Forever Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Oct. 2020 Environmental DOC Festival

FOREVER, 7min., USA, Experimental

Directed by Neha Oswal, Akshada Muley, Aishwarya Rajasekar

FOREVER offers a counter-narrative to the anthropocentric way we often describe the city. It acknowledges that our cities, and indeed our world is shared with many other non-human entities, each with their own tendencies and dispositions.

Sockeye Salmon: Red Fish Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Oct. 2020 Environmental DOC Festival

SOCKEYE SALMON. RED FISH, 51min., Russia, Documentary

Directed by Dmitriy Shpilenok

Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters – to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year! But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible!

Water Is Life: From Standing Rock To The Swamp, Audience FEEDBACK Oct. 2020 Environmental DOC Fest

WATER IS LIFE: FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP, 24min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Sam Vinal

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

Vertical: The Future Of Farming Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Oct. 2020 Environmental DOC Fest

VERTICAL: THE FUTURE OF FARMING, 15min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Scott Morris & Jay Windland

Vertical: The Future of Farming follows a new generation of urban, indoor farmers, whose approach to food production offers the potential to combat climate change while feeding hundreds of millions. From New York City, to Portland, Oregon to Singapore, these farmers are turning agricultural conventions on their head by utilizing vertical space in cities, rather than expansive rural fields. The result, according to retired Columbia Professor Dickson Despommier, represents the “next evolutionary jump in humanity’s quest for a reliable, sustainable food supply.”

From Kurils With Love Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Oct. 2020 Environmental DOC Festival

FROM KURILS WITH LOVE, 20min., Switzerland, Documentary

Directed by Taylor Reese

Vladimir, a scrappy but aging Russian marine mammal biologist, unexpectedly hitch hikes aboard a boat filled with adventure photographers out of a desperate need to return to his science monitoring stations. His boat, 2 weeks prior, was lost to the explosion of the Raikoke volcano. He is on a mission to help fulfill his quest to understand and protect the Kuril Islands before his age fails him, and so together the team sets out in one of the most remote and accessible volcanic island chains in the world to help Vladimir

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Oct. 2020 Environmental DOC Festival

Theme of night: Desire to evolve and change

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

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterFOREVER, 7min., USA, Experimental



festival posterVERTICAL: THE FUTURE OF FARMING, 15min., USA, Documentary



festival posterFROM KURILS WITH LOVE, 20min., Switzerland, Documentary



festival posterWATER IS LIFE: FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP, 24min., USA, Documentary



festival posterSOCKEYE SALMON. RED FISH, 51min., Russia, Documentary



The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Neha Oswal, Akshada Muley, Aishwarya Rajasekar (FOREVER)

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Recent graduates from UCLA Master of Architecture program, from the Entertainment Studio led by Natasha Sandmeier and Nathan Su which specializes in narrative based approach and world-building in storytelling. It encompasses architecture and the use of various digital media to deliver powerful concepts effectively. The work symbolizes the motivation to bring about pro-environmental behavior using animated film as a medium.

Ratings

FOREVER, 7min., USA, Experimental

 
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FOREVER offers a counter-narrative to the anthropocentric way we often describe the city. It acknowledges that our cities, and indeed our world is shared with many other non-human entities, each with their own tendencies and dispositions.

The film offers an opportunity to re-frame our relationship with plastic; one that is currently driven by guilt and vilification, into one of empathy and responsible cohabitation. It attempts to shift our attitude towards plastic, a material made invisible through its banality. Instead, the story makes plastic viscerally and emotionally present in the city. Here plastic is no longer the much maligned victim, the neglected creature made to serve us, and discarded when no longer needed. Plastic here flocks together to challenge our world, encouraging a more responsible approach to world-building and world-living, on its way to building one of its own.

Director Biography – Neha Oswal, Akshada Muley, Aishwarya Raja

FROM KURILS WITH LOVE, 20min., Switzerland, Documentary

 
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Vladimir, a scrappy but aging Russian marine mammal biologist, unexpectedly hitch hikes aboard a boat filled with adventure photographers out of a desperate need to return to his science monitoring stations. His boat, 2 weeks prior, was lost to the explosion of the Raikoke volcano. He is on a mission to help fulfill his quest to understand and protect the Kuril Islands before his age fails him, and so together the team sets out in one of the most remote and accessible volcanic island chains in the world to help Vladimir

Project Links

Director Biography – Scott Morris, Jay Windland (VERTICAL: THE FUTURE OF FARMING)

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Scott Morris is a Seattle-based filmmaker and video director who, in 2013, directed, produced and co-wrote White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America featuring Tim Wise, which has been screened in every state in the US and more than 15 countries around the world. As the Creative Director at Waka Waka Studios, he’s directed a national commercial, been nominated for an Emmy, and created web videos that have reached more than 25 million viewers worldwide.

Jay is a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker and photographer. Starting from a background in broadcast news, he went on to contribute cinematography to documentary films including: When I Walk and On a Scale of 1 to 10, in addition to creating branded content for companies like SpaceX and Redfin. Over the last few years, Jay has had the opportunity to capture stories for media outlets like Money Magazine and Discovery Science, as well as direct live broadcasts for major recording artists at the Sasquatch! and Upstream Music Festivals.