Schiff's Woodland Theater, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, NJ
Welcome to our 8th annual Environmental Film Festival! A true community event, the festival allows us to show some inspiring environmental films, serve as a venue for community gathering, and promote discussion of environmental issues, and thanks to the generous support of our sponsors recognized below has bloomed into a fundraiser for the Schiff Natural Lands Trust.
The Woodbadge Lodge is transformed into a wonderful woodland theatre. Attendees may arrive on foot by enjoying a gentle 20-minute hike on the red trail from our Nature Center. The trails will be marked for self-guided hikes. Others may enjoy a hayride from the Nature Center.
The feature film, Field Biologist, is the story of 22-year-old Tyler Christensen, a talented but underemployed high school graduate from New Jersey still trying to figure out what to do with his life. Tyler’s great love is being outside, chasing birds, and studying wildlife. One day he decides - brushing aside his lack of a college degree or scientific credentials - to drop everything and travel to Costa Rica to start doing his own conservation-oriented research on birds in the tropics. Tyler’s adventure takes him from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the mangrove swamps of the Nicoya Peninsula, culminating in a plan to try to help save the highly endangered mangrove hummingbird. The film presents the major challenges facing biodiversity on Earth - climate change and habitat destruction chief among them - while also raising some fundamental questions: What makes someone a scientist? How important is a formal education? What risks are worth taking? What should you do with your life?
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Field Biologist director Jared Flesher is an award-winning reporter, photojournalist, and documentary filmmaker. He has directed three documentary films that have screened at film festivals around the world: The Farmer and the Horse, Sourlands, and Field Biologist. Jared is also the director of the documentary webseries The Creature Show.
For fun, Jared enjoys growing food in his home garden, jogging with his dog, exploring forests, and making movies.
ABOUT THE SHORT FILMS:
The two short independent films to be shown are Brilliant Darkness & Trees. Brilliant Darkness; directed and written by Emily V. Driscoll. This beautiful film explores the importance of darkness, and the erosion of it, through the study and preservation of firefly habitats in Japan and the U.S. Fireflies disappear as artificial night lights disrupt their "languages of light." The film showcases scientists on different continents studying firefly flash patterns and how to live among wildlife in urban settings. The second film; Trees, is a comic animated warning about the devastating effects of clear cutting by director Randy Wakerlin.
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