How Kids Can Save the Plan­et

Sun­day, Novem­ber 5 from 1 to 4 pm Fri­day Har­bor House, San Juan Room  

This inno­v­a­tive pro­gram presents films about, for, and pro­duced by young film­mak­ers from the Pacif­ic North­west Region and beyond.   The YFP will high­light the activ­i­ties of film class­es from Spring Street Inter­na­tion­al School in Fri­day Har­bor Wash­ing­ton.  

Spring Street Inter­na­tion­al School Video Pro­duc­tion Class stu­dents will present Best Works 2017, a 40-minute com­pi­la­tion film show­ing high­lights of the pre­vi­ous year’s film projects.  Fol­low­ing the screen­ing, video Instruc­tor Fred Yock­ers and the stu­dents will be avail­able to answer ques­tions about their work. The stu­dents will also man­age the Young Film­mak­ers Project screen­ings, includ­ing pro­jec­tion, light­ing, and attend­ing to patrons. 

Fol­low­ing the video class pre­sen­ta­tion, the six stu­dent-pro­duced films that were entered in the Festival’s Young Film­mak­ers Project com­pe­ti­tion will be shown. The win­ner of this com­pe­ti­tion, which chal­lenged stu­dents of all ages to cre­ate a film lim­it­ed to a length of five min­utes, will be award­ed a $500 schol­ar­ship.  

The Young Film­mak­ers Project films are: 

  • Divest­ment: Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty by Will Green 
  • His First Time by Ang­ie Vio­let Hawes 
  • Kui by Leo Miller  
  • Pigeon­hood by Partho Gupte 
  • The Heal­ing Art by Tashi Litch 
  • Trash Talk by Luke Finch­er  

How Kids Can Save the Planet

Dylan D’Haeze, a 13-year-old first-time film­mak­er from Orcas Island, will intro­duce How Kids Can Save The Plan­et, the grow­ing move­ment and film series that he is spear­head­ing. It focus­es on envi­ron­men­tal issues, encour­ag­ing young peo­ple to reduce our harm­ful foot­print on the earth, increas­ing our health and the health of our plan­et. Dylan will dis­cuss his own jour­ney of dis­cov­ery that led to this project.  Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion and screen­ing of his film, Plas­tic Is For­ev­er, Dylan and his par­ents, Dawn and Kevin D’Haeze, will be on hand for a Q&A. 

Divest­ment: Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty by Will Green

Since 2012, stu­dents at Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty have been active­ly pres­sur­ing the uni­ver­si­ty to divest endow­ment funds that come from fos­sil fuel cor­po­ra­tions, but the admin­is­tra­tion has con­sis­tent­ly resist­ed their pleas. Divest­ment: Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty explores this stand-off.

Run­time: 7 ½ min­utes

Will Green recent­ly grad­u­at­ed with a BA in Film Stud­ies and a minor in Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies at Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty. Born and raised in the San Fran­cis­co Bay Area, he moved up to Seat­tle to attend col­lege and has devel­oped deep pas­sions for film­mak­ing and the earth.

His First Time by Ang­ie Vio­let Hawes

A young man always remem­bers his “first time” — first time being truth­ful, that is. Watch as one such young man learns a valu­able life les­son from his girl­friend: some­times it IS best not to tell the truth!

Run­time: 6 1/4 min­utes

Ang­ie “Angel” Vio­let is a 16-year-old award-win­ning film­mak­er. A writer of songs and sto­ries, a singer, and an actress, she has par­tic­i­pat­ed in many work­shops for act­ing and is tak­ing ongo­ing act­ing class­es — includ­ing learn­ing dif­fer­ent accents — with Tony Alcan­tar, inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned dialect coach. She’s also an ath­lete who likes to train before school every day.

Kui by Leo Miller

The film­mak­er found a Japan­ese sur­vey mark­er on a local beach, and set out to find the stake’s orig­i­nal loca­tion.  His search brought him into con­tact with peo­ple from around the world, includ­ing the CEO of a major cor­po­ra­tion in Japan and his U.S. con­sul­tant. This is a sto­ry of how even a small piece of debris can insti­gate friend­ships among peo­ple who live a half a world apart.

Ever since Leo Miller was a young boy, he loved mak­ing short films and home videos.  A 13-year-old Orcas Island native, he reg­u­lar­ly walks the local beach­es.  One day he found a sur­vey stake that had washed up from Japan.  Inspired by the Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val Young Film­mak­ers Project, he decid­ed to make a film about the jour­ney of dis­cov­ery ini­ti­at­ed by his “find.”  As a result, he has become friends with the CEO of a major Japan­ese cor­po­ra­tion as well as sev­er­al promi­nent inter­na­tion­al sur­vey­ors.

Pigeon­hood by Partho Gupte

A lit­tle pigeon was born on the filmmaker’s bed­room bal­cony.  Pigeon­hood traces its “com­ing of age,” exam­in­ing its role in shap­ing the teenager’s own devel­op­ment. As Partho dis­cov­ered, the pigeon’s fear of fly­ing was no dif­fer­ent from his own fear of exams!

Run­time: 5 min­utes

Partho Gupte is a 16-year-old stu­dent study­ing at The Oberoi Inter­na­tion­al School, Mum­bai, India. He is an ama­teur musi­cian, pas­sion­ate poet, a Mod­el Unit­ed Nations enthu­si­ast, and a film junkie.  Reg­u­lar­ly rep­re­sent­ing his school in a vari­ety of com­pe­ti­tions, he has won events in dra­ma, elo­cu­tion, writ­ing, and poet­ry, as well as band events.  Out­side of school, he has played the lead roles in two films, Hawaa Hawaai (Count­ing Dreams) and Stan­ley Ka Dab­ba (Stanley’s Lunch Box) for which he won numer­ous awards.  Pigeon­hood is his first film. He is cur­rent­ly film­ing his sec­ond, Jas­mine Stung, about child street work­ers.

The Heal­ing Arts by Tashi Litch

The arts can be very impor­tant in the heal­ing process. The design­ers of the new facil­i­ty for Peace Island Med­ical Cen­ter on San Juan Island decid­ed to include paint­ing, sculp­ture, and fiber arts through­out the hos­pi­tal space.   75 artists, most of them local, cre­at­ed more than 200 pieces of art that now grace the halls and grounds of the hos­pi­tal.

Run­time: 4 ¼ min­utes

Tashi Litch was born in Britain but was raised on a fam­i­ly farm on Orcas Island. He is a musi­cal per­former with his broth­er (Broth­ers for Sale) and fam­i­ly (The Crow Val­ley String Band). Tashi was a 2017 grant win­ner at Orcas Island Film Festival’s Short Film Project for his doc­u­men­tary, It Takes an Island.

Trash Talk by Luke Finch­er

Many res­i­dents are extreme­ly com­mit­ted to keep­ing the road­sides and beach­es of these beau­ti­ful islands free of lit­ter.  Trash Talk exam­ines the prob­lem of lit­ter, and why it is impor­tant to prop­er­ly dis­pose of our trash.  It high­lights the annu­al Great Islands Clean-Up, a pop­u­lar event that is held each spring at the time of Earth Day.

Run­time: 5 min­utes

Luke Finch­er is an 8th grade stu­dent at FHMS and lives on San Juan Island. This is his first doc­u­men­tary, but he has already been inspired to tell more sto­ries. Besides being behind the cam­era, Luke has enjoyed play­ing on the stage for our local San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre. Luke enjoyed play­ing drums in the Com­mu­ni­ty March­ing Band for our 4th of July parade this year.