On February 1st - 7th, 2016, several local organizations will partner to present the Sixth 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.

Announcement of Raffle Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2016 RVA EFF Raffle Prizes:

  • Steve Yarus: Blanchards Coffee Sampler donated by Stephen Roberston
  • Gabrielle Latora: RichmondOutside Posters donated by RichmondOutside
  • Sadie Spauls: $25 Gift Certificate from Relay Foods donated by Relay Foods
  • Jeff Spencer: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Drew Noggle: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Meghan Noggle: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Jeff Moore: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Joseph Mosby: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Carolyn Briggs: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Anne Vaughn: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Tim Fish: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Jack Pearsall: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Jeanne Minnix: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
  • Julie Arendt: $50 Gift Certificate from Whole Foods Market donated by Whole Foods Market
  • Lollie George: Bald Eagle Tour for 2 donated by Discover the James
  • Chris Catanzaro: EarthCraftHouse Virginia 5K Entry for 2 donated by EarthCraftHouse VA
  • C Jaeger: EarthCraftHouse Virginia 5K Entry for 2 donated by EarthCraftHouse VA
  • Yousef Ahmad: EarthCraftHouse Virginia 5K Entry for 2 donated by EarthCraftHouse VA
  • Melanie Risch: Raft Ride for 2 donated by Riverside Outfitters
  • Don Yu: 4 Flying Squirrels Tickets donated by The Richmond Flying Squirrels
  • Sedlar Pring: 4 Flying Squirrels Tickets donated by The Richmond Flying Squirrels
  • Ryan Baldwin: Virginia Climate Fever book donated by Sierra Club Virginia Chapter
  • Joe Brancoli: Natural Virginia book donated by Ben Greenburg
  • Margene Secor: H2oCollect Rain Barrel donated by H2oCollect
  • Bill Notter: Stainless Steel Water Bottle donated by REI
  • Catherine Qian: Flash 18 Pack donated by REI
  • Bonnie Charles: $25 Gift Certificate from Early Bird Bisquit Co. donated by Early Bird Bisquit Company
  • Mary Beth Mains: $40 Chadwick & Sons Orchid donated by Chadwick Orchids
  • Madeleine Hart: Soft 12 Pack Cooler Bag donated by Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group
  • Thomas Mazich: Sun Visor Hat donated by Capital Region Land Conservancy
  • Janet Holt: Cheese Cutting Board donated by Solar Mill
  • Jenna Blasco: One week sampler donated by AgriBerry Farms
Categories: Raffle

Film Announcement: How to Change the World

February 3, 2016 Leave a comment

How to Change the World (110 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 7 at 4:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: How to Change the World chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers – Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers – who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement.

How to Change the WorldGreenpeace was founded on tight knit, passionate friendships forged in Vancouver in the early 1970s. Together they pion ed a template for environmental activism which mixed daring iconic feats and worldwide media: placing small rubber inflatables between harpooners and whales, blocking ice-breaking sealing ships with their bodies, spraying the pelts of baby seals with dye to make them valueless in the fur market. The group had a prescient understanding of the power of media, knowing that the advent of global mass communications meant that the image had become a more effective tool for change than the strike or the demonstration. But by the summer of 1977, Greenpeace Vancouver was suing Greenpeace San Francisco and the organization had become a victim of its own anarchic roots – saddled with large debts and frequent in-fighting.

How To Change The World draws on interviews with the key players and hitherto unseen archive footage, which brings these extraordinary characters and their intense, sometimes eccentric and often dangerous world alive. Somehow the group transcended the contradictions of its members to undertake some of the most courageous and significant environmental protests in history.

How To Change The World is an intimate portrait of the group’s original members and of activism itself—idealism vs. pragmatism, principle vs. compromise. They agreed that a handful of people could change the world; they just couldn’t always agree on how to do it.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W6-4nEv9lA

Categories: Film Selection, Films

Film Announcement: The Yes Men Are Revolting

February 2, 2016 Leave a comment

The Yes Men Are Revolting (91 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

The Yes Men Are RevoltingSynopsis: For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced: climate change. More than the first two films, The Yes Men Are Revolting is as much a character study as it is an entertaining depiction of their latest interventions. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/127276632

Categories: Film Selection, Films

Film Announcement: The Important Places

February 1, 2016 Leave a comment

The Important Places (10 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 7 at 1:37 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

The Important PlacesSynopsis: This is a short film about the relationship between a father and son, and how the Colorado River and Grand Canyon was the thread to reconnect them. And the value of reconnecting with our own "important place," wherever that may be.

Categories: Film Selection, Films

Film Announcement: Blue Hue

January 31, 2016 Leave a comment

Blue Hue (naked swim) (5 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 7 at 1:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: A short film about the joys of year round naked swimming in the mountain lakes of Snowdonia, N. Wales. Filmed, produced and swam by Natasha Brooks.

Categories: Film Selection, Films

Film Announcement: Overburden

January 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Overburden (65 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 6 at 4:45 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

OverburdenSynopsis: The gas that caused the explosion was completely invisible. On April 5, 2010 the men working at the Upper Big Branch mine were doing what they always do, mining coal. But when a spark ignited the methane, a fireball ripped through miles of underground tunnels killing everything it touched, including 29 men. After the explosion ambulances raced by Betty Harrah’s home. An hour later Betty, a fierce supporter of the coal industry, answered the phone, and as the voice revealed that her brother, Stevie, had died with 28 other men in the largest mining disaster in 40 years, her life changed forever. Yes, as Betty says, "coal is life here," but, she continues, "Massey Energy murdered my brother."

It’s not easy to take sides when the only option for a decent wage means putting your life, your home and your community at risk. Lorelei Scarbro knows this better than anyone. Her husband died of Black Lung, and Massey, the fourth largest coal company in the U.S., just announced plans to begin a 6000-acre mining project behind her home. In 2007 Lorelei spoke out for the first time at a public hearing. "This isn’t coal mining," she yelled. "This is the rape of Appalachia!"

Overburden is the story of a fiery, pro-coal right-winger and a tenacious, environmentalist grandmother as they take on the most dangerous coal company in America. These two lives intertwine as Betty and Lorelei unite to launch the first wind farm in coal country and to rebuild their fractured community. Decades after Barbara Kopple filmed Harlan County, USA, the coal industry is now facing extinction, and with an increase in alternative energy and the work of these two courageous women, the epicenter of change may just come from the most unexpected place, the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains.

The film will be followed by a Q & A with the director, Chad A. Stevens.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/117694106

Categories: Film Selection, Films

Film Announcement: This Changes Everything

January 29, 2016 Leave a comment

This Changes Everything (89 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 6 at 2:15 PM at The Byrd Theatre.

Synopsis: Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

This Changes EverythingDirected by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in This Changes Everything provides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1HEgCZBg_Q

Categories: Film Selection, Films
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