Elwha to the East River! What an honor to be chosen as the opening night film on Friday, March 24th at Picture Farm Film Festival. I was especially excited about this opportunity because it meant that I could finally share the film with NY family and friends. Seeing that the film was made only about one mile away in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, screening at Picture Farm to a sold out crowd turned into a pretty special reunion for my team. The film was also able to shine a light on the work of American Rivers and inspire the audience to support them. Friday was a great night. And, it was sponsored by PBR, so the beer was flowing too.
On Sunday, I returned to the festival to moderate a Q+A panel for the environmental short films program, "Our Earth Like Never Before." The lineup included Being Hear (in attendance: director Matt Mikkelsen), Forget Shorter Showers, EDDI (in attendance: three of the Samsung "Makers Against Drought Challenge" winners), Into the Streets, and Disobedience (in attendance: director Kelly Nyks). This grouping of films and filmmakers reminded me to cut through the noise in the environmental arena by better using tools of listening, disrupting, innovating – and, storytelling.
Big thanks to Picture Farm for providing a meaningful platform for independent films and filmmakers.