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Environmental Film Fest

The tenth annual Environmental Film Fest will be held from 11:00 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Olin Auditorium at Augustana College, 733 35th St. Rock Island, Ill. Admission is free and doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Movies roll at 11:00 a.m. Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided. There will be fun and inspirational 5-minute short films before the feature films.

Parking is available along 38th St. and 7th Ave. and in lots on the campus map (Olin Center is no. 67 on map).

The event is sponsored by the Eagle View Group of the Sierra Club, Augustana College and Radish Magazine.

Schedule of award-winning films

Idle Threat

11:30 a.m. (37 min.) view trailer

"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...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."

  "Exquisitely shot and powerfully told." Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post

Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story

12:30 p.m. (57 min.) view trailer


A film by James Fox Narrated by Peter Coyote

  On April 20th, 2010, the BP Deep Water Horizon floating oil rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing eleven crewmen and injuring seventeen others. The rig burned for three days and then sank in a mile of water fifty miles off the coast of Grand-Isle Louisiana. During the summer of 2010, James Fox moves among locals across four Gulf states documenting the largest man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. He flies over ground zero with Marine Biologist Dr. Carl Safina who warns him that BP is sinking the oil with the chemical dispersant Corexit, sweeping it under the rug... The results show that public safety takes a backseat to a tourist-based economy and the symbiosis between big oil and government becomes clear.

  "A film that should be seen by everyone who cares about the future of our oceans." - Dr. Sylvia Earle, former Chief Scientist, NOAA   

New Green Giants

2 p.m. (47 min.) view trailer


The last 10 years have seen a phenomenal explosion in the organic food movement as it has moved from niche market to mainstream. Today, it is the fastest growing segment of the food industry, attracting all of the major food corporations.

"The New Green Giants" looks at a number of these new and old organic corporations and shows how they are managing, or in some cases, failing to live up to the idealistic dreams first espoused by the back-to-the land folk of the late '60s and early '70s.

The documentary also looks at some of the bigger questions surrounding organic food. Is it really healthier? Is it truly organic? Is it possible to grow from a mom-and-pop operation to become a huge supplier of major grocery chains? Is it actually sustainable? Is it realistic to think the world can be fed organically?

Bidder 70

3:30 p.m. (72 min.) view trailer


"Bidder 70" centers on an extraordinary,ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability.

In 2008 Tim DeChristopher,a Univ. of Utah economics student, disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. He entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels winning 22,000 acres  worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted.

Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction. DeChristopher, however, was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.  

DeChristopher stepped up his activism and co-founded Peaceful Uprising, ​a grass-roots group dedicated to defending a livable future through empowering non-violent action.

Follow this gripping story and find out the consequences of DeChristopher's courageous actions which redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.  

The Price of Sand

5 p.m. (60 min.) view trailer


"'The Price of Sand' is a documentary film about the frac sand mining boom in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

Director Jim Tittle: "A year ago, an oil company bought land next to my mother's house in rural Minnesota. The deal was kept secret for months, because the new owners wanted to build a huge open pit frac sand mine.

"When their plans became public, I started to investigate. Over the course of this 18-month project, I interviewed small town mayors, truck drivers, business owners, farmers, and two angry moms. I learned that pure silica sand is used for everything from toothpaste to window glass. And I found out that the price of frac sand can't be quoted in dollars and cents."  

For more information about the Eagle View Group, Sierra Club, see the group's website or contact Kathryn Allen.