EarthxFilm 2018 Shorts

Adaptation: Bangladesh

Saturday, April 14, 5:45 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 12 p.m. | Film Box
Saturday, April 21, 8:15 p.m. | African American Museum
(USA/Bangladesh, 2017, 12 min.)


Adaptation Bangladesh at EarthxFilm 2018

While climate change is still a specter in some parts of the world, it’s a reality in Bangladesh, where a dense population and vast system of coastal deltas create a fragile vulnerability. But as the water rises, the people are adapting in surprising ways. In this short film, cultural anthropologist Aliza Cararre takes us on a tour of the country, where the residents have created floating gardens, schools are in boats and architects are designing communities that will exist on the surface of water.


DIR: Justin DeShields
Director Bio: Documentary filmmaker Justin DeShields has worked for National Geographic, PBS, BBC and VICE. Most of his work concentrates on people and their intersection with the world around them. Recently, Justin has been traveling with National Geographic Explorer to cover topics of global concern, working closely with scientists and explorers around the world to translate their work to television.



Blue Heart – The Fight for Europe’s Last Wild Rivers

Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m. | African American Museum
Sunday, April 22, 2:15 p.m. | Women’s Museum Theater
(USA, 2018, 41 min.)


The Balkans are an oft overlooked region of Southeastern Europe, but this stellar documentary shines a light on the complicated environmental situation there. Blue Heart tours three countries, telling the stories of particular rivers and the challenges they face from hydroelectric dams. This could easily make for an overly earnest and tedious documentary, but this film is anything but, sharply directed by Britton Caillouette and smartly built around its tremendous central characters and deeply dedicated activists. Particularly striking are the women in Bosnia who work tirelessly to stop the building of a dam on their local river, organizing a non-stop occupation of critical roads. Strategically, they keep their men out of the protest, knowing that they would face more violence and punishment than this all-female movement, which still gets beaten. Nevertheless, these women keep on. As one of them says, “We are stronger together. And if anyone tries this again, we will unite again.”


DIR: Britton Caillouette
Director Bio: Since beating cancer as a teenager—and losing a leg in the process—Britton Caillouette has squeezed every bit of meaning he can from life. A student of history with a keen eye for photography, he directed his first feature in war-torn West Africa as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He’s brought his sharp and honest style of visual storytelling to brands like Ford, Patagonia and Apple.


Chasing Wild Horses

Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m. | African American Museum
Sunday, April 22, 2:15 p.m. | Women’s Museum Theater


Chasing Wild Horses at EarthxFilm 2018
Sable Island is a thin crescent of land about the size of Manhattan that sits off the coast of Nova Scotia. Within its windblown dunes and sandy hills roams a herd of wild horses—the animals probably arrived there via shipwrecks or other sea vessels. This film follows New York City fashion photographer Roberto Dutesco as he tracks and chronicles these beautiful, mysterious and hardy creatures. On its 10th anniversary, the film continues to capture the ineffable beauty of wild horses.
(Canada, 2008, 50 min.)


DIR: Matt Trecartin

Director’s Bio: Matt Trecartin has been editing and shooting professionally in the broadcast television industry for 20 years. His director, editor and camera credits span nearly 200 hours of television, which have been broadcast in over 100 countries and garnered awards in festivals around the world.
Producer: Jessica Brown


City on the Water

Saturday, April 14, 2:45 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Saturday, April 21, 1:45 p.m. | Women’s Museum Theater
(USA, 2017, 19 min.)


Encircled by 520 miles of waterfront, New York City is truly a city on the water. But with more than 8 million residents, dense development and a history of heavy industrial activity, much of that water has been severely degraded. Despite that, some areas in the city’s coastline are starting to rebound from decades of pollution. In City on the Water, we meet scientists, teachers, residents and environmentalists who are working to restore New York City’s rivers, creeks, canals and bays to a healthier state.


Jon BowermasterDIR: Jon Bowermaster
Director’s Bio: Filmmaker and adventurer Jon Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council whose work has taken him from Gabon to the Aleutian Islands. He has written a dozen books and produced or directed more than 15 documentary films.




The Curve of Time

Saturday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. | Hall of State
Sunday, April 22, 2:15 p.m. | Hall of State

(USA, 2017, 23 min.)


The Curve of Time at EarthxFilm 2018


As professional skiers, Chris Rubens and Greg Hill spent years of their lives touring the globe by plane, snowmobile, helicopter and chairlift in search of killer lines and deep pow. But when climate change becomes an incontrovertible fact of life, it triggers an existential crisis: the skiers realize their very lifestyle harms the thing they love the most. Together they set out on a quest to do better for the future of the sport, switching to electric vehicles, slashing travel and eating less meat. No typical ski movie, The Curve of Time instead contemplates the incremental build-up of our actions and the unpredictable consequences they can have on the future.


DIR: Mike Douglas
Director Bio: Canadian skier and filmmaker Mike Douglas is widely regarded as the godfather of freesking. The longtime Salomon athlete is credited with helping to create the first twin tip ski and launching the New



Denali’s Raven

Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m. | Film Box
(USA, 2017, 9 min.)


Denalis Raven at EarthxFilm 2018
Leighan Falley is many things: mountain guide, skier mother, artist, pilot and spot-on crow impersonator. More than anything though, she’s an Alaskan native whose intimacy and love of the massive mountains and windswept valleys of the northern state have defined nearly every aspect of her character. Denali’s Raven is a portrait of a woman shaped by place.


Renan OzturkDIR: Renan Ozturk

Director’s Bio: Renan Ozturk is one of the founders of Camp4 Collective, a member of the The North Face athlete team and an artist and storyteller who specializes in human connection to the natural world. His work ranges from short films such as El Sendero Luminoso to features like Meru, which won the Audience Choice Award at Sundance.



Ditch the Van

Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Saturday, April 14, 10:30 p.m. | Arts District
Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 12 p.m. | Film Box
(USA, 2017, 10 min.)


Ditch The Van at EarthxFilm 2018
As a professional touring musician, cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee found himself spending a great deal of time flying over and zooming through America at a breakneck pace. He was exhausted, his health was suffering and something felt off. So he bought an Xtracycle cargo bike, strapped his cello to the back and embarked on a new kind of tour. This one would entail five years, 5,000 miles on the road and untold adventures exploring America on two wheels. There’s pain, suffering, mechanical problems and nasty weather. But the Ditch the Van Tour also brings rich experiences and slows down the pace of life enough to savor every mile.


Mallory Cunningham and Kyle RomanekDIRS: Mallory Cunningham and Kyle Romanek
Directors’ Bio: Emmy Award-winning producer and cinematographer Mallory Cunningham grew up in Kentucky, picked up a camera at a young age and has been involved in film ever since. Ditch the Van is one story of many to come from Keep It Simp Films, founded by Mallory and her creative partner, Kyle Romanek. Romanek is a film director, cinematographer and writer who has won two Emmys.



Don’t Frack with Denton

Saturday, April 14, 5:45 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Saturday, April 21, 8:15 p.m. | African American Museum
(USA, 2017, 23 min.)


Don't Frack with Denton at EarthxFilm 2018

Denton, Texas, is a hub of music, culture and academics — an alluring place to live and well-loved home to its denizens. But something’s wrong with the air in Denton. And a group of citizens believe the poor air quality is caused by the town’s high density of fracking wells — nearly 300 exist within city limits. So they band together with the goal of banning fracking in their hometown. Through a grassroots effort of door-to-door outreach, rallies, meetings and a ballot measure, they succeed in getting a city-wide ban passed. But instead of being the end of their fight against fracking, it’s just the beginning.


Garrett GrahamDIR:Garrett Graham
Director’s Bio: Garrett Graham earned his MFA at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where his thesis concerned the production of Don’t Frack with Denton. He’s made numerous videos documenting social movements in the North Texas region.



A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends

Saturday, April 14, 8:15 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. | Women’s Museum Theater
(USA, 2017, 14 min.)


A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends at EarthxFilm 2018
When Tyler Dunning lost his best friend Nate in a terror-related bombing in Kampala, Uganda in 2010, he was plunged into darkness, self-medication, anger and grief. Eventually though, he found solace in the rocky spires and muffled forests of Rocky Mountain National Park. After being humbled by failed attempt to climb Longs Peak, he was inspired to set out on a quest to visit all 59 U.S. national parks. From Yellowstone to Saguaro, the Everglades, Kenai, Big Bend and Glacier, he explored the nation’s most beautiful wild places, sometimes stuffing them into wild weekend excursions. The adventures that ensued helped him get back on his feet and eventually, to say goodbye to his best friend.


Chad ClendinenDIR: Chad Clendinen
Director’s Bio: At the small creative agency Broomstick Engine, Chad Clendinen uses his cinematic wizardry to help companies tell their stories and inspire action. Clendinen has been making films for years, specializing in design, animation and production in over 17 countries. He was the cinematic director at Invisible Children, where he helped create the overnight viral sensation Kony 2012.


Fix and Release

Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. | Film Box
Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. | Film Box

(Canada, 2017, 16 min.)


Fix and Release at EarthxFilm 2018
The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre treats hundreds of injured turtles each year. These reptilian patients have been struck by cars, hit by boats or mauled by predators, and are often nearly broken beyond repair. But Dr. Sue Carstairs and her team meticulously piece them back together, nurse them to life and help hatch and raise their offspring. In this way, more turtles are released to the wild then are admitted. Fix and Release tells an uplifting story of wildlife rehabilitation and focuses on an overlooked but remarkable animal that deserves some time in the spotlight.


Scott DobsonDIR: Scott Dobson
Director’s Bio: Scott Dobson is an award winning producer and director with over 25 years experience in documentary filmmaking. Most recently he directed Puffin Patrol and Carpe Diem for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s The Nature of Things; before that he was a story editor for Vicelanda’s documentary series “Payday.”



Flight of the Butterflies

Free to attendees. 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. every 30 minutes April 20-22 in the 3D screening room.

(Canada, 2012, 14 min.)


Flight of the Butterflies at EarthxFilm 2018


Flight of the Butterflies brings viewers up close and personal with the hundreds of millions of butterflies that flutter to Mexican sanctuaries each winter. Based on a true story, the film depicts PS 397, the tagged monarch butterfly that was released by two Minnesota school boys and their teacher in August 1975, only to be subsequently discovered four months later at 10,000 feet in the remote Sierra Madre mountains of Michoacan, Mexico.


DIR: Mike Slee

Director’s Bio: Mike Slee is a British writer, director and producer with over 50 television, Giant Screen and cinema projects to his credit. Partnered with Principal Media as creative director, he produced and directed more than 50 hours of prime-time factual programming filmed in 30 countries on every continent for over 20 years. Slee co-wrote and directed Legend of Loch Lomond, Discovery’s feature Wildfire Feel the Heat and the multi-award winning Bugs! 3D—all IMAX/Giant Screen releases.


For Flint

Saturday, April 14, 5:45 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Saturday, April 21, 8:15 p.m. | African American Museum
(USA, 2017, 18 min.)


For Flint at EarthxFilm 2018
When people hear the name Flint, Michigan, they often think of tainted water, government corruption and a city on its knees. For Flint will leave you with a much different impression of the Michigan burg. That’s because the film profiles artists, teachers and youth advocates who are working to beautify, strengthen and enlighten their city, one story at a time, creating a whole new narrative for Flint.


Brian SchulzDIR: Brian Schultz
Director’s Bio: Emmy Award-winning producer and cinematographer Brian Schulz has created content for Gatorade, Scotts, Pepsi and MasterCard. The filmmaker was awarded by the Sports Business Journal with a Forty Under 40 prize in 2014, and won the audience award at South by Southwest for his 2012 film Brooklyn Castle.



High Seas Journey to the Costa Rica thermal Dome

Saturday, April 21, 2:15 p.m. | Hall of State
Sunday, April 22, 11:15 a.m. | Hall of State
(USA, 2018, 9 min.)


High Seas Journey to the Costa Rica Thermal Dome at EarthxFilm 2018
It’s the lifelong mission of the indomitable oceanographer Sylvia Earle to save our struggling oceans. At the age of 82, she tirelessly travels around the world exploring and advocating for a more thoughtful strategy for these essential ecosystems. In this short, earnest documentary, Earle alights in Costa Rica, where a unique thermal dome desperately needs protection. The peripatetic Earle gets to work, lobbying officials and putting her unflagging energy towards saving what can still be saved. Sylvia Earle will be in attendance at Earthx and EarthxFilm.


Kip EvansDIR: Kip Evans

Director’s Bio: Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and explorer Kip Evans has led or participated in more than 50 expeditions throughout the world, including recent assignments in Alaska, the Indian Ocean, Chile, and South Africa. He has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects and has served as an expert for National Geographic Student Expeditions in San Francisco and Monterey Bay.



Homeplace Under Fire

Wednesday, April 18, 8:30 p.m. | Farmer’s Market
(USA, 2017, 30 min.)



Homeplace Under Fire at EarthxFilm 2018
In the early 80s, a devastating collision of spiking interest rates, sinking farm prices and misguided federal policies sparked a national tragedy known as The Farm Crisis. The crisis drove families into foreclosure, forced generational farmers out of the business and led many to lose their land.
But out of the despair and loss emerged a legion of farmers and activists who decided to fight for their land and way of life. These farmers, farm wives and rural leaders became self-made legal advocates, organized the purchase of land trusts, started hotlines and went toe-to-toe with lenders. And in doing so, they fortified their communities and salvaged an important national heritage.


Charles D ThompsonDIR: Charles D. Thompson
Director’s Bio: Charles D. Thompson is a writer, filmmaker and professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University. A former farmer, his particular interests include farm workers, agriculture, immigration and Appalachian studies. He is the author or editor of six books and producer/director of four documentary films.




The Last Honey Hunter

Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m. | African American Museum
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. | Women’s Museum Theater

(USA, 2017, 32 min.)


The Last Honey Hunter at EarthxFilm 2018
In the rugged and mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, the Kulung people etch their lives out of the land and practice a form of animism built around the god Rongkemi. Local denizen Mauli Dhan Rai is an unassuming man with a highly significant role: he is believed to be chosen by the gods for the treacherous rite of honey harvesting. The task involves climbing rope ladders up sheer cliffs to hack down combs made by the world’s largest honeybee before collecting the poisonous and psychedelic honey within. It’s extraordinarily dangerous, and more nerve-wracking to behold than any of today’s extreme sports. But it’s a spiritual task steeped in myth that allows the Kulung to tap into the realm of the gods. And with the encroachment of modern society, it may not last for long.


DIRS: Ben Knight and Renan Ozturk

Directors’ Bios: Photographer, filmmaker and co-founder of Felt Soul Media Ben Knight makes gorgeous, imaginative and irreverent films such as DamNation, and Denali. Knight and his partner Travis Rummel were named National Geographic 2015 Adventurers of the year, and their films have won 51 film festival awards in 12 years. Renan Ozturk is one of the founders of Camp4 Collective, a member of the The North Face athlete team and an artist and storyteller who specializes in human connection to the natural world.


Lions of West Texas

Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 12 p.m. | Film Box

(USA, 2017, 8 min.)


Lions of West Texas screens at the 2018 EarthXFilm Festival
In the hardscrabble landscape of West Texas, mountain lions are like ghosts: their elusive presence felt more than it’s seen. But by trapping, collaring and tracking the big cats, researchers with the Borderlands Research Institute are changing that. As they gather data on the big cats’ home ranges, diets and breeding habits, the researchers are gaining an understanding of how lions have survived in these mountains for centuries, and how they’ll persevere into the future.


Ben MastersDIR: Ben Masters
Director’s Bio: Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, and horse packer who operates Fin and Fur films. He is best known for Unbranded, a documentary in which he and three friends adopted mustangs and rode them from Mexico to Canada to inspire wild horse adoptions. His films focus on wildlife through the lens of conservation.




Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. | Film Box
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. | Film Box

(France, 2015, 15 min.)


Metronomic screens at the 2018 EarthXFilm Festival
What happens when you mix saxophone players, vocalists, dancers and movement artists into the high-flying and absurdist world of French aerialists? You get this inventive, clever and funny short, which successfully blends cliff dancers, BASE jumpers, singers flung on giant rope swings and one unforgettable flying band.


Vladimir CellierDIR: Vladimir Cellier
Director’s Bio: Following his time at the conservatoire, French filmmaker Vladimir Cellier began working in theatre as a set designer and sound technician. A meeting with climber and cameraman Julien Nadiras piqued his interest in moving picture, and later he founded BarakaFilms, and went on to produce works like The Mont Rebei Project and Petzl roctrip Argentina.



One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

Wednesday, April 18, 8:30 p.m. | Farmer’s Market
(USA, 2016, 15 min.)


One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts at EarthxFilm 2018
Will Harris is not your typical touchy-feely organic farmer. He’s a fourth-generation no-nonsense businessman, a salt-of-the-earth type who was raised to grow his cattle in strict industrial fashion. And that’s what he did, pumping hormones, antibiotics and ammonium nitrate fertilizer into his production, aiming for maximum profit and squeezing out every penny he could get. But in the mid-90s, something began to shift. Harris began to see more value in the microbes in his soil than in the beef yields demanded by the industry. And as he slowly changed his practices, he began to fall back in love with his farm, which transformed from an unfriendly production machine to a living landscape containing more lessons than he could have ever imagined.


Peter ByckDIR: Peter Byck
Director’s Bio: Peter Byck is the director, producer and writer of the climate solutions film Carbon Nation and is a professor at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication.



Permafrost Now

Saturday, April 14, 5:45 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 6:45 p.m. | Women’s Museum Theater

Saturday, April 21, 8:15 | African American Museum

(USA, 2018, 13 min.)


Permafrost Now at EarthxFilm 2018
In vast swaths of polar tundra across the globe, permafrost acts as a giant container for carbon dioxide, locking it inside the Earth’s surface and keeping it out of our atmosphere. But only when it’s frozen. Scientists know that permafrost is rapidly thawing, threatening to release enormous amounts of CO2 that could accelerate the effects of climate change drastically. In order to fully understand what’s happening to permafrost and advance the next generation of scientists, the Woods Hole Research Center’s Polaris Project sends teams of students and advisors to the northern tundra of Alaska, where they meticulously research the behaviors of permafrost, work on potential solutions and strive to find a way to “science the shit” out of this issue.


Stash WislockiDIR: Stash Wislocki
Director’s Bio: Producer and director Stash Wislocki has been working in film and television for two decades. His credits include HBO, NBC, CNN, ESPN, and Apple. His most recent works include photography for a New York Times cover story on Alaska’s permafrost thaw and a producing credit on the documentary No Man’s Land.



The Pines

Saturday, April 21, 11:15 a.m. | African American Museum
Sunday, April 22, 12:30 p.m. | Film Box

(USA, 2018, 6 min.)


The Pines at EarthxFilm 2018
The history of North America is one of ingenuity, self-reliance and sometimes, mistakes. But the wise ones among us learn from those mistakes. The Pines tells a story of right-of-way roads, the building and use of which once involved an enormous waste of hardwood resources. These days, however, the process has been re-invented in impressive ways.


Sam RyanDIR: Sam Ryan
Director’s Bio: Sam Ryan is a Colorado-born cinematographer with an eye for emotion, a heart for powerful stories and a passion for the outdoors. Ranging from action sports documentaries to national TV spots, his work fills a wide spectrum of messages and audiences.



Sky Migrations

Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. | Angelika Film Center
Saturday, April 14, 10:30 p.m. | Arts District
Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. | Film Box
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. | Film Box

(USA, 2017, 17 min.)


Sky Migrations at EarthXFilm
Raptors have been traveling great distances on their annual migration paths for hundreds of thousands of years, soaring from frozen northern landscapes to the tropics of the southern hemisphere. Along the way, they also provide evidence of the health of the ecosystems they fly over. In Sky Migrations, ecologist Charles Post joins Hawkwatch International in the Goshute Mountains of Nevada and beyond to research and trace the paths of these formidable creatures across the skyscapes of the west. In the process, Post taps into a greater effort that’s larger than any individual bird-watcher: a global undercurrent of stewardship.


DIRS: Charles Post, Forest Woodward, Max Lowe
Directors’ Bios: Charles Post is an ecologist, storyteller and filmmaker drawn to stories about the confluence of society’s relationship with wild and rapidly changing natural environments. Forest Woodward is a climber, surfer and professional photographer whose work has taken him from the rapids of The Grand Canyon to tiny Pacific islands being swallowed by rising seas. Max Lowe is a Montana-based photographer and filmmaker who has chased athletes around the world to tell their stories.


Walk on the Mountain

Saturday, April 14, 5:45 p.m. | Angelika Film Center
Sunday, April 15, 7:15 p.m. | Angelika Film Center

Saturday, April 21, 8:15 p.m. | African American Museum
(USA, 2017, 19 min.)


Walk on the Mountain at EarthxFilm 2018

Junior Walk is a 26-year-old bearded, camo-wearing native of West Virginia who grew up exploring, hunting and living off the land in his backyard of Coal River Mountain. With that mountain today in danger of mountaintop removal for coal mining, Walk has emerged as one of Appalachia’s most effective anti-coal advocates. Walk on the Mountain follows the young activist as he wades into the thorny and contentious battle, sometimes making enemies as he takes on a powerful industry and deep cultural history.

DIR:William Gregg
Director’s Bio: William Gregg is a Television-Radio alum of Ithaca College. A native of Boston, he has a passion for video editing, television production, marketing and making documentaries that matter.





Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. | Film Box
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. | Film Box
(Portugal/France/Brazil/South Africa, 2017, 6 min.)


Weightless at EarthxFilm 2018

Paraglider Jean-Baptiste Chandelier takes to the skies on a whimsical aerial tour from the French Alps to the coast of South Africa and the Azores Islands — skimming over cityscapes, soaring over valleys, gliding between church steeples, walking on water and flying down snowy slopes in a spectacular display of aerial flying. This film is for anyone who’s ever yearned for the freedom of weightlessness.


Jean-Baptiste ChandelierDIR: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier
Director’s Bio: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier is a paraglider pilot and aerial innovator at the forefront of acrobatic flying. The self-taught cameraman and filmmaker has created several viral videos, and his skills have been featured in a number of advertising campaigns.



Where the Wild Things Play

Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. | Angelika Film Center
Friday, April 20, 12 p.m. | Film Box
(USA, 2017, 4 min.)


Where the Wild Things Play at EarthxFilm 2018


This clever ode to badass female athletes starts by posing a question: Where all the ladies at? Answer: sending gnarly climbing routes, shredding huge backcountry lines, tearing up the singletrack on mountain bikes and generally leaving all the men behind.


Krystle WrightDIR:A�Krystle Wright
Director’s Bio: Adventure photographer and film director Krystle Wright is an Aussie nomad who spends the majority of her life on the road chasing content that seeks to challenge and engage. She also likes to travel with impractical things such as lobster lights. Her other films include A Restless Peace and In Perpetual Motion.