2019 Festival Film Schedule

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Feb
21
Thu
Alaska Thaw @ FOSS Theater
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Alaska Thaw @ FOSS Theater

Length: 2 Minutes

Director: Bjorn Olsen

Alaska Thaw is the 2018 Winner of the the Witnessing Change Video Competition. Filmmaker Bjørn Olson’s short film uses images of the people and landscape of his home state of Alaska to create a haunting film that elicits the connection between history, memory, and landscape, and questions what it means for all of these things when thousands of years of culture and geological history starts to vanish in the space of a human lifetime.

The Color of Our Earth @ FOSS Theater
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Color of Our Earth @ FOSS Theater

Length: 3:03

Director: Levi Goodan

A 6-year-old’s plea to protect the ocean — the sea birds, the sharks and ocean-life in the midnight zone.

The Living Plant @ FOSS Theater
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Living Plant @ FOSS Theater

Length: 15:42

Director:Justin Bogardus

Trailer: The Living Plant

The future is here. Every once in awhile, a product comes along that changes everything. A revolutionary product that increases your productivity, creativity, health, well-being – gorgeous to look at, perfectly designed for the work space of the future. NatureRX introduces The LivingPlant™.

Feb
22
Fri
Alaska Thaw (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Alaska Thaw (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 2:31

Director: Bjorn Olsen

Alaska Thaw is the 2018 Winner of the the Witnessing Change Video Competition. Filmmaker Bjørn Olson’s short film uses images of the people and landscape of his home state of Alaska to create a haunting film that elicits the connection between history, memory, and landscape, and questions what it means for all of these things when thousands of years of culture and geological history starts to vanish in the space of a human lifetime.

At the Source (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
At the Source (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 2:48

Director: Natalia Polinskey

At the Source features a county Department of Water Supply employee who zips around protecting Maui’s source water in true superhero fashion. The film won the county’s 2018 Source Water Protection video contest.

Developing a Technology for Water Quality Testing (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Developing a Technology for Water Quality Testing (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 3:21

Director: Gitanjali Rao

Millions of people around the world are exposed to lead contamination of water and its harmful effects. Exposure to lead, especially in children, have lasting effects to development of brain, nervous system, and organs. It is estimated that over 5000  water systems, in US alone, have lead contamination issues. The problem is compounded by the fact that accurate and actionable detection of lead in water today is an expensive and time consuming process.

Earth Doctor (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Earth Doctor (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 7:30

Director: Malia Cahill

In this short film made by Maui middle school students, Earth visits a doctor to diagnose her unusual symptoms before being sent to a therapist to get to the “root of the problem”.

Ecological Forecasting: The Science of Predicting Ecosystems (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ecological Forecasting: The Science of Predicting Ecosystems (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 5:09

Director: Colin Williams

A short animation about Ecological forecasting and how it attempts to predict environmental conditions based on interactions between organisms and their environment on a longer time scale. This field of research is important because it can provide a glimpse into the future state of an ecosystem, from wildlands, like forests and marshes, to managed lands, like farms and cities.

Eddy Co-variance: Measuring an Ecosystem’s Breath (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Eddy Co-variance: Measuring an Ecosystem's Breath (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 4:10

Director: Colin Williams

Eddy Covariance is how an ecosystem’s “breathing” is measured, as explained in this video. It’s the CO2 and other gases that are exchanged between soil, vegetation, and the air in an ecosystem. The data it provides helps scientists to develop models that forecast long-term trends in CO2 and greenhouse gases.

Grass Skis (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Grass Skis (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 4:26

Director: Sebastian Aragón, Will Hassel, Owen Jolles

Climate change is coming, and it’s coming fast. To conquer the bare slopes this winter, buy grass skis! It’s simple. Just tape them to your feet, butter them up, and your ready to go. This new alternative to skiing on snow is cheap, easy to use, and a great way to adapt to to a changing climate.

Iceland – Into the Flow of Your True Nature (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Iceland - Into the Flow of Your True Nature (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 2 min

Director: Ilan Shamir

Website: https://www.yourtruenature.com/

Allowing the voice of nature to flow over us  and take us deeper into an expanded awareness is always a gift when we slow down, take time and breathe in the vastness of beautiful places. The roaring waterfalls of Iceland share their wisdom, as they pour over the volcanic formations and speak to your body with their powerful presence. Your heart beats with the intensity of the churning water, and you once again realize there is no separation between you and Nature.

Junk (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Junk (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 28:00

Director: Christopher Jacob Jones

A Marine veteran turned scientist teams up with a scrappy sailor to shed light on plastic pollution in our oceans via an extravagant stunt: sailing from California to Hawaii on a raft made of 15,000 plastic bottles. Dogged by leaky bottles, foul weather, and dwindling supplies, what was planned as a five week spectacle slowly unravels into an 88 day odyssey

Our Lives, Our River (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Our Lives, Our River (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 3:06

Directors: Kai Kanzer, Elan Bouchet, George Soukup, Foster Lemkau

Running from the Rocky Mountains to the Sea of Cortez, serving 40 million people, the Colorado River is running dry.

Out of Balance (Ceff 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Out of Balance (Ceff 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 4:04

Directors: JT Haberern, Cole Fenton, Gage Balderson

Cows farts could change the world.

Streamflow in the Crystal River (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Streamflow in the Crystal River (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 3:25

Directors: Maddox Stainton, Braden Stainton, and Mykerson Hentschel

Low flows on the river are affecting the ecological community which includes people.

The Adventures of Zack and Molly (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Adventures of Zack and Molly (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 11:31

Director: Jim Toomey

Zack’s online request for a roommate is answered by Molly, a tech-savvy dumbo octopus on a mission to tell the world about the importance of the deep ocean.

The Color of Our Earth (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Color of Our Earth (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 3:03

Director: Levi Goodan

A 6-year-old’s plea to protect the ocean — the sea birds, the sharks and ocean-life in the midnight zone.

The Ocean Our Foundation (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Ocean Our Foundation (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 4:15

Director: Malia Cahill

This short film full of ocean imagery references the coral polyp’s central role in the Kumulipo, or Hawaiian creation chant, as a metaphor for its current role as warning sign of the destruction modern humans are doing to our oceans. The film features voiceovers by local ocean advocates Ekolu Lindsey, Lily Solano and Paige Alms about rediscovering our kuleana to protect our ocean.

Turn Back Time (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Turn Back Time (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS Theater

Length: 3:38

Director: Malia Cahill

Inspired by the 21 Pilots song Stressed Out, this mixed media musical parody employs various stop motion and animation styles to represent the environmental impacts of modern society set to an original song written by Maui middle school students.

 

Water from the Source (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Water from the Source (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS

Length: 7:23

A short documentary on cutting edge atmospheric water harvesting technology, and its installation at the Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Wild Creatures with Dane Ottman (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wild Creatures with Dane Ottman (CEFF 4 Kids Event) @ FOSS

Length: 5:27

This National Geographic style “mockumentary” examines the modern life and behaviors of “couchus dominus” and the consequences its lifestyle has for the Earth and its fellow species.

The Fracking Threat @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Fracking Threat @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Director:Justin Bogardus

Length: 5 minutes

TrailerThe Fracking Threat

Produced by local citizen activists, this short documentary is a tool for everyone to inform and empower friends and neighbors to take action against the real threat of fracking.

Ecological Forcasting @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Ecological Forcasting @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 05:09

Director: Colin Williams

Trailer: http://www.colinwilliamsmultimedia.com

A short animation about Ecological forecasting and how it attempts to predict environmental conditions based on interactions between organisms and their environment on a longer time scale. This field of research is important because it can provide a glimpse into the future state of an ecosystem, from wildlands, like forests and marshes, to managed lands, like farms and cities.

Iceland – Into the Flow of Your True Nature @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Iceland - Into the Flow of Your True Nature @ FOSS Theater

Length: 2 min

Director: Ilan Shamir

Website: https://www.yourtruenature.com/

Allowing the voice of nature to flow over us  and take us deeper into an expanded awareness is always a gift when we slow down, take time and breathe in the vastness of beautiful places. The roaring waterfalls of Iceland share their wisdom, as they pour over the volcanic formations and speak to your body with their powerful presence. Your heart beats with the intensity of the churning water, and you once again realize there is no separation between you and Nature.

Offshore @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Offshore @ FOSS Theater

Length: 14:49

Director: Jenna Miller

Trailer: Offshore

There is so little we know about our planet’s oceans. The members of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a National Science Foundation funded program, work together to gather data that will teach us about life in the oceans and how to care for them for future generations.

Six Mile Stretch @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Six Mile Stretch @ FOSS Theater

Length: 4:48

Director: Carol Chambers

Trailer: Six Mile Stretch

A hand painted film in oils about the last wild six mile stretch of a California river, threatened by a dam proposal. Painted birds and animals move around their painted scenery. Starring an otter, a bear and several birds.

Treeline @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Treeline @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 40:00

Director: Jordan Manley

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAuFIf2dNHk

The film brings extraordinary forests in British Columbia, Japan and Nevada ‘to life’ through cinematic exploration of playful, yet powerful experience of gliding through each forest on snow. We accompany scientists who translate what the oldest trees have to teach us, illuminating the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature —  a relationship we can’t survive without.

Bee Sharp HoneyBee @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bee Sharp HoneyBee @ FOSS Theater

Length: 19:18

Director: Deacon Warner

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/241186554#

An Australian composer, on a six week visit to Minnesota, collaborates with musicians, scientists, beekeepers and animators to create an original multi-media string quartet composition based on audio recordings of honeybees.

Cascade Crossroads @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cascade Crossroads @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 30:58

Director: Ted Grudowski

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/162715904#

2018 WINNER OF GOLD AND BRONZE TELLY AWARDSA documentary film about building bridges, both literal and metaphorical. Cascade Crossroads chronicles the amazing story of seemingly opposite interests joining forces to restore a critical wildlife corridor while improving Washington State’s vital transportation corridor over the Cascade Mountains. Told in the varied voices of the men and women who worked across ideological, political, and geographical differences to set in motion the world’s largest wildlife project of its kind, Cascade Crossroads shows what can happen – for people and the environment – when we build bridges.

The Passage @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Passage @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 25:18

Director: Nathan Dappen

Trailer: The Passage

In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. My brother and I grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rivers and the 1974 adventure became legend in our family – shaping who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves. In the summer of 2017, we renovated those canoes and with our aging parents completed their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about growing up, growing old, and the wild places that define us.

Iceland – Into the Flow of Your True Nature @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Iceland - Into the Flow of Your True Nature @ FOSS Theater

Length: 2 min

Director: Ilan Shamir

Website: https://www.yourtruenature.com/

Allowing the voice of nature to flow over us  and take us deeper into an expanded awareness is always a gift when we slow down, take time and breathe in the vastness of beautiful places. The roaring waterfalls of Iceland share their wisdom, as they pour over the volcanic formations and speak to your body with their powerful presence. Your heart beats with the intensity of the churning water, and you once again realize there is no separation between you and Nature.

Offshore @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Offshore @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 14:49

Director: Jenna Miller

Trailer: Offshore

There is so little we know about our planet’s oceans. The members of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a National Science Foundation funded program, work together to gather data that will teach us about life in the oceans and how to care for them for future generations.

Our Last Trash @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Our Last Trash @ FOSS Theater

Length: 20:00

Director: Joanne Yue

Our Last Trash highlights the current global recycling crisis and the adverse effects of disposable plastics on the environment. The film explores the meaning of a “zero waste” lifestyle, and how some individuals are combating this plastic issue one reusable item at a time. Colorful animations and riveting interviews reveal how we can create a more sustainable planet.

Six Mile Stretch @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Six Mile Stretch @ FOSS Theater

Length:4:48

Director: Carol Chambers

Trailer: Six Mile Stretch

A hand painted film in oils about the last wild six mile stretch of a California river, threatened by a dam proposal. Painted birds and animals move around their painted scenery. Starring an otter, a bear and several birds.

 

Toxic Treasure @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Toxic Treasure @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 16:00

Director:Mario Benassi

The greater Haines area is a singularity in the world. The Chilkat Valley represents one of the last untouched wilderness areas. The Bald Eagle Preserve and the Chilkat Indian Village have a right to exist. This intrinsic value should not be threatened by a looming, foreign, extractive corporation.

Feb
23
Sat
Junk @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Junk @ FOSS Theater

Length: 28:30

Director: Christopher Jacob Jones

Trailer: Junk

A Marine veteran turned scientist teams up with a scrappy sailor to shed light on plastic pollution in our oceans via an extravagant stunt: sailing from California to Hawaii on a raft made of 15,000 plastic bottles. Dogged by leaky bottles, foul weather, and dwindling supplies, what was planned as a five week spectacle slowly unravels into an 88 day odyssey.

The Blue Devil @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Blue Devil @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 24:10

Director: Nebiat Assefa Melles & Olivia Rempel Melles

Trailer: The Blue Devil

An invasive plant is spreading across Ethiopia’s largest lake. This film takes you to the frontline of this environmental catastrophe and how the community is working to stop this plant and save the lake.

Too Precious To Mine @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Too Precious To Mine @ FOSS Theater

Length: 09:36

Director: Justin Clifton

Trailer: Too Precious To Mine

The Havasupai Tribe (“People of the blue-green waters”) has lived at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for centuries. But now uranium mining on the canyon’s rims is putting the tribe’s drinking water and its way of life at risk. What would you do to protect your home from uranium contamination?

Legacy @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Legacy @ FOSS Theater

Length: 06:45

Director: Barry Mitchell

Trailer: Legacy

In a cavern by the sea, a woman and three children sit by a fire. As their meal cooks, she tells them a story about what happened to their ancestors. Their ancestors are us.

Return of the Desert Bighorn @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Return of the Desert Bighorn @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 09:28

Director: Ben Masters

After all native desert bighorn sheep were eliminated from Texas by the 1960s, conservationists began the long fight for their return. ‘Return of the Desert Bighorn’ follows wildlife biologists as they capture, collar, and relocate desert bighorn to restore a healthy population in West Texas.

Wild Hope @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wild Hope @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 35:02

Director: Susan Jacobson

Trailer: Wild Hope

Using personal story, science, and passion in a unique mix, Wild Hope inspires viewers to protect wild ecosystems against an unrelenting materialistic culture that’s producing social malaise and an uninhabitable planet. Our economic system fails us, but our tie to the natural world is elemental. Wild Hope challenges the economic underpinnings driving climate change, and awakens us to the possibility of a more meaningful life—a life defined not by consumption, but by compassion.

The Living Plant @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Living Plant @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 15:42

Director: Justin Bogardus

Trailer: The Living Plant

The future is here. Every once in awhile, a product comes along that changes everything. A revolutionary product that increases your productivity, creativity, health, well-being – gorgeous to look at, perfectly designed for the work space of the future. NatureRX introduces The LivingPlant™.

The Trolley @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Trolley @ FOSS Theater

Time: 45 minutes

Director: Stephen Lowe

WebsiteThe Trolley

The film stares down the automobile. In climate change, humanity faces a global crisis that is in scale and complexity unlike anything we have encountered before, yet we already have the solutions.

Iceland – Into the Flow of Your True Nature @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Iceland - Into the Flow of Your True Nature @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 2 min

Director: Ilan Shamir

Website: https://www.yourtruenature.com/

Allowing the voice of nature to flow over us  and take us deeper into an expanded awareness is always a gift when we slow down, take time and breathe in the vastness of beautiful places. The roaring waterfalls of Iceland share their wisdom, as they pour over the volcanic formations and speak to your body with their powerful presence. Your heart beats with the intensity of the churning water, and you once again realize there is no separation between you and Nature.

 

The Accidental Environmentalist @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Accidental Environmentalist @ FOSS Theater

Length: 10:10

Director: Ellen Esling

Trailer: The Accidental Environmentalist

A mosquito bite decades ago leads Catherine Coleman Flowers on her life’s journey.

The Call of Pashima @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Call of Pashima @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 15:42

Director: Taira Malaney

Trailer: The Call of Pashima

After news of a tragic snow storm in Changtang (Ladakh) reaches him, a Kashmiri man quits his job and embarks on a journey to become a shepherd. Six years later, he starts the Pashmina Goat Project – an NGO to protect the Changpa community and their goats from the harsh implications of climate change in the region.

The Promise of JPSS @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Promise of JPSS @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 11:00

Director: Dan Cohen

There is a game changing technology leap in weather forecasting, and the benefits are saving lives and helping to protect property. As big storms become more severe, JPSS, a new Earth observation satellite from NOAA, is collecting data and high resolution images that is improving weather forecasts. As JPSS takes the pulse of the planet, extreme weather and the impacts of a changing climate can be monitored well in advance of threatening storms, fires, volcanic ash, and floods, allowing us to become a more weather ready nation…and be more resilient.

Under Review: Gold Butte @ Colorado Public Television Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Under Review: Gold Butte @ Colorado Public Television Theater

Length: 09:55

Director: Kelly Todd

Trailer: Under Review: Gold Butte

Under Review: Gold Butte is the first film in a four film environmental dance series made to bring awareness to the threatened land of the American National Monuments. In 2017, the President drastically reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah to allow for oil and gas development: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. This reduction put 25 other national monuments and 40 national parks at risk for industrial development.