2008 Festival: Archive
Announcing the "Best of Fest" for 2008!
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network is pleased to announce the "Best of Fest" for the 2008 Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival.
For a Young Audience
Congratulations to the filmmakers of these films and all 60+ selections for 2008!
|When||May 1–4, 2008|
|Where|| Johnson Hall, University of Washington, Seattle
Where is Johnson Hall? From Red Square, go down the steps near Suzallo Library toward the fountain. Johnson is the building ahead and to the right, across from Mary Gates Hall. See the campus map. Where is UW? Check out a Google map centered on the campus entrance closest to Johnson Hall.
To find the best bus route, use Metro Trip Planner and put in 15th Ave NE & NE 40th as your destination. If you come by car, see the driving and parking directions for Johnson Hall on the UW Event Services web site. For additional info on getting to campus, see Getting to the UW. For parking rates, see Parking Services (PDF).
NOTE: Opening Day of boating season is Saturday, May 3, with festivities centered around the Montlake Bridge. Please make your UW travel plans accordingly.
|Lodging||See Hotels in the University District. Includes hotels, B&Bs, and the College Inn (European style accomodation).|
Oil+Water (Thursday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.)
We kick off the festival with Oil+Water, an exuberant, biofuels-only road trip from Alaska to Argentina punctuated by jaw-dropping whitewater kayaking. People’s Choice award winner at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Q&A with filmmaker and professional kayaker Seth Warren following the film.
Everything’s Cool with Judith Helfand (Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.)
Friday evening we welcome filmmaker Judith Helfand (co-director of Sundance Film Festival award winner Blue Vinyl) for a screening of Everything’s Cool, about America finally “getting” global warming while industry-funded naysayers sing what just might be their swan song. Helfand and Daniel B. Gold co-directed the film, an official selection of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Judith will share some of the activist extras and discuss integrating a DVD movie into a movement.
Protecting Jamaica Through Law and Film (part of the Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. session)
The Environmental Justice session on Saturday morning features a discussion about work in Jamaica to protect coastlines from high-rise, Cancun-style development and a unique forest called Cockpit Country from a company that wants to mine bauxite. Panelists are Diana McCaulay, the director of the Jamaica Environment Trust, and Bern Johnson, the executive director of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide. The session also includes the films Out of the Mist, Last Yoik in Saami Forests?, and Tomorrow’s Baja.
Alex Steffen followed by Renewal (Saturday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.)
Saturday we go till 10 p.m. with a smorgasbord of film sessions: family-friendly, environmental justice, appropriate technology, wolves, rivers, and youth films, plus filmmaking workshops. We cap it off with a keynote talk by Alex Steffen followed by a screening of Renewal, a feature-length documentary capturing the inspiring stories of America’s religious-environmental movement from eight different perspectives.
John de Graaf and Judith Helfand workshop (Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m.)
Sunday we begin again at 10 a.m. with more film sessions (urban wildlife, agriculture, adventure, and more) plus a workshop on documentary filmmaking by John de Graaf (Affluenza, Buyer Be Fair) and Judith Helfand (co-director of Blue Vinyl and Everything’s Cool). Judith and two of her students will discuss an experiment in teaching "environmental filmmaking" and visual story-telling to students (graduate and undergraduate) who are studying everything—conservation, environmental science, history of medicine, neurobiology, Hindi and a little fine art—but film or video. See the results!
Woven Ways and When Clouds Clear (Sunday, May 4, 1:30 p.m.)
Sunday afternoon we welcome Linda Helm Krapf for a screening of her film Woven Ways about the legacy of uranium mining and coal-fired power plants on the Navajo people. Joining Linda after the film is Deb Abrahamson of the Spokane Indian Reservation where uranium was also mined. We conclude the festival with a screening of When Clouds Clear, about a remote town in Ecuador resisting the intrusion of international mining companies. This film was an award winner at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.