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.

Seed: The Untold Story

2016 Audience Choice Award

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93 Minutes
Filmmakers: Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz

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Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This film follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 10, which begins at 6:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

85 min

Filmmakers: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn

Follow filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers one of the most destructive industries facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about animal agriculture. This documentary reveals the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.

7:35 pm on Saturday at the Opera House – Block 9

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GMO OMG

84 min

Filmmaker: Jeremy Seifert

Filmmaker and concerned father, Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice. His journey takes him to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and even agri-giant Monsanto as he poses perhaps the ultimate question about what we eat: Is it still possible to reject our current food system, or have we already lost something we can’t get back?

1:40 pm on Sunday at the Opera House – Block 11

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Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

92 min

Filmmakers: Costa Boutsikaris, Emmett Brennan

This documentary is a perfect introduction to permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics and governance. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience.

12:00 pm on Sunday at the Opera House – Block 11

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Pathways to Coexistence

19 min

Filmmaker: Richard Hughes

Filmed in Botswana, where 15,000 people share space and resources with 15,000 elephants. This film includes voices and experiences of people who know first-hand the challenges of competing for space, food, and land with the world’s largest population of free-roaming elephants.

3:20 pm on Saturday at the NCTC Byrd Auditorium – Block 7

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Secrets of the Hive

46 min

Filmmaker: Dennis Wells

Honeybees are in crisis. We rely on them to pollinate the world’s food but we lose about a third of them every year. Secrets of the Hive follows the scientists who are looking to the 20,000 species of wild bees for a solution to this global calamity.

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Silencing The Thunder

27 min

Filmmaker: Eddie Roqueta

When temperatures drop in Montana, wild bison migrate to lower elevations outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. Once outside, they run the risk of being killed because some carry a chronic disease called brucellosis that ranchers fear could spread to cattle. Silencing the Thunder presents the obstacles ranchers face, as well as the side of those trying to protect one of America’s most iconic animals.

8:52 pm on Friday at the Shepherdstown Opera House – Block 2

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Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields

2014 FESTIVAL
40 min.
Filmmakers:  Dulanie Ellis, Raymond Singer
Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields champions combat vets who are rebuilding their own lives as organic farmers & ranchers and revitalizing their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy food. These heroes blow the lid off stereotypes and you’ll be rooting for them all the way to your farmers market.
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