Mark your calendars for February 2-4, as the Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival returns to Ashland. With special guest filmmakers, never-before-seen documentaries, and a warm, friendly place to watch films, the Havurah Sanctuary is the place to be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 2-4, as we celebrate the sixth annual Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival. More than 25 films will be shown over three days: Friday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Saturday from 2:00 to 10:00 pm, and Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm.
Tickets available at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland at 154 Oak Street, or by calling Siskiyou Project at 541-592-4459. A complete film schedule is available at http://www.siskiyou.org/festival. A three-day festival pass is $25 ($15 for student or low income) and day passes are $10 ($6 for student or low income). For directions to the Havurah Sanctuary, go to http://www.havurahshirhadash.org/location.html.
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Every year for the past five years, the Film Festival has brought together conservationists, indigenous speakers, grassroots organizations, community members, and others under one roof to examine the critical issues facing our world. We invite you to attend this year’s exhilarating presentation as we explore our world and see how people can make a difference.
The 2007 film festival includes:
* Festival Kickoff Party followed by the Dana Lyons Global Tour Friday at 6:30 pm (Festival begins at 5:00 pm). At the kickoff, food will be provided by local businesses and prepared by chef Marilyn Moore. Executive Director Chip Dennerlein of the Siskiyou Project will be on hand to speak. At 7:00 pm Dana Lyons will play music followed by a presentation on the World’s Temperate Rainforests.
* Source to Sea: The Columbia River Swim with special guest, film director Andy Norris. Screens Friday at 8:20 pm. On July 1, 2003 Christopher Swain became the first person to swim the entire 1,243 mile length of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. A group of 30-plus Northwest filmmakers, led by Andy Norris, followed Swain’s swim, and created a modern history of the Great River of the West. The film includes stunning pre-inundation footage of Celilo Falls and Kettle Falls, as well as a broad spectrum of interviews with tribal members, agency representatives, fishers, authors, nonprofit leaders, and citizens.
* An Inconvenient Truth. 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America, indicates we may be reaching a tipping point – and former Vice-President Al Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation. Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore’s personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming, to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective, to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life – convinced that there is still time to make a difference.
* Battle for the Klamath with special guest, filmmaker Steve Johnson. “Battle for the Klamath” examines a regional fight over water and fish in 2001 and 2002, why it caused the Bush Administration and its political Svengali, Karl Rove, to intervene in determining how much water flows down an obscure western river, and how that exertion of political influence caused a veteran government fisheries biologist to file a whistleblower complaint against his own agency because he feared that endangered salmon faced extinction.
* Last of the Spanish Mustangs. Wild horses are being taken off the range, not to manage America’s public lands, but to support the foreign horse meat market. Think it’s great for America’s economy? The workers are mostly undocumented and are worked long hours for low pay. The money goes to Europe. This documentary focuses on the Cerbat mustangs in Arizona, which face heavy kill from mountain lions and the constant threat of government removal. The film shows the three U.S. slaughter houses for what they are: rich, manipulative, lawbreaking, intimidating ambassadors of a U.S. horse holocaust.
* Ride of the Merganser is about the hooded merganser, a rare and reclusive duck found only in North America. Every spring, in the Great Lakes region, the wary hen lays and incubates her eggs in a nest high in the trees. Just 24 hours after hatching, the tiny ducklings must make the perilous leap to the ground below to begin life in the wild. This age-old rite is rarely observed by humans.
* Texas Gold profiles the brave and gutsy actions that have earned Diane Wilson the title of “unreasonable woman.” Her actions have included waging multiple hunger strikes, starting up a business bottling toxic water taken from a superfund site, and chaining herself to a DOW chemical tower. Diane believes that “…putting your life at risk is where change happens.”
Renewable Energy for the Film Festival is provided by Ashland Renewable Pioneers and Pacific Power Blue Sky.
Special thanks for our business sponsors: Ashland Outdoor Store, Ashland Food Co-op, Defenders of Wildlife, Morningstar Healing Arts, Shop’n Kart, Northwest Nature Shop, Desert First!, Full Circle Chiropractic, Green Leaf Restaurant, Lithia Springs Veterinary, Herb Pharm (www.herb-pharm.com), Cozmic Pizza, The Bead Studio, Siskiyou Women’s Health Care, Dave Maize Acoustic Guitars, Geppetto’s, Heartsong Herbal Brewing Company, Ashland Mountain Supply, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Ecology Center of the Siskiyous, Eugene Robbins General Dentistry, OSPIRG, National Center for Conservation Science & Policy, Media Collective, New Tribe, Mycospa, Lomakatsi Restoration Project.