Environmental Film Fest: Summer Series

Eye of the Storm

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U.S. Premiere

As a supplement to this programming, enjoy this virtual, narrated exhibition of James Morrison's work

Pre-recorded discussion featuring Anthony Baxter (Director) and Catrìona Black (Animator), moderated by Mara Webster.

Anthony Baxter is one of the United Kingdom’s leading documentary filmmakers. In his iconic You’ve Been Trumped (2011), a small Scottish community battles against a brash New York developer, who would later become the American President. A Dangerous Game (2014), which had its US Premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, is a searing indictment of the profound ecological and social impact of luxury golf resorts around the world. The prescient You've Been Trumped Too (2016) follows Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, and had its premiere at IDFA. The Irish Times called it, "The most important film of the year.” FLINT (2020), which is narrated by Alec Baldwin, is the “monumental” (The Guardian) account of one of the worst man-made disasters in American history.

Catrìona Black tells stories built around archive material, animating in a hand-drawn, painterly style. Until now, her films have been in her native Scottish Gaelic. Her first short animation for BBC Alba, Pìobairean Bhòrnais (2003), was nominated for several prestigious awards, screened in over 50 cinemas worldwide, and distributed on DVD in North America by National Geographic. Animation Calum Noah followed in 2007, and was also screened on BBC Alba and in cinemas worldwide, and her 2013 art film Faodail, funded by National Geographic’s All Roads Film Fund, was shown in festivals and gallery settings as well as by BBC Alba. In 2018, Catrìona broke hearts with her animated tribute to the 201 men who were lost in the tragic Iolaire shipwreck 100 years earlier, Tha thu air Aigeann m’ Inntinn. The short film, a centrepiece of the BBC’s centenary programming, won awards and accolades and screened in cinemas across the world. Along with Faodail, it was shortlisted for exhibition at the prestigious Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Mara Webster is a programmer, producer, content curator, moderator and interviewer. She is the Co-Founder and Head of Programming for In Creative Company, a year round digital talk series focusing on in depth craft driven discussions around the creative process across film, television, theater and the arts. Prior to this her most recent role was programming, producing and moderating screenings and talks at SAG-AFTRA Foundation both in person and online. She has also moderated numerous panels for other companies including Netflix, AppleTV+, HBO, IFC Films, BAFTA and numerous film festival Q&A's. In her time as Director of Panels & Special Events and an Associate Programmer at Tribeca Film Festival she grew the talks program creating new strands of programming in film, tv, theater, VR and music and produced the inaugural TIME'S UP conference. At Tribeca she was involved in programming feature films and tv where she helped to launch television into both the festivals main slate and contributed to the creation of the Tribeca TV Festival. She has worked in key roles with numerous events including Vulture Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival and Sundance. She currently consults as an Associate Programmer in Features & Episodic for Sundance and for The New York Times events team. Born and raised in England by a Texan and a Scot, she now calls New York home!

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