“Choose Your Own Eco-Adventure” – create your own customized schedule from select films, speakers and panels for elementary, middle and high school students.
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FREIGHTENED: THE REAL PRICE OF SHIPPING
9:35-11:15 am • Grades 9-12
In an audacious investigation, FREIGHTENED: THE REAL PRICE OF SHIPPING, reveals the mechanics and perils of cargo shipping, the largely invisible industry that relentlessly supplies the needs of seven billion humans and holds the key. Directed by: Denis Delestrac. 52 min.
MARTIN’S BOAT honors conservationist Martin Litton, who helped preserve the Grand Canyon by fighting two proposed dams in the 1950s.He also designed the famous white water dories that have plied the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon since the 1960s. Directed by: Pete Mc Bride. 24 min.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Dennis A. Naumann
GOOD NEWS ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS
9:40-10:50 am • Grades 8-12
Focusing on positive solutions instead of more bad news, this panel seeks to plant seeds of hope that can grow in the most polluted ground. From the youth themselves to organizations with strong solutions, this generation is working hard to avert catastrophe. (70 min)
LIVE! JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD
10:00-11:00 am • Grades 1-6
Special guest Jonathan Bird in person for a live presentation featuring underwater film clips
Emmy-winning underwater science adventure series JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD is in its fifth season, airing worldwide on networks such as PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, ABC and Syfy. Bird’s easy humor and amazing underwater photography make ocean science accessible to everyone from 6 to 60. He will screen and discuss several of his short films and share his current obsession with underwater caves.
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DAUGHTERS OF THE FOREST
11:15-12:50 pm • Grades 7-12
DAUGHTERS OF THE FOREST tells the powerful, uplifting story of a small group of girls in one of the most remote forests left on earth who attend a radical high school — Centro Educativo Mbaracayú (CEM) — where they learn to protect the threatened forest and forge a better future for themselves. Set in the untamed wilds of the Mbaracayú Reserve in rural Paraguay, this intimate verité documentary offers a rare glimpse of a disappearing world where timid girls grow into brave young women.In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by: Samantha Grant. 56 min.
‘ĀINA: THAT WHICH FEEDS US ‘Āina – The best-kept secret on Kaua`i isn’t a secluded beach or surf spot, it’s that four of the world’s largest chemical companies use the island for open-air testing of pesticides on genetically modified crops. Contrasting this is the traditional agriculture system that allowed Hawaiians to live in abundance for over a thousand years with roughly the same population as today. Directed by: Josh Thome, Dave Mossop. 23 min.
SPECIAL GUEST: Samantha Grant, Director
11:30-1:32 pm • Grades 9-12
This highly controversial film from Academy Award® nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town) is set amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson and enlisting experts and icons of the struggle such as Mark Lynas, Alison Van Eenennaam, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Robert Fraley, Marion Nestle and Bill Nye, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, FOOD EVOLUTION is a bold and necessary documentary that separates the hype from the science to try to unravel the debate around food. Directed by: Scott Hamilton Kennedy . 92 min.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Dr. Sara Hake, Food Geneticist UC Berkeley; Peter Martinelli, Organic Farmers
BRIGHT SPOTS: SHORT FILMS
11:35-12:41 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
Two singing groundhogs teach us about what groundwater is, how important it is, and how to preserve it. 4 min
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
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
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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BORN IN CHINA
12:45-2:30 pm • Grades 1-5
Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film BORN IN CHINA takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard-an elusive animal rarely caught on camera-faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain-from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest-on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together.
SPECIAL GUEST: Rebecca Shaw, Chief Scientist, World Wildlife Fund
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