Nature as Inspiration: MV Environmental Film Festival

nature-as-inspiration-poster-size (2)Presented by

Martha’s Vineyard Film Society
in collaboration with
Vineyard Conservation Society

2nd annual
Environmental Film Festival

Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29, 2016

For four days, we combine environmental films, discussions, and an art exhibit by MVRHS students that will adorn the walls of the Feldman Family Art Space in the Film Center. A Q&A follows each film with experts, community members, and special guests.

Enjoy a stimulating weekend…

Thursday, May 26:

6:30PM — Opening reception in the Film Center Lobby with live music by David Hannon

7:30PM — SONIC SEA directed by Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld

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A documentary about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. The film explores the critical role of sound in the sea, and the sudden, dramatic changes human activity is inflicting on the ocean’s delicate acoustic habitat — changes that threaten the ability of whales and other marine animals to prosper, to function, and ultimately, to survive.

“Our ocean is a symphony — and we’re destroying it … with sound.” #SonicSeaFilm



Preceded by the 17 minute short film OCEAN STORIES: WYLAND

Energetic, charismatic, and creative, Wyland is best known for his 100 life-size whale murals found on walls and buildings around the world. The extent of Wyland’s public artwork, his galleries, and his community service projects have made him one of the most recognized artists in the world.

Friday, May 27:

4:00PM — ICE AND SKY – director Luc Jacquet


This compelling film is an inspiring story about the life of 82 year old glaciologist, Claude Lorius, whose groundbreaking discoveries sounded the alarm for global warming.

“The story I’m telling you now is the story of our planet Earth. And it’s the story of your future, deeply interlocked with the impact left by man on our planet, since man is more powerful than all united natural forces.”  CLAUDE LORIUS, A GLACIOLOGY PIONEER IN THE ANTARCTIC

7:30PM — HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD and Love All the Things That Climate Can’t Change – director Josh Fox

howtoletgoposterOscar Nominated Fox continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?


Saturday, May 28

4:00PM — SEASONS co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud

SEASONSA gorgeously cinematic, millennia-spanning documentary by French duo that brought us “Winged Migration” and “Oceans.”  A poetic chronicle of Europe over the past 15,000 years, filmed through the eyes of animals

“An old-fashioned, beautifully crafted nature documentary for family audiences: they reinforce the idea that man versus nature is an unnecessary dichotomy, as we’re part of what we’re destroying.”  Screendaily

6:30PM — Reception in the Film Center Lobby with live music by David Hannon

7:30PM  BIKES VS CARS – director Fredrik Gertten

BIKES_VS_CARS_coverThis film investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world, and champions the bicycle as an amazing tool for change. From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.

“Bikes vs Cars is a crie de coeur that will have audiences reaching for their bikes instead of their car keys.”  Indiewood

Sunday, May 29

4:00PM — MERCHANTS OF DOUBTdirector Robert KennerMerchants of Doubt

The director of “Food Inc”, tells the troubling story of how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming. The film lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threatsranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Based on the 2010 book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

“Tobacco companies have fallen far in recent years, but this zingy documentary explores how very high their p.r. machines set the bar for public misdirection.”Sara Stewart, New York Post

7:30PM — LOVE THY NATURE – directed by Sylvie Rokab

LOVE THY NATUREThis film is a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy Nature shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well-being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

“Love Thy Nature will light up your neurons, change your breathing, and deeply connect you to those you’re with. The story will stay with you for a long time, because it’s yours.” -Wallace J Nichols, PhD — Author of Blue Mind

For more information please contact or call us at 508-696-9369. Individual Tickets: $12 per movie, $9 for MV Film Society members (except when special pricing), CHILDREN 14 OR YOUNGER ADMITTED FREE, THANKS TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF MV. Festival Pass $75, Member’s Festival Pass $60.

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The Vineyard Conservation Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the environment, charac50th logo no text - jan 12 2015ter, and quality of life of Martha’s Vineyard through advocacy, education, and the protection of the Island’s land and waters VCS is the Island’s only conservation organization whose mission includes advocacy and public education, as well as resource protection. We believe that the future health of our Island and its waters will increasingly depend on an informed public.

Greg Reitman, Film Director, Producer, Writer & Activitst

Greg Reitman is the founder of Blue Water Entertainment, Inc., an independent production company focusing on environmentally conscious entertainment. Widely regarded as Hollywood’s “Green Producer,” Greg produced the 2008 SUNDANCE Audience Award-winning feature documentary “FUEL.” He wrote, produced, and directed the2-gr feature documentary “HOLLYWOOD’S MAGICAL ISLAND- CATALINA” (PBS) and returns back on the festival circuit with his latest revolutionary feature documentary film, “ROOTED in PEACE” which is recently been nominated for a United Nations Award. Greg was written up in Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top ten producers in the Entertainment industry making content that makes a difference in the world.   He also contributes as the Festival Director for the Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Film Festival during Memorial Day weekend.





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