HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: January 2021 Environmental Film Festival


Theme of night: Need to act.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterNANUQ – AN ARCTIC JOURNEY FROM PAST TO FUTURE, 55min., Italy, Documentary
festival posterFORCED CHANGE, 70min., USA, Documentary

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: RETURNING HOME, 12min., USA, Documentary

Richie Schley has built a career using the nature the earth provides us. In “Returning Home”, with stay at home orders in place, Richie takes time to reflect on his experiences in nature while connecting to a deeper understanding of the planet we call home.

  • Project Type:Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:12 minutes
  • Completion Date:November 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Language:English
  • Shooting Format:Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
  • Film Color:Color

Director Biography – Mark Knight (THE GREAT ATCHAFALAYA BASIN)

A 25 year veteran of the travel and hospitality industries, Mark Knight is the co-founder of The Window Channel Network. His photography, video and virtual reality projects have garnered numerous awards and been featured in magazines, books and television. Mark lives in Austin, Texas.

Director Statement

Despite being the most important habitat for migratory birds in the Northern Hemisphere, one of the most productive wetlands in the world, and the last of its kind in North America, the Atchafalaya Basin is under siege. The Atchafalaya Basin faces threats from all fronts, including unsustainable and illegal cypress logging, increased sedimentation, privatization of public waters, illegal development, and lack of enforcement of environmental laws.

Short Film: THE GREAT ATCHAFALAYA BASIN, 8min., USA, Documentary

Efforts to save the Atchafalaya Basin are highlighted with stunning visuals of the largest wetland and swamp in the United States. Located in south central Louisiana, it is a combination of wetlands and river delta area where the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf of Mexico converge.

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Director Biography – Rodrigo Thome (THE OCEAN VOICE)

Rodrigo Thome is a Brazilian director, screenwriter, and producer.
Diving instructor since 1997, Thome dedicated his life to the oceans.
After many years teaching people how to dive, photographing the seas, and its inhabitants, he decided to expand his enchantment for the seas and started dedicating to produce audiovisual content connected to the ocean.

In 2014, he hosted and photographed 13 episodes of “Grutas e Cavernas”, a Brazilian tv show about the exploring caves and especially flooded caves.
He co-directed, photographed, and produce the 6 episodes tv mini-series “Uma Aventura no Alasca”, that premises on showing to the viewers the remote subaquatic life of Alaska.

Thome photographed the aerial images of the second season of the TV show “Slackline”, filming the life of two high line slackliners on tour in their moto home throughout Europe that air in 2013.
Also in 2013 he directed, photographed, and starred in a tv special about the reopening of the night diving in the remote Galápagos Island on the tv show “Fantástico”.

Between 2014 and 2016 he co-directed, produce, and filmed a 50 minutes tv special about the construction of The Marine Aquarium of Rio de Janeiro.
He co-directed and photographed 7 episodes of the mini-series “Águas Selvagens” in 2014-2015, diving with the most dangerous and challengings animals of the planet.

From 2015 to 2016 he directed, photographed, and produced a 14 episodes series “Ameaçados” that goes deep into the habitat and discusses the protection of endangered marine animals. He also directed a 50 minutes tv special about Trinidad and the first high-rank female commander of Brasilian Marines on the Island.

Short Film: THE OCEAN VOICE, 4min., Brazil, Documentary

When the ocean speaks, we must listen!

The ocean voice is a message from the ocean to humanity!
We must learn to connect with the ocean, all life in our planet come from it! Besides that we still treating the ocean and its creatures as if it is not our problem.
We must reconnect, we must learn more, we must love more the ocean!

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The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans, making it the perfect microcosm for scientists studying the effects of climate change. Reckoning With Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine, a documentary produced by the University of New England, features Maine scientists grappling with impacts of climate change and what their role is in advocating for change.

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Short Film: ALASKA LONG HUNTERS, 44min., USA, Documentary

This award winning story follows the life of a young pilot who flew in Alaska’s frontier arctic. Experience the front-seat thrills of bush planes and helicopters operating in the most dangerous conditions on earth, airborne among the magnificent mountains, glaciers and rivers that only Alaska has to offer. Includes true-life experiences of accidents, comradeship, humor and heartbreak of life in early Alaska, gone forever when dismantled into parks in the 1980’s. Based on the book Last of the Long Hunters by Mark Rose, the scene opens with an early history of the Great Land and those that lived in it through interviews with several life-long Alaskans, including Hilda Lidner, Ray Atkins and Gale Ranny to name a few. Leading up to the introduction of the authors use of a new tool of transport – the single engine airplane, but not without extracting a terrible price. Experience what it was like to growing up among the dangerous game, hunting the massive caribou herds and absorbing the greatness of the county. Pilots will gain from the flying experiences related, and every boy, man and aviator will be compelled to grapple with its final truth, concluding with a crisis encounter that forever changed the pilot’s life forever. Filmed on Location in Alaska. Premiered Spring of 2020. http://www.alaskalonghunters.com

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