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EarthxFilm Festival Student Shorts + Awards – Virtual Screening

Apr 23 5:30PM CDT

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For the first time, EarthxFilm adds a student shorts block with college and high school films from all over the U.S., Canada, and China. Films tackle issues of climate change, global warming and environmental justice. Meet the Judges as they announce Best High School and College Films which each receive a $500 Award following the block.

Films in order of play:
The Emergency Brake by Macy How
The Homo Sapian Virus by Andrew Wang
Recycled to Ride by Anna Wilder Burns
Under The Weather by Shay Lalor
Protecting Nature by Julia Hu
I Wish Leanne Lin
Wood you live without trees? Bronwyn Christmas
Buzz Kill by Brooke McDonough
Environmental Racism by Nathan Goswick
Rescuing our Reef by Jessica Bukowski
A Cure for Humanity by Jared Fontecha

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Macy How

This film animates images and feel as an “anajam” (collection of students input) to the words of youth activist Greta Thunberg.

Andrew Wang

I am a 17 year old that lives in the Greater Chicago area. I am a Junior in Stevenson High School. I like to make videos that last a couple seconds or a couple minutes; I like to make videos that are animated, stop motion, or live action videos that are filmed...

Anna Wilder Burns

Anna is a New England based documentary filmmaker and photographer with a passion for character-driven adventure, conservation, and sports storytelling. Growing up in coastal Maine, Anna has always had a love for the outdoors. Combining this with a background in Division 1 athletics Anna strives to capture the passionate, driven spirit of...

Shay Lalor

A final wake-up call originating through the urgent threat of a changing climate.

Julia Hu

Leanne Lin

Leanne Lin was born in Taiwan in 2006. She is a fourteen-year-old third cultural kid and is currently living in Shanghai, China, which is the fourth country she has lived in. Leanne enjoys creating films and animations to encapsulate her thoughts. She truly believes that a movie has the power to tell...

Bronwyn Christmann

This film describes how I feel in a forest to highlight the importance of replanting harvested woodlots so the forest can grow again.

Brooke McDonough

Brooke McDonough is a Washington, D.C. based storyteller and a member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW). She uses the convergence of text, photography, and video to share powerful conservation and natural history stories. Brooke is a recipient of National Geographic’s Second Assistant grant...

Nathan Goswick

I am a student filmmaker from Joplin, Missouri who has worked on various corporate commercials across the US. I plan to attend Flashpoint University in Chicago this Fall.

Jessica Bukowski

Jessica Bukowski (17) lives in Mill Valley, California and is part of Tamalpais High School’s class of 2021. She hopes that her film, “Rescuing Our Reefs,” will inspire viewers to learn more about the coral bleaching crisis and live more sustainable lifestyles. // alternative bio: In my 10th-grade science class, I learned...

Jared Fontecha

Jared is a new filmmaker who wants to change how film is looked at by bringing up deep meanings and messages.


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