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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 special guest speaker, environmental filmmaker Deia Schlosberg, and award-winning films


11:00 a.m. (52 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

Pretty Slick

12:30 p.m. (71 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   


2:15 p.m. (28 min.) view trailer


Backyard tells the stories of five people across the
United States whose lives have been significantly impacted by the oil and gas extraction occurring around them. The film has screened at festivals around the world and won numerous awards, including two Television Academy Foundation Awards - Best Documentary and the Bricker Humanitarian Award. "

Also, two of Deia Schlosberg's award-winning short films will be shown. Stories of Trust features Glori Dei Filippone, a middle school student from Des Moines, Iowa whose environmental activism includes petitioning the DNR to reduce carbon standards. Idaho ranchers, Rich and Charlotte Reid, are featured in the Uncommon Sense Profiles. They share their love of their family ranch and the sustainable practices they have committed to, so it will be there for future generations. 

"It's a compelling documentary, and a must-see for those interested in the future of energy in the United States."
-Bryan Schatz, Outdoor Nation

Environmental Filmmaker Deia Schlosberg presents the
Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture in Public Affairs
3:00 p.m.


Environmental Filmmaker Deia Schlosberg presents the Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture in Public Affairs

  We are excited to showcase Deia Schlosberg, filmmaker and 2008 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award winner, at the 10th Annual Environmental Film Festival. Deia received the award for a two-year, 7800-mile through-hike of the Andes Mountains, on which she subsequently lectured around the U.S on sustainable living.
    Deia completed a MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. Her MFA thesis film, is Backyard, one of the featured movies at the film fest. She also directed and co-produced "Connecting the Gems," a documentary about migration corridors in the Northern Rockies. Her other award winning films are the Stories of Trust, which centers on 9 young people who share their stories of environmental activism,as well as, the UnCommon Sense Profiles which chronicle owners greening their businesses. Most recently she completed Cold Love, a film that examines purpose, motivation and human character using the archival footage from Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre's many expeditions over the last 25 years. Deia is currently producing Josh Fox's third feature documentary (after his enormously successful Gasland films). The as-of-yet untitled film looks at the value systems that have caused climate change as well as those values that have the potential to mitigate its disastrous impacts and prevent worsening. The film will show on HBO in 2016.   


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