Film Schedule

Brief Encounters with Nature: Short Films on Scouting, Exploring and Inhabiting the Land

When: February 25, 2009, 7 pm

We will see several short films from around the world - from as far away as Iran, India and Ireland and as close as our own backyard at Eckerd College. The highlight will be a short film about Sea Scout Ship 912, whose home base is Eckerd College's waterfront. This film was commissioned by Norm and Maureen Dobiesz, directors of the Phoenix Venture Philanthropy Foundation, that has been generous enough to provide primary support for the Environmental Film Festival. It was directed and filmed by Eckerd Graduate Brian Eustis, '99.

Screenings include:

Sea Scouts of America: Dry Tortugas 2008, 15min, Executive producer, Phoenix Venture Philanthropy Foundation; directed by Brian Eustis - a brief film designed to introduce the Sea Scouts program, focusing on our local troop headquartered at Eckerd College.

A Film From My Parish - 6 Farms, 7 min, directed by Tony Donoghue - with just a digital camera and a voice recorder, media artist Tony Donaghue creates remarkable animations to illustrate stories from the farms of his local parish. (Selected for Sundance 2009)

My Tree, 6 mins, directed by Sara Siadat Nejad - Sara Siadat Nejad, who studied filmmaking with Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, creates a powerful image that suggests the power of art to preserve the beauty of nature and of a woman who works against those who would carelessly abuseit.

The Beekeepers, 28 mins, directed by Richard Knox Robinson - is an experimental documentary film that explores Colony Collapse Disorder: the fact that due to a changing environment, bees all over the worldare dying. (Selected for Sundance 2009)

Ride of the Mergansers, 11 mins, directed by Steve Furman - is a delicate portrayal of the life cycle of an endangered population of uniqueducks.

Who is Wild?, 2 mins, directed by Jagdish Kulkami - draws upon Hindu spiritual traditions to address the question what it means to callanimals wild.

The True Cost of Food, 15mins, The Sierra Club National Sustainable Consumption Committee. A short animated film that chronicles what industrially produced food really costs.

News & Views

  • March 4, 2009

    The 2009 award recipients have been announced! Learn more.

  • February 11, 2009

    The Program for the 11th Annual Environmental Film Festival is now online! Learn more.

  • March 10, 2008

    Read about the "Single-Shot Cinema" Workshop that was presented by documentary filmmaker Leonard Retel-Helmrich.

  • March 7, 2008

    The 2008 Awards have been announced, click here to see the winners.

  • February 15, 2008

    Documentary filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich will be presenting his "Single Shot Cinema" workshop on March 1, 2008. This one-day workshop will combine a theoretical overview of his acclaimed method with a rare opportunity for hands-on exploration of the technique. Learn more and register.