“Choose Your Own Eco-Adventure” – create your own customized schedule from select films, speakers and panels for elementary, middle and high school students.

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9:20-11:15 am  •  Grades 9-12

At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman named Nelida, uses her new-found education to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the body of water she considers her mother in pursuit of a gold deposit valued at billions of dollars lying just beneath Nelida’s lakes. In Spanish, Dutch and English with English subtitles. Directed by: Ernesto Cabellos Damián. 87 min.

WATER SONG is about real-life hero Màxima Acuña (featured in Daughter of the Lake) and her resistance to the gold mines polluting the water in her town in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Acuña is the recipient of the 2016 Goldman Environmental prize and this short film was produced as part of the Goldman Awards and the PBS series The New Environmentalists. Directed by Will Parrinello. 8 min.

SPECIAL GUESTJennifer Krill, Executive Director EARTHWORKS: Protecting Communities and the Environment

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9:30-11:37 am  •  Grades 7-12

During his search for the elusive blue whale, journalist Craig Leeson uncovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean, spurring him to action in A PLASTIC OCEAN. In this adventure documentary, Leeson teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers as they travel to locations around the world and explore the fragile state of our oceans, discovering alarming truths about plastic pollution, as well as revealing immediate and effective solutions to tackle these threats. Directed by Craig Leeson. 102 min.




9:40-11:20 am  •  Grades 7-12

Today, fishing is a rare and challenging way of life. Few fishing families remain, due to complex regulations, high cost and competition with cheaply farmed and imported seafood. OF THE SEA tells the story of five California fishing families who have always practiced sustainable fishing practices and examines how our seafood choices can influence ocean sustainability. Directed by: Mischa Hedges. 65 min.
TULARE, THE PHANTOM LAKE explores the landscape of what was once the largest lake in America west of the Mississippi. A lake that disappeared by 1900 due to water diversion. Directed by Christopher Beaver (Race to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste). 24 min.

SPECIAL GUEST: Christopher Beaver, Director; Misha Hedges


11:40-1:15 pm  •  Grades 7-12

Amazing and unique, animator Jilli Rose takes us through a colorful spiritual journey around species extinction on the remote Lord Howe’s Island and the discovery of a thought to be extinct bug. 20 min
In the last two years the weather and seas on the West Coast have never been stranger. With the help of local filmmaker Jason Jaacks and Bay Nature editorial director Eric Simons we investigate whether this is rare or a sign of things to come. 10 min
Feature film director Kathryn Bigelow helmed this powerfully told animated short that links elephant ivory poaching to organized terrorism. The story of a piece of ivory is followed from its identity of carved art back to the way in which it came into being as an artifact. 3 min
Director Jenny Nichols’s stunningly photographed film follows a small group including photographer Joe Riis, artist James Prosek and Ecologist Arthur Middleton as they map Elk migrations in Yellowstone. 15 min
Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday…? So starts Jordan Brown’s film that disrupts our idea that “personal solutions” will stop the slow slide to a ruined planet. 11 min
Pete McBride, who holds the Colorado River dear, uses the poetry of the river voiced by Amy Beatie and Duke Beardsley, to tell its story. 4 min
In a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life. Peruvian animator Alois Di Leo elaborates this simple story with mesmerizing music and bold images. 12 min
The photographic poetry of nature director Sebastien Pins let’s us see why raising bees is such a spiritual way of life. He illustrates with the story of an elderly beekeeper who can’t find anyone to take over his hives. 6 min
An inspiring story. Buchanan Mall is a five consecutive blocks underutilized public park in San Francisco plagued by illegal dumping and drug violence. The transformation of this unsafe park to a center of community pride is actively being recorded in a documentary by Citizen Film, neighborhood groups and the employee owned Green Streets (featured in EYF in 2014 and 2015). 18 min



11:35-12:35 am  •  Grades 8-12

Water in all its elements is the basis of all life. This panel will include water advocates for the oceans, for fresh water and for clean drinking water.

PANELISTS: Maeva Gauthier from the The Fisheye Project;  Tanya Streeter,  A PLASTIC OCEAN; Sarah Bardeen, International Rivers; Miranda Fox, Campaign Manager The Story of Stuff Project
MODERATOR: Jodie New Delman

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12:00-2:15 pm  •  Grades 4-12

Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become an eagle hunter (the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to do so) and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan’s father, Nurgaiv, believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she’s determined. In Mongolian with English subtitles. Directed by: Otto Bell. 87 min.

SPECIAL GUEST: Mary Pounder, Wildcare



12:50-2:15 pm  •  Grades 6-12

TOUCAN NATION follows the uplifting story of Grecia, a toucan who was the victim of unconscionable abuse that sparked international outrage and inspired a national animal welfare movement in Costa Rica. Seeking to right a wrong and improve the life of this helpless bird after his beak was cut off, animal rescuers and veterinarians enlist a team of volunteer experts including 3D-printing engineers to design and construct a prosthetic beak. At the same time, a committed group of activists wage a battle to implement penalties for animal cruelty, motivated by the notion that every life — whether wild or human — is inherently valuable and must be protected. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Emmy® winner Paula Heredia. 42 min.

STICKY – brilliant animation tells the story of the rediscovery of a stick insect thought to be extinct for 80 years. Directed by: Jilli Rose. 20 min.

SPECIAL GUEST: Mary Pounder, Wildcare



1:30-2:20 pm  •  Grades 7-12

Mike Irvine and Maeva Gautier will make this small screen presentation in anticipation of their 2018 Live Dive show at the 10th EYF as well as be available in our Active Cinema room and being on the Water panel.

British Columbia’s Fish  Eye Project uses a very new technology to teach about the ocean floor where most of us never venture. Only recently begun by Maeva Gauthier and Mike Irvine, Fish Eye offers live underwater broadcasting for ocean education and outreach purpose. People can see, hear, talk and share in the discovery of spectacular marine environments with scuba divers, in real time, all without ever getting wet! Live Dives are streamed online and in spaces such as Giant Screen theatres. Fish Eye has been featured “#1 Tool of 8 Breakthrough Innovations Saving our Oceans” by National Geographic this year and chosen as the Top 18 young changemakers in Canada in 2017 by CBC.