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.

Film Announcement: “Musicwood”

January 25, 2015 Leave a comment

MusicwoodMusicwood (80 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 7 at 5:00 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: For hundreds of years guitars have been made the same way, but now, this could all change

Musicwood is an adventure-filled journey, a political thriller with music at its heart. An unusual band of the most famous guitar-makers in the world (Bob Taylor of Taylor guitars, Chris Martin of Martin Guitars and Dave Berryman of Gibson Guitars) travel together into the heart of one of the most primeval rainforests on the planet. Their mission: to negotiate with Native American loggers and change the way this forest is logged before it’s too late for acoustic guitars.

Musicwood is a culture clash of staggering proportions. Native Americans who’ve been given a notoriously raw deal from the US government are distrustful of the white man telling them what to do. Enter Greenpeace, a radical environmental group, and soon all are battling over a forest that is the last of its kind on the planet.

As the tug-of-war over natural resources unfolds, acoustic virtuosos such as Kaki King, Yo La Tengo, The Antlers, and Steve Earle offer some of the most profound insights in the form of a soundtrack, which doubles as the heartbeat of this debate.

Film Announcement: “Roaming Wild”

January 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Roaming WildRoaming Wild (66 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 7 at 3:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre. The film will be followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Angie Das.

Synopsis: Roaming Wild is an age old story of man versus wild playing out in the 21st century. Wild horses, cowboys, ranchers, and activists all struggle to defend disappearing ways of life in the West. Handsome, smart, and all cowboy, Marlow Dahl runs a family cattle ranch in rural Nevada and grazes his cows on public lands. Dark-haired Jill Starr is fiery and determined. She started Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue to save wild horses like Majik from going to slaughter. Dan Elkins, a soft spoken rugged mountain man and unlikely hero, turns to technology to invent new solutions for managing wild horse populations.

An invisible battle is being waged across the American West–over resources, water, freedom–and wild horses find themselves at the epicenter of an age-defining controversy where the demands of modern development collide with the needs of the wild. The public lands they call home are lands of limited resources and increasing demands and competition for those resources. Will family ranching in the West still be viable in the future so Marlow’s children can inherit that way of life? Will Jill be able to feed all of the horses she has rescued and get them adopted? Can Dan figure out how to control wild horse population levels more humanely?

Film Announcement: “The Price of Sand”

January 23, 2015 Leave a comment

The Price of SandThe Price of Sand (57 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: Two years ago, an oil company bought a tract of land in near my mother’s house, in rural Goodhue County, Minnesota. The prospect of an open pit mine led to the formation of an opposition group, a series of public meetings, and a temporary county moratorium on frac sand mining.

I’m a filmmaker, so I visited people who live near existing mines and interviewed them. They told me stories–intense truck traffic, plummeting property values, toxic silica dust–a catalog of complaints that surprised me with its variety and intensity. I made clips from the interviews and posted them on YouTube.

YouTube shorts can provoke discussion (56,000 views so far), but the story of this mining boom is more complex. Good people are on both sides of the issue, and sometimes the facts aren’t obvious. “The Price of Sand” is a 1-hour documentary film that grew out of my short YouTube video project–more extensive, with new stories–a more comprehensive look at what’s happening.

The goal of this project: find the real price of frac sand. Not just in dollars, but in friendships, communities and the future of our region.

Press Release: RVA Environmental Film Festival Releases Full 2015 Schedule

January 22, 2015 Leave a comment

RVA Environmental Film Festival Releases Full 2015 Schedule

For immediate release
Contact: Tara Quinn
Email: tara@capitalregionland.org; Phone: 804-301-5352

Richmond, Va. ~ The Fifth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF), to be held February 2-8, 2015, has now announced its complete event schedule online. The EnRichmond Foundation, Falls of the James Group – Sierra Club, Capital Region Land Conservancy, and EarthCraft Virginia have been working together to make sure this year’s festival is the best yet, with many insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of our planet – and to Richmond citizens in particular. As with last year, all of the festival’s events are free and open to the public.

Venues are scattered all over the area and include the University of Richmond, the VCU Grace Street Theater, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Science Museum of Virginia, as well as Richmond and Henrico public libraries. Many of the films are not only new but area premieres.

This year the Local Documentary Film Contest and Friday Reception return, and the festival will run the full week – from Monday to Sunday. The website has a complete schedule of films, trailers, and events at www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com but highlights include:

  • Brooklyn Farmer (27 minutes) will be screened on Friday, February 6 at 8:30 PM at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
  • A River Changes Course (83 minutes) will be screened on Thursday, February 5 at 6:00 PM at VCU’s Grace Street Theater.
  • With My Own Two Wheels (44 minutes) will be screened on Monday, February 2 at 7:30 PM at Richmond Public Library – Main Branch in the Auditorium.
  • Forest Man (20 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 7 at noon at The Byrd Theatre.

Organizers note that this free film festival would not be possible without the generosity of additional sponsors like the Carillon Civic Association, James River Association, Slow Food RVA, Watershed Architects, Soulshift Journeys, Terrapin Beer Company, and Sierra Club Foundation. For more information on the festival, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com.

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Film Announcement: “Momenta”

January 22, 2015 Leave a comment

MomentaMomenta (42 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 7 at 1:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: Momenta is a film and movement founded to educate, raise awareness, and activate communities to stop all proposed coal exports in the Pacific Northwest. We are dedicated to rethinking fossil fuels, their impact on climate and environment, and accelerating the clean energy revolution.

It is a movement driven by a band of healthy-climate stakeholders: the outdoor and winter sports communities and the global nonprofit, Protect Our Winters. Please join us.

Film Announcement: “Nobody’s River”

January 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Nobody's RiverNobody’s River (31 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 7 at 12:50 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: The Nobody’s River team joins forces with award-winning freelance director and cinematographer Skip Armstrong to tell the story of their journey along one the few remaining free-flowing rivers of the world through Mongolia and the Russian Far East. But it’s so much more than that, and perhaps the most valuable piece of their expedition and their experience last summer, is that they brought this story home to all of us. This story could not be told without the incredible support of NRS, 5 Point Film, and a wonderful, ever expanding community of donors.

Film Announcement: “Forest Man”

January 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Forest ManForest Man (20 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 7 at noon at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: Forest Man is a documentary short about Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park. The film was crowd-funded on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2012 and completed in 2013.

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