Sunday, March 19, 2023
New York, New York 10003
Block of Shorts # 4 - LGBTQ (1h07)
Still A Revolutionary: Albert Einstein (1h16)
Q & A with the directors - NYWIFT - USA
Crossing the Blue (12:11)
It is Spring…(1h39)
Q & A with the directors - Armenia
Beno’s Son (1h42)
Q & A with the director - Mexico
The Renegade Legacy of Bleecker & MacDougal (1h13)
Q & A with the director - USA
Way to Go!
“Leave No Trace.” “Way to Go!” tells the story of Mt. Shasta’s sun-powered composting toilet and the local volunteers who maintain it, keeping poop invisible and sweet at 7,900 feet. Shot on location, “Way to Go” brings whimsy to an environmental threat we don’t like to think about: human waste.
Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops
Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops is a series of five short films, featuring twelve leading climate scientists, that explores how human-caused emissions are triggering nature’s own warming loops.
The film series had its official launch with the Dalai Lama, Greta Thunberg, and world-renowned scientists in a webcast, “The Dalai Lama with Greta Thunberg and Leading Scientists: A Conversation on the Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9GXgOMMeTg
While scientists stay up worrying about this most dangerous aspect of climate change, the public has little awareness or understanding of feedback loops. Climate change discussion at all levels of society largely leaves out the most critical dynamic of climate change itself. It is urgent we remedy this.
The first film in the series, Introduction (13:09), provides an overview of the feedback loop problem. The four other short films explore important climate feedback mechanisms: Forests (14:10), Permafrost (10:55), Atmosphere (8:45), and Albedo (10:35).
Greenhouse gases from fossil fuels, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are warming the planet. This warming is then setting in motion dozens of feedback mechanisms, which then feed upon themselves, as well as interact with each other and spiral further out of control. These processes are rapidly accelerating climate change.
An example of a climate feedback loop is the melting of the permafrost. In the Northern Hemisphere, permafrost makes up nearly 25% of the landmass. As heat-trapping emissions warm the Earth, this frozen tundra is melting. As it does, large amounts of carbon dioxide and methane are released, which further warm the planet, melting more permafrost in a self-perpetuating loop.
Human activity kicks off these feedback loops, but once set in motion, they become self-sustaining. The danger is that this process reaches a tipping point beyond which it is extremely difficult to recover. This is why it is urgent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so we can slow, halt and even reverse these feedbacks and cool the planet.
The Common Thread project joins global filmmakers speaking with children worldwide about their concerns for the planet and future ...
These children and filmmakers are not celebrities or activists, but they have a Common Thread ... They all want a sustainable and livable planet and future for their generation.
Thanks to all contributing global filmmakers, their commitment to this film, and for sharing this journey with me.
My sincere gratitude,
Filmmaker, Director, and Producer
Gen Z Mental Health: Climate Stories
They deal with the duality of feeling young and sometimes powerless, whilst being empowered by community action and the chance for real change. These young people share about their tools for emotional resilience in the face of climate change and the power of stories to deal with climate anxiety.
This Mortal Plastik
This film was made in collaboration with middle and high school aged LGBTQ+ youth, to tell their stories for social change.
Finding The Light
Rebels with a cause
The themes of the film are civil disobedience, the activist's trauma and the role of the authorities as the protector of society in Finland that is said to be the world’s safest country and country that has one of the most trusted police force in the world. What feelings does the activist have to go through in the action and who should the officials eventually protect and from whom?
The summer and autumn rebellions in the film were one of the biggest media events of the 2021 in Finland, in the country where the demonstration culture has traditionally been very restrained and authorities used to be deeply respected. The film paints a hopeful and sympathetic picture of awake contemporary youth who are ready to fight the climate crisis, even by resolutely breaking the law.
Still A Revolutionary - Albert Einstein
CROSSING THE BLUE
chaotic, creative life and tragic death of his father, Beno Lieberman, a pioneer of folklore research in Mexico. Confronting the mystery and pain behind Beno’s suicide, Ilan comes to terms with his feelings about his father by opening up to his children and sharing Beno’s enduring musical legacy.