HOW TO PICK BERRIES (MITEN MARJOJA POIMITAAN) (Aalta University, Finland, 2010, 19 min.) Visitors from a distant place appear in the misty swamps of Northern Finland. How to cope with people who take the berries too? And why are they here anyway? This is a film about the Finnish mind and the absurdities of the global economy. Directed by Elina Talvensaari.
STRUGGLE FOR MT. NIMBA* (American University, 2010, 5 min.) How the needs of humans and those of chimpanzees coexist in the Mt. Nimba region of Africa is the subject of this film. It also examines the possibility of creating a green corridor to allow different populations to survive despite deforestation and isolation. Directed by Kari Barber.
AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE* (American University, 2010, 5 min.) Shown as part of the multi-day, multi-venue Energy Film Series The role renewable energy development can play in the transition to a clean energy future is addressed in this film, which also examines the contributions that America’s farms, ranches and forestlands are making to achieve that goal. Directed by Yi Chen.
CARVING FOR CONSERVATION* (American University, 2010, 5 min.) At the confluence between recycling, art and religion, this film focuses on one Batswana’s unique perspective on the value of wood, particularly dead wood, in Africa and the world. Written, directed and produced by Brian Kelley.
WORKING WITH FIRE (American University, 2010, 4 min.) Nokuse Plantation is a 48,000-acre private conservation initiative in the Florida Panhandle designed to be both a model and a catalyst for future landscape level conservation projects, the only way to preserve nature’s intrinsic biodiversity. Directed by Danny Ledonne and Dustin Harrison.
BUZZKILL* (Florida State University, 2010, 14 min.) Explores the recent Colony Collapse Disorder phenomenon affecting honeybees across the nation and how it has led to a significant rise in local beekeeping activities. Directed by Matthew Clegg.
ALBATROCITY (University of Otago, New Zealand, 2010, 26 min.) Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” forms the backbone of this dramatic tale about the Albatross, king of the sea. Stunning footage of this beautiful bird, shot in New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic Islands, is woven into the harsh realities of the impact of commercial fishing. Directed by Edward Saltau and Iain Frengley.
Introduced by Chris Palmer and Sandy Cannon-Brown, Professors, American University. Followed by discussion with student filmmakers.