Mission of Mermaids
Susan Cohn Rockefeller’s film Making the Crooked Straight, about Dr. Rick Hodes, won the Moving Mountains Prize in 2009. The director returns with a very different film, a personal yet allegorical tale about the state of our troubled oceans. More traditional films have been made about the science of the subject, so her hope with Mission of Mermaids is that the mythical creature — a symbol of mystery and hope — will inspire our hearts to save the seas.
Chris Jordan Presentation
Artist Chris Jordan first came to Mountainfilm in 2008 to show and discuss “Running the Numbers,” which depicts mankind’s rapacious consumption. While he continues to work on this series, he’s currently making a film about the plight of the albatross on Midway Island.
In Person: Chris Jordan
In his many trips to the remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Jordan has chronicled what happens to the birds when they collect food for their chicks and return with a beak full of plastic from the Pacific Garbage Gyre. The work is disturbing, but also, like all of Jordan’s work, it’s incredibly beautiful.
Jordan will show some short clips from the film in progress and speak about what he’s seen and experienced on Midway Island.
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Academy Award-nominated director Lucy Walker (Waste Land, Mountainfilm 2010) returns with a stunning, visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan's most beloved flower. Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. The film features photography by Aaron Phillips and music by Moby.