Other features include the Connecticut premier of “A Plastic Ocean,” an epic global adventure documenting the devastating impacts of plastic pollution on the world’s oceans and marine species; “The Age of Consequences,” an investigation of the climate change impacts on U.S. national security and global stability; “Denial,” a documentary that explores electricity, gender, family, and the lies we tell ourselves when faced with overwhelming facts; and “Death by a Thousands Cuts,” the story of a murder investigation at the Haiti-Dominican Republic border that reveals wider issues of deforestation, the illegal wood charcoal trade, and rising xenophobic tensions between the countries.
Short films will include “Lost in Light,” an artistic vision of how light pollution affects the view of the night skies; “The Nature of Maps,” an exploration of the integral role maps play in conservation, adventure, and our understanding of wild places; “Grand Teton,” a cinematic display of pristine wilderness, glacial lakes, winding rivers, diverse wildlife, and the magnificent Teton Range; “Our Last Refuge,” the story of the Badger-Two Medicine, the sacred homeland of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and the decades-long struggle to protect it from oil and gas exploration; and “Herald of the Sea,” a short, animated look at the impacts of the ecological power of oysters as the herald of the Gulf Coast.
Each film will be followed with panel discussions with filmmakers, activists, journalists, local experts, or scholars. At the conclusion of the festival, awards will be presented for Grand Jury Prize, Honorable Mention, Audience Choice, and Best Short Film.
“We are looking forward to introducing these unique voices to the New Haven and Yale communities this April — furthering EFFY’s mission to highlight important environmental and social issues of our time.”
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