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Environmental Film Fest

Environmental Film Fest 9

The ninth annual Environmental Film Fest will be held from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Olin Auditorium at Augustana College, 733 35th St. Rock Island, Ill. Admission is free and doors open at 11 a.m.

Movies roll at 11:30 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

Since 1971, the City of New York has had laws restricting curbside engine idling. One man, George Pakenham, determined to reduce air pollution in his neighborhood and combat global climate change, confronted the city's lax enforcement efforts. This film chronicles the challenges and triumphs of his campaign.

Featuring Click and Clack from "NPR's Car Talk," and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, "Idle Threat" profiles one man's challenging quest to make his city and the world a healthier place, and shows that sometimes one person — and a simple act like turning a key — can make a big difference

Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story

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


The Emmy Award-winning "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" tells of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi, and the efforts being taken to reverse this damage. Crop fertilizers are contaminating the nation's rivers, lakes and aquifers, while at the same time soil is washing away.

The film traces the development of America's bountiful harvest and examines its effect on the legendary river, as well as the "dead zone" created in the Gulf of Mexico. Knitting together federal energy, farm and environmental policies, the film makes a compelling case for revamping US agricultural policy and practices. It also helps viewers to grasp a profound truth — that a single drop of water in the upper Midwest has an impact far downstream.

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.