The third annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival, and the primary to happen nearly in mild of the Covid-19 pandemic, kicks off tonight and runs by April 23 through Southern California’s flagship PBS stations PBS SoCal and KCET together with nationwide unbiased satellite tv for pc community Link TV. The opening-night movie is the West Coast premiere of Playing with Sharks, the extraordinary life story of pioneering scuba diver Valerie Taylor, who has devoted her life to exposing the parable surrounding the concern of sharks.
The movie paperwork her quest in addition to historical past together with her work on a number of movies, amongst them 1975’s iconic Jaws. National Geographic Documentary Films acquired the movie out of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival with plans to launch it later this 12 months. Following the 7 p.m. PT screening I’ll average a dialog with Taylor, writer-director Sally Aitken and producer Bettina Dalton all becoming a member of me collectively from Australia. (Full disclosure: I’m the host of KCET’s Must See Movies in addition to the long-running KCET Cinema Series). I can even be doing the identical for the closing-night movie Citizen Nobel in dialog with its Nobel Prize-winning topic Jacques Dubochet and director Stephane Goel each becoming a member of me from Switzerland.
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The pageant, which consists of 9 digital movie screenings and post-discussions happening on the Eventive platform, additionally will embody PBS’ three-part Earth Day particular Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World on April 22.
The Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival is designed to encourage higher understanding of and dialogue on environmental points, and inspire audiences to create constructive change in their very own group. “The festival extends public media’s mission of strengthening communities through education. The virtual event engages members, viewers of all ages, influencers and media while raising funds to support public media’s future environmental programming,” in keeping with organizers.
The occasion enhances PBS SoCal, Link TV and KCET’s whole slate of Earth Month programming which incorporates the award-winning sequence Earth Focus, produced in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Since its debut in 2007, Earth Focus has develop into the longest-running investigative environmental information sequence on U.S. tv, offering audiences with native and international environmental protection that spotlights in-depth stories on key points surrounding endangered species, local weather change, environmental well being and sustainable practices.
Original content material associated to Earth Month programming on associated subjects starting from environmental justice to local weather activism will likely be accessible on the PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV web sites. Ticket and pageant go information is offered there as effectively.
The pageant schedule is as follows:
OPENING NIGHT: Playing with Sharks – Mon., April 12 at 7 p.m. (West Coast Premiere)
The extraordinary life story of pioneering scuba diver Valerie Taylor, a fearless marine maverick whose ardour for sharks is aware of no bounds – even when there needs to be. Taylor has devoted her life to exposing the parable surrounding the concern of sharks. Featuring Q&A Guests: Writer/Director Sally Aitken, Creator/Producer Bettina Dalton and the topic of the movie, Australian pioneering marine conservationist, cinematographer and famend shark skilled Valerie Taylor. Moderated by KCET CINEMA SERIES Host and Deadline chief movie critic Pete Hammond.
Gather – Tues., April 13 at 7 p.m.
An intimate portrait of the rising motion amongst Native Americans to reclaim their religious, political and cultural identities by meals sovereignty, whereas battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. Featuring Q&A Guests: Director Sanjay Rawal, Producer Tanya Mellier and Founder of the Native American Culinary Association, Nephi Craig. Moderated by DeLanna Studi (Artistic Director, Native Voices on the Autry, Autry Museum of the American West).
2040: The Regeneration – Weds., April 14 at 7 p.m.
Embark on a journey to discover what the long run might appear to be by the 12 months 2040 if we merely embraced the perfect options already accessible to us to enhance our planet and shifted them quickly into the mainstream. Structured as a visible letter to his 4-year-old daughter, the movie blends conventional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visible results to create a imaginative and prescient board of how options might regenerate the world for future generations. Featuring Q&A Guests: Award-winning Director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film). Moderated by TBA.
Public Trust: The Fight for America’s Public Lands – Thurs., April 15 at 7 p.m.
As America’s system of public lands face unprecedented threats, the movie investigates three heated conflicts – nationwide monument within the Utah desert, a mine within the Boundary Waters and oil drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and makes a case for his or her continued safety. Featuring Q&A Guests: Director David Garrett Byars, Producer Jeremy Rubingh and investigative journalist and Public Trust narrator Hal Herring. Moderated by Link TV’s Senior Programming Executive Kim Spencer.
Okavango – Fri., April 16 at 7 p.m.
F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Homeland) narrates the wild expertise of the Okavango Delta, an unlikely oasis and luxurious paradise in Southern Africa that connects and helps a wide selection of creatures. In Episode 1 of this three-part sequence that premiered as episodes of NOVA, viewers discover the panorama and wildlife of the Upper Okavango River. A lioness severely injured by a buffalo is left for lifeless by her pleasure. Now handicapped, she has to outlive within the swamp alone, searching to feed her cubs. Featuring Q&A Guests: Directors Dereck and Beverly Joubert (Eternal Enemies, Eye of the Leopard, Last Lions, Reflections on Elephants).
EARTH FOCUS: The New West and the Politics of the Environment – Mon., April 19 at 7 p.m.
Iconic Nevada Senator Harry Reid set the foundations for a inexperienced new deal within the state utilizing energy in new methods to settle water wars with respect for Native Americans, shield endangered species and usher in a simply transition to renewable power. Reid solid allegiances between unlikely allies and crafted coverage to develop the economic system of his dwelling state whereas defending its wilderness and within the course of, redefined the way forward for the West. The dialog instantly following the screening is courtesy of the Environmental Film Festival within the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF). Featuring Q&A Guests: U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Author Adam Jentleson (Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy) and Senior Field Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation, Jocelyn Torres. Moderated by Executive Producer Jon Christensen.
The Human Element – Tues., April 20 at 7 p.m.
Renowned environmental photographer James Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea degree rise, a struggling coal mining group and our altering air provide. The movie highlights Americans on the entrance strains of local weather change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the pure world. Featuring Q&A Guest: Environmental Photographer James Balog. Moderated by Co-Host/Correspondent of “The California Report” Saul Gonzalez. “The California Report,” produced by KQED/NPR is the Golden State’s every day public information present broadcast on public radio stations throughout California.
Youth v Gov. – Weds., April 21 at 7 p.m.
Since 2015, twenty-one plaintiffs, now ages 13 to 24, have been suing the U.S. authorities for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, private security and property by their willful actions in creating the local weather disaster they’ll inherit. Featuring Q&A Guests: Filmmaker & Scientist Christi Cooper, Co-Lead Counsel Phil Gregory, Alaskan Federal Plaintiff Nathan Baring. Moderated by the Director of Programming for the Environmental Film Festival within the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) Brad Forder.
EARTH DAY 2021: Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World – 3 Part PBS Special On-Air Event – Thurs., April 22 from 8-11 p.m. on PBS SoCal (Check native listings or stream reside on PBS.org and the FREE PBS App) **No Eventive Event**
Travel with Greta Thunberg as she takes her struggle to a worldwide stage on this three-part, on-air occasion. In Part One she sees impacts of local weather change at three places: melting glaciers and dying bushes in Canada, and fireplace devastation in California. And when a UN convention strikes to Madrid, she sails throughout the ocean throughout life-threatening storms. Part Two follows Greta’s journey from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to Poland, the place she speaks with miners who’ve misplaced their jobs. She additionally visits the UK, the place she meets with one in every of her inspirations — Sir David Attenborough. Part Three takes Greta to Switzerland and Denmark to analyze potential options to restrict local weather change and appears for classes from the world’s response to Covid-19.
CLOSING NIGHT: Citizen Nobel – Fri., April 23 at 7 p.m. (California Premiere)
When Jacques Dubochet receives the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, his life adjustments. Out of the shadows and into the sunshine, he’s abruptly contacted from all sides. What can he do together with his voice, which is now heard by everybody? How ought to he, as a ‘noble citizen’, fulfill his duty as a researcher and human being? A speech by Greta Thunberg turns the whole lot the other way up. Featuring Q&A Guests: Director Stéphane Goël and Nobel Prize Winner and topic of the movie Jacques Dubochet. Moderated by KCET MUST SEE MOVIES host and Deadline chief movie critic Pete Hammond.