Eco-Film Festival Celebrates 10th Year

ecoThe Corvallis Eco-Film Festival is celebrating its tenth year in a row with three environmental documentaries.

On Friday, Feb. 21, they’ll be screening The Lost Fish, a documentary about the struggle to save Pacific lamprey, produced by Corvallis’ own Fresh Water Illustrated. The Lost Fish documents the disappearance of one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest fish. As the filmmakers say on their website, “for a species that has squeezed through most of the earth’s great extinctions, the sharp declines in Pacific lamprey populations are a signal of how severely we have changed river ecosystems.”

On Friday, Feb. 28 is Symphony of the Soil, an “artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil.” According to the filmmakers’ screening guide, “By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals,” we may also come to appreciate our human relationship with soil, including “the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development.”

The first film of the event was screened on the snowy night of Feb 7. Titled Nothing Like Chocolate, it was an inspiring screening of a film about a renegade sustainable chocolate maker in the forests of Ghana. Utilizing solar power, employee shareholding, and small-scale antique equipment, the Grenada Chocolate Company offers an alternative to a global chocolate industry tainted by the use of child slavery.

Besides the films, there will be exhibits, honeywine from Nectar Creek Honeywine, and food from New Morning Bakery. Local experts will be on hand after each film for a brief discussion and audience Q & A. The Corvallis Eco-Film Festival is a collaboration between the Corvallis Environmental Center, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The Eco-Film Festival screenings are at the Odd Fellows Hall in the Friendship Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. both nights. A suggested donation of $5-$10 per person is requested to help cover costs of the festival.

by Nathaniel Brodie

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