EFFY 2013 Lineup

Yale’s Fifth Annual Environmental Film Festival Offers New Ways to Think About Our Planet

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NEW HAVEN, CONN. - ­­An Academy Award­-nominated documentary about urban can and bottle­-collectors, a cinematic journey through the world of exotic fruit, the World Premiere of an incisive new exposé on gold mining, and special appearances by filmmakers are some of the highlights of the fifth annual Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) taking place April 8­-14.

“This year EFFY has really stepped it up a notch,” said Kendall Barbery, one of the festival directors. “We have more events than ever before that use storytelling and the arts to challenge our audiences to think in new ways.”
“We had a record number of submissions this year from all over the world,” said Richard Miron, Director of Programming. “We have selected an engaging, eclectic, and powerful group of films that will transport our audiences, while at the same time really hit home.”
This year, EFFY will feature two films by Yale graduates: Sundance award-­winning “A River Changes Course,” directed by Kalyanee Mam (Yale College ‘99), and Oscar-­nominated “Redemption,” co-­directed by Matthew O’Neill (Yale College ‘00).
The festival will feature a World Premiere, a US Premiere, and several East Coast and New England premieres. All screenings are free and open to the public and will take place at the following New Haven venues: Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street; Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street; Co-­Op Arts and Humanities High School, 177 College St., and Sheffield-­Sterling-­Strathcona Hall, 1 Prospect St. Panel discussions with filmmakers, special guests and Yale faculty will be held after each film. There will be additional short films, interactive side events and screenings. Stay tuned to www.environment.yale.edu/film for more details.
Musicwood (New England Premiere) - An unusual band of the world's top guitar­-makers travel together into the heart of one of the most primeval rainforests in the world. Their mission: to negotiate with Native American loggers and change the way this forest is logged before it's too late for acoustic guitars.
A River Changes Course (Connecticut Premiere) - Winner of the Sundance Film Festival World Documentary Prize. A breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, A River Changes Course traces a remarkable and devastatingly beautiful story of a country torn between the rural present and an ominous industrial future.
Elemental (East Coast Premiere) - Elemental follows three outsiders who are obsessed by nature and driven by a deep desire to change the status quo. Separated by continents,each character is part of a global story about water and climate change that goes beyond the issues to reveal the public triumphs and emotional scars of life on the front line.
The Fruit Hunters (New England Premiere) - Adventurers, exotic fruits fanatics and even movie star Bill Pullman, are the subjects of The Fruit Hunters. A thrilling journey through nature, commerce and adventure, The Fruit Hunters is a cinematic odyssey that takes viewers from the dawn of humanity to the cutting of edge of modern agriculture ­ a film that will change not just the way we look at we eat, but what it means to be human.
Gold Fever (World Premiere) - Gold, an obsession of men and nations; a symbol of wealth and power. But for Diodora, Gregoria, Crisanta and the people living near the Marlin Mine in Guatemala's highlands, gold represents oppression, intimidation, pollution and even murder. With the rising price of gold, the mine's owner, Goldcorp, posts record profits, while these courageous women live in resistance to the mine's unstoppable hunger.
GMO OMG (U.S. Premiere) - GMO OMG tells the story of a fathers discovery of GMOs in relationship to his 3 young children and the world around him. Each of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered food on a daily basis. Yet more and more studies are being conducted around the world, which only provide even more reason for concern. We are the oblivious guinea pigs for wide­scale experimentation of modern biotechnology.
Redemption - Redemption is an Oscar­-nominated short documentary about New York City's canners ­ the men and women who survive by redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs, garbage cans and apartment complexes. You've seen them combing through the trash, but never got to meet them. The film is an unexpected and intimate look at post-­industrial gleaners, struggling at the edge of our society.
Trashed (New England Premiere) Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that
takes Irons (and us) from skepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.
The Last Ocean (New England Premiere) The Ross Sea Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. Scientists describe it as our last 'living laboratory', a place that can teach us about the workings of all marine ecosystems. But the fishing industry recently found its way to the Ross Sea, targeting Antarctic Toothfish and unless stopped, the natural balance of this unique ecosystem will be lost forever.
More than Honey (Connecticut Premiere) Einstein supposedly said: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live." Over the last decade, millions of bees have disappeared worldwide. Is this a one­time anomaly or are we facing total system collapse? Looking for answers, director Markus Imhoof—using exquisite cinematography to put the viewer inside the bees’ world—travels from the Alps to the Arizona desert, interviewing experts ranging from beekeepers to scientists.
Schools Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten - No classroom for these kindergarteners. In Switzerland's Langnau am Albis, a suburb of Zurich, children 4 to 7 years of age, go to kindergarten in the woods every day, no matter what the weatherman says. This eye-opening film looks into the important question of what it is that children need at that age. There is laughter, beauty and amazement in the process of finding out.
EFFY is organized and run primarily by students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and is the largest student­-run environmental film festival in the world. Major sponsors of the 2013 festival include Films at the Whitney, The Study at Yale Hotel, the Class of 1980 Fund at F&ES, and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

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For Immediate Release: March 19, 2012
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