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Festival to premiere Amazon virtual reality
short film "Under the Canopy"

     Audiences attending this year’s One Earth Film Festival will get to step into the Amazon rainforest through a special virtual reality short film experience fresh from the Sundance Film Festival. “Under the Canopy” is a new virtual reality short film by Conservation International  and Jaunt VR that will have its Midwest premiere at One Earth’s Green Carpet Gala on March 3, with subsequent screenings during the 9-day festival.
     The film takes viewers on a journey into the largest of tropical rainforests on our planet and can only be viewed by wearing a virtual reality headset. It’s narrated by indigenous guide, Kamanja Panashekung, and actor Lee Pace.
      Conservation International is a nonprofit environmental organization headquartered in Arlington, Va. Its goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate.
     Conservation International and its partners have spent nearly 30 years working in the Amazon. Together they are pursuing the ambitious goal to achieve zero net deforestation in Amazonia by 2020 to protect essential resources, mitigate climate change and increase prosperity for all people.

     “Under the Canopy” was made possible with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A generous grant from the MacArthur Foundation in arrangement with the Institute of International Education is making possible multiple screenings of the film at  this year’s One Earth Film Festival.

More filmmakers put One Earth Film Festival
on their calendars this year

    Filmmakers representing a third of the films being screened at this year’s festival have confirmed their attendance.  This is another milestone in One Earth Film Festival’s six-year history and a testament to its commitment to producing rich, compelling programs.
     Catherine ZimmermanSo far, 13 filmmakers have confirmed their presence at 15 screenings and that number could grow.
     Having filmmakers on hand adds an exciting dimension to individual screenings and the overall festival. The filmmakers can personally explain and describe the filmmaking process and give audiences an insider’s view of how they approached and mapped out the major themes in their works. And audiences, in turn, can ask questions and give in-the-moment feedback.
     These filmmakers are environmental advocates behind the lens and will be inspiring festival audiences toward environmental advocacy too -- as we take in their rich stories.
       Here are the filmmakers we’ll be hosting: Matt Wechsler  (“Sustainable”); Catherine Zimmerman (“Hometown Habitat”); Paula Kirk and Pamela Tanner Boll (“A Small Good Thing”);  Tom Desch, Patricia Wisniewski and Lee Botts (“Shifting Sands”); Sharon Karp (“Crying Earth Rise Up”); Bob Nesson (“Power to the Pedals”); Leo Horrigan (“Food Frontiers”); Daniel Hinerfelt (“Sonic Sea”); Cidney Hue (“Shark Loves the Amazon”), and Alexandra Halkin (“Tierralismo”).

Check the complete festival schedule to read about screenings where filmmakers will be in attendance.
Pre-Event Screenings
Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things

Matt D'Avella/2016/79 min/Waste
Tues., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. 
Loyola University 
Damen Student Center

How to Let Go of the World

Josh Fox/2016/125 min/Climate Change
Thurs., March 2, 6 p.m. 
[West Suburbs]
Dominican University
 River Forest

Filmmaker spotlight

Suree Towfighnia, Documentary Filmmaker, "Crying Earth Rise Up"
On what action she would most like to see people take after watching her documentary:

"After watching the film, we hope that people will share the story with others who might not know about uranium's role in water contamination. We recognize that Americans are becoming more environmentally conscious. It is up to all of us to use our circles of influence to engage stakeholders around positive energy policy that won't threaten precious and sacred drinking water. Indigenous people might be on the front lines of today's water protection work, but all people everywhere have a role in protecting the last remaining clean water for future generations."

 Towfighnia is an independent filmmaker, director of photography and freelance producer from Chicago.

"Crying Earth Rise Up"
Tuesday, March 7, 7-9 p.m. [Dupage County]
College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd.
 Room HSC 1234, Glen Ellyn

Visit our Earth Words blog to go behind the scenes of the festival.  
Read the lastest post: 
Filmmakers on what it means to have their docs screened
at #OEFF2017

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