Waste Not Want Not

Student Film
13 Minutes

Filmmaker: Scott E. Schimmel
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Alabama has the largest plastic recycling facility in the world yet incentivizes landfills. A fascinating look inside the industry and economics of where our trash ends up.

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

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The Discarded

19 Minutes
Filmmakers: Annie Costner and Carla Dauden
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The stories of Rio locals who are fighting for a better, more dignified way of life — starting with cleaning up the trash and the Bay.

Screens on Saturday, October 14th during Block 7, which begins at 7:00 PM at Reynolds Hall AND on Saturday, October 21st during Block 17, beginning at 4:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

79 Minutes
Filmmaker: Matt D’Avella

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Examines the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker. This film will give you motivation to curb the materialistic life-style.

Screens on Saturday, October 14th in Block 7, which begins at 7:00 PM in Reynolds Hall.

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Death by Design

59 Minutes
Filmmaker: Sue Williams
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By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone. This film investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. 

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

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Forget Shorter Showers

11 Minutes
Filmmaker: Jordan Brown

Forget Shorter ShowersWould any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler? That composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday? That recycling would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with the entire world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions” for social change? Why are these solutions not sufficient? But most importantly, what can be done instead to actually stop the destruction of the planet? Based on an essay by Derrick Jensen published in Orion Magazine.

Screens on Friday, October 21 during BLOCK 1, which begins at 6:00 pm at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the Shepherd University Campus.

Marijuana Grows and Restoration

5 Minutes
Filmmakers: Steve Dunsky and Ann Dunsky

Marijuana HelicopterMarijuana growing on our national forests causes significant harm to the land, water and animals. The toxicants and lethal weapons found at these sites are both shocking in terms of amount and raise concerns regarding the health of the Region’s forests. The Forest Service, along with other agencies and volunteers, are working together to restore these impacted lands.

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 7, which begins at 1:00 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Pangolin

2016 ACFF SHORT FILM AWARD
ACFF 2016 Short Film Laurels Large

13 Minutes
Filmmaker: Katie Schuler

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Take an intimate glimpse into the journey of a single pangolin, often called a “scaly anteater,” from the moment it is taken from the wild to its final destination in China. Filmed on location across three countries with the help of reformed poachers and wildlife enforcement officers, the film acts as a surrogate for an estimated hundred thousand pangolins that are poached and smuggled annually throughout Southeast Asia and Africa. Filmed with minimal commentary to be as immersive as possible, Pangolin offers audiences the opportunity to experience the life, death and afterlife of one of the most illegally trafficked and endangered mammals on the planet.

Two Screenings! Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 10, which begins at 6:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.  Encore screening on Friday, Oct 28th during Block 11, which begins at 6:30 pm at Reynolds Hall.

Saving Mes Aynak

2016 ACFF GREEN SPARK AWARD – HIGHLIGHTING CONSERVATION HEROES
ACFF 2016 Green Spark Laurels large58 Minutes
Filmmaker: Brent E. Huffman
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This exciting and heart-wrenching film follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition.  Though 90% of the site has yet to be excavated, it is threatened by a Chinese state-owned mining company. The copper mining planned there would completely demolish the archaeological site, as well as the surrounding mountain range. Qadir Temori and other Afghan archaeologists must rally against not only the Chinese government, but also the Taliban and local politics to save the historic site.

Screens on Saturday, October 22 during BLOCK 5, which begins at 6:00 pm at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the Shepherd University Campus.  Encore screening on Saturday, Oct 29th during BLOCK 13, which begins at 7:30pm at the Frank Center on the Shepherd University Campus.

The Burden: Fossil Fuel, The Military and National Security

40 Minutes
Filmmaker: Roger Sorkin
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This film tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat and why the military is leading the transition to clean energy. The Burden is the centerpiece of a strategic media engagement campaign to inspire a movement that strengthens our energy security and harnesses the power of American innovation to make us leaders in the 21st century global clean energy economy.

Screens on Saturday, October 22 during BLOCK 6, which begins at 6:30 pm at the Frank Center on the Shepherd University Campus.

The True Cost

92 Minutes
Filmmaker: Andrew Morgan
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This film explores the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet.  While the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, the human and environmental costs continue to grow. Filmed in 13 countries around the world, The True Cost explores the global damage being done and the ways we are buying into it and includes interviews with top voices from the fashion industry as well as prominent human rights and environmental activists.

Screens on Sunday, October 30th during BLOCK 15, which begins at 3:30 pm at the Frank Center on the Shepherd University Campus.