Environmental Film Fest: Summer Series

Conservation Shorts II: Wild Spaces

Expired July 26, 2021 1:00 AM
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8 films in package
Where I Belong
Growing up, Christine Hill saw the outdoors as a place that was full of bugs and too much worry. But after falling in love with climbing and discovering a sense of peace through summer camp, she decided this was something worth protecting.
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UNDERSTORY - A Journey Into The Tongass
Three women set sail on a 350 mile expedition through Alaska’s vast Tongass National Forest to explore how clearcut logging in this coastal rainforest could affect wildlife, local communities, and our planet’s climate.
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Here We Stand
For generations, conservation has been about keeping people out of places. Now, Save the Redwoods League and Teresa Baker ask what it would look like for conservation to include people, even those that normally are in the margins.
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Bayou City
Houston is the “Bayou City”. It's home to 22 bayou systems, totaling over 2,500 miles of waterways throughout Harris County. However, Houston has a long and tumultuous relationship with its bayous.
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Plant Heist
When suspicious packages are found in a small town in northern California, Game Warden Pat Freeling, gets a tip about the peculiar activity. After further investigation he exposes a vast network of illegal plant poachers.
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Filmmaker Discussion: UNDERSTORY, Here We Stand, Where I Belong, Plant Heist, Bayou City
Featuring Colin Arisman, Chris Cresci, Greg Balkin, Gabriel de Cuba, Chelsi de Cuba, & Olivia Haun
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The Wild Divide
By horseback, foot, and paddleboard, three friends trek across Florida's imperiled backbone.
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Filmmaker Discussion: The Wild Divide
Feat. Danny Schmidt and Eric Bendick
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How do we balance development with conservation? In bayous, forests, and coastal areas, follow 6 stories of people working to celebrate nature and redefine our relationships with wild spaces. 

Discussion was recorded for the March 2021 Environmental Film Festival. Featuring:

Colin Arisman (Director, UNDERSTORY) is a documentary filmmaker dedicated to grassroots storytelling. He is the founder of Wild Confluence Media, a production company that collaborates with like-minded brands and nonprofits to elevate our planet’s most compelling causes. Full bio here.

Chris Cresci (Director, Here We Stand, Where I Belong) is a filmmaker based in Portland, OR. A recovering introvert, non-fiction filmmaking has opened Chris’ world up considerably. Having the privilege to meet and connect with humans from across the world has been one of his life’s great joys. Full bio here.

Greg Balkin (Co-Producer and Director of Photography, Here We Stand; Where I Belong) is a filmmaker and photographer from Seattle, WA. His work has shifted over the years, from photographing weddings in Los Angeles to jumping headfirst into commercial work within the outdoor industry. Full bio here.

Gabriel de Cuba (Co-director, Plant Heist) gets excited about plants, science fiction films and unexplored trails. A photography nerd and a constant student of light and shadow, he is fascinated by the mysteries of the natural world and our roles in it. Gabriel is a graduate of FullSail Film School. Full bio here.

Chelsi de Cuba (Co-director, Plant Heist) enjoys creating and collaborating on projects that have the potential to shift perspectives about the human experience and our inherent connection to nature. She directs/produces alongside her brother, Gabriel de Cuba at SiblingRivalryCreative and works as a freelance associate producer for commercial projects in the Bay Area. Full bio here.

Olivia Haun (Director, Bayou City) is an ecologist and conservation filmmaker from Austin, Texas. Currently the Outreach Specialist for the Wildlife Diversity Program with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Olivia is committed to helping others see the beauty in their own backyards. Full bio here.

Mara Webster (Moderator) 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.

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