June 23-24, 2017

Solution-Oriented Action Based Films

In Partnership with Earth Day TX
Snowmass Village Town Hall

This event is free and open to the public.

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2016 IMPACT FILM Festival Highlights

IMPACT FILM™ in Aspen/Snowmass CO, is a solutions-oriented film festival, featuring documentary and environmentally focused films. The event kicked-off the 2016 AREDAY Summit, with a full day of the most impactful environmental and thought provoking films of the year. IMPACT FILM, visually educates the audience while raising awareness, providing specific action recommendations and a road map towards solutions.

2016 Featured Films:
Racing Extinction, Louie Psihoyos
Young Voices for the Planet, Lynne Cherry
Breath of Life, Susan Kucera
Wildways: Corridors of Life, James Brundige
Written on Water, Merri Lisa Trigilio
How to Let Go of the World, Josh Fox
Stop The Burning, Jeff Horowitz
We the People 2.0, Leila Conners
Dear President Obama, Jon Bowermaster
He Named Me Malala, Davis Guggenheim
American Epic: Out Of The Many The One, Bernard MacMahon
Time to Choose, Charles Ferguson

Racing Extinction

Director: Louie Psihoyos (1 hr 34 min)
Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, Racing Extinction will change the way we see the world and our role within it. (Sunday, June 19 @ 10am)

Young Voices for the Planet

Director: Lynne Cherry (5 min shorts)
Join us for Save Tomorrow, Plant for the Planet and Dreaming In Green. The mission of the Young Voices for the Planet film series is to to limit the magnitude of climate change and its impacts by empowering children and youth, through uplifting and inspiring success stories, to take an essential role in informing their communities.(Sunday, June 19 @ 12pm)

We the People 2.0

Director: Leila Conners (1 hr 30 min)
American citizens who are normally marginalized, forgotten and left to fend against toxic dumps and other violations, come to understand that the only way to survive is to frontally challenge the oligarchy that has destroyed democracy in the United States. From the director of The 11th Hour, Leila Conners. Narrated by Walton Goggins. (Sunday, June 19 @ 8:30pm)

Wildways: Corridors of Life

Director: James Brundige (56 min)
Wildways follows scientists and conservationists, from Yellowstone to the Serengeti, who are trying some innovative solutions to make room for wildlife — tracking them and trying to cut new paths that could help them thrive again. (Sunday, June 19 @ 2:30pm)

Written on Water

Director: Merri Lisa Trigilio (58 min)
Against the immense, harsh landscape of the High Plains, innovators in places like Olton, Texas fight to keep their towns alive against the decline of the life-giving Ogallala Aquifer. Here and in other communities sharing the Ogallala, the reality of groundwater decline is colliding with the legacy of independence and self-reliance that first turned the High Plains into a fertile dreamscape. (Sunday, June 19 @ 4pm)

How to Let Go of the World
And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

Director: Josh Fox (2 hrs 5 min)
Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? (Sunday, June 19 @ 5:30pm)

Stop the Burning

Director: Jeff Horowitz (8 min – short)
Narrated by Dr. Jane Goodall, the goal of this project was to craft a collective narrative from interviews of 30 global leaders from government, civil society and business sectors – all making the case that deforestation must stop immediately if we are to protect our planet from the grim realities of climate change. (Sunday, June 19 @ 8pm)

Breath of Life

Director: Susan Kucera (1 hr 23 min)
Breath of Life travels the globe in search of the truth behind what appears to be a looming environmental catastrophe. Everyone is telling us how we are destroying our world. Breath of Life is the only film that shows us why. (Sunday, June 19 @ 8:30pm)

Dear President Obama
The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now

Director: Jon Bowermaster
Narrated by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, the film is a direct appeal to President Obama as he shapes his environmental legacy, but it is also a very loud shout-out to every elected official in the country  to carefully consider the growing evidence that proves that leaving fossil fuels in the ground is the only reasonable energy path forward. (Monday, June 20 @ 8pm)

He Named Me Malala

Director: Davis Guggenheim
A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations. (Tuesday, June 21 @ 8pm)

American Epic: Out Of The Many The One

Director: Bernard MacMahon
Narrated by Robert Redford, “Out Of The May, the One” is the third film in the much anticipated episodic work American Epic, that takes us on a journey across time to the birth of modern music—a moment when the musical strands of a diverse nation were first collected and combined, sparking a cultural revolution that forever transformed the future of music and the world.

Brought to you by Executive Producers, T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White, this film celebrates the myriad threads of America’s musical tapestry: Hopi priests travel to Washington to defend their sacred snake dance; an eleven-year-old Hawaiian boy invents the steel guitar; a teenage tejana shakes the border with a ferocious feminist tango learned from a gum wrapper; the fightingest frères on the bayou turn a lament for a pretty blonde into the Cajun national anthem; and a gentle Delta farmer sings a nostalgic song of his hometown in the cold of a New York winter and inspires the greatest rediscovery of the ’60s folk revival. Featuring Mississippi John Hurt, Taj Mahal, the Hopi Indian Chanters, Joseph Kekuku, Lydia Mendoza, the Breaux Frères, Cyril Pahinui and Louis Michot.

Created by Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon and Duke Erikson, this not-to-be-missed film speaks volumes of the diverse and eclectic American creative spirit. This special event will feature an introduction and Q&A with writer and producer Allison McGourty and musician Taj Mahal.
(Wednesday, June 22 @ 8:30pm)

Time to Choose

Director: Charles Ferguson
Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside Job, No End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet. (Friday, June 24 @ 5:30pm – RMI Innovation Center)

2015 IMPACT FILM Festival Highlights

Each AREDAY Summit delivers a full day of the most impactful environmental and thought provoking films of the current year. 2015 featured the award winning film Racing Extinction by  Louie Psihoyos who won an Oscar for his 2009 film The Cove.

Modern Nature

Director: Craig Leon
By the year 2050, approximately 10 billion people will inhabit Earth. Do we need a genetic revolution to feed the world? Or is organic production a viable solution? Modern Nature brings the spectator on a worldwide odyssey where the viewer is challenged to find answers. Filmed in the Northwest United States, Brazil, Ecuador and St. Kitts & Nevis, with reflections from 5 continents, including philosopher Naom Chomsky, street farmer Ron Finley and environmentalist Vandana Shiva. 26 minutes.

Last Rush for the Wild West
Tar Sands, Oil Shale and the American Frontier

Director: Jennifer Ekstrom
Last Rush for the Wild West exposes how impending tar sands and oil shale mining would destroy massive landscapes in Utah and put the already imperiled Colorado River Watershed at risk. Utah has approved the USA’s precedent setting tar sands mine despite widespread health impacts of similar projects in northern Canada. This film asserts that the risks are not worth it, while refuting claims that tar sands and oil shale mining would create better economic conditions and lead our nation toward energy independence. Last Rush raises the collective voices of Utah citizens along with indigenous elders in Canada as they call for an end of the practice.

Waking the Green Tiger

Director: Gary Marcuse
Seen through the eyes of activist, farmers and journalists, the film follows an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project on the Upper Yangtze river in southwestern China. Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, the documentary also tell the history of Chairman Mao’s campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress. An environmental movement takes root when a new environmental law is passed, and for the first time in China’s history, ordinary citizens have the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions. Activist test this new freedom and save a river. The movement they trigger has the potential to transform China.

The Future of Energy
Lateral Power to the People

Director: Brett Mazurek
The Future of Energy is a powerful documentary that captures the movement across the Unites States to transition to renewable energy and what everyday people are doing to help foster that shift. It’s a positive film about the renewable energy revolution, and a love story about the countless individuals and communities that are re-imagining their relationship with the planet and with each other.

The Burden

Director: Roger Sorkin
The Burden is the first documentary of its kind to tell the story of our dependence on fossil fuels as the greatest long-term national security threat confronting the U.S., and how the military is leading our transition away from oil. The troops are crying out to unleash us from the tether of fuel. But is Congress listening?


Director: Greg Reitman
ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence. The film relies not only on memoir, but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Mike Love, and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Noble Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, media mogul Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, green architect William McDonough, neuroscientist Dan Siegel and many others. Reitman learns from all of them, and heeds Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s words, that if the forest is to be green, every tree must be green; if there’s going to be Peace on earth, then everybody needs to experience that quality of Peace within themselves. And so in asking viewers to do the same, Reitman poses the basic question: How do we want to live? Reitman’s journey is an example of transformation — how one person can learn to make the necessary changes to enjoy a better life — and in so doing inspire others to want to improve their own lives, and society as a whole.



Young Voices For the Planet
Director: Lynne Cherry

What One Man Can Do
The Legacy of John Denver

For the Next Seven Generations
Director: Carole Hart

Forever Wild
Director: Chelsea Congdon

Directors: Travis Rummel & Ben Knight

COWSPIRACY The Sustainability Secret
Director: Michael Polman

Director: Greg Reitman

The Scarce and The Sacred: A Tale of Two  Rivers Source to Sea: Down the Colorado and The Ganges
A multi-media presentation by photographer and filmmaker Peter McBride


Saigon 68
Director: Douglas Sloan

Dear Governor Cuomo
Director: John Bowermaster

Bidder 70
Directors: George and Beth Gage

Wings of Life
Director: Louie Schwartzberg

Elephant in the Room
Director: Travis Fulton

Young Voices
Dreaming in Green (6 min.)
Olivia’s Oil Spill (6 min.)
Great Barrington (6 min.)

Forks Over Knives
Director: Lee Fulkerson

Symphony of the Soil
Director: Deborah Koons Garcia

Shattered Sky
Directors: Steve Durst and Dan Evans

What One Man Can Do
The Legacy of John Denver

The Bonobo Connection
Director: Irene A. Magafan

DAVID AMRAM: The First 80 Years
Director: Lawrence Kraman

Wild Horses and Renegades
Director: James Kleinert

In Search of the Future
By local filmmaker Connie Marlow


The Burden Trailer
Director: Roger Sorkin

Director: Jamie Redford

Blues Planet
Featuring Taj Mahal

Narrated by Daryl Hannah

The Great Story
Director: Thomas Berry

Skiing Everest
Director: Mike Marolt

Creating A Climate For Change

Wild Horses & Renegades
Director: James Kleinert