On February 9th and 10th, 2013, several local organizations will partner to present the Third Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. The two-day event 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.
Interested in volunteer or sponsorship opportunities? For more info email: email@example.com.
Congratulations to the 2013 RVA EFF Prize Winners:
Zac – REI Dome 2 Tent
Catherine – REI Camp Compact Chair
Judy – REI Camp Compact Chair
Richard – REI Balance Gym Bag
Aimee – REI TGrail 25 Daypack
Catherine – REI Flash 18 pack
Melissa – REI Flash 18 pack
Steve – REI Flash 18 pack
Mauro – Martin’s Gift Card $50
Stephen – Martin’s Gift Card $50
Dawn – Blanchard’s Gift Box Coffee
Harriet – Blanchard’s Gift Box Coffee
Producer/Richmonder Michael Gottwald will be the guest speaker.
Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love in order to desperately repair the structure of her world if she is to survive an unstoppable catastrophe of epic proportions. Benh Zeitlin’s masterful directorial debut received world-wide attention.
“One of the most striking narrative films ever to debut at Sundance.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Monday, February 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Richard Chisolm | 2011 | Documentary | 63 minutes
Screening takes place at the Firehouse Theatre Project (1609 West Broad Street)
Cafeteria Man chronicles an ambitious effort to ‘green’ the public school diet serving 83,000 in Baltimore. Leading the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally-grown, freshly-prepared meals is New Orleans chef Tony Geraci, whose bold vision includes school vegetable gardens, student designed meals, meatless Mondays, and nutrition education in the classroom.
Presented in partnership with GreenUR
Beginning at 6:30 there will be a Farm to School reception featuring healthy appetizers using fresh local ingredients followed by a screening of the documentary at 7:30 pm. We will round out the evening with a panel discussion and Q&A featuring the film director Richard Chisolm and local school leaders and food advocates, including:
Leanne DuBois, VA Farm to School Program Coordinator
Susan Roberson, Director of School Nutrition Services with Richmond Public Schools
Molly Harris, Owner of Fall Line Farms
Dominic Barrett, Director of Shalom Farms
On Screen/In Person is made possible with support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. The series is presented by Modlin Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Firehouse Theatre Project, James River Film Society and UR Film Studies Program.
The 2013 RVA EFF begins in Saturday 2/9. Please join us for a great lineup of films!
2013 RVA Environmental Film Festival Schedule
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
|10:00 AM||Mother Nature’s Child – sponsored by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.|
|11:00 AM||Clean Bin Project – Let’s all create less waste.|
|12:20 PM||Local Films - by The James River Association and Falls of The James Group, S.C.|
|12:35 PM||The Krill is Gone Children’s Shorts.|
|12:45 PM||Bending Sticks – sponsored by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.|
|1:45 PM||Penelope Maunsell co-director of Bending Sticks film.|
|2:00 PM||Vegucated – Changing the world one bite at a time.|
|3:20 PM||Atomic States of America – Living next to a Nuclear Power plant.|
|4:55 PM||Glen Besa, Director Virginia State Chapter Sierra Club.|
|5:00 PM||Chasing Ice – Filming of global warming in progress.|
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
|1:30 PM||Queen of the Sun – sponsored by Whole Foods Market.|
|2:55 PM||Ingredients – sponsored by Slow Food RVA, nonprofit.|
|4:10 PM||Greenfire – sponsored by The Capital Region Land Conservancy.|
|5:50 PM||The Big Fix – Clean up after Deepwater Horizon explodes.|
|7:20 PM||The Age of Stupid – Future ecological situation, look back.|
Today’s Featured Film is Chasing Ice, the award-winning film about the effects of Climate Change on the Arctic. This film was released in 2012 and will be the last film shown on Saturday. The following synopsis is from the film’s website:
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
The program for the 2013 RVA Environmental Film Festival is now available for download HERE. Paper copies will also be available at the festival.
Today’s Featured Sponsor, the Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group, has been involved with the RVA Environmental Film Festival from the very beginning. FoJG provides financial support for the festival and has been deeply involved in planning the event.
The Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It has chapters across the country, including the Virginia Chapter. The Falls of the James Group (FoJG) is one of the twelve Virginia Chapter Groups.
FoJG is tied to the James River Park System and the communities and the issues that border that river and other critical Virginia rivers. The group’s geographical area stretches from Hanover County down to the North Carolina border and from Amelia County east to Surry County.
FoJG celebrates nature and the outdoor recreational opportunities of our diverse region. We are working to preserve and restore our environment through Education, Conservation, and Recreation. Our Strategic Goals are Urban Sustainability, Global Warming Mitigation, Green Solutions, Greenways/Blueways and Parks Protection. We rely on volunteer and member involvement!