The Environmental Film Fest 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11 to 4:30 (doors open at 10:30) at Augustana College, Olin Auditorium, 733 35th St., Rock Island, IL. For directions and parking see: augustana.edu/environmentalfilmfest.
Admission is free, and healthy food and beverages will be available throughout the day, for which donations are gratefully accepted.
11 AM: DamNation explores the major shift in attitudes in the US from pride in big dams to growing awareness that dam removal can bring back the life and health of the rivers and their inhabitants. Through a metamorphosis in values from the conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature, we learn that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
12:30 PM: Five years following the explosion of PB’s oil rig in the Gulf, Pretty Slick investigates the use of the dispersant Corexit used to make the vast amounts of oil “disappear” by causing the oil to sink out of sight. The results of testing Gulf water show that public safety takes a backseat to a tourist-based economy and the relationship between big oil and government is examined.
2:15 PM: Backyard, a movie about fracking by Deia Schlosberg, investigates the impact of oil and gas extraction on the lives of five families in four states. The movie is a story of seeing broadly, of looking toward the future, and considering the greater good. Two shorts from the series Trust and UnCommon Sense will also be shown.
Following the movies, there will be a Q & A session with Deia and she will then present the Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture on Public Affairs on environmental policies.
Deia Schlosberg earned her MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. Her thesis was the film Backyard, about the human cost of fracking. Her background is in environmental education and visual arts, as well as expeditioning, having been awarded a 2009 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award for a two-year, 7800 mile hike of the Andes Mountains. She subsequently lectured around the US on the lessons in sustainable living she learned over the course of her time in the Andes. She has directed and produced the award winning movies Backyard and Connecting the Gems (co-produced).
The film fest is sponsored by Eagle View Group Sierra Club, Augustana College, and the Radish Magazine.