The Friday Harbor Film Festival in cooperation with Bullfrog Communities was proud to present a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day 2020 by streaming eight powerful, environmentally-focused documentary films from May 8 - May 24, 2020.
Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. The films we screened address both the challenges and solutions communities and individuals are taking to combat the critical issues facing our species on this Planet.
For those of you who joined us in May, thank you for participating in our virtual "mini-fest"! The films we screened and their trailers are listed below for future reference.
EARTH DAY 2020 THEME: CLIMATE ACTION
The enormous challenges — but also the vast opportunities — of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
At the end of 2020, nations will be expected to increase their national commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The time is now for citizens to call for greater global ambition to tackle our climate crisis. Unless every country in the world steps up – and steps up with urgency and ambition — we are consigning current and future generations to a dangerous future.
Earth Day 2020 Festival Lineup
Directed by Steve Bradshaw
ANTHROPOCENE examines whether human impact has tipped the planet into a new geological epoch, with all of its political, social and behavioral implications.
A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene — with the Earth shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it's a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archival footage, award-winning stills and interviews, ANTHROPOCENE proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending.
The film has the blessing of Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, who coined the term, and is the first feature film about the Anthropocene. It is now our turn to decide — in this decade — how the Anthropocene will end.
Interviewees include Will Steffen, Erle Ellis, Jan Zalasiewicz, Andrew Revkin, John McNeil, Monica Berger Gonzalez, Eric Odada, and Davor Vidas.
Directed by Steve Bradshaw
Produced by Jenny Richards
Editor: Sotira Kyriacou
Cinematography: Alex Gabbay, Magne Ostby, Stefano Cassini
Music: Audio Network
Produced by Flaxmoor Productions in association with Panos Pictures, Spring Films, TV/E
Bringing It Home
Directed by Linda Booker, Blaire Johnson
BRINGING IT HOME extols the many benefits of industrial hemp for the environment and human health, while revealing the obstacles to what could be a thriving industry for U.S. farmers.
Industrial Hemp is making headlines in American media with the 2018 Farm Bill removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing state departments of agriculture to regulate hemp cultivation.
But for decades hemp has been conflated with marijuana and now with booming CBD markets taking over hemp headlines, consumers need to know the potential for other products like hempcrete and bioplastics that can help with climate change.
BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp's past, present and future through interviews with global hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs, animation and footage filmed in Europe and the United States.
The film makes the case for all the benefits of a misunderstood plant that will leave viewers wondering: why aren't we growing it here?
Directed by Linda Booker, Blaire Johnson
Produced by Linda Booker, Co-Producer: Blaire Johnson
Editor: Linda Booker, Cinematography: Blaire Johnson
Music: Gabriel de Paz, Animation: Philip Powell, David Rawlins
Narrator: Philip Powell
A film by By the Brook Productions and Green Hope Productions
A film by Stephen R. Kellert and Bill Finnegan
BIOPHILIC DESING is a design revolution that connects buildings to the natural world, buildings where people feel and perform better. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature.
Biophilic Design a design revolution that connects buildings to the natural world, buildings where people feel and perform better. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature.
The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.
Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world's most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children's test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive.
"A thought-provoking study brimming with invaluable ideas."
—Midwest Book Reviews
"A clear argument for the benefits of design that bring people in closer contact with nature."
—Educational Media Reviews Online
"A fascinating film."
—Press+1 Film Reviews
Directed by Guy Reid
PLANETARY is a provocative cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective and have forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected.
PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call—a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us—to remember that we are PLANETARY.
PLANETARY features interviews with thirty renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison, Bill McKibben, Barry Lopez, Janine Benyus, Peter Russell, Sabonfu Some, Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Paul Hawken, Mona Polacea, National Geographic explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karma.
A Planetary Collective in association with Reconsider Film
Directed by Guy Reid
Produced by Steve Watts Kennedy, Christoph Ferstad, Guy Reid
Co-directed by Steve Watts Kennedy
Executive Producers: Paul Hawken, Stephen Apkon
Written and Edited by Steve Watts Kennedy
Director of Photography: Christoph Ferstad, Music by Human Suits
Directed by Peter Armstrong
THE SEQUEL looks at the influential work of David Fleming, who dared to re-imagine a thriving civilization after the collapse of our current mainstream economies and inspired the Transition Towns movement.
Opening with a powerful 'deep time' perspective, from the beginning of the Earth to our present moment, THE SEQUEL recognizes the fundamental unsustainability of today's society and dares to ask the big question: What will follow?
Around the world, fresh shoots are already emerging as people develop the skills, will and resources necessary to recapture the initiative and re-imagine civilization, often in the ruins of collapsed mainstream economies.
We encounter extraordinary projects and people from four continents, from renegade economist Kate Raworth, conservative philosopher Roger Scruton and Gaian ecologist Stephan Harding to localization revolutionary Helena Norberg-Hodge, inspirational practivist Rob Hopkins, eco-pioneer Jonathon Porritt and philanthropist/composer Peter Buffett. They are cultivating a resilience not reliant on the impossible promise of eternal economic growth; developing diverse, convivial, satisfying contexts for lives well lived.
All were inspired by the posthumously published lifework of the late David Fleming, "Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It", a work of rare depth that is rekindling optimism in the creativity and intelligence of humans to nurse our communities and ecology back to health.
The Wisdom to Survive
Climate Change, Capitalism & Community
An Old Dog Documentarties Film
THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.
THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people.
Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.
"A short, visually beautiful, and philosophically warm and uplifting movie…We need a big movement, which means we need massive involvement. You can even begin with a screening of this film."
- Karie Firoozmand, Friends Journal
Presented by Patagonia
Directed by Ben Knight, Travis Rummel
DAMNATION is a powerful film odyssey across America exploring the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access.
DAMNATION’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.
DAMNATION stints neither the history nor the science of dams, and above all conveys experiences known so far to only a few, including the awe of watching a 30-pound salmon hurtling 20 feet into the air in a vain attempt to reach the spawning grounds that lie barricaded upriver. We witness the seismic power of a dam breaking apart and, once the river breaks free, the elation in watching wild salmon — after a century of denied access — swimming their way home.
Released in 2014
Directed by Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin
On South Whidbey Island, Washington, a school farm shows that a garden can be a valuable addition to the curriculum while encouraging a healthy diet in CULTIVATING KIDS.
On South Whidbey Island in the state of Washington, a school farm involves children from kindergarten through high school in every phase of raising organic vegetables as part of their school experience. Supported by local non-profits, community volunteers, and the school district, it shows that a garden can be a valuable addition to a school curriculum, while encouraging children to eat healthy food. The school farm sells local, organic produce to the school cafeterias and also supplies the local food bank and community nutrition programs with fresh organic produce throughout the growing season.