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2016 Films (archive)

Banking Nature |  The Fire Next Time | Fragile Legacy | I Am Chut Wutty | Inhabit | A Line Across the Sky | Martin's Boat | Medieval Monsters | Nature Rx | A Quest for Meaning | Singletrack High | Sonic SeaUnbranded


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Banking Nature | Black Bart Playhouse | March 26, 2016 | Sponsored by Sol Sierra

Banking Nature is a provocative documentary that looks at the growing movement to monetize the natural world—and to turn endangered species and threatened areas into instruments of profit.

Denis Delestrac and Sandrine Feydel | 2015 | 90 min. | USA

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The Fire Next Time | Black Bart Playhouse | March 26, 2016

In this 13-minute film, filmmakers Stephen Most and Kevin White examine how problematic policies, fuel build-up, and climate change have endangered America's forests. When the Rim Fire burned 256,000 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park in 2013, it exposed the impacts that high intensity wildfires are having on watersheds, wildlife, and carbon storage. It also forged a coalition of environmentalists, loggers, scientists, officials, and land managers who are responding to this megafire and recognize the need to forestall the next one. “The Fire Next Time" is a precursor to Filmmakers Collaborative's feature-length work-in-progress, "MEGAFIRE at the Rim of the World." For more information, visit

Stephen Most and Kevin White | 2015 | 13 min. | USA

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Fragile Legacy | Chatom Winery | September 17, 2016

Science, art, history and conservation are blended into a stunning visual, globe spanning odyssey. This film offers hope that human ingenuity and creativity can and will bring us out of the environmental crisis we face.

David Brown| 2015 | 31 min. | USA, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Spain

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Inhabit | Columbia College | December 10, 2016

INHABIT explores the many environmental and agricultural issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture'. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

Costa Boutsikaris | 2015 | 92 min. | USA


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Martin's Boat | Black Bart Playhouse | March 26, 2016 | Sponsored by OARS

O.A.R.S. presents Martin's Boat, a film honoring the late Martin Litton. Preeminent conservationist David Brower called him his conscience: in the 1950’s when the Bureau of Reclamation proposed two dams in the Grand Canyon—one at Marble Canyon and the other at Bridge Canyon—the late Martin Litton made sure the Sierra Club didn't acquiesce. Martin believed the best way for people to understand how important it was to preserve the Grand Canyon was to have them experience this secret world from the river, but not in just any boat. Martin pioneered whitewater dories on the Colorado River in the 1960’s and started a proud tradition of naming the boats after wild places that had been lost or compromised by the hand of man. Now, some 50 years later, America’s open-air cathedral faces continued threats from development and mining and it’s up to all of us to ensure the crown jewel of our National Park system is protected now and for future generations. Martin’s Boat is a film that honors the legacy of Martin Litton and follows the newest boat in the Grand Canyon Dories fleet, the Marble Canyon, on its maiden voyage down the legendary Colorado River through the grandest canyon on Earth.

Pete McBride | 2015 | 24 min. | USA

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Medieval Monsters | Black Bart Playhouse | March 26, 2016

he New Forest of England has remained unchanged for centuries. While many of the country’s ancient beasts have long since vanished, here some still survive. Macro, slow-motion and time-lapse techniques reveal behaviors beyond the scope of the human eye. Duelling dragonflies, acid-firing ants and jousting stag beetles take center stage in this world of medieval monsters.

Oliver Mueller, Robin Mueller, Philip Reynolds, Joseph Bell | 2015 | 15 min. | UK

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Nature Rx | Black Bart Playhouse | March 26, 2016

Tired, irritable, stressed out? TRY NATURE.

This award-winning comedy series is about a struggle affecting many of us today. Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors - two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent

Justin Bogardus, Jed Lazar, Joe Victorine | 2014 | 1 min. | USA

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A Quest for Meaning | Columbia College | December 10, 2016

Two childhood friends travel the world to meet some of the greatest thinkers of our time. This incredible voyage, full of moments of doubt and moments of joy, will lead them to question the very beliefs that have shaped Western civilization. This film captures the change in human consciousness currently happening all over the planet, and the desire to live in harmony with oneself and the world.

Nathanaël Coste, Marc de la Ménardière | 2015 | 88 min. | France

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Singletrack High | Columbia College | December 10, 2016

At the age of 16, many American kids trade in two wheels for four. Trusty steeds that once gave them freedom to explore on weekends now collect dust in the garage. For a growing number of high school students in Northern California, however, two wheels don’t get dusty, they get dirty. Their lives continue to revolve around weekend rides, but now those rides have a finish line. These are the student athletes of the NorCal High School Cycling League. This is Singletrack High.

The film was funded entirely by Specialized Bicycle Components, with the goal of showcasing the incredible impact of high school mountain biking and bringing more supporters to NICA and the movement. Additional support was provided by Sunnyvale VW and GoPro.

Isaac Seigel-Boettner, Jacob Seigel-Boettner | 2012 | 68 min. | USA


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Sonic Sea | Chatom Winery | September 17, 2016

Sonic Sea tells the story of a former U.S. Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery and changed forever the way we understand our impact– impact of industrial and military ocean noise–on whales and other marine life in the ocean. Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.

Michelle Dougherty, Daniel Hinerfeld | 2016 | 56 min. | USA


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Unbranded | Newsome Harlow | April 16, 2016

Sixteen mustangs, four men, one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada, up the spine of the American West. The documentary tracks four fresh-out-of-college buddies as they take on wild mustangs to be their trusted mounts, and set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Their wildness of spirit, in both man and horse, is quickly dwarfed by the wilderness they must navigate: a 3000-mile gauntlet that is equally indescribable and unforgiving.

Phillip Baribeau | 2015 | 106 min. | USA


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