Dragging 235 lbs Uphill Both Ways (8 minutes). This is an anthem for all people watching their children/grandchildren become increasingly plugged in to electronics but out of touch with the outdoors. One mom of four kids—with a combined weight of 235 pounds—decides to turn off the screens and make a change.
Featured Presentation: SHIFT (29 minutes). A lot of Evanston biking enthusiasts would love to hit the trails in Carcross, Yukon. Watch the story of a group of indigenous youth who spent 10 years converting traditional trails into a worldclass mountain biking destination. Their journey transformed the community and themselves.
Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen (9 minutes). This could be one of the creepiest films ever hosted at the EEA's film festival. The rumor in the northernmost city in the world is that nobody is allowed to be buried in the area because the thawing permafrost may expose the bodies long after being laid to rest. The narrator describes the story as “the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.” Could climate change resurrect some of the world's ancient plagues? This is disturbing, but fascinating material.
The Secrets Held in the Ice (14 minutes). Told with beautiful animation, this is the story of how pioneering glaciologist Claude Lorius fell in love with Antarctica and found his vocation. While sharing drinks with friends he notices air bubbles in the ice cubes and has an epiphany: Will drilling deep into Arctic ice give clues to how the climate has changed over the centuries? See what happens next.
Sky Migrations (15 minutes). "Looking into an eagle's eyes changes you." So begins this engaging film by ecologist Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation. Follow a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems.
The films will be shown in the third-floor auditorium at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave.
Ticket prices are $10 each night for the general public, and individual EEA members will pay $5 each night for their ticket and $10 for each guest. Other EEA memberships (Family, Contributing, Sustaining, Not-for-profit and Lifetime) are also $5 each night, with each additional ticket costing $8 per night. Tickets are available online.
Parking will be available in the One Rotary Center building parking garage (which is in the same building as the theater). This garage can be entered from the north side of Grove St., just west of Sherman Ave. There is also street parking nearby and public parking garages within two blocks at 821 Davis St. and 1501 Sherman Ave. (Holiday Inn lower level).