2019 Shorts Block

Rhythms in Nature

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Director & Producer: Elisabeth Tova Bailey

April 17 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block 

April 19 @ 12:15PM – Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block 

When a woman is bedridden by a mysterious pathogen, a forest snail unexpectedly takes up residence on her nightstand. Together, the woman and snail share an intimate journey of survival and resilience. A surprising live action story, adapted from the award-winning nonfiction memoir of the same title.

 

Sponsored by Diana Six and the Six Lab

The Last Pig

Director: Allison Argo
Producers: Allison Argo, Joseph Brunette

April 17 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – Rhythms In Nature Shorts Block 

April 19 @ 12:15 – Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block 

THE LAST PIG is an achingly beautiful meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Deeply immersive and experiential, the film follows a pig farmer through his final year of slaughtering pigs. The bucolic life of the pigs on the farm is ruptured by weekly trips to the slaughterhouse. Through sparse, intimate musings, the farmer reveals his growing conflict of a life spent “peddling in death.”

namanu rruni | Albatross Island

Director: Matthew Newton
Producer: Catherine Pettman

April 17 @ 5:30 – Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block 

April 19 @ 12:15PM- Buy Tickets & 2PM- Buy Tickets – Rhythms in Nature Shorts Block

Albatross Island is a magical place. Eighteen hectares of conglomerate rock off the north western tip of Tasmania, it is home to 5,200 breeding pairs of albatross. In the 1800s they were harvested to near extinction, but the population gradually recovered to half the estimated historical size. In recent years, however, the population has begun to again decline.

North & West

Return of the Desert Bighorn

Directors: Ben Masters, Charles Post

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

After all native desert bighorn sheep were eliminated from Texas, conservationists began the long fight for their return. RETURN OF THE DESERT BIGHORN follows wildlife biologists as they capture, collar, and relocate desert bighorn to restore a healthy population to West Texas.

Glacier's Bats: An Adventure in Bat Research

Director & Producer: Eddie Roqueta

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

With the threat of white-nose syndrome looming on the horizon, Glacier National Park biologists adventure deep into the backcountry to find out what species of bats live in the park and monitor any dangers to their populations.

Cowboys & Scientists

Director: Eric Bendick
Producer: Tom Winston

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

Thirty years ago a partnership between Archbold Biological Station and Buck Island Ranch inspired a new mission: cowboys and scientists working together to advance scientific discovery on a ten thousand acre working cattle ranch. Bridging this cultural divide has resulted in a series of transformative discoveries that have begun to reshape our misconceptions about agriculture, sustainability, and conservation in the 21st century.

Refuge

Director: Katie Falkenberg

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

Decades ago, poachers would set off explosives in the cool waters of the North Umpqua River, killing steelhead by the dozens. That was before Lee Spencer settled in to watch over and protect the wild steelhead. At a time when environmental protections are being lifted and scientific research budgets slashed, one man’s study of the world in front of him is a throwback to conservation work, rooted in bearing witness to simple truths in nature.

 

Sponsored by Western Montana Clinic 

The Return

Director: Christopher Kitchen
Producer: Sam Pope

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

Dave Sweet has spent over a decade helping to bring back the Yellowstone cutthroat from the brink of extinction. Along with his daughter, Diana, a fisheries biologist, he travels into the infamous Thorofare area of Yellowstone to see if his efforts have been successful and if the trout has returned to their native spawning runs.

 

Sponsored by Conflux Brewing 

Climb-It Change

Director: AJ Winslow
Producers: AJ Winslow, Trevor Bloom, Brian Atkinson

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block 

April 17 @ 8:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block 

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

CLIMB-IT CHANGE brings the worlds of conservation science and outdoor recreation together. This film tells the story of researchers Trevor Bloom and Matt Kneipp as they traverse the entire Rocky Mountain chain, investigating the impact of climate change and increased wildfires on high elevation environments.

 

Sponsored by Adventure Scientists

ROCK-PAPER-FISH

Directors: Colin Arisman, Connor Gallagher
Producers: Produced by Wild Confluence Media & Nomad Island Supported by Patagonia, Peak Design and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council

April 16 @ 4:45PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

April 18 @ 6:15PM – Buy Tickets – North & West Shorts Block

ROCK-PAPER-FISH takes audiences deep into the rainforest of Southeast Alaska, where life is inseparable from the age-old rhythms of the Chilkat River. The salmon define life for two communities: the ancient Tlingit village of Klukwan, and a scrappy commercial fishing town, Haines. ROCK-PAPER-FISH offers a vivid look into the lives of Alaskans grappling with questions as immense as the place they call home.

 

Sponsored by Sushi Hana

Squeamish

The Anomalies: Venom Race

Directors & Producers: Nathan Dappen, Morgan Heim

April 14 @ 1:30PM – Buy Tickets – Squeamish Shorts Block

Most scorpions are harmless to humans, but in the deserts of North America, one species called striped bark scorpions produce venom that is extremely painful and potentially lethal. Despite their potent venom, striped bark scorpions are still a favorite meal of the grasshopper mouse. After decades of work, biologists have discovered that this tiny rodent may be the key to explaining how and why striped bark scorpion venom is so toxic.

Dung Dynasty

Producer: Julie King

April 14 @ 1:30PM – Buy Tickets – Squeamish Shorts Block

A mafia war is brewing on Africa’s savannah. Two dung beetle families go head-to-head in a fight for the savannah’s most valuable resource . . . poop. They need dung to eat, to find a lady, and to breed. In their struggle they must sidestep predators and fight off the competition. If they fail, their legacy dies with them.

 

Sponsored by Missoula Insectarium 

Flamboyant

Director & Producer: Gail Kukula

April 14 @ 1:30PM – Buy Tickets – Squeamish Shorts Block

In the warm waters of the Philippines lives a poisonous, shapeshifting predator. ​FLAMBOYANT follows one young cuttlefish as she learns to hunt in a new home after a life-changing encounter with a scuba diver. ​ Will she learn the right skills to compete with a new, established predator?

 

Sponsored Kristen Fitzpatrick / Keller Williams 

Out of the Blue

The Blue Sanctuary

Director & Producer: Colin Ruggiero

April 15 @ 6PM – Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block 

April 18 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block 

One of the most beautiful places on earth is the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas. BLUE SANCTUARY offers a glimpse of the trials and successes of the first marine protected area in the Americas and shows how it can be a model for marine conservation efforts everywhere.

 

Sponsored by Missoula Bone and Joint 

Blue Heart

Director: Britton Caillouette
Producers: David Burden, Tim Lynch

April 15 @ 6PM- Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block 

April 18 @ 5:30PM- Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block 

The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, hydropower development threatens to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region. BLUE HEART documents the battle for a river, the effort to save the Balkan lynx, and the struggle of the women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to protect their community’s only source of drinking water.

 

Sponsored by Clark Fork Coalition 

Blue Carbon: A Story from the Snohomish Estuary

Directors: Benjamin Drummond, Sara Joy Steele

April 15 @ 6PM – Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block

April 18 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – Out of the Blue Shorts Block

Blue carbon is carbon that’s captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us–improving water quality, providing salmon habitat, protecting our shorelines–in addition to carbon capture. Sink into a first-of-its-kind study that quantifies the climate benefits of restoration in the Snohomish estuary, encouraging more investment in wetland restoration.

 

Sponsored by National Wildlife Federation

For Bigger Kids

The Great Pretender

Director & Producer: Nardine Groch

April 14 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block 

April 19 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block 

After the loss of an important display feather a famous lyrebird named “The Pretender” struggles to win a mate during the most competitive song-and-dance competition in Australia.

Lens of Time: Secrets of Schooling

Director: Amy Miller, Josh Rosen
Producer: Stephanie Stone, Steven Bedard, Spine Films

April 14 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

April 19 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. Such coordinated movement requires the rapid transfer of information among individuals, but understanding exactly how this information spreads through the group has long eluded scientists. Now, Iain Couzin and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology at the University of Konstanz, Germany are using new observation techniques and technologies to reveal the mysterious mechanics of collective behavior.

1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist

Producers: Meigan Henry, Grant Callegari, Josh Silberg

April 14 @ 3:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

April 19 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

Chris Ernst has a mission: to find and catalogue all of the tiny creatures that creep, crawl, and fly around the Central Coast of British Columbia.

When the Dogs are Gone: THE RACE "SUKKANIUNNEQ"

Director: Frederik Wolff
Producer: Anders Drud Jordan

April 14 @ 3:45PM – Buy Tickets

April 19 @ 5:30 – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

On the western coast of Greenland, a young boy dreams of winning the national championship of dog sledding, an ancient form of transportation which has turned into a highly competitive sport. For thousands of years, the genetically unique sled dog has shaped the life of the Inuit people. But all that may be about to change.

 

Sponsored by Julie Gardner Realty 

L’orchestre D’hibernation Animaux (How Animals Hibernate)

Director: Tom McNamara
Producers: Joe Brown and Amy Schellenbaum, Popular Science

April 13 @ 3:30PM- Buy Tickets

April 14 @ 3:30PM- Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

April 19 @ 5:30PM – Buy Tickets – For Bigger Kids Shorts Block

Ever wonder what would happen if hibernating animals of different species formed an orchestra and performed a symphony about their winter’s sleep? In this subtly scientific version of “Peter and the Wolf”—starring a frog, a turtle, a bird, a mosquito, a bear, and a fish—viewers discover how each of these curious creatures use the magic of hibernation to survive the cold.

Our Impact

The Last Green Thread

Directors & Producers: Danny Schmidt, Eric Bendick

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block 

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block 

In 2018, three friends set out on an expedition into the most rapidly developing landscape in Central Florida, traveling the narrowest and most imperiled wildlife corridor in the state.

 

Sponsored by The Green Light

Sand of Time

Director & Producer: Tim Visser

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

Everybody’s time is running out, like sand in a hourglass. During this film we follow the last struggles of an ant whose time seems to be coming to an end. Will he survive against the mighty jaws of the antlion?

 

Sponsored by Diana Six and the Six Lab 

A Letter To Congress

Director: Christopher Newman
Producer: Dalia Burde

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.

 

Sponsored by Noteworthy Paper & Press

What Can Be Saved: Owl vs. Owl

Directors: Marshall Ritzel and Jon Fahey
Producers: Kathy Young, Alicia Chang, Marshall Ritzel, Jon Fahey and the AP Health & Science Department

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block 

A squeeze of a shotgun trigger at close range, and a big, beautiful, brown and gray owl falls from its high perch to the forest floor. Each carcass adds to a running tally: more than 1,600 deaths so far in a controversial experiment by the U.S. government to test whether the threatened northern spotted owl can be saved by killing its aggressive East Coast cousin, the barred owl. This is what it has come to. In a world where countless species are threatened by climate change and other human activity, we sometimes have to take desperate measures to save what can be saved. Is this a role we should play? Is it OK to kill some creatures to save others?

Sides of a Horn

Director: Toby Wosskow
Producers: Toby Wosskow, Emmanuel Castis, Charlie Hicks, Erika Klopper

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

From executive producer Sir Richard Branson, SIDES OF A HORN is the first film to tell the story of Africa’s war on poaching from both sides of the fence. Based on actual events, and filmed in one of the communities most directly impacted by wildlife crime, we follow the journey of two brothers-in-law fighting on opposite sides of Africa’s poaching war. This dramatic short film paints an unbiased portrait of a modern conflict that is tearing communities apart and driving a prehistoric species–the rhinoceros–to the verge of extinction.

Sounds of Survival

Director: Katie Garrett
Producers: bioGraphic Stephanie Stone, Steven Bedard, Katie Garrett

April 17 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

April 18 @ 3PM – Buy Tickets – Our Impact Shorts Block

Deep in the emerald forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered “exquisite spike-thumb frog.” What ensues is both a delightful portrait of the process of scientific discovery and an inspiring example of the power of sound as a tool for conservation.

Change Makers

GRIZZLY COUNTRY

Director: Ben Moon
Producers: Shannon Ethridge, Annie Nyborg

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 16 @ 6PM – @ The Dennison Theater – 32 Campus Drive – As Part of An Evening with Doug Peacock

After serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild forever changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.

Keeper of the Call

Director & Producer: Billy Clapham

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

One of the British countryside’s most iconic sounds is falling silent. But for one Welsh farmer, seeing the curlew disappear from his farm is not an option. Follow Wynford as he works alongside conservationists to save his precious family of curlews. But with the modern countryside so full of dangers, will Wynford see his chicks fly?

 

Sponsored by Five Valleys Audobon Society

We Are In The Field

Director & Producer: Gabriel Diamond

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

This documentary follows Nepalese animal rights activist Manoj Gautam on an epic quest to protect animals and wildlife from cruelty and extinction. As a child he was inspired by the work of Jane Goodall, and has since become her close friend and protégé. With minimal resources and no formal training, he’s creating a network of allies across the country, busting smugglers, protecting fragile ecosystems, and rescuing abused animals.

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Director: Ami Vitale
Producer: Katy-Robin Garton

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa, an oasis where orphans grow up safely, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds. The sanctuary’s story is a powerful one, as much about people as it is the elephants they protect.

 

Sponsored by Portico Real Estate 

Gʷidəq (Geoduck)

Director & Producer: Tracy Rector

April 14 @ 7:45PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

April 19 @ 12PM – Buy Tickets – Change Makers Shorts Block

GEODUCK is a portrait of Suquamish diver Lydia Sigo, who dives deep for the ancient clam called geoduck. More than harvesting food, or making an income, the practice is about sustaining her people and their cultural values.