Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I just came back from the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival showing here in Madison. It was great! "Homegrown Revolution" was a bit hokey and horrible scripted, but "Red Gold" made up for it by being spectacular. Pretty neat, and inspiring.

2 girls. 1 Mission. A lot of fish. (USA, 2007, 12min)

The Water Front
What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it? Residents of Highland Park, Michigan, have received water bills as high as $10,000; they have had their water turned off, and are struggling to keep water from becoming privatized. (USA, 2008, 22min)

Homegrown Revolution
In the midst of a densely urban setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead. They harvest nearly 3 tons of organic food from their 1/5 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, as well as solar energy and biodiesel. (USA, 2007, 12min)

Red Gold
The headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers in Alaska are home to the two largest sockeye salmon runs on the planet. And at that same spot, mining companies have proposed to extract what may prove to be the richest deposit of gold and copper in the world. Native fishermen who oppose the dam are up against mine officials who say they will build a ‘clean’ mine that will leave the salmon’s habitat untouched. (USA, 2008, 55min)

Check out the tour calendar and try to see it near you. I think they might be switching out films at different locations?


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