Festival Featured Films

Tashi & The Monk

Tashi and the Monk, A Pilgrim Films Production

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place.  Buddhist Monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but eight years ago he left behind a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children.  5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Lobsang has channeled his own unhappy childhood into an opportunity for other ‘uninvited guests of the universe’ to avoid a similar fate. But can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend? View Trailer

 

Delta Dawn

Delta Dawn, By Peter McBride Productions

The Colorado River hasn’t kissed the sea in almost two decades — until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners followed the water to witness this unprecedented restoration effort, and attempted to be the only, and potentially the last to float the Colorado River to the sea by paddle board. With unpredictable adventure as the backdrop, filmmaker Pete McBride tells the story of Western water, a challenged Colorado River and the uplifting potential for environmental restoration via collaboration, all through his repeated experiences chasing a river to the sea. View Trailer

 

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Seeds of Time, By Sandy McLeod

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler’s journey, and our own, is just beginning. From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, his passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. View Trailer

 

wrenched

 

Wrenched, By ML Lincoln

The film Wrenched captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activisim to the new generation which will carry Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century.  The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness – the spirit of the West. View Trailer

 

 

 

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Girl Rising, By Richard Robbins
Girl Rising was produced by Kayce Freed, Tom Yellin and Holly  Gordon at The Documentary Group in partnership with Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen of  Vulcan Productions. It was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and  features narration by Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson,  Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Grace Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys  and Kerry Washington. View Trailer

ready to fly

 

Ready to Fly, By William A. Kerig

A film about leadership and sacrifice, pluck and determination. We follow 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van and the Women’s Ski Jumping USA team as they fight to make their Olympic dreams come true.READY TO FLY has screened in national and international film festivals, including the 2014 Banff Mountain Film World Tour. View Trailer

 

 

 

Project Wild ThingProject Wild Thing, By David Bond

Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids outside and reconnecting with nature. This ambitious, feature-length documentary takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.View Trailer