“Choose Your Own Eco-Adventure” – create your own customized schedule from select films, speakers and panels for elementary, middle and high school students.

PRESENTATION & FILM

HEIRS TO OUR OCEANS

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9:30-10:30 am  •  Grades 4-10

Heirs To Our Oceans is a youth group that includes grade school and middle school youth standing up for their ocean. They are creating a global movement from the ground up, encouraging children everywhere to recognize themselves as ‘Heirs’ and make an active change in their communities. Heirs To Our Oceans is also a call for educational reform, as these young people embody what children starting at middle school age can learn, understand, articulate, and, most importantly, solve. The presentation includes a 20 minute film about the program.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Executive Director April Peebler & Heirs to Our Oceans students

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STINK!

9:30-11:23 am  •  Grades 7-12

STINK! opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pajamas and a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. Instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe — by design. Entertaining, enlightening and at times almost absurd, Stink! follows Whelan as he clashes with political and corporate operatives all trying to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical industry. You won’t like what you smell. Directed By: Jon J. Whelan . 93 min.

SPECIAL GUESTKathy Wall, Marin Resource Recovery

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THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES

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9:45-11:35 pm  •  Grades 9-12

In their remote home in the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on the table. The land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas. Hunting whales and seabirds kept them alive for generations, and gave them the way of life they love; a life they would pass on to their children. The Faroese are among the first to feel the effects of our increasingly polluted oceans. They have discovered that their beloved whales are toxic, contaminated by the outside world. What once secured their survival now endangers their children and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition. In Faroese, English and Danish with English subtitles. Directed by: Mike Day. 82 min.

SPECIAL GUESTDennis A. Naumann

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AN ACQUIRED TASTE

10:45-12:15 pm  •  Grades 7-12

Why kill your own food? AN ACQUIRED TASTE delves into the inner conflicts of a new urban breed in the San Francisco Bay Area: locavore hunters. Defying factory farms, a young, mindful generation learns to hunt as a way of connecting with the source of their sustenance. Vanessa Lemarie’s feature debut is a profound reflection on what makes us human. * Note: Some relatively tame scenes of butchering meat. Directed by Vanessa Lemarie. 71 min.

SPECIAL GUEST: Vanessa Lemarie, Director; Corky Quirk, NorCal Bats

BRIGHT SPOTS: SHORT FILMS

11:50 am-12:50 pm  •  Grades 1-6

HOW HEAVY IS A BABY GRIZZLY BEAR?
Bear researcher and filmmaker Chris Morgan asks random hikers about Grizzly Bear facts and gets some funny and serious answers. 8 min
I AM RED
Pete McBride, who holds the Colorado River dear, uses the poetry of the river voiced by Amy Beatie and Duke Beardsley, to tell its story.  4 min
GROUNDWATER
Two singing groundhogs teach us about what groundwater is, how important it is, and how to preserve it. 4 min
MY FOREST
A beautiful story about a boy and his love of the local forest told from his point of view and with stunning music. By Belgian nature filmmaker Sebastien Pins who infuses the story with drama. 7 min
MY HAGGAN DREAM
EYF’s perennial film producers Rob and Laura Sams spotlight a young island girl who dreams of a mysterious haggan, or sea turtle, that sends her on a quest to investigate the sea turtles that nest and swim near her home. 9 min
BRIGHT SPOTS
The unique vision of Jilli Rose’s animation will inspire young people as she tells the story of Australian naturalist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on remote islands in the South Pacific. 8 min
PIPER
The Pixar short that accompanied this year’s feature Moana, has a visceral sense of sand and water and feathers as a hatchling Sandpiper learns to overcome its fear of waves. 6 min

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FOOTPRINT

12:30-2:11 pm  •  Grades 9-12

By globetrotting through multiple countries and talking to experts from every corner of the world, FOOTPRINT provides a unique window into the rarely discussed effects of population growth and consumption inequality in the world we live in. The film also offers unprecedented access to the people on the ground – activists, health workers, a single mom at the head of an 8-children-family – who are all uniquely challenging the status quo and making us rethink what’s really at stake. Surprising revelations unfold as critical solutions are pursued in the hope of maintaining a dignified quality of life for our ever-expanding global population. Directed by: Valentina Canavesio. 81 min.

SPECIAL GUEST: Suzanne York, director of Transition Earth, a project of Earth Island Institute 

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TOMORROW

12:30-2:30 pm  •  Grades 7-12

Showing solutions, telling a feel-good story… this may be the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises that our countries are going through. After a special briefing for the journal Nature announced the possible extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, together with a team of four people, carried out an investigation in ten different countries to figure out what may lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it. During their journey, they met the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. Joining those concrete and positive actions which are already working, they began to figure out what could be tomorrow’s world… Directed by: Mélanie Laurent. 120 min.

SPECIAL GUEST: TBD

PANEL

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE NEW MEDIA AGE

1:00-2:10 pm  •  Grades 9-12

With newspapers and television stations cutting budgets on investigative reporting and the recent emergence of “alternative facts”, where can we turn to find reliable sources of information to help save this planet?  How will current media help consumers analyze environmental problems and identify solutions? This insightful panel featuring representatives from diverse local and national media organizations explores these issues of environmental concern and offers clarification in an ever-shifting media landscape.

PANELISTS: Joaquin Alvarado, Center for Investigative Reporting; Monica Lam, KQED News; Tim Redmond, 48 Hills, Go Inspire Go ; Additional Panelists TBA
GRAPHIC RECORDER: Giselle Chow

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