Entries by American Conservation Film Festival

In the Blood

2005 FESTIVAL 90 min. The ACFF selection committee selected In the Blood as an interesting counterpoint to Kalahari Family. This controversial film follows the hunting education, in Africa, of a young American boy. The film raises hunting to the level of a religion—a rite of passage. Filmmaker George Butler documents an African expedition that retraces the 1908 safari of […]

Leave No Trace: Appalachian Trail and The Only Water We Will Have

2005 FESTIVAL. [Student Films] These films will be presented by their producers, all regional students: Leave No Traceis a film about low-impact hiking and camping by Tara Roberts, of Shepherd University. The Only Water We Will Ever Have, by Christophile Konstas, Mindy Hirsch, and Sarah Eckles, of American University’s Center for Environmental Film-Making.

Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place

2005 FESTIVAL 34 min. Wildlife photographer Jim Clark imparts a sense of rural Appalachia’s natural beauty by combining profound patience and attention to detail, nurtured by a lifetime in the mountains of West Virginia. Clarke shares his work and his mountain upbringing in this brief film by Ray and Judy Schmitt (Real Earth Productions), who […]

National Bison Range: Keeping Our Bison Heritage Alive

2005 FESTIVAL 14 min. The National Bison Range is a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service introduction to the wildlife conservation area created by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 to bring the threatened buffalo back from extinction. The American bison is the undisputed star of this show—great, shaggy creatures of prehistory that once roamed the American West in […]

Oil on Ice

2005 FESTIVAL 59 min. Winner of a 2004 Pare Lorentz Award, Oil on Iceis a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The film examines the battle over oil development in a stunning place, featuring fascinating wildlife that has adapted to this environment, as well as the people — the Gwich’in Athabascan […]

Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision

2005 FESTIVAL 60 min. Premiering at Sundance in 2004, Proteus embarks upon a historic journey into the depths of the sea — while exploring the intersection of science and art. For 19th-century explorers, the world beneath the oceans was like the 20th-century promise of “outer space.”;Proteususes the undersea world as the locus for a meditation on the […]