2013 Festival

The 2013 Earth Port Film Festival featured short films focused on inventing, discovering, inspiring, catalyzing, or documenting environmental action with a special focus on climate change. The festival took place on April 21, 2013 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Thank you to all the filmmakers who submitted entries to the festival.



Audience Choice: Very Short Film
Kids Can See It, Why Can’t We?, Climate Reality Project

Audience Choice: Short Film
Frog, Chemical, Water, You, Jen Grace Productions, LLC


We took a virtual trip around the U.S. and beyond, to learn how people around the globe are addressing climate change and other ecosystem issues — from a student environmental justice activist in Boston, to an Inupiat community protecting the Arctic waters; an off-grid community in India undergoing an energy revolution, to a young woman in Kenya challenging a threat to a community’s water supply; from a mermaid’s poetic ode to a man’s unique tribute to his bicyclist father. These films were screened along with other selected shorts. A listing of the films and details are shown below.

The film festival was designed for all ages and several films were submitted by student filmmakers and/or feature young people, including “Frog, Chemical, Water, You,” “Bottle vs. Tap” and “Kids Can See It, Why Can’t We.”


              6:00 PM         Pre-show Reception
                                   Light Refreshments

               7:00 PM        Film Screenings Begin


               Tickets:   $10 for students, $15 for adults in advance,
                             $12 for students, $17 for adults at the door



The Secret Life of Beef  (Inform.Inc) secret life of beef

This film looks at the environmental impacts of beef production, highlights green entrepreneurs and recommends sustainable consumption tips… lively and entertaining!




Home to Turkana ( John Antonelli – Mill Valley Film Group)

2012_africa_angeleiIkal Angelei returns to her Kenyan homeland to stop construction of a $60 billion dam that would imperil Lake Turkana  and the people whose survival depends on it.





Mission of Mermaids (Mission of Mermaids, LLC)

mermaid_in_sunSusan Rockfeller’s latest and most personal documentary is the representation of the award winning filmmaker, activist and conservationist’s love for our ocean. Using the archetype of the mermaid, the film presents a poetic ode to the sea as well as a plea for its protection. 


Frog, Chemical, Water, You (Jen Grace Productions, LLC)

frogBecause amphibians have sensitive skins, scientists use them to gauge the health of the worldwide ecosystem. With nearly half of the world’s amphibian population in decline, we’re all potentially in big trouble. Commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution for exhibit at the National Zoo, this short is both appropriate for tweens and appealing to adults. It examines the impact  that chemical contaminants play in world-wide amphibian declines and some simple things you can do to start reducing your chemical footprint today.


Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, Part 9: TRUST Massachusetts (Witness & Our Children’s Trust)

eshe sherleyStories of TRUST features the voices of daring youth from across the country who are taking legal action to compel our governments to protect our atmosphere, in trust, for future generations. In TRUST Massachusetts, meet Eshe Sherley, an 18-year old French horn-playing, basketball-playing, system thinker who understands that if you don’t have environmental justice, then all the other rights we fight for won’t matter. Reflecting on the civil rights movement, Eshe leanred how our leaders pursued legal action because the legislature would not address discrimination. She saw a parallel with our climate crisis. Eshe shares, “The legislatures don’t see why protecting the climate is important, so now we’re appealing to the judicial system the same way that civil rights leaders did.”


Kids Can See It Why Can’t We? (Climate Reality Project)

A lighthearted look at why kids can see the effects of global climate change when adults can’t.




Quest for Energy (Vinit Parmar)

questforenergyFour million off-grid Indians are undergoing an energy revolution with sustainable ways of living. They are already living virtually carbon-free in the world’s most unique and largest wetland. Two of their islands have vanished because of rising sea levels due to the effects of climate change. With 1.3 billion people still looking to get electricity in the world, these sustainable options may just save our planet.


Restorying the Anacostia (Community Voice Project at American University)

anacostiaThis film makes a compelling case that the best way to serve the continuing clean-up of the Anacostia River is to change how we talk about it. We need to shift the narrative from dirty and neglected to valuable community asset. “To fully restore the Anacostia River we must restory it”


The Man Who Lived on His Bike (Guilleume Blanchet)

Guillaume-BlanchetI love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my Dad. After 382 days spent riding through the streets of Montreal, being sometimes quite cold, sometimes quite warm – and sometimes quite scared.  I dedicate this movie to him.




Forward on Climate Rally (Daniman/Cook Productions)

forward on climateOn February 17, 2013 nearly 50,000 protesters gathered on D.C.’s National Mall to demonstrate to President Obama that his country’s people are ready to move forward on climate.





The Arctic Garden (Tom Dusenbery – Mill Valley Film Group)

2012_nam_cannonCaroline Cannon is bringing the voice and perspective of her Inupiat community in Point Hope to the battle to keep Arctic waters safe from offshore oil and gas drilling.





Bottle vs. Tap (Maui Huliau Foundation)

Bottle_Vs_TapA student film. Bottle vs. Tap takes place on a television debate show where guests representing bottled water and filtered tap water try to convince the audience that their water is better.




Supply Chain (John Antonelli – Mill Valley Film Group)

2012_asia_junMa Jun created a website that provided water and air pollution data to Chinese citizens, empowering them to hold corporations accountable for their irresponsible, toxic,  manufacturing  processes.




Maroroi Vuravura “Save the Earth”  (350Fiji and Pacific Voyagers Foundation)

Screen Shot 2013-04-13 at 1.55.37 PM350Fiji is a youth-led climate change movement  working towards raising awareness on the effects of climate change, building the capacity of young people as climate leaders in Fiji and moving towards solution-based approaches to climate change.

On the Pacific Warriors Day of Action they showed the world with their war dances and chants, that their are passion and willingness to defend their home is absolute. 350 Fiji’s message  is “100% Possible with You” — they believe that it is 100% possible to change the course of history and that it can only be achieved when we all stand together in solidarity. They refuse to be labeled as “victims of climate change” and are ready to let the world know that, despite the challenges they face from climate change, they will defend their land, their culture and their identity till the very end. They refuse to admit defeat!

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