Green Lens Environmental Film Fest -
Official Selections 2014

Best Documentary

Basura o Recurso?

¿Basura o recurso? Experiencia de la República Dominicana- Natasha Despotovic/Alexandra Tabar

The Dominican Republic has more than 340 open-air landfills without any type of management or control, which have become highly-concentrated areas of air and water pollution. They are an unseen danger for every Dominican. Fortunately, the country is witnessing cultural changes which are creating initiatives that convert this 'problem' into an opportunity for development. The message is clear: trash is no longer just trash, rather it has value. As long as trash can be utilized, it is not trash. The appropriate term is 'discarded material,' a resource which is raw material and then turned into a new product. Garbage or Resource? A Dominican Republic Experience, a film produced by GFDD/FUNGLODE, depicts how recycling has become an important economic opportunity for Dominicans. Through various corporate and educational projects, the viewer observes how-- aside from the obvious environmental benefits-- recycling enables economic development through the generation of new companies and industries. A short film which inspires, moves and calls to action.

Documentary, Dominican Republic, 17 minutes

Battle for Bats

Battle For Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome- David McGowan

White nose syndrome is an ecological disaster. It has killed over seven million bats since 2008. It is the worst wildlife crisis ever to hit North America, yet there is hope. Several U.S. and Canadian agencies have collaborated on possible solutions to this horrific disease. The public also plays a critical role in helping to save bats.

Documentary, United States, 14 minutes

Fighting for FTFighting for Futaleufu- Stephanie Haig

Fighting For the Futaleufu is the story of what many consider 'The World's Best River'. For years, Chileans in Patagonia viewed the rio Futaleufu with awe and apprehension. In the 1980's as kayakers and rafters successfully navigated the river, eco-tourism flourished bringing vibrant opportunities and jobs to the community. Fighting For the Futaleufu explores the fierce natural beauty of the river, and follows the lives of Chilean rafter Robert Currie, his son Robert Jr and locals as they work and protect the area. This is a fight to preserve a river and its community--it is also the story of the struggle for the future of Chilean Patagonia.

Documentary, United States, 16 minutes

Forest ManForest Man- William Douglas McMaster

The incredible story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single-handedly planted nearly 1400 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli.

Documentary, Canada, 18 minutes

From Farm to TableFrom Farm to Table- Gabrielle Giacomo

'From Farm To Table' is an Eco-documentary film showcasing a school's commitment to integrating stewardship of our earth's resources into its curriculum. The film follows students working in their school garden and sustainable organic farm from planting to harvesting and demonstrates the link between fresh locally grown sustainable products and healthier eating while simultaneously building community and promoting the stewardship of our earth's resources. The important issues of conservation, preservation, biodiversity and animal welfare are addressed. In conclusion, as a call to action we are encouraged to learn more, ask questions and take action by growing our own food and buying local food.

Student, United States, 5 minutes

Best Feature

Growing Cities

Growing CitiesDaniel Susman

Driven from their hometown by its poor health, the filmmakers set out to discover how other cities feed themselves. Along the way, they meet city dwellers fundamentally challenging the way this country produces food - from urban homesteaders trying to make ends meet to backyard gardeners fighting for their rights to grow food, they find city farming is about more than just good produce.

Feature, United States, 59 minutes

Guerritas De AguaGUERRITAS DE AGUA- Ivanov Marmolejo

The scarcity of water from an extreme point of view, an analogy between the present, represented by kids, and an awful future lived by adults. An analogy between a water battle and a battle for water, where you can find the true value of water and life.

Narrative, Mexico, 5 minutes 

Quiet HeroI am a Quiet HeroOscar Lalo 

We often act and make a lot of noise. We often want everyone to know what we have done. We always look outside and we often take pills in order to close our eyes. This is the very short story of a man who decides to look inside and make peace with himself and the nature in order to bring peace to the world.

Narrative, Switzerland, 1 minute

Everybody's OceanIts Everybodys Ocean- Atsuko Quirk 

This documentary tells the story of how marine debris is affecting the people of Ikema, a tiny and beautiful island of the Miyako Islands. Known for its stunning coral reefs, the island's once pristine beaches now play host to tons of plastic marine debris, originating from all over Asia, polluting their beaches, and threatening the lives of marine species. This is the story of a small island's struggle with plastic pollution.

Documentary, United States, 29 minutes

Best Narrative

Mana Kai

Mana KaiPasha Reshikov

MANA KAI (means 'Spirit of the Ocean' in Hawaiian Language) explores the relationship of humans and the ocean, touching on the subject of spirit of the oceans and its response to the pollution habits of the humans, told through the story of a 'native man' and the fish entrapped in the plastic bottle...

Narrative, United States, 6 minutes

Best Student


Preserves- B. Rich

A poetic journey into an Ecuadorian rainforest that contains some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth, two uncontacted tribes living in voluntary isolation and 850 million barrels of oil that will ultimately determine its future.

Student, United States, 10 minutes

Taking StockTaking Stock- Stephen Chen

TAKING STOCK is an experimental short (despite playing as a conventional film) about taking stock of our influence on the environment through the exclusive use of stock footage (and music). In doing so, it simultaneously critiques the disconnection between people/progress and impacts on ecosystems/environments; as well as aesthetic cliches of environmental-type films which have become as generic as stock footage to ask if we can transcend the current states of inaction and heroic fetish.

Narrative, Canada, 7 minutes

Tipping PointTipping PointAndrew Smith

Sean Callebs travels the Amazon from Macapa to Manaus, Altamira and Parauapebas to reveal the people and the ecosystem that supports them and to answer the question- Can the Amazon survive economic success?

Feature, United States, 59 minutes

We are the LandWe are the LandLauren Lindberg

Amidst national controversy surrounding the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' environmental activist Pauline Matt stands alone to protect her native homeland - the Blackfeet Reservation of northern Montana.

Student, United States, 14 minutes

What FutureWhat FutureJane Petrov

What Future is about a mother, Anne, who severely neglects herself, her family and her environment when it comes to good health habits, recycling and the conservation of Earth's resources. One day, Jill, a time-traveling scientist arrives to convince Anne to change her ways. As the two women travel into the future together, Anne witnesses unspeakable devastation to human life and the planet. Will she take responsibility for her behavior in the present before it's too late?

Narrative, United States, 13 minutes

Committee Choice

A Will for the Woods

A Will for the Woods- Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson

What if our 'last act' could be a gift to the planet - a force for regeneration? Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth.

Feature, United States, 93 minutes

Yellow Fever- Sophie Rousmaniere

*Official Selection that was chosen to be shown at a special Green Lens event

Yellow Fever follows young Navajo veteran, Tina Garnanez on her journey to investigate the history of the Navajo Uranium Boom, its lasting impacts in her area and the potential new mining in her region. She begins as a curious family member and becomes an advocate, lobbyist, activist and vocal proponent for transparency and environmental justice. Tina travels throughout the West to learn about uranium mining and nuclear development. She examines the pros, the cons and the hot debate over Nuclear power, which forces her to consider her own opinions on the subject of energy.

Documentary, United States, 56 minutes