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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is proud to add, once again, an Environmental Short Film portion to its 4th Annual MV Environmental Film Festival, which is Co-Sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society.

So far we have the following films:

PERMAFROST NOW, Stash Wislocki,  12 minutes

Greg Fiske, Senior Geospatial Analyst and the Chief Cartographer at the Woods Hole Research Center, will join us for this event.

In vast swaths of polar tundra across the globe, permafrost acts as a giant container for carbon dioxide, locking it inside the Earth’s surface and keeping it out of our atmosphere. But only when it’s frozen. Scientists know that permafrost is rapidly thawing, threatening to release enormous amounts of CO2 that could accelerate the effects of climate change drastically. In order to fully understand what’s happening to permafrost and advance the next generation of scientists, the Woods Hole Research Center’s Polaris Project sends teams of students and advisors to the northern tundra of Alaska, where they meticulously research the behaviors of permafrost, work on potential solutions and strive to become the next generation of arctic scientists. 

Produced by the Woods Hole Research Center and featuring our recent Science on Screen special guest, Max Holmes of the WHRC.

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Max Holmes, right, was our special guest speaker at our March 27th Science on Screen showing of DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME, we’ll be showing his short film at the 2018 Enviro. Film Festival


Greg Fiske’s (above)  background includes extensive use of modern geographic techniques including big data analytics and mapping to conduct and communicate environmental science. Having worked on the Polaris Project for over a decade, Greg has traveled on several Polaris field expeditions, including trips to Siberia and Alaska. Greg works closely with the Project participants by supporting their mapping and remote sensing needs and instructing both students and scientists on how to work with geospatial data.


STRAWS, Linda Booker, 30 minutes

With colorful straw history animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (30 minutes)leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution.

It’s estimated every day 500,000,000+ plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches. They’re non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.



Two of the latest short films from local filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth as a part of their Film-Truth Productions. Liz and Ken recently took a trip to Micronesia and these two short films are a portion of their footage from that trip. Liz and Ken will join us following the films.


Bernadette’s Taro Patch:

Bernadette remembers holding on to her grandmother’s grass skirt as she led her through their family’s taro patch on the Micronesian island of Yap. Her grandma, mom and aunties taught her how to cut the taro, clean it and plant the young ones. “Always plant the young ones.” Now, at 65, Bernadette is concerned that the next generation is not learning the traditional agricultural practices that have fed her ancestors for more than a thousand years and is a cornerstone of their food security.


Conserving Ant Atoll:

Picture a pristine coral atoll 8 miles across circled by thirteen uninhabited islands. Ant Atoll was designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2008 and its traditional leader, Rohsa (King) of Kitti, William Hawley, shows us how the new world and old world can work together to make sure there is somewhere like Ant that is preserved for future generations.