A Different Kind of Farm

Friday, September 26, 2014  Overlook Theater  10:00AM

A Siege of Salt and Sand 

Friday, September 26, 2014  Overlook Theater  10:00AM


(Run Time: 64 minutes)

 Sam McNeil | USA | LOS ANGELS PREMIERE(Run Time: 43 minutes)

 In 1998, aquaculturists Carol and Craig Schmarr quit their jobs, packed their bags, and moved to Hawaii where they were determined to create the world’s first seahorse farm. The only hitch – the endangered seahorse had never been bred in captivity and they were told by scientists it was impossible. This is the story of how they discovered the secret, their endeavor to challenge the pet-trade industry, and how they are educating the public about the large number of fish taken yearly from the world’s reefs.


Caught between the corrupting sea and the hungry desert, Tunisia now faces a catastrophic convergence of climate chaos just as the Jasmine Revolution continues to transform the Mediterranean and Saharan country. From ‘The Shore of Death’ in Gabes to the desert-plague of the south, the invasive sea to clear-cut hillocks, Rad and Sam hope to share the stories of scientists, farmers, fishermen, doctors, officials and activists on the front lines of climate change. 



Catalina Island 

Thursday, September 25, 2014  ACC Theater  8:00PM

Divide In Concord 

Thursday, September 25, 2014  ACC Theater  8:00PM


(Run Time: 22 minutes)


(Run Time: 83 minutes)

Just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles lies Santa Catalina Island. Home to numerous endemic plant and animal species, Catalina is a last bastion of true wild land in Southern California. CATALINA ISLAND explores the unique ecology and conservation strategies taking place on the island as told through the eyes of the island’s most iconic species: the American Bison, the Catalina Island Grey Fox, and the Bald Eagle.


DIVIDE IN CONCORD is a feature-length documentary that follows the entertaining tale of the battle of banning bottled water in small town America. Led by a fiery octogenarian, this film shows how a small town can spark a larger revolution.



Thursday, September 25, 2014  ACC Theater  6:00PM

The Forgiving Earth: Voices From Detroit’s Urban Farms 

Friday, September 26, 2014  Overlook Theater  12:00PM

 Jill Rose | New Zealand | S. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE

(Run Time: 20 minutes)

 H. James Gilmore | USA | WORLD PREMIERE

(Run Time: 30 minutes)

Exiled from the tropical paradise where they evolved, a handful of remarkable stick insects, the last of their kind, clung to life on a single, windswept bush on the world’s tallest sea stack for 80 years. Now they’re back from the brink of extinction, but when can they go home? STICKY tells a wonderfully positive Australian conservation success story, celebrating the persistence of life, the adventure and passion embedded in science, and the little creatures underfoot.


THE FORGIVING EARTH documents the voices of Detroit’s 21st century urban farmers as they toil, against all odds, to transform a bankrupt city into a “green and pleasant land.” Every garden in the city is an autobiography; each voice tells a singular story of restoring the earth in order to overcome the effects of drug abuse, incarceration, racism, injustice, poverty or neglect. Ultimately, these voices converge in a chorus of private dreams, public outrage and hopes for Detroit’s regrowth.




Urban Fruit

Friday, September 26, 2014  Overlook Theater  12:00PM


 Roman Zenz | USA

(Run Time: 68 minutes)

 Los Angeles is famous for many things – Hollywood movies, fashion, celebrities, SoCal surfing… but FARMING? Even though Los Angeles was founded on agriculture, is home to many of the world’s best restaurants, and the Urban Farming movement is on the rise….LA is disconnected from where its food really comes from. We follow four urban gardener’s struggle to reawaken our connection to the land.