Set in remote mountains along the Tibetan Plateau, “Winter Worm Summer Grass” is an intimate portrait of a family who forages the meadow for medicinal caterpillar fungus. When an American filmmaker happens upon them during a summer blizzard, they offer shelter and friendship.Director's Bio:Justin is a multilingual filmmaker who has made documentaries around the world for the United Nations Foundation, VICE, PBS, and others. Raised in Virginia and Jamaica, he is passionate about telling global stories and building cultural bridges through filmmaking. Justin holds an MFA from UCLA film school and a BA from Davidson College. He is a former Fulbright Arts Grantee to China, where he lived and filmed “Winter Worm Summer Grass”. Justin is currently a professor of Cinema at Virginia Tech.
The island of O'ahu is covered with coconut palms, but for fear of liability the vast majority of these sacred trees have been stripped of coconuts. The grassroots movement "Niu Now" is on a mission to restore the "niu," or coconut, as a fundamental food crop in Hawai'i and spread the Indigenous wisdom of "aloha 'āina:" loving land and serving people.Director's Bio:Alex Cantatore is a director and cinematographer focused on communicating new ideas and old wisdom to better understand our relationship with the Earth and each other. He hails from White Plains, NY, studied at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and currently makes his home in San Diego, CA.
Connecting humanity with salmon and the sea through the subtle art of poetry and Gyotaku (fish rubbing), Duncan Berry shares his experience as a longtime environmentalist and former captain of a salmon troller. In adopting the perspective of this transcendent fish, the beauty and power of the Oregon coast becomes the canvas through which the evolution of the salmon is illustrated.Director's Bio:A director, filmmaker and editor, Whit Hassett cultivates empathy and action through film. With a background in ecology and an insatiable desire to fuse science, social justice and advocacy, she chronicles human stories connecting us to the natural world. She recently directed and produced “This Land,” a short film that was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick, nominated for Best of the Year and screened at major outdoor and environmental film festivals worldwide.
Join Spring Alaska from Sakari Farms for this wonderful cooking demonstration on local Pacific Northwest ingredients and heritage. Salmon for example, plays a critical role in our shared ecosystem; and for centuries, has sustained our tribes living throughout the Columbia River Watershed.Director's Bio:Robert A. Cuadra is a husband, father, filmmaker (pixelmaker), and surfer. His work spans from music videos, commercials to documentaries and film narratives. He is an ex-military brat who has lived all over the world and the United States, inspiring his life-lesson mantra "Never remain idle.”
In their family restaurant, the Roca brothers want to cook the dishes their aging mother enjoyed in her youth. To safeguard their culinary heritage and family legacy they go on a journey where they discover the alarming rate of diminishing crop diversity.Director's Bio:Alberto Utrera is a director and screenwriter. He holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, where he also studied a master s degree in directing and writing. He studied Direction of actors in the Film Center with Natalia Mateo and Audiovisual Application to Digital Marketing in ECAM.