IMPACT FILM™


June 22-23, 2018

Solution-Oriented Action Based Films

Snowmass Village Town Hall
Free and Open to the Public

Friday, June 22nd

Please see below for full film descriptions.

10:00 am The Human Element
Director: Matthew Testa (78 min)
Producers: Olivia Ahnemann & Daniel Wright
Followed by Q & A with James Balog
11:45 am Tomorrow’s Power
Director: Amy Miller (76 min)
Producer: Byron A. Martin
1:15 pm Carbon Negative
Director & Producer: Paul Atkins (15 min)
Executive Producer: Patrick Furlotti
Followed by Q & A with Paul Atkins & Patrick Furlotti
1:45 pm The Last Animals
Director: Kate Brooks (92 min)
Producer: Stephanie Soechtig
Followed by Q & A with Kate Brooks
3:45 pm Rocky Mountain Wolf Project Series
Followed by Q & A with Mike Phillips (shorts)
4:45 pm Wild Daze
Director & Producer: Phyllis Stuart (100 min)
Followed by Q & A with Phyllis Stuart

Saturday, June 23rd

Please see below for full film descriptions.

10:00 am Ocean Warriors: Chasing the Thunder
Director: Mark Benjamin & Marc Levin (100 min)
Producer: Katie Carpenter
11:45 am Hope on the Hudson Series
Director & Producer: Jon Bowermaster (shorts)
1:00 pm Hollywood’s Magical Island – Catalina
Director & Producer: Greg Reitman (52 min)
2:00 pm Ocean to Ocean
Director & Producer: CJ Palmer (4 min)
2:05 pm Kiss the Ground Trailer
Director: Josh Tickell (3 min)
2:10 pm The Creation of the Perception of Scarcity Where Nothing Exists
Director: William McDonough (4 min)
2:15 pm Nature Needs Half Series
Presented by Steve Michelson (shorts)
Followed by Q & A with Amy Lewis
3:00 pm Before the Flood
Director: Fisher Stevens (90 min)
Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio
4:30 pm Native Wind
Director & Producer: Chip Comins (15 min)
Executive Producers: Pat Spears, Bob Gough & Adrienne Bramhall
Followed by Q & A with Chip Comins
5:00 pm Bob Gough Memorial Tribute
Director & Producer: Krysia Carter-Giez, Common Language Productions

2018 Featured Films

The Human Element

Director: Matthew Testa (78 min)
Producers: Olivia Ahnemann & Daniel Wright
We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life in turn. In this riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element highlights Americans who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.
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Tomorrow’s Power

Director: Amy Miller (76 min)
Producer: Byron A. Martin
Local activists in Gaza, Germany, and Colombia challenge fossil-fuel dependency and power structures in a struggle for social and climate justice. Tomorrow’s Power showcases three communities around the world and their responses to economic and environmental emergencies. In the war-torn, oil-rich Arauca province in Colombia, communities have been building a peace process from the bottom up. In Germany, activists are pushing the country to fully divest from fossil-fuel extraction and complete its transition to renewable energy. In Gaza, health practitioners harness solar power to battle daily life-threatening energy blackouts in hospitals.
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Carbon Negative

Director & Producer: Paul Atkins (15 min)
Executive Producer: Patrick Furlotti
The history of our planet is written in carbon. But we are quickly hitting a hard ceiling of bearable CO2 levels in our atmosphere. Carbon Negative spotlights the urgency: is it possible to reverse CO2 emission levels to survive on this planet, and create an entirely new thriving global carbon market?

The Last Animals

Director: Kate Brooks (92 min)
Producer: Stephanie Soechtig
In this sweeping and sobering expose, conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide – the killing of African elephants and rhinos. As the single-digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade, drug cartels, international terrorism and border security. But all is not yet lost – at the same time, Brooks documents the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these animals in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Rocky Mountain Wolf Project Series

Chorus of Colorado (2 min)
Meet the Real Wolf (2 min)
Canis Lupus Colorado (18 min)
Great Old Broads for Wolves (5 min)
Ranchers Connie and Mark Harvey (3 min)
The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project aims to improve public understanding of gray wolf behavior, ecology, and options for re-establishing the species in Colorado. The benchmark of our success: Wolves again roaming the snow-capped peaks, rim rock canyons, and primeval forests of western Colorado.

WILD DAZE

Director & Producer: Phyllis Stuart (100 min)
Set on the African continent this gorgeous new documentary, Wild Daze shows intimate and inspiring stories against the backdrop of a pressing environmental ecocide but offers viewers simple ways to personally engage in biodiversity conservation. Employing mesmerizing visuals, powerful narration by actor Keith David, and a bold musical score by composer Lolita Ritmanis, filmmaker Phyllis Stuart shares an unvarnished truth about our tenuous relationship with nature. Audiences will fall irrevocably in love with Africa, its people and its wildlife. Since human beings are dependent on nature when we work to save nature, and non-humans, we are really working to save ourselves. Since human survival hangs in balance, we must decide whether we see ourselves as superior, as custodians, as entitled consumers or as a part of a delicate ecosystem.

Ocean Warriors: Chasing the Thunder

Director: Mark Benjamin & Marc Levin (100 min)
Producer: Katie Carpenter
Chasing the Thunder is a high-seas documentary about the Sea Shepherd’s epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the “Thunder,” considered the world’s most notorious poaching vessel. Across two seas and three oceans, the marine activists hunted the fugitive fishing ship through massive ice floes, storms-tossed seas, a near collision and violent clashes until the Thunder dramatically sank, burying the evidence of its crimes on the bottom of the South Atlantic. Wanted by Interpol and banned from fishing in the Antarctic, the Thunder had eluded capture for more than a decade, until Sea Shepherd decided to pursue the renegade converted trawler. The Thunder used gillnets to target toothfish, better known as Chilean sea bass, and had caught nearly 100 million dollars of the prized fish over the decade. The film captures the dangerous drama of the world’s longest maritime pursuit. From Captain Peter Hammerstedt of the Bob Barker spotting his target among the towering icebergs to boldly sending his crew members aboard the sinking Thunder to salvage any evidence, Chasing the Thunder takes the audience on an exhilarating ride to the furthest reaches of the planet. This high-adrenaline adventure has made worldwide headlines, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Netflix optioning the feature film rights of the story. Chasing the Thunder brings viewers aboard the Bob Barker and its sister ship, the Sam Simon, to experience this unforgettable historic chase.

Hope on the Hudson Series

Director & Producer: Jon Bowermaster
With 520-miles of waterfront and four-out-of-five boroughs islands, New York City is truly a water city. We spent several months filming both the natural water landscape and the activists trying to improve its health.

Seeds of Hope (35 min)
The short documentary film is a year-long look at the Native American Seed Sanctuary and the collaborative efforts of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, Seedshed, and members of the Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe of northern New York to restore Native American food varieties and cultural traditions through seed saving. The film follows the 2017 Seed Sanctuary activities from planting through harvest, highlighting the beauty of the Hudson Valley season by season.

Restoring the Clearwater (20 min)
In the 18th century sloops were the workhorses of New York Harbor and the Hudson River; with the advent of train and truck delivery, ships fell out of favor in the U.S. Until the late 1960s, when activist/musician Pete Seeger and his unique environmental group, Clearwater, built a boat modeled after those earlier versions to help educate and draw attention to environmental pollutions then wracking America’s First River. Launched in 1970s, among the ‘Clearwater’s’ first sails was to Washington D.C., to deliver petitions to Congress that eventually helped create some of the country’s first environmental laws, particularly the Clean Water Act of 1972. Ever since the wooden ship has come to be recognized up and down the Hudson, as it continues its mission of education and environmental protection. During the summer of 2016, the boat was in dry-dock being repaired and we followed the restoration from beginning to relaunch. The film is both a link to the past and a look to the future: In June 2017 the ‘Clearwater’ will again sail to D.C., this time carrying petitions asking for the continuation of the environmental protections we have, but are at great risk. The film is also a look at the history of activism in the Hudson Valley, where many believe today’s environmental movement was born, led by Pete Seeger and others.

City on the Water (7 min)
With 520-miles of waterfront and four-out-of-five boroughs islands, New York City is truly a water city. Everywhere you go, there are tunnels and bridges delivering you over water, to such a degree some have dubbed the waterways that encircle New York City “the sixth borough.” Waterways like Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek and Queens’ Flushing Meadow, once thought ruined forever by industrial and manmade pollution are making a comeback. From the Billion Oyster Project to Dragon Boat races, from the Gowanus Canal to the Harlem River, there is brand new activity on all of the waterways that surround NYC.

Hollywood’s Magical Island-Catalina

Director & Producer: Greg Reitman (52 min)
Through the remarkable eye of first-time film director Greg Reitman, we embark on an armchair adventure through time and nature in this captivating exploration of the romantic history of Santa Catalina Island, Hollywood’s private playground for the better part of a century. The audience experiences the island’s golden era beginning with William Wrigley Jr.’s acquisition of the Santa Catalina Island Company in 1919. Using rare 16mm archival film and vintage black & white still photographs, inter-cut with interviews of longtime island residents, historians and celebrities, Hollywood’s Magical Island chronicles Catalina from the Wrigley era through the present day resurrection of Avalon as a center for art, sports, music, and entertainment.

Ocean to Ocean

Director & Producer: CJ Palmer (4 min)
Sustainable Soundtracks Video

Kiss the Ground Trailer

Director: Josh Tickell (3 min)
In Kiss the Ground, author Josh Tickell takes on humanity’s greatest challenge: Climate Change. And along the way he delivers surprising insights into diet, health, nutrition and our relationship with food, each other and the planet. By focusing on the role of soil as the largest and most overlooked carbon sink on Earth, Kiss the Ground finds a new lens through which to view many of our problems and new tools to solve them. 

The Creation of the Perception of Scarcity Where Nothing Exists

Director: William McDonough (4 min)
William McDonough presents the latest findings on the size of current financial markets related to global GDP and the potential of The Circular Economy calling for the adoption of a new language of carbon.

Nature Needs Half Series

Presented by Steve Michelson (shorts)
Nature Needs Half Media is a team of communication experts who create educational content to restore and protect biodiversity.

Before the Flood

Director: Fisher Stevens (90 min)
Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio
The film looks at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
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Native Wind

Director & Producer: Chip Comins (15 min)
Executive Producers: Pat Spears, Bob Gough & Adrienne Bramhall
Tribal wind power development creates economic opportunity for Native American Tribes while addressing global warming and climate change.