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EEA Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by NorthShore University Health System

Wild & Scenic Films - 2022

I Am Cheo (8 min)

Inspired by the poem “I Am Joaquin'' by Chicano poet Corky Gonzales, this unique film tells the story of a young boy named Cheo who, from the sights and smells of his abuela’s kitchen, takes a sweeping cinematic journey across the lands that are both his history and his future – he sees the gorges of the Grand Canyon, the antiquity of New Mexican acequias, the majesty of the Rockies, and the urban warmth of Downtown Los Angeles. On this journey, Cheo realizes that he is formed by these places – but they need his help, as they are devastated by wildfires, pollution, climate change and disrepair.

Guardians of the River (14 min)

In this film by American Rivers and Swiftwater Films, Indigenous leaders share why removing four dams to restore a healthy Klamath River is critical for clean water, food sovereignty and justice. Removing the dams will restore salmon access to 400 miles of habitat, improve water quality and strengthen local communities that rely on salmon for their food, economy and culture.

Camp Yoshi (10 min)

After moving to Oregon and falling in love with the ability to explore the outdoors with ease with his wife and two kids, Rashad Frazier knew he had to extend the invitation to others. Driven by the magic of his experiences, his background as a chef, and his love of good food and connecting people to incredible places that open up to conversation, he created Camp Yoshi, which curates custom outdoor adventures centered around shared meals and shared experience with the goal of creating a space for Black people and allies to unplug and in turn reconnect with the wilderness. By virtue of being in these places, Camp Yoshi's trips transform historically segregated spaces into safe havens for community, conversation and nourishment.

If You Give a Beach a Bottle (5 min)

Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska's coastline in search of marine debris. What he finds is a different story altogether.

Tule Elk- The Killing of Native Species (8 min)

The National Park Service has recently approved a plan to kill native Tule Elk in Point Reyes National Seashore to ensure more grass for cows which graze in this National Park. The plan also expands agriculture uses to include the introduction of commercial sheep, goats, possibly pigs, chickens and commercial row crops such as artichokes.

My Last Day of Summer (8 min)

It is the last day of summer and Julia is at the local bike shop hoping that her bike can be fixed. While waiting she browses the shop until she stumbles upon a comic book. The comic explores a world which stylizes the sights and sounds she would experience on the trails. Blended with her imagination she finds herself on a ride like no other.

Intermission

Life in the Slow Lane (A Snail Odyssey) (3 min) 

Written and directed by two young brothers Sol and Ben de Glanville (age 10 and 6), with a little help from their dad, this is a story of one snail's epic adventure as he tries to cross a patio in search of a garlic flower Shangri-la.

The Bat Woman and the Bat Man of India (7 min)

Bhargavi and Chelmala Srinivasulu have been called the bat woman and bat man of India. Their chiropteran-infused love has guided their passion for studying and protecting bat species around India. And it’s what launched them on a strange and at times dangerous journey to find a bat that had not been seen in nearly three decades: the Kolar leaf-nosed bat.

The Interconnectedness of All Living Things (10 min)

In October, 2020, Georgia Hodges got the opportunity to paint a mural in her San Francisco neighborhood. We got to follow and film her as she took advantage of the opportunity to celebrate the words and intention of the Green New Deal. With the help of artist and sign painter David Benzler, she painted a mural in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset District. The mural, titled “The Interconnectedness of All Living Things,” pays homage to life on our planet and to H.R. 109, the Green New Deal Resolution.

Protecting the Monarch Butterfly (4 min)

Monarch butterflies have one of the longest migrations of any insects, so they depend on critical habitat during their long journey. While organizations like the Pollinator Conservation Association are committed to protecting and restoring habitat to help save this iconic species, there's steps we all can take to make the world a better place for pollinators like the monarch butterfly.

The Hunt for the Asian Giant Hornet (12 min)

Scientists race to stop the spread of a new invasive species - but first they have to find it. Dubbed the "Murder Hornet" by popular media, the most real threat of the Asian Giant Hornet may be to the environment and food supply - and its presence may indicate an even deeper problem facing our modern world. From government scientists to community volunteers, a coordinated effort combines with bleeding edge technologies to bring balance to our ecosystem before it’s too late

I’m a Child (3 min)

The film, I’m a Child, takes us on a magical journey to see what we have done to the Earth, while the music speaks to the ongoing struggle to understand what is important in life. In this whimsical tale, a boy dismisses his grandfather’s effort to engage him in the fight against Global Warming so the grandfather gifts the boy a Raven totem. That night, the Raven shape-shifts and comes to life, whisking the boy away on a journey to see the true cost of Climate Change. Seeing what we have already lost, the boy cannot help but understand the harsh reality of continuing on this path


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