An Acquired Taste

70 Minutes
Filmmaker: Vanessa Lemaire

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Why kill your own food? A new, mindful generation of teens defy factory farming and turn to hunting as a way of connecting with the source of their sustenance. Nick, Alex and Ashlie leave behind their modern lives and embark on a journey that is foreign to their parents. To make a humane kill, these animal lovers confront tormenting ethics and their worst nightmares, partly to eat dinner and partly to carve out their own identities.

Screens on Sunday, October 30 during BLOCK 14, which begins at  1:30 pm – The Frank Center on the Shepherd University Campus.

Canyon Song

14 Minutes
Filmmakers: Amy Marquis and Dana Romanoff

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A Navajo family balances modern life with the traditional “Navajo Way,” teaching their children their language, culture, and ceremony within the sacred walls of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. This is the second film in the NPX | Stories For a New Century film series.

Screens on Friday, October 21 during BLOCK 2, which begins at 6:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Defined by the Line

8 Minutes
Filmmakers: Fitz Cahall

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Josh Ewing began visiting the Bears Ears region of southeastern Utah to climb at Indian Creek and explore the local archaeology. But when he moved to the town of Bluff, he saw degradation from oil drilling, looting, and careless visitors. Ewing knew simply loving a place was no longer enough.

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 8, which begins at 3:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Pale Blue Dot

4 Minutes
Filmmaker: Chin Li Zhi

Pale Blue Dot 2Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos through an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, seeking to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living on Earth.

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.

Saving Mes Aynak

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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.

Black Gold

5 min

Filmmaker: Woonam Kim

Black Gold is an animated film that reflects on the story of traditional indigenous trading routes while questioning the value and impact of today’s expanding network of oil and gas pipelines in British Columbia.

7:00 Saturday at Reynolds Hall – Block 10

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City of Trees

World Premiere

74 min

Filmmakers: Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer

At the height of the recession, City of Trees tells a deeply personal story about a stimulus-funded effort to put unemployed people back to work by planting trees in Washington, DC. City of Trees thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes of change-making in urban communities.

2:07 Sunday at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies – Block 12


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Last Days of Ivory

3 min

Filmmaker: Kathryn Bigelow

This animated, short film makes the very real connection between elephant poaching and terrorism. It illustrates the diabolical intersection of two problems that are of great concern – species extinction and global terrorism, both requiring urgent action.

3:15 pm on Saturday at the NCTC Byrd Auditorium – Block 7

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Vultures of Tibet

21 min

Filmmakers: Russell O. Bush, Annie Bush

Sky Burial, a private ritual where the bodies of Tibetan dead are offered to wild griffon vultures, becomes a tourist attraction in Chinese-modernized Tibet. This intimate window illuminates an ideological conflict often hidden to the outside world, confronting the potential for oppression in the act of observation.

2:27 pm on Saturday at the Opera House Block 5


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America’s Wilderness: We Remember – A History of the Saguero

5 min.
Filmmaker:  Erin Finicane
Wild places offer incredible natural beauty and an opportunity for personal reflection, inspiration, and growth. Take a delightful immersive journey through America’s wild places, experiencing National Park Service Wilderness from a variety of perspectives.