On February 2nd - 8th, 2015, several local organizations will partner to present the Fifth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival at several local venues. The festival will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. This event is free and open to the public.
For more info email: rvaenvfilmfest@gmail.com.

Films and Links for Information and Activism

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment

2015 RVA EFF PosterAre you interested in learning more about the films shown at the 2015 RVA Environmental Film Festival? Would you like to learn more about the issues behind the films? To get more information and to get involved please take a look at the document below.

RVA EFF 2015 Films and Links for Information and Activism

Categories: Activism, Films

Film Rescheduling: “Stripers: The Quest For The Bite”

February 16, 2015 1 comment

Due to technical difficulties, Stripers: The Quest For The Bite was not shown at its original scheduled time. The RVA Environmental Film Festival is excited to announce that the screening of the film has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 PM at Tuckahoe Library!

Stripers: The Quest For The Bite (60 minutes) is an entry in the 2015 RVA Environmental Film Festival Environmental Documentary Film Contest.

Synopsis: Stripers: The Quest For The Bite The story of fishermen that love the bay and the challenges it presents. This film explores the recent lack of Rockfish, Croaker, Trout, Spot, and other species. It tells of the bay’s ecosystems, fish stocks, bait, and seasonal migrations. It tells of fishing methods, tackle, locations and boats. Captains and master anglers tell how they catch fish on the bay and along the Atlantic coast of Virginia. Marine biologists and regulators tell what they look for in fish migrations and female breeding bio-stock and whether new regulations are needed. There is also plenty of action as Dave spent nearly six months at sea filming Striped Bass in Virginia.

Categories: Films

“Rappahannock” featured on “Virginia Currents”

February 6, 2015 1 comment

RappahannockBelow is a link to Catherine Komp’s piece for Virginia Currents about Rappahannock, the winner of the 2015 RVA Environmental Film Festival Environmental Documentary Film Contest! The film will be screened on Sunday, February 8 along with other local films between 3:05 PM and 4:45 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

http://ideastations.org/radio/news/capturing-rappahannock-river

Categories: Film Contest, Films

Film Announcement: “Rappahannock”

January 30, 2015 2 comments

RappahannockRappahannock (45 minutes) is the winner of the 2015 RVA Environmental Film Festival Environmental Documentary Film Contest! The film will be screened on Sunday, February 8 along with other local films between 3:05 PM and 4:45 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: Rappahannock is a much-anticipated documentary about the river, its ecology and the people who live along its history-rich shoreline. Director, producer and writer Bayley Silleck, who has roots in Stafford County and now lives with his wife, Joan, in Fredericksburg, has been gathering material for the film over the past two years.

Film Announcement: “Extreme Realities”

January 29, 2015 1 comment

Extreme RealitiesExtreme Realities (54 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 8 at 5:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: Just pick up any newspaper or watch any television news report and it becomes evident that unprecedented extreme weather events such as severe drought and heat waves, more intense hurricanes, increased tornado and wildfire activity, and crippling blizzards are leaving a trail of death and destruction throughout the world.

In the wake of these disasters, we ask ourselves these fundamental questions: Are these merely weather events that happen once in a hundred years — or are they early warning signals of a new reality — a new normal — a tipping point pushing our planet towards an environmental cliff? And can we stop this from happening?

Extreme Realities investigates the link between severe weather, climate change, and threats to our national security. The film features Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Friedman, environmental visionary Lester Brown, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, and our host/narrator Matt Damon.

Film Announcement: “Sea of Change”

January 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Sea of Change (32 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 8 at 4:45 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: Sea of Change examines the threat coastal Virginia faces as climate change fuels sea level rise and more powerful storms. Interviews with local residents and experts underscore the need for grassroots action to demand and win renewable energy solutions.

Film Announcement: “The Great Invisible”

January 27, 2015 Leave a comment

The Great InvisibleThe Great Invisible (92 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 8 at 1:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: Documentarian Margaret Brown’s new film depicts the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and resultant oil spill from multiple viewpoints.

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oilrig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued deep-water offshore drilling.

Brown traveled to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the environmental disaster. Years later, the Southern Americans still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page.

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