Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

First Daughter and the Black Snake & Festival Opening Night Party

FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE

 PNW PREMIERE

2017 Festival Special Guests: Filmmaker Keri Pickett and film subject Winona LaDuke in attendance for post-film discussion!

Directed by Keri Pickett | 2017 | US | 104 MINS.

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INVISIBLE OREGON

*PNW filmmaker | Filmmaker Sam Forencich in attendance for post-film discussion!

Directed by Sam Forencich | 2016 | US

6 MINS.

FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Ticketholders to our opening night show also receive admission to the Portland EcoFilm Festival’s opening night party at Velo Cult. Please present your ticket at the door for admission.

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Sep
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

A River's Last Chance - A Story of Salmon, Timber, Weed and Wine Along California's Mighty Eel River

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A RIVER’S LAST CHANCE – A STORY OF SALMON, TIMBER, WEED AND WINE ALONG CALIFORNIA’S MIGHTY EEL RIVER

WORLD PREMIERE

Filmmaker Shane Anderson in attendance

Directed by Shane Anderson, North Fork Studios | *PNW filmmaker

2017 | US | 68 MINS.

Screens with: 

Two short films by Filmmaker Michelle Alvarado, Wahoo Films | *PNW filmmaker

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SAVING THE DESCHUTES RIVER

2016 | US | 5 MINS.

NÁIMUNI: CONNECTING OXBOW CONSERVATION AREA

2016 | US | 8 MINS.


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Oct
1
2:00pm 2:00pm

SILA and the Gatekeepers Of The Arctic

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SILA AND THE GATEKEEPERS OF THE ARCTIC

PNW PREMIERE

Directed by Corina Gamma

2015 | US | 1 HR 10 MINS.

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THIS PLACE CALLED NUKA: COURTING ADVENTURE IN WILD ALASKA

Filmmaker Dave Weich in attendance

*PNW filmmaker

Directed by Dave Weich, Sheepscot Creative | 2017 | US | 22 MINS.

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PROTECT THE COLUMBIA FROM THE WORLD’S LARGEST METHANOL REFINERY

Filmmakers Balance Media in attendance

*PNW filmmakers

Directed by Balance Media | 2017 | US | 4 MINS.


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Oct
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Big Trees

Filmmaker/writer Arthur Bradford hosts an evening of media about the virtues of big trees!

Special guest Arthur Bradford is an O. Henry Award-winning, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and MOTH Grandslam winner. His latest book, "Turtleface and Beyond," comes out in paperback in November. He is currently shooting a feature-length documentary about Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of "South Park" and "The Book Of Mormon" musical. He is a founding member and president of Save The Giants, a non-profit formed a year ago to save a stand of giant sequoias in Portland from unnecessary destruction and turn the land instead into a public space to showcase the trees, Save The Giants Park.

A portion of this show's ticket sales will be donated to the Save The Giants Park.

SAVING THE GIANTS- a presentation by Arthur Bradford

In 2015, developer Everett Custom Homes sought to cut three giant sequoias down to make room for one large house. The local community took a stand, asking if this really was the best way to develop our city. Citizens from all over the Portland and beyond joined the struggle, defying arrest to protect the trees from chainsaw crews on two occasions. Finally, a solution was brokered. That solution is called Save the Giants Park.  The park will serve as a monument to a time when people cared enough to affect change.  In creating this public space, the Park seek to share the beauty and mystery of giant trees within an urban boundary.

BEING HEAR

Gordon Hempton is an Emmy Award-winning nature sound recordist and acoustic ecologist. For most of his life, he has traveled around the world in search of sound - but in recent years, and ever-increasing intrusion of noise pollution from human activity has interfered with his work. This short documentary is about Gordon, his work, and his thoughts about the epidemic extinction of quiet places.

IN MY NATURE

A short cinematic piece which delves into the intimate relationship between humanity, trees and wood.

SMALL PEOPLE. BIG TREES

In the sub-panel rainforests of the Republic of South Africa, lives a tribe of the shortest people on Earth: the Baka pygmies. To live, they have relied on the gifts of the forest they are an integral part of, but their traditional way of life is changing under pressure imposed by "Big World" culture.

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Oct
23
4:30pm 4:30pm

The Grouper Mystery & FINconceivable

THE GROUPER MYSTERY

Photographer, diver and biologist Laurent Ballesta and his team undertake a record-setting dive of 24 hours underwater, at over 20 metres deep, to gain a better understanding of why thousands of groupers (and the hundreds of sharks that follow them) gather in the Southern pass of Fakarava in French Polynesia - to wait until the exact day of the full moon to spawn all at once.

FINconceivable

What happens if sharks disappear? FINconceivable explores the important role sharks paly in our world and what could happen if the ocean's fiercest predators ceased to exist.

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Oct
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art & The Art Of Flying

TROUBLEMAKERS

TROUBLEMAKERS unearths the history of land art in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the spaces of the American West.

THE ART OF FLYING

A short film about "murmurations": the mysterious flights of the Common Starling, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on earth.

 

 

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Oct
22
9:15pm 9:15pm

Contromano (Bike Repair Shop)

As Turing, Italy, home of Fiat Automobiles, emerges from an era of automobile industry, the owners of two bicycle repair shops benefit from the city's newfound interest in cycling - and recycling. CONTROMANO is and intimate cinéma verité view into two distinctly different bike shops - their wildly unique cultures, staff and approach to their craft. Profound, funny and real, the film is a testimony to the power of the bike as a tool of transformation: for the climate, for cities, and for the lives of individuals.

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Oct
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Saving Endangered Species Film Showcase

An evening of films celebrating people who protect and advocate for endangered species.

Special Guests:

Iris Ho, Wildlife Campaign Manager at Humane Society International

YES on 100 / Save Endangered Animals Oregon campaign

YES on 100 is a grassroots campaign working to save 12 highly-trafficked wild animal species. By voting yes on this measure, Oregon voters will help save sea turtles, sharks, rays, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, and other critically threatened or endangered species from poaching, cruelty, and the threat of extinction. www.saveanimalsoregon.com

A portion of this event's ticket sales will be donated to the YES on 100 campaign.

NDZOU CAMP

In Africa, as elephant populations are increasingly squeezed for space, they often eat and destroy local crops, causing farmers to lose their livelihoods. In Mozambique, Ndzou Camp has an innovative solution: wire fences with beehives that help manage elephants' territories and allow man and wildlife to live in peaceful tandem.

THEIR LAND: THE LAST OF THE CARIBOU HERD

Caribou populations across Canada are in deep trouble. In the South Peace region of Northern British Columbia, logging, oil and gas exploration, and coal mining have significantly altered the landscape, opening up the forest and pushing mountain caribou away from their traditional range. In the face of imminent extinction, First Nations communities are taking extreme measures to save their last caribou herds.

REVERENCE: THE MONARCH PROJECT

REVERENCE explores the synergy between art and science. Artists Spazuk and Delhaes collected thousands of traces of monarch butterflies found in their natural environment by capturing their movement on carbon-blackened paper. Hundreds of volunteers cut and assemble the paper to create a unique self-portrait of the majestic lepidopterous.

RED WOLF REVIVAL

RED WOLF REVIVAL is a short film about the last remaining wild population of red wolves. Centered on the historic recovery effort in Eastern North Carolina and the state's declared intent to drive the species to extinction, the film documents the multifaceted struggle to reintroduce one of the rarest animals on earth.

KAZIRANGA

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK contains the world's highest density of the endangered Asian One-Horned rhino. Its ground zero for poaching and the illegal trade of rhino horn. Kaziranga profiles journalist Uttam Saikia, who uses his community contacts to gather information on poachers' plans, and uses his understanding of this region of civil unrest, to reform poachers.

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Oct
22
4:30pm 4:30pm

Saving Jamaica Bay

Narrated by Susan Sarandon

For more than a century, Jamaica Bay is where New Yorkers put the things they didn’t want. Garbage. Sewage. Factories you could smell for miles. It’s the largest open space in New York – nearly 30 times the size of Central Park.

After a long fight, Jamaica Bay is cleaner now than it has been in generations. Yet there is still a long way to go. SAVING JAMAICA BAY tells the untold story of this unique place and of local residents transformed into urban environmentalists now struggling to preserve this priceless resource…and their way of life.

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Oct
22
2:00pm 2:00pm

Muerte Es Vida (Death Is Life) & Canyon Song

MUERTE ES VIDA

Monarch butterflies have brought hope to people in the darkest of times of loss. In Mexico, when they arrive for the Day of the Dead, they are thought to be souls of the departed. MUERTE ES VIDA is a documentary about the connection between death and nature.

CANYON SONG

Within the walls of Canyon de Chelly, two sisters learn about their Navajo culture and history. Above the rim, they compete in pageants by singing songs in Navajo. This film illustrates efforts to define identities in both modern and traditional worlds, the movement to honor Navajo culture for generations to come and the inseparability of culture and place.

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Oct
21
9:15pm 9:15pm

Silent Running - shown in 35mm

Shown on 35mm film! A presentation of the 1972 environmental science fiction film starring Bruce Dern.

After the end of all botanical life on Earth, ecologist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) maintains a greenhouse on a space station in order to preserve various plants for future generations. Assisted by three robots and a small human crew, Lowell rebels when he is ordered to destroy the greenhouse in favor of carrying cargo, a decision that puts him at odds with everyone but his mechanical companions. Lowell and his robots are forced to do anything necessary to keep their invaluable greenery alive.

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Oct
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

When Two World Collide & Every Drop Counts

WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE

WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE brings audiences into the line of fire between two powerful, opposing Peruvian factions. On the one side is the Peruvian government and President Alan Garcia, who begins aggressively extracting oil, minerals, and gas from untouched indigenous Amazonian land. He is quickly met with fierce opposition from the indigenous people living in the Amazon jungle, led by Alberto Pizango, whose impassioned speeches against Garcia’s destructive actions become a rallying cry.

EVERY DROP COUNTS

For most, drought is something seen in media, creating an emotional distance from the people, animals and landscapes affected by it. This film is an attempt to help us all understand our impact.

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Oct
20
9:00pm 9:00pm

Festival Opening Night Party

Festival pass holders and ticket holders for our festival opening night film, SEED: The Untold Story, are invited to join us immediately after the film for our opening night party at Velo Cult!

Enjoy great company, live music performed by the Kung Pao Chickens, and delicious food from our festival's founding sponsor, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Party location is an easy walk from the theater: Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave.

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Sponsors:

Festival Founding Sponsor

Festival Founding Sponsor

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Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Seed: The Untold Story - Opening night film & party - SOLD OUT!

PLEASE NOTE:  OUR 10/20 SCREENING OF SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY HAS SOLD OUT!

AN ENCORE SCREENING HAS BEEN ADDED FOR 10/23 at 9:15PM.           

From the filmmakers who created QUEEN OF THE SUN and THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, a new documentary that completes their trilogy of films uncovering the invisible connections between our food and the natural world.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.

Special Guests: Filmmakers Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz

Ticketholders and festival pass holders are invited to join us for our Festival Opening Night Party, immediately following the post-film Q & A with the filmmakers!

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