The sixth annual Environmental Film Fest
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011, at
Olin Auditorium at Augustana College
733 35th St. Rock Island, Ill.
Admission is FREE
Doors open at 10 a.m. Movies roll at 10:30 a.m.
Healthy snacks and drinks provided.
The event is sponsored by the Eagle View Group of the Sierra Club, Augustana College and Radish Magazine.
10:30 a.m. (82 min.) (view trailer)
"A climate change solutions movie that doesn't even care if you believe in climate change."
Through a cast of engaging and endearing characters from across the country, in towns big and small, this film introduces us to the new wave of American ingenuity and makes clear that the creative solutions needed to combat climate change are already being created.
12:15 p.m. (55 min.) (view trailer)
"Handsomely photographed and powerfully argued. . . . Steingraber's scientific cool and unflagging sense of mission make for an arresting portrait of a self-styled modern-day Rachel Carson."
~ Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, the is movie follows her during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. The movie follows toxic chemicals as they migrate through some of the most beautiful places in North America, how they enter our bodies, and how they may be working to cause cancer. Steingraber's story begins in a nearby watershed, along the Illinois River in Pekin, Illinois where she grew up.
Bag It...is your life too plastic?
1:50p.m. (65 min.) (view trailer)
"Gripping, funny, intelligent and sure to change your life."
"What happens when an everyday guy starts looking into seemingly innocuous single use plastic bags and discovers genetically altering chemicals in his everyday life?
Jeb Berrier, an average American guy who is admittedly not a "tree hugger", makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. This simple action gets him thinking about all kinds of plastic we use. Bag It focuses on plastic as it relates to our society's culture of convenience and our throw away mentality when there really is no more "away".
3:20 p.m. (54 min.)(view trailer)
"I quit drinking bottled water years ago, but now I have the perfect teaching tool with this film to convince my friends to give up the bottle. Tapped is a must see!" --Ed Begley Jr.
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water, from the production of plastic, to the communities where water is being pumped, to the oceans in which so many bottles end up.
4:50 p.m. (48 min.) (view trailer)
"A simple concept with a big impact."
The makers of the movie King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, turn an '86 Dodge truck into an urban vegetable garden with bumper crops os arugula, lettuce, broccoli and herbs. The truck also sprouts a steady supply of interested neighbors who pull weeds, add water, and sneak in some toy cows and chickens that graze contentedly among the nasturtiums. The truck creates high quality produce that can travel less than 50 feet from farm to table, and supplies the food system with a healthy dose of fun.
More festival information: 309.762.9588