The Portland EcoFilm Festival at the Hollywood Theatre features films about the environment, nature conservation, outdoor adventure, agriculture, and community wellness. Screenings include a filmmaker Q&A or a panel discussion with local experts designed to engage audience participation and environmental conservation. 

Scroll down to see official film selections.



2015 Official Film Selections:

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HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD chronicles an eclectic group of young pioneers who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Alaska and ended up founding Greenpeace, thereby launching the worldwide green movement. Greenpeace cinematographer Ron Precious in attendance.


Congratulations to HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD - winner of the Portland EcoFilm Festival Best Feature Film Award!


Congratulations to original Greenpeace expedition cinematographer Ron Precious - winner of the Portland EcoFilm Festival EcoHero Award!


SILENCING THE THUNDER
In winter, Yellowstone Park’s wild bison migrate to lower elevations and exit the Park, placing them in danger of being killed and at the center of conflicts between government wildlife managers, ranchers, and bison advocates.

 

Congratulations to SILENCING THE THUNDER - winner of the Portland EcoFilm Festival Best Short Film Award!


THE EPIC OF EVEREST
The original 1924 film shot during George Mallory and Andrew Irvine's fatal climb of Mount Everest. Accompanying them was Captain John Noel, who documented the expedition, filming in brutal conditions with a hand-cranked camera and capturing images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. This film restoration by the British Film Institute includes the addition of an epic musical score. Watch trailer here.


LE SEMEUR/THE SOWER
LE SEMEUR is a portrait of artist and seed producer Patrice Fortier. Living on his farm in remote Quebec, Fortier preserves and propagates rare seeds in order to restore vitality and variety to our agricultural heritage. He’s also an artist, using seeds from his garden to create fantastic works of art, finding in farming a source of inspiration for his unique artistic expression. Watch trailer here.


NATURE IN STOP-MOTION ANIMATION WORKSHOP FOR KIDS AGES 7-13
Inspired by environmental artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Patrick Dougherty, this workshop will teach students to collaboratively create a large-scale installation made of natural objects and to capture the creative process through stop-motion animation. Afterwards, students will see their work premiere on the big screen at the Portland EcoFilm Festival's screening of All the Time in the WorldThis special workshop includes a Chipotle Mexican Grill catered lunch and free admission to the film!


ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
All the Time in the World chronicles a family of five who live for nine months in the Yukon Territory with no electricity, running water, or amenities in order to reconnect with each other and the natural environment. Watch trailer here.


JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
In a nation where one in ten is food-insecure,  Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce, and portion sizes and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Watch trailer here.


THE BREACH
The Breach is a riveting story of the journey of wild salmon and their precarious situation in the ecosystem of the American river system—specifically here in the Pacific Northwest. With director Mark Titus in attendance to discuss his film. Watch trailer here.


MONSOON
Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, Monsoon is a documentary exploration of a monsoon, the vast seasonal weather system that unifies the immense and varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion-plus inhabitants. Watch trailer here.


ECOSHORTS
A collection of eco short films spanning everything from the love of mushrooms to fermentation fetishists to environmental lawsuits against the government by teenagers.

FUNGIPHILIA RISING
By attending mushroom forays and fungus festivals, talking to scores of individuals from mycologists to artists, businessmen to locovore chefs, Fungiphilia Rising paints a vivid image of the secret life of mushrooms and its admirers.

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SILENCING THE THUNDER
In winter, Yellowstone Park’s wild bison migrate to lower elevations and exit the Park, placing them in danger of being killed and at the center of conflicts between government wildlife managers, ranchers, and bison advocates.
 

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SANDORKRAUT
A portrait of Sandor Ellix Katz, a self-described "fermentation fetishist" and author of New York Times best seller The Art of Fermentation, whose revival of ancient culinary practices has transformed his relationship with life and death.

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GAIA
Gaia (Mother Earth) is struggling for survival in an increasingly degraded and urbanized planet. Through the language of dance, Gaia tells a story relevant to everyone that inhabits the earth.

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BLACK GOLD
An animated film that reflects on the story of traditional indigenous trading routes while questioning the value and impact of today's ever-expanding network of oil and gas pipelines in British Columbia.

TRUST 350
A short film highlighting the work of tonight’s featured nonprofit, Our Children's Trust, which empowers and supports youth-driven legal actions holding government accountable to protecting the environment.
 


CRYING EARTH RISE UP and CHUITNA COAL: MORE THAN SALMON ON THE LINE
Local filmmaker spotlight!  This program features the work of Portland producer Courtney Hermann and Portland director Trip Jennings.

CRYING EARTH RISE UP
Two Lakota women fight to protect their drinking water from contamination by a nearby uranium mine. With producer Courtney Hermann in attendance!

CHUITNA COAL: MORE THAN SALMON ON THE LINE
This short film follows the journey of fly fishermen who travel to Alaska’s Chuitna Watershed to fight against the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine that threatens the salmon runs.


INTO THE MIND
With stunning cinematography, Into The Mind travels from Alaska to Bolivia to the Himalayas, painting a philosophical portrait of humankind via an outdoor adventure film. A Nepal earthquake relief fundraiser, presented with Mercy Corps, Mazamas, Mountain Shop, and the Nepali Association of Oregon.


BIKES VS CARS The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Bikes vs Cars looks at the daily global drama in traffic around the world and at people in biking communities who have a better future vision for our planet and how cities work. Film Executive Producer Chris Paine in attendance!


ONLY THE ESSENTIAL: A HIKE FROM MEXICO TO CANADA ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
In 2013, Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand. Only The Essential is the story of their five-month, 2668-mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington.


UPRIVER
Portland premiere under the stars! UPRIVER is a locally-produced feature film about the Willamette River and the many Oregonians coming together to shape the river's future. Screening at Sellwood Riverfront Park, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation and Freshwaters Illustrated.


THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. With director Avi Lewis and author Naomi Klein in attendance!


Thanks to our audiences, to the filmmakers, and to the many sponsors and community partners who were featured at our film screenings and/or on our event panel discussions!  Participants include: 350 PDX, Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper, DoubleTree Portland, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Friends of Portland Community Gardens, Greenpeace, Hollywood Farmers' Market, Human Access Project, Mazamas, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Natural Desert Association, Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Our Children's Trust, Pacific Crest Trail Association, PAE, Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Sierra Club Oregon, Stash Tea, Velo Cult, Whole Foods, Wild Salmon Center, Women in Film Portland, Willamette Riverkeeper.


The Founding Sponsor of THE PORTLAND ECOFILM FESTIVAL is Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Founding Sponsor of the Portland EcoFilm Festival, is dedicated to changing the way people think about food through finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers they are sourced from. Chipotle is committed to helping educate people about the importance of sustainability and their right to know where food comes from, in the hopes of effecting change and building awareness around social issues.


The Supporting Sponsor of THE PORTLAND ECOFILM FESTIVAL is New Belgium Brewing.