Tidewater presented with Green Fire Award

There was much anticipation at the Closing Night of Green Film Fest 2017 on April 26 as we announced our first juried prize, the Green Fire Award.

Nate Birnbaum

Green Fire Award Winner

Tidewater won the newly added Green Fire Award that recognizes the best environmental feature made in the Bay Area and includes a $5,000 cash prize.  

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.

The film frames the increase in flooding as both a national security issue and grave economic threat, showing how it affects everyone; from the urban poor to religious clergy to the military.

The Green Fire Award jury was impressed by the film’s potential to spark environmental discussion and action across the country.

Green Fire Finalists

There were four films in competition for the 2017 award. All of the films were excellent and showed the best of Bay Area filmmaking with diverse stories, issues and filmmaking styles.

  • 4 Wheel Bob by Tal Skloot - The story of intrepid adventurer and wheelchair hiker Bob Coomber.
  • Evolution of Organic  by Mark Kitchell - The history of the sustainable agriculture movement in California.
  • Tidewater by Roger Sorkin and Nate Birnbaum - Exploring the threat of rising sea levels in the Tidewater region of Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Twelve Pianos by Dean Mermell - Following artist & musician Mauro ffortissimo and some pianos that want to save the world.

Green Fire Jury

The Green Fire Award Jury brings together leading experts in the film industry: Mark Decena, Founder/Director, Kontent Films (Watershed; Not Without Us); Maribel Guevara, Director of the Ecuadorian Green Film Festival; Anastasia Laukkanen, Founder & Program Director, ECOCUP Green Film Festival in Russia; Steve Michelson, Executive Director, Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows; and Flo Stone, founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.