2014 Film Festival


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2014 Film Festival Program

Backyard (27 min) Sponsored by Earthjustice

Backyard tells the stories of five people in four states, all with very different backgrounds, but all at odds with the natural gas extraction occurring around them. Despite their differences, unnerving similarities emerge from their experiences with the massive unseen entity that is “the industry.”

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Cafeteria Man: Memphis Makeover (6 min) Sponsored by Nutiva

This film is the continuing story of Chef Tony Geraci’s journey to reform school lunch programs nationwide. After the release of the film Cafeteria Man, chronicling the extraordinary school lunch reform effort Tony led in Baltimore, the city of Memphis, TN approached him with a deal he couldn’t refuse: to show what was possible with support and funding in changing the lunch and, as it turned out, breakfast and dinner programs. Now Tony serves 200,000 meals a day in Memphis!


Harvest of Shadows (8 min)

California has the nation’s richest agricultural regions and an estimated 450,000 undocumented farm laborers currently work in the state. This short highlights the Central Valley’s farm fields and small towns, sharing interviews that shed light on the lives of these communities of people.

Plum harvest. Kingsburg, California.

The Scared is Scared (8 min)

I asked a six year old what my movie should be about, and this is what he told me.


The Last Ice Merchant (14 min)

For over 50 years Baltazar Ushca has harvested the glacial ice of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo. His brothers, both raised as ice merchants, have long since retired from the mountain. This is a story of cultural change and how three brothers have adapted. Best Short Doc, Woodstock FF, Woods Hole FF


Ryan’s Stories (7 min)

Ryan Hudson grew up in and out of homeless shelters. At 14, Ryan was introduced to snowboarding through Outdoor Outreach, dedicated to using outdoor activities to empower at risk youth. Now competing as a semi-pro athlete, Ryan’s story shares just how transformational the outdoors can be.


Moonwalk (4 min)

Dean Potter is nothing if not creative. In this short piece, he highlines across a desert landscape with a massive full moon as his backdrop. Best Adventure Film, Port Townsend FF.

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Honor the Treaties (14 min)

Photographer Aaron Huey fights for Native American rights on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The film explores the idea that journalists often “get the story wrong.”

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Young Voices for the Planet: Olivia’s Birds & The Oil Spill (7 min)

Olivia loves the Louisiana gulf coast where her grandparents live. When the BP Oil Spill devastates the coast, Olivia creates 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon’s bird rescue.

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COMPOST-a-lujah! (3 min)

Let’s face it: composting isn’t the most glamorous of topics or activities. It can be dirty, rotten, and smelly. But it doesn’t have to be. Meet Linda Olsen – master composter.

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Tahoe Time 1.5 (5 min)

The beauty and essence of Tahoe is addictive. Experience Tahoe over 14 months. This short film is the next best thing to being there.

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Julio Solis: A Move Shake Story (10 min)

In his youth, Julio was a poacher of sea turtles until a life-changing mentor shifted his perspective about his relationship with the ocean. Julio now works to protect sea turtles by running a nonprofit dedicated to preserving Magdalena Bay’s natural resources. His story is one of perseverance and personal growth as he works to change the tide for the future of his community. Moving Mountains Award, Mountain FF

 Julio Solis, A MoveShake Story

The Story of Solutions (9 min)

We’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, malls, and Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing, and polar icecaps are melting. But what if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs, and a better chance to survive on the planet?                       


I am Red (4min)

The Colorado River runs 1,450 miles across seven states and two countries supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to sea six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s.

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Two Laps (5 min)

Val and Pete have been swimming together every morning for the past seventeen years. Once a year they have a race, two laps up and back. Best International Short, Film Rus

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Thirsty for Justice Trailer (2 min)

In the richest nation on earth, and wealthiest state in the nation, how can so many people lack access to safe affordable water for their basic human needs? Thirsty for Justice shares powerful stories of those who suffer from this assault on their personal health and human dignity, as well as the inspiring story of the grassroots movement that made the human right to water the law of the land in California.

Water & Wood (4 min)

After more than a century of ‘cleaning’ dead wood out of our rivers, we have accidentally removed critical life support systems needed for salmon and many other river creatures. Water & Wood shows how far some restoration groups are going to get this important habitat element back into rivers.

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