One of the things that makes the American Conservation Film Festival unique is its inclusion of filmmakers and conservation experts in the Festival weekend. This year, a record number of 33 of these special guests will be joining the festivities, speaking about their films, and participating in the Conservation Filmmaker Workshop.
The Festival opens with a special preview event on Thursday, October 22nd at the National Conservation Training Center with two films – All Over the Map: I Dream of Seney and The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson – both followed by Q and A sessions with their filmmakers, Peter Schriemer and Mark Dixon, respectively.
The two film blocks opening the Festival on Friday night, October 23, offer intimate glimpses into West Virginia issues and American west issues. The Wild, Wonderful, Endangered West Virginia block at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies features three films on West Virginia coal and water wars and their filmmakers. The Broncos and Bison: Threats to Western Wildlife block at the Opera House features the much-heralded film, Unbranded, about efforts to save wild mustangs and the student-made film Silencing the Thunder about the plight of Montana’s bison. Dennis Aig, producer of Unbranded, and Eddie Roqueta, director of Silencing the Thunder, will introduce their films and take questions from the audience.
Of the 16 blocks of conservation-themed films at the Festival, 13 blocks will include an opportunity to discuss the films with the filmmakers or subject matter experts close to the issues featured in the films. In the Family Block – Charismatic Critters for Curious Kids and Their Parents – the filmmakers of The Flamingo Factory will talk about their project to protect East Africa’s millions of flamingos and Mark Madison, Historian at the Fish & Wildlife Service, will present a “Suitcase for Survival,” a hands-on education tool kit to teach youth about endangered species.
Neil Losin, filmmaker of ACFF’s Broadcast Award winner Islands of Creation, will discuss his fascinating film on the evolution of species as well as give the introductory keynote address at the Conservation Filmmaker Workshop which opens Saturday morning, October 24, at the National Conservation Training Center.
The following filmmakers may be contacted for interviews by email:
Christy and Turk Pipkin – firstname.lastname@example.org Film –Flamingo Factory
Eddie Roqueta – email@example.com Film – Silencing the Thunder
Dennis Aig – firstname.lastname@example.org Film – Unbranded
Nick and Cheryl Dean email@example.com Film – Life on Wallace’s Line
Susan Keegan firstname.lastname@example.org Film – Dare to Be Wild
For a complete list of films, discussion sessions, and special guests, please visit the ACFF website at http://conservationfilm.org/schedule/.
Screens 2014 Audience Choice Winner &
2015 Festival Trailers on October 9, 2015
The Shepherdstown Film Society is giving audiences a sneak peek at some of the movies showing at the upcoming 2015 American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) just before it screens the 2014 Audience Choice Award winner, DamNation, on Friday, October 9 at 7pm at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University.
DamNation is a Patagonia-produced award-winning film that took 2014 film festivals by storm with its stunning imagery, compelling storytelling, and clever filmmaking techniques. It chronicles the history and legacy of dams in America and current efforts to deconstruct obsolete dams to restore life and health to dammed rivers. The audience at the 2014 American Conservation Film Festival convincingly voted it their favorite film of the festival. ACFF President Jeff Feldman will lead a brief discussion with the audience immediately following the film.
Opening the evening will be the trailers of a few films from the upcoming Festival. From the depths of the sea to Mustang round-ups in the American west, the selection demonstrates the diversity of topics on tap for the Festival, running October 22 to 25 and November 1 at five venues in and around Shepherdstown.
The Shepherdstown Film Society and ACFF have partnered annually to bring audiences an award-winning film from previous festivals, and this is the first time a preview of films from an upcoming festival will be shown. All are invited to enjoy a lively evening of cinema free of charge at 7pm, October 9, Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University.
For more about the Shepherdstown Film Society, visit http://www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org
For more about DamNation, visit http://damnationfilm.com