Using the selectors below, choose which day of the festival that you will attend and refine your search by environmental interest, if you like.
Film Screening Times
- Thursday April 20
- Friday April 21
- Saturday April 22
- Sunday April 23
- All genres
- Family Friendly
- Food & Agriculture
- Recycling & Conservation
- Water & Ocean
- Wildlife & Pollinators
A PLASTIC OCEAN
Directors: Craig Leeson
United States | United Kingdom | Hong Kong | 102 minutes Water & Ocean
Women’s Museum Theater - 05:30 PM
A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
SCR Craig Leeson, Mindy Elliott
PROD Jo Ruxton, Adam Leipzig
DP Michael Pitts
EDITOR Mindy Elliott
FEATURING: Tanya Streeter
Craig Leeson is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, television presenter and public speaker. He is the founder of Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films and chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is also the Asia correspondent for the Seven Network and an international correspondent for global network, Al Jazeera English. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to television as a news correspondent and anchor. Craig has worked with major global broadcasters including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS and Australia’s ABC. He began his documentary filmmaking career with the National Geographic Channel, producing and directing NGC’s top Asia television programs and projects including GeoWatch Asia, the Top 30 Countdown for NGC’s 10th anniversary special, Marco Polo: Mystery of the Middle Kingdom, the channel’s Earth Day promotions, and the extreme sports action series the Action Asia Challenge. Craig is also a qualified surf lifesaver, an advanced scuba diver and a private pilot.
STREAMS OF PLASTIC, a 5 min. short film, will precede the screening.
DIR: Gary Bencheghib
“There’s a Global Alert on Floating Trash”
Rivers and creeks are like arteries that flow to our heart, the Ocean. Plastic pollution is like cholesterol trying to get to the heart, downstream. Join us for a journey to Central America and South East Asia where groups are helping to stop the flow of the community’s “cholesterol” – plastic pollution, before it impacts those further downstream, or once at sea and along our coastlines and reefs. They are using the power of the Global Alert tool to help inspire cleanups and long term solutions to slow the flow of trash in their waters, with the “Don’t Lose It” attitude before it is too late, and the plastic starts to impact the environment around them.
BEFORE THE FLOOD
Directors: Fisher Stevens
United States | 96 minutes Climate
African American Museum Theater - 3:00 p.m.
If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change—would you want to know? BEFORE THE FLOOD, presented by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment andNational Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
DIR Fisher Stevens
BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY: CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE LAST FRONTIER (Documentary Feature)
Directors: Paul Allen Hunton
United States | 75 minutes Climate
Women’s Museum Theater - 1:30 PM
Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a 200 million dollar price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history.
PROD David C. Weindorf
DP Austin Wideman, Dusty Deen
EDITOR Paul Allen Hunton, Jonathan Seaborn
Paul Allen Hunton is a 3 time Emmy winning nonfiction filmmaker. He is the creator of 24 Frames, a documentary series aired regionally on PBS in the southwest, an Executive Producer of Through the Repellent Fence, and the co-creator of the PBS Digital Series, Global Weirding hosted by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. He is the Director of Texas Tech Public Media in Lubbock, TX and teaches documentary and media studies in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University. He is a native New Mexican on loan in Texas with his wife, Andrea and their 3 children.
BIGGER THAN WATER (Documentary Feature, Work in Progress)
Directors: Rameen Amizadeh
United States | 125 minutes Water & Ocean
Music Hall - 7:30 PM
Clean water is supposed to be every American’s birthright, but when the city of Flint fails to properly treat their water system, and city and state officials move to cover it up, residents fight to fix their vital lifeline and thwart the effects that a politically negligent system created. Bigger Than Water explores the Flint Water Crisis through the eyes of those directly impacted, and illustrates how a thirst for money poisoned an entire city. This film depicts one community’s fight for justice as they ban together to ensure their survival.
SCR Rameen Aminzadeh, Jeffery Copeland
PROD Rameen Aminzadeh, Micheal Cain, King Hollis
EDITOR Rameen Aminzadeh
Rameen began his career in filmmaking at the age of 19. As a young man on the streets of Baltimore, a rare opportunity to learn editing provided the foundation for a creative and sustaining career. With over 17 years of experience directing, editing and producing film, television, and live concerts across the nation, Rameen has brought his unique perspective and storytelling abilities to every project he takes on. From series work on Discovery ID, A&E Network, The History Channel, National Geographic, MTV, TLC, and ABC, to independent music projects and social justice documentaries across the globe, he is both artist and activist – using his artistic talents and resources to fight for justice on many fronts. He has worked with artists including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, The Outlaws, Nas, The Black Knights, Creed, Mandy Moore, Brittany Spears, Henry Rollins, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Eight Ball & MJG, 36 Mafia, as well as countless underground hip hop and rock groups nationwide.
CHASING CORAL (Documentary Feature)
07:00 PM 12:30 PM
United States | 93 minutes GalasWater & Ocean
Music Hall - 07:00 PM
Music Hall - 12:30 PM
Coral reefs are the nursery for much of the life in the ocean, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. CHASING CORAL taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, CHASING CORAL is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.
Opening Night Screening preceded by films from our Young Filmmakers Competition Finalists.
FERNGULLY (FREE Outdoor Screening)
Directors: Bill Kroyer
United States | 76 minutes Family Friendly
Fair Park Bandshell - 8:00 p.m.
The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.
Film4Climate Competition Winners (Shorts Block)
United States | minutes Climate
Women’s Museum Theater - 11:30 AM
In 2016, The Film4Climate Global Video Competition was launched by Connect4Climate, a Trust Fund from the World Bank to communicate climate change. They received more than 860 videos from 155 countries during a 3 month submission period. Join us for a screening of these Film4Climate Global Video Competition winners and special prizes!
- Action Contre La Faim
- Before it’s too late
- Climate Countdown: Carbon Pricing
- The Game
- Love Note to an Island
- Nebeday, the bio-coal
- Pakkaspoika (Polar Boy)
- Pale Blue Dot (Pálido Ponto Azul)
- Plastic Pollution, our Oceans, our Future
- The Snow Guardian
- A Sun at Night
- Syria: When the water runs out
- Three Seconds
- Your choice
FISHPEOPLE (Documentary Feature)
Directors: Keith Malloy
United States | 54 minutes Water & Ocean
Women’s Museum Theater - 2:00 p.m.
To some, the ocean is a fearsome and dangerous place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom, and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. A new documentary presented by Patagonia and directed by Keith Malloy, FISHPEOPLE tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spearfishers to a former coal miner and a group of inner city kids in San Francisco, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean—and leaving our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.
FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES (Narrative Feature/FREE)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Directors: Mike Slee
Canada | 14 minutes Family FriendlyHero
Texas Discovery Gardens - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Texas Discovery Gardens - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Texas Discovery Gardens - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Every 30 minutes we’ll screen this amazing film about butterflies. It is a natural history epic. It is a detective story. Join hundreds of millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway, and one scientist’s 40-year search to unravel the mystery – where do they go each fall? Experience the Flight of the Butterflies.
The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.
DIR Mike Slee
SCR Mike Slee, Wendy MacKeigan
PROD Jonathan Barker (EP)
DP Simon de Glanville, Paul Williams
EDITOR Susan Shipton
CAST Gordon Pinsent, Patricia Phillips, Shaun Benson, and Stephanie Sigman
Mike Slee is a British writer, director and producer with over 50 TV, Giant Screen films and cinema projects to his credit. Mike’s 3D feature film work has been honored with a Wild Screen Panda, Academy Award short listing and the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s – Best Film & Life Long Learning Award.
FOOD EVOLUTION (Documentary Feature)
Directors: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
United States | 92 minutes Food & Agriculture
Hall of State Theater - 1:15 PM
From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (THE GARDEN, FAME HIGH, OT: OUR TOWN) and narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, FOOD EVOLUTION is set amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food.
Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, FOOD EVOLUTION wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.
SCR Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Trace Sheehan
PROD Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Trace Sheehan
DP Larkin Donley, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
EDITOR Alex Blatt, Scott Hanson, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Academy Award® nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor.
His documentary work includes: THE GARDEN, which tells the story of the complicated struggle over the nation’s largest community garden. Independent Spirit Award Nominee OT: OUR TOWN—about the first play in 25 years at Dominguez High School in Compton. And the critically acclaimed FAME HIGH, which follows four students through a year at one of the most respected and competitive performing arts high schools in the country.
FROGS (Narrative Feature)
Directors: George McCowan
United States | 91 minutes Wildlife & Pollinators
Creative Arts Building Theater - 10 p.m.
A group of hapless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.
HAPPENING (Documentary Feature, Work in Progress)
Directors: Jamie Redford
United States | 75 minutes Energy
Women’s Museum Theater - 3:15 PM
Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Lehi, UT to Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while Jamie’s discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.
PROD Jamie Redford, Jill Tidman, Nancy Abraham, Jonathan White (Asc. Prod.)
DP John Behrens
EDITOR Tina Imahara, Bill Weber
“I come from a long line of storytellers who see stories as a way to make sense of things. It’s essential to who I am and how I see the world.” Over two decades, Jamie Redford has written, directed or produced over a dozen films, including the award-winning HBO documentaries TOXIC HOT SEAT, MANN V. FORD, PAPER TIGERS and WATERSHED.
LOOK AND SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY (Documentary Feature)
8:15 PM 11:45 AM
Directors: Laura Dunn, Jeff Sewell
United States | 80 minutes Hero
Hall of State Theater - 8:15 PM
Women’s Museum Theater - 11:45 AM
LOOK & SEE is a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.
PROD Laura Dunn, Jef Sewell
DP Lee Daniel
EDITOR Laura Dunn
NATURE’S ORCHESTRA: SOUNDS OF OUR CHANGING PLANET (Documentary Feature and Workshop)
Directors: Robert Hillmann
United States | 32 minutes Wildlife & Pollinators
African American Museum Theater - 2 p.m.
Nature sounds offer important information about the health of today’s wild habitats and the life within them. NATURE’S ORCHESTRA follows Bernie Krause on a soundscape expedition in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. To record habitats that are neither disturbed nor destroyed by human activities, nature sound recordists have to travel far. Along with animal voices, including migratory bird songs, the barking of a fox, and a grizzly’s sniff, the expedition records the melting of permafrost and other evidence of climate change. Traveling across the planet to every continent since the late 1960s, noted musician and soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause has recorded more than 15,000 species—marine
and terrestrial. Over half of the soundscapes Krause has recorded are now silent or can no longer be heard in their original form.
PROD: Stephen Most
PETE’S DRAGON (FREE Outdoor Screening)
Directors: David Lowery
United States | 103 minutes Family Friendly
Fair Park Bandshell - 8:00 p.m.
Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true.
RACING EXTINCTION (Documentary Feature)
Directors: Louie Psihoyos
United States | 94 minutes Wildlife & Pollinators
African American Museum Theater - 1:15 PM
Louie Psihoyos’s THE COVE (2009 Sundance Film Festival, U.S. Documentary Audience Award) exposed viewers to the brutal practice of dolphin slaughter. The Academy Award-winning director now bears witness to a global problem—mankind’s role in precipitating mass extinction, potentially resulting in the loss of half of the world’s species. Believing that images can stimulate empathy and in turn change behavior, Psihoyos joins forces with activists, scientists, nature photographers, and cutting-edge inventors to draw attention to the dangers we face. While covert operations reveal the horrific black-market trade in endangered aquatic species, the film’s broader lens uncovers the even more disastrous consequences of human activity, chiefly the release of ocean-killing methane and carbon from energy consumption. With stakes as high as the survival of life on the planet, RACING EXTINCTION dispenses with apathy or fatalism to emerge as an urgent, affirming call to action to stem the tide before it’s too late.
PROD Gina Papabeis
DP John Behrens, Shawn Heinrichs, Sean Kirby, Petr Stepanek
EDITOR Geoffrey Richman, Lyman Smith, Jason Zeldes
Rainforest Partnership’s Films for the Forest (Local Shorts)
United States | 60 minutes Recycling & Conservation
African American Museum Theater - 5:00 PM
Films for the Forest (F3) is an international short film challenge created by Rainforest Partnership to raise awareness about the importance of preserving tropical rainforests and its link to stabilizing climate change. In 2017, films were submitted from 14 countries spanning five continents and screened at SXSW Community Screenings.
The three categories—short shorts (under 4 minutes), shorts (under 20 minutes) and youth—were judged by a panel of renowned filmmakers including Academy Award nominee, Richard Linklater, EarthXFilm President, Michael Cain, and Peruvian Filmmaker, Alonso Mayo.
RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN (Documentary Feature)
8:30 PM 5:00 PM
Directors: Susan Froemke, John Hoffman
United States | 92 minutes Food & Agriculture
Women’s Museum Theater - 8:30 PM
Music Hall - 5:00 PM
From the Montana Rockies to the Kansas wheat fields and the Gulf of Mexico, families who work the land and sea are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways to protect the natural resources vital to their livelihoods. An official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and narrated by Tom Brokaw, RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN is the next chapter of conservation heroism, deep in America’s heartland.
PROD Beth Aala, Miriam Horn, Susan Froemke
DP Bob Richman, Buddy Squires, Thorsten Thielow
EDITOR Kathleen Dougherty, Flavia de Souza, Jen Fineran
CAST Dusty Crary, Justin Knopf, Wayne Werner, Keith Thompson
Screening supported by Women in Film Dallas.
RIDGE TO REEF
United States | 60 minutes Water & Ocean
African American Museum Theater - 3:30 p.m.
What happens when an artist, a scientist, and a conservationist explore the planet to study the impact of climate change on indigenous people? Mythology, history, art, and culture turn climate change into more than just a series of statistics. RIDGE TO REEF is a series of short documentary-style films that focus on ancient wisdom as it relates to care for the oceans and our earth, in hopes that we find a way to curb our greatest challenge, survival.
Jeremy McKane and Markus Reymann in attendance.
Panel and clips to discuss the impact of climate change in the South Pacific.
RIVERBLUE (Documentary Feature)
Directors: David McIlvride, Roger Williams
United States | 95 minutes Water & Ocean
African American Museum Theater - 7:00 p.m.
Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, RIVERBLUE follows international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, on a journey that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry. Spanning the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking with fashion designers and water protectors world-wide, RIVERBLUE reveals stunning and shocking, never-before-seen images that truly change the way we look at how our clothing is made.
SCR David McIlvride
PROD Lisa Mazzotta, Roger Williams
DP Roger Williams
EDITOR Kevin Jacques
Savory Institute Shorts Program
Directors: Brad Riley
United States | 72.5 minutes Food & Agriculture
Hall of State Theater - 1:45 p.m.
Currently, there is rampant exploitation of our land, animals, and people, taking place on a global scale. The true cost of fast-food and fast-fashion are expended in unseen externalities to our local communities and our environment. The Savory Institute has released 4 documentary episodes centered around meat, dairy, wool and leather, to help draw attention to the incredibly powerful results that a global network of regenerative grazers practicing Holistic Management brings to the table for a worldwide paradigm shift. These stories, captured in collaboration with bold food and fashion brands, are examples of success and the desired enduring change that is igniting a Consumer Revolution.
THE STORY OF MEAT
THE STORY OF DAIRY
THE STORY OF WOOL
THE STORY OF LEATHER
Executive Producer: Jessie Marek
Editor: Peter Lively
Camera operators: Mj Lat, Matthew Skala, Peter Lively, Kelsey Maben, Chris Kerston
Host: Chris Kerston
SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY (Documentary Feature)
Directors: Jon Betz, Taggart Siegel
United States | 94 minutes Food & Agriculture
African American Museum Theater - 11:00 AM
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Award winning documentary, SEED: The Untold Story, follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
PROD Jon Betz, Taggart Siegel
DP Taggart Siegel
EDITOR Jon Betz, Taggart Siegel
CAST Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke, Raj Patel
Taggart Siegel has produced and directed Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentaries including QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? and THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (ITVS, Independent Lens). These films received critical-acclaim during their theatrical release and garnered over 40 international awards. Siegel is a Fledgling Outreach and Engagement Lab Fellow and was selected to pitch at Britdoc’s GOODPITCH for SEED: The Untold Story. His previous PBS films include: SPLIT HORN, (ITVS, Independent Lens), BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, BLUE COLLAR AND BUDDHA and HEART BROKEN IN HALF. Collectively, they capture the struggle of refugees and immigrants in America. He produced the National Geographic film DISENCHANTED FOREST about orangutans in Borneo and was the director of SHADOW OF A PEPPER TREE. Taggart is the Founder and Executive Director of Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.
STRAWS (Documentary Short)
Directors: Linda Booker
United States | 32 minutes Recycling & Conservation
Hall of State Theater - 12:30 p.m.
Special High School Screenings: Earth Day Week – Pre-Events April 17-19
Used once and tossed, billions of non-recyclable plastic straws are used annually winding up in landfills, littering streets and finding their way to oceans. Plastic straws are the number five most collected item at beach cleanups behind bottle caps, wrappers, and cigarette butts. A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-plastic straw campaigns globally and inspiring sustainable alternatives. Actor/Director Tim Robbins narrates animation, and Director Linda Booker interviews marine researchers, artists, citizen activists, and business owners in California, Costa Rica and North Carolina about how it’s possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time.
PROD Linda Booker, Andrea Arria-Devoe, Fred Cuellar, LaTeace Towns-Cuellar, Steve Shor
DP Blaire Johnson
EDITOR Linda Booker
CAST/NARRATOR Tim Robbins
Linda Booker is a water-loving traveler whose childhood play outdoors instilled a respect for nature that drives her to make films that entertain as well as inspire possibilities for a healthier planet. Prior to STRAWS, Booker produced and directed “Bringing It Home,” an award-winning film about industrial hemp, a non-psychoactive beneficial plant for the environment and human health.
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (Documentary Feature)
8:00 PM 3:30 PM
Directors: Jared P. Scott
United States | 78 minutes Climate
Women’s Museum Theater - 8:00 PM
Hall of State Theater - 3:30 PM
THE HURT LOCKER meets AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals, and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis—and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.
EXEC PROD Sophie Robinson
Jared P. Scott wrote, directed, and produced REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM (2015/16 TriBeCa, IDFA, AFI Docs; #1 Doc on iTunes; Netflix worldwide) and THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (2016 Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, DOC NYC).
THE GHOST FLEET (Work in Progress) & AFTER THE SPILL
Directors: Shannon Service, Jeff Waldman
United States | 50 minutes Food & Agriculture
Women’s Museum Theater - 7:00 PM
Select Clips from these works.
GHOST FLEET: Southeast Asia supplies a large portion of America’s seafood, but with giant fishing fleets based in Thailand, and Indonesia chronically short tens of thousands of fishermen per year, human traffickers have stepped in. Captives—fishing slaves—are sold from the region to the ship captains for a few hundred dollars each. Once at sea, the men may never return to land—unless they can escape.
PROD Jon Bowermaster
John Bowermaster will be unable able to attend the screening as scheduled.
AFTER THE SPILL: This follow-up to 2010’s SOLA LOUISIANA WATER STORIES introduces us to some of the Deepwater Horizon spill’s most aggrieved victims as well as those who are desperately trying to save its coastline. Writer and historian John Barry who launched a suit against 97 oil and gas companies attempting to get them to pay their fair share for reparations caused by their explorations. Consultant and native son James Carville who manages to find some hope in new technologies that may save the coast. And Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, the man who saved New Orleans post-Katrina, whose new passion is for a Green Army he has recruited.
TIDEWATER (Documentary Feature)
Directors: Roger Sorkin
United States | 42 minutes Climate
Music Hall - 3:00 PM
Hampton Roads, Virginia is relatively unknown nationwide, but it is the region whose vulnerability to sea level rise most affects military readiness and our overall national security. With 14 military installations spread across 17 local jurisdictions, it is our highest concentration of military assets in the country, where 1 in 6 residents are associated with the military. Their homes, schools, hospitals, and families are increasingly struggling to keep up with the effects of rising waters, and the military and all the surrounding municipalities are working towards solutions in the name of strengthening national security and enhancing economic prosperity.
PROD Roger Sorkin, Nate Birnbaum
DP John Sennett
EDITOR Roger Sorkin
Roger Sorkin is an award-winning filmmaker and the director of the American Resilience Project, which specializes in harnessing the power of film to advance solutions to our environmental challenges. His production company, Sorkin Strategic Communications, has created films for a variety of NGO, government and nonprofit clients since 2002.
WHERE’S THE FOOD
Directors: Beau, Ethridge, Daniel Nanasi
United States | minutes Food & Agriculture
Hall of State Theater - 12:00 PM
WHERE’S THE FOOD?! is a documentary (in production) and a transmedia movement focused on creating awareness and sustainable outcomes to food deserts in Dallas by showing stories of the people and organizations taking action toward solutions as well as vignetting families affected by the issue.
WHY JUST ONE (Documentary Feature)
Directors: Michael Colin
United States | 55 minutes Water & OceanWildlife & Pollinators
Music Hall - 1:00 p.m.
Set on some of the most beautiful but dangerous beaches in the world, a team risks everything to save the most vulnerable and ancient of creatures, sea turtles. For more than 100 million years, sea turtles have survived, witnessing the fall of the dinosaurs and the dawn of humankind. Now, there is a war taking place between poachers and conservationists that will determine their survival.
Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson in Attendance.
WILD WAYS: CORRIDORS OF LIFE (Documentary Feature)
Directors: James Brundige
United States | 53 minutes Wildlife & Pollinators
African American Museum Theater - 11:00 AM
WILD WAYS: CORRIDORS OF LIFE explores the cutting edge of Conservation Biology to discover how the world’s parks and preserves can be connected and better function as the last enclaves of wild nature.
Today most wildlife remaining on Planet Earth are confined to designated parks. These protected areas, from the Serengeti Plains to Yellowstone, are crucial—but they are fast becoming islands of nature in a sea of human development, which places the world’s iconic wildlife—lions, tiger, elephants, wolves, and grizzly bear—in danger of extinction. WILD WAYS: CORRIDORS OF LIFE probes a promising solution to the worldwide fragmentation of wildlife habitat—Connectivity Conservation.
DIR James Brundige
SCR Linda Harrar
PROD Chelsea Congdon
DP James Brundige, Chris Taylor
EDITOR James Brundige
CAST Harvey Locke, Mike Chase, Michael Proctor
James Brundige specializes in producing educational films that focus on environmental issues. From the Amazon jungle to Mount Everest, from American suburbs to the South Pole, James has told stories that help people understand the wonders of the Earth, and how they can be preserved. James has shot and edited for PBS, BBC, NBC, ABC, TNT, HBO, ESPN,CBS, Discovery, and National Geographic Television.