On February 6th - 12th, 2017, several local organizations will partner to present the Seventh Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival at several local venues. The festival will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. This event is free and open to the public.
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RVA ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL SEEKING LOCAL FILM-MAKERS
Local Independent Film-Makers To Be Featured at the Byrd Theatre
Richmond, VA – The 4th RVA EFF Film Contest is now accepting entries for the 2017 RVA Environmental Film Festival. The contest was initiated during the 2013 RVA Environmental Film Festival, and is again offering prize money to aspiring local film producers for submissions now through December 31, 2016. The selected entries will be shown Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Byrd Theater in Richmond. Prizes will also be awarded that day.
“The environmental film festival documentary contest is so important; unlike anything in Richmond. It provides a platform to share new work and it encourages future storytelling.” -Melissa Lesh, former RVA Environmental Film Festival Contest winner .
The RVA EFF Committee considers the local film contest one of the main features of the festival. “We think the contest is important as a way to connect with not just our local natural environment, but also our local film community,” says Scott Burger, one of the festival’s founders. “We want to challenge local filmmakers to bring new perspectives and ideas.”
The RVA Environmental Film Festival was founded in 2011 and is modeled after the 2008’s Big Picture Festival and other metropolitan environmental film festivals. The mission is to showcase films that are designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of our planet. Many of the films are new releases that are area premiers. The 2017 RVA Environmental Film Festival is scheduled for February 6th-12th, 2017 at multiple locations in the Richmond community and public admission to the festival is made free with the help of generous sponsors.
Submissions and questions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see last year’s winner visit: rvaeff.org/2016winner
We are excited to announce the winners of our 2016 RVA EFF Raffle Prizes:
- Steve Yarus: Blanchards Coffee Sampler donated by Stephen Roberston
- Gabrielle Latora: RichmondOutside Posters donated by RichmondOutside
- Sadie Spauls: $25 Gift Certificate from Relay Foods donated by Relay Foods
- Jeff Spencer: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Drew Noggle: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Meghan Noggle: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Jeff Moore: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Joseph Mosby: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Carolyn Briggs: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Anne Vaughn: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Tim Fish: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Jack Pearsall: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Jeanne Minnix: 2 Byrd Theatre Tickets donated by The Byrd Theatre
- Julie Arendt: $50 Gift Certificate from Whole Foods Market donated by Whole Foods Market
- Lollie George: Bald Eagle Tour for 2 donated by Discover the James
- Chris Catanzaro: EarthCraftHouse Virginia 5K Entry for 2 donated by EarthCraftHouse VA
- C Jaeger: EarthCraftHouse Virginia 5K Entry for 2 donated by EarthCraftHouse VA
- Yousef Ahmad: EarthCraftHouse Virginia 5K Entry for 2 donated by EarthCraftHouse VA
- Melanie Risch: Raft Ride for 2 donated by Riverside Outfitters
- Don Yu: 4 Flying Squirrels Tickets donated by The Richmond Flying Squirrels
- Sedlar Pring: 4 Flying Squirrels Tickets donated by The Richmond Flying Squirrels
- Ryan Baldwin: Virginia Climate Fever book donated by Sierra Club Virginia Chapter
- Joe Brancoli: Natural Virginia book donated by Ben Greenburg
- Margene Secor: H2oCollect Rain Barrel donated by H2oCollect
- Bill Notter: Stainless Steel Water Bottle donated by REI
- Catherine Qian: Flash 18 Pack donated by REI
- Bonnie Charles: $25 Gift Certificate from Early Bird Bisquit Co. donated by Early Bird Bisquit Company
- Mary Beth Mains: $40 Chadwick & Sons Orchid donated by Chadwick Orchids
- Madeleine Hart: Soft 12 Pack Cooler Bag donated by Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group
- Thomas Mazich: Sun Visor Hat donated by Capital Region Land Conservancy
- Janet Holt: Cheese Cutting Board donated by Solar Mill
- Jenna Blasco: One week sampler donated by AgriBerry Farms
How to Change the World (110 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 7 at 4:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre.
Synopsis: How to Change the World chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers – Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers – who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement.
Greenpeace was founded on tight knit, passionate friendships forged in Vancouver in the early 1970s. Together they pion ed a template for environmental activism which mixed daring iconic feats and worldwide media: placing small rubber inflatables between harpooners and whales, blocking ice-breaking sealing ships with their bodies, spraying the pelts of baby seals with dye to make them valueless in the fur market. The group had a prescient understanding of the power of media, knowing that the advent of global mass communications meant that the image had become a more effective tool for change than the strike or the demonstration. But by the summer of 1977, Greenpeace Vancouver was suing Greenpeace San Francisco and the organization had become a victim of its own anarchic roots – saddled with large debts and frequent in-fighting.
How To Change The World draws on interviews with the key players and hitherto unseen archive footage, which brings these extraordinary characters and their intense, sometimes eccentric and often dangerous world alive. Somehow the group transcended the contradictions of its members to undertake some of the most courageous and significant environmental protests in history.
How To Change The World is an intimate portrait of the group’s original members and of activism itself—idealism vs. pragmatism, principle vs. compromise. They agreed that a handful of people could change the world; they just couldn’t always agree on how to do it.
The Yes Men Are Revolting (91 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 PM at The Byrd Theatre.
Synopsis: For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced: climate change. More than the first two films, The Yes Men Are Revolting is as much a character study as it is an entertaining depiction of their latest interventions. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.
The Important Places (10 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 7 at 1:37 PM at The Byrd Theatre.
Synopsis: This is a short film about the relationship between a father and son, and how the Colorado River and Grand Canyon was the thread to reconnect them. And the value of reconnecting with our own "important place," wherever that may be.
Blue Hue (naked swim) (5 minutes) will be screened on Sunday, February 7 at 1:30 PM at The Byrd Theatre.
Synopsis: A short film about the joys of year round naked swimming in the mountain lakes of Snowdonia, N. Wales. Filmed, produced and swam by Natasha Brooks.
Overburden (65 minutes) will be screened on Saturday, February 6 at 4:45 PM at The Byrd Theatre.
Synopsis: The gas that caused the explosion was completely invisible. On April 5, 2010 the men working at the Upper Big Branch mine were doing what they always do, mining coal. But when a spark ignited the methane, a fireball ripped through miles of underground tunnels killing everything it touched, including 29 men. After the explosion ambulances raced by Betty Harrah’s home. An hour later Betty, a fierce supporter of the coal industry, answered the phone, and as the voice revealed that her brother, Stevie, had died with 28 other men in the largest mining disaster in 40 years, her life changed forever. Yes, as Betty says, "coal is life here," but, she continues, "Massey Energy murdered my brother."
It’s not easy to take sides when the only option for a decent wage means putting your life, your home and your community at risk. Lorelei Scarbro knows this better than anyone. Her husband died of Black Lung, and Massey, the fourth largest coal company in the U.S., just announced plans to begin a 6000-acre mining project behind her home. In 2007 Lorelei spoke out for the first time at a public hearing. "This isn’t coal mining," she yelled. "This is the rape of Appalachia!"
Overburden is the story of a fiery, pro-coal right-winger and a tenacious, environmentalist grandmother as they take on the most dangerous coal company in America. These two lives intertwine as Betty and Lorelei unite to launch the first wind farm in coal country and to rebuild their fractured community. Decades after Barbara Kopple filmed Harlan County, USA, the coal industry is now facing extinction, and with an increase in alternative energy and the work of these two courageous women, the epicenter of change may just come from the most unexpected place, the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains.
The film will be followed by a Q & A with the director, Chad A. Stevens.