Best Feature - RISE: Standing Rock
Michelle Latimer, Canada, 2016, 110 mins
The story behind one of the most urgent environmental struggles happening today - to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
April 23, 8:30pm, Roxie
Best Short - Pangolin
Katie Schuler and Nick Rogacki, USA, 2016, 13 mins
The journey of a single pangolin; from the moment it is taken from the wild to its final destination in China.
April 22, 12:30pm. Roxie
Green Tenacity - Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas
Joakim Demmer, Sweden/Germany/Finland, 2016, 80 mins
A new wave of colonialism is hitting Africa - the murky world of foreign investors buying farmland.
April 23, 5:45pm. Roxie
Inspiring Lives - Flo Stone
Founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Flo Stone’s work has inspired countless people through the power of cinema.
Young Filmmaker - Plastic Bottle Controversy-Explained
Jeffrey Chen, USA, 2017, 5 mins
The first in a series of short films, here filmmaker Jeffrey Chen explains the environmental impact of plastic with equal amounts of wit and facts.
April 22, 8:30pm
Audience Award - You decide!
Yasuni Man (Ryan Killackey, USA, 2016, 94mins) was voted the 2017 Audience Award winner. Filmmaker Ryan Killackey takes us on an incredible expedition through this Ecuadorian reserve, showing the conflict that has pitted biodiversity and human rights against oil and commercialization. MORE INFO
Green Fire Award Finalists
The winner of the inaugural Green Fire Award, a juried award for Best Bay Area Environmental Feature with a $5,000 cash prize was Tidewater. MORE INFO.
From Bay Area producer/co-writer Nate Birnbaum and director Roger Sorkin, Tidewater follows a community in Virginia, USA, coming together in the face of rising sea levels.
These are the shortlisted finalists for the Green Fire Award 2017:
4 Wheel Bob
Tal Skloot, USA, 2017, 82 mins
Get on the trail with intrepid adventurer Bob Coomber, who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot peak of Kearsarge Pass.
April 22, 3:15pm. Roxie
Evolution of Organic
Mark Kitchell, USA, 2017, 82 mins
From a motley crew of back-to-the-landers to the exciting new futures of sustainable agriculture.
April 20, 7:30pm. Castro
Roger Sorkin, USA, 2017, 50 mins
American Resilience Project's first production explores the Tidewater region of Virginia and North Carolina, whose vulnerability most affects overall U.S. national security.
April 23, 2:45pm. Roxie
Dean Mermell, USA, 2017, 64 mins
A documentary film about artist/musician Mauro ffortissimo, and some pianos that want to save the world.
April 26, 8:30pm. Castro
Green Fire Award Jury
Mark Decena, Founder/Director, Kontent Films (Watershed; Not Without Us)
Maribel Guevara, Director, Ecuadorian Green Film Festival; Program Consultant, Cinema Planeta, Mexico
Anastasia Laukkanen, Founder & Director, ECOCUP Green Film Festival, Russia
Steve Michelson, Executive Director, Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows; Owner, Lobitos Creek Ranch/Specialty Studios
Flo Stone, Founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital