15th Anniversary Festival Promises Wonder & Inspiration

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15th Annual American Conservation Film Festival Announces 2017 Schedule
46 Exceptional Films on Wildlife, Rivers, Climate Change, Trees, and Conservation Heroes

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Shepherdstown, WV – The 15th annual American Conservation Film Festival opens Thursday, October 12th with a festive reception and free film screening and culminates with its Encore Award Winners Weekend October 20-22. The Festival brings together the finest conservation films and filmmakers from around the world and features discussions with scientists and educators, professional workshops, family programming, and social events — all with the mission of engaging, informing, and inspiring its audience through the power of film.

Green Fire Award winning film, Disobedience, tells the story of the powerful movement coming together across the globe to defend our planet from fossil fuels and climate change and the profound legacy of civil disobedience that has inspired these courageous activists to action.

 

 

The Gateway Bug, the 2017 Green Spark Award winner for Inspiring the Next Generation, exposes America’s disconnect with food as climate catastrophe, uncovering daily habits individuals can change to fix our broken food system. The film is followed by a special tasting of bug protein products with local entomophagy enthusiast Steve Bailes preparing some tasty treats to share with film-goers in the Frank Center lobby!

 

 

As a special free event during our Encore Weekend, ACFF presents a film block dedicated to the relationship between earth stewardship and faith, with a presentation by Randy Tremba, recently retired Pastor of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church.

At four venues in and around Shepherdstown, ACFF invites its audience to explore the world through an offering of 46 compelling films. Several filmmakers and subject matter experts will be present during the festival and participating in discussions following the screenings of their films.

 

 

 

 

 

The Conservation Filmmaker Workshop is offered October 13 and 14 at the National Conservation Training Center and ByrdCenter of Congressional History & Education to aspiring and professional filmmakers who wish to hone their craft, exchange ideas in a creative and collaborative

environment, and expand their professional network with colleagues and industry leaders. An exceptional opportunity awaits filmmakers who wish to pitch a film idea to a Pitch Panel of industry experts and compete for a $2,000 prize sponsored by The Allemall Foundation.

ACFF presents seven cash awards to outstanding festival films: the Green Fire Award for overall excellence in filmmaking; Green Spark Awards for highlighting sustainability, a conservation hero, and inspiring the next generation; International Film Award; Short Film Award; the Student Filmmaker Award, a $500 cash prize awarded to an emerging student filmmaker sponsored by The Friends of NCTC; and the Audience Choice Award. All of the award-winning films will be shown on the encore weekend of the Festival, October 20-22.

Full festival passes, allowing entrance to all films over both festival weekends are $55; First weekend passes are $40; second weekend passes are $25; and block tickets are $10. Senior discounts are available. Students 18 & younger are admitted free to all films as space allows. 

2017 Festival Trailer: https://vimeo.com/231397659 Film descriptions, schedule, and ticket info: www.conservationfilm.org. Follow ACFF on Facebook (@conservationfilm.org), Instagram (@conservationfilmfest) and Twitter (@ConservationFF).

 

About ACFF

The American Conservation Film Festival is an annual event held in Shepherdstown, WV, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. ACFF features films from a diverse group of conservation filmmakers from all around the world.

This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization addresses conservation through the lens of film, providing a platform for education and dialogue about more sustainable ways to live. ACFF programming promotes solutions to pressing conservation issues, respect for the world’s natural and cultural heritage, and passion for conserving our resources. Since 2003, the Festival has screened over 500 films to over 33,000 audience members, presented filmmaking workshops for aspiring documentary filmmakers, hosted panel discussions with filmmakers, and offered free family programs with the mission of engaging, informing, and inspiring people toward better ways to live, work, and play.

The 2017 American Conservation Film Festival is sponsored by: The Campbell Foundation, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, The Allemall Foundation, the Nora Roberts Foundation, Shepherd University, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Schutte-Box & Yenser Wealth Management, Friends of NCTC, Route 11 Potato Chips, Hobert & Kerr, P.C., Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Redfin, Sustainable Solutions, Winchester Gastroenterology Associates, and Spirit of Jefferson newspaper.

Press Contact:

Jennifer Lee, ACFF Development & Communications Director

jennifer@conservationfilm.org

The Age of Consequences

80 Minutes
Filmmaker: Jared Scott
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The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of irreversible climate change, resource scarcity, mass migration, and pandemic conflict through the lens of US national security and global instability.

Screens on Sunday, October 15th in Block 12,
which begins at 3:30 PM at the Frank Center.

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Wild Animals

Student Film
3 Minutes

Filmmaker: Yarden Taube

Superbly detailer top-motion animation set to the words of Edward Abbey.

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

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Water Warriors

22 Minutes
Filmmaker Michael Premo
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First Nation and white communities in New Brunswick, Canada successfully fight fracking to protect their water.

Screens on Friday, October 13th during Block 2, which begins at 7:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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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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Valve Turners

7 Minutes
Filmmaker: Steve Liptay

In response to the climate emergency we are facing, a team of activists take direct action and shut off the five pipelines carrying tar sands crude oil into the United States from Alberta, Canada.

Screens on Friday, October 13th during Block 2, which begins at 7:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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Tidewater

42 Minutes
Filmmaker: Roger Sorkin
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American Resilience Project presents its new film about the U.S. military fighting to save its highest concentration of bases from sea level rise in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Screens on Sunday, October 15th during Block 12, which begins at 3:30 PM at the Frank Center.

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Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction

45 Minutes
Filmmakers: Jennifer Ting and Michele Gomes

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Coastline communities pull together to save endangered turtles, especially in Cape Cod where 1,200 Kemps Ridley recently turned up cold stunned. Narrated by Dr. Sylvia Earle.

Award-wining Filmmakers, Jenny Ting and Michele Gomes, will join us!

Screens on Saturday, October 14th in Block 6 beginning at 4:00 PM at Reynolds Hall AND on Saturday, October 21st in Block 18 beginning at 7:00 PM.

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The Gateway Bug


82 Minutes
Filmmakers: Johanna B. Kelly & Cameron Marshad

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Following the rise and dramatic fall of edible insect start-ups in America, this film exposes America’s disconnect with food as climate catastrophe, uncovering daily habits individuals can change to fix our broken food system.

Film is followed by a special tasting of bug protein products. Local entomophagy enthusiast, Steve Bailes, will be preparing some tasty treats to share with film-goers in the lobby!

Screens on Saturday, October 14th at during Block 5, which begins at 3:00 PM at the Frank Center AND Saturday, October 21st during Block 17,  which begins at 4:00 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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