Loving the Land

8 films in this block • 74 minutes


The Films

Herd Impact

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 23 min
  • Director Peter Byck

Adult Language/Swearing

A North Texas couple lets nature dictate how they graze their cattle. They are having tremendous success in regenerating their land and their lives.

The Dawes Act

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 9 min
  • Director Frederick Dakota

Filmmaker in Attendance

Three individuals reflect on the negative impacts The Dawes Act had, and continues to have, on the lives and communities of Native Americans.

Papa Jack's Cottage

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 2 min
  • Director Liam Kaiser

Family Friendly

Papa Jacks Cottage is a short story documenting the eroding shoreline on Lake Michigan and it’s affect it has on the landscape . The films conception and narration was sparked from a friendly voicemail from Papa Jack to his grandson Liam about the rising waters around his cottage. This short but sweet story serves as a monument to places we hold dear to our hearts.

Blue Carbon

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele

Blue carbon is carbon that is captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us. “You never go into a wetland and just restore one benefit,” says wetlands ecologist John Rybczyk. It improves water quality, provides salmon habitat, protects our shorelines, and also benefits our climate. Restore America’s Estuaries recently lead a first-of-its-kind study in the Snohomish estuary to quantify the climate benefits of estuary restoration. Set in the Snohomish, this film helps to build awareness of blue carbon as a climate mitigation tool and to encourage more investment in wetland restoration at local, state, and federal levels.

The Last Green Thread

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 17 min
  • Director Danny Schmidt & Eric Bendick

Amidst the backdrop of massive development and population growth, three friends embark on a journey through the Everglades Headwaters in Florida to survey a fragile wilderness corridor before it disappears forever.

Passion & Purpose: The Pursuit of an Outdoor Life

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 8 min
  • Director Heart of the Lakes

Michigan has a wealth of tourism each year that utilizes our lakes and rivers – leveraging the outdoor recreation businesses that facilitate us with the gear to enjoy a day on the lake has the undeniable potential to increase Michigan’s economic impact. However, with an increase of footprints in the sand, means coastal conservation is essential in keeping our water clean and accessible. Many of Michigan’s outdoor lifestyle brands and businesses have already made this connection and advocate for coastal conservation.

Adventuring in the Name of Science

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Pablo Durana

Family Friendly

Ricky Jones converted his van into his home, spends his nights in nature, and during the day makes a living making a difference — collecting data from the backcountry to help scientists, and helping others to do so as well. “Why wouldn’t you want to do your part to give back to the community?” he asks. “And that community being the entire world.”

Wildly Yours

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Grant Piering

Adult Language/Swearing

A simple and savory reminder of our wild places, why they deserve more of our attention, protection and love, and what’s at risk if we lose them.