Los Osos Anteojos (The Spectacled Bears)

 Student Film
7 Minutes

Filmmaker: Kristen Heard
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Highlights the conservation efforts by the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society in Batan Grande, Peru.

Screens on Sunday, October 15th in Block 9, which begins at 1:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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Kokota: The Islet of Hope

29 Minutes
Filmmaker: Craig Norris 

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Set on a small East African Islet, this short introduces viewers to resilient people living on the front lines of climate change and tells the story of how these unlikely heroes have managed to innovatively adapt to a warming climate while reforesting their island. This inspirational film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts.

Screens on Saturday, October 14th in Block 4, which begins at 1:30 PM at Reynolds Hall.

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Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water

26 Minutes
Filmmakers: Sam Sheline, Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath and Kent Wagner
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More than 6 million people live in the Potomac Watershed. Some of the very infrastructure that supports their modern lifestyles is poisoning the Potomac.  This film follows the Riverkeepers whose mission is to protect clean water for drinking, swimming, and boating.

Screens on Saturday, October 14th in Block 8
which begins at 7:30 PM at the Frank Center AND on Sunday, Block 19 beginning at 3:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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In the Hills and Hollows

55 Minutes
Filmmaker: Keely Kernan

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Due to a shift in market demand and the development of technology to access the Marcellus Shale formation, a massive natural gas boom has swept through rural communities in the northern part of West Virginia.  Investigates the booming fracking industry’s environmental impacts on the people of WV.

Filmmakers of In the Hills and Hollows, Keely Kernan and Larry Cumbo, will join us!

Screens on Saturday, October 14th in Block 8, which begins at 7:30 PM at the Frank Center.

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In Pursuit of Silence

81 Minutes
Filmmaker: Patrick Shen

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In Pursuit of Silence takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season – and inspires us to experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world.

Screens on Saturday, October 14th in Block 3, which begins at 1:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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Guarding Our Water

6 Minutes
Filmmaker: Sam Dean

A short film detailing water quality monitoring efforts on public lands in West Virginia and Virginia.

David Lillard of the WV Rivers Coalitions will be joining us to talk about recent efforts to protect WV water. This short is a joint project between WV Rivers and Trout Unlimited.

Screens on Saturday, October 14th during Block 8, which begins at 7:30 PM at the Frank Center.

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Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants

59 Minutes
Filmmaker: Tom Mustill
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In an urgent and daring mission — and with a determined Ugandan team — Dr. Julian Fennesey plans to round up twenty of the world’s rarest giraffes, to take across and beyond the mighty Nile River.

Screening on Sunday, October 15th in Block 13, which begins at 5:00 PM at the National Conservation Training Center AND screening on Saturday, October 21 in Block 18 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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From the Ashes

82 Minutes
Filmmaker: Michael Bonfiglio
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A compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal” — heavily featuring the ongoing debate in West Virginia.  From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, this film presents often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

Join us for a post-show discussion with Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and WV Senator Jeff Kessler, who has advocated for economic revitalization of WV regions as we transition to the post-coal economy.

Screens on Thursday, October 12 during a special event, which begins at 7:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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Food Evolution

92 Minutes
Filmmakers: Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Trace Sheehan
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With the human population climbing toward 8 billion and climate change creating challenges for agriculture, GMOs may be part of the solution to the problem of how we feed ourselves in the future.  This film is an examination of the polarized debate surrounding GMOs and food.  Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson and with Bill Nye.

Screens on Friday, October 13th during Block 1 beginning at 6:30 PM at Reynolds Hall.

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Fix and Release

15 Minutes
Filmmaker: Scott Dobson

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Explores a small turtle trauma center in Ontario, Canada, as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. This team’s work is practical and uplifting.

Following Fix and Release, veterinarian Dr. Belinda Burwell, wildlife rescuer for 30 years, will discuss native turtle habitat, threats to their welfare, and rehabilitation. And she’s bringing turtles!

Screens on Sunday, October 15th during BLOCK 13, which begins at 5:00 PM at the National Conservation Training Center.

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