Taos Environmental (Virtual / Free) Film Festival 2021
April 22 Earth Day to April 25
Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Spirit
The Vision of the Taos Environmental Film Festival 2021
The Vision and hope of the Taos Environmental Film Festival 2021 is to Invite & Inform. The planet is undergoing great stress. Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Spirit are all communicating to us. An informed public makes all the difference in the world as each individual wields real power in making their voice heard – in making significant changes towards the survival of the climate: it’s resources and biodiversity; it’s realm of species and peaceful undertakings. We invite you to see all of the films, hear the poet’s voices and engage with us in the presentations made by many environmental and peace scholars, educators, activists, and leaders during The Conference of Environmental and Peace Panelists.
The 2021 Taos Environmental Film Festival gives a big thank-you to all sponsors: Taos Ski Valley Foundation, Trieschmann Family Foundation, Questa Chevron Foundation (& Questa Super Fund Assistance), & the Taos Arts Council. Plus, the creative TEFF team of the “Earth, Wind, Fire, Water & Spirit” 2021: Festival Director, Jean E. Stevens, Assistant to the Director, Judith Rane. Plus, Conference Zoom Co-host Assistants: Nik Seet & Julia Ying for their zoom links & co hosting!! The editor of this short music video & merged NASA photos of this short film was Jean E Stevens with music by noted Taos musician, Omar Rane with film stills from various official selection films of the TEFF 2021.
REGISTRATION is Optional
Registering for the Taos Environmental Film Fest helps us to track participation in this online event, and also collect email addresses for future contact.
Your single, one time registration also will include receiving email reminders of all TEFF Events, including The Conference of Environmental and Peacemaker Panelists – a three day opportunity to listen and engage with a wide variety of scholars, activists, organizers and world leaders who are passionately dedicated to Alerting the World to the dangers inherent in a Climate in Crisis.
Open Access Films Beginning April 22, 2021
TRT: 12:37 min
Encompassing over 1,000,000 acres, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is in peril from a proposed toxic copper mine on the park’s boundary. Patagonia ambassador Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate paddles through the northern Minnesota wilderness to give voice to a silent, pristine place. A film by Riverhorse Nakadate and Tony Czech
TRT: 1 hr 38 min
A feature-length documentary about America’s system of public lands and the fight to protect them.
TRT: 48:54 min
Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. Featuring Kimi Werner, Eddie Donnellan, Dave Rastovich, Matahi Drollet, Ray Collins and Lynne Cox. Directed by Keith Malloy
2019, Patagonia, TRT: 1 hour 20min
Artifishal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature
TRT: 4:56 min
Climate change includes both global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. This Movie was created to show how Nuclear War could affect the world and the celebration of the TPNW. Using Fashion as Activism to advocate and educate for Policy Change.
Two short films: TRT 4:26 and 4:56
In a world that is surrounded by the seas, It is our responsibility to take care of it. A video on my process as a designer to combat water wastage and pollution using the ancient craft of water painting and sea weed
This 56-minute documentary film takes the viewer through a brief history of the bomb and the anti-nuclear activism that has pushed to eliminate them ever since their invention. It moves into a consideration of the humanitarian initiative that successfully challenged the dominant security narrative and the historic steps taken since 2010 to turn the treaty from a dream into a reality. Finally, the film shows what can be done by anyone to help bring the treaty into force and to stigmatize nuclear weapons until they are finally eradicated.
TRT: 1 hour 45 min
Language Advisory: “13 & over”.
The Man Who Saved the World is a 2013 feature-length Danish documentary film by film maker Peter Anthony about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defense Forces and his role in preventing the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident from leading to nuclear holocaust
TRT: 94 min
Leaving behind their cosmopolitan life, a couple and their three young children travel the world searching for a new perspective on life. During their five-year journey they live with some of the oldest indigenous communities on the planet. They record their encounters with the elders tribal sages never filmed or interviewed before. Without a crew or schedule, just one backpack and one camera each and the curiosity to listen
TRT: 56:46 min
The new documentary focuses on three subjects: China’s impact on the preservation of Tibetan culture, Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash and how we can all best cultivate happiness in our lives.
TRT: 57 minutes
The new documentary “Hawaiiana,” pays homage to revered Hawaiian treasure Aunty Nona Beamer. Directed by Maui-based filmmaker Tom Vendetti, the documentary employs rare footage and vintage interview material to paint a moving portrait of a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to perpetuating Hawaiian culture.
TRT: 6:26 min
The Garden Island LIHUE — Singer-songwriter Makana wasn’t planning on recording “Mourning Armageddon” in decommissioned Russian bunker 703.
He didn’t have a note written down when he ventured deep under Moscow, in the now-deserted nuclear bomb shelter, formerly a repository for the Soviet Foreign Ministry’s archives and disguised as a chocolate factory during the Cold War.
“Stories of Wolves” is about the recovery efforts for our Mexican Gray Wolves, the most endangered land mammal in all of North America. There only remain about 180 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.
3 Episodes TRT: 14:48, 9:12, 15:08 mins
“In the high desert Southwest, where myth and reality intersect, there exists a legendary river, a revered and beloved water-source that goes by the name Rio Grande.” As written by John Biscello and narrated by Robert Mirabal in Rio Grande Serenade.
TRT: 15:15 (5:59 + 9:16)
The 82-foot-long blue whale sculpture is made from hand-recycled plastic trash and is also internally lit to glow each evening. Ethyl’s dramatic size and name, help bring awareness to our planet’s massive issue with plastic pollution. The blue whale is the largest creature that has ever lived on Earth, weighing about 300,000 pounds – sadly, this is equivalent to the approximate weight of plastic that ends up in the ocean every nine minutes.
TRT: 90 min
Thousands of years ago in ancient Tibet, there existed a vast kingdom known as Zhang Zhung, whose religion Bon has continued throughout history. Today at Menri Monastery in Northern India and Triten Norbutse in Kathmandu Nepal, young monks and nuns carry on the Bon teachings and lineage, not only in the lands of the Himalayas, but also to countries around the world, where Western students now embrace Bon methods and practices for finding compassion and joy, amidst the technological and often chaotic world.
TRT: (Trailer: 2:39 min; Feature 1 hr 35 min)
“The Need to GROW” delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth