Presented by Curiosity, the EarthX Film Festival 2022 will spotlight Texas this year by celebrating the filmmakers and stories from the Lone Star State. The festival will showcase powerful Texas stories of nature and conservation, climate change, oil drilling vs. property rights, boom and bust oil, fast fashion and more. The event will welcome directors with ties to Texas including Ben Masters, Raj Patel, John Claiborne Brown, Brandon Holmes, Alejandra Vasquez, Kathryn Francis and many more.
For the first time, TheEarthX Film Festival 2022 will be located in the Dallas Arts District from May 12-15, 2022. The festival will showcase over 75 feature-length and short documentary films that celebrate nature, environment, conservation and outdoor adventure while honoring the heroes working to protect our planet.
DEEP IN THE HEART
Directed by award winning filmmaker Ben Masters, Deep in the Heart is a visually stunning celebration of Texas’ diverse landscapes and remarkable wildlife found nowhere else. Told through the eyes of wildlife species ranging from the mysterious blind catfish to the elusive mountain lion, the film follows our ever-changing relationship with the natural world and how we affect it. Narrated by beloved Texan, Matthew McConaughey, the film aims to safeguard our remaining wild places and to recognize the importance of Texas’ conservation on a continental scale. Directed by Ben Masters. RT: 103 mins
BATTLE FOR THE HEART OF TEXAS
Landowners and county officials were in the dark when, in September of 2018, Kinder Morgan announced construction of The Permian Highway Pipeline, a 420 mile natural gas pipeline traversing Texas. When the news was announced one thing would become clear: if a private company can exercise the power of eminent domain, private property rights no longer exist in the very state these rights are sacred. Battle for the Heart of Texas explores the tension that arises between individuals, corporations and government — and ultimately how this affects the land itself. Directed by John Claiborne Brown. RT: 80 mins
THE ANTS AND THE GRASSHOPPER
Anita Chitaya has many a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, educate men in gender equality and end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. Traveling from Malawi to the White House, she meets climate skeptics and despairing farmers. Anita’s journey highlights the power of conversation and compassion in the mission to protect Mother Earth in The Ants and the Grasshopper. Directed by: Raj Patel, Zak Piper. RT: 74 mins
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS
WHEN IT’S GOOD, IT’S GOOD
A filmmaker returns to her hometown in West Texas to document the effects of the boom-and-bust nature of the oil industry. Unexpectedly, she documents the political transformation that takes place in her family over five years and two election cycles. An intimate portrait of place, family, memory, politics and economy, When It’s Good, It’s Good centers around life in an oil town called Denver City, Texas. Director Alejandra Vasquez. RT: 16 mins
THE MONSTER IN OUR CLOSET
We are wearing fossil fuels. The fashion industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than France, Germany and the United Kingdom combined. The Monster in Our Closet documents how a determined lawyer, a surfing materials developer and a witty climate reporter work to tackle the problem of plastic in fashion by championing solutions through policy, design and individual action. Directors: Kathryn Francis, Nicole Gormley. RT: 27 minutes
80º North follows a group of international artists as they explore the Arctic island chain of Svalbard. Set against dramatic natural backdrops, the artists share their hopes, fears and insights on encountering an environment undergoing radical change. Director Brandon Holmes. RT: 15 mins
There are several other films to check out located here: https://earthxfilmfestival.org/films/.
ABOUT EARTHX FILM FESTIVAL 2022
The 2022 EarthX Film Festival is four days of film, music and interactive environmental programs and events set in the heart of Dallas Arts District, May 12-15. The mission is to bring awareness of the environmental crisis in order to create sincere action on both an individual and communal scale; to inspire local and global change on how we as humans affect our home planet and our fellow beings. For more information, visit https://earthxfilmfestival.org.
EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference, film festival, and television network and is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration, and community-driven sustainable solutions. EarthxTV is now available as an OTT platform on streaming TV services, mobile devices, and tablets for balanced, inclusive environmental conversations, programs, emerging media & films. Visit www.EarthX.org.
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