2017 FESTIVAL – 15th SEASON
OCTOBER 13th-15th in SHEPHERDSTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA


Join us for 42 films, visiting filmmakers, and special programs October 13- 15 and
then October 20-22 for four additional first run films and eight award-winning encores.
Special Festival Kick-off Reception and Free Film on October 12.

Download the 2017 Schedule.

WEEKEND 1

*Number in parentheses after each film title is the running time in minutes.

Thursday, October 12
Special Event – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM     Coal: Trends In WV And Beyond
The Frank Center
From the Ashes (82)
Please register for a free ticket at conservationfilm.org
Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, and WV Senator Jeff Kessler, both featured in the film, will speak to the audience.

Friday, October 13
Block 1 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM     GMOS: A Counterpoint
Reynolds Hall
Food Evolution (92)
Post-show discussion with Gregory Jaffe, Biotechnology Project Director for The Center for Science in the Public Interest and Stephen DiFazio, Director of the WVU Genomics Core Facility

Block 2 –7:00 PM – 9:00 PM    Activism, Advocacy and Inspiration
The Frank Center
Spark Heroes: Rob Pringle (2)
The Beauty of Bears Ears (5)
Valve Turners (7)
Water Warriors (22)
Disobedience (41) Green Fire Award
The award-winning filmmaker of Disobedience, Kelly Nyks, will join us for a post-film discussion.

Saturday, October 14
Block 3 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM      Silence And Light
The Frank Center
Lost in Light II (2)
In Pursuit of Silence (81)

Block 4 –1:30 PM – 3:20 PM      Short Stories – Working For Change
Reynolds Hall
Awaskinawason (Children of the Earth) (3)
Ruffed Grouse (9)
Canis Lupus Colorado (18)
Melting Stars (15)
Elk River (28)
Kokota: The Islet of Hope (29) (co-presented with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital)
Ruffed Grouse filmmakers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Tracy Graziano and Hal Krober, will be joining us.

Block 5 – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM      Bugs To Feed The World
The Frank Center
The Gateway Bug (82) Green Spark Award
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!

Block 6 – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM       Preserving Ocean Life
Reynolds Hall
Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction (45) Green Spark Award
An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch (46) Green Spark Award
SkyTruth (2) Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction
Filmmakers Jenny Ting and Michele Gomes, will join us along with Alison Barrat, ACFF alumni filmmaker of An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch. We’ll also have Ryan Covington and Christian Thomas from our local nonprofit, SkyTruth, which uses satellite imagery to identify threats to our planet.

Block 7 – 7:00 PM – 9:00PM      Countering Consumer Culture
Reynolds Hall
The Discarded (19) Short Film Award
Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things (79)

BLOCK 8 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM      Protecting WV Waters
The Frank Center
Guarding Our Water (6)
Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water (26) Student Film Award
In the Hills & Hollows (55)
David Lillard of the WV Rivers Coalitions will be joining us to talk about recent efforts to protect WV water. Filmmakers of In the Hills and Hollows, Keely Kernan and Larry Cumbo, will join us along with the three student filmmakers of the award-wining, Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water. 

Sunday, October 15
Block 9 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM      Student Films And Dirty Devices
The Frank Center
Wild Animals (3)
Los Osos Anteojos (The Spectacled Bear) (7)
Naturally Selected (9)
Waste Not, Want Not (13)
Death by Design (59)
Student filmmakers will join us and talk briefly about their experiences getting started in filmmaking.

Block 10 – 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM    Bring The Kids! Monkeys, Leopards, & Pandas, Oh My!
NCTC
Born in China (76)
Post-film discussion with Paul Marinari, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Free to all students 18 & under.

Block 11 – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM       Save The Trees!
NCTC
A Femme Fatale Could Save Ash Trees from an Invasive Killer (4)
Love of Place (9)
Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? (60)
We’ll be joined by the filmmakers of Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?, Lisa Merton and Alan Datar.

Block 12 – 3:30 PM – 5:35 PM       Changing Climate; Changing Military
The Frank Center
Tidewater (40)
The Age of Consequences (80)
Producer of The Age of Consequences, Kelly Nyks, will join us for a post-film discussion.

Block 13 – 5:00 PM – 7:05 PM        Protecting Wildlife
NCTC
Spark Heroes: Jon Beckmann (2)
Mass Extinction No. 6 (4)
Dodging Extinction: The Black-footed Ferret Recovery Project (10)
Fix and Release (15)
Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants (59) Foreign Film Award
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!

Block 14 – 7:30 PM – 8:35 PM       Discoveries In Bioluminescence
The Frank Center
Below 0°(5)
David Attenborough’s Light on Earth (52)

WEEKEND 2

*All of our films on our second weekend are held at The Frank Center on the Shepherd University campus.

Friday, October 20
Block 15 – 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM    Special Feature
The Eagle Huntress  (101)

Saturday, October 21
Block 16 – 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM      Special Event: Earth Stewardship & Faith
Excerpts from Saving Place, Saving Grace (7) & (5)
Behold the Earth (64)
Please register for a free ticket at conservationfilm.org
Recently retired Pastor Randy Tremba of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church will lead a discussion on our call to protect the planet.

Block 17 – 4:00 PM – 5:50 PM      Award-Winning Encores
The Discarded (19) Short Film Award
The Gateway Bug (82) Green Spark Award
Films are 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!

Block 18 – 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM      Award-Winning Encores
Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction (45) Green Spark Award
Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants (59) Foreign Film Award

Sunday, October 22
Block 19 – 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM      Award Winning Encores
An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch (46) Green Spark Award
Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water (26) Student Film Award

Block 20 – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM       Award-Winning Encores
Disobedience (41) Green Fire Award
Audience Choice (?) Audience Choice Award


 

Download the 2017 Schedule.

WEEKEND 1

Thursday, October 12
Special Event – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Coal: Trends In WV And Beyond
The Frank Center
From the Ashes (82) Please register for a free ticket at conservationfilm.org
Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, and WV Senator Jeff Kessler, both featured in the film, will speak to the audience.

Friday, October 13
Block 1 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMOS: A Counterpoint
Reynolds Hall
Food Evolution (92)
Post-show discussion with Gregory Jaffe, Biotechnology Project Director for The Center for Science in the Public Interest and Stephen DiFazio, Director of the WVU Genomics Core Facility

Block 2 –7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Activism, Advocacy and Inspiration
The Frank Center
Spark Heroes: Rob Pringle (2)
The Beauty of Bears Ears (5)
Valve Turners (7)
Water Warriors (22)
Disobedience (41) Green Fire Award
The award-winning filmmaker of Disobedience, Kelly Nyks, will join us for a post-film discussion.

Saturday, October 14
Block 3 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM   Silence And Light
The Frank Center
Lost in Light II (2)
In Pursuit of Silence (81)

Block 4 –1:30 PM – 3:20 PM Short Stories – Working For Change
Reynolds Hall
Awaskinawason (Children of the Earth) (3)
Ruffed Grouse (9)
Canis Lupus Colorado (18)
Melting Stars (15)
Elk River (28)
Kokota: The Islet of Hope (29) (co-presented with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital)
Ruffed Grouse filmmakers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Tracy Graziano and Hal Krober, will be joining us.

Block 5 – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Bugs To Feed The World The Frank Center The Gateway Bug (82) Green Spark Award 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!

Block 6 – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Preserving Ocean Life Reynolds Hall Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction (45) Green Spark Award An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch (46) Green Spark Award SkyTruth (2) Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction filmmakers, Jenny Ting and Michele Gomes, will join us along with Alison Barrat, ACFF Alumni Filmmaker of An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch. We’ll also have Ryan Covington and Christian Thomas from our local nonprofit, SkyTruth, which uses satellite imagery to identify threats to our planet.

Block 7 – 7:00 PM – 9:00PM Countering Consumer Culture Reynolds Hall The Discarded (19) Short Film Award Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things (79)

BLOCK 8 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Protecting WV Waters The Frank Center Guarding Our Water (6) Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water (26) Student Film Award In the Hills & Hollows (55) David Lillard of the WV Rivers Coalitions will be joining us to talk about recent efforts to protect WV water. Filmmakers of In the Hills and Hollows, Keely Kernan and Larry Cumbo, will join us along with the three student filmmakers of the award-wining, Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water. Sunday, October 15

Block 9 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Student Films And Dirty Devices The Frank Center Wild Animals (3) Los Osos Anteojos (The Spectacled Bear) (7) Naturally Selected (9) Waste Not, Want Not (13) Death by Design (59) Student filmmakers will join us and talk briefly about their experiences getting started in filmmaking.

Block 10 – 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM Bring The Kids! Monkeys, Leopards, & Pandas, Oh My! NCTC Born in China (76) Post-film discussion with Paul Marinari, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Free to all students 18 & under.

Block 11 – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Save The Trees! NCTC A Femme Fatale Could Save Ash Trees from an Invasive Killer (4) Love of Place (9) Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? (60) We’ll be joined by the filmmakers of Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?, Lisa Merton and Alan Datar.

Block 12 – 3:30 PM – 5:35 PM Changing Climate; Changing Military The Frank Center Tidewater (40) The Age of Consequences (80) Producer of The Age of Consequences, Kelly Nyks, will join us for a post-film discussion.

Block 13 – 5:00 PM – 7:05 PM Protecting Wildlife NCTC Spark Heroes: Jon Beckmann (2) Mass Extinction No. 6 (4) Dodging Extinction: The Black-footed Ferret Recovery Project (10) Fix and Release (15) Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants (59) Foreign Film Award 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!

Block 14 – 7:30 PM – 8:35 PM Discoveries In Bioluminescence The Frank Center Below 0°(5) David Attenborough’s Light on Earth (52) WEEKEND 2 *All of our films on our second weekend are held at The Frank Center on the Shepherd University campus.

Friday, October 20

Block 15 – 6:30 PM – 8:20 PM Special Feature: The Eagle Huntress The Eagle Huntress (101) Saturday, October 21

Block 16 – 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM Special Event: Earth Stewardship & Faith Excerpts from Saving Place, Saving Grace (7) & (5) Behold the Earth (64) Please register for a free ticket at conservationfilm.org Recently retired Pastor Randy Tremba of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church will lead a discussion on our call to protect the planet.

Block 17 – 4:00 PM – 5:50 PM Award-Winning Encores The Discarded (19) Short Film Award The Gateway Bug (82) Green Spark Award Films are 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!

Block 18 – 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM Award-Winning Encores Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction (45) Green Spark Award Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants (59) Foreign Film Award Sunday, October 22

Block 19 – 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM Award Winning Encores An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch (46) Green Spark Award Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water (26) Student Film Award Block 20 – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Award-Winning Encores Disobedience (41) Green Fire Award Audience Choice (?) Audience Choice Award


 

VENUES
Byrd Center for Congressional & History Education – 213 North King Street (on Shepherd University Campus)
Frank Center – 260 University Drive (on Shepherd University Campus)
Reynolds Hall – 109 North King Street (on Shepherd University Campus)
NCTC – National Conservation Training Center – 698 Conservation Way – Family Theater & Auditorium

  • Film times and venues are subject to change, so please check back closer to the event for the latest start times and locations.