Cinema Verde 2017 Environmental Film Festival

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Featured Presentations

100 Short Stories

100 Short Stories

68
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Neil Livingston
Canada

100 Short Stories is 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 frakers, and contemporary life in Atlantic Canada. Created by Neal Livingston, 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.

A Bridge Between Two Worlds

A Bridge Between Two Worlds

51
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Pascal Gelinas
Canada

A Bridge Between Two Worlds relates how Muslim and Catholic farmers, on the Island of Flores, Indonesia, wage a battle to defeat their 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 smiles and ancestor worship. By sheer strength, it traces a road between our two hemispheres, at a time when foreign aid is being questioned

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity
Atlan

Atlan

62
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Moeen Karimoddini
Iran

Ali is a Turkman horse trainer. Horses are his life. Ilhan is the name of the horse that has won him so many prizes. Ali is planning to use Ilhan’s and his other horses’ awards money to pay for his wedding. But not everything goes favorably in a course. Ilhan gets in an unexpected condition and Ali needs to fight for Ilhan’s championship. In Turkmen language, Atlan means “mount a horse and depart”. Horse is the most important element in the life of Iranian Turkmen. That’s why courses are some of the most significant social events in their land, Turkmen Sahara. Turkmen Sahara is a region in north eastern Iran and is the homeland to Iranian Turkmen. Ali is a Turkman with his life, like many of his peers’, intertwined with courses. Now his wedding depends on his success in courses

Call of the Forest - The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees

Call of the Forest - The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees

85
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Jeff McKay
Canada

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 to replant, restore and protect the last of these great ancient species forests. As the journey progresses the film explores the science, folklore, and history of this essential, and often overlooked, eco-system. Beresford-Kroeger reminds us that when we improve our profound human connection to woodlands we can, not only, restore our health - we can restore our planet.

Canada’s National Parks: Banff and the Rocky Mountains

Canada’s National Parks: Banff and the Rocky Mountains

43
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Viktor Apfelbacher
Canada

Banff and the Rocky Mountains: sparkling glaciers, thundering waterfalls, deep gorges and unbelievably blue lakes reflecting the endless fir forests and high craggy mountain peaks. Postcard photo motifs are everywhere. Banff National Park stretches over three vegetation zones to offer a great variety of scenic splendour. The park lies in the middle of the mightiest mountain range in North America, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Although the days of pioneers and prospectors have long gone, the adventurous spirit from the past has been preserved in the founding history of Canada’s oldest National Park

Close to Heaven - The Rice Terraces of the Philippines

Close to Heaven - The Rice Terraces of the Philippines

43
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Antje Christ
Germany

This documentary shows the mammoth challenges being faced by the Ifugao in the globalisation age and asks whether it will be possible to maintain the unique rice terraces while also doing right by the young generation of Ifugao. Based on the story of a family from Banaue, the film shines a spotlight on the generation conflict within the Ifugao people. While the father still works as a rice grower, his son is a tourist guide in Banaue, taking visitors on tours of the rice terraces. In addition to this story, the film explores the various efforts being made to keep alive the unique cultural landscape and rich tradition of the Ifugao. As well as featuring the breathtaking landscapes of Hungduan or Batad, the film will include scenes from the Imbayah Festival in the Banaue at the end of April.

Facing the Surge

Facing the Surge

25
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Diogo Castro Freire
United States

Facing the Surge 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 Facing the Surge 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.

Jetty Cats

Jetty Cats

57
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Sheila Gail O'Rourke
United States

Jetty Cats 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.

MadagaSCARS

MadagaSCARS

5
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Camille Wainer
United States

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.

Microsculpture

Microsculpture

6
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Tanya Cochrane
United Kingdom

Microsculpture is a unique visual experience. A 10mm insect is 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.

RiverBlue

RiverBlue

95
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
David McIlvride
United States

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, RiverBlue is a call to action to manufacture our clothing in a more sustainable way.

Saving Jamaica Bay
Soil Carbon Cowboys

Soil Carbon Cowboys

13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Peter Byck
United States

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.

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

87
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Brett Story
Canada; United States

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.

Unbroken Ground

Unbroken Ground

26
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Chris Malloy
United States

Unbroken Grounds 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.

Unforgettable Khusargang

Unforgettable Khusargang

13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Ali Abbas Akhtar
Pakistan

Unforgettable Khusargang 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.

Waste Not Want Not

Waste Not Want Not

13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Scott Schimmel
United States

As a state becomes overburdened 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 worlds 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.

Accidental Parkland

Accidental Parkland

56
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Dan Berman
Canada

Toronto is often perceived to be a flat geography, but the truth is that civil engineering has hidden a vast network of river ravines from our sight. Many people are unaware of this bounty of green spaces that add up to 30 times the area of NYC's Central Park. We hope to change the way people see the nature we're fortunate to have in our midst. These oases from the swirl of urban life will become even more important to our quality of life as our city continues to grow.

Unchained

Unchained

60
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Alex C Rivera
United Kingdom

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.

The Mystical Migration of the Monarch

The Mystical Migration of the Monarch

29
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Fairn Whatley and Suzanne Damrich
United States

A story about a Monarch Butterfly, her vanishing habitat and her unique relationship to the Gulf Coast.

Seasons

Seasons

96
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Jacques Perrin, Alexandre Poulichot, and Jacques Cluzaud
France, Germany

<p>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.

Time to Choose

Time to Choose

100
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Charles Ferguson
United States

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, which takes audiences on a journey from the threats we face to the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better.

Rising Tides

Rising Tides

89
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
J. Lazarus Auerbach and Scott Duthie
United States, France, Philippines

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.

Sustainable Me - Food For Thought

Sustainable Me - Food For Thought

22
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Theresa Wynnyk
Canada

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.

Black Tide

Black Tide

51
Minutes
Minute
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.‍

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