Rising Voices

4 films in this block • 68 minutes

The Films

This is the Way We Rise

  • Year 2020
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Ciara Lacy

Adult Language

THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE is an exploration into the creative process, following Native Hawaiian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as her calling to protect sacred sites atop Maunakea, Hawai`i reinvigorates her art.

Watershed Warriors

  • Year 2023
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Wade Balsamo, Thomas Balsamo

Family Friendly, Michigan Premiere, Staff Pick, Representative in Attendance

For more than 30 years, the Friends of the Fox River (FOTFR) organization has been working to protect and restore the Fox River in Illinois and Wisconsin. Now led by Gary Swick and Jenni Kempf, FOTFR is still fighting for the Fox, organizing river cleanup events to remove tons of trash from the river basin and educating students by bringing them directly to the watershed.

First Person

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 25 min
  • Director Leneb

Filmmaker in Attendance, Subject in Attendance, Adult Language

A genre-bending, monologue driven film. 10 stories, 10 locations. One town, Appleton, Wisconsin, plays the 11th character.

A Voice for the Wild

  • Year 2022
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 19 min
  • Director Jesse Roesler

Subject in Attendance, Staff Pick

Emily Ford and sled dog Diggins attempt to cross the secluded Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in winter during subzero temperatures to raise awareness about copper mining threats.