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Students! What are you doing this summer?

Spend some time outside this summer! The Colorado Environmental Film Festival is seeking student-made films and environmental photographs for the 2018 festival. The Call for Entries opens July 1. Selected films will be shown at the 2018 festival and entered in competition to win our coveted Best Youth Film Award!

Congratulations to the 2017 CEFF Award Winning Films

The following films were awarded top honors on CEFF Opening Night 2017!

Temple of the Ghost Owl

Directed by Justin Myhre

 

A Ghost in the Making

Directed by Morgan Heim and Neil Losin

 

A Plastic Ocean

Directed by Craig Leeson

 

Poisoning Paradise

Directed by Keely Shay Brosnan and Teresa Tico

 

American Psychosis

Directed by Amanda Zackem

 

Complete our Survey!

Attended the festival this year? Tell us what you think and be entered to win one of 2 Patagonia Jackets! Must complete survey before 2/26/17 to be eligible to win.

 

Complete the Short Survey HERE 

 

Want to help out with next year’s festival? Contact ceffchair@gmail.com to find out more about how we plan the festival and how we select films!

FREE Opening Night Festivities

Join CEFF for our Opening Night Celebration – Awards, Films and Panel Discussion!

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017

  • 7-9:30pm: Film Screening, Short Award Ceremony and State of the Environment in Colorado Panel Discussion and Q/A

Where: American Mountaineering Center

What: In today’s political climate, it has already become increasingly difficult to bring people and solutions to the table. Join CEFF for 3 amazing short films to kick off the festival followed by an engaging conversation with three leading members in Colorado’s environmental community bringing to the table a wide variety of expertise in environmental history, climate change, activism, filmmaking and more! This is your opportunity to get inspired and find ways to act on your passion to preserve and protect our environment! Be a part of the movement!

Tickets: Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are FREE as a part of CEFF’s effort to support our local community! Tickets are available on a first come basis, so reserve your ticket in advance here to join us!

 Emcee – John Fielder

John Fielder is a nationally renowned nature photographer, publisher, teacher, and environmentalist. He is the photographer of more than 40 books, all about Colorado. Having worked tirelessly for the protection of Colorado’s open space and wildlands, his photography has influenced people and legislation. He was an original Board Member of Great Outdoors Colorado, and lives in Summit County, Colorado, where he operates a fine art gallery and teaches photography workshops to adults and children.

  Panelist – Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Colorado State Historian and leads the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches environmental studies and history. She has authored four books and is a frequent public speaker and columnist for The Denver Post. Patty has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public, to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary conflicts, and to making the case for humor as an essential asset of the humanities.

 Panelist – Dr. Jonathan Ormes

Jonathan Ormes is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and recently retired Director of the Denver Research Institute at the University of Denver. Dr. Ormes also was the Director of Space Sciences at the Goddard Space Flight Center from 2000 to 2004. Recently, Jonathan has turned his attention to understanding the issues involved in our stewardship of the planet, including global warming, species extinctions, land and water issues, and how increasing population and affluence drive these challenges.

 Panelist – Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is a Zookeeper at Denver Zoo and founder of Team Nepalorado and the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund. He has worked with pachyderms for over 20 years and started Team Nepalorado as a means of turning his marathon training toward funding conservation action. Dave created the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund in honor of a young conservationist and her life passion to help endangered species around the world. The Fund’s mission is to help empower the people of our planet and to work together to save our remaining ecosystems and all of the creatures they contain.

Environmental Photography Keynote!

Please join us for the Opening Reception of the 8th Annual Environmental Photography Exhibit at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. We will award the Best of Show and there will be a Keynote Presentation by Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum.

Eric Paddock joined the Denver Art Museum in 2008 as the first curator of the Department of Photography.  Prior to coming to the DAM, Paddock was the first curator of photography and film at the Colorado Historical Society where he served for 26 years.  Paddock has taught as a visiting professor of art history and photography at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver, Colorado College and Arapahoe Community College’s study abroad arts program in Aix-en-Provence, France.  Originally from Boulder, Paddock holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Yale University.  Paddock is the author of Belonging to the West (Johns Hopkins University Press, in association with the Center for American Places, 1996), and has contributed essays to recent monographs by Robert Adams, Robert Benjamin and Chuck Forsman.  Photographs he made in the 1990s and early 2000s are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Evening Schedule:
5:30 – 7:15 pm Opening Reception
6:30 – 7:15 pm Award & Keynote Presentation

7:30 – 9:30pm Environmental Film Session (Tickets required – Purchase HERE)

 

Tickets On Sale Now!

Enter Today – Environmental Photography Contest

8th Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition is a worldwide curated environmental photography exhibition held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado and is in its eighth year being held in conjunction with the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. Images from the submissions will be selected by Denver Art Museum Photography Curator Eric Paddock and displayed from February 24 to May 1, 2017.  From avant-garde to f64 images, the Environmental Photography Exhibition hopes to represent the shared visions of world communities that are concerned about environmental issues.  This exhibit is intended to inspire viewers on an emotional level.  Ideally photographs will inform and inspire viewers to think about the environment or motivate them to take action.

Call for Entry deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017
Notification Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
Physical Delivery Date Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017
Opening: February 5:30 PM Friday, February 24, 2017

Exhibition February 24 – May 1, 2017

Visit http://www.ceff.net/photography-exhibition/ for more information.

2017 CEFF poster download

Download the CEFF 2017 Poster


You may download this file, print it out and help spread the word about CEFF 2017.

To download the poster pdf click here.

CEFF 2016 Award Winning Films

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Best Youth Film

Distress Call

Directed by Brooklyn Goosby, Lexi Justus, Sean Fleetham, and Taylor Redman


Best Short Film

Stung By Climate

Directed by Nils Aucante


Best Feature Film

A Quest for Meaning

Directed by Marc de la Menardiere and Nathanael Coste


Spirit of Activism

The End of the Line

Directed by Sellus Wilder


Best of the Fest

Time Capsule

Directed by Chris Summerfield

Q & A videos from 2016 CEFF available

Kent Gunnufson from Phototalk.TV has made available some video sessions from the 2016 CEFF.

Check them out here

Environmental Photography Exhibition Winners 2016

The 7th Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition began on February 18, 2016 at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. The photographs are on display at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado and the exhibition ends May 1, 2016. The photographs are on display throughout the hallways on the lower level of the center, and there is no admission fee.

From the submitted photographs, twenty eight were chosen for the exhibition, and two were given the following awards:

Best of Show

Have a Seat
by Donna Hixon

Have a Seat by Donna Hixon
Donna received a $250 cash award for winning Best of Show this year.


Special Jurors Selection

Forces of Nature
by Cindy Beckett

Forces of Nature


The Youth division was cancelled this year.

Thank you to Samantha Johnston at CPAC for jurying the entries.

Stop by the American Mountaineering Center and see the other outstanding photographs from this show.

Environmental Photography Exhibition Winners 2015

The 6th Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition began on February 20, 2015 at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. It continues until May 1, 2015 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. The photographs are on display throughout the hallways on the lower level of the center, and there is no admission fee.

From the submitted photographs, thirty were chosen for the exhibition, and three were given the following awards:

Best of Show

Observance by Becky Brice of Golden, Colorado

Observance by Becky Brice


Jurors Award

Woman collecting and cleaning bags from the Nairobi River, Kenya, 2012
by Carolyn Monastra of Brooklyn, NY

Woman collecting and cleaning bags from the Nairobi River, Kenya, 2012 by Carolyn Monastra of Brooklyn, NY


Jurors Award

Northern Territory by Lawrence Worcester of Clyde, Ohio

Northern Territory by Lawrence Worcester

Stop by the American Mountaineering Center and see the other outstanding photographs from this show.

11th CEFF planning begins

We are now planning the next festival which will be February 23-25, 2017. This will be the 11th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival and it will be held in the American Mountaineering Center once again. Now we just need to fill in the details, come up with ideas to make the festival better than ever, and implement them. Exciting times at CEFF!

If you attended the past festival, and want to lend your energy to making the 11th our best ever, please visit the volunteer page. CEFF is always seeking volunteers to help plan and develop the festival, so if you would like to help, share your ideas and energy, please get in touch with us.

Thank you.

11th Annual Festival Planning

We are now planning the next festival which will be February 23-25, 2017. This will be the 11th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival and it will be held in the American Mountaineering Center once again. Now we just need to fill in the details, come up with ideas to make the festival better than ever, and implement them. Exciting times at CEFF!

If you attended the past festival, and want to lend your energy to making the 11th our best ever, please visit the volunteer page. CEFF is always seeking volunteers to help plan and develop the festival, so if you would like to help, share your ideas and energy, please get in touch with us.

Thank you.

Planning has begun for the 11th CEFF which will be February 23-25, 2017

2016 CEFF Sponsorship Packet Available

CEFF 2016 Sponsorship packetThe sponsorship packet that details all the levels and benefits of becoming a sponsor of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival is downloadable here. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors who together with our wonderful volunteers make this festival possible.

The group of CEFF sponsors changes each year for various reasons. We are always sad to lose a sponsor, but it seems new sponsors continue to step up and give us their support. If you resonate with CEFF’s mission, and purpose, consider jumping in at a sponsor level that works for you. We welcome you.

Of course volunteering is another way to contribute.

Thank you.

CEFF 4 Kids Day

For information on CEFF for Kids Day, click here

The Golden Transcript writes about CEFF

The word is spreading about the 10th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival. The Golden Transcript is helping by mentioning one of the films that will be screened, “The Sustainable”

Check out their article and help spread the word about this awesome festival.

CEFF 2015 Winners

Best Short

Prescription Strength

Directed by: Justin Bogardus
(4 minutes)

Saturday Night Live’ meets the solution to all your problems. A hilarious and poignant satire about a current day issue affecting us all…(no spoilers!) revealed in the perfect post-modern capsule, a prescription drug commercial. One lost man, longing for the apocalypse, neutered and crippled by modern life, finds an answer… a hilarious and obvious truth he was missing (and as he discovers, many of us were missing) all along. In the process he sees how absurdly disconnected he was from himself, his loved ones, and the world around him. Finally having fun, feeling sexy with his wife, wild, peaceful and free, this man is blunt in his prescription for what ails our modern society and even more clear about what the cure is for us all….

See the interview with Justin Bogardus by Kent Gunnufson of PhotoTalkTV here

 

Best Feature

The Resilient Ones, A Generation Takes on Climate Change

Directed by: Victor Guadagno
(57 minutes)

In August of 2011, Tropical Storm Irene ripped through the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, upending lives and communities, and reminding us of the ecological foundation of our economic well-being. In the aftermath of the storm, a group of high school students take us on a journey through the region to meet local leaders and innovators. Cody Bary, Erin Weaver, and Gina Fiorile serve as our guides to understanding both short-term strategies for adapting to extreme weather and long-term solutions to reducing carbon emissions. The Resilient Ones explores the complex social transitions necessary to navigate this new era in human history.

 

Best of the Fest

Terra Firma

Directed by: Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson
(61 minutes)

Terra Firma weaves together the stories of three women combat veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and returned home suffering from the symptoms of PTSD. The film follows the women as they go about their daily lives, reflecting on their time spent in the military, the impact of war on their lives and their newfound peace of mind, finding that farming gives them purpose and a new way to serve their country by planting seeds and raising food for their communities.

 

Spirit of Activism

Pipeline Wars: A Burning Debate About Our Future

Directed by: Justin Robinson
(63 minutes)

Filmed in Alberta, Canada, Boulder, Colorado, and the San Francisco Bay Area, Pipeline Wars is an integral, transpartisan inquiry into the debate over oil pipelines in Canada, within the context of a world that is both demanding more energy and concerned about climate change. Pipeline Wars includes an exploration of climate, economics, technology, culture, politics and security from a range of diverse perspectives. Sustainability experts, businesspeople and policy wonks share their insights and ideas about creating an energy future that works.

Foothills Art Center – Exhibition

The Engaged Object

January 23-March 26, 2016

This exhibition, will explore how fine craft artists are using jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles and other fine craft processes to make social, environmental and political statements. Throughout history, craft has played a significant role in radically re-imagining existing societies and has been deeply involved in transforming our ideas about a variety of economic, political and cultural issues. This exhibition will expand the public’s view of the role of craft as it both reflects and influences our ideas, viewpoints and attitudes and will be of particular interest to visitors during the 2016 election year.

The Engaged Object will present the work of some of the most important craft artists working today while also including the work of emerging artists through an open call process. Our goal is to include works that represent the very best examples of fine craft at the service of a larger idea, conviction or point of view.

Foothills Art Center
809 15th Street Golden, CO 80401
303-279-3922
website – http://foothillsartcenter.org/


Kate MacDowell Artist Statement

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We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. – C.S. Lewis.

In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats. In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices.

I hand sculpt each piece out of porcelain, often building a solid form and then hollowing it out. Smaller forms are built petal by petal, branch by branch and allow me the chance to get immersed in close study of the structure of a blossom or a bee. I chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture. It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value. I see each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability.

Colorado Gives Day

Thank you for your continued support of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival! True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film. Whether you help us inspire audiences into awareness and action with your time or your dollars, thank you.

If you are looking forward to the 2016 Fest – our 10th year! – please consider making a donation today or on Colorado Gives Day, December 8. We are part of a community fundraising effort organized by the Golden Civic Foundation.

Click here to donate.

Please support CEFF plus one other today or on Colorado Gives Day! A gift of any amount to another Golden nonprofit or school can change lives!

We will also be at the Foundation’s Colorado Gives Day Holiday Holiday Celebration & Expo. Join us and our other non-profit friends at Table Mountain Inn on Tuesday, December 8 at 4:30-7:00 pm.

For more info: http://goldencivicfoundation.org/

Thanks again for your support, and for sharing this info with a friend!

Prescription Strength launches website

Link to Nature-Rx.org

The short film ‘Prescription Strength’ was a big hit at the recent CEFF. Justin Bogardus, its producer has launched his website Nature-Rx.org. From their press release: “Nature-Rx.org is your website, where you can be entertained and informed about the benefits of getting outdoors – and to learn more about our new award-winning films, our next upcoming film series, and what else is happening with Nature-Rx.”

From their website, you will also find information about their Kickstarter fundraising campaign once it becomes active.

Interview with Justin Bogardus

The short film “Prescription Strength”, won Best Short Film at the 2015 Colorado Environmental Film Festival. Kent Gunnufson of PhotoTalk TV interviewed the film’s director, Justin Bogardus. The video of that interview is below: