Why does an ordinary man suddenly decide to save a river, why are our forests are on fire, what stories do we choose to tell and what impact does that have, and what happens when your environmental art exhibition is interrupted by terrorist attacks? These powerful environmental short films from Bay Area directors are inspiring, thought-provoking, and empowering.
The Accidental Environmentalist * Kristine Stolakis * Documentary (12:12) John Wathen was just an average guy until he came into contact with toxic chemicals, stumbled on a video camera, and discovered his passion for protecting the world's waters. Watch this Alabama native's transformation into an internationally recognized environmentalist.
The Fire Next Time * Steven Most, Kevin White, edited by Gina Leibrecht * Documentary (13:17) Problematic policies, fuel build-up, and climate change have endangered America's forests. When the Rim Fire burned 256,000 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park in 2013, it exposed the impacts that high-intensity wildfires are having on watersheds, wildlife, and carbon storage. It also forged a coalition of environmentalists, loggers, scientists, officials, and land managers who are responding to this megafire and recognize the need to forestall the next one.
Ghost Dance * Tommy Orange * Documentary (3:00) A story about the first films ever recorded, what we choose to keep, and making sure we don't look away. This story was made in a two-day Stories Seen workshop facilitated by StoryCenter.
The Art of Courage * Kellee Marlow, Veronica Duport Deliz * Documentary (20:00) Two internationally renowned artists prepare their canvas for an aerial art exhibition during the International Climate Summit in the City of Light, but fate has another plan. When a large-scale terrorist attack suddenly paralyzes Paris, they must move quickly to figure out how to accomplish their vision: unifying and inspiring solidarity during the climate summit. Powerful, stirring, and very human.
Now in its 7th year, Albany International Short (and really short!) FilmFest is committed to encouraging and providing a forum for communication and creativity across boundaries. Albany FilmFest has a week of events planned this year, starting with a family-friendly Kids' Matinee and Stop-Motion Animation Workshop on Saturday, March 18, the Albany premier of Oakland's own EAST SIDE SUSHI, with director Anthony Lucero, and an All-Day Screening on Sunday March 26, featuring a block of films by Bay Area women directors and the Academy-Award nominated short animation PEARL. For program and ticket information about all shows: http://www.albanyfilmfest.org