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Film changes lives. ActNow inspires film-goers to become educated and respond immediately to certain films and social issues in a positive and proactive way, inviting social and environmental change. Post-film, when you're feeling inspired, participate in hands-on opportunities to become more educated and be a vehicle of change — sign petitions, volunteer, make a donation, and find out ways that YOU can make a difference.


ActNow has been generously brought to you by Oceanic Preservation Society and Zoetica.

 


A PLASTIC OCEAN

Craig Leeson | click for director bio |
Julie Anderson, in person

(USA/UK/Hong Kong, 2016, 102 mins)

Plastic is everywhere - including a lot of places you don’t want it to be. 

In this adventure documentary, journalist Craig Leeson searches for the elusive blue whale, but ends up discovering plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. Teaming up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years exploring the fragile state of our oceans, uncovering alarming truths about plastic pollution, and best of all, revealing solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

This film has been generously sponsored by Zoetica; Oceanic Preservation Society; and by SmithWorks Natural Homes.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 6:30 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 1 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1



WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE

Anna Chai and Nari Kye
(USA, 2017, 85 mins)

Chef Anthony Bourdain explores why 1.3 billion tons of food (or $218 billion dollars of food) is thrown out every year - and what can be done about it.

Every year 80% of the world’s water, 40% of the world’s land, and 10% of the world’s energy is dedicated to growing the food we eat, yet in the same year 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. That’s a third of all food grown around the world being wasted before it even reaches a plate. WASTED! The Story of Food Waste sheds a light on the pressing issue of food waste. The film offers solutions like reorienting consumer perspectives on the food that is normally cast aside, and what changes we can make to our food production chain to create a more sustainable food system. Starring chefs Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, and Massimo Bottura.

This film has been generously sponsored by Larimer Associates and Good Food 100 and by Ursla and Matthew Null.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - 6 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 1 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS


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BENDING THE ARC

Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos
(USA, 2017, 102 mins)

Meet the fearless doctors who tackled tuberculosis in the developing world and AIDS at home.

The extraordinary doctors and activists whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all, creating one of the most powerful and effective nonprofits in history: Partners In Health. One of the most moving and inspiring films of the  year.  Featuring Dr. Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

This film has been generously sponsored by Jennie and Sean Reilly; and Berek Novak, Donna Kindervatter & Cathy Cox.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 10:30AM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 6:30PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1


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NOAH

Dana Romanoff, in person  | click for director bio |
Noah Patton, in person
Pastor Robert McCathern, Director of Urban Renaissance Center of Flint, in person
(USA, 2017, 9 mins), WORLD PREMIERE

Noah, a young man from Flint, Michigan, was going down a one-way street backward. With a gun on his hip and many enemies, he was living on borrowed time. However, like Flint itself, Noah is striving to rise from the ashes and positively shape the future of his community. By CBFF alumni Dana Romanoff.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 10:30 AM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 4:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2


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A WAY FORWARD

Isaac & Jacob Seigel-Boettner  | click for director bio |
(USA/Kenya, 2016, 6 mins)

A Way Forward tells the story of how the bicycle empowered two young women to not only pursue their own dreams, but inspire others to do the same. By CBFF alumni Jacob Seigel-Boettner.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 6:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
(Plays before BENDING THE ARC)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 10 AM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
(Plays before THE WORKERS CUP)


YOU CAN DO THIS

Hunter Brothers and Paul Brothers, in person (USA, 2017, 6 mins)

Filmed on Mt. Crested Butte, this touching, emotional film shows a family learning to ski through Adaptive Sports. The Adaptive Sports Center enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities through exceptional outdoor adventure activities. The successful programs the ASC provides are inclusive to families and friends, empower our participants in their daily lives and have a positive enduring effect on self efficacy, health, independence and overall well-being. This film is about one family in particular who packed their lives up and moved cross-country because of Adaptive Sports - meet the Dryers.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 9 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
(Plays before CHARGED: THE EDUARDO GARCIA STORY)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 1 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
(Plays before THE GUYS NEXT DOOR)


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WELCOME TO CANADA

Adam Loften & Mary Fowles  | click for director bio |
Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee, in person
(USA, 2016, 19 mins), Colorado Premiere

Mohammed Alsaleh is a young Syrianee granted asylum in Canada. After fleeing torture and imprisonment, he is rebuilding his life and counseling newly-arrived Syrian refugee families. They all have loved ones left behind and are struggling to adapt to a new land, a new beginning. Produced by CBFF alumni Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 10 AM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 1 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS


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YOUTH V GOV

Christi Cooper, in person | click for director bio |
Kelsey Juliana, in person
(USA, Work in Progress, 18 mins)

In a groundbreaking civil rights lawsuit, 21 youth take the US government to court for creating a climate emergency that threatens the future. Experts will testify. Whistleblowers will talk. The youth will share their testimonies. And the weight of this court’s decision, and possibly humanity, hangs in the balance.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 10 AM PUBLIC HOUSE
*One Showing only


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THE LAST HONEY HUNTER

Ben Knight, in person  | click for director bio |
(USA, 2017, 35 mins)

In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, the Kulung people carve their lives out of the land and practice an ancient form of animism structured around the god Rongkemi. There you will find a wiry and unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the perilous rite of honey harvesting.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 1:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1


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FILM CHANGES LIVES. Each year, Crested Butte Film Festival chooses important documentary films to participate in our ActNow Program. Please consider helping to fund this program and help bring important, life-changing films to the big screen.