2015 gleff Program 

*No Print Program.

  Save the trees.

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Weasler Auditorium, Marquette University, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave, MKE
ALL FILMS ARE FREE and open to the public!
 
Poop on Poverty
Vijay S. Jodha, Director
6 mins
Screening: Fri 5/1
7:00 pm screening block
Weasler Auditorium
 

Set on the edge of the Thar desert and in the middle of world’s biggest camel fair, this film looks at the underbelly of one of the most visited and photographed tourist destinations in the world. The film highlights a challenge faced by 2.5 billion people on our planet everyday – access to cooking fuel. It is also a tribute to human ingenuity and sound environmental practice – turning animal waste into energy that reduces dependency on biomass and conserves natural resources.

Zima
Cristina Picchi, Director
12 mins
Screening: Fri 5/1
7:00 pm screening block
Weasler Auditorium
 

A portrait of a season - a journey through North Russia and Siberia, through the feelings and thoughts of the people who have to cope with one of the world's harshest climates; a reality where the boundary between life and death is so thin that it's sometimes almost nonexistent, where civilization constantly both fights and embraces nature and its timeless rules and rites. 

The Penguin Counters
Peter Getzels
& Harriet Gordon, Directors
67 mins
Screening: Fri 5/1
7:00 pm screening block
Weasler Auditorium
 

Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations may hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. Famed as a place that ‘wants you dead,’ his ragtag team of field-biologists embark on a journey to some of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health on penguin populations - one nest at a time. 

 

Talkback with the filmmakers and "Penguin Counter" Ron Naveen following screening!

Fri Night Afterparty
Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub
1203 N. 10th St, MKE, 53205
9:30 pm – 12:00 am
 

Come join the GLEFF staff, visiting filmmakers, and other festival attendees for a film festival style party! Take a photo with "Camera Crane," the GLEFF mascot, score some schwag, and engage in some environmentally minded discussion.

 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Beverages and other food for purchase. 

 

Free shuttle from MU to Jackson's.

 

 

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Johnston Hall, Marquette University, 1131 W. Wisconsin Ave, MKE
Filmmaking Panel
Directors talk about their work
75 mins
Panel time: Sat 5/2
11:00 am
Johnston Hall 103
 

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an environmental filmmaker? Or how you might start a film on a topic that's important to you? Come out to our Sat morning panel to hear from our visiting filmmakers. This event is designed for audience interaction– come equiped with questions!

 

7+ Filmmakers will be in attendance!

 

 

Mysteries of the Driftless
Tim Jacobson & George Howe
Executive Producers
27 mins
Screening: Sat 5/2
1:00 pm screening block
Johnston Hall 103
 

What strange forces saved one isolated section along the Upper Mississippi River from the repeated crushing and scouring effects of glaciers during the last two million years?  A team of scientists embarks on a journey of exploration to expose both the science and threats behind the unique features of Wisconsin's so called "Driftless" Zone.

 

Filmmakers will be in attendance!

 

 

Fifty Lakes, One Island
George Desort, Director
54 mins
Screening: Sat 5/2
1:00 pm screening block
Johnston Hall Room 103
 

During 2011, Chicago filmmaker George Desort spent a total of eighty nights on Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. Traveling alone with his camera equipment and as much food as he could fit into his kayak, Desort explored the rugged terrain of the island, filming himself each step of the way. The results of this adventure is the documentary film, Fifty Lakes One Island.

 

Filmmaker will be in attendance!

Operation Wolf Patrol
Joe Brown, Director
15 mins
Screening: Sat 5/2
3:00 pm screening block
Johnston Hall Room 103
 

Operation Wolf Patrol tells the story of Rod Coronado– eco-activist and former Animal Liberation Front (ALF) advocate, as he recommits himself to environmental activism after spending 6 years in prison for eco-sabotage. 

 

This film is a "work-in-progress" screening by GLEFF Director and filmamker Joe Brown. 

 

Filmmaker will be in attendance!

 

Film subject Rod Coronado will be in attendance!

Green Fire
Steve and Ann Dunsky, Directors
55 mins
Screening: Sat 5/2
3:oo pm screening block
Johnston Hall Room 103
 

The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.

 

Filmmakers will be in attendance!

White Earth
*2015 Oscar Nominee
J. Christian Jensen, Director
20 mins
Screening: Sat 5/2
7:00 pm screening block
Johnston Hall Room 103
 

Set against the backdrop of a cruel North Dakota winter, White Earth is a tale of an oil boom that has drawn thousands to America’s Northern Plains in search of work. Told from the perspective of three children and an immigrant mother whose lives are touched by the oil boom, each story intertwines with the others – exploring themes of innocence, home, and the American Dream.

 

Filmmaker will be in attendance!

From Billions to None
David Mrazek, Director
57 mins
Screening: Sat 5/2
7:00 pm screening block
Johnston Hall Room 103
 

"From Billions to None" follows naturalist and author Joel Greenberg on a quest to reveal the incredible, forgotten story of how the passenger pigeon became extinct. This award-winning documentary retells the remarkable story of this lost bird and explores its striking relevance to conservation challenges today, and plans for its possible revival via DNA manipulation. 

 

Talkback with filmmaker David Mrazek and film subject Joel Greenberg following screening!

Sat Night Afterparty
Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub
1203 N. 10th St, MKE, 53205
9:30 pm – 12:00 am
 

Come join the GLEFF staff, visiting filmmakers, and other festival attendees for a film festival style party! Take a photo with "Camera Crane," the GLEFF mascot, score some schwag, and engage in some environmentally minded discussion.

 

Light refreshments will be served. Beverages and other food for purchase. 

 

Free shuttle from MU to Jackson's.

 

 

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Varsity Theater, Marquette University, 1326 W. Wisconsin Ave, MKE
Shorts Block 1
Screening: Sun 5/3
1:00 pm screening block
Varsity Theater

 

Water (1 min)

Rozaliya Dimitrova, Director

 

A short film about the necessity of water.

 

Right to Water (3 mins)

Sohel Mohammad Rana

 

A story about a woman struggling to gather drinking water in Bangladesh. 

 

#Plant4PeaceSTL (5 mins)

Corinne MacAfee, Director

 

In post-Ferguson St. Louis, neighbors gather to plant trees in an act of solidarity, unity and understanding. 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterflies & Bulldozers
Steve and Ann Dunsky, Directors
62 mins
Screening: Sun 5/3
1:oo pm screening block
Varsity Theater
 

This film deals with the global dilemma of economic growth versus species preservation. San Bruno Mountain provides a context to explore these complex questions. The mountain is San Francisco's lost landscape, a mostly intact remnant of the ecosystem that once covered the city's hills. It is the site of the nation's first Habitat Conservation Plan, a controversial compromise that trades development for additional habitat preservation and management. 

 

Filmmakers will be in attendance!

Working With the Grain
Henry Willette, Director
5 mins
Screening: Sun 5/3
3:oo pm screening block
Varsity Theater
 
From the streets of Minneapolis to downtown luxury apartments, 'Working With The Grain' documents the process of making a custom piece of wood furniture.
 
Film produced by a Marquette University Student!
 

 

The Life & Death of Glaciers
Chip Duncan, Director
39 mins
Screening: Sun 5/3
3:oo pm screening block
Varsity Theater
 
A film about the life cycle of glaciers.
 
 

 

OME: Tales from a Vanishing Homeland
Raul Paz Pastrana, Director
39 mins
Screening: Sun 5/3
3:oo pm screening block
Varsity Theater
 
Filmed in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon in the Yasuni Biosphere, "OME" offers incredible access to the unique and ancient way of life of the Huaorani, one of Ecuadors most isolated indigenouse groups. OME explores the intracacies of the Huaorani way of life, highlighting their connection to the land while raising questions about their future survival as oil companies encroach upon their homeland.
 
Film producer David Bartecchi will be in attendance!