2024 Earth Port Film Festival
Sunday, April 21, 2024
6:00 PM

Reception at 5:30 PM with Light Refreshments

Congratulations to our 2024 Official Selections!

It’s Our 10th Anniversary!

3D Ocean Farming
Kurt Mann
5 min

Meet the ocean farmers who grow delicious food, help clean the ocean, and pull carbon from the environment.

From The Heartland
Matt Coddaire
15 min
2024 Audience Choice Award

From the Heartland is a candid depiction of American Agriculture and the rural towns that are reliant on its success. But when an industry’s ability to thrive is dependent on progress, how does the
family farm discard the practices that have been passed down through generations to try something new in order to save the land

Anne Ciecko
4 min

An American traveler meditates upon the unsettling discovery that climate change has transformed rivers, towns, and roads of the Northeast into floodlands; and offers a videopoetic tribute to the environment and the largely displaced Indigenous peoples: their natural stewardship, creation stories, and evocative place names.

Just Can’t Stop
Ben Hillman
3 min
2024 Best Very Short Film

A musical tribute to Exxon and climate change.

Puppet Back Up
Maxwell Downer
9 min
2024 Best Young Filmmaker

Lizzie and Les are two artists who create interactive giant puppet shows in the streets of Southampton in order to create conversation about climate issues.

Robbie & Mollie
Kids ‘n Tricks
1 min

 Robbie the seal and Mollie the seagull are living the good life by the sea. But dangers have been lurking on the beach and in the water for some time now. It’s not natural enemies that they now have to fear, it’s mainly plastic rubbish from humans that collects in the sea and threatens their habitat.

Silent Skies – The First Electric Plane Flyover
Casey Hogue
18 min
2024 Best Short Film

Silent Skies follows the groundbreaking journey of three Pennsylvania college students who orchestrated and piloted the first ever fully electric airplane stadium flyover. Stunning fans with a whisper-quiet show, this event signaled the dawn of America’s transition to electric aviation. The students completed a record breaking trip flying the airplane from its base in Hartford, CT to the stadium in Easton, PA, recharging at enroute airports directly from a fleet of electric F-150 trucks.

The air travel industry faces an unprecedented challenge: decarbonization. Historically, new aviation technologies are met with consumer skepticism. Demonstrating electric aircraft today, ahead of widespread adoption, is key for building consumer trust, political support, and sustained investment.

Sweet Dreams
Nicolas Andrew Motte
11 minutes

All Sarah wants is to sleep, but her anxious mind is plagued by nightmares of ecocide.

The Rubbish Trip
Jordan Osmond
16 min

Hannah and Liam are the inspiring couple behind The Rubbish Trip, originally a nationwide tour offering free zero waste workshops around Aotearoa New Zealand. Now experts on the why’s and how’s of reducing waste, Hannah and Liam are our personal zero waste heroes – educators, advocates, and activists on a subject that is ultimately about so much more than waste.

For this film, we asked Hannah and Liam about their perspective on what it means to be zero waste, what it’s taken for them to make suitable lifestyle changes toward that goal, and their work in advocacy and activism. This short film offers inspiration and encouragement to all of us, no matter where we are on our waste minimisation journey.

Hannah and Liam’s story offers another opportunity for Happen Films to contribute to the global conversation about waste. It is topical and it needs urgent action. We see it as a critical subject to be discussing in our households, communities, businesses, and with our governments: how can each and every one of us assume responsibility for our impact on the planet and on each other and work towards the necessary system change?

ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught)
Brit Hensel
9 min

Filmed on the Qualla Boundary and Cherokee Nation, ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught) explores expressions of reciprocity in the Cherokee world, brought to life through a story told by an elder and first language speaker. ᎤᏕᏲᏅ circles the intersection of tradition, language, land, and a commitment to maintaining balance. This film was created in collaboration with independent artists from both Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

This film is part of a series and multimedia platform, made in partnership with Indigenous storytellers and their communities worldwide, invites learning from time-honored and current Indigenous ways of being. Facing a climate crisis, the Reciprocity Project embraces Indigenous value systems that have bolstered communities since the beginning of time. To heal, we must recognize that we are in relationship with Earth, a place that was in balance for millennia. More information at www.reciprocity.org

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