Cinema Verde 2012 Environmental Film Festival

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February 2012

Welcome to Cinema Verde, our third annual Environmental Film and Arts Festival. Thank you so much for joining us to celebrate nature and learn more about how we can protect the legacy of our planet, not just for ourselves, but for future generations as well. Our goal is to bring everyone together – no matter ethnicity, religion, age or socio-economic status, because those lines don’t divide us from our mutual need for healthy air, soil, water and lives – to forge a sustainable future for all. Please enjoy this opportunity to learn, share and strategize together.

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Featured Presentations

Deep Green
102
Minutes
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Directed By
Matt Briggs

Based on six years of intensive research and devoted exclusively to solutions to man-made global warming, Deep Green cuts through the clutter to bring new clarity to an increasingly-urgent situation. The best applications worldwide in energy efficiency, green building, decarbonizing transportation, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and smart grids, and forest restoration. Some profoundly personal and practical— like what one person can do to lower their carbon load in their own house, with their own Lifestyle, on their own land. Others necessarily complex, such as Southern California Edison’s quest to find the best batteries to electrify transportation.

On Coal River
80
Minutes
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Directed By
Adams Wood, Francine Cavanaugh
United States

On Coal River takes viewers to the Coal River Valley of West Virginia — a community surrounded by lush mountains and a looming toxic threat. The film follows four longtime residents as they confront their local school board, the state government, and a notorious coal company — Massey Energy — for putting their families and community’s health at risk.

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War
68
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Alice & Lincoln Day
United States

In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war consists of elements that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity and entire ecosystems, and drain our limited natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned even by preparation for war, not to mention war itself, is routinely underestimated, underreported, and even ignored. This outstanding, timely, new film explores the crucial need for public scrutiny of the ecological impact of war and reminds us of the importance of accountability and sustainability not in spite of global conflict, but because of it.

Burning in the Sun
83
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Daniel Dembele
United States

A story of Daniel Dembele’s journey growing the budding idea of solar panels into a viable company, and of the business’ impact on Daniel’s first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Taking controversial stances on climate change, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the film explores what it means to grow up as a man, and what it takes to prosper as a nation. An Official Selection of IFP’s Documentary Rough Cut Lab and Independent Film Week/Spotlight on Docs, and supported by LEF Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Experimental Television Center.

Vegucated
76
Minutes
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Directed By
Marisa Miller Wolfson
United States

Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.

Planeat
87
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi
United Kingdom

The story of three men's life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel's investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic dead zones.

A Sea Change
84
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Barbara Ettinger
United States

The first documentary about ocean acidification, A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. Recipient of the NOAA 2010 Environmental Hero Award and Grand Prize, and winner of Feature Documentary, FICA International Environmental Film Festival, among other awards.

Tipping Point
93
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Niobe Thompson, Tom Radford
Canada

A look at environmental and human impact of the oil sands in Alberta’s northern territory. Tipping Pointtells the story of the remote community of Fort Chipewyan, down the Athabasca River from the oil sands, and the serious health risks that are plaguing the residents.

Carbon for Water
23
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson, Evan Abramson
United States; Kenya

A compelling documentary about the collision of climate change, the desperate search for firewood, dirty water, and the burdens placed on women and girls. The film has provoked environmental and green film audiences in Durban, South Africa at the COP-17 meetings, to the Planet in Focus Film Festival in Toronto, where it won "Best International Short." It has also been selected to screen at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival and is being considered to become part of the program at Rio+20

Death of An American Town
59
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Directed By
United States

What happens to people when their mining town is forced to shut down because of environmental concerns? What if they don't want to leave? Do they still receive water, heat and ambulance service? Death of an American Town follows one man as he tries to answer these questions and reconnect with his roots before his hometown is closed forever.

YERT
112
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Mark Dixon, Ben Evans
United States

Shot on the road, the film covers a wide variety of environmental issues with a distinctively fun and solutions-oriented approach YERT explores smart grids, renewable wind energy, Earthships, and sustainability as a movement, and has received the Audience Award at the 2011 Yale Environmental Film Festival.

Fishing in Esperanza
13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Anders Flatlandsmo
Argentina

A journey from the civilized chaos into the deep rivers of the Amazon jungle, to a small community called Esperanza, where life is still in harmony with nature, and a father and his son are waiting for the fish to bite. Fishing in Esperanza is a poetic short film about hope. In different levels the film tells the story about a filmmaker, a fisherman, a community and a society that are all waiting for a basic incident to take place.

Mountain Man
14
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Minute
Directed By
Jonathan Formica
United States

Mountain Man is a social issue documentary that chronicles, in verite style, Joel's struggle to find a balance between an obligatory fast paced Orange County lifestyle and the natural beauty in Orange County and the greater Southern California area that goes seemingly unnoticed. This short documentary follows the ebbs and flows of Joel's work in Naturalist for You. He struggles to attract participants but also experiences the triumphs of fostering inspiration. He struggles to support his family, while also maintaining a constant dedication to his organization.

Among Giants
14
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Ben Mullinkosson, Chris Cresci, Sam Price-Waldman
United States

Begins three years into the McKay tree-sit- a response to Green Diamond Resource Company’s clearcutting of redwood forests. Atop his tiny platform a hundred feet up in the ancient redwood canopy, Farmer must battle the elements and avoid isolation as he fights for a sustainable future. The film uses a restrained verite style that reflects the pace of life in the tree village. As Farmer outlasts a vicious storm, counts the rings on a felled tree, and trumps through a recent clear cut, the film asks questions about what it means to follow one’s beliefs and make a difference in the world.

Green Waste
16
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Directed By
Denise Stilley
United States

What if every person could actually make an impact on the world? “Green Waste” takes an in-depth look at the process of recycling and waste management in the community of Flagstaff. From recycling plastic bags, to re-using glass bottles, from recycling hazardous waste to the efforts of local businesses, the film shows how every contribution, no matter how small, can collectively make the difference for a better tomorrow. Filmed and Produced under the Emerging Filmmakers Program for youth filmmakers.

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