Sunday, March 13, 2011

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival took place on Wednesday, March 9 at the LGBT Community Center (208 W. 13th St., NYC) from 6-9 p.m.

The event was put on by the Green Guerillas and sponsored by Sierra Nevada, Patagonia, Osprey, Klean Kantene, Grist, and Clif Bar.

In total, 9 documentaries and short films were shown. The event was flawless. The movies were all fantastic and fit together well. Representatives from ioby, Dissent Magazine, and some other local organizations were also present.

This was a well put together documentary by students at UCLA. A nice film, but not a must-see. You can watch it below.

This is an absolutely stunning documentary about conservation photography. The pictures are beautiful and the interviews are informative. Overall a must-see! Watch the trailer below.

Animals Save the Planet Shorts
Cute and funny animated shorts about animals and the environment. Great for children and a quick reminder that everything we do affects the planet we share.

They did not show the one below, but it includes 5 similar shorts. I think it would be great for showing to younger kids.

Brower Youth Award Shorts
These are on YouTube as well, although I didn't find the specific ones they showed at the film festival. Below is one on Alec Loorz, an incredible young adult from California whom I had the pleasure to hear speak in 2009 at SC3.

Save the Farm
This is the incredibly moving story of a community in California trying to save their 14-acre urban garden. I highly recommend this film - must-see!

A quick, cute film. You probably won't be able to eat calamari after this one!

The Majestic Plastic Bag
This 4-minute mockumentary is just fabulous.  I even showed it to some non-yet-environmentalists who found it funny :) Also a must-see! The full movie is below:

The Windmill Farmer
I found this one to be just all-right, not great. The animation is clearly very well done, but I wasn't as moved by the story. You can watch it below.

Truck Farm
Ian Cheney brings you another fabulous documentary. This time, quite goofy, but informative and interesting nevertheless. Cheney was at the film festival and answered questions after his movie. If you're not already an Ian Cheney fan, you will be after this film!

You can check out my YouTube channel for more great videos.

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