Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020


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Your purchase of a ticket to Program 8 includes 3 films/extra plus a FREE on-demand ticket to the "Panel Discussion on Environmental Justice" Director Alexander Glustrom (Mossville: When Great Trees Fall) joins moderator and local filmmaker Tigre Hill (The Shame of a City), panelists Ebony Griffin, J.D. (The Public Interest Law Center) and James Crowder (PolicyLink).

Mossville, Louisiana, a centuries-old Black community founded by freed slaves, was once a thriving, safe haven. Today it's a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their spewing black clouds. Many residents are forced from their homes; those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos stands one man who refuses to abandon his family's land and fights for basic human rights in this powerful portrait of resilience.

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  • Runtime
    75 minutes
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  • Country
    South Africa, United States
  • Note
    Director Biography - Alexander John Glustrom: Alexander Glustrom grew up in inner city Atlanta, where he was greatly influenced by his grandparents, who were Jewish allies in the civil rights movement. Alex graduated in 2010 from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he studied marketing and digital media. While at Tulane, he founded the student organization, TUCAN, that brought students out of their bubble to learn from and tutor New Orleans' youth. TUCAN has since become the biggest student run volunteer group at Tulane. Alexander has directed, shot, produced, and edited a wide variety of film projects ranging from commercial, music, and art videos that have reached hundreds of thousands online, to documentaries that have been featured in film festivals internationally. He has shot footage that has aired on HBO, CNN, Fusion,, Great Big Story and Democracy Now. He has also created a number of fundraising videos that have raised thousands of dollars for New Orleans youth programs. Alex's major work is the award winning documentary film, Big Charity, which he directed, shot, produced and edited. Big Charity won The Jury Award and Audience Award at The New Orleans Film Festival, was awarded Documentary of the Year by Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, and was named the 5th Best Film Made in Louisiana in 2014 and the 4th Best "Katrina Film" by Alex was awarded "Filmmaker of the Year" at the 2015 New Orleans Millennial Awards and named as one of New Orleans' "40 under 40 brightest and most innovative young people" by Gambit Magazine. He is currently in post production on his second feature length film "Mossville." In addition to filmmaking, Alex served as the director of The Boys & Girls Club of The Iberville public housing development, he co-founded and runs a photo workshop at The Youth Empowerment Project, and regularly leads art and film classes to New Orleans youth. He is also a recognized aerosol artist, having painted murals across the world. He was a team leader of ExhibitBe, the largest street art project in the history of the American South.
  • Director
    Alexander John Glustrom
  • Producer
    Katie Mathews, Catherine Rierson, Daniel Bennett