13-27 NOVEMBER 2015 FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

FILMS

2015 Festival Showcase
JUST EAT IT: FOOD WASTE STORY
FRI 13 NOV, 6PM @Globe
Multi award winning film from the makers of The Clean Bin Project (Reel Earth People’s Choice, 2012). Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste. They quit grocery shopping and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.
THE CITY DARK: A SEARCH FOR NIGHT
FRI 13 NOV, 8PM @GLOBE
Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves to New York and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to USA’S brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, scientists and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights.
PROJECT WILD THING
SAT 14 NOV, 1PM @ GLOBE
Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. Like city kids everywhere, his kids waking hours are dominated by too much indoors and too many screens. He decides it’s time to get back to nature – quite literally – ‘Re-Wilding’ his children.
A WILL FOR THE WOODS + FILMMAKER Q&A
SAT 14 NOV, 3PM @ GLOBE
What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet, musician and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial. With poignancy and unexpected humour, the film portrays Clark’s last days – and the genesis of a revolutionary movement.
BURNING IN THE SUN
SAT 14 NOV, 6PM @ GLOBE
Filmmaker Daniel Dembele returns to his homeland in Mali to start a local business building solar panels – the first of its kind in the sun drenched nation. His goal is to electrify homes in rural communities, 99% of which live without power, and to help shatter notions of the need for African dependence.
BIDDER 70: THIS IS WHAT HOPE LOOKS LIKE
SAT 14 NOV, 8PM @GLOBE
Follow the extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience of US economics student Tim DeChristoper as he demand government and industry accountability. His act ignites a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.
EVER THE LAND + NGAI TUHOE KORERO
SUN 15 NOV, 1PM @GLOBE
‘Gorgeous, elegant and breath-haltingly profound’ A sublime exploration of the bond between people and their land through a landmark undertaking of design and construction of Aoteaora’s first ‘Living Building’ by one of our most passionately independent tribes, Ngai Tuhoe.
HALLOWED ISLES
SUN 15 NOV, 6PM @GLOVE
An evocative film about the Chatham Islands. Colonists who reshaped the land are being shaped by the land itself bringing a change. The colonists have become something else. Featuring stunning imagery of our distant island
LIFE OFF GRID
SUN 15 NOV, 8PM @GLOBE
A two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. These people have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results.
BECOMING GIANTS
Screens with The City Dark, Fri 13 Nov, 8pm
Short film by New Zealand filmmaker Kyle Swann
MONTANA MAGICIAN
Screens w/ Burning in Sun, Sat 14 Nov, 6pm
The Montana Magician is the whimsical tale of a man of science who uses magic to enthral and inspire youngsters in his quest to save the world. New Zealand filmmaker Gabby Golding’s directorial debut is an intimate portrayal of a charismatic science communicator doing things differently with tremendous results. 11min
WHALE CHASERS
Screens with Bidder 70, Sat 14 Nov, 8pm
The story of a group of hunters-turned-conservationists, this film shows how Kiwis are leading the way for conservation and citizen science, and how we can always change for the better to help the planet. By New Zealand filmmaker Tess Brosnan.
THE WILD WET
Screens w/Hallowed Isles, Sun 15 Nov, 6pm
Short film by New Zealand filmmakers Joshua Mayo & Moris Katz.
PEST FREE
Screens with Life Off Grid, Sun 15 Nov, 8pm
Fiordland: the most remote and inhospitable corner of New Zealand. In this wild landscape, a team of rangers are fighting to save the nation’s rarest creatures from an invisible – and unstoppable – menace. Can they achieve the impossible? (Braydon Maloney, NZ, 25min)
REEL EARTH

Every year people make great films telling environmental stories the world needs to hear. Reel Earth's international film competition seeks to recognise and reward the very best of emerging environmental filmmakers. The next competition is in June 2016. This year we screen a showcase carefully curated to include the most entertaining, thought provoking and relevant recent environmental films. They'll screen in Palmerston North, in places you expect - and places you don't. We reprise the successful film+talk series with environmentalists and filmmakers. Reel Earth is based in Palmerston North New Zealand, a country globally renowned for the creative expression in film and for its unrivalled and superb natural environment, making it the perfect place to host an international film festival focused on nature and the environment.

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