Nature as Inspiration: MV Environmental Film Festival

Presented by

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

3rd annual
Environmental Film Festival

Thursday, May 25 – Sunday, May 28, 2017

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 green weekend…

Tentative Schedule as of April 8

Thursday, May 25:

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

7:30PM — THE BULLISH FARMER

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THE BULLISH FARMER is a feature-length documentary on sustainable agriculture. It journeys into the life of a Wall Street investment banker-turned farmer as he struggles to build and run a farm that feeds his family and his community. 

Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” decided to call it quits with his career in high finance. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John decided to purchase 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, and to live a quiet life as a small farmer raising livestock and crops. His goal was to raise delicious and nutritious food and return to healthier farming methods that were used 100 years ago.

But John’s dream of living an uncomplicated, traditional, agrarian life gets complicated when he comes up against Big Agriculture (Big Ag), a corporate farming technique that uses all-in-one resources for large-scale producers, operators, and growers. With this ever-growing monolith in the background, John soon realizes that his preferred farming methods are not in sync with today’s prevailing agricultural practices. This very private farmer becomes a passionate and outspoken activist lobbying for GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity, and the reduction of chemical fertilizers to help preserve small farms and rural America. The birth of John’s first child only deepens John’s commitment to leave the world a better place for all children. 

It is our hope that THE BULLISH FARMER will inspire families to reconsider their eating habits and to better understand how their food choices affect their health. We further hope that the film will contribute to society’s current shift toward good clean food, and that it will spark dialogue about how to change prevailing farm policies.

Friday, May 26:

4:00PM — BEFORE THE FLOOD

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. “We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”

Before the Flood premieres in theaters on October 21st and will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th in 171 countries and 45 languages. The film is directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Jennifer Davisson and Trevor Davidoski with Brett Ratner and James Packer of RatPac Entertainment. It was written by Mark Monroe and Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, Adam Bardach, Mark Monroe, and Zara Duffy. The film is edited by Geoffrey Richman A.C.E., Ben Sozanski, Abhay Sofsky, and Brett Banks. The Director of Photography is Antonio Rossi. The Executive Music Producers are Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with original music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mogwai and Gustavo Santaolalla.

The carbon emissions from Before The Flood were offset through a voluntary carbon tax. Learn how you can offset your own carbon emissions by going to CarboTax.org.

7:30PM —  RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN

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Out on America’s vast working landscapes – the ranches of the Mountain west, the farmlands of the Great Plains, the waterways of the Mississippi Delta – a huge, largely hidden, and entirely unexpected movement is being born. Tens of thousands of heartland conservationists are leading some of the most consequential work in the nation to restore America’s forests, grasslands, wildlife, soil and fisheries: the vast, rich bounty that shaped our national character and sustains our way of life.

Saturday, May 27

4:00PM — A PLASTIC OCEAN

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A Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue. In A Plastic Ocean, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean. The result will astound viewers–just as it did our adventurers–who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health. During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.

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

7:30PM — TROPHY

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This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Sunday, May 28

1:00PM — Environmental FF Children’s Program at Film Center

Come join The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s Environmental Film Festival’s Children’s Event on May 28th at 1pm at the film center for a free screening of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax! Afterwards Vineyard Conservation Society will speak about their work on how they are helping to protect our island.  All Children will receive reusable canvas bags with a copy of The Lorax’s How to help the Earth.

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

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The Lorax book on how to help the planet

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4:00PM — TBD 

7:30PM — TOMORROW

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Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.


For more information please contact info@mvfilmsociety.com 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.

More information about the 2017 Environmental Festival FILMS and to                 purchase tickets will be available in April 2017

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.  www.vineyardconservation.org

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 won the United Nations Film Award for 2016. 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.   www.bluewatercompany.com

 

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