2012

Friday 2nd March - Sunday 4th March


The Ailing Queen

The earth's entire agricultural production depends on bees but they are dying in countless numbers, and nobody knows exactly why. On every continent, beekeepers have seen the collapse of their…

And Counting

Permaculture Garden Installations at western Kenyan primary schools are highlighted in this Seven Ravens short film. Salt Spring resident Michael Nickels discusses his involvement in reforestation…

Blood in the Mobile

We love our gadgets, but there is often a hidden and deadly cost. Blood in the Mobile examines the direct link between our cell phones and the civil war in the Congo. Mining of conflict minerals used…

The Clean Bin Project

Can any of us live completely waste free? Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least landfill garbage over one year. Their…

Eames: The Architect and the Painter

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the…

Gen Silent

The generation that fought hardest to come out is going back in…to survive. Gen Silent addresses the often-unique issues facing gay, lesbian and transgendered people as they age and begin to need…

Girls In The Band

Opening with close-ups on the three women present in Art Kane’s famous 1958 photograph “A Great Day in Harlem,” Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band…

Gone

Gone shows a mother’s ongoing struggle to find her son amidst a surreal tangle of lies, intimidation and cruelty. Aeryn Gillern, a 34-year-old gay American, was last seen in Vienna on October 29,…

The Green Wave

The Green Wave is a touching documentary-collage that illustrates the dramatic events and feelings of the people behind Iran's 2009 Green Revolution. It shows their initial hope and curiosity, their…

How to Die in Oregon

This deeply moving film chronicles the right to die with dignity in Oregon, the first American state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. It accompanies cancer patient Cody Curtis throughout her…

How to Start a Revolution

For more than fifty years Gene Sharp has helped millions of people achieve freedom in the face of oppression and tyranny. His work has spread across the globe in an unstoppable wave of democratic…

Journey on the Wild Coast

An adventurous newly married couple attempt to walk, paddle and ski under their own power from Seattle to the Aleutians along the wild and remote northwest coast of North America to celebrate their…

Lesson Plan

In spring 1967, in Palo Alto, California, history teacher Ron Jones conducted an experiment with his class of 15-year-olds to understand how Germans could become Nazis. In a matter of days the…

Lost Bohemia

In 1895, 165 artist studios were completed above Carnegie Hall in New York City. Mark Twain and Paddy Chayefsky wrote there, Enrico Caruso recorded there, Isadora Duncan danced there, Marlon Brando…

Miss Representation

Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to women being under-represented in positions of power and influence in America. The collective message our young women and men…

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

Mother breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises — population growth. Compounded by our ravenous…

One World, One Heart Beating

A locally made anthem to global unity sung and played by children living thousands of miles apart. Filmed by Jose Sanchez, produced by Oona McOuat, and directed by 9-year-old Kasper Packford, this…

Peace Out

Shot entirely in BC, Peace Out examines the price we are paying for our seemingly unbridled hunger for energy. The Peace River region has some of the most beautiful land in BC but it is at risk of…

People of a Feather

Using stunning time-lapse photography and underwater footage taken over the course of seven years, this film shows how a traditional way of life is being ravaged by environmental change. On Hudson…

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

There But For Fortune is a timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights…

Pink Ribbons, Inc.

This devastating documentary about the industry and “culture” around breast cancer focuses on the increased involvement of corporations in fundraising campaigns and its impact on charities and…

Playing for Change: Peace Through Music

Walking down the street in Santa Monica, the Playing for Change crew heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand by Me” from a block away. His voice, soul and passion sent the crew on a worldwide journey…

Seeking the Current

Nicolas Boisclair and Alexis de Gheldere collaborate with Quebecois film star Roy Dupuis for this scathing critique of Hydro Quebec's Romaine River initiative — a plan to construct four dams along…

The Singing City

The Singing City vividly conveys the efforts of literally a thousand people gathered together in a monumental act of collective creation. It follows the creation of Clixto Bieito's 2010…

A Small Act

When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she never expected to hear from him. Years later, Chris Mburu, now a Harvard graduate, sets out to meet the woman who inspired his career as a…

Surviving Progress

Intelligent, compelling and featuring some of the world’s great contemporary thinkers, Surviving Progress raises critical questions about the pivotal mistakes society has made. What if all our…

Taste the Waste

About half of all food produced globally ends up being thrown away before it ever reaches consumers. Meanwhile some four billion people live in a state of constant food emergency. In a globe-circling…

Teaching the Life of Music

This inspiring film about the transformative power of music examines the international influence of Venezuela’s tremendously successful El Sistema program. Founded 36 years ago by Maestro José…

There Once was an Island

When a terrifying tidal flood rips through the Polynesian community of Takuu, a tiny low-lying atoll in the South Western Pacific, islanders experience the devastating effects of climate change first…

To Make a Farm

To Make A Farm follows five young people through their first seasons on the land as farmers. Like many young people are taking up this challenging profession, they have no farming backgrounds,…

Waking the Green Tiger

Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers and journalists, Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project on the Upper Yangtze River in southwestern China.…

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson

Filmed in Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, Toronto and Seattle, West Wind is a portrait of Tom Thomson as a young, developing artist. It's as beautiful to look at as Thomson’s own work, with some of…

Wiebo’s War

York takes his camera into the heart of Wiebo Ludwig’s self-sufficient Christian community to create a powerful film about their two decades of conflict with the oil and gas industry. Big Oil calls…