2021 Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival

February 26-27, 2021

Due to COVID-19, we are facing an unprecedented environmental challenge that impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. It has also impacted this year’s “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” Environmental Film Festival.

Still, we are excited to offer the festival, now in its twenty-second year, in a more intimate, hybrid format. This year, due to restrictions on campus, we will not be able to hold the festival in the usual manner. Instead we have planned a new version of the festival that will engage both our on-campus and wider community.

  • The festival will begin with an outdoor screening on campus, on Friday, February 26, available to students, staff and faculty.
  • We will also be hosting a free online screening during the festival that will be available here online and that we’ll link to on the festival’s Facebook page.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 27, we’ll host an online Zoom session connected with the online film, during which one of our faculty will introduce the film and lead a discussion.
Visions & Voices Environmental Film Festival

All films are free. This year’s hybrid format will take place online for the public as well as in-person for the Eckerd College community.

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2021 Environmental Films

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, 7 p.m.

Water Wars:Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller, 120m, 2015

Introduced by Dr. Nathan Andersen and Dr. Christina Petersen, co-directors of the festival, with a discussion after the film.

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where water and fuel are the most precious resources, a group of women rebel against a tyrant who seeks to control them, aided by a reticent drifter named Max. This College Program Series event will be hosted at the GO Pavilion for members of the campus community who are permitted on campus. Some folding chairs will be available; please bring your own lawn chair if you prefer.

Presented in conjunction with the Eckerd College International Cinema series.

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, 7 p.m.

Lives of Animals: Gunda, directed by Viktor Kossakovsky, 93m, 2020

Introduced by Dr. Erin Frick, Assistant Professor of Animal Studies at Eckerd College

An beautiful black and white documentary that immerses its viewers into the daily lives of a pig and her offspring, some cows and chickens. The film will be available February 26 through 28 online. Sign up to receive a password and link to the screening; we’ll also invite you to an online discussion forum on Zoom, during which Dr. Erin Frick will introduce the film and lead a discussion of it!

The Zoom discussion is a College Program Series event.

Recommended Screening (available anytime)

Public Trust: The Fight for America’s Lands, directed by David Byars, 96m, 2020

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