There’s no doubt how significantly documentaries can influence motivated audiences. In fact, few other mediums are powerful enough to reveal unique perspective. capture imagination and trigger change. To celebrate the substantial important of this art form, and to educate the motivated the people who enjoy it, FOF’s Reel Change SustainAbility Film Fest presents critically acclaimed documentaries focused on a wide variety of social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues.

Each film is followed by a panel discussion with experts representing the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. This approach takes moviegoers from being educated to being engaged emotionally, which is a necessary step towards positive behavior change.

REEL CHANGE SustainAbility Film Fest is a suggested donation of $5

Film Synopses


Bully
This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. BULLY is the first feature documentary film to show how we’ve all been affected by bullying, whether we’ve been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground.

Hungry for Change
Hungry for Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever

In Organic we Trust
The film digs deep with farmers, organic certifiers, scientists, and organic critics to explore the content beneath the label and the truth behind the marketing. It takes a balanced approach to clear up misconceptions about organic food while highlighting practical solutions that are transforming the way we grow and eat.

In Transition 2.0
In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localising their economies and setting up community power stations.

Lost Rivers
Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which was 19th century’s version of the Black Plague. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks.

Plastic Paradise
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers whom shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

Revolution
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he’ll discover that it’s not only sharks that are in grave danger – it’s humanity itself.

Salmon Confidential
Salmon Confidential is a new film on the government cover up of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants.

Terra Blight
Terra Blight traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet.

Tiny
Tiny is a documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.

 

Kamloops

Kamloops REEL Change Film Fest Poster

Thursday, October 17th
Kamloops Art Gallery465 Victoria St #101

  • 7 pm – Lost Rivers (Threatened urban waterways)

Friday, October 18th
Kamloops Yacht Club – 1140 River St

  • 7 pm – Revolution (Human survival)

Saturday, October 19th
Kamloops Yacht Club – 1140 River St

  • 10 am – Hungry for Change (Food and diet industry)
  • 1 pm – Plastic Paradise (Great Pacific Garbage Patch)
  • 3:30 pm – In Organic We Trust (Organics and food security)
  • 7 pm – Salmon Confidential (Threatened wild salmon stocks)

 

All documentaries will be available for viewing at schools and NGO’s between October 7th to 18th.

Vernon

Vernon REEL Change Film Festival Poster

Friday, October 25th
The Schubert Center – 3505 30 Ave

  • 7:00 pm – The Revolution (Human survival)

Saturday, October 26th
The Schubert Center – 3505 30 Ave

  • 10:00 am – In Organic we Trust (Organics and food security)
  • 1:00 pm – In Transition 2.0 (Transition Town movement)
  • 3:30 pm –  Hungry for Change (Food and diet industry)
  • 7:00 pm – Plastic Paradise (Great Pacific Garbage Patch)

Monday, October 28th
Towne Theater – Suite A-2910 30 Ave

  • 5:15 pm – Lost Rivers (Threatened urban waterways)
  • 7:45 pm – Salmon Confidential (Threatened wild salmon stocks)

 

All documentaries will be available for viewing at schools and NGO’s between October 21st to 31st.

Kelowna

Kelowna REEL Change Film Festival Poster

Saturday, November 2nd
De Bakker’s Kitchen

  • 2:00pm – In Organic we Trust (Organics and food security)

Okanagan College Theatre

  • 6:00 pm – Spinning Green (Small plot intensive farming)
  • 7:30 pm –  Terra Blight (Electronic waste)

Monday, November 4th
Spider Agile Technology

  • 6:30 pm – Tiny (Small house movement)

Wednesday, November 6th
Okanagan College Theatre

  • 7:00 pm – Bully (Bullying in Schools)

Friday, November 8th
UBC Okanagan Theatre (ADM 026)

  • 7:00 pm – Salmon Confidential (Threatened wild salmon stocks)

Saturday, November 9th
De Bakker’s Kitchen

  • 2:00 pm – In Transition 2.0 (Transition Town Movement)

Wednesday, November 13th
Okanagan College Theatre

  • 7:00 pm – Lost Rivers (Threatened Urban Waterways)

Friday, November 15th
Tantalus Vineyards

  • 7:00 pm – Hungry for Change (Food and Diet Industries)

Saturday, November 16th
Okanagan College Theatre

  • 5:00 pm – Revolution (Human Survival)
  • 7:30 pm – Plastic Paradise (Great Pacific Garbage Patch)


Behavior Change

Following each REEL CHANGE festival, FOF conducts an online survey to determine the likelihood of participants’ changing their behaviors at home, work, and play based on on what they learned and/or who they met at the film fest. The results are as follows for our 2012 film fest:

  • Roughly 26% said they were “very likely” and 37% said they are “somewhat likely” of making a change at HOME based on what was seen and discussed.
  • Roughly 12% said they were “very likely” and 40% said they are “somewhat likely” of making a change at WORK based on what was seen and discussed.
  • Roughly 20% said they were “very likely” and 41% said they are “somewhat likely” of making a change at PLAY based on what was seen and discussed.
  • Roughly 33% said they were “very likely” and 38% said they are “somewhat likely” of collaborating with others or participating in community sustainability projects.

And very noteworthy is the fact that virtually all people who have attended past REEL CHANGE festivals have changed their behaviors at work, home, and/or play.

Comments

Here’s what people had to say about FOF’s REEL CHANGE SustainAbility Film Festival…

 

“Got me thinking differently about the Earth. Surprsing how much effort is going into wind turbines and how popular they are becoming.”

“Interesting how we need 16 TW to power the world and how green energy creats jobs… liked the green roof idea.”

“Documentaries can provide information on a topic without proving true examples. On The Line took a different appraoch and I feel like I have a better understanding of the topic because opinions and viewpoints were expressed from many areas affected by the pipeline.”

“Makes me think about things that give us moments of happiness, but reminds us that time and memories with family, friends and experiences lead us to longer lasting happiness.”

“I particularly liked the exposure to films and topics that I wouldn’t normally become aware of”

“I took my 18 year old daughter to view the documentaries because she is searching for a place to meet like-minded and aware people.”

“The opportunity to discuss the films after the screenings was great.”

 

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