Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community – Shorts Program

2014 Films

Washington D.C. Premiere

U.S. Premiere

Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community – Shorts Program

Reviving the Freedom Mill


Directed by: Various

Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science

Protecting and Restoring Nature and Community

Shorts Films

MIDNIGHT BLUE (France, 2013 8 min.) U.S. Premiere This immersive ecological tale takes us to the heart of the underwater world, between night and light, where everything happens at a different pace. Using sand as the medium of animation, the film follows the rhythm of a whale’s meditations, allowing us to witness the ocean in a different way and escape into a different world. Directed by David Myriam.

FROM THE CLOUD TO THE GROUND (Tanzania/USA, 2013, 8 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Learn about the unique collaboration between the Jane Goodall Institute, Google Earth Outreach and local villagers in their effort to monitor forests threatened by deforestation and erosion. Together they are using mobile devices, satellite imagery and cloud-based mapping technologies to create a comprehensive picture of the conservation challenges in the Congo Basin. Directed by Denise Zmekhol.

FISH-I: AFRICA (USA, 2014, 18 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere In the Western Indian Ocean, a pioneer endeavor is bringing together national enforcement agencies, regional bodies and international experts to strike striking a major blow against large-scale illegal fishing. FISH-i: Africa is a growing partnership, uniting seven key coastal countries in a region known as a hotspot for illegal fishing. Directed by Charlotte Smith.

CABO PULMO (USA, 2013,16 min.) With the only coral reef in the sea of Cortez, the Cabo Pulmo National Park offers an inspiring success story about the rejuvenation and conservation of an ocean ecosystem. Now the reef is threatened by a mega-hotel complex. Directed by Manolo Mendieta.

SANCTUARY (USA, clips from a work-in-progress, 10 min.) This is the story of Rodney Stotts’ awe-inspiring struggle to provide Washington, D.C.’s underserved youth and endangered raptors with a safe haven for mutual healing and growth. As Rodney mentors a group of 16 to 18-year-olds whom the education system has failed, they will work to build flight cages for eagles on conservation land, a second chance for the young people and the birds made possible by Wings Over America and the Capital Guardian ChalleNGe Academy. Directed by Annie Kaempfer. Produced by John Ryan Johnson. This film is made possible through the assistance of a grant from the Spike Lee Fellowship Fund and produced at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television.

Introduced by filmmaker Annie Kaempfer. Discussion with Annie Kaempfer and Rodney Stotts, falconer

and trained raptor specialist, follows screening.

REVIVING THE FREEDOM MILL (USA, 2013, 29 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere When environmentalist Tony Grassi takes a crazy gamble to rehab an abandoned Mill, he inspires both skepticism and hope that its revived bond with the river will breathe new life into the rural town of Freedom, Maine. With the help of a colorful team of builders, masons, engineers and architects, he sets out to reconstruct a forgotten historic treasure. Directed by David Conover.

Introduced by Stephanie Meeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Discussion with Tony Grassi and filmmaker David Conover follows screening.

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