Directed/Written by: Anjali Nayar
Stars: Julius Arile, Robert Matanda
Gun Runners is the story of two of the most notorious warriors in Northern Kenya who trade in their weapons to become professional runners. Told entirely by its central characters, through a mixture of film and animation, the narrative provides a glimpse into a society caught halfway between tradition and modernity, poverty and glory. On a personal level, the story is of retribution and reform, friendship and rivalry. This is an Emerging Filmmakers Project.
"These guys are faster than speeding bullets as Gun Runners shows their efforts to escape a life of violence in pursuit of a better means to inspire their children and community. Nayar shows how running provides an outlet far greater than the violence and warfare into which the subjects entered as children. It’s an amiable tale of lives changed and dreams fulfilled."
Director: Dena Seidel
Writer: Dena Seidel (story)
Stars: Naderev Sano, Oscar Schofield, Hugh Ducklo
Winner: Audience Award Best Documentary
Lighthouse International Film Festival
An exciting inter-disciplinary documentary, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, following a world-class team of scientists as they race across the world's fastest winter-warming place to study a changing ocean.
is a science-in-action feature film, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, following a renowned team of scientists studying climate change in the fastest winter-warming place in the world. This documentary combines innovative science, dramatic imagery and two decades of scientific collaboration into a compelling character-driven narrative. Antarctic Edge hit theaters in Spring 2015, beginning with a world theatrical premiere at the Quad Cinema in New York City.
"...she never frames climate change as a political issue, and includes no footage of politicians or laypeople arguing over the reality of the problem from an outsider's perspective; rather, the film is told from the standpoint of the scientists working at and around Palmer Station in Antarctica, which becomes surprisingly refreshing once one realizes how free the film is from blustery rhetoric"
Preeminent conservationist David Brower called him his conscience: in the 1950’s when the Bureau of Reclamation proposed two dams in the Grand Canyon—one at Marble Canyon and the other at Bridge Canyon—the late Martin Litton made sure the Sierra Club didn't acquiesce. Martin believed the best way for people to understand how important it was to preserve the Grand Canyon was to have them experience this secret world from the river, but not in just any boat. Martin pioneered whitewater dories on the Colorado River in the 1960’s and started a proud tradition of naming the boats after wild places that had been lost or compromised by the hand of man. Now, some 50 years later, America’s open-air cathedral faces continued threats from development and mining and it’s up to all of us to ensure the crown jewel of our National Park system is protected now and for future generations. Martin’s Boat is a film that honors the legacy of Martin Litton and follows the newest boat in the Grand Canyon Dories fleet, the Marble Canyon, on its maiden voyage down the legendary Colorado River through the grandest canyon on Earth.
Directed by PETE McBRIDE | Cinematography by PETE McBRIDE | Second Camera BLAKE McCORD | Edited by JIM AIKMAN | Assistant Producer MICHELLE SMITH | Boat Construction Footage BLAKE McCORD | Martin Litton Interview Footage LEW STEIGER | Additional Editing SCOTT McELROY | Motion Graphics MATT SCHULTZ | Audio Mix JASON McDANIEL | Boat Construction DUFFY DALE, SEAN BOTHMAN, BLAKE McCORD | Historic Footage/ STILLS JOHN BLAUSTEIN, RUDI PETSCHEK, MARTIN LITTON, The LITTON FAMILY, DON BRIGGS, U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION | Additional Footage AERIAL FILMWORKS, JUSTIN CLIFTON, JEFFE ARONSON, MONTE TILLINGHAST, SKIP ARMSTRONG | O.A.R.S. River Guides ANDRE POTOCHNIK, DUFFY DALE, MARK “MOQUI” JOHNSON, RIO HIBARGER | Film Boat JEAN PHILIPPE CLARK, BLAKE McCORD | Baggage Crew BEN SEUL, MARIAH HIBARGER , HAYDEN BRIAN | Music ABEL OKUGAWA, JOSH GARRELS, CONTINENT DRIFT, GOLDEN YOUTH, SUNBEAM, EULOGY, TAYLOR BUONO, IAN McCLOUD | Special Thanks ESTHER LITTON, DONALD LITTON, KEVIN FEDARKO, BRAD DIMOCK, JOHN BLAUSTEIN, GEORGE WENDT, TYLER WENDT, STEVE MARKLE, REGAN & OTE DALE, KERSTIN DALE, MONTE TILLINGHAST, DENICE NAPOLETANO, JOY PARADES, LEW STEIGER, JOE DE FRANCESCO, MARK DUBOIS, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
She's Beautiful When She's Angry with filmmaker Mary Dore
7 pm Sun. Mar. 5th at Star Hall
1 hr. 32 min.
Director Mary Dore will be at the festival to talk about the film immediately afterward.
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is a provocative look at the birth of the women’s liberation movement between 1966-1971. It re-introduces a wide-reaching movement with poetry readings, women’s rock bands, and “zaps,” impromptu protest actions. The film links this era to today’s “war on women” as it makes an impassioned case for reviving feminism as a mass movement.
She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. The film, by Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy, takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.
She's Beautiful does not try to romanticize the early movement, but dramatizes it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory.
An interracial family struggles to adjust when they move from New York City to a small, predominately white town in Washington State. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 15, 2016.
10:30 pm Sun. Mar. 5th at Star Hall
Alex Zajicek & Deontá Arnold
Two siblings discover a mysterious hourglass in the woods that changes their lives. This film was part of the San Jose 48 hour film project in 2015. It was made entirely in 24 hours.
7:00 pm Mon. Mar. 6th at Star Hall
1 hr. 15 min.
A coming of age story about a young First Nations law student and emerging leader from northeast BC, epicenter of some of the worlds largest fracking operations. He tries to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him - blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.
“Deep down we’re all fractured,” an oil and gas representative tells young Indigenous leader and lawyer Caleb Behn. Behn knows that feeling all too well, as he struggles with the role he’ll play in protecting his traditional territory under Treaty 8 in northern British Columbia, an area that is currently under siege from some of the world’s largest natural gas operations. The troubling reality is that the same industry threatening traditional practices and livelihoods is also responsible for giving his parents jobs that provided him with his lifestyle and education. Whether hunting beaver, throwing hatchets or studying legal briefs, the burden of leadership is visible in Behn, as he knows others are looking to him for a better future. Filmmakers Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher followed his evolution for four years, from the pristine North to downtown Vancouver and across the Pacific to a fracked territory in New Zealand. The documentary they created, Fractured Land, provides optimism and empowerment toward issues that can seem dire and insurmountable. As Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org puts it, “Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.”
"It's the stuff good movies are made of; WITNESS: a young, handsome,
rugged, Mohawk-pated Aboriginal man of the Dene Nation in northeastern
British Columbia with a penchant for hunting, trapping and expert
tomahawk-throwing is also an impeccably groomed "monkey-suited" lawyer entering his articling year with a desire to focus on Native land rights and environmental issues."
By their sheer size and original shapes, baobabs are among the most remarkable trees on the planet. Relatively unknown in Madagascar, these giants are currently threatened by deforestation. To study them, in the heart of their forests, Cyrille Cornu and Wilfried Ramahafaly travel by pirogue, exploring 400 km of wild and isolated coastline in the southwest of Madagascar.
A film by: Cyrille Cornu
Voices: Lile Cargueray, Thuryn Mitchell
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Surf Anywhere 9 min
10:00 pm Mon. Mar. 6th at Star Hall
from Desiree Bilon
You can surf anywhere – even 1500m above sea level and 1000km away from the nearest ocean.
This is the story of a group of river surfing pioneers who are not only building a world-class wave on the Kananaskis River (forty-five minutes outside of landlocked Calgary, Alberta, Canada) but also a river surfing community.
62 Years 9 min
10:10 pm Mon. Mar. 6th at Star Hall
By Logan Bockrath
Lars K Haarr, local Moabite who worked on the film will be in the audience and talking with interested audience members after the film screening.
The last time Ken Brower traveled down the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado was with his father, David Brower, in 1952. This was the year his father became the first executive director of the Sierra Club and joined the fight against a pair of proposed dams on the Green River in Northwest Colorado. The dams—a big one at Echo Park and a smaller one at Split Mountain—would have flooded the canyons of the Green and its tributary, the Yampa, inundating the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. With a conservation campaign that included a book, magazine articles, a film, a traveling slideshow, grassroots organizing, river trips and lobbying, David Brower and the Sierra Club ultimately won the fight—ushering in a period many consider the dawn of modern environmentalism. 62 years later, Ken revisited the Yampa and Green Rivers to reflect on his father's work, their 1952 river trip and how we will confront the looming water crisis in the American West.
Film by LOGAN BOCKRATH | Presented by O.A.R.S. | In Partnership with: AMERICAN RIVERS | Historic Footage/ Stills U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, CHARLIE EGGERT FAMILY, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, KENNETH BROWER | O.A.R.S. River Guides STEPHANIE WESSEL, SCOTT ELIOTT, MIKE ADLER, ANDREW CORSON, LEE BASSET, RUSSELL SCHUBERT | Music JOSH KRAMER “NEW BEGINNINGS,” AIDAN HAWKEN “INTO THE SEA,” HOSTS “HEARTTAKER” | Special Thanks KENNETH BROWER, GEORGE WENDT, STEVE MARKLE, BRUCE LAVOIE, ROY WEBB, DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT