2023 Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival

Taking place between February 23 and March 4, 2023
Exact dates and times TBA

This will be the 25th Anniversary of the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival, with its mission to bring compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment.

Film scholars as well as established and emerging filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films.

For questions, reach out to either of the co-directors for the festival this year: Nathan Andersen and Joanna Huxster.

Visions & Voices Environmental Film Festival

All films are free and open to the public.

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2022 Environmental Films

Friday, February 18, 2022 – 7 p.m.,
Eckerd College GO Pavilion

Lamb, directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson (Icelandic, 106m, 2021)

A childless couple is astonished when their sheep gives birth to a strange new lamb, who they decide to raise as if she were their own child. The film balances the timeless feel of a fable with the unsettling dread of eco-horror, and poses the question to what extent we have the right to impose our wills upon the natural world.

This film features an introduction and discussion with festival co-directors Dr. Nathan Andersen (Philosophy & Film Studies, Eckerd College) and Dr. Christina Petersen (Film Studies, Eckerd College).

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 – 7 p.m.
Eckerd College GO Pavilion

The Long Coast, directed by Ian Cheney (English, 80m, 2021)

A lyrical and artful portrait of seafolk and seafood producers along the coast of Maine whose lives and livelihoods are inextricably connected to a sea shifting in front of their eyes.

This film features an introduction and discussion with Dr. Noelle Boucquey (Environmental Studies, Eckerd College) and Dr. Jessie Fly (Anthropology, Eckerd College).

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – 7 p.m.
Eckerd College GO Pavilion

The Velvet Queen, directed by Marie Amiguet & Vincent Munier (French, 92m, 2021)

In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, an award-winning photographer guides a writer in his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. With its lavish wildlife cinematography, the film examines the intersections between art and the environment.

This film features an introduction and discussion with professor and documentary filmmaker Nick Corrao (Film Studies, Eckerd College).

Thursday, February 24, 2022 – 7 p.m.
Eckerd College GO Pavilion
Online screening open to the public, link forthcoming

Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective, directed by Costa Boutsikaris and Anna Palmer (English, 76m, 2021)

For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped the natural landscape, but centuries of colonization have disrupted the ability to maintain traditional ways of life. As the climate crisis escalates these time-tested practices of North America’s original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world. This documentary follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices.

This film features an introduction and discussion with Dr. Carolyn Johnston (History, American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Eckerd College).

Friday, February 25, 2022 – 7 .pm.
Eckerd College GO Pavilion

2040, directed by Damon Gameau (English, 92m, 2021)

Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau examines solutions to some of the many environmental problems we currently face, in this colorful documentary that aims to imagine a hopeful future for his daughter, who will be 21 in the year 2040.

This film features an introduction and discussion with Dr. Jesse Sherry (Environmental Studies, Eckerd College),

Festival Venue

Due to pandemic, this year the films will be shown outdoors on campus and online.
Normally we use the state-of-the-art Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium which features:

  • New Epson 4K 12,000 lumen projector
  • DVD and VHS tape video projection capabilities
  • 12′ x 26′ projection screen
  • 16 JBL surround speakers
  • 3 JBL cinema stage speakers
  • 374 upholstered, cushioned seats

Film Festival Archive

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