Friday, March 4, 2011

Vote for EAM Films!

For the annual Environmental Awareness Month (EAM) put on by the Division of Environmental Quality, First Friday Films will be screening a number of movies throughout April, and we want your help to decide which ones will be shown!

Voting can be done on our First Friday Film home page ( throughout the month of March.

We will have 4 categories that fans can vote in:

Previously Shown Family Films

New Family Films

Previously Shown Environmental Films

New Environmental Films

The winning film from each category will be shown a couple times in April (the schedule will be posted on April 1st).

Descriptions of the films in each category can be found by following the jump link below.

Previously Shown Family Films:

The Lorax
Based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name; a young boy goes to meet a ruined industrialist in a treeless wasteland and hear his tale of what happened to him. His tragic story is about how he began a thriving business with a useless fashion product derived from the trees of a forest. As his business booms, the forest and its inhabitants suffer as he wantonly clearcuts without regard to the warnings of a wise old creature called the Lorax about the dire consequences of his greed.  

This Disneynature fil is an unprecedented look at the lives of elusive deepwater creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. Filled with adventure, comedy and drama, OCEANS is a fascinating and thought-provoking experience you'll never forget.

An epic story of adventure, starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive, awaits you in earth. Disneynature brings you a remarkable story of three animal families on a journey across our planet -- polar bears, elephants and humpback whales.

New Family Films:

This Academy Award winning, animated  film traces the rapid transformation of Quebec society through the story of a rocking chair. In this charming tale tinged with nostalgia, Frédéric Back takes us back to rich traditions swept aside by the relentless forces of progress and urbanization.

The Mighty River
This Academy Award nominee film tells the story of  the St. Lawrence River. 'Magtogoek,' as it is called by the Mi'kmaq people.  Its waters, which once teemed with animal and plant life, today bear witness to decades of over-exploitation and industrial pollution. (Animated)

Inon on the Conquest of Fire
Frédéric Back's second animated film takes up a universal theme: the quest for fire. In this film inspired by an Algonquin legend, fire is kept from humankind by Inon, the God of Thunder. The animals set off to capture the god's fire and bring it back to their human counterparts. The story is set at a time when humans and animals understood each other and lived in harmony with nature.

Abracadabra is the story of four children from different continents who team up to find and rescue the sun from the clutches of an evil sorcerer. The film is an allegorical tale cautioning against the dangers of exhausting an indispensable natural resource, here represented by the sun.

Previously Shown Environmental Films:
(click on the title of the film to get it's description)

Addicted to Plastic
Blue Gold
Home for Hawksbill &Fanihi: a cultural digest
Black Wave

New Environmental Films:

A documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the film is almost entirely composed of beautiful and rare aerial shots of various places around Earth, taken in over 50 countries in the process. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet with a specific focus on Climate Change.

Sea Change
It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.

After the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, community, non-profit recycling centers began to pop up in schools, garages, and neighborhood centers all sharing the goal of bringing recycling to their cities. Now only two non-profit recycling organizations remain in San Francisco. Despite the lack of surviving community recycling centers, the Bay Area is still home to a unique community of recyclers who push the envelope of possibilities. Featuring interviews with recycling pioneers and music by Rube Waddell, "The Recyclergy" is an entertaining examination of a fading subculture.

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