2020 official selections

Congratulations to our 2020 Official Selections!

The 2020 Earth Port Film Festival has been postponed.

As you may have anticipated, we will be postponing the 2020 Earth Port Film Festival. The social distancing guidelines that will remain in place for the foreseeable future make it impossible to go forward. 

We will be keeping a close eye on the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from our state and local officials. Once we receive word that it is safe to gather again, we will reschedule.

The environmental and climate challenges facing us will remain when the pandemic recedes. We look forward to sharing the important stories told in the films selected for 2020.

A Fistful of Rubbish
David Regos, 14 min
2020 EPFF Best Short Film Award

A Fistful of Rubbish, a Western environmental documentary, is set in the Tabernas Desert in Spain – Europe’s only desert. The area is famous for being the backdrop of many famous Western films. Sadly it is being trashed, but now, with the help of some locals, an English ex-pat is forming a posse and taking things into his own hands. Literally.

Butterflies & Borders
Andrew Motte, 18 min

Butterflies & Borders examines the environmental and ecological impacts of border wall construction on flora and fauna in the American Southwest.

The film features testimony from three prominent environmental activists in the borderlands, taking the audience from the lush deserts of Arizona to the subtropical swamps of southeastern Texas.

CHOKER
Orson Cornick, 4 min

As a girl drops from the sky onto a crowded beach, a mysterious man drives at breakneck speed towards her.

CHOKER is a unique ‘no dialogue’ narrative that takes on one of the biggest challenges facing our planet.

Gando
Teymour Ghaderi, 8 min

Due to water scarcity, girls in the Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran must travel far from their village to get water. Most of the watering holes are inhabited by a type of Iranian crocodile called Gando.

Gando is the story of Hawa, a 9 year old girl who lost part of her arm to a Gando while fetching water. Nevertheless, she and others of this province honor the Gandos. They believe when there is a Gando, there is Water.

Molokaʻi ʻĀina Momona: Nā Huakaʻi o ʻO Hina I Ka Mālama
Maui Huliau, 3 min


Catch a glimpse of the Hawaiian Language Immersion program at Molokaʻi High School as the students travel to special places, learn about Molokaʻi’s abundant resources, and perpetuate the ways of the Molokaʻi kupuna! They work in the loʻi kalo of Hālawa and Waialua valleys, work to restore Kahina Pōhaku fishpond, and gather fish for their graduation ceremony.

Nature Now
Tom Mustill, 4 min
2020 EPFF Best Very Short Film

 In Nature Now, climate activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot, advocate for the use of natural climate solutions.

The protection and restoration of living ecosystems —such as forests, mangroves and seagrass meadows — can repair the planet’s broken climate but are being overlooked.

Nightsongs
Elizabeth & Matthew Myer Boulton, 5 min

Eric Masterson is no ordinary birdwatcher. An immigrant himself from Ireland to New England, he’s fallen in love with bird migration – and specifically with a little-known wonder of the world that happens every spring and fall, just above our heads, under cover of darkness.

To avoid hawks and navigate by the stars, millions upon millions of birds migrate at night, skimming over our rooftops while we sleep. To experience this invisible wonder, Masterson says, we have to learn to “see with our ears.”

Celebrating both avian achievement and human devotion, Nightsongs is a meditation on the art of seeing – and treasuring – what cannot be seen.

Remember
Maui Huliau, 3 min
2020 EPFF Best Young Filmmaker Award

In this short theatrical film, three generations of women reflect on the beauty of their island home and the changes they see taking place in their natural environment.

Step Outside
Quinn Costello, 9 min

In 2019, several hundred Bay Area residents set out on a 34-mile march to San Francisco, acting as a human billboard to raise climate awareness along a heavily trafficked corridor. Their destination: Wells Fargo’s global headquarters, which they plan to shut down over the bank’s role in financing fossil fuels. 

Step Outside shows how grassroots movements build momentum from individuals who make difficult decisions to take a stand and put their bodies on the line. Their experiences offer insights into the personal impact of activism at a time when remaining on the sidelines seems harder and harder to justify.

Traces
Sébastien Pins, 12 min

Traces shows today’s youth as the main force of the preservation of our forests and highlights the emotional symbiosis between man, the animal and the forest.

A horse logger and his horse take us deep into a forest in the Ardennes as the seasons go by, living his passion under the gaze of a strange young girl… 

The man will teach her his passion of draft-horse logging. This is a film about the idea of passing down, and how some encounters can lead to a life’s calling. 

Transforming Lives and Landscapes: the Inga Tree Model
Mike Hands, 11 min

Transforming Lives and Landscapes documents a revolutionary, scientifically-proven, regenerative farming system, which can replace destructive slash-and-burn farming.

The Inga Alley Cropping method increases food security, improves nutrition, saves rainforests, protects water sources, improves soil, and sequesters carbon. The method is scalable and replicable to the entire tropics

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