Wed - Nov 11
Ever the Land
Q&A - Director - Sarah Grohnert
co-hosted with the Australian Institute of Architecture – Hobart Chapter – Hobart Architecture Week
Ever the Land explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngāi Tūhoe.
The setting is the forest region of Te Urewera and Tūhoe are an indigenous people fighting to rebuild and to claim their rights. For the past 150 years, the relationship between the Tūhoe Maori tribe and the New Zealand government has been defined by longstanding grievances over severe colonisation experiences such as illegal land confiscations and the devastating consequences of scorched earth policies. The film captures a period of change and tremendous foresight: Tūhoe are negotiating an apology and settlement from the Crown, and constructing an architectural gem of a community centre using radically sustainable methods. Tradition and environmentalism are brought together, and the film gives us a stirring depiction of Indigenous pride.
The new building is the binding character in this observational documentary that immerses us in a culture that is tightly woven into its land and an architecture that is defined by its intergrity to it. This is a film about past and future, tradition and modernity. Most of all, though, it’s about the grandest hopes—and what it takes to fulfill them.
Director Sarah Grohnert, 1 hour 30 min, New Zealand 2015
SHORT: Am I Ok?
Matilda Brown, 8 min, Australia 2013
SHORT: The Human Shell
Ben Searcy, 2 min, Australia 2015
Sarah Grohnert - Director "Ever the Land"
Chloe and Theo is a modern fable where the wisdom of a traditional culture seeks to raise awareness in a disconnected world. Theo, an Inuit from the Arctic, travels to New York City to warn world leaders about the catastrophic impact of global warming on the planet. Upon arrival he meets a homeless girl named Chloe, who has an unusual vigor for life, is mildly delusional, and completely obsessed by Bruce Lee. Can a homeless woman and an Inuit help to change the world?
Festival Note: This film is like a documentary in reverse. It’s a fictional work based on the true story of Theo, an Inuit man who reached out to Western leaders to highlight the effects of climate change on his people. Theo plays himself, making this an incredibly touching and important film.
“It’s time for a revolution. A revolution of the mind!”
Ezna Sands, 1 hour 17 min, Canada/ USA 2015
SHORT: Une passion d'or et de feu / A Passion of Gold & Fire
Sébastien Pins, 6 min, Belgium, 2014
SHORT: The Ballad of Holland Island House
Lynn Tomlinson, claymation on glass, 4 min 20, USA 2014
Tijmen Veldhuizen, 12 mins, UK 2015
Blair Palese - CEO 350.org
Amelia Telford - Indigenous Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Keeping Country’s stunning aesthetic eases the viewer into the murky waters of Indigenous Australian history. Set in the Kimberly, Western Australia, where the shocking exploitation of natural resources is endangering a beautiful landscape and its inhabitants, this documentary details a cultural legacy put at risk as a result of mining and development.
Indigenous beliefs lay at the core of this film, as interviews with residents of the Kimberley region detail the difficult changes undergone by generations of Aboriginal Australians. The incredible fertility of North-Western Australia, in its myriad of colours and textures, is contrasted with the destruction left after industrial excavation.
The directors lend the audience an insight into the process of documentary-making with left-of-centre filming techniques and honest dialogue.
“A story 40,000 years in the making”
Andrew Quinn, 56 min, USA 2015
Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive land. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time.
Containment takes its audience through weapons plants and deep underground, weaving between an uneasy present and an imagined distant future. A controversial message about government smokescreens lies behind the narrative about nuclear energy. Science fiction becomes reality as the anxieties surrounding nuclear manifest in locations around the world, from Fukushima to New Mexico. Animation sequences beautifully assist in unveiling the absurdities of radioactive waste storage, taking ordinary documentary filmmaking to a captivating new level. The directors – two Harvard professors – are travelling from the United States to introduce this film on the night of screening.
“To protect the present, imagine the future”
Prof. Peter Galison & Prof. Robb Moss, 1hour 22 min, USA 2015
SHORT: Bobby Brown Homelands
Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agiu, 5 min, Australia 2015
Prof. Peter Galison – Harvard University
Prof. Robb Moss – Harvard University
Presented by Matilda Brown. 1 hr 13min
Short films from around the world. These carefully selected films present a fun and diverse look at invisible ocean life, the tranquility of forests and almost everything in between.
The filmmakers & contributors of Racing With Copepods will offer a vibrant look at the invisible ocean life & its life-giving role.
VIPS: Dr. Richard Kirby - Scientist UK, Carlos Grana - Director USA, Barbara McVeigh - Producer USA, Taylor Griffith - Photographer, grandson of Sylvia Earle USA.
Every ticket for the youth program will be at a discounted price of $14.50
Prize raffle after this session: 5 x $20 Vita Frozen Yogurt Vouchers
Reuben Montgomery, 3 min 38 sec, Australia/New Zealand 2014
THE GREEN WOODWORKER
Jo Stuart, 3 min, Tasmania 2015
Heather Langley, 5 min 42, USA 2015
Rowan Pybus, 4 min 50, SA 2013
THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE JAMES RIVER - WINNER
Michelle Marquez, 3 min 9 sec, USA 2014
Pancho Colladetti, 6 min, Australia 2015
Sylvere Petit, 22 min, France 2014
Kevin Longa, 3 min 59 sec, USA 2015
Marieke de Koker, 1 min 55 sec, SA/USA 201
RACING WITH COPEPODS
Carlos Grana, 20 min, USA 2015
Sat - Nov 14
Youth eco Short Program & Youth Short Film Comp
Ages 10+ ALL TIX $9
The Vision Within tells the story of a group of college students who travel deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The students seek out an ancient ‘dream culture’, an indigenous community living today in much the same way they have lived for thousands of years. As they return home from their journey, the students must find ways to integrate their profound experiences into meaningful, engaged lifestyles that enable them to service their own inner visions and the future of the planet. The film is an exploration of the critical role that our ‘visions’ can play in our lives, in education, and in awakening a socially just, environmentally sustainable future.
"The human being. One species among millions. We are only newcomers to this planet, yet in our short time we’ve changed practically everything about it. We’ve created it in our likeness, carved our story into it, a dream both beautiful and terrifying. And yet all of recorded history, the story that we know of ourselves, counts for less than one per cent of our time as a species on this planet. So who were we and what was our story for that first 99 percent of our existence?"
Michael Snyder, 36 min, USA 2015
Gambling on Extinction depicts a war against nature raging in the savannahs and jungles of Africa and Asia. The illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to generate $20 billion per year. Wildlife crime is a highly organized business, luring unscrupulous investors and warlords. Due to a rising demand for ivory and rhino horn among Asian consumers, the trade is growing rampantly, threatening not only major ecosystems but the stability of local communities and vulnerable economies. At the current pace of poaching, elephants, rhinos, and tigers living in the wild will be extinct in our lifetime. A world where these iconic animals can only be found in zoos may sound like a grim science fiction dystopia, but it is the reality we face. The slaughter is happening now, the deadly spiral towards extinction spinning faster than we can imagine.
“The world has two choices. We can have elephants. Or we can have ivory trade. We can’t have both”
Jakob Kneser, 51 min, Germany/Canada 2015
Warning: This film contains disturbing images and content.
*Winner of the German Environmental & Sustainability Award at NaturVision Film Festival 2015*
SHORT: 42% and Counting
Ginger Mauney, 8 min, Namibia 2013
Sun - Nov 15
Eco Shorts Program & Tasmanian Short Doc Competition
(Top 3 Films)
Presented by Roger Scholes. 1 hr 35
Featuring an exciting selection of short films submitted by diverse filmmakers from around the world. Including a beautiful animation about a mushroom that climbs a tree; stunning landscapes of Culebra, an island in Costa Rica where active underwater munitions from WW2 pose a threat to people, wildlife, and the environment; and a claymation set to an old time music ballad contemplating time, environmental change, and the rise of the seas. The program includes screenings of the top three winners from the TeFF Short Doc Competition.
Winners will be announced on the day.
Reuben Montgomery, 3 min 38 sec, Australia/New Zealand 2014
Agnes Baginska, 7 min, Australia/Poland 2014
Darlien Morales, 12 min, USA 2015
THE BALLAD OF HOLLAND ISLAND HOUSE
Lynn Tomlinson, claymation on glass, 4 min 20 sec, USA 2014
BEKKEN - IN THE STREAM
Ida Kleppe, 10 min, Norway 2014
Ninna Millikin, 10 min, Tasmania 2014 *
Tarquin Netherway, 8 min 5 sec, Tasmania 2015 *
Lou Quill, 3 min, Tasmania 2015 *
Tom Stagg, 7 min 42 sec, USA 2014
MOTHER EARTH/MATKIA ZIEMIA
Piotr Zlotorowicz, 30 min, Poland 2014
The Singhampton Project is part art, part farm and all food. Here is a beautifully told story of a unique chef and an aerial land artist who team up on a food project like no other. The seasoned farm-to-table chef and his prolific landscape artist accomplice establish gardens in which they will grow, cook, and serve a seven-course meal for 20 nights for hundreds of lucky guests. What’s more – they throw themselves into the challenge during the driest year in decades, irrigating the gardens with one hand and crossing their fingers with the other.
This epic closing night film brings together the serious food issues we face in a drastically changing climate and modern human’s culinary achievements. The film’s descriptions and imagery will whet the audience’s appetite for our Singhampton-style closing night dinner with award-winning chef Luke Burgess, held at Franklin restaurant in Hobart city. Luke, Rodney Dunn of The Agrarian Kitchen, and artist/ curator Kirsha Kaechele will speak briefly after the screening.
Jonathan Staav, 1 hour 10 min, Canada 2014
SHORT: The Bouquet
Pancho Colladetti, 6 min, Australia 2015
SHORT: One Thing?
Matilda Brown, 4 min, Australia 2012
Luke Burgess - Award-Winning Chef
Rodney Dunn – Owner / Chef – The Agrarian Kitchen
Kirsha Kaechele – Artist / Curator
Green Dream is a personal documentary that contemplates nature's place within the city.
Maia Iotzova takes the viewer on a journey from the wild fields of Sofia, Bulgaria to the manicured parks of Vancouver, Canada and, finally, to a community-managed park (Le Champ des Possibles) in Montreal. Observing the cities where she has lived, the filmmaker tries to piece together the urban and the wild, two realities that have traditionally been seen as opposites.
Green Dream is also a film about maturing as a person and living with one's roots spread between different cultures. The film takes some surprising turns as the author questions her own relationship with nature and tries to reconcile the conflicting cultural approaches that people have towards the green spaces around her.
Maia Lotzova, 50 min, Canada/Bugaria, 2015
Sat - Nov 14
The Vision Within
& Gambling on Extinction
Australian Screen Premieres
Q&A: Ray Dearlove - Director, Australian Rhino Project
& Ginger Mauney - wildlife filmmaker, board member
Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia
Black Ice documents the extraordinary story of the 'Arctic 30'. When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming.
Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the ‘Arctic 30’ were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the centre of a bitter international dispute.
A similar protest the previous year at the same oil platform had seen the Greenpeace activists walk away untouched. This time, the events that unfolded sent shockwaves across the world.
With the eyes of the world upon them, Russia charged the crew, from 18 different countries, with piracy and hooliganism. It was the most ruthless response from a national government against an NGO in a quarter of a century.
Their imprisonment, which saw worldwide media cast the Arctic 30 in the same mould as political prisoners like Pussy Riot and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, lasted months. However, their resolve to try and stop oil drilling in the Arctic was never broken.'m a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.
Maarten van Rouveroy van Nieuwaal, 50 min, Netherlands, 2015
Q&A: Colin Russell -- Greenpeace Radio Operator & David Ritter -- CEO Greenpeace Australasia
A Modern Build Tasmania
A Parisian Bourgeous Takes a Break
A Quest for Meaning
All the Time in the World
Baobab Between Land and Sea
Dancing with Thoreau
Final Straw / Food / Earth / Happiness
Normal is Over
The Please Recycle Association
The Starfish Throwers
Tony Windberg – A Painter in the Woods
2015 was TeFF's inaugural festival premiere, screening eco films and hosting events with a debut success that no one had anticipated. TeFF 2015 was a creative initiative by the Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) to cultivate self-driven love and care for our environment, TeFF continues to acknowledge TCT as its founding sponsor as it develops to become Tasmania's brightest eco event...
Tasmanian eco Film Festival
OPENING NIGHT PHOTOS
CLOSING NIGHT PHOTOS
BEHIND THE SCENES
FILMS & PROGRAM
"I am very excited to invite you to the annual and inaugural Tasmanian eco Film Fest (TeFF). This four-day festival presents diverse and fascinating films from around the world with a focus on the environment. We believe it is essential to entertain and to educate, so each film is accompanied by a Q&A session with specially invited quests. There’ll be no need to leave the cinema with unanswered questions!
We are also pleased to be joined by international TV journalist Sara James and international wildlife filmmaker Ginger Mauney as facilitators of the festival.
TeFF is very purposefully an apolitical event. What does that mean? Well, we believe that to make lasting sustainable changes that care for our natural world—changes that will ensure our ability to thrive and survive as a species—we need to work together, regardless of politics or religion. So we have chosen to keep the festival free from political voices.
Last but not least, it takes a community to launch a festival. There are so many amazing people and organisations that have made this inaugural TeFF possible (see my thank-you list and sponsor logos). Thank you all. In March the TeFF was just an idea. Now here it is and I couldn’t be prouder or more grateful!
Welcome everyone to the 2015 Tas eco Film Fest!"
TeFF Director & Fundraising Coordinator Tasmanian Conservation Trust
For the past 47 years the Tasmanian Conservation Trust has been protecting Tasmania’s unique and amazing marine life, wildlife and wilderness. I have been privileged to be the Director of the Trust for the past 5 years and for the environmental movement for the last 24 years. I am excited to be launching TeFF as a medium of environmental awareness and education and an opportunity to interact with the community more deeply. I believe this annual festival of film is the perfect form of connection and communication with all generations.
So let’s all sit back and watch some great films and start some important conversations, and from there we can create grass root campaigns and keep Tasmania not only one of the best places to live in but an environmental treasure island.
Director, Tasmanian Conservation Trust