12th Annual Siskiyou FilmFest

Friday, March 21 to Saturday, March 22 
Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center

1000 Friends of Oregon is pleased to be a cosponsor again this year for the Siskiyou FilmFest, an annual celebration of Ecology, Sustainability, and Community featuring award-winning films about real people creating solutions to today's environmental challenges on a local and global scale. 

Our Southern Oregon Advocate, Greg Holmes, will join Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center and other sponsors and community partners at the main event on March 21-22.

Schedule:

Friday, March 21, 6:30 PM (Doors 5:30)

  • Guardians of the Klamath Siskiyou
  • Do the Math
  • Unnatural Disaster
  • How Wolves Change Rivers
  • DamNation

Saturday, March 22

11:00 AM. – KidFest (free) Films for younger kids
1:00 PM (doors 12:30). – Feature films are: 

  • Who Bombed Judi Bari?
  • Lords of Nature
  • Freeing the Calapooia
  • The Greenhorns

6:30 PM (doors 5:30) – Films:

  • Unnatural Disaster
  • Guardians of the Klamath Siskiyou
  • Meet Rough and Ready Creek
  • Acid Test
  • Youth Video Contest: Winning Films
  • A Fierce Green Fire

Tickets:

Festival passes are $10. They are available online at siskiyoufilmfest.org, at Oregon Books and Games in Grants Pass or at the door. Entrance is free for youth 18 and under. All preview events are free. 

For additional information about Siskiyou FilmFest, including photos, film contacts, or press passes, please consult the contact info above or visit www.siskiyoufilmfest.org.

More information about the films is below:

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet

Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff, this powerful film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, The Battle for a Living Planet is the first feature length exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Saturday March 22.

DamNation

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream.

DamNation shows how far things have moved and how quickly, from the assumption 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River. The film highlights other dam removal stories, including the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington and the Rogue River in Oregon. Friday March 21.

Do The Math

Do The Math chronicles "America's leading environmentalist" Bill McKibben in a David-vs-Goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. Bill McKibben is going after Big Oil, Big Coal, and Big Gas directly - uniting the growing global majority that view the climate crisis as the most important moral issue of the day. Friday March 21.

Who Bombed Judi Bari

On May 24 in 1990, a bomb blew up in the car of two of the most prominent Earth First! redwood activists: Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney – while they were driving through Oakland, CA on an organizing tour for Redwood Summer. The FBI and Oakland Police immediately accused the pair of carrying their own bomb and of being environmental terrorists. The story played out for weeks in the press – the victims were the suspects. Saturday (matinee) March 22.

Lords of Nature

Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs — could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar?

Narrated by Peter Coyote, LORDS OF NATURE: Life in a Land of Great Predators follows scientists Bill Ripple and Bob Beschta of Oregon State University, two leading pioneers in the quest to decipher the great predators’ role in the web of life.

Ripple and Beschta are repeatedly finding ecosystems maintained by their apex predators—and more ominously, degraded by their absence. Their bottom line reveals top predators as keystones in the stability and balance of nature. As Beschta says, “Whether it’s cougars in Zion, or wolves in Yellowstone National Park, the presence of that predator is crucial in maintaining that system through time.” Saturday (matinee) March 22.

The Greenhorns

Armed with a camcorder, farmer-filmmaker-activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming spent two years crisscrossing America, meeting and mobilizing a network of revolutionary young farmers resettling the land.

The Greenhorns is an ode to their grit and entrepreneurial spirit, an exploration of sustainable agriculture, and an enticement to reclaim our national soil. Ultimately, the film shows us how farmers can move out of the margins recent history has consigned them to, and back to the heart of the American food landscape. Saturday (matinee) March 22.

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/21/2014 (All day) - Sat, 03/22/2014 (All day)