Schiff's Woodland Theater, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, NJ
Welcome to Schiff’s 9th 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. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, recognized below, this event has recently bloomed into a fundraiser for the Schiff Natural Lands Trust. We thank all of our past attendees and sponsors.
The night of the festival, Woodbadge Lodge is transformed into a wonderful Woodland Theatre. Attendees may arrive to the Woodland Theatre on foot by enjoying a gentle self guided hike on the red trail from our Nature Center. Others may enjoy a hayride from the Nature Center at 6 and 6:30 pm.
The feature film, Sustainable, written and directed by Matt Wechsler and produced by Annie Speicher is a vital investigation into the economic and environmental instability of America's food system, from the agricultural issues we face - soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use - to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it.
Sustainable weaves together expert analysis of America's food and farming system with a powerful narrative of one extraordinary farmer who is determined to create a sustainable future for his community. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it, and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.
Amidst the cornfields of Illinois lives the hero of the film - Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago. The film unearths the future of agriculture - a marriage of age-old tradition and groundbreaking science. Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf - heroes and industry pioneers, who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture.
Woven into these stories are the foremost experts of the food industry - connecting the dots between agriculture, the environment, economics and public health. Their stories are a reminder of America's troubled past and the devastating consequences that await the country if left unchanged. Sustainable empowers audiences and gives them hope for the future - that through this food revolution, we can all save humanity. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.
ABOUT THE FEATURE FILMMAKERS:
Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher are the storytellers at Hourglass Films behind "Sustainable". The film is a passion project for them, combining their roles as food activists with their talents as documentary filmmakers. "Sustainable" was screened at 20+ film festivals around the world and recently won the 2016 Accolade Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement. Their past work includes the 2012 New York Emmy-nominated documentary "Different is the New Normal", which aired nationally on PBS and was narrated by Michael J. Fox. They are currently working on a new film called "Right to Harm" about the health effects of factory farming on rural Americans.
ABOUT THE Q & A FACILITATOR:
Adrian Hyde owns and manages Dunwald Farm, a Certified Organic vegetable farm in Hopewell, NJ, and is the Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ). Adrian also is an ASE Certified Master Mechanic and a Rutgers Master Gardener of Mercer County. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his graduate degree from Harvard University. Adrian's passion for organic agriculture stems from the fact that it lies at the intersection of multiple areas of great importance: ecological stewardship, health, animal welfare and community.
ABOUT THE SHORT FILM - Aiden's Butterflies:
Meet 11-year-old Aiden Wang, who has been growing milkweed and harboring and releasing Monarch Butterflies since he was 6 years old. We join Aiden in a journey ranging from nature preserves to city streets as he meets new friends and asks us all to help preserve the endangered beautiful monarch butterfly with its dependence on the diminishing supply of milkweed.
Aiden's Butterflies is an EEF production by filmmaker, Brad Mays and producer, Olga Talyn.
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