the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia to support the coastal First Nations’ fight against a proposed oil export pipeline from the tar sands. In the challenge of just 10 days, these world famous photographers must capture the iconic wilderness and wildlife of this suddenly threatened landscape.

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Trip Jennings, Andy Maser | 2010 | 44 min. | Canada

Stepping into the Stream

Meet the women of flyfishing. Through their favorite sport, they connect with nature and a deeper part of themselves. Numerous awards including Hybrid Life Award, Hatch FF

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Barbara Klutinis | 2010 | 30 min. | USA

Tales of the San Joaquin – A River Restored

For the first time in nearly 60 years, the 350-mile long San Joaquin River, the second largest in California, has come back to life. For twenty years an activist coalition fought to restore the river and return salmon to the San Joaquin’s waters. This newly re-edited version of the film provides more details on the […]

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Christopher Beaver, John Nutt, Scott Andrews | 2010 | 55 min. | USA

Tar Creek

The story of the worst environmental disaster you’ve never heard of: the Tar Creek Superfund site. Once one of the largest lead and zinc mines on the planet, Tar Creek is now home to more than 40 square miles of environmental devastation in northeastern Oklahoma: acid mine water in the creeks, stratospheric lead poisoning in […]

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Matt Myers | 2010 | 72 min. | USA

Temple of Light

As the backbone of California’s landscape, the Sierra Nevada provides a rich environment for diverse and unique plants and animals to thrive in. The geology and weather created a mineral wealth that drove immigration to the state, created magnificent scenery, and supported many Native American communities. Long after we are dust, the Sierra Nevada will […]

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Bill Levinson, Arthur Levinson | 2010 | 4 min. | USA

Tezcatlipoca

In the tradition of Walt Disney’s Fantasia and inspired by the music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, this animated film combines the elements of classical music and imaginative animation to retell the Aztec myth of Tezcatlipoca, the deity who descends from heaven in the form of a jaguar. Audience Choice Award, SONscreen FF

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Robin George | 2008 | 3 min. | USA

The Best Country: People Restoring Rivers

Two longtime Wallowa Valley, Oregon ranching families tell their stories about taking dramatic steps to restore salmon and steelhead habitat on their land. A deep respect for the land, passed on from generations before them, and a strong desire to do right by the land and pass it on to their children in a way […]

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Ralf Meyer, Karen Anspacher-Meyer | 2010 | 26 min. | USA

The Broken Moon

Beyond the mountains of the Western Himalaya, Sonam, an old nomad man, lives with his tribe in one of the most adverse and isolated regions of the planet, but a sudden change in the climate is drying most of the rivers and transforming several valleys into deserts. Unable to survive in a traditional way and […]

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Marcos Negrão, André Rangel | 2010 | 54 min. | Brazil

The Fishman (2011)

Mike Kasic swims the Yellowstone River like a human-fish through swift river canyons and scenic mountain views, watching trout in fast currents filled with frothing water tornadoes, stopping only to body surf river waves. His message is simple: a river is more than its water; what lies beneath is a wilderness that is often overlooked, […]

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Kathy Kasic | 2009 | 10 min. | USA

The Forest Guards

Six home-schooled children from a local community in the foothills of Northern California have developed an ingenious invention for the early detection of forest fires. What starts as a local environmental solution evolves into an idea that could have a major global impact after they win top prize at the Global Children’s Climate Competition.

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Stephen Kijak, John Keitel | 2010 | 52 min. | UK / USA

The Greatest Migration (2011)

Snake River salmon swim more than 900 miles inland and climb almost 7,000 feet to reach their spawning grounds. These iconic fish travel farther and higher than any other salmon on Earth, but a gauntlet of dams blocks their great migration and is pushing these high-altitude salmon to extinction.

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Andy Maser | 2010 | 20 min. | USA

The Greenhorns

Meet America’s young farming community and experience its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture – to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming.

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Severine von Tscharner Fleming | 2010 | 38 min. | USA

The Happy Duckling

Meet a reluctant young boy and the relentlessly happy duck who trails him. Their world is a delightful and surprising pop-up book where anything can, and does happen.

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Gili Dolev, Mick Cooke | 2008 | 9 min. | Scotland

The Incident at Tower 37

In the middle of a dry, desolate landscape stands Tower 37 siphoning every last drop of water from a once pristine lake. Day in and day out the station’s lone steward monitors the tower’s activities, never realizing that Tower 37 is slowly destroying an entire ecosystem. Best Animation, Humboldt FF; Best in Show, Motion FF; […]

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Chris Perry | 2009 | 11 min. | USA

The Majestic Plastic Bag (2011)

Follow a plastic bag from supermarket to its final migratory destination in the Pacific Ocean gyre. Jeremy Irons narrates this mock nature documentary.

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Jeremy Konner | 2010 | 4 min. | USA

The Man Who Stopped the Desert

Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer in Africa, has succeeded where international agencies failed. Over the last 20 years he has successfully battled against nature and man, to become a pioneer in the fight against desertification. Finalist, Wildscreen FF

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Mark Dodd | 2010 | 62 min. | UK

The Olmsted Legacy: America’s Urban Parks

Over 150 years after the design of New York City’s Central Park, it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility amidst one of the largest, tallest, and most unnatural places on earth. Meet visionary urban planner and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted as he plans America’s first great city parks.

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Rebecca Messner, George deGolian, Michael White | 2010 | 57 min. | USA

The Practice of the Wild

Novelist Jim Harrison (Legends of the Fall, Dalva) introduces us to one the best kept secrets of American culture, Beat poet and naturalist Gary Snyder. Snyder’s life and work are revealed to us as he and Harrison hike the the stunning wild country of the Big Sur of California.

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John J. Healey, Will Hearst, Jim Harrison | 2010 | 52 min. | USA

The Story of Bottled Water (2011)

Why do Americans buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap? The film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. EthicMark Award, #7 on Viral Video […]

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Free Range Studios | 2010 | 8 min. | USA

The Story of Electronics

Revisit Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution’s collateral damage—6 billion tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. Can engineers […]

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Free Range Studios | 2010 | 8 min. | USA

The Whole World Was Watching

Ten years after the World Trade Organization protests shook Seattle, former Mayor Paul Schell, Police Chief Norm Stamper, WTO supporters, protestors and reporters who covered the events look back on those tumultuous days and the lessons Seattle and the world learned from them.

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John de Graaf | 2009 | 28 min. | USA

There Once Was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho

As a terrifying tidal flood rips through their already damaged home, the Polynesian Takuu community experiences the devastating effects of climate change first hand. Three intrepid characters, allow us into their lives and their culture and show us first hand the human impact of an environmental crisis.Jury Grand Prix, FIFO, Tahiti 2010. Best Documentary, Raindance, […]

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Briar March | 2010 | 57 min. | New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

This is Our Land-Preview

Southeast Alaska is an archipelago of mountains, glaciers, rivers, fjords, and forests and home to the Tlingit peoples for more than 10,000 years. Although dispossession and exploitation surrounds them, the Tlingit recognize they must hold on to the “traditional ecological knowledge” as a means of restoring a culture and the land.

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Steve Michelson | 2010 | 20 min. | USA

This Place Has A Name: Iwa Waniči Ičin Tiičam

Using a highway development project that impacted archaeological sites as a springboard, Umatilla tribal elders reflect on their environmental ethics and the importance of working together. Tribal elders speak about the natural resources that the land and waterways provide and how essential they are to maintain their culture and religion.

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Shawn Steinmetz, Ralf Meyer | 2010 | 32 min. | USA

To Speak Without Words

Ten-year-old local Anabella Funk journeys to Haiti and the Dominican Republic with the hope of helping children and pregnant women.

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Anabella Funk | 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Transitions in Baja

In 2010, student filmmaker Alex Depavloff traveled down Baja with a multi-generational group of students and teachers, as part of Finding the Good Traveling Semester Program. He encounters gray whales, gracious and open people, an unfamiliar culture, and an unearthly landscape helped to shape him as a storyteller, a traveler, and a person.

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Alex Depavloff | 2010 | 7 min. | USA

Trout on the Wind: The Hemlock Dam Removal Story

The successful removal of an aging harmful dam and the restoration of Trout Creek in the lower Columbia River Gorge brought a community together. In the 1970s, the dam fell into disrepair and it was impairing water quality, habitat, and passage for Lower Columbia River steelhead. This project provided an excellent hands-on learning experience on […]

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Ralph Bloemers, Sam Drevo | 2010 | 23 min. | USA

Truck Farm

A whimsical, musical documentary about the quirky world of urban agriculture. After filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a garden in the back of his pickup truck, he and the Truck Farm set out to explore the rooftops, barges and windows that represent New York City’s newest edible oases. Can these urban farmers feed a city? Can […]

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Ian Cheney | 48 min. | US

Walking the Line

What’s it like to walk 500 miles of a proposed transmission line—a line that will run through some of the West’s most remote landscapes? World-class thru-hiker, Adam Bradley hiked it to help the Nevada Wilderness Project find out how our country’s transition to renewable energy will affect the land, wildlife and people.

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Jim Karpowicz | 2010 | 29 min. | USA

Waste Land

Renowned artist Vik Muniz journeys Rio de Janeiro to photograph the world’s largest garbage dump. There he captures an eclectic band of “catadores,” self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage […]

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Lucy Walker | 2010 | 99 min. | UK / Brazil

Water Loving Doggies II

The water loving doggies are back! From 20 to 200 pounds our furry friends are sure to make a splash in your hearts in this year’s re-cut river romp, featuring music by Matisyahu.

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Will Keir | 2010 | 4 min. | USA

We Live by the River

Native nations of the Yukon River basin join forces to heal the watershed from a century of harm. Enlisting the cooperation of scientists and polluters, indigenous tribes adopt a revolutionary approach to restoring their waters, lands and wildlife damaged by contamination from military, mining and municipal sources. Denali Award, Alaska Intl’ FF

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Karin Williams | 2010 | 52 min. | USA

What’s on Your Plate

Follows two multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. With the camera as their companion, the girl guides talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates. Special Mention, Green FF

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Catherine Gund, Tanya Selvaratnam | 2009 | 76 min. | USA

When I Am 18

When I Am 18 is an animated short film featuring the drawings and voices of sisters Maja, 8, and Lily, 5, from the UK. Created for the COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009 and shown during the event on the Millennium Art C02 Cube, the film makes a desperate plea to governments and […]

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Adela Pickles | 2009 | 2 min. | UK

WildWater

Journey into the mind and soul of whitewater, into the places only river runners can go, places of discovery, solitude and risk. Meet the riverpeople from multi generations who share a deep passion for wild places, rivers and running whitewater. We cross beyond generational and experiential boundaries, even beyond whitewater, to look at the soul […]

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Anson Fogel | 2010 | 30 min. | USA

Willem and the Whales (2011)

Willem is 5 years old and has a lot on his mind! Take a quick journey through the eyes of a child as Willem explains why people should stop whaling. New Media Award, Blue Ocean FF

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Kate Miller, Lisa Coscino | 2010 | 3 min. | USA

Windmill Farmer, The

A nurturing farmer is in danger of losing his crop of windmills when he struggles against the cyclical forces of nature.

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Joaquin Baldwin | 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Witness

Notable anthropologist Jane Goodall, National Geographic Editor-at-Large Michael Nichols, and International League of Conservation Photographers president Cristina Mittermeier, among many others, share candid thoughts on the power of photography and its value as an effective conservation tool. The narrative is accompanied by stunning photographic contributions from over 40 conservation photographers to illustrate the convergence between the […]

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Neil Ever Osborne, Chad A. Stevens | 2010 | 18 min. | Canada

Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom

Through the heart of the frozen north, roams a creature with a mystique as old as the mountains and a reputation as big as all outdoors: the wolverine. The name conjures an image of a savage, solitary killer who crushes bones to powder with powerful jaws. But who, really, is the wolverine? Best Film Made […]

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Gianna Savoie | 2010 | 60 min. | USA