2018 Portland EcoFilm Festival Opening Night:
A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Special guests: event co-host Oregon Wild and filmmakers Sarah Koenigsberg, Katie Falkenberg & Shane Anderson in attendance for post-film discussion
Ticket purchase includes admission to festival opening night party!
The Beaver Believers
Thursday, Sept. 27 | 7:00 pm | OREGON FILM PREMIERE
The Beaver Believers tells the urgent and whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists - a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist, and a hairdresser - who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, furry little engineer, to the watersheds of the American West.
As a keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the biodiversity, complexity, and resiliency our watersheds need to absorb the impacts of climate change. Beavers can show us the way and even do much of the work for us, if only we can find the humility to trust in the restorative power of nature and our own ability to play a positive role within it. This film encourages us to embrace a new paradigm for managing our western lands, one that seeks to partner with the natural world rather than overpower it. This film will transform the way you think about climate change and inspire you to take a bite out of the challenges we face, one stick at a time.
Directed by Sarah Koenigsberg | 2018 | US | 55 MINS | *PNW filmmaker, in attendance
Screening with short films:
The great eclipse of 2017 has passed. Experience it one more time in this spectacular cinematic short, filmed with multiple cameras directly in the path of totality in an isolated mountain range in Eastern Oregon.
PNW premiere | Directed by David Elkins | 2017 | US | 5 MINS.
Decades ago, poachers would set off explosives in the cool waters of a pool on a North Umpqua River tributary, killing steelhead by the dozens. That was before Lee Spencer, and his beloved dog settled in almost two decades ago, to watch over and protect the wild steelhead.
PNW premiere | Directed by Katie Falkenberg | 2018 | US | 6 MINS.
Salmon Without Rivers
The Skokomish River in Washington State has been so altered that now wild salmon become lost and have to cross roads in order to find home.
Directed by Shane Anderson | 2018 | US | 4 MINS | *PNW filmmaker, in attendance