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April 5–7, 2019 • Submissions Open September 4

Festival

ADAPTATION BANGLADESH

Director: Justin DeShields (US)
PA Premiere
13 min.
BLOCK 7 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

In Bangladesh—the most densely populated country in the world and one that will bear a disproportionate share of the impact of global climate change—we see the kind of resilience, flexibility, and innovation that will be required for the survival of our species. (trailer)


ANOTE’S ARK

Director: Matthieu Rytz (Canada)
PA Premiere
2018 Sundance New Climate feature
77 min.
BLOCK 1 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 6, 2018
Main Theater

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it’s one of the first countries that must confront an existential problem unique to our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. This film profiles Kiribati President Anote Tong in his international fight to have climate displacement recognized as a human rights issue, as well as exploring the dilemma of a mother considering migrating from her beloved low-lying country to save her family. (trailer)


A BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE

Director: Jill Somer (Greece)
PA Premiere
5 min.
BLOCK 8 (Buy tickets to this block)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, April 6, 2018
Main Theater

Students on a Greek island write heartfelt letters to Mother Earth.


BLUE

Director: Karina Holden (Australia)
PA Premiere
124 min.
BLOCK 11 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Main Theater

Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish! BLUE tells the powerful story of our changing oceans, profiling passionate advocates who defend habitats, campaign for smarter fishing, combat marine pollution, and fight for protection of keystone species. There is a way forward and the time to act is now. (trailer)


CHASING CORAL

Director: Jeff Orlowski (US)
PA Premiere
2018 Oscar Shortlist for Best Documentary
2017 Sundance Audience Favorite Award, US Documentary Category
93 min.
BLOCK 2 (Buy tickets to this block)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, April 6, 2018
Main Theater

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate due to man-made climate change. Using time-lapse photography and gorgeous cinematography, divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to document the heartbreaking losses of coral in the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere. Following his acclaimed film Chasing Ice, Director Jeff Orlowski reveals an amazing undersea world in a film that is a rousing call to action. Photo courtesy Netflix. (trailer)


THE CONDUCTOR

Director: Bethany Borg (UK)
PA Premiere
Student Short Film Competition Honorable Mention
2 min.
BLOCK 11 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Main Theater

An old man creatively tries to green-up his grey, urban world. (trailer)


DESOLATION FOLLOWS

Director: Burnham Aldridge (UK)
PA Premiere
Student Short Film Competition 2nd Place Award Winner
9 min.
BLOCK 7 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

The English moors elicit a sense of the wild and untamed. Yet all is not as it seems. (trailer)


EL YOLERO

Director: Oscar Guzman (Dominican Republic)
PA Premiere
Student Short Film Competition Honorable Mention
1 min.
BLOCK 10 (Buy tickets to this block)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Black Box

When a local man carelessly throws away a plastic bottle in a lake, creepy things happen.


FACING NAVASSA

Director: Milo Kim (US)
PA Premiere
Student Short Film Competition 3rd Place Award Winner
10 min.
BLOCK 6 (Buy tickets to this block)
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

For 50 years, the rural community of Navassa, North Carolina was home to fertilizer factories and wood treatment plants that brought welcome economic growth but also troubling practices that continue to haunt the community. (trailer)


FIVE SEASONS – THE GARDENS OF PIET OUDOLF

Director: Thomas Piper
PA Premiere
76 min.
BLOCK 7 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

Dutch visionary Piet Oudolf, the most influential landscape designer in a generation, has radically redefined our conception of gardens from mere backdrops to works of art. Viewers are immersed into this revolutionary figure’s creative process, including intimate discussions in his private garden and on visits to his signature public works, including the stunning High Line in New York City and Millenium Park in Chicago. (trailer)


FIX AND RELEASE

Director: Scott Dobson (Canada)
PA Premiere
16 min.
BLOCK 5 (Buy tickets to this block)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Black Box

“Saving the world one turtle at a time,” a turtle trauma center in Ontario, Canada helps these ancient creatures recover from catastrophic injuries, releasing them back into the wild. (trailer)


GREEN ZONE

Director: Mehmet Kanadli (Turkey)
PA Premiere
Student Short Film Competition Honorable Mention
8 min.
BLOCK 4 (Buy tickets to this block)
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

A dystopian future-world where entry into forests is strictly prohibited except to those lucky winners of the weekly draw. But are they really as lucky as they seem? (trailer)


HORSESHOE CRAB MOON

Director: Mitchell Smith (US)
PA Premiere
17 min.
BLOCK 10 (Buy tickets to this block)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Black Box

The ancient ecosystem of the Delaware Bay is the story of an interconnected relationship between the moon, tides, Horseshoe crabs and Red Knot sandpipers. (trailer)


THE LAST ANIMALS

Director: Kate Brooks (US)
PA Premiere
92 min.
BLOCK 9 (Buy tickets to this block)
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Main Theater

An extraordinary group of scientists and activists battle poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to try to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From African savannas to illegal Asian markets, this film takes an intense look at the desperate global measures that are underway to stop the slaughter.


LIVING IN THE FUTURE’S PAST

Director: Susan Kucera (US)
PA Premiere
83 min.
BLOCK 8 (Buy tickets to this block)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

Academy Award Winner® Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed and highly original film about who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Along with prominent scientists and authors, Bridges weaves a story that upends our way of thinking and provides insights into our subconscious motivations, unintended consequences, what to do about our fossil slaves, and how our fundamental animal nature influences our future as humankind. (trailer)


THE LOCAL OYSTER STOUT

Directors: Mark Burchik and Jena Richardson (US)
PA Premiere
9 min.
BLOCK 3 (Buy tickets to this block)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

An oyster farmer, a shucker, and a brewery collaborate on creating farm-to-table Oyster Stout beer, reviving a time-honored tradition and charting a future for sustainability in the Chesapeake Bay. (trailer)


MEXICAN FISHING BATS

Director: Edward M. Roqueta (Canada)
PA Premiere
6 min.
BLOCK 7 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

In the Sea of Cortez, researchers delve into the mysteries of the endangered Mexican fishing bat using boats, nets, and high-tech gear.


MOONSHADOW

Director: David Elkins (US)
PA Premiere
6 min.
BLOCK 6 (Buy tickets to this block)
4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Black Box

Experience the Great Eclipse of 2017 filmed with multiple cameras in the remote and rugged landscape of Eastern Oregon.


THE NEW FIRE

Director: David Schumacher (US)
PA Premiere
84 min.
BLOCK 10 (Buy tickets to this block)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Black Box

Nuclear power has been vilified in popular culture and much of the environmental community. Yet some believe that the next-generation reactors currently in development may be key to avoiding global catastrophe due to burning of fossil fuels. Young entrepreneurs heading this energy revolution realize they’re up against more than the climate clock – they need to convince all of us that the “new nuclear” is safe and achievable. (trailer)


PERSON OF THE FOREST

Director: Melissa Lesh (US)
PA Premiere
17 min.
BLOCK 6 (Buy tickets to this block)
4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Black Box

An intriguing glimpse into the habits of wild orangutans, who have been documented making pillows, fashioning umbrellas, and displaying regional greetings. With their habitat in the lowland rainforests of Borneo disappearing at an alarming rate, this research may be key in protecting this critically endangered species. (trailer)


PHILLY RISING

Director: John Connor
World Premiere
20 min.
BLOCK 3 (Buy tickets to this block)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

The world leader in sustainable building materials — 353-year-old French company Saint-Gobain — asks: What’s happening in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods? Who and what is driving this urban and environmental renaissance? And why does it matter? The film turns its lens on key leaders and iconic building projects to understand the unique spirit of the City of Brotherly Love. (trailer)


PRINCE OF SMOKE

Director: Matthew Gelb (US)
PA Premiere
24 min.
BLOCK 6 (Buy tickets to this block)
4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Black Box

Cuban tobacco farmer and prized Cohiba cigar maker follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights climate change and government bureaucracy to bring in the harvest and preserve his 172 year-old family legacy. (trailer)


PURSUIT

Director: Mike Oblinski (US)
PA Premiere
7 min.
BLOCK 1 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 6, 2018
Main Theater

A self-professed “storm chaser” on an epic quest to capture Nature’s wildest skies.


SANKOFA COMMUNITY FARM

Director: Mitchell Smith (US)
PA Premiere
5 min.
BLOCK 3 (Buy tickets to this block)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

The Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden not only increases Southwest and West Philadelphia communities’ access to fresh, organic food, but helps people develop self-reliance and deepen their relationship with the land, their food, and each other.


THE SHAMAN AND THE SCIENTIST

Director: Sarah Hutt (US)
PA Premiere
14 min.
BLOCK 1 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 6, 2018
Main Theater

From the Peruvian Amazon to an American lab, two very different men race to mine traditional plant medicine for new compounds to treat diseases like dementia and schizophrenia before precious resources are lost forever. (trailer)


SILAS

Director: Anjali Nayar (Canada/South Africa/Kenya)
PA Premiere
80 min.
BLOCK 5 (Buy tickets to this block)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Black Box

Liberian activist Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader against illegal logging. He’s watched multinational corporations wreak havoc on the environment by enriching themselves and impoverishing Liberians. Silas is a global tale about local issues, international intrigue, the power of politics, and the inspiring power of individuals to fight back.


THRIVING WITH THEIR FEET WET

Director: Mitchell Smith (US)
PA Premiere
4 min.
BLOCK 9 (Buy tickets to this block)
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Main Theater

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is working to protect one of the cleanest aquifers in America, a vast reserve of fresh water that underlies southern New Jersey. Yet this aquifer and the tiny colorful frogs that depend on it—the threatened Pine Barrens Tree Frog—are under severe environmental stress.


USE ME

Director: Abyed Hasan (Bangladesh)
PA Premiere
Student Short Film Competition Honorable Mention
1 min.
BLOCK 1 (Buy tickets to this block)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 6, 2018
Main Theater

Can you be inspired to do the right thing by observing others?


VALVE TURNERS

Director: Steve Liptay (US)
PA Premiere
10 min.
BLOCK 9 (Buy tickets to this block)
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Main Theater

More afraid of climate change than they are of prison, the true story of a team of activists who take direct action to disrupt major pipelines carrying controversial tar sands oils from Canada into the United States.


WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE

Directors: Anna Chai and Nari Kye (US)
PA Premiere
86 min.
BLOCK 4 (Buy tickets to this block)
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

Through the eyes of chefs like Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, this fascinating film aims for nothing less than to change the way people buy, cook, and eat food. WASTED! shows the world’s most influential chefs transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system, and exposes the criminality of food waste, explaining how it directly contributes to climate change. (trailer)


WATER WARRIORS

Director: Michael Premo (US)
PA Premiere
22 min.
BLOCK 6 (Buy tickets to this block)
4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Black Box

After Texas-based SWN Resources arrives in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors –- including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians, and white, English-speaking families – are determined to resist. The story of one community’s fight to do whatever it takes to protect their community. (trailer)


A WATERSHED MOMENT

Director: Tom Lennon (US)
PA Premiere
12 min.
BLOCK 3 (Buy tickets to this block)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Theater

The Delaware River Watershed, covering 14,000 square miles over four states, from the Poconos to the Delaware Bay, provides drinking water for 15 million people, including Philadelphians. It’s threatened by growing development, agricultural and storm-water run-off, and energy infrastructure. But efforts are underway by public and nonprofit groups to protect and restore it. (trailer)