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.

CEFF Awards Ceremony @ FOSS Theater
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CEFF Awards Ceremony @ FOSS Theater

Join us for our Festival Award Ceremony as a part of the film screening on Thursday Night!  FREE with RSVP.

2019 Awards:

  • Best of the Fest
  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Youth Film
  • Spirit of Activism
Hearts of Glass @ FOSS Theater
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hearts of Glass @ FOSS Theater

Length: 1:06

Director: Jennifer Tennican

Trailer: Hearts of Glass

Cutting-edge food production meets social good in an ambitious experiment to provide year-round produce to a mountain town, while employing community members with disabilities.

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.

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.

Into the Arctic: Awakening @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Into the Arctic: Awakening @ FOSS Theater

Length:  1:31

Director: Cory Trepanier

Trailer: Into the Arctic: Awakening

Preparing for a touring exhibition to premiere in Washington DC, artist Cory Trépanier heads to Canada’s Arctic on a 9 week expedition to complete a decade-long vision. Can a paintbrush awaken others to a polar world undergoing great change?

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.

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.

The Butterfly Trees @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Butterfly Trees @ FOSS Theater

Length: 1:22

Director: Kay Milam

Trailer: http://www.butterflytrees.com

The Butterfly Trees is a documentary feature film that captures the transcontinental journey of the eastern monarch butterflies on their epic migration from the forested shores of Southern Canada to the rare and ancient oyamel fir trees of Central Mexico. Part science, part adventure, and part love story, the film is a captivating reflection on the profound mysteries of the natural world and the ties that irrevocably connect us all. The story weaves together a wondrous tapestry of stunning visuals, passion for discovery, and the eclectic mix of the people for whom these butterflies have become a magnificent obsession.

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.

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.

 

The Human Element @ FOSS Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Human Element @ FOSS Theater

Length: 1:16:00

Director: Mathew Testa

Trailer: The Human Element

In this riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores the impact of wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT highlights Americans who are on the frostlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

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.

Once I was a Dragonfly @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Once I was a Dragonfly @ FOSS Theater

Length: 1:04:00

Director: Elli Toivoniemi

Trailer: http://www.tuffifilms.com/

A coming of age story about a boy who doesn’t see beauty in the society out there but instead in the microscopic world of dragonflies.

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.

Of Apples and Anthracite @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Of Apples and Anthracite @ FOSS Theater

Length: 42:09

Director: Clara Boland Pena

Trailer: Of Apples and Anthracite

Of Apples and Anthracite documents the developmental pressures on different generations in a small Western town. With the coal mines drying up, grandparents, parents, children and residents tell the story of how they arrived, how they stay or are forced to leave, and how they return.

Run Wild, Run Free @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Run Wild, Run Free @ FOSS Theater

Length: 44:00

Director: Shane Anderson

Trailer: Run Wild, Run Free

50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers

Reinventing Power @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Reinventing Power @ FOSS Theater

Length: 49:16

Director: Tony Valentino

Trailer: Reinventing Power

America is experiencing a clean energy revolution. Reinventing how we power our world is driving innovation and opportunity from rooftops in Indiana to reservations in Montana. It is reshaping the American workforce, communities and the environment. Clean energy currently generates 10% of America’s power, and it employs more people and supports more communities than the fossil fuel industry. This film will take you to communities across the country working in, benefiting from and building a clean energy future.

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.

Living in the Future’s Past @ FOSS Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Living in the Future's Past @ FOSS Theater

Length: 01:40:00

Director: Susan Kucera

Trailer: Living in the Future’s Past

What kind of future to we want to live in? Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed 4K tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the life challenges we face. This film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, and how our fundamental nature influences our future as Humankind.

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.