SEN Hero

10th Annual Saskatoon Environmental Film Festival

Friday April 24th

7 pm - Disruption
52 minutes, USA, 2014

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.

The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

Followed by a presentation by SEN board members and organizers Dianne Rhodes and Kaitlyn Harvey on the New York Climate March, the solidarity rally that was held in Saskatoon, and what can be done beyond in the time following the world's largest climate rally.

The Green Un-Gala

9:00 pm - PAVED Arts Centre, 424 20 St WS

The Green Un-Gala was a great evening of drinks, music, and more! We presented the 2015 Environmental Activist Awards to the Saskatoon CarShare Cooperative and Patty Tuddy. This event is the perfect way for environmental groups to connect with the public and other groups in a fun and social atmosphere!

Saturday April 25th

12 pm - The Lorax
87 minutes, USA, 2013

The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!

2 pm - Microtopia
55 minutes, Sweden, 2013

Microtopia presents dreams of life in small, mobile or temporary spaces. Several successful architects, builders and artists from different parts of the world propose a radical solution to living space in which all unnecessary things are removed and seemingly old and worn-out items are utilised. Behind all this is a simple question: How much space, stuff and comfort do we really need? Whether building islands from garbage, tents hanging from trees, micro-homes on wheels, residential sleeping pods or experimental urban parasitic architecture, they are united by the effort to find ways to form new communities without environmental consequences.

Followed by a presentation by Ness Creek on Tiny Home building in Saskatchewan. Sponsored by Ness Core Ventures.

4 pm - Power to the Pedals
30 minutes, USA, 2015

The film portrays the transformative vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane, a woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community. Wenzday goes to the heart of the sustainability issue by offering solutions, and suggests that things don’t have to be the way they are. Raised in public housing, Wenzday discovered the bicycle. To her, it meant personal freedom and self-determination. She would later develop a passion for mechanics and welding, and learned how to reshape the world around her. Now a self-taught innovator and revolutionary community leader, she heads an urban movement to replace trucks with cargo bicycles for local delivery, municipal waste-hauling for the city of Cambridge, and agricultural distribution. She’s creating a more sustainable future by helping others discover the power of the pedal.

Followed by a presentation from the Bridge City Bike Coop.

7 pm - Burning Water
43 minutes, Canada, 2010

In the Rosebud River valley, an hour east of Calgary, the water in many homes can be lit on fire. Everyone agrees there's gas in the water. Few agree on why.

At Fiona Lauridsen's farm, just outside the hamlet of Rosebud, Fiona and her family got skin burns in the shower. Fiona claims that EnCana, Canada's largest natural gas company, contaminated the aquifer by drilling (fracking) for coal bed methane, a new source of natural gas extraction that often uses chemicals for drilling. Yet in the hamlet, where the Rosebud Theatre is a popular tourist attraction, most residents refuse to even talk about burning water, for fear of harming the tourist industry. A government minister blamed the contamination on improper well maintenance on the part of the farmer. Other scientist’s disagree, and Fiona thinks the government is deflecting attention away from the negative consequences of an energy boom that’s bringing record profits to the province.

As gas wells sprout up across North America, and all around Rosebud, the Lauridsen family struggles to stay together and remain part of their community, at the same time confronting the dark truth of what may be happening beneath the surface.

Followed by a presentation by Regina based laywer Larry Kowalchuck, who represented the people of New Brunswick in their successful fight for a moratorium on shale gas fracking in the province.

Sunday April 26th

12 pm - Prison Farm (Til The Cows Come Home)
59 minutes, Canada, 2014

When Canada's Government takes the decision to transform the correctional system to one that puts punishment first, Canada's rehabilitative prison farms are one of the first casualties. A strong opposition forms towards the farm closures and for two days in the late summer of 2010, hundreds of angry protesters stand in front of Frontenac Prison Farm in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, ready to block cattle trucks brought in to remove the hundred-year-old prize dairy herd. The dramatic standoff between protesters and police lasts two days, through pouring rain and hot sun. Black-clad police arrest 24 people, the youngest 14 years old, the oldest, 85.

Followed by a presentation from the National Farmer's Union

2 pm - Arise
1 hour, 19 minutes, USA, 2012

A film that captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who are coming together to heal the injustices against the earth, weaves together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery to create a hopeful and collective story that inspires us to work for the earth.

“Narrated by actress and environmental activist Daryl Hannah, Arise is both a documentary and an ethnographic study of women from around the world who share a profound intellectual and spiritual understanding of what it takes to live in harmony with the environment.” ~ Georgianne Nienaber, The Huffington Post

Followed by a presentation by U of S Ph.D. candidate Yvonne Vizina

Sponsored by the University of Saskatchewan Office of Sustainability.

4 pm - Arctic Defenders
90 minutes, Canada, 2012

Arctic Defenders tells the remarkable story that began in 1968 with a radical Inuit movement in Canada. It led to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuit with a dream - the governance of their territory - the creation of Nunavut. The story reveals the dark side of Canada’s attempt at sovereignty in the north and finds hope and inspiration from determined Inuit who changed the rules of the game. It's also an incredibly personal film, as it charts Walker’s return to the High Arctic which he first explored as a wide-eyed teenager.

Thank you to all our sponsors!

Sask Lotteries Trust Fund, SCIC, Riversdale Community Assoc. U of S Office of Sustainability,City of Saskatoon, VIA Rail, Saskatoon Media Group, SaskEnergy, EcoFriendly Sask, Meewasin, ASUPCA Carbon Offset program, MPetit Productions, Tom Morgan, Roxy Theatre, Ness Core Ventures, Saskatoon Symphony, SFL, Saskatoon & District Labour, Saskatoon Peace Coalition, Sierra Club Canada Foundation.