EarthDance Environmental Film Festival
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EarthDance was TRIUMPHANT! Thank you for bringing this kind of experience to our fair city – I already look forward to another EarthDance next year!”
“EarthDance in Athens has sparked that most unusual media phenomenon of both instant "buzz"and long "shelf life." Now, even weeks after the event, people are still talking about it. You may recall my recommendation to include at least one piece with more political bite, but the curious after-taste of the event is that an activist message was actually there already.
So congratulations all around.” James
“Hi, I just wanted to congratulate you on a FANTASTIC event last night!
It was very impressive to see the great turnout.
The films were really interesting and enjoyable.”
“GREAT variety! Thank you for designing such an intriguing and fun event.” Barbara
“EarthDance is our favorite event of the year.”
Tom & Stella
2011 Earthdance Festival
Earthdance founder Zakary Zide is an Oakland resident. He worked at the Oakland Museum of Art for years and it was during this time, and through the museum’s support, that the festival originated. Plus one of the films included this year is Oakland’s own homespun documentary “Scrapertown” about the Scraper Bike movement in Oakland.
This event is cool, thought-provoking, inspiring, entertaining, and fun!
EarthDance Short-Attention-Span Environmental Film Festival
2011 Official Selections (PG-13)
9 films, 90 minutes.
A serious and light-hearted exploration of nature, culture and environmental design.
Featuring an eclectic collection of comedies, documentaries, adventures and animations, films range in length from 3 – 30 minutes.
Short is Sweet.
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
7pm and 9pm (two screenings, same films for both)
24/7 ticket hotline: 800-838-3006
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94610
photo by Rus Anson
Interview with Zakary Zide
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions about your 8th Annual EarthDance Film Festival, screening tomorrow night at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen several of the previous incarnations of this festival, even back to its early days when it was screened at the Oakland Museum of California. Can you talk about its genesis? How you came up with the idea? And the involvement of OMCA towards that end?
It’s great that you’ve experience our collection! Thanks for following our event!
I started the EarthDance Short-Attention-Span Environmental Film Festival in 2004 for 4 reasons:
- I wanted to demonstrate that stories about the environment aren’t always political and aren’t always gloomy and doomy…the natural world is full of humor, quirky characters (the praying mantis – come on!) and inspiration. My friends, colleagues and I weren’t seeing the kind of environmental stories that we could relate to. Most things being produced at the time were either of the Croc Hunter variety or predictable to the point of being annoying.
- To provide a container for people to come together; a venue for people to share their stories and multi-media explorations of their relationships with the natural world. Environmental films aren’t just for eco-freaks. We all have a relationship to the natural world; even if we’re only talking about an ant invasion in your kitchen. How you deal with the ants, that’s the interesting bit.
- To help create a ‘culture of nature’ and raise money for environmental issues.
- To inspire and be inspired to take action.
I was working at the Oakland Museum at the time. I presented the idea to the powers that be and eventually got funding for a “pilot” year. The goal, among those above, was to help the museum with new audience development. Fortunately, EarthDance did what we had hoped. The Film Fest bolstered museum membership. And existing members were happy to have something new to get excited about. As a result, I got more funding to keep the project alive. I’ve since left the museum, but thankfully they have remained supportive.
Were there other environmental film festivals that served as examples? Of either what to do, or what not to do? (You don’t have to name names).
There were a few, but we were one of the first environmental film fests. Now it seems that everyone and their uncle has a film fest. I should really talk to my uncle about starting another one.
I believe the festival’s been referred to as “eco-tainment”. Can you talk a little bit about that?
People like good stories, for good reason. I’m not a fan of sensationalism, but I do appreciate an entertaining story that has a meaningful message. I think this explains the popularity of such films as Super Size Me, and Michael Moore’s documentaries. In this way, I don’t think one should have to sacrifice entertainment for ecology.
I think too many TV shows and films with important messages to tell get caught up in a scripted narrative, or else frighten or bore their audiences to death. There are so many different ways that people relate to the natural world – from the hunter to the vegetarian. I’m interested in telling everyone’s story.
What I love about the films I’ve seen in years past, is the enormous variety of subject matter & film styles. Everything from 30 second shorts filmed under a scientific microscope, to 30 minute long foreign animated films, short documentaries following eco-warriors, and so much more. There’s really something for everyone. And typically lots of laughter. Can you talk a bit about your process of selecting films for inclusion?
I’m glad to hear your feedback on this! This is exactly the kind of response that we try to elicit with our curation!
We intentionally cast a wide net. This is another reason why I felt like the Short-Attention-Span nature of the film fest was essential – variety. People’s time is short and as great of a film as Who Killed the Electric Car is, not everyone wants to sit through 90 minutes of one eco-themed story. We wanted to include more people and expand the conversation. We’ve found that people really appreciate our variety. We often hear that our collection is “not what we expected, and that’s a good thing.” Specifically we look for films that are passionate, provocative, and funny. We look for personal stories that have not been told before; quirky, inspirational, and generally non-political. And of course, they have to be 30 seconds to 30 minutes in length.
I know a particularly memorable one, both because it was hilarious, and also quite recent, was the short film Spiders on Drugs. Does each year consist of entirely new material? Or do you carry over audience favorites from year to year?
Each year is a fresh collection. We do, however sell / lease compilation DVDs of all of our collections for both public and private screenings. It’s probably time that we have a “Best of the Best” screening!
It seems a common perception problem with issues of conservation and/or sustainability is that it’s just not fun. It’s like your mother nagging you to turn down the heat and put on a sweater instead. You know it’s the right thing to do, but somehow it feels… what’s the word… um, burdensome. Are you trying to change this perception?
Absolutely! A little sugar helps the medicine go down. As one of our festival attendees put it, the environmental awareness of our fest hits you more like a fine wine vapor than a sledgehammer. I think we go for the subtle and sublime as opposed to the guilt.
As an ecologist and educator myself, I learned first hand that facts and figures don’t often move people as much as a personal connection and the rich flavor and depth of the story. We have found that if people can relate to the story that it’s easier to get inspired, and then they will take it upon themselves to take their interest and awareness to the next level.
We all know on some level that the environmental situation – our relationship to the natural world – is being tested and strained. We don’t need more gloom and doom stories. Now is the time for stories and meaningful media that reconnects us to the source of life – the very stuff of our spiritual, physical, and psychological sustenance.
Has your perception of the world, and our place in it, changed at all through your years of curating of the festival?
I think that more people are waking up to their relationship to the natural world, and that the economy is reflecting this. Of course we have to be careful of greenwashing, but I think it’s great how many more eco-friendly products and designs are available today vs. 8 years ago when the festival first launched. Green products and services can always be improved. But humans will always have an impact. We consume. Mitigating our consumption and giving people healthier choices is a step in the right direction.
What do you hope the festival’s viewers will experience?
Surprise, joy, inspiration, celebration and motivation to explore their relationship to the natural world.
I know there’s a question and answer period following each screening. What’s the craziest question you’ve ever gotten?
Would I ever make love to a polar bear?
Hah! Thanks again Zakary. See you at the screening!
"It's the antithesis of a series of dreary, politically correct polemics; many of the films brilliantly employ humor and fantasy to instill hope about the downright serious state the human race has put itself in." Jason Victor Serinus, Journalist
Sincere thanks to everyone for making the 2008 EarthDance Premiere such a success! We had a blast and now we’ll be on the road touring for the next 11 months.
We look forward to seeing everyone in back in Oakland in 2009!
EarthDance is not your average film festival.
Our 20 short films (30 seconds to 30 minutes each) are a fun, funny, and provocative lot.
Compiled into 2 - 90 minute blocks, our juried compilation of comedies, documentaries, animations, and adventures invite you to laugh and celebrate your relationship to the natural world.
We are proud that our unique films help individuals to feel connected to and inspired by a growing community of people who are actively engaged with the planet – from business people making green from going green, to artists, designers, and architects inspired by the natural world, to extreme athletes and comedians sweating and poking fun at green.
Whoever said you had to sacrifice entertainment for ecology?
”EarthDance has sparked that most unusual media phenomenon of both instant "buzz" and long "shelf life." Now, even weeks after the event, people are still talking about it. The after-taste of the event is more like a fine wine vapor than a sledge hammer. Thanks all around!” James Porter, Distinguished Professor, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
2008 Official Film Selections for the Short-Attention-Span Compilation of Films for the Earthdance Festival
• Cheat Neutral
• Cult Classic Comedy - 12 minutes
• Directed by Beth Stratford, United Kingdom
Cheat Neutral about offsetting infidelity. It is also flat out hilarious, in a Monty Python let me pull the wool over your eyes kind of way. Carbon off-setting is about paying for the right to carry on emitting carbon. The carbon offset industry sold £60 million of offsets last year, and is rapidly growing. Cheat Neutral makes the case that maybe carbon offsetting is also a joke.
• Academy Award Nominated Animation - 7 minutes
• Directed by Sharon Colman, United Kingdom
The tale of a grumpy badger who just wants the world to let him sleep.
You’ll never guess the surprise ending. Awards: Best Short Animation
Oscar nomination; Best Film on Mountain Environment, Banff Mountain
• For the Next 7 Generations: The Grandmothers Speak
• Heartwarming Documentary - 6 minutes
• Directed by Carole Hart, USA
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers is deeply concerned with the contamination of our air, waters, and soil, the atrocities
of war, the global scourge of poverty, the threat of nuclear weapons and
waste, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics which threaten
the health of the Earth’s peoples, the exploitation of indigenous medicines,
and with the destruction of indigenous ways of life. They believe that if
we don’t change the way we relate to each other and to our Mother Earth,
there will be catastrophic consequences. This touching film is at once
inspiring and nurturing, just like your grandmother’s chicken noodle soup!
• Powerful documentary - 17 minutes
• Directed by Leah Nelson, USA
In the remote waters of Nootka Sound, Canada, a lone baby orca, orphaned
from his pod and desperate for social contact, arrives in the quiet logging
town of Gold River, and becomes the catalyst for a conflict of cultural rights, and scientific responsibility. Kaka’win is a short but powerful documentary
that tells the story of how this unique animal changed the lives of all those whom he touched.
• Animal Spy-Cam - 7 minutes
• Directed by Catherine Chalmers, USA
Award winning author, photographer, and sculptor, the multi-talented
Chalmers graces us with a fanciful and poetic close-up look at a few of
our creepy crawly cousins.
• uniquely touching documentary - 18 minutes
• Directed by Ryan Fitzgibbons, USA
Every spring, the blind birders of the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas gather to compete in the Outta Sight Tournament. For one day, the teams
leave behind most of the challenges of blindness and compete alongside
seasoned birders. Told through the “eyes” of Gladie, Jessica, and Raul, this unique story follows their everyday lives and aspirations leading up to the birding tournament. An inspiration on many levels, do not miss this film!
• Carpa Diem
• Family Drama - 2 minutes
• Directed by Sergio Cannella, Italy
a child in her apartment is looking lovingly upon her pet fish. In the
meantime, her younger brother is being mindless of the water flowing out
of the bathroom sink. All things are connected, and sister has to act fast
to avoid a tragedy. Many awards,including: Best Short, Vatavaran FF; Best
Spot, Festival International Du Film Sur L’Énergie de Lausanne.
• Cry From the Past
• Poetic Animation - 6 minutes
• Directed by Susan Stamp, Australia
This animated reflection is of an elderly woman in 1940 in the whaling
village of Twofold Bay, Eden, Australia. Seated beside the roaring
fireplace watching the calm sea under the stars, she recalls the town,
its old trees and lighthouse, its gathering places, and most of all, the
partnership between the killer whales and local whalers in pursuit.
• Balancing Point
• Art Nature Fantasy - 5 minutes
• Directed by Danny Brown, USA
An amazing short film that is played entirely in reverse. The films main
character appears to magically create an array of incredible rock sculptures. Although the film is played backwards, it appears as if the protagonist is
moving forward in time. Balancing Point is a manipulation of gravity and time though the simple effect of reordering the expected. Visually stunning -
not to be missed!
• Trial & Error
• Adventure Documentary - 8 minutes
• Directed by Bjorn Enga, Canada. Trial & Error
Mountain biker Ryan Leech sets out to ride an incredibly difficult trail in
the coastal mountains of British Columbia. With the valley slated for
clearcut logging, Trial & Error combines Ryan’s extraordinary riding with
his thoughts about the very special location. What this guy can do on a
bike will blow your mind!
• Nomads: Wandering Women of the Whitewater Tribe
• Amazing action adventure Documentary - 20 minutes
• Directed by Polly Green & Chris Emerick, USA
Polly Green has passion for traveling and working around the world. She has been on the road for the past ten years. She was a part of the film crew and
team member on a National Geographic 5 week sea kayaking expedition in Vietnam, completed an all female first descent of rivers in Bhutan, and has completed kayaking expeditions in Nepal, India, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, France, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, Vietnam, Chile, Norway, Germany, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Canada, Uganda, and Zambia. Her travels brought her to a small village in Uganda where she wrote the script for the documentary Nomads. She funded and produced Nomads herself on a tight budget. Nomads was a finalist for best film on Mountain Culture and Environment at the Wanaka Mountain Film Festival, New Zealand.
• CO2 or You?
• Dramatic Short - 1 minute
• Directed by Tama Gempton, Canada
With climate change becoming a reality, humanity’s faith in technology to
solve our climate problems is challenged by our inability to give up our
reliance on harmful technologies. Filmed on Earth Day 2007 CO2 or you? humorously asks, in a blue man group kind of way - where do we turn?
• Visual Poetry - 5 minutes
• Directed by Ken Glaser, USA
A few years ago, filmmaker/songwriter Ken Glaser witnessed nature putting on
an unusual show for the residents of Diamond Bar, CA. For several balmy
August days, tens of thousands of birds descended like raindrops from cruising altitude at dusk and gathered near the local K-mart. Floating on air currents like swimmers carried by waves, they played in the wind for hours,
at times acting like a single, pulsating organism, before finally settling into
a large tree for the night. Ken captured this unusual event on film, and
wrote the original score that complements the hypnotic activity of the flock.
• Adventure Documentary - 17 minutes
• Directed by Cecile Cusin, France
Lured by timeless volcanoes, sweeping glaciers and medieval landscapes,
three journalists, adventurers, and friends discover the other-worldliness
of Iceland: an island of mystery and intrigue, isolated high in the North
Atlantic Ocean, cresting the Ardtic Circle. Gnomes, bone throwing
grandmothers, and geysers, oh my!
• Nasty Girl
• A psychedelic Unicorn Adventure - 2 minutes
• Anonymous Entry, USA
Unicorns, mystery, and rainbows, oh my! Will have you either rolling in
the aisles,or slightly offended, or both!
• Rhythm Sketch
• Visual poem - 5 minutes
• Directed by Paul Ritt, Netherlands
This close-up look at textures and patterns in the natural world explores
the rhythm of the relationship between sound and movement through vivid, colorful, and intriguing images. Ritt, a mixed-media artist, has shown videos
and computer animations at various international venues, including the
Darklight Digital Film Festival, Filmfest Venio, and the KunstFilmBiennale.
• Girl Stars: Suryamani the Environmental Activist
• beautiful & inspiring documentary - 7 minutes
• Directed by Umang Bhattacharya, Going to School, India
Suryamani is about a young Indian woman who become a national folk-hero.
filmed in the beautiful forest of Jharkhand, in a land of green trees,
beautiful flowers and birds, Suryamani loved the forest and knew that she
had to do something to save it. In college she became a part of the Save the
Forest movement. Today, Suryamani fights for the rights of her community
to live in forests. She also runs her own organization, Torang, to help
preserve her tribal culture. Suryamani has inspired thousands of girls in
India to stay in school, and follow their dreams. Go Suryamani!
• Diablo: Sealing his Fate
• beautiful & inspiring documentary - 2.5 minutes
• Directed by Gio, USA
Gio and Diablo return to EarthDance extra flirty in the Galapagos!
This devil puppet-cum-naturalist gets more action than I do!
• Drunk Bees
• A Tipsy documentary - 7 minutes
• Directed by Wholphin, USA
Is naturally occurring alcohol to blame for colony collapse? Produced
by San Francisco native, Wholphin, Drunk Bees is a funny and important
gem that is, dare I say is all the buzz!
• A mixed media extravaganza - 4.5 minutes
• Directed by Guilherme Marcondes, Brazil
Inspired by William Blake’s poem of the same name, Tyger is a unique
mixed media adventure, combining puppetry, photography, and animation
into a most original animated short. In light of recent events, watching
this giant jungle cat transform the city into a jungle, strikes a chord
close to home.
2007 Official Film Selections & Workshops
• Project Grizzly
• Cult Classic Documentary - 72 minutes
• Directed by Peter Lynch
Before Grizzly Man, there was Project Grizzly, one of Quentin
Tarantino’s favorite films. An underground phenomenon,
Project Grizzly takes audiences on a quest with Troy Hurtubise,
a "close-quarter bear researcher" obsessed with going face-to-
face with a deadly grizzly bear. Director Peter Lynch master-
fully explores the territory between documentary and drama,
where the dividing line between fact and imagination is as thin as
a knife edge. You want twisted nature film? You got it.
Don’t miss this one.
• Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
• Documentary - 83 minutes
• Directed by Judy Irving
The Award Winning true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and
his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red-and-green
parrots. Mark Bittner, a dharma bum, former street musician
in San Francisco, falls in with the flock as he searches for
meaning in his life, unaware that the wild parrots will bring
him everything he needs. That rare documentary that has
romance, comedy, and a surprise ending that makes you feel
as though you could fly out of the theater.
• Muskrat Lovely
• Documentary - 57 minutes
• Directed by Amy Nicholson
Every skinning competition needs a queen...And for 40 years in
Golden Hill, contestants gather for two important competitions
in the National Outdoor Show. Local high school girls compete
to become “miss outdoors”, and on the very same stage, the
world’s best muskrat skinners compete to see who’s skinning
skills are the sharpest. It’s an ironic and tender look at a
close-knit community in a remote area of the Chesapeake Bay.
• Flying Over Everest
• Documentary - 60 minutes
• Directed by Robert Dallangelo
For the first time ever a man has flown over Mt. Everest on a
hang-glider. The story, the myth and the legend of this ancient
Himalayan land will form the backdrop to a story that grows in
tension as Angelo D’Arrigo, approaches the moment of truth.
He can expect to find winds of over 200 kilometres an hour,
unpredictable climatic changes, and suddenly find that cannot
turn back. Angelo will take two splendid raptors with him,
Steppe Eagles, now extinct in this region, as part of an attempt
to reintroduce them to this area. A film on the preparation, the
tension and extreme risk of this exploit, with exclusive footage
of Everest shot from a hang-glider.
• Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea
• Documentary - 71 minutes
• Directed by Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer
Hungarian revolutionaries, christian nudists, Sonny Bono, land
sharks, hard drinkers, empty cities, failed resort towns, tons of
dead fish, a dying cafe, & a man who built a mountain. yup, weird.
• Killers in Eden
• Documentary - 53 minutes - Australia
• Directed by Klaus Toft
From "Grizzly Man" to "Flipper", people have been always been
fascinated with inter-species communication. This film
dramatically explores the relationship between orcas and
humans living in Eden, a coastal community in southern
Short-Attention-Span Environmental Film Compilation
• IDEO does Sustainability
• Documentary - 8 minutes
• Directed by Bob Adams
IDEO is one of the world’s leading Design and Innovation
companies. See and hear what IDEO employees are doing to integrate
sustainability throughout their professional practice & personal
• Ballistic Jaw Propulsion of Trap-Jaw Ants
• Documentary - 4 minutes
• Research by Sheila Patek, Joe Baio, Brian Fisher, Andy Suarez
Edited by Encyclopedia Pictura
The fastest predatory strike in the animal kingdom is no longer
the brutal claw punch of the peacock shrimp. Armed with a
$60,000 camera shooting 100,000 frames per second, this amazing
short film captures for the first time on film the jaws of the
trap-jaw ant moving at an incredible 145 cricket-decapitating
miles per hour!
• Bear Necessities
• Serious Comedy - 3 minutes
• Directed by Mark Dixon & Ben Evens
Imagine two Borats on an environmental mission. With video
camera in hand and tongue in cheek, this hilarious film is a mix
of outrageous antics and hard hitting global warming truths.
These guys believe that the U.S., if it tries really hard . . .
can melt everything.
• Tree Robo
• Animation - 14 minutes - South Korea
• Directed by Young-Min Park and Moon-Saeng Kim
This lavishly animated, award winning film is a hopeful
post-apocalyptic environmental allegory about the resilience
of nature. Tree Robo tells the story of a boy's separation
from his best friend - a solar-powered robot - at the dawn of
the oil age. As always, nature gives a second chance.
• Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd - Proper Education
• Drama - 3.5 minutes - United Kingdom
• Directed by Marcus Adams
Swedish dance legend Eric Prydz has remixed Pink Floyd’s
classic track for this music video focuses on taking action
against climate change. Set in a London estate, this edgy film
features a gang of young people breaking into local flats, in
order to switch appliances, change light bulbs, and place
bricks in toilet cisterns. Saving the planet never felt so
• Deep in Black Canyon, Himalayas, & Thailand’s Deep Water
• Rockumentaries - 5 minutes each
• Directed by Peter Mortimer & Sender Films
Loose boulders, poison ivy, vertigo, elite alpinists, virgin rock
faces, and limestone crags - witness the death-defying exploits
of today’s top climbers.
• The Mouth Revolution
• Live-action Dramatic Satire - 4 minutes
• Directed by Free Range Graphics
From the people who brought you STORE WARS and The Meatrix,
comes The Mouth Revolution. See what these mouths have to
• Spiders on Drugs
• Documentary - 2 minutes
• Directed by Andrew Struthers
In the 1960s, Dr. Peter Witt gave drugs to spiders and observed
their effects on web building. This short film about the results
of the experiment was created by First Church Of Christ, Filmmaker.
• Mysterious Muckfish
• Documentary - 3.5 minutes
• Directed by Sean Duran
Brazilian Ichthyologist, Dr. Paulo Petry has discovered a new
species of fish in a place where no one thought to look for one -
under wet piles of rotting leaves. The fish has yet to be named.
For now they call it muck fish. Get dirty in the name of science.
• The Shape of Sound
• Whale songs made visible - 2 minutes each
• Directed by Mark Fischer - AguaSonic Acoustics
Ever wonder what the song of a Humpback or Bowhead whale
looked like? Me neither. Thank heavens Mark Fischer did.
• Dramatic Comedy - 8 minutes
• Directed by Thor Freudenthal
It’s late at night, you’re alone on the highway, and pull over
to spend the night. There’s no one to help you, yet it seems as
if they knew you coming. Everything a guy could want. But it’s
a little too good to be true.
• Animal Nightmares: Sex, Frogs, and Rock and Roll
• Music & Animation by Paul Watson - 6 minutes
• Directed by Peter Lynch
One of Canada’s leading filmmakers, Peter turns his lens on the
spiritual connection between man and nature, and the precariousness
of our existence. This “epic short” explores the conflict between man
and animal states, extinction and existence.
• Christmas in the Bait Shop
• Documentary - 6.5 minutes
• Directed by Judy Irving
Witness the Bay Area like you’ve never seens it. Rivaling the
Everglades in scope & importance, the restoration of San Francisco
Bay will benefit numerous species of migratory birds, fish, and people.
• Guilty by Nature
• Eco-Fable - 10 minutes
• Directed by Joseph Barnett
Set on a militant horticultural nursery, Guilty By Nature follows the
life cycle of a wild and vigorous shrub; exploring ideas of individuality
and persecution. The film is shot with extreme close-ups, varied frame
rates and an exaggerated soundscape.
End of Short-Attention-Span Compilation
• The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
• Documentary - 53 minutes - Cuba
• Directed by Faith Morgan
A must see investigation of global oil consumption, highlighting
Cuba as a model of how to successfully address the challenges
we will all face. This truly great film, emphasizing tangible
examples, provides hope and inspires action.
• The Chances of the World Changing
• Documentary - 90 minutes
• Directed by Eric Daniel Metzgar & Nell Carden Grey
A revealing and haunting tale of one man’s passion to
protect a slew of endangered turtle species. "Brilliantly
and thoughtfully realized...exceptionally beautiful
storytelling" - Planet In Focus
• The Disappearing of Tuvalu
• Documentary - 40 minutes
• Directed by Christopher Horner
A detailed overview of contemporary life in the tiny South
Pacific country of Tuvalu, this film documents the earth's
first sovereign nation faced with total destruction due to
the effects of global warming. With a population of about
11,000 living on a total landmass of only 20 square miles –
less than Manhattan – spread over nine low-lying atolls
600 miles to the north of Fiji, Tuvalu has been inhabited for
over four millenia. The warm-spirited and highly community-
oriented people of this ex-British colony struggle to survive
economically while confronting the likelihood of having to
evacuate their homeland en masse within the next 50 years.
• Ray Bandar: A Life with Skulls
• Documentary - 30 minutes
• Directed by Beth Cataldo
See where a healthy obsession can lead - with over 7,000 in
his collection, Ray Bandar has been collecting skulls since
1953. Inspired by the artistry of Georgia O'Keefe and Henry
Moore, Ray and his wife, Alkmene, have a basement filled with
skulls from anteaters to elephants – discovered on the road,
along the shore, and in the zoo. This gem of a film pays
tribute to a local legend.
• Oil on Ice
• Documentary - 90 minutes
• Directed by Dale Djerassi & Bo Boudart
Oil on Ice is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary
connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to
decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation
choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the
balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich’in people
and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem.
• Hunting for Ngotto
• Documentary - 50 minutes
• Directed by Fabio Toncelli
33-year-old Italian Andrea Ghiurghi is an Olympic beach
volleyball champion and a field biologist. This dramatic
environmental saga tells the story of the Ngotto rainforest
in Central Africa and its human inhabitants: pygmies and
the Yanguere. Hunting with nets and lethal traps, these meat
traders have an extraordinary relationship with the jungle,
and this tall italian scientist turned professional athlete.
• The Story of Chocolate
• Documentary - 15 minutes
• Directed by Michael Endy
Journey to South America and experience the fascinating
and delicious process of growing, harvesting, and
• Texas Gold
• Documentary - 21 minutes
• Directed by Carolyn Scott, California
This inspiring film tells the story of Diane Wilson, a fourth
generation fisherwoman and mother of five. She began her
fight with the giants of the petro-chemical industry in 1989
when she discovered that her small Texas county had been
named the most toxic place in America.
• The Naturalist
• Documentary - 32 minutes
• Doug Hawes-Davis & High Plains Films
In the spirit of Thoreau, Leopold, and Muir, Kent is a gonzo
naturalist. This biography unfolds like a long walk in the
woods to show the remarkable depth of one “strange” man’s
knowledge and his obsession with living things. Amazing,
Powerful, and touching.
• Sin Embargo
• Documentary - 49 minutes
• Directed by Judith Grey
Shot entirely in Cuba, Sin Embargo is a tender and poetic look
into the hearts and dreams of several resourceful (and
hilarious) Cuban’s: Andres the sculptor; Tomas the canary
breeder; Edwardo the guru of toilets; and Maria the
choreographer. What do you do when your oil supply is cut?
You get creative.
• Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary)
• Documentary - 74 minutes
• Directed by Anne de Mare & Kirsten Kelly
Journey to Oceana County, the Asparagus Capital of the
World, and discover the world’s tallest asparagus
cake, “The Stalk” disco dance, and how the war on drugs
has changed everything. An amazing story of a feisty farm
community fighting to preserve their way of life.
• Fridays at the Farm
• Documentary - 19 minutes
• Directed by Richard Power Hoffmann
Featuring lush time-lapse and macro photography sequences
compiled from 20,000 still images, this personal essay is a
moving meditation on blossoming family and harvesting
• The Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet
• Documentary - 30 minutes
• Directed by Patsy Northcutt
Ecological Footprint founder Mathis Wackernagel explores the
implications of ecological deficits and provides examples of how
governments, communities, and businesses are using the Footprint
model to improve their ecological performance.
• Lost in the Woods: The Movie - Family Friendly - 30 minutes
• Directed by Laura & Robert Sams (Sisbro)
• Based on the Award Winning book by Carl R. Sams &
Winner of 30 National & International Awards, including
Best Picture Book 2005, this HILARIOUS film will delight
children of all ages - adults as much as kids. It is the
journey of growing up in spring, getting lost, finding your
way, and the animals and friends you make along the way.
• Adventures of Morty the Mosquito
• Family Friendly Animation - 3.5 minutes
• Directed by Bruce Dear
Best friends, Morti and Sammy awake to the sweet smell of
breakfast, and their antic filled pursuit of a meal may just
cause them to pay the ultimate price.
• Roberto the Insect Architect - Family Friendly
• Animation based on Best Selling book - 11 minutes
• Directed by Galen Fott & Jerry Hunt
This uniquely animated film tells the story of Roberto, a
termite who likes to build with wood, not eat it. And so he sets
off for the big city to pursue his dream of becoming an
architect. Despite hard times Roberto eventually finds a way
to build his dreams.
• The Vulcan science consulate, special studies in planetary evolution: Human alterations of sol-3
A collaboration between Federation and Vulcan Scientists will make a presentation at the Oakland Museum in Oakland, CA on April 14th, 2007. Bill Riley, Ph.D. (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Climate Change Scientist), Dan Gluesenkamp Ph.D. (Audubon California Plant Ecologist and Naturalist Extraordinaire) and Eric Berlow, Ph.D. (UC Merced Yosemite Field Station Manager and extreme skier) will reveal their findings after visiting planet Earth/California. These are real scientists, who will be role playing in official Star Fleet / Vulcan garb. Should be hilarious and informative. Audience participation encouraged!
• ECO-ART Roundtable Sponsored by WEAD, the Women’s Environmental Artists Directory
Renowned Environmental artists Andree Thompson, Praba Pilar, Sharon Siskin, and others discuss their works, inviting audience participation. Many of the same panel members from the eco-art presentation
at the Bioneers Conference.
• Who Will Cry for the Ice? A look at Climate Change and Imagination
Climate expert Carter Brooks, one of the first 50 people in the world to be trained by Al Gore on this topic, brings his unique brand of edutainment to the stage.
• WiserEarth & Women’s Earth Alliance
Melinda Kramer from Paul Hawkin’s Natural Capital Institute will share her innovative work that is bringing people together from all over the planet.
• Alternative Energy
Expert energy analyst, Alice LaPierre from the City of Berkeley, and Biodiesel aficionado, Ryan Lamberg from CommunityFuels, will give practical, cost saving advice and make energy efficiency more exciting than a fuel-celled pogo stick.
• Media with a Message