Saturday February 11
St. Olaf College, Tomson 280
~ Environmental Justice ~
Saturday February 18
Carleton College, Weitz Cinema
~ Video and Activism ~
Saturday February 25th
Silent Auction and Refreshments follow the program
Northfield High School Auditorium
~ Dams and Healthy Waterways ~
Nate Ptacek & Matty Van Biene
U.S.A. 2016. TRT: 12 min.
Relive the excitement of Dave and Amy Freeman's Year in the Wilderness in this stunning documentary that follows their year spent in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Bear Witness shares their experiences in all seasons and how the Freemans dedicated themselves to this expedition in an effort to raise awareness about the threats to the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.
Travis Rummel & Ben Knight
U.S.A. 2014. TRT: 87 min.
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature. We witness the seismic power of a dam breaking apart and, once the river breaks free, the elation in watching wild salmon—after a century of denied access—swimming their way home.
Heart of a Town
U.S.A. 2016. TRT: 3 min.
The Cannon River traverses a long and meandering path all the way to the Mississippi. As it passes through Northfield it delights our hearts with dramatic contrasts and seemingly endless beauty.
Solar at St. Olaf
Olivia Beech (St. Olaf College)
U.S.A. 2016. TRT: 10 min.
A leap in sustainability has been made at St. Olaf College due to a solar garden development, providing the school with nearly 100% renewable energy. Students and Director of Facilities Peter Sandberg lend their knowledge and opinions of the project to this short documentary.
Something… Something… Save the Planet
Jack Bachmann, Griffin Baumeister & Peder Tune (St. Olaf College)
U.S.A. 2016. TRT: 3:38 min.
We talk about “saving the planet,” but what does this phrase actually mean? Land defenders and students of radical environmental politics weigh in on the language of environmentalism and how that language oftentimes misses the point.
Arielle Axelrod, Lars Midthun & Micah Sindelar (St. Olaf College)
U.S.A. 2016. TRT: 3:46 min.
Originally called Inyan Bosndata or “Standing Rock” by the Sioux, the Cannon River travels through the heart of Northfield. The river supports much of the natural life in the surrounding area providing habitat, food, and water for both aquatic and terrestrial organisms. But human impact on the river threatens its health, standing in the way of the river’s natural flow.
This Changes Everything
Canada/U.S.A. 2015. TRT: 89 min.
Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
Who Are You Now?
Charlie Kilman (Carleton College)
U.S.A. 2016. TRT: 4:23 min.
Who Are You Now? is an essay film that explores and comes to grips with the implications of attending a small liberal arts college in rural Minnesota that was founded just four years after the U.S. Dakota war.
WILD | ERNESS
Charlie Kilman (Carleton College)
U.S.A. 2016. TRT: 5 min.
WILD | ERNESS is an essay film that grapples with the troubled history of America’s natural wonder: The Grand Canyon. Weaving personal experience with historical context, this short interrogates the meaning of wilderness and questions the ethics of enjoying a natural space forged from conflict.