EARTHxFilm Featured 60 Films and 39 Filmmakers
The inaugural film festival featured new environmental films and secured more than $98,000 to provide educational filmmaking opportunities
DALLAS (May 22, 2017) – Education is a cornerstone of EARTHxFilm, a movement that combines the power of filmmaking with environmental and social awareness. The inaugural EARTHxFilm launched its annual film festival last month as part of EARTHx (formerly known as Earth Day Texas) with 39 filmmakers representing 60 films from across the world. The festival’s educational classes, workshops and programming impacted 1,550 students over six days.
“EARTHxFilm has been fortunate in our first year to secure award-winning films, provocative films, and some very entertaining and exciting cinema with a focus on the environment and the heroes working to protect our planet,” said Michael Cain, president of EARTHxFilm. “This offers opportunities for our audiences to see films and projects that have the potential to make a real difference in people’s lives.”
EARTHxGlobal Gala raised $98,400 to benefit the educational programs within EARTHxFilm. The goal according to Cain is to be “supportive of year-round education through EARTHxFilm EDU.” In partnership with veteran filmmakers and film instructors, EARTHxFilm works with students to use film as a tool for raising awareness and spurring action through social and environmental storytelling. Dennis Bishop, co-creator of EARTHxFilm EDU added: “Through film, young people have the opportunity to highlight the immediacy of the issues we face and to be part of the quest for viable solutions. Humans respond to stories and we are fortunate to be able to put a camera in a student’s hands and give them the power to tell the story that needs to be told.”
EARTHxFilm brought together Academy Award-winning directors, environmental activists, passionate celebrities and many local filmmakers with screenings of “Ridge to Reef,” “Pete’s Dragon” and clips from the upcoming documentary focused on food deserts, “Where’s the Food?!” Cain and co-founder of EARTHxFilm and founder of EARTHx, Trammell S. Crow not only provide a platform for sustainable filmmakers to showcase their work, but also helped produce the breakout film, “Racing Extinction” and the upcoming film based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis, “Bigger than Water.”
Other notable films included:
- “Chasing Coral” – In this Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winning film, the filmmaking team show coral reefs around the world vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
- “Racing Extinction” – A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.
- “A Plastic Ocean” – In this adventure documentary, Craig Leeson teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to 20 locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans.
- “Before the Flood” – A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
“EARTHxFilm worked hand in hand this year with the new conferences and exposition to create an immediate connection for our visitors with the lessons and impact of EARTHx,” added Festival Producer Emily Hargrove. “We look forward to being a part of the impact this unified effort creates in the future. Together, EARTHx and EARTHxFilm aim to inspire global action by empowering people and purpose for the long-term protection of our planet.”
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As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, EARTHx, formerly known as Earth Day Texas (EDTx) has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies, corporate and NGO practices that are reshaping the future. Founded in 2011 by Dallas-based environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EARTHx promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. To learn more about EARTHx, please see the recent announcement or to view the YouTube video, click here.
Launching April 20-23, 2017 at Earth Day Texas, EARTHxFilm showcases films and emerging media that explore conservation, climate change, and the environment while honoring the heroes working to protect our planet. Our mission is to turn awareness into action, through art and media. We achieve our goals by partnering with top environmental, film and entertainment organizations across the globe.