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2013 Visions of Nature, Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival: Feb. 15-23
The Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival announces its lineup of films for February 15 - 23, 2013. This year's festival opens with Daniel Nettheim's The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe. The program is offered in collaboration with the International Cinema Series.
For fifteen years, the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community in order to raise awareness and promote discussion of questions relating to nature, place, and the environment. Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in lively discussions of the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films.
Notable presenters at this year's festival include Jeff Orlowski, director and cinematographer of Chasing Ice; Mark Kitchell, director of A Fierce Green Fire - The Battle for a Living Planet; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Hedrick Smith, the narrator and co-writer of Poisoned Waters.
Screenings will be held in The Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium and are free and open to the public. All programs begin at 7 p.m. (except Sunday, February 17, which begins at 2 p.m.) Each program will feature an opportunity for audience questions immediately after the program. Complete details about each film can be found on the Festival homepage.
The Environmental Film Festival is organized by Catherine Griggs, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of American Studies, and by Nathan Andersen, Associate Professor of Philosophy. Major support for the festival is provided by the Phoenix Venture Philanthropy Foundation.
2013 VISIONS OF NATURE/VOICES OF NATURE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, February 15, 7pm
The Elusive Wild: The Hunter
Director, Daniel Nettheim (Australia, English, 100m, 2011). A mercenary, in search of an animal thought to be extinct, finds himself in the middle of a conflict between loggers and environmental activists. He begins to question the intentions of his employer, and to question himself regarding the ethics of his pursuit. Program offered in collaboration with the International Cinema Series.
Presented by Nathan Andersen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College and Co-director of the Environmental Film Festival.
Saturday, February 16, 7pm
Images of Climate Change: Chasing Ice
Director, Jeff Orlowski (USA, 80m, 2012). Celebrated National Geographic photographer James Balog sets off on an obsessive quest to document the real impact of climate change. The images he found, and that are captured beautifully in this film, are at once gorgeous and heartbreaking.
The film's director and cinematographer, Jeff Orlowski, will present the film. Mr. Orlowski graduated from Stanford in 2007 and worked with James Balog on the Extreme Ice Survey project. In 2009 he founded Exposure, a film production company dedicated to socially relevant filmmaking.
Sunday, February 17, 2pm
Eco-Movements: A Fierce Green Fire - The Battle for a Living Planet
Director, Mark Kitchell (USA, 114m, 2012). The story of the environmental movement - both at a grassroots and global level over the last fifty years - from halting dams to saving whales, told through the bold stories of people resisting and fighting for ecosystems against tremendous odds. Having shown where the environmental movement has been, the film ends with a vision of where it is going.
The film will be introduced by its director, Mark Kitchell, who also directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary Berkeley in the Sixties, a film which also won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He studied film production at NYU, has taught at UC Santa Cruz, and has worked on a wide range of non-fiction projects.
Monday, February 18, 7pm
Spiritual Ecology: Samsara
Director, Ron Fricke (USA, 102m, 2012). Created by the acclaimed cinematographer of the Quatsi trilogy and director of Baraka, Samsara is a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of images from around the world, of life and death, work and play, from the profane to the sacred. This contemplative work offers insight into the interconnections between all ways and walks of life.
Presented by Christina Petersen, Christian Nielsen Endowed Chair of Film Studies at Eckerd College.
Tuesday, February 19, 7pm
Silenced by Corporations: Big Boys Gone Bananas
Director, Fredrick Gertten (Sweden, 90m, 2011). Swedish filmmakers create a small documentary about the banana industry and find themselves in the crosshairs of the Dole food corporation. They decided to record the whole thing, in this David and Goliath tale about the power of corporations to silence critics who speak out on behalf of human rights and the environment.
Presented by Bart Simpson, co-producer of the original film Bananas! and The Corporation, who was caught up in the controversy and is one of the personalities in this film.
Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
What We Eat: In Organic We Trust
Director, Kip Pastor (USA, 82m, 2012). What exactly does it mean when food is labelled "organic"? Is it really better for you? Director Kip Pastor talks to scientists, farmers and critics, and finds that while massive corporations have co-opted the label as a marketing tool, the original grassroots philosophy behind it is alive and well in communities across the country.
Presented by Kent Curtis, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Founder and Executive Director of the Edible Peace Patch Garden.
Thursday, February 21, 7pm
Real Eco-Horrors: Poisoned Waters
Director, Rick Young, a "Frontline" production (USA, 60m, 2009). Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Hedrick Smith explores the dangerous condition of some of America's great waterways, like Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay. Polluted runoff from a variety of industries poses a threat to fish, wildlife and human health.
Presented by the narrator and co-writer of the documentary, Pulitzer prize winning journalist and author Hedrick Smith, the narrator and co-writer of Poisoned Waters. Hedrick Smith is the author of The Russians, The Power Game, and his most recent work, Who Stole the American Dream?, examines the impact and import of changes in America's political and economic climate over the past few decades.
Sponsored in collaboration with the Honors Program of the Program for Experienced Learners at Eckerd College.
Friday, February 22, 7pm
Eco-Horror: The Bay
Director, Barry Levinson (USA, 86m, 2012). Approached to make a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay, acclaimed director Barry Levinson found that no one seemed to care how polluted it was, so he decided to modify the footage he had already captured and create a real-life horror story.
Presented by Catherine Griggs, Associate Professor of American Studies, founder and co-director of the Environmental Film Festival.
Saturday, February 23, 7pm
Rare Humanity: Contact
Director, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler (Australia, 78m, 2009). In 1964, a group of twenty Martu women and children - Aboriginal people who had never before seen whites - were encountered in the Great Sandy Desert of Australia. This remarkable film includes not only documentary footage of that first contact, but also recent interviews with several members of the original Martu group, who poignantly describe the encounter of 1964 and its profound impact on their lives.
Presented by James Deutsch, program curator at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and adjunct professor of American studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
ATTENTION ECKERD STUDENTS: Each program (except for Wednesday, Feb. 20) is part of the College Program Series.