2017 FESTIVAL FILM SELECTIONS and SPECIAL GUESTS:
Winner of the 2017 Portland EcoFilm Festival's Best Feature Film Award
FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE
Filmmaker Keri Pickett and film subject Winona LaDuke in attendance for post-film discussion!
Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth’s destruction. When proposed new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona organizes a spiritual horse ride against the oil “because a horse can kill a snake.” Directed by Keri Pickett | 2017 | US | 94 MINS
Winner of the 2017 Portland EcoFilm Festival's EcoHero Award
Indigenous leader, environmentalist and writer Winona LaDuke - subject of the film FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE
Winner of the 2017 Portland EcoFilm Festival's Best Short Film Award
Forest ecology students at the Cranberry Lake Biological Station, a remote research station in the Adirondacks, lead us through an immersive meditation on experiential learning as a way to arouse relationships between humans and nature.
Directed by Zoya Baker | 2017 | US | 17 MINS.
LOST IN LIGHT
A RIVER'S LAST CHANCE
CALLED TO RESCUE: REDEFINING OUR BARNYARD STORY
SAVING THE DESCHUTES RIVER & NAIMUNI
SILA AND THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE ARCTIC
THIS PLACE CALLED NUKA: COURTING ADVENTURE IN WILD ALASKA
PROTECT THE COLUMBIA FROM THE WORLD'S LARGEST METHANOL REFINERY
DANCING WITH YOUR DREAMS
A special presentation of the 1966 film classic, presented by Steven Wise, President of the NonHuman Rights Project. A portion of the show's proceeds donated to support the NonHuman Right Project, which works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy and education.
WOMEN WORKING FOR THE WILD
An evening of short films about women wilderness advocates. Presented in partnership with the Crag Law Center, the Mazamas and BARK.
MAIDEN OF THE MOUNTAIN - about legendary activist Kate McCarthy, who played a key role in protecting Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. (Producers: Trip Jennings, Ralph Bloemers, Sara Quinn / Balance Media)
OPERATION MOFFAT - about Britain's first female climbing guide, Gwen Moffat and young women adventurers who find inspiration in her legacy. (Director: Jen Randall / Light Shed Pictures)
WATER SONG - about Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña, who stopped the Conga gold mine. (Director: Will Parrniello / Mill Valley Film Group
SAGEBRUSH SISTERS - about the 50-mile hike of three Oregonian women, ages 65 -80, along the pronghorn antelope migration route between Sheldon Natl. Wildlife Refuge and Hart Mountain Natl. Antelope Refuge. (Director: Michelle Alvarado / Wahoo Films, Oregon Natural Desert Association)
THINK LIKE A SCIENTIST: BOUNDARIES - about conservation photogrpher Krista Schyler, who documents the environmental impact of the US / Mexico border wall. (Director: Neil Losin / Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
WOLF OR 7 EXPEDITION
Follow the six adventurers of the Wolf OR-7 expedition team, as they retrace the route taken by the GPS-collared wolf known as OR-7. OR-7 was born in NE Oregon and in 2011 left his pack and dispersed south to find new territory. He became the first known wolf in California in 90 years, and remains alive and wild. OR-7's travels, and his story, are an exploration of historic and modern-day human and wolf coexistence. (Director: Daniel Byers) Benefit film screening for our event's presenting partner, Oregon Wild.
LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY
Look & See is a documentary film of the world as lensed through the works of farmer, writer and activist Wendell Berry. It revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community. (Director Laura Dunn, Co-Director Jef Sewell) Presented in partnership with Literary Arts.
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Film Director Jeff Orlowski and a team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Filmed over more than three years, including 650+ hours underwater, submissions of footage from volunteers from 30 countries and the support of (500) people from various locations from around the globe. (Director: Jeff Orlowski, Exposure Labs)
FILMING THE FOSSIL FUEL RESISTANCE - A BENEFIT FOR THE RELUCTANT RADICAL
In 2016, filmmakers Lindsey Grayzel and Deia Schlosberg (Producer, HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN'T CHANGE) filmed two of the five "#Shut It Down" climate activists who staged a direct action protest by manually turning off all pipelines carrying Canadian tar sands oil into the US, stopping the flow of oil. When the filmmakers were arrested and charged with the same felonies as the climate activists- charges that carried penalties up to 40 years in prison- it sent reverberations throughout the world of professional media makers, raising concerns about law enforcement’s encroachment on freedom of the press and about the impact on future media coverage of climate change. Now the two filmmakers have joined forces to bring Grayzel’s film about one of the #ShutItDown activists, THE RELUCTANT RADICAL to the big screen! (Filmmakers: Lindsay Grayzel and Deia Schlosberg) 100% of all box office proceeds donated to help finish the film! Presented in partnership with 350PDX and KBOO Community Radio.
Promised Land centers on two indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook Indian Nation, as they both fight for the restoration of treaty rights still legally denied to them by the US government. The film is an exploration of the inseparability of identity and place, the ways society and government look at tribal sovereignty, and a deep look at whose land we inhabit. (Directors: Vasant and Sarah Samudre Salcedo) 100% of all ticket sales donated to The Chinook Nation. Presented in partnership with the Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Columbia Riverkeeper, Greenpeace Pacific Northwest, Climate Solutions and Tall Firs Productions.