The Siskiyou FilmFest team is excited to announce that the full film line-up for 2019 is now available!
Get ready for a jam packed evening of fantastic short films screened at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday Feb 10th. Doors open at 3PM and films begin at 4PM!
Come early to bid at the Silent Auction full of awesome prizes, take action at the community showcase with our conservation allies, eat some delicious street finger foods made by Chef Kristen and the Jefferson Farm Kitchen, and get some limited edition Siskiyou Film Fest swag at the KS Wild table.
Don’t fret if you can’t make it early, these will all be available during our intermission as well!
FILMS AT THE 2019 SISKIYOU FILMFEST:
RUN WILD, RUN FREE: 44 min
Run Wild Run Free takes the viewer through the history to the present of Wild and Scenic as told through experts, grassroots organizers, whitewater enthusiasts, and members of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho.
WILDER THAN WILD: 58 min
A documentary that reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high-severity wildfires, and explores strategies to mitigate the impact of these fires.
CEDAR TREE OF LIFE: 10 min
A short, expressionist documentary, exploring the relationship between Cedar and three Indigenous women who work with it, weave with it, and live with it.
RISE: FROM ONE ISLAND TO ANOTHER: 7 min
Watch this poetic expedition between two islanders, one from the Marshall Islands and one from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), connecting their realities of melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna use their poetry to showcase the linkages between their homelands in the face of climate change. Through this video we get a glimpse at how large, and yet so small and interdependent our world is.
The science behind climate change and its causes has been clear for decades. And yet, it has not been enough to drive the change we need to see in order to salvage our planet. We hope this poem can spark the emotion and drive needed for more people to rise and take action.
DIGNITY AT A MONUMENTAL SCALE: 7.5 min
Working under the moniker Jetsonorama, Thomas regularly celebrates the beauty of a people whose land has been mined and poisoned, cut up and sold off. Blowing up and wheat-pasting his black and white photos onto the sides of merchants’ stands, abandoned buildings, and mobile homes, Thomas creates work that allows community members to see themselves represented at monumental scales. By day, Thomas is a primary care physician at the Inscription House Health Clinic, located in the western part of the Navajo Nation, where he lives. In his free time, Thomas installs massive photo murals on and off the reservation, depicting his Navajo neighbors — from sheepherders to grandmothers.
“Especially on the reservation, the work is a conversation,” says Thomas. “I’m trying to help create an environment of wellness within the community."
SACRED STRIDES: 12 min
Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat, though the dialogue often glosses over how sacred it is to many Native Americans. In March 2018, a group of tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 800 miles to Bears Ears – and to send a message of unity. The Sacred Strides for Healing Prayer Run wove from tribal homelands across the Southwest to Bears Ears. Watch to meet the people who are participating in the public lands conversation with their feet and learn about why this land is so important to them.
WILD RIVERS: 7MIN
A film by Wild Rivers Land Trust: We believe breathtaking scenery, crystal clear water and thriving fisheries can coexist with productive ranchlands & forestlands. ‘What we do on the land, gets written on the water.’
THINK LIKE A SCIENTIST: RENEWAL: 8 min
Featuring an emerging young scientist from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Renewal is a heart-warming story of transformation and restoration. Supported by HHMI and Tangled Bank Studios, this short film is part of HHMI’s “Think Like A Scientist” series. It is also a follow-up story to the award-winning feature film, Return of the River, by the same Producer, chronicling the largest dam removal in history.
5000 MILES OF WILD: 8 Min
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Senator Tom Udall, Ted Roosevelt IV, American Rivers President Bob Irvin, and river guide Austin Alvarado provide insightful commentary on the state of river conservation.
DRY ROAST: 7 MIN
Every morning, millions of Americans start their day with a steaming cup of coffee. They sip the stimulating brew, all the while unaware of the forces of climate change, immigration, and women’s issues that swirl together in their cup.
For our short documentary, Dry Roast, we went to the source of some of the best coffee in the world in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. There, we found women fighting to sustain their coffee farms in the face of crippling impacts from climate change. Left behind by their husbands and several of their children, many of whom migrated to the U.S., they are now on the front lines of the battle between climate change and their livelihood.
WILDLIFE AND THE WALL : 5 MIN
Filmmaker Ben Masters (UNBRANDED) goes into the heart of the Big Bend, the last true wilderness in the state of Texas to consider what effects building a border wall might have on wildlife dispersal, migratory corridors, and access to the Rio Grande, the only water source in a harsh desert environment.
Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, and horse packer who splits his time between Bozeman, MT and Austin, TX. He is most known for Unbranded, a documentary in which he and three others adopted mustangs and rode from Mexico to Canada to inspire wild horse adoptions. Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and sits as the wildlife management chair on the BLM's volunteer Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. He writes for National Geographic Adventure, Western Horseman, and is a published author. Masters is an award-winning film producer with Audience Awards at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, the Equus Film Festival, and others. He is currently directing a series of character driven conservation short films.
IN PERPETUAL MOTION : 4 MIN
Surfers and free divers know well those dark, lung-searing seconds waiting to surface after a wave has pinned you to the ocean floor. It can feel like an eternity. In those underwater minutes, Australian adventure photographer Krystle Wright envisions herself in a desert with roiling grey skies and bootpacking a snowy ridgeline, her trusty Canon capturing the stunning dreamscapes. Vivid and ethereal, In Perpetual Motion is about the remarkable beauty revealed when time stands still for just a moment.
Great Old Broads for Wolves: 5 min
Producer, director and founder of Grizzly Creek Films Thomas Winston runs a full service production company based out of Bozeman, Montana. Winston’s projects have included creating original series for National Geographic Channel, The History Channel and PBS. Winston is the director of "Great Old Broads for Wolves" which tells the story of a group of women working to protect wild places and things -- including one of America's most iconic animals.
The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project is committed to restoring the gray wolf to the great National Forests and other public wildlands in western Colorado.
After the successful reintroduction of gray wolves into the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, there's just one missing link in the Rocky Mountains— one state whose public lands are still haunted by the missing howl: Colorado.