2016 Film Festival Program Saturday April 30, 2016 | Sweet's Ballroom, Oakland, CA

VIP Happy Hour At 5pm

2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Drinks

Sponsored by Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
Featuring delicious authentic Vietnamese sandwiches and rice bowls from Bicycle Banh Mi, sweet treats from VAINILLA Bakery, and a bottomless Klean Kanteen pint cup to enjoy your beverage of choice.

General Admission, Environmental Fair and Silent Auction at 6pm

2015 Wild & Scenic Silent Auction

Sponsored by Altshuler Berzon LLP
Includes interactive exhibits from local green business and Rose Foundation grantees. We’ll also feature an enticing silent auction selection along with opportunity drawings for valuable prizes from Patagonia, Klean Kanteen and more! Featured silent auction items include 2-day whitewater rafting trip from ARTA River Trips, entry for four to Disneyland theme park, Oakland A’s Tickets and more! Are you a grantee interested in tabling? Contact Jasmine Amons at jamons-at-rosefdn.org

Special Guests

Teresa BakerTeresa Baker, Founder of African American Nature and Parks Experience

As the Founder of African American Nature and Parks Experience, Teresa’s vision is anchored in interacting with outdoor entities (i.e. retailers, NGOs, federal agencies) that are having difficulty engaging diverse audiences within their organization and in outdoor arenas, such as national parks. The African American Nature and Parks Experience network provides communities across the country with opportunities to participate in events that speak to culture, heritage and lifestyle. She parlays this introduction into an experience that dramatically changes perceptions and behaviors relative to the national parks and, by default, fosters the next generation of diverse, informed and loyal park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts.

Teresa has shown great event planning skills, as demonstrated in the recent Buffalo Soldiers trail retracing pilgrimage, from the Presidio of San Francisco into Yosemite national park. She also spearheaded the Muir Campfire discussion on Diversity and Relevancy, where she gathered a group of 40 people from various government agencies and outdoor organizations for a 3-day summit to discuss actionable efforts to bring a more diverse workforce to the industry. One of the outcomes from this gathering was the film, Diversity and Inclusion in our Wild Spaces, which is currently making the rounds to various environmental film festivals across the country. Currently working on several collaborations, Teresa continues to find time to spend outdoors, embracing the environment that she so feverishly battles to protect. Teresa will introduce the film Diversity and Inclusion in Wild Places.

Maggie CaldwellMaggie Caldwell, Filmmaker

Maggie Caldwell is Earthjustice’s Advocacy Communications Manager for the Lands, Oceans and Wildlife program. She believes that a powerful story told well can change the world for the better. After eight years as an award-winning newspaper reporter and magazine journalist her writing has appeared in Mother Jones, Grist, Salon, the San Francisco Public Press and Truthout. Her passion for protecting wildlife and wild lands stems from a childhood spent running around in the woods of New England.

Kelly CarlisleKelly Carlisle, Founder of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

Kelly D. Carlisle, founded Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project in 2010 after she returned to East Oakland and saw that the community of her childhood had few positive outlets and activities for youth. She started gardening with her daughter and decided to start an organization centered in farming that would benefit children. She now serves as the executive director. Kelly is an avid gardener and an Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee. She was selected as one of 200 U.S. Delegates to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2012 and 2014. In December 2011, she was listed as the Bon Appetit Good Food Fellow. Kelly is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and 2015 Veteran of the Year. She is an active member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition.
In 2014, Kelly’s work at ANV was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama. She has worked with and mentored pre-teen and teenage youth since the age of 14. A native of East Oakland, California, she is committed to creating positive change in her childhood city. In her free time Kelly likes to watch Game of Thrones and read Stephen King novels. Kelly will be on hand at our film festival to introduce her film, Growing Strong.

Brennan KingBrennan King, Filmmaker
Brennan is a Berkeley based filmmaker. After graduating from Vancouver Film School with a Screenwriting degree, moved to the Bay Area and began collaborating with some amazing people. Over the last seven years he’s created compelling stories for brands, musicians, and non-profits. Brennan is responsible for our very own New Voices Are Rising film, and will be on hand at our film festival to introduce it.


Mother of All Rivers

Mother Of All Rivers

Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
Berta Caceres rallied her indigenous Lenca people to wage a grassroots protest that successfully pressured the government of Honduras and the world’s largest Chinese dam builder, SinoHydro, to withdraw from building the Agua Zarca Dam. Will Parrinello, Mill Valley Film Group. 9 min.

Restoring HopeRestoring Hope

Jean Wiener is reviving his country’s drastically depleted marine life by restoring coral reefs, planting over a million mangrove trees and establishing the first Marine Protected Areas to combat deforestation and build coastal resilience. In a country plagued by extreme poverty and political instability, Wiener led community efforts to establish the Marine Protected Areas by empowering Haitians to see the long-term value in sustainably managing fisheries and mangrove forests. Narrated by Robert Redford, Restoring Hope illustrates how an ordinary person can effect extraordinary change. John Antonelli, Mill Valley Film Group. 6 min.

The Accidental EnvironmentalistAccidental Environmentalist

John Wathen was just an average guy until coming into contact with toxic chemicals, stumbling upon a video camera, and discovering his passion for protecting Alabama’s waters. Kristine Stolakis, Southern Exposure Film Fellowship.12 min.

Skateboarding in Pine RidgeSkateboarding in Pine Ridge

In 2011, Walt Pourier, the Founder of The Stronghold Society, started work on the first skatepark in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. In 2015 with the help of Levis® Skateboarding, Vitalogy Foundation (Pearl Jam’s non-profit organization) and Wounded Knee Skateboards they began building a new skatepark in the neighboring district of Manderson. This documentary explores the positive impact skateboarding is having on the Oglala Lakota children and the people of Pine Ridge and Manderson. Greg Hunt. 17 min.

Diversity and Inclusion in Our Wild PlacesDiversity & Inclusion

Sponsored by Mechanics Bank
A campfire discussion on improving the diversity of both the visitation and the employment within our parks and wild spaces happened last May in Yosemite National Park. A gathering of extraordinary people from non-profit agencies, land management bureaus and those involved in the movement to encourage more people of color to visit and seek careers in the outdoors brings light to important issues facing today’s conservation movement and outdoor recreation. Jason Fitzpatrick. 8 min.

A Line in the SandA Line in the Sand

If you only had 2 minutes to advocate for Wilderness, what would you say? Chris Jordan-Bloch. 2015. 5 min.

New Voices Summer Institute 2015-3Voices of Oakland

Last summer New Voices Are Rising collaborated with five environmental justice programs to give Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy students an in-depth look at what it means to be a leader for environmental health in their community.


The Fable of the WolfFable of the Wolf

Sponsored by Earthjustice
A long time ago wolves and men hunted together, but over time this relationship changed. This animated short explores the relationship between wolf and man and how that relationship has affected wild ecosystems. Charlie Cardillo, Maggie Caldwell, Chris Jordan-bloch. 3 min.

Sagebrush SistersSagebrush Sisters

Join three intrepid women, from ages 65 to 80, as they hike more than 50 miles following a pronghorn migration path across the high desert. The Greater Hart-Sheldon Region on the Oregon-Nevada border is a wildlife stronghold in the sagebrush sea, and these women hope to keep it that way. Oregon Natural Desert Association, Wahoo Films. 7 min.

Invisible Ocean: Plankton & PlasticInvisible Ocean

Sponsored by the Port of Oakland
‘Invisible Ocean: Plankton & Plastic’ follows NYC sci-artist Mara Haseltine as she create a sculpture to reveal a microscopic threat beneath the surface of the ocean. During a Tara Oceans expedition to study the health of the oceans, Haseltine finds an unsettling presence in samples of plankton she collected. The discovery inspires her to create a sculpture that shows that the microscopic ocean world affects all life on Earth. The film features Mara G. Haseltine, Christian Sardet (The Plankton Chronicles, TARA Oceans) and Mark Anthony Browne (Ecologist NCEAS). Emily V. Driscoll. 9 min.

The Thousand Year JourneyThe Thousand Year Journey

Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. Friend and filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for a month and a half to pose the question “why?” Jenkins’ poignant answers are woven together with sun-soaked travel footage and shots of life on the move in this short film about shattering routines, staying open-hearted and keeping the flames of inspiration not just burning, but raging. The Thousand Year Journey is a paean to travel, adventure and, as Jenkins puts it, “turning your 100 years on this planet into 1,000.” Kenny Laubbacher. 2015. 4 min.

In CurrentIn Current

Rowing a dory in the Grand Canyon is considered by some as the most coveted job in the world. It can take 20 years of paying your dues to earn a seat on one of these legendary wooden boats. Amber Shannon has been boating the Grand Canyon nine years, trying to work her way from the baggage boat to a dory, while spending as many days possible in current. Ryan Heffernan, Grayson Schaffer, Ben Knight, Talweg Creative. 5 min.

A Dam ProblemA Dam Problem

Building successful relationships takes time but those relationships are the key to completing a successful dam removal and floodplain restoration project near Sisters, OR, that benefited farmers, fish and the surrounding ecosystem. Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Wahoo Films. 2015. 6 min.

The Fisherman’s SonFisherman's Son

Sponsored by New Resource Bank
Born and raised in a small fishing community in Chile, Ramón Navarro found his passion riding some of the biggest waves on the planet. This film focuses on Ramón’s rise to fame and how he’s using his legend status in surfing to speak out for the protection of his lifelong home. Chris Malloy. 29 min.

Growing Strong

Kelly Carlisle was thrust into civilian life and motherhood. By teaching children in her neighborhood to grow and cook healthy food, she’s transformed herself and her community. Kevin Gordon, An Arcos Films / Sub64 Films Production. Mental Health Channel, LLC. 6 min.

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