Cinema Verde 2017:  February 9 – 12

@ The Hippodrome Cinema

25 SE 2nd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32601


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100 Short Stories (Canada, 68 min) Directed by Neal Livingston – A collage ranging from the serious to the humorous. This original and engaging documentary tackles opinions regarding governance, public policy, and questions what are sound ideas socially, environmentally. and culturally in today’s society. It’s about predatory capitalism, renewable energy, stopping the frackers, and contemporary life in Atlantic Canada. The director, Neal Livingston, is a well-known Nova Scotian documentary filmmaker and artist – as well as renewable energy practitioner, developer and policy advocate – who calls the film partly autobiographical.
Sunday, Feb 12 1:00 FILM BLOCK

Accidental Parkland (Canada, 55 min) Directed by Dan Berman – is a documentary project on the changing nature and sustained value of Toronto’s urban waterways, both the waterfront and ravines. Many people don’t even realize that we all are linked by these indented spaces and the water that flows through them. Development over the last century and a half has engineered, and sometimes buried, the ravines and watercourses out of our sight and mind. When it comes to urban green space and its protection, Toronto is a bit of a marvel. We have, partially by accident, avoided the pitfalls and missteps that many other contemporary cities blundered into when it came to caring for local waterways and preserving natural spaces in the urban context. People come from around the world to see how the Toronto region preserves and manages its watersheds. CELLAR - Sunday, Feb 12 11:00 FILM BLOCK

Atlan (Iran, 62 min) Directed by Moeen Karimoddini – Ali is a Turkman horse trainer. Horses are his life. Ilhan is the name of his horse that has won him many prizes in races. Ali is planning to use the money from Ilhan and his other horse’s winnings to pay for his wedding. But not everything goes favorably. An unexpected incident occurs with Ilhan, and Ali needs to fight for Ilhan’s championship. In Turkmen language, atlan means “mount a horse and depart.” The horse is the most important element in the life of Iranian Turkmen and horse races are one of the most significant social events of the Turkmen Sahara in northeastern Iran, the homeland of Iranian Turkmen. Like all Turkmen, Ali’s life is intertwined with the races. Now his wedding depends on his racing success.
Thursday, Feb 9 5:00 FILM BLOCK

Black Tide (USA, 50 min) Directed by Steven Johnson -- Black Tide is a documentary about the ongoing environmental crisis with South Florida's water, due to mismanagement by the Army Corps. of Engineers and the power of Big Sugar. Saturday, Feb 11 6:45 FILM BLOCK

A Bridge Between Two Worlds (Canada, 51 min) Directed by Pascal Gelinas – Muslim and Catholic farmers on the Island of Flores, Indonesia, wage a battle to poverty and to enhance their environment with the support of North American and European families. This remarkable human chain has been initiated by Gilles Raymond, a Canadian volunteer from Québec who has forged deep bonds in Flores over the last 15 years. This quest for autonomy is punctuated by hard work, children’s smiles, and ancestor worship. By sheer strength, it traces a road between our two hemispheres at a time when foreign aid is being questioned. Friday, Feb 10 5:30 FILM BLOCK

The Call from the Sea (Florida, 15 min) Directed by Taylor McNulty – The Call from the Sea addresses the future of our oceans and what we are leaving behind. The Bajau are an indigenous, sea nomadic group that live on top of the ocean in Indonesia. This short documentary It is a personal and poetic story about life as a Bajau and how our actions affect their world and other people’s world who live closest to the ocean. Thursday, Feb 9 5:00 FILM BLOCK

Call of the Forest - The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees (Canada, 85 min) Directed by Jeff McKay – Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s journey explores our profound biological and spiritual connection to trees. From Japan to California and Ireland to Germany, to Vancouver Island and across to the great Boreal Forest, Diana meets people who are taking the lead in replanting, restoring, and protecting the last of these great ancient forests. As the journey progresses, the film explores the science, folklore, and history of this essential, and often overlooked, ecosystem. Beresford-Kroeger reminds us that when we improve our profound human connection to woodlands we can not only restore our health, we can also restore our planet. CELLAR - Sunday, Feb 12 11:00 FILM BLOCK

Close to Heaven The Rice Terraces of the Philippines (Philippines, 43 min) Directed by Antje Christ – This documentary shows the challenges faced by the Ifugao in the globalization age and asks whether it will be possible to maintain the unique rice terraces while also doing right by the younger people of Ifugao. Following a family from Banaue, the film focuses on the generational conflict within the Ifugao: While the father still works as a rice grower, his son, a tour guide in, takes visitors on tours of the rice terraces. The film explores efforts to keep the unique cultural landscape and rich tradition of the Ifugao alive. As well as breathtaking landscapes of Hungduan or Batad, the film includes scenes from the Imbayah Festival in the Banaue at the end of April. Thursday, Feb 9 5:00 FILM BLOCK

The Corridor (Australia, 22 min) Sumi Skellam -- Explores the conflict between our desire to hold on to natural areas and the ever-pressing push for development, concentrating on one location, and one road. CELLAR - Sunday, Feb 12 11:00 FILM BLOCK

Cruelty Doesn’t Suit Me Actor Joaquin Phoenix is a known advocate for animals and longtime vegan, and he has already tackled the barbaric leather industry, famously donning vegan leather to play the role of Johnny Cash. In a beautiful ad shot by Michael Muller, Joaquin turns his focus to wool, admitting that he didn’t previously realize how cruel its production is. Whether suits are for work or play, they do not need to involve wool. Cruelty-free fabrics are becoming more and more available every day. For his PETA ad, Joaquin was outfitted by Brave GentleMan in clothing made from cutting edge, vegan materials such as “future-wool.” Sheep are known for being docile, gentle animals, which makes their abuse even more unbearable to imagine. Just like cows and dogs in the cruel leather industry and rabbits in the angora industry, sheep raised for wool suffer greatly. The gentle animals are often beaten, kicked, and mutilated so that their wool can be made into sweaters, coats, scarves, gloves, and boots.

Facing the Surge (USA, 25 min) Directed by Diogo Castro Freire – Documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA. Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the country and to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future. The town has registered 16 inches of sea level rise since 1930. But this is not a film about loss and inaction. It tells the stories of citizens from across the United States as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change. Sunday, Feb 12 3:00 FILM BLOCK

Fallow Land Bears Sweet Fruit (China, 24 min) Directed by Andrew Francisco – Can the ideas of early socialism guide China to a more sustainable future? This is a character-driven documentary about ‘China’s first intentional community,’ and how some young people here are reinterpreting the legacy of living together. Tang Guanhua and Xingzhen are young luminaries of a nascent Back to the Land movement. Their vision could be an important new direction for Chinese society, or a self-indulgent escape for a privileged few. This experiment in living socialism has been preceded by many notable successes and failures. Can such a commune thrive within the world’s largest socialist state? Thursday, Feb 9 9:15 FILM BLOCK

The Fox of Shichigorosawa (Japan, 14 min) Directed by Sugihara Tun – This story is told in the Ainu language, which has been deemed a critically endangered language by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Higashiyama, the home of the foxes, has become an illegal dumping ground. This has resulted in the decline of small animals, which the mother fox relied on as prey to feed her children. The fox comes down for the mountains in search of food to feed her children, and comes upon a human village. CELLAR - Thursday, Feb 9 7:00 INCLUDED IN VIP OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Harvesting Liberty (USA, 13 min) Directed by Dan Malloy – A short film that documents visionaries Michael Lewis (of Growing Warriors) and Rebecca Burgess (of Fibershed) as they collaborate to re-introduce industrial hemp to the American landscape. Saturday, Feb 11 1:00 FILM BLOCK

The Islands and the Whales (Denmark, 84 min) Directed by Mike Day – On the isolated Danish Faroe Islands, the longtime hunting and fishing practices of the Faroese are being threatened by animal rights activism, plummeting wildlife populations, and rising mercury levels. Friday, Feb 10 9:30 FILM BLOCK

Jetty Cats (USA, 56 min) Directed by Sheila Gail O'Rourke – Explores contemporary animal rights issues through a focus on a feral cat colony that has survived on a rocky, seaside jetty in Southern California for decades. There is an ongoing debate over feral cat colonies involving advocates who support the trap, neuter, and return -- or "TNR" -- model of management, and those who argue that trapping and euthanizing the cats is more humane. This documentary’s point-of-view supports the TNR model and the related “no-kill” animal shelter policy, and features an exclusive interview with Richard Avanzino, the "Father" of the no-kill movement. Saturday, Feb 11 11:00 FILM BLOCK

MadagaSCARS (USA, 5 min) Directed by Camille Wainer – An animation short that informs and educates about the urgent issues that are threatening the future of wildlife and communities on the island of Madagascar. As an island nation of spectacular and unique biodiversity, Madagascar has over 80% of its animals and plants that are found nowhere else on Earth. Madagascar's Scars attempts to inform the viewer of the environmental crisis involving illegal logging, deforestation and hunting of the critically endangered lemur which threatens the future of the island, as well as offer hopeful solutions to protect the biodiversity and improve the lives of the Malagasy.

Mermaid (Iran, 81 min) Directed by Amirmasoud Aghababaeian – Younes is the survivor of a diving team in the Iran-Iraq war who lives beside the Persian gulf. He desires to set a status under the gulf as a memorial to those friends who were murdered in the Persian gulf. Meanwhile he faces the water pollution of oil companies...Friday, Feb 10 4:00 FILM BLOCK

Microsculpture (UK, 6 min) Directed by Tanya Cochrane – A unique visual experience including a 10-mm insect shown as a 3 meter print, revealing minute detail and allowing the viewer to take in the structure of the insect in its entirety. The beautifully lit, high magnification portraiture of Levon Biss captures the microscopic form of these animals in striking high-resolution detail.

Modest Mouse: King Rat (2009 Video) Directors: Heath Ledger, Daniel Auber The music video of the song King Rat by Modest Mouse. Heath Ledger "fully conceived down to the last detail" but it was unfinished at the time of his death. The LA art collective 'The Masses' helped complete the video. The video was designed "to raise awareness on modern whaling practices." The video contains fairly graphic animated scenes, but it delivers and hopefully cements the message in people's minds.

The Mystical Migration of the Monarch (USA, 35 min) Directed by Suzanne Damrich and Fairn Whatley – A story about a monarch butterfly, her vanishing habitat, and her unique relationship to the Gulf Coast. Saturday, Feb 11 2:45 FILM BLOCK

No Harm No Foul (USA, 23 min) Directed by Cheng Zhang – In the tendency to assume that science-based conclusions are objective and reliable, public health tragedies are allowed to occur repeatedly. Saturday, Feb 11 11:00 FILM BLOCK

One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts (USA, 15 min) Directed by Peter Byck – Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures, tells us his evolution from industrial to regenerative farmer.
Thursday, Feb 9 7:15 FILM BLOCK

Our Last Refuge (USA, 24 min) Directed by Daniel Glick – The story of the Badger-Two Medicine, the sacred homeland of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and the decades-long struggle to protect it from oil and gas exploration. The film features voices from all sides of the struggle - Blackfeet elders, local conservationists, and even the law firm pushing for oil exploration. All together, they chronicle the epic saga of this unique landscape, stretching back millennia, and the current legal challenge, the outcome of which could determine the fate of sensitive and sacred lands nationwide. One of the highest profile conservation struggles in recent history, Our Last Refuge is the first in-depth telling of this critical story at a moment in time when the stakes are at their highest. Sunday, Feb 12 1:00 FILM BLOCK

Owsia (Darkened Water) (Iran, 31 min) Directed by Alireza Dehghan – The story of the aqueduct of Iranian city Yazd that has supplied to water for hundreds of years. Now, the 2500 year old structure rots due to bureaucracy and corruption. Wastewater pollution is poisoning the pure and clean water that ran through the aqueduct during 84 km of current. Saturday, Feb 11 2:45 FILM BLOCK

Una Perla de la Revolucion (A Pearl of the Revolution) (Cuba, 16 min) Directed by Michael Brims – About a sustainability project in Cojímar, Cuba. Friday, Feb 10 7:05 FILM BLOCK

Resilience (USA, 60 min) Directed by James Redford – Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As this documentary reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. This film, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress--and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose. Saturday, Feb 11 4:45 FILM BLOCK

Rising Tides (USA, 89 min) Directed by Jason Auerbach, Scott Duthie - Rising Tides examines the effects of sea level rise and coastal erosion on the coastlines here in the states and globally. A topic that has much debate. Scientists, politicians, and the everyday person explain the impacts sea levels will have over 10, 50 to 100 years from now, as well as touch on the power of storm surges not just to the coastlines but to important infrastructures. This is an issue with many questions as well as many possible solutions but are we open to the conversation. CELLAR - Sunday, Feb 12 2:45 FILM BLOCK

RiverBlue (USA, 95 min) Directed by David McIlvride and Roger Williams – Internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo, journeys through some of the world’s most pristine waterways, to some of its most polluted, in an unprecedented global adventure that reveals the dark side of the fashion industry. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, the manufacturing of our clothing is destroying rivers globally. Shot in %K with images both stunning and shocking, This film is a call to action to manufacture our clothing in a more sustainable way. Sunday, Feb 12 11:00 FILM BLOCK

Rooted in Peace (USA, 97 min) Directed by Greg Reitman – Challenges views to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace and stop the cycle of violence. Reitman poses the basic question: How do we want to live? Reitman’s journey is an example of transformation.
Saturday, Feb 11 8:45 FILM BLOCK

Saving Jamaica Bay (USA, 77 min) Directed by David Segal –The long and winding story of how one community fought government inaction and overcame Hurricane Sandy to clean up and restore the largest open space in New York City, which had become a dumping ground for garbage, sewage and bullet-riddled mobsters. Narrated by Academy-Award winning actress Susan Sarandon, A film that underscores the importance of citizen action and the role of urban nature in protecting our cities from the effects of climate change. Sunday, Feb 12 3:00 FILM BLOCK

Sea of Life (Canada, 85 min) Directed by Julia Barnes –The ocean is the source of all life on earth and it’s in trouble. This film follows filmmaker Julia Barnes on an underwater adventure to discover the truth about the biggest threats facing the our oceans today.
Thursday, Feb 9 7:15 FILM BLOCK

Seasons (France, Germany, 97 min) Directed by Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud - After traveling the world alongside migrating birds and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground, the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Winter had gone on for 80,000 years when, in a relatively short period of time the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later than man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then making inroads in the forest as settled agriculturalists, and later more dramatically via industry and warfare. SEASONS, with its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world. CELLAR - Thursday, Feb 9 7:00 INCLUDED IN VIP OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (Australia, 79 min) Directed by Jordan Osmond – A community in Australia comes together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year the group built tiny houses, planted veggie gardens, practised simple living, and learned how to live in community. This film is the product of hours and hours of footage that the director shot during that year-long experiment in simple living. Thursday, Feb 9 9:15 FILM BLOCK

Soil Carbon Cowboys (USA, 13 min) Directed by Peter Byck – Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis - heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning ON their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth rather than run off. And these turned ON soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. It’s an amazing story that has just begun.
Saturday, Feb 11 1:00 FILM BLOCK

Strange Days on Planet Earth – Troubled Waters (USA, 54 min) Produced in partnership with National Geographic and narrated by Edward Norton, this award-winning documentary goes to the American heartland where frogs are vanishing; to Canada, where beluga whales are dying; to the Great Barrier Reef, which is being overrun by monstrous sea stars – all of which may be due to global poisoning of water. Further, are poisons reaching our faucets? To reverse or prevent a worsening of this problem, cutting-edge research using plants and bacteria draws on the building blocks of life itself.
Sunday, Feb 12 5:15 FILM BLOCK

Sustainable Me - Food For Thought (Canada, 22 min) Directed by Theresa Wynnyk – This episode looks at a range of sustainable practices young Edmontonians are engaged in to bring local, healthy and delicious food to local tables. Host Paula Humby plants an apple tree. Saturday, Feb 11 11:00 FILM BLOCK

Time to Choose (USA, 80 min) Directed by Charles Ferguson – Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced – and it is also our greatest opportunity. We have the solutions we need, but we are in a race against the clock to implement them in time. Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson captures the urgency and innovation of this critical moment in his new film, whichtakes audiences on a journey from the threats we face to the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better.
Friday, Feb 10 8:00 FILM BLOCK

Tree Huggers (Canada, 10 min) Directed by Jordan Yeager – British Columbia is one of the last places on earth logging old growth forests. In the face of climate change, old growth forestry isn’t just a threat to species living in the area–it’s a threat to the world itself.

Unbroken Ground (USA, 26 min) Directed by Chris Malloy – Explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. It explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. We believe our food can and should be a part of the solution to the environmental crisis -- grown, harvested and produced in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife. The film tells the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing. Saturday, Feb 11 1:00 FILM BLOCK

Unchained (UK, 80 min) Directed by Alex C. Rivera - A documentary about the activism of Carol Buckley with elephants in captivity and how they are trained, forced to long working hours and living in a clearly improvable conditions. CELLAR - Sunday, Feb 12 4:30 FILM BLOCK

Unforgettable Khusargang (Pakistan, 13 min) Directed by Ali Abbas Akhtar – Follows the story of Absar Khan who attempts to scale the peak of Khusargang. Along the way, Absar promoted community empowerment, conducted environmental awareness workshops, installed trash bins in the village, organized lavish iftari meals, highlighted the many issues posed by the lack of organized structured tourism and attempted to climb as high as he could, one base camp at a time. The Giligit-Baltistan side of Pakistan holds fragile natural beauty and poverty stricken locals. Thursday, Feb 9 7:15 FILM BLOCK

The Voyage of Swell - Steer with Your Heart (USA, 18 min) Directed by Teva Perrone – Patagonia ambassador Liz Clark sails the world on a quest to live a simple life fueled by the wind and the desire to surf. Saturday, Feb 11 6:45 FILM BLOCK

Waste Not Want Not (USA, 13 min) Directed by Scott Schimmel – As a state becomes overburden with landfills, passionate individuals argue for recycling as a better way. This film takes an exclusive look at the recycling industry in Alabama, a state that is home to the world’s largest plastic recycler. Ultimately, the film asks why the state is incentivizing landfills, rather than supporting an industry that is both more environmentally friendly and economically beneficial. International College Student Short Film Competition. Friday, Feb 10 5:30 FILM BLOCK

We Live in the Lake (USA, 2 min 39 sec) Directed by Mark Pedelty – A song and music video created for the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance in order to help them raise awareness around sedimentation issues and direct community members to their restoration projects.CELLAR - Thursday, Feb 9 7:00 INCLUDED IN VIP OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

You Can Build A Garden (USA, 2 min 35 sec) Directed by Mark Pedelty – An entertaining and engaging music video about raingardens.