Cinema Verde 2020 Environmental Film Festival

Featured Presentations

All Eyes on the Amazon
ANSAGE ENDE

ANSAGE ENDE

22
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Sjoerd Leijten
The Netherlands

The experimental short film ANSAGE ENDE is an artistic reflection on being engaged with the world. Combining fiction and documentary, music and text, this hybrid film calls for a collective and activist approach to the climate crisis. The visually stunning ANSAGE ENDE opens with an imaginative journey through an empty landscape where water meets land. Two characters walk through the mud, away from the viewer, into an open yet unknown future. They fantasize about what our rapidly developing world might bring and question their personal participation in this possible future. Slowly the film moves away from the imaginary into the real. Climate destruction becomes ghastly visible: huge machines in a brown coal mine eat up the soil, searching for energy and profit. Policemen and women enable sawers to cut down the neighboring forest for the expansion of the mine. Young activists occupy the trees, trying to stop the destruction of this primeval forest.

Common Ground: The Story of Bears Ears
A Concerned Citizen

A Concerned Citizen

40
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Bo Boudart
United States

The story of Dr. Riki Ott, a whistleblower who predicted the Exxon Valdez oil spill hours before it happened. A toxicologist, author, and activist, Ott helped organize Gulf coast communities after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. She is also helping to spearhead a campaign along with Ultimate Civics to introduce a Constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood. Other citizens have been following Ott’s example in efforts to curb oil pollution of America's lands, rivers, and coastal waters.

Cows Come Home
Drops and Stardust
Eryngium Proteiflorum

Eryngium Proteiflorum

10
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Dia Amida
Mexico

Exists the ideal space-time with appropriate conditions for each organism fulfills its life cycle. Exists places to be fully habitats: The Eryngium Proteiflorum is an endangered endemic flower of the Mexican Transverse Volcanic Axis. Every being has its own space and time and the reflection on the human right to alter it takes relevance in a historical moment where protecting biodiversity can be a deadly battle, where the lives of those who fight for prevention are being taken, every human has its own metaphorical Eryngium. It is not just about a flower, it is about the idea that we can posses anything we want without considering its destruction. This film honors those who have no voice and whose future is plunging into extinction.

The Everglades: A Watery Wilderness

The Everglades: A Watery Wilderness

52
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Zoltan Török
Germany

Forget that dark swamp picture, the Everglades in fact is a crystal clear, shallow river flowing slowly towards the sea. This is an intimate portrait of this strange but troubled watery wilderness through the stories of the animals that call it home, for example, “a little grey bird that was walking silently under the bushes… and then all of a sudden he picked up a land crab! A big one. . . . I didn’t guess that we’re going to end up spending more than a week on that little meadow in the mangrove.”

Guidance
Interconnections: Everything is Connected

Interconnections: Everything is Connected

13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Rose Madrone

How many times do you wonder if what you do makes a difference in the world? Inspiring stories illustrating the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world. Like “What the Bleep Do We Know” meets “Cosmos” with Carl Sagan, the film unpacks what the Butterfly Effect really means. Even though a metaphor, it actually depicts how small actions can indeed have large effects. Would we act differently if we understood the interconnectedness at play all around us?

The Kodiak Queen

The Kodiak Queen

17
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Rob Sorrenti
United Kingdom

Richard Branson had a decorated WWII warship that survived Pearl Harbor taken to the British Virgin Islands to be turned into n artificial reef and dive site to inspire a generation of ocean lovers. But the project became a part of something much bigger when Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean and Florida Keys on September 6, 2017. Irma caused unimaginable destruction and devastated thousands of lives. In this haunting film, the award-winning Sorrenti and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet describe the momentous task of restoring the British Virgin Islands.

L’eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life): From Standing Rock To The Swamp

L’eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life): From Standing Rock To The Swamp

25
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Sam Vinal
United States

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it. The film follows water protector Cherri Foytlin in the swamps of Louisiana as she leads us on a no-nonsense journey of indigenous resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP), which is an extension of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The pipelines are part of an ongoing legacy of colonization and slow genocide. At the heart of the struggle is a battle between people and profit.

A Low Carbon Future for China’s Furnace Cities

A Low Carbon Future for China’s Furnace Cities

10
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Monika Koeck
United Kingdom

China’s economic development and rapid urbanization has led to a dramatic rise in energy consumption due to excessive heating and air-conditioning causing carbon emissions of immense proportions. China’s government has set the ambitious target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40–45% by 2020 against the 2005 baseline. A UK/China-funded team working on how to solve the problem in some of the most extreme climate regions in China. The team discovers groundbreaking solutions using computational-fluid-dynamics simulations.

Managed Retreat

Managed Retreat

18
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Nathan Kensinger
United States

By the end of this century, New York City is expected to have up to 9.5 feet of sea level rise, radically reshaping its 520 miles of coastline, and impacting more than 100 coastal neighborhoods. This film follows the demolition of the first communities to undergo a 'managed retreat' from Staten Island waterfront. Faced with rising sea levels, three New York City neighborhoods are purchased by the government, to be demolished and permanently returned to nature. Over the course of a year, seasons change, homes are destroyed, and wild animals begin to return.

Microplastic Madness
MINE

MINE

9
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Sasha Chudacoff
United States

A dance and music collaboration between sisters exploring a 1920s coal mining site where an iconic structure called the Gronk still stands. The sisters collected stories and myths about mines from elders in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Gronk overlooks spectacular views of Paradise Divide in the West Elk mountain range. The sights are beautiful and popular for outdoor recreation; however sadly still toxic. The land has only partially recuperated from destruction. Mosses are the first step in ecological restoration of toxic mine sites. Very few mosses are growing here. After land violence, how is spirit of place honored?

Not a Pet

Not a Pet

5
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Andrea Walji, Jack Wylson
United Kingdom

Director note: “Through 3 years of researching what the Cheetah Conservation Fund and other NGOs were doing in the way of conservation . . I realised that there was a big focus on the illegal trade of dead animal parts, but no one was telling the story of the illegal trade in live animals, especially those destined for the pet trade.” This film looks at the illegal wildlife trade of cheetah cubs, and the role social media plays in the parading and trading of exotic animals online. Hundreds of cheetah cubs are being stolen from the wild, which is decimating the wild population in Africa. For every 5 cubs that are taken, only 1 survives. They are being smuggled illegally into the Middle East to be sold as pets.

One Breath Around the World

One Breath Around the World

13
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Guillaume Néry
France

French apnea (free diving) champion, Guillaume Néry, and his free diver wife, Julie Gautier, take viewers on an underwater odyssey across the globe, from Mauritius to Mexico to Japan and many stops in between, To raise awareness about the importance and state of our oceans, Néry and Gautier show us the wildest and most amazing side of oceans. The divers capture mesmerizing images of parts of the planet unseen by most people, from exploring submerged ruins to swimming beneath a thick sheet of ice and mingling with a pod of sleeping sperm whales. The divers’ message: When you love something, you take care of it.

Overload: America's Toxic Love Story

Overload: America's Toxic Love Story

71
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Soozie Eastman
United States

Before starting a family, the director, daughter of an industrial chemical distributor, embarks on a journey to find out the levels of toxins in her body and explores if she or anyone else can do anything to decrease toxins in the body. Soozie learned that hundreds of synthetic toxins are now found in every baby born in America, and the government and chemical corporations are doing little to protect citizens and consumers. With guidance from world-renowned physicians and environmental leaders, interviews with scientists and politicians, and stories of everyday Americans, Soozie uncovers how we got to be so overloaded with chemicals and whether we can control our exposure. Can we hit the reset button, or is it too late?

El País de la Eterna Primavera (Land of the Eternal Spring)

El País de la Eterna Primavera (Land of the Eternal Spring)

4
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Boaz Dvir
Guatemala

San Francisco-based photojournalist Jason Henry (New York Times, Vice, Wall Street Journal) treks to Guatemala’s most infamous landfill, Teculután. Against the backdrop of the Sierra de las Minas mountains, Henry tries to maintain his composure as he shoots children digging through the garbage in search of shreds of sustenance in a monstrous heap of human and animal waste and burning ash. Surrounded by swarming flies and accompanied by writer Erik Maza (Baltimore Sun, Town & Country), Henry observes, “This is their playground.”

Poisoning Paradise

Poisoning Paradise

77
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Keely Shaye Brosnan, Teresa Tico
United States

Journey to the seemingly idyllic Hawaii, where communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines. Discover what’s at stake for Hawaii from local activists, scientific experts, and healthcare professionals who explain the effects of environmental injustice. Join the international debate about pesticides and the movement to hold corporations and governments accountable for poisoning planet Earth. Jane Goodall: “I hope that this film is shown around the world, that it wins every prize out there, that it wakes people up and generates anger.”

#Powerplant

#Powerplant

61
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Robert van Tellingen
Netherlands

This film explores the prospects of a plant-based society and illustrates the link between climate change and meat consumption, for example, a plant-based diet can prevent up to 8 million deaths per year in 2050 and can reduce up to 73% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions and make it possible to revert 76% of all agricultural land back to nature, Joseph Poore, zoologist at the University of Oxford: “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use. It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.”

Silent Forests

Silent Forests

91
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Mariah Wilson
United States, Cameroon, Congo

Loss of more than half the central African forest elephant population to poaching in the last decade has led to a concerted effort to save those that remain. These efforts are explored through one of Cameroon’s first female eco-guards, a grassroots wildlife law enforcement group, a Congolese biologist studying elephant behavior, a reformed elephant poacher, and anti-poaching sniffer dogs led by a Czech conservationist, all fighting corruption despite a lack of funding that threatens to derail their work to save the elephants.

Stolen Apes

Stolen Apes

19
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Colin Sytsma
United States

After a sting operation in Bangkok for two trafficked orangutans leave those accountable with no consequence, Daniel Stiles, a detective in the illegal wildlife trade, thinks of new ways to combat illegal trafficking of great apes. For the last 8 years the focus of Sytsma’s work has been giving a platform to ordinary people who express a specific sociopolitical concern to strengthen community and inform us of actions and consequences at the ground level. Originally trained as an experimental storyteller and cinematographer at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, his work has been shown on national media like PBS and at film festivals around the world.

The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic

96
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Deia Schlosberg
United States

A searing expose uncovering the ugly truth behind the global plastic pollution crisis. Striking footage shot over three continents illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with poisons from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight. Original animations, interviews with experts and activists, and never-before-filmed scenes reveal the disastrous consequences of the plastic flood around the world – and the global movement rising up in response.

Aina Pulapula

Aina Pulapula

4
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Maui High School Student Films
United States

This short documentary shares the story of Molokaʻi homesteader Bobby Alcain, his views on growing food, and his hopes for Molokai's future. This film was created by ʻOhana Learning Alliance (OLA Molokaʻi) students who frequently visit Uncle Bobby's farm for their papa mahiʻai (farming class).

Kids Speak Plastic Pollution

Kids Speak Plastic Pollution

5
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Maui High School Student Films
United States

What do kids think about the growing problem of plastic pollution? Our students explore young perspectives on plastic pollution causes, impacts and solutions through interviews with Maui kids ages five through ten.

Plastic Addiction

Plastic Addiction

5
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Maui High School Student Films
US

Created in an anti-drug PSA format, Maui students address our modern addiction to plastic.

Green Gone

Green Gone

3
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Maui High School Student Films
United States

This infomercial parody pokes fun at the overuse of pesticides and herbicides and the psychology used to market them

Washing Ashore

Washing Ashore

9
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Maui High School Student Films
United States

Featuring interviews with local experts, this short film documents a study of marine plastics being conducted in remote areas of Maui's northeast coast, and what it may tell us about the sources of plastic pollution, and potential solutions

Ubumwe: Together We Grow

Ubumwe: Together We Grow

27
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Anna Cron, Megan Towle
United States

Extending the Link is a student-run documentary team using film as a vehicle for social change. This film tells the story of women in agriculture in Minnesota and Rwanda and illustrates how agriculture serves as a tool to improve community building, nutrition education, and economic development. It is critical for all members of the world to be agents for change in their own communities. The filmmakers hope to generate awareness about the important role women play in global agriculture and how they enhance relationships between consumers and farmers and inspire people to participate in their local food movement.

Waters of the U.S.

Waters of the U.S.

21
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Remi Escudié
United States

The current administration is rolling back crucial protections for streams and wetlands across the country in a direct assault on the Clean Water Act. This incredibly beautiful film tells the story of the rivers, streams, and wetlands of Alabama to illustrate the dangers of the proposed regulation. By doing so, it shows the economic benefits, ecological health, and cultural way of life that hang in the balance. The director hails from Miami, Florida, with a strong passion for environmental advocacy. With a degree in Editing, Writing & Media from Florida State University and a background in environmental journalism, he intends to make documentaries to inspire protection wildlife and our natural resources.

Wild Florida's Vanishing Call
Green Gone + D4Green1

Green Gone + D4Green1

3
Minutes
Minute
Directed By
Maui Huliau Foundation
United States

This infomercial parody pokes fun at the overuse of pesticides and herbicides and the psychology used to market them. Maui Huliau Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to promoting environmental literacy and leadership among Maui's youth. Our five main programs have served students in grades 7-12 from all Maui schools for over nine years. Our environmental filmmaking program has produced over 65 student films which have been selected more than 140 times in festivals around the world, and have won multiple awards. Through our unique hands-on programs, we seek to educate and empower Maui 12-18 year-olds to become future stewards of our natural environment.

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