2012 Film Descriptions

Here is our program for the 2012 Julian Film Festival Program in color  for download to see what our films were like from last year.

 

Legend: A=Adventure  N=Narrative  E=Environmental  EA=Environmental Adventure  AN= Animation K = Kids  D= Documentary   JF = Just for Fun  L = Local  S = Student

 

A Liter Of Light Nick Santiago, Mike Talampas A man becomes a beacon of hope to his community when he installs hundreds of solarpowered light bulbs in his neighbor’s houses. The clever device is made from old plastic soda bottles filled with water and bleach. www.aliteroflight.org
(The Philippines, 2011, 2min, E)

 

Brower Youth Awards — Kyle Thiermann Kyle Thiermann’s video series, Surfing for Change, Urges people to make small adjustments in their daily actions to help save the environment. Thousands of his viewers have transferred $340 million worth of lending power from coal-funding banks to local community banks and have been persuaded to purchase locally. (4min, E)
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Brower Youth Awards — Junior Walk Junior Walk lives in one of many coal-dependent communities of West Virginia, where criticizing the coal industry can be grounds for ostracism. But Junior, who was mentored by the late anti-stripmining activist Judy Bonds, continues to challenge Big Coal’s power in Appalachia.
(4min, E)
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Brower Youth Awards — Rhiannon Tomtishen & Madison Vorva Girl Scouts Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva discovered that their iconic cookies contain palm oil, and that palm oil plantations are one of the leading causes of orangutan habitat destruction. They have since partnered with Rainforest Action Network, co-authoring a petition that has generated more than 70,000 emails to the Girl Scouts headquarters.
(4min, E)
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Chasing Water Pete McBride Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Best Doc, Clearwater FF; Most Inspirational, 5 Point FF; Best Environmental Film, San Franscisco Frozen FF. www.petemcbride.com
(USA, 2011, 18min, EA)
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COLD Anson Fogel & Cory Richards In 2011, Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards became the first to summit an 8,000 meter peak in Pakistan in the winter. The film explores the interwoven roles of pain, mortality, doubt and community through the lens of Cory’s experience, ultimately asking a broad audience to look at their own lives in new ways. Best Climbing Film, Banff Mountain FF; Spirit of Adventure Award,5 Point FF. www.forgemotionpictures.com (USA, 2011, 19min, A)
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Connecting the Gems Deia Schlosberg & Gregg Treinish Follow two National Geographic Adventurers of the Year on a 520-mile trek through one of the Northern Rockies’ premiere wildlife corridors. The two hikers traverse the Yellowstone to Frank Church region, paying particular attention to large carnivores and the challenges they face as they journey between these two ecosystem ‘gems.’ www.connectingthegems.org (USA, 2011, 27min, EA)
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Corner Plot Andre Dahlman/Ian Cook Amid the tangle of commuter traffic, shopping malls and office buildings that define life inside the beltway rests a one-acre piece of farmland under the care of 89-year-old Charlie Koiner. With the help of his only daughter, Charlie continues to work his land, share his produce, and enjoy the farm life he’s always known. Corner Plot explores one man’s steadfast authenticity in a changing world. Official Selection, Americ an Documentary Showcase; Best Local Film, DC Shorts Film Festival; Honorable Mention, Utopian Film Festival. www.cornerplotmovie.com (USA, 2010, 10min, D)
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Crossroads (2011) Jeremy Roberts An icon of the West, the sage-grouse has been reduced from tens of millions to about 200,000, a casualty of our progress. With federal protection officially warranted but unsupported, the fate of this bird in the face of new energy development is unknown. Crossroads was produced for Montana Audubon. (6 min)
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Ice Jonathan Burton This out-of-the-box environmental thriller aims to promote a message of climate change awareness by using the cinematic medium for what it’s best at, affecting people at an emotional level. After more than a decade exploring Central Africa, Hendri Coetzee is a modern legend of African exploration. Solo on the Congo River in 2009, Hendri received an email from American expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry. “It would be ludicrous,” Hendri said, “to take an American who you don’t know, and who has never been to Africa, into its very heart.” But a year later, he did just that. Adventure film of the Year, Port Townsend FF; Kayaking Film of the Year, Assoc. of Whitewater Paddlers. www.clearh2ofilms.com (USA, 2011, 44min, A)
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The Kings of Flint Troy Hale, Geri Alumit Zeldes Karate Masters Jacky and Dora King are also Master Gardeners. They see farming as a means of self defense. www.greeningofflint.cas.msu.edu (US, 2011, 27min, D)
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Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 Dorie Clark and Susan Edwards.  Susan Edwards will be at our festival to answer questions and give a talk. This is the parallel journey of two characters: one a young woman discouraged at her future as a suburban housewife, the other a river — one beautiful and teeming with wildlife — now a hopeless, toxic sludge pit. Best Short Film, Reel Earth Environmental FF; Best “Call-to-Action” Film, Green Screen Environmental FF; AT&T Environmental and Conservation Award www.workof1000.org (USA, 2010, 30min, D)
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The New Environmentalists — River of Dreams – Indonesia A charismatic teacher leads the cleanup of the Surabaya River from a flood of industrial chemicals and sewage that are causing severe health issues for local people. (5min, E)
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The New Environmentalists — The Grid – Germany Community activists respond to the Chernobyl nuclear accident by creating the country’s first successful, cooperatively owned, renewable power company. (5min, E)

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The New Environmentalists — Troubled Water – El Salvador Courageous farmers paid with their lives as they stood up against a transnational gold mining corporation to protect their fragile water resources. (5min, E)
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One Plastic Beach Tess Thackara, Eric Slatkin Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for over ten years. Each piece of plastic Richard and Judith pick up comes back to their house, where it gets cleaned, categorized and stored before being used for their art. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry and installations with the plastic they find washed up. vimeo.com/18672227 (USA, 2011, 8min, D)
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Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands Kevin White The bald eagle was once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, off the coast of Southern California. Then the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and DDT contamination. A dedicated team of biologists and their partners has been working tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the islands, leading to some amazing results. (USA, 2011, 14min, E)
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Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution Biomimicry is the science of emulating nature’s best ideas to solve human problems. Set in South Africa, the film follows Time magazine “Hero of the Environment”, Janine Benyus, as she illustrates how organisms in nature can teach us to be more sustainable engineers, chemists, architects and business leaders. www.biomimicryinstitute.com (South Africa, 2010, 24min, E)
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SEEDS: “Eco-Logic for Teens” Garrett Phelps The “Seeds” program is an enriching experiential outdoor classroom for high school students, designed to empower youth with both new knowledge of organic agriculture and the leadership skills and confidence to share that knowledge with their own school and community.  The short film showcases volunteer students from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA during their time at Camp Stevens in Julian, where they are guided in hands-on learning about composting, soil health, and the importance of growing food, while developing mentoring skills. ( Running Time 9:58 E) * Film-maker, Garrett Phelps, will be on hand to answer questions after the film.
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The Story of Bottled Water (2011) Free Range Studios Why do Americans buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap? The film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. EthicMark Award, #7 on Viral Video Chart (USA, 2010, 8 min A)
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The Majestic Plastic Bag (2011) Jeremy Konner Follow a plastic bag from supermarket to its final migratory destination in the Pacific Ocean gyre. Jeremy Irons narrates this mock nature documentary. (USA, 2010, 4 min)
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Weed War Rich Addicks One man’s obsession to do his part for the environment using weed-eating goats to control noxious invaders in the Rocky Mountains. www.basecampmedia.net (USA, 2010, 6min, E)
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The Wolf & The Medallion Jeremy Collins Journeying to an unexplored granite canyon on the border of China and Mongolia, Collins finds not only adventure with friends and the local nomads, but a moment of reflection. From that moment comes a letter home to his four year old son. This letter becomes the script for a film, as we see an intimate portrait of the father/ son relationship, and life lived running from complacency. Best of Fest, 5 Point FF; The Banff Center Award for Creative Excellence. www.jercollins.com (USA, 2011, 21min, N)
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