13-27 NOVEMBER 2015 FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

FILMS

2015 Festival Showcase
JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY
Grant Baldwin (Canada, 2014, 74min)
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.
A WILL FOR THE WOODS
Amy Browne (Canada, 2013, 91min)
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 one community’s role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement.
EVER THE LAND: A PEOPLE. A PLACE. THEIR BUILDING
Sarah Grohnert (NZ, 2015, )
‘Gorgeous, elegant and breath-haltingly profound’ (ficks.co.nz) A sublime exploration of the bond between people and their land through a landmark undertaking of design and construction by one of Aoteaora’s most passionately independent tribes, Ngai Tuhoe.
BIDDER 70: THIS IS WHAT HOPE LOOKS LIKE
George Gage, Beth Gage (USA, 2012, 73min)
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.
THE CITY DARK: A SEARCH FOR NIGHT ON A PLANET THAT NEVER SLEEPS
Ian Cheney (USA, 2010, 84min)
Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights.
BURNING IN THE SUN
Daniel Dembele (USA/Mali, 2010, 82min)
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. Daniel’s entrepreneurism helps shatter notions of the need for African dependence.
LIFE OFF GRID
Phillip Vannini & Jonathan Taggart (Canada, 2015)
Life Off Grid is 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.
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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