Nature Needs You (Australia)
Directed by Mark Pearce (9 min.)
While industrial resource developments continue to put at risk our natural and cultural significance, people across Australia are standing their ground for nature. These every day Australians take extraordinary steps toward working with their communities to minimize the impacts of climate change on these places by keeping oil, coal, and gas in the ground.
The Fable of the Wolf (USA)
Directed by Charlie Cardillo (2 min.)
Animated Narrative Short
Wolves once roamed the U.S. before decades of slaughter pushed them to the brink of extinction. It wasn’t until they were missing that people recognized the crucial role wolves play in balancing the natural world. The animated short unearths the ancient relationship between wolf and man, celebrating the wild nature of this deeply misunderstood species.
Directed by Oriana Contreras (7 min.)
When Roque, a fisherman that lives on Maracibo’s Lake listens to an old radio that Catatumbo lightning is about to disappear decides to put aside his work and embarks with his son on a boat trip through natural landscapes to finally arrive and be witnesses when the light of their ancestors shines for the last time, the same light that connects them with the origin of themselves and the world they live in.
The 1%: Crisis in the Great Lakes (USA)
Directed by Griffin Olis (7 min.)
Explores the dangerous future (and present) of our nation's most precious natural resource: the Great Lakes.
Green House (USA)
Directed by William R. Coughlan (6 min.)
The Coffmans are desperate to win their bid for residency in a new, environmentally friendly condo. Putting their best face forward, they work to convince a jaded government auditor that their lifestyle makes them worthy of acceptance. But when another couple vies for the same home, a battle for environmental superiority begins.
Forget Shorter Showers (USA)
Directed by Jordan Brown (12 min.)
Why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into entirely personal "solutions" for social change? Why are these solutions not sufficient? But most importantly, what can be done instead to actually stop the murder of the planet?
Life in Syntropy (Brazil)
Directed by Dayana Andrade & Felipe Pasini (15 min.)
The new short film from Agenda Gotsch made specially to be presented at COP21 - Paris. This film put together some of the most remarkable experiences in Syntropic Agriculture, in which environmental services is a consequence of a good farming.
[There will be a 10 min. Intermission]
You Are What You Eat (Australia)
Directed by Igor Coric & Sheldon Lieberman (3 min.)
A music video of Australian permaculture electroswing band Formidable Vegetable Sound System's song celebrating the UN's 2015 International Year of Soils.
Mindful Vineyards (USA)
Directed by Kari Birdseye (5 min.)
Meet the new heroes of sustainable agriculture, from farm to table they call for justice in agriculture to protect some of the most vulnerable workers in the nation.
Veganize It! (Sudan)
Directed by Khalid Salim (7 min.)
Narrative Short **United States Premiere**
Bakr has made a life-changing decision. Little does he know that his newly founded decision is going to shake the very core of his relationships with the people around him forever. This comical short shines a light on those who simply want to be accepted for who they truly are, and how the unforgiving Earth may sometimes retaliate.
Waterback PAUL (Germany)
Directed by Miriam Steen (7 min.)
The world is a paradise but sometimes catastrophies break in. Tsunamis, earthquakes - fatally polluted water after environmental disasters is a huge danger for people's lives. A film about a professor and his students who invent a tiny but ingenius bag to clean water without chemicals and electricity.
Rescue Me! (Tanzania)
Directed by Irene Chen & Nacha Rapeerattanakul (11 min.)
Can you live a day without plastic? Do you realize how much plastic do we use in a daily basis? A short documentary with a plastic challenge for teachers, administration and students. A film made by the Visual Art High Schooler students, from Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, in order to create awareness about plastic consumption.
The Moose Emergency (USA - local)
Directed by Thomas Nicol & Becky Nicol (2 min.)
Animated Narrative Short
A Moose gets a nasty surprise.
Vietnam 4D Experience (Spain)
Directed by Juan Poveda & Pedro Poveda (3 min.)
Year 2179, our atmosphere is destroyed and our way of life has been drastically changed.
Chasing the Distance (USA)
Directed by Ian Shive (4 min.)
A personal look into the lives of ultra-running athletes and husband and wife team Rob Krar and Christina Bauer. They share their deep connection to each other and the area of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument in Arizona. This area remains at risk from threats such as toxic uranium mining. A national monument designation would permanently protect the region.
Like a Cannon (Canada)
Directed by Lisa G. Nielsen (3 min.)
Li'l bunny moves past her fear of losing her home and into action and recruitment.
Crude Gold - Eco Oro (Canada)
Directed by Monica Gutierrez (10 min.)
The Santurban paramo has become an example of community struggle to protect water sources successfully. Lawyers, community leaders and activists united to mobilized and demanded the protection of natural resources threatened by Vancouver-based Eco Oro projects.
Once Upon a Star (USA)
Directed by Jiexi Wang (3 min.)
Animated Narrative Short
A story about a little astronaut who arrives on an empty, desolate planet with a flower in a bottle.
Thank you so much to this team of students, staff, and friends for their time and dedication. This festival would not have happened without the many, many hours that they put in to pick the perfect mix of films and get the word out about the festival.
Special thanks to these individuals and organizations for their support of this event.
Dan, Veronica & Jack Bechtel
Champaign Movie Makers
College of ACES (esp. Crop Sciences, NRES & Agricultural and Consumer Economics)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Facility Management and Scheduling
Ann Butler Finnegan
Wendy White Gail
Hot Diggity Productions
School of Earth, Society and Environment (SESE)
Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC)
University Housing, Residential Life