SYNOPSIS OF THE FILMS
Directors: Laurie Bompieyre and Victor Alexis Ferrand
Different forms of life, living in the surooundings of a river, converge to the branch on which a kingfisher is waiting for the arrival of a lost fellow, from the water.
Aghbalou: the Source of Water
Director: Remigiusz Sowa
Country: Poland / CF: Brazil, France, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Senegal, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 minutes 55 seconds
In the face of an increasingly hostile and unpredictable climate, AGHBALOU – The Source of Water combines a local story of struggle and neglect with a global call to action against the growing challenges of sustaining water and fighting poverty.
The oases of the Todgha Valley in Southern Morocco have successfully sustained livelihoods and agriculture for centuries through an ancient and elaborate system of underground channels, but today new threats and challenges are facing these age-old communities. The film aims to tell the story of people and their individual aspirations for a better future amid the swirl of challenges facing the area: population growth, groundwater over-extraction, emigration, climate change and unequal development, among others. The film explores irrigation practices in the Todgha Valley, a river oasis on the southern slopes of the High Atlas Mountains, revealing how agricultural developments can be both an opportunity and a possible threat to the rural poor. It looks at the future of agriculture in the region and presents potential strategies to adapt to growing water scarcity.
Director: Remigiusz Sowa
An award-winning documentary filmmaker with directing, filming and producing experience in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He is the director of a green film production company Chouette Films where he makes films for social change for a wide range of purposes, from education to development, environmental to humanitarian, and far beyond with a low environmental footprint.
This ambitious short film seeks to combine a local story of struggle and neglect with a global call to action against the growing challenges of sustaining water and fighting poverty. It is easy to take water for granted. Even at times when hosepipe bans are in place, it seems impossible to imagine a reality in which the taps run dry. It would be a mistake, though, to overlook the importance of this resource or to ignore the growing challenges of water security around the world.
Blue Nuit ( Midnight Blue)
Director: David Myriam
Duration: 8 min
This ecological tale takes us to the heart of the underwater world, between night and light, following the rhythm of a whale’s meditations, a privileged witness of human activity on the oceans.
Director: Xavi Tello and Rafa G Sanchez
Duration: 63 min
Hydro is an underwater non verbal risky adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, created thanks to the Internet and the use of collaborative Creative Commons licenses. Included at the genre NonVerbal Film developed by Ron Fricke (Baraka,1992) ,offers a no-words epic trip, accompanied by sounds and large musical atmospheres. The footage includes recordings of almost all the oceans, lakes and rivers, experimental videos and animation. Produced by Xavi Tello, Juanpe Gimeno and Rafa G. Sanchez, this Epic Odyssey has been possible thanks to footage submitted by 56 filmmakers, and the music of 16 musicians, with the participation of the legendary American band ‘Fugazi’, supporters of the movement DIY (do it yourself).
Rafa G. Sanchez, studied Image and Sound at Alicante and filmmaking at the film academy of Barcelona. Rafa is part of the collective ‘8 Monkeys’ working as director and screenwriter in this context. During the last eight years he has been diving, making music and creating underwater movies. He has been making video and music under Creative Commons licenses since 2004.
Xavi Tello, Producer and Director. During the last eight years he has been diving, making music and creating underwater movies. He also is the producer of an Independent Music Documentary. Xavi is working in audiovisuals since 2001. He has been making video & music under Creative Commons licenses since 2004.
Ballad of the Holland Island House – 2015
Director: Lynn Tomlinson
Duration: 4 min
The film is as short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house’s point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise.
Director: Lynn Tomlinson is an award winning animator, documentarian and sculptor focusing on community arts. She is the director of Summer Kitchen Studio, and lives in Orlando, Florida. She has been a professor at Cornell and the University of the Arts, an instructor at Richard Stockton College and Tufts University
It hit upon the Roof – 2015
Director: Teymour ghaderi
Duration: 4 min
A young boy is at home, alone with his sick mother. It is raining outside and the roof of their home is dripping. He is playing with his toys, and also collecting the pleaking water but one spot is very challenging where his mother is sleeping. He wants to keep his mother dry and does not want to wake her up.
Tampere International Short Film Festival 2013, Diploma of Merit
Best short film, berlin black film festival 2012 and 15 other awards
Teymour Ghaderi graduated in screen writing and photography. He is also a short story writer. He has directed three short films: Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise, Picking the down and It Hit Upon the Roof. Winner of 18 national and international awards (Canada, South Korea, Czech Republic and Turkey) for the films Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise and Picking the Down.
Aquarium – 2015
Director: Marisa Cecchetti
Duration: 5 min
A dance into the water of the deepest pool in the world that is in Italy.
Marisa is a skilled dancer, a certified scuba diver and also certified in apnea and free diving. With all these skills combined Marisa wants to merge the passion of dance, her knowledge of physics with diving and knowledge of video editing to create dance videos in water without breathing going to a depth of 17 meters dancing without fins and taking advantage of the beautiful and unique scenery of the deepest pool in the world.
The Island that was/ L’isola che c’era – 2015
Director: Alberto Gambato
In 1954, legendary Italian neorealist director Renato Dall’Ara shot his first short film, helped by a group of friends and Polesian cinema lovers. Being self-taught, he started the project almost just for fun about a fact which happened in Scano Boa, a thin, 5 kilometers long, sandy island full of mediterranean flora, the last one to separate the Po river delta from the Adriatic sea. 60 years later, Lamberto Morelli is the sole survivor of that crew.
Alberto Gambato received a degree in Film Direction in 2007 at the Film School directed by Marco Bellocchio. His shorts Velleità (2003) Dopo chi (2004) and uno in più (2005) get several selections and awards at italian festivals between 2003 and 2007. Since many years he collaborates with agencies such Alchimi-E, Marketing Arena and IDA Studio.
1st World Nations/ Indigenous People’s Rights
No Word for Worry – 2015
Director: Runar Jarle Wiik
Duration: 90 min
Language: Thai, Moken
As one of the last indigenous sea nomads, Hook must make a courageous voyage to salvage the remains of his unique culture. Hook grew up with the ocean as his universe; he is a sea nomad from a vanishing world. The film follows Hook from the bottom of the modern social ladder on a voyage into the heart of Moken territory off the coast of Myanmar. More than a quest to salvage the remains of his culture, he faces the universal questions of identity, love, loss and belonging.
Winner: Golden Chair, Norwegian Short Film Festival 2014,
Winner: Best Cinematography, Nordic Docs 2014
Audience Award Eurodoc 2014
Runar Jarle Wiik graduated from London International Film School in 1988, and has since been involved in over a hundred film and television productions as either writer, director, producer, editor, cinematographer or camera operator. In 1994 he made his feature film debut with The Bikini Season. Since then, he has mainly been accepting assignments as D.O.P. on documentaries around the world. His interests and focus lie predominantly on documentaries that address the plight of indigenous peoples.
Ringbalin – Breaking the Drought -2015
Director: Ben Pederick
A powerful documentary about the healing of Australia’s greatest river and its diverse peoples through ancient ceremony of culture and spirit. This is a story that started in 2010 with the Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin, a ceremony to save the Murray Darling Rivers from a decade of drought.
Back then farms were failing, people were losing hope, cities were running out of water, and the rivers and the Coorong were dying. Uncle Major Sumner knew that the traditional owners had to do something. He joined with other traditional owners to perform the Ringbalin, travelling down the river from Queensland to the Southern Ocean, doing ceremony every night, singing the spirit back into the river, and into themselves.
Ringbalins are old, something that had been done for tens of thousands of years. Then the tribes were stopped from doing it for 200 years, but when the whole nation needed a change they decided to start again. And that year, during the first Ringbalin, we all witnessed an amazing thing. As the different tribes danced, the weather started to change, and the rains began to fall. It took two weeks of dancing and travelling but by the time they reached the Coorong and the Murray Mouth the drought was broken.
What followed that year, and the next, was a flood; the most rainfall in Australia’s recorded history. People say it was always going to rain sometime, and of course it was, but the fact is that after a decade of drought it just started to rain when they danced. In the tribes and for many people along the river, it seemed that that was a gift from the ancestors.
Awards – Best Documentary Social and Political Issues
Ben Pederick began making documentaries in 1996 and in the last decade has produced and directed documentaries on human rights and the environment with organisations like National Geographic USA, Radio Free Asia and The Nature Conservancy. He was Series Director for National Geographic’s first digital expedition, working with Alexandra Cousteau to chronicle stories of water crisis across North America and internationally. Ben is a co-founder of production company Goodmorningbeautiful Films.
Conversations on the Lake – 2015
Director: Edie Steiner
Duration: 28 min
A film about land, water, and communities in rural northern Canada along Lake Superior. With the landscape as a central character of the film, speakers from rural towns, environmental organizations, and First Nation communities give voice to diverse ecological and social themes affecting Lake Superior. Themes include nuclear waste disposal, protection of water resources, and indigenous culture.
Edie Steiner is a Toronto based photographer and filmmaker. In the 1980s, as a member of The Funnel collective, she produced experimental films which were accompanied by her live music performances. As a member of LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto), she served on the Board of Directors, and produced independent short dramas and documentaries. Her films have featured her original music, in collaboration with Canadian and international artists. Among her published works is the text for Australian composer Colin Offord’s Bold New Strategies Suite (EMI International, 1999).
Breath of Swamps – 2015
Director: Ihar Chyshchenya
June 17, 2011, the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution 8470;794, “On some issues of peat extraction and optimization of specially protected natural areas system” that states about eight swamps as well as those in the reserves to be drained. The documentary film Breath of swamps narrates about balcklist swamps destined to drainage and life stories of its habitants. The film acquaints us with unusual beauty of swamps: full of life they play a critical part in preserving and maintaining the ecological balance and favourable environment for human life as also for plants and birds. Apart from that the film addresses the topic of swamps ecosystem corruption as a result of peat extraction. Whether the officials are justifiable when they prioritize to peat digging? Stories of the locals about how their life and home changed because of peat reclamation.
Ihar Chyshchenya was born in Belarus. He graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Arts with specialization director/ screenwriter. Also known for his work on Last Song (2014), Andrew Takindang, Focus on the middle (2013), Arena Today and Always (2012)
Sacred Spirit of Water – 2015
Director: Morningstar Mercredi
Water is considered to be sacred for the people of the first nations. As the first inhabitants in Canada traditional treatises were signed between the first nation’s people and the colonisers where the natural resources and the peoples rights are protected within traditional territories. However with time and the need for development these treatises are being compromised by the federal government.
Morningstar is a storyteller, actress, social activist, author, poet, playwright, producer, researcher and multi-media communicator. She has previously published one non-fiction children’s book, ‘Fort Chipewyan Homecoming’, which was a finalist in the Silver Birch young readers choice award in Ontario. In 2006, she also published, ‘Morningstar: A Warriors Spirit, plight of murdered and missing Aboriginal Women in Canada. She has acted in film, television, and on the stage, as well as, produced and hosted, First Voices, on CKUA Radio.
Ice-Bound – 2015
Director: Joseph Kraemer
Duration: 6 min
A visually stunning experimental short film.
Director: Jospeh Kraemer is an assistant professor in Townson university with a masters in Film and Media Arts.
Speechless: The Polar Realm – 2015
Director: Richard Sidey
Country: Canada, New Zealand etc
A visual study of the Polar regions over a decade, Richard Sidey gives us, Speechless – The Polar Realm, a non-verbal visual meditation of light, life, loss and wonder at the ends of the globe. With its powerful imagery and equally poignant orginal score by sound artist Miriama, it is a stunning and powerful film.
Best Music & Nature Film – Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, New York 2015
Best of Festival – Wolves Independent International Film Festival, Lithuania 2015
Best New Zealand Cinematography – Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland 2015
After completing a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design with Honors in Wellington, Richard Sidey specialised in environmental filmmaking and nature photography, documenting the polar regions, remote wilderness areas and their wildlife before co-founding the New Zealand based production company Galaxiid in 2016.
Project Ice – 2015
Director: William H Kleinert
Duration: 118 min
Formed by ice, filled by ice, often covered by ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, development and where we’re headed. Project Ice views North America’s fresh water inland ocean through the prism of ice, from the crossroads of history, science and climate change. North America’s five Great Lakes contain a staggering twenty percent of all the fresh water on the planet. Lake Superior by itself holds ten percent of Earth’s fresh water. Our 4K digital cinema cameras explore this shared Canadian-American resource that holds a timely and telling story of geology, human movement, population growth, industrialization, cultural development, recreation and the profound impact people have had on the very environment they cherish and depend upon. Ice sits at the heart of it all.
Best Documentary East Lasing Film Festival 2014
Award of Excellence 2014 Canada International Film festival
William Kleinert is a committed environmentalist, avid student of history and a 40-year veteran of the media business, with in-depth experience across traditional and new technology platforms, content creation and distribution channels. His media production, marketing, sales, management, executive, news and consulting experience spans three continents and fifteen countries.
Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Change
Director: Simon Lamb
Country: NZ/ UK
Language: (language not in English, have English subtitles)
Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Science is an award-winning documentary that focuses on climate scientists and their research. Filmmaker Simon Lamb interviews the scientists and allows them to explain their work in the field of climate science. The film discusses the physics of greenhouse gases, how average world temperatures are determined, how regular patterns of warming and cooling are correlated with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Thin Ice introduces viewers to scientists drilling in the Antarctic for climate history from ice and sediment cores, to others measuring changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets. The scientists discuss their work, and their hopes and fears with a candor and directness rarely seen by the public.
Winner,‘Audience Award’ at the Princeton Film Festival,
‘Best Popular Science Documentary’ at the Baikal Film Festival.
Simon Lamb gained his PhD in Geology at Cambridge University in 1984, and went on to study the origin of mountains in New Zealand, Tibet and the Andes. He was at Oxford University for 22 years, first as a Royal Society Research Fellow, and then University Lecturer and Fellow of St Anne’s and St. Cross Colleges. He has a major interest in communicating his subject to a wide audience, and has been closely involved in television science documentaries, both as scientific adviser and producer, including the BBC Earth Story series. Simon has also written two popular science books, one for the ‘Earth Story’ series (with David Sington), and most recently The Devil in the Mountain on his research in the Andes. He is currently Associate Professor in Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington.
Give World A Chance – 2015
Director: Bayar Banzragch
Duration: 53 min
Language: English subtitles
Journey into the world of Badar Papizan, a traditional musician living in the pristine mountain valleys of Bayan-Olgii province in western Mongolia. He is determined to pass on his extensive knowledge of folk arts, nature, and medicinal herbs to the next generation, and he worries that if we keep polluting our world, the mountain and river spirits will disappear and nature will lose its soul.
Bayar Banzragch was born in 1980 in Mongolia. In 2002 he graduated from the University of Culture and Arts with a major in painting. Since then, he has worked as a cameraman and director for TV programs and serials such as Time and Youth, Moment, You Guess, You Think and Night Rhythm. Currently he works as a director for his production company Semoon. In 2012 his film Give the World a Chance won the Second place in Egypt International Film Festival.
Films from Indian subcontinent
Angioplasty of Streams – 2015
Director: Aditya Seth
Langauage: Marathi/ Hindi
Shirpur traditionally a drought prone, backward tribal area has today emerged as an exemplary model of social development thanks to its much touted and much criticized “Shirpur Model”. It has turned around the fortunes of the area with effective regeneration of water and watershed management. Today, there are nearly 500 check dams in operation. These check dams have brought about a green revolution in these barren unfertile lands and given the farmer a happy livelihood and sustainable future.
Director: Aditya Seth is an award winning documentary filmmaker. He is an Academic Consultant for the University of South Wales, UK, University of Hertfordshire, UK and New Bucks University, UK and teaches Filmmaking and related media at the Under Graduate and Post Graduate level.
Jalia – 2015
Mohammad Manik (Shanu Manik), Ashrafi Binte Akram, ASM Mahbubur Rahman
The Dhepa is a small river of Dinajpur which is situated in the northern part of Bangladesh. This film has focused on 10-12 fishermen families that have been residing at Karnai village. Fishing, the traditional profession of the community, is unable to survive with the changing waters of Dhepa. The impact of manmade disasters have adversely affected the fish in the river and this has taken a toll on these fishermen and their families and has them rethinking about their profession in such uncertain conditions.
2nd Prize, Film Festival of “Beautiful Dinajpur”, Bangladesh
Shrinking Shores – 2015
Director: Ashish Rao
The film, ‘Shrinking Shores’ showcases the story of changing topography on the eastern coast of Odisha, India and emphasizes how global warming has affected the social and economic life of the people that reside there, apart from the catastrophic effect on the diverse ecosystem in the area.
Ashish Rao started his career as a wildlife and travel photographer. He is now working as Asst. Professor at Amity School of Communication. Working as cinematographer in Indian and international film and television industry, he contributed in various fiction films, documentaries, television commercials and corporate films.
Malipuram Dam/ Malipura Bandh – 2015
Director: Laxminarayan Devda and Deepak Verma
Language: Nimadi and Hindi
An earthen dam was constructed in Sivanpani village in the year 2002as part of a drought-proofing project. Six marginal tribal farmers with land around the dam are the direct beneficiaries. They are entitled to draw water from the dam for agriculture as well as use the reservoir for fishery. The reservoir also provides water for the village cattle through the year and recharges well water downstream. The beneficiaries signed a formal agreement at the time of the construction not to use the water for irrigation when it drops to a certain level in order to reserve it for the village cattle and to maintain the base flows for the wells downstream during dry summer months. But the water in the dam dried up completely in the summer 2015 causing immense distress as the agreement got violated by some of the beneficiaries. Will a film on the conflict help resolve the predicament?
Laxminarayan Devda is a tribal farmer from a remote village of Pandutalab in Bagli Tehsilis a media practitioner engaging in participatory filmmaking. He has been working with SPS Community Media since 2006, learning and discovering the joy of photography and chronicling people’s voices through short video films that are shared across communities as experiential learning.
Deepak Verma is a graduate from National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad with specialization in Animation Film Design.
Troubled Waters – 2015
Director: Govinda Nepal
A severe water crisis is facing Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. In this film, local people and experts try to tackle this growing problem. There are solutions, but the government and the people need to act quickly.
Govinda Nepal has been working in the field for about a decade now. His previous documentaries Jatra Hadigaun Ko and Nomads But Not had won awards in the Seventh Annual International Indigenous Film Festival and Kathmandu Short Film Festival respectively.
Nagar Aur Pani, Fir Wahi Kahani -2015
(Town, Water: Yet another usual story)
Director: Iqbal Hussain and Aajad Singh Khichi
Duration: 35 minutes
Language: Malwi, and Hindi
Bagli is a small town in Dewas District in Madhya Pradesh – trailing the severe water scarcity in the summer months, this film is an attempt by local filmmakers to understand the water distribution in their own neighbourhood, while tracing the real cause.
Iqbal Hussain , a youth from Bagli, a bright student, unfortunately had to leave school early on to support his family. He joined Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) Community Media Programme in 2011 looking for better prospect. At SPS he discovered his passion for making films where he is currently engaged in participatory filmmaking, chronicling people’s voices through short video films and sharing them across communities as experiential learning.
Aajad, a marginal farmer from Bagli, has been part of SPS Media since 2010- joined soon after school, looking for job to support his family as well as his college education. He began as an assistant in the People’s Mobile Cinema team, helping in screening films from village to village while pursuing his college studies. During the monsoon months, when the Mobile Cinema shuts down its open-air screening, Aajad lend helping hand in film productions and gradually was initiated into basic camera and computer work. Today he is a commerce graduate and a full-fledged filmmaker.
Theme: The Sea – Salmon and Corals
There’s a fish at the door – 2015
Director: Louie Batten
Country: United Kingdom
A Fish arrives at the door of a person who is not equipped to help him, or is he?
Louie Batten is a student of animation at University for the Creative Arts Farnham
The Return of the Salmon – 2015
Director: Tim Plowden
Time: 8 min
The theme of The Return of the Salmon is the final stage of the Salmon’s lifelong odyssey. The Salmon’s single-mindedness and determination is the driving force of the story. This short nature documentary zooms in on Salmon as they deal with challenges during their migration to their natal rivers in the vast Alaskan wilderness. What unfolds gives an insight to the key role of Salmon in their environment and reflects the cyclical nature of life.
Award of Merit, IndeFest Film Awards. 2015
Winner 2015, Best Alaskan Film, Alaska Film Awards
Videographer and photographer Tim Plowden, comes from the British Isles and has travelled far and wide to photograph wildlife. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and been featured in exhibitions.
The Pristine Coast – 2015
Director: Scott Renyard
Duration: 110 min
While making a film about the impacts of open net pen fish farms on wild pacific Salmon, film maker Scott Renyard discovers the impacts are much broader and include many, if not all, fin fish. Crashes of fish populations in the North Pacific and Atlantic oceans in the mid to late 1980’s have resulted in catastrophic cascades that have impaired the biological pumps in the oceans. This, in turn, makes open net pen fish farming a very important part of the climate change puzzle and perhaps a major cause of ocean acidification and the release of carbon dioxide from the oceans into the atmosphere.
Best use of wildlife and natural history footage, Focal International awards, 2015
Reaching Blue – 2015
Director: Ian Hinkle
Country: Canada/ United States
Reaching Blue is the story of a coastal way of life under threat, where hope is found in stories of our past while facing the challenges of the future. A film from the Salish Sea: a writer, an oyster farmer, an ocean scientist see the impacts of climate change first hand. Fifteen cinematographers contribute imagery from deep-sea submarines, advanced ocean research vessels and drone cameras to expose the changes the coastal waters face and its connection to the oceans.
Ian Hinkle is a communications specialist and documentary filmmaker currently based in Victoria, Canada. He has been chasing essential stories globally since 1992, with a focus on expanding awareness about socially and politically important issues. From his directorial debut The Living Coast and Long Road North, he is a veteran of numerous award-winning broadcast and media projects worldwide.
Fragile Waters – 2015
Director: Rick Wood and Shari Macy
Country: USA / Canada
Duration: 51 min
One of the most endangered populations of orca whales are on the brink of extinction. Fragile Waters tells the stories of those fighting to save them, and their environment. It also tries to raise awareness for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales and their equally endangered prey source: Chinook Salmon. Through interviews with the world’s leading scientific experts researching Southern Resident Killer Whales, Native tribal leaders, and environmentalists, the film is a cautionary tale of a damaged Eco system and a small band of heroes trying to save it. Wild orcas, sea otters, seals and other animals who share the Salish Sea are captured in stunning video scenes, both above and below the water. There is hope…but time is running out.
Rick Wood is an award-winning newspaper journalist, author and filmmaker, whose previous documentaries focused on sea turtles and manatees. He has previously worked on Fly, Colt, Fly (production coordinator) and Journey Home (director). His first book, “Nature Aware,” has been on the Amazon Bestsellers list several times.
Shari Macy has been an on-camera reporter for Northwest Indian News for four years, reporting on environmental and modern anthropological stories. Most recently, she co-directed, filmed, audio-mixed, and edited the documentary Fragile Waters, along with Rick Wood, Director’s Statement
The Shuswap traditional territory encompasses a large portion of modern day British Columbia, Canada. Through her culture, she learned from an early age that stewardship of the land and waters was sacred. Through film, underwater photography and traditional First Nation crafts taught to her by her grandmother and mother, she dedicates her life to raising awareness and promoting action for a more sustainable planet.
“Our endgame is to inspire action and showcase hope. These issues aren’t unsolvable, but the window of opportunity to actually save them is getting smaller, day-by-day.”
Angel Azul – 2015
Director: Marcelina Cravat
Duration: 72 min
Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he’s cast from live models. When algae overtakes the reefs however, experts provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. Peter Coyote generously provides insightful narration that leaves viewers pondering our connection to this valuable and beautiful ecosystem.
Best Cinematography, Bel-Air Film Festival 2014
Best Documentary, Breckenridge Film Festival 2014
Best Documentary ECOUP film Festival 2015
Winner, Grand Prize- Best Documentary Julien Dubuque Film Festival 2015
Winner best Special Focused doc, La Femme Film Festival 2015
Award winning Director Marcelina (Marcy) Cravat trained at Art Centre College of Design and The Berkeley Digital Film Institute. She is currently directing her third documentary, Dirt Rich which focuses on returning carbon to the soil to reverse the effects of runaway global warming. Her passion and concern for the environment makes environmental filmmaking the best opportunity for her to contribute at this time.
Secrets of the Kimberly – 2015
Director: Trevor Almeida
Duration: 35 min
The Kimberley, Australia is one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the world. Its marine ecosystems are amongst the world’s most pristine. At 424500 square kilometres the Kimberley is bigger than Italy or Germany and it has over 3000 uninhabited islands. This documentary takes you on an expedition into this remote region with a team of scientists and an artist. What they find redefines their values and how they view the natural world. It showcases one of the last great wilderness areas through incredible wildlife- big and small.
Trevor Almeida has been producing films, video and interactive media for over 18 years. His past documentary commissions include Western Australia’s Marine Environment, Carbon Dioxide and Our Coral Reefs. In 2010 his independent film My Home the Block was selected for the F4 program at the AIDC and has screened on the cable network through NITV. He worked as an editor for 100 meter films in Japan on their award winning feature film Firefly Dreams. He currently runs Geonewmedia, a production company focusing on science, innovation and technology digital media.
River Blue – 2015
Director: David McIlvride
River Blue chronicles an unprecedented, three years around the-world river adventure that follows paddler and renowned river conservationist, Mark Angelo, as he travels down some of the world’s greatest rivers, as well as some of the most polluted. In the midst of an amazing journey, he and his crew uncover the dark side of the global fashion industry. The dumping of toxic chemical waste from the manufacturing of our clothing, by some of our favourite brands, who are the world’s most massive polluting problems, and it has flown largely under the radar, until now.
David McIlvride is a Gemini Award-winning Director who has written, directed and produced some of the most respected documentary series’ on television for broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and History Channel. A passionate storyteller, David has traveled the globe in order to tell the stories of people who normally would not have access to a global audience.
Children of the Tsunami – 2015
Director: Dan Reed
Language: Japanese and English
On March 11th 2011 Japan was hit by the greatest tsunami in a thousand years. Through compelling testimony from 7-10 year-old survivors, this film reveals how the deadly wave and the Fukushima nuclear accident have changed children’s lives forever.The story unfolds at two key locations: a primary school where 74 children were killed by the tsunami; and a school close to the Fukushima nuclear plant, attended by children evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone.
Dan Reed is a director and producer, known for Closure (2007), Terror in Mumbai (2009) and The Valley (2000).
Escaping the Flood/ Het water komt – 2015
Director: Frans Bromet
Country: The Netherlands
Duration: 50 min
For over 40 years filmmaker Frans Bromet and his wife Anita are living in the North of Holland in a small and beautiful village called Ilpendam. It’s a quiet village surrounded by water. Also the production company of Bromet is here. The children of Bromet are born and raised there and also his five grandchildren are growing up there. For Bromet the headlines in the news about the climate change and disaster scenario’s are very disturbing. Surrounded water, the village Ilpendam, where Bromet lives comfortably, is in great danger of disappearing under the sea. In this documentary Frans takes his camera and goes on a search for answers from many different climate experts and other experts in this area as much as possible information. The family Bromet goes on the search to a future dry accommodation in the higher part of the Netherlands in Drenthe. The children of Bromet don’t want to leave their birth place. It is going to be tough for the family to make a joint decision.
Director: Frans Bromet studied at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam. During his studies he founded together with Jan de Bont, Rene Daalder, Rem Koolhaas and Kees Meyering film group 1,2,3. Started as a cameraman include films like Ciske de Rat and Hoping for the best. He later switched to making documentaries in which he acts as interviewer behind the camera.
A State of Emergency – 2015
Director: Casey Acaster
A State of Emergency is a short documentary that discusses the drought in California, particularly how the water shortages are affecting Southern California farmers, local relationships with policy-makers, and the environment. Through interviews and verite scenes with a local Ventura county farmer, The California Secretary of Natural Resources, and an environmental activist from The Surfrider Foundation, this film delves into a deeper understanding of how the drought is affecting Californian’s on a personal level, and how they plan to address the drought as it comes closer to a point of no return.
With an inclination for environmental advocacy, Casey Acaster creates documentary film on those lines.
Shored Up – 2015
Director: Ben Kalina
When superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast it was a wake-up call to a new reality. Shored up takes us to the heart of this climate change controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and Science collide. Beginning three years before Sandy hit and following the debates over beach replenishment and other attempts to hold back the sea, Shored up is a convincing call for action along the coasts of the USA. As the oceans rise and storms flood towns and cities, we have a choice to make: Do we continue development despite the risks, or do we heed scientific warnings…before it is too late.
Ben Kalina is a film director and producer whose work focuses on the intersection of science, culture and the environment. He directs and produces original documentaries, narrative shorts and cross-media projects as well as client-driven video productions. Ben has worked for years with Niijii Films on the documentaries Two Square Miles and A Sea Change, two award-winning films which have been successfully deployed for environmental justice and education, and both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. His most recent project is Shored Up, which explores the Army Corps’ controversial and ongoing beach replenishment project along the New Jersey Shore. In addition to his documentary work Ben has won several international awards for his short narrative film Diorama.
Ecocide: Voices from Paradise
Director: Juliet Brown
Duration: 58 min
The residents of Grand Isle, the inhabited island off the coast of Louisiana, thought they were living in paradise until the 2010 BP oil spill hit their shores. Taking a look inside the island community, Juliet Brown reveals the devastating repercussions of the worst man-made environmental disaster in US history and explores whether the excessive use of chemical dispersants has meant to clean up effort has been more destructive to human health than the spill itself. The film gives a voice to a marginalized community living at the accident’s Ground Zero, where the oil first washed ashore.
Juliet Brown, Camera man, director and producer of independent documentary films with an experience of multiple cultures growing up has made her inclined towards developing ethnographic films. With interest in learning traditional skills and the need to collect video oral history along the coast of USA had led to a project that was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts scholarship. With a Masters in Arts in Documentary Direction from the National Film & Television School in the UK her graduation film Noah’s Canoe, a coming of age transgender story set in Maine’s north woods, was short-listed for the Royal Television Society’s Post-Graduate Factual Award. Ecocide had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest in the Green Award Category and London Premiere at open City Docs in the Best UK Doc category. Presently Juliet is a freelancer based in South Kilburn Studios, training and mentoring young filmmakers.
Black Ice – 2015
Director: Marrten van Rouvery
Duration: 53 mins
When Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint by Russian Special Forces, the Arctic 30 were thrust into headlines all over the world.
Honourable mention, wild and Scenic Festival-Nevada City 2014.
Maarten van Rouveroy is a documentary film maker, cameraman and editor. Having graduated as a marine biologist and cinematographer, his main interests lie in the natural world, the environment and film making. He is currently employed as the head of video production at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam. Together with a small team of producers, he is responsible for producing, shooting and editing a wide spectrum of productions ranging from news to short form documentaries and creative web videos. Next to his work at Greenpeace, Maarten has also produced and shot a number of documentary films on a range of environmental, political and social issues, including Rijssen’s Silent War about the tension and parallels between orthodox Christians and Muslims in the Dutch village of Rijssen.
Oil and Water – 2015
Director: Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda
Duration: 78 m
Country: USA/ Ecuador
Oil and Water is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.
Green Planet award, Grand Prize, Rhode island International Film Festival
Winner: Jury and Audience Awards – best documentary – Northampton International Film Festival
Winner: Grand Prize – best documentary- Audience Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival
Laurel Spellman Smith is a two-time regional Emmy Award-winning producer of national and local programs for PBS including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the documentary Faith & Fear: The Children of Krishna. She became an independent producer in 2003 and in addition to Oil & Water she co-directed and produced the women’s health documentary Busting Out which aired on Showtime and the Iraq War documentary The Corporal’s Diary, seen on PBS stations, Al Jazeera English and Link TV. She is also a fan of other people’s films and is an annual juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
Francine Strickwerda is an award-winning director, writer and producer of documentary films and Web sites. She co-directed the feature film Oil & Water for PBS, as well as Busting Out, a feature documentary about the history and politics of America’s obsession with the female breast, which aired on Showtime. She produced and executive edited national PBS Web sites including Don’t Buy It, Videogame Revolution and Exploring Space, and was a senior producer at HealthTalk.com. She currently runs Hullabaloo, a Seattle production company with her husband.
Hyrdo: The Film – 2015
Director: Xavi Tello
In Collaboration with the Creative Commons, the works and footage of 56 filmmakers and 16 musicians give us a non-verbal adaptation of Odyssey using the world underwater. The diver and filmmaker Xavi Tello wanted to create an underwater non verbal film, with music and material available on the web.
Experimental Remi Award at 48th Houston World Fest 2015
Best Kids Feature .Queen City Film Fest 2015
Xavi Tello is currently working as a visual advisor and editor of ‘Second World War Series’ for Pacific Media .He has been making videos and music under Creative Commons licenses since 2004.