EcoFilms Waterloo Region
EcoFilms Waterloo Region is an collaborative initiative to present and promote environmental films across Waterloo Region. Films by EcoFilms partners and external groups are listed at ecofilmswr.ca.
Partners in the project include Alternatives Journal, Community Renewable Energy Waterloo (CREW-WR), Grand River Film Festival, the Multicultural Cinema Club, REEP Green Solutions, rare Charitable Research Reserve and TransitionKW.
2013-2014 Planet in Focus KW Series
A\J and the Planet in Focus film festival collaborated to bring top environmental documentaries to the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The year-long Planet in Focus K-Wseries was presented with the support of the Princess Cinemas and with funding from the Region of Waterloo’s Community Environment Fund, and culminated in a "Best of Planet in Focus" event in May 2014.
Planet in Focus KW’s inaugural “Best of PiF” screening event on May 15, 2014 featured a pair of award-winning feature documentaries (both paired with an excellent short film) that appeared at last fall's Planet in Focus, presented in partnership with the Toronto-based festival. Screenings included short films Tar and Crackdown! and feature documentaries Metamorphosen and Have You Seen The Arana?
Following a February 2014 screening of the incredibly thought-provoking Oil Sands Karaoke, Charles Wikinson's film about a karaoke contest in Fort McMurray, the heart of Alberta's oil sands, we headed to local bar Chainsaw for some karaoke of our own!
A\J co-presented a sold-out double screening of Edward Burtynsky & Jennifer Baichwal's Watermark on October 24 2013. Edward Burtynsky was there for a Q&A and book signing following the screening.
The Ghosts in Our Machine illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. A\J brought filmmaker Liz Marshall and photographer Jo-Anne McArthur to the Princess for a screening and Q&A in October 2013. You can check out the interactive online story by The Goggles, download a toolkit to help spread the word and more at the Ghosts website.
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Our outdoor screening in Waterloo Park in August 2013 was preceeded by a picnic sourced almost entirely from local farmers and producers through Bailey's Local Foods.
Occupy Love: Over the course of a year, Occupy Love travels to the sites of economic and environmental protest that made 2011 an extraordinary year of change – Egypt, Spain, Wall Street, the tar sands. Focusing on the compassion buttressing these social movements, director Velcrow Ripper poses that fundamental change can only come through love. A\J hosted a screening and live video Q&A with Ripper at the Princess in July 2013.
Rainforest: The Limit of Splendour – check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from Boyce, plus unseen footage from his new project, Coastal Tarsands, about the fragile coast around Kitimat, BC, the proposed terminus for the Northern Gateway pipeline.A\J screened Rainforest and our exclusive video at the Princess Original Cinema in June 2013.
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