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BIFF’s Environmental Film Focus Series Returns this Month!

By April 2, 2021No Comments


Join us on Saturday, April 24th at 3PM as we kick-off BIFF’s popular Environmental Film Focus Series with an inspirational film and exciting panel discussion. We will be screening the film together on that day followed by an engaging discussion and Q&A with our panel of experts.

This event is proudly and generously sponsored by
The Whitehead Foundation and FREE TO ALL!

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GATHER is an intimate portrait of a growing movement among Indigenous Americans to reclaim their spiritual and cultural identities through obtaining sovereignty over their ancestral food systems, while battling against the historical trauma brought on by centuries of genocide.

GATHER follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath river.

Following the screening, we have organized a lively panel discussion led by Lillian Lennox, that includes the film’s director Sanjay Rawal; Danielle Hill, founder of Heron-Hill LLC; and Jen Salenetti, co-founder, farmer and Director of Education & Community Engagement at Woven Roots Farm & Education Center.

Registration for this special event and more details to follow, but Save The Date today!


Sanjay Rawal

A James Beard Award-winning filmmaker, Sanjay made FOOD CHAINS (EP Eva Longoria, Eric Schlosser) which chronicled the battle of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a small group of Oaxacan and Chiapan indigenous farmworkers in Florida, against the largest agribusiness conglomerates in the world. The film was released theatrically in a number of countries (Screen Media in the US) and won numerous awards—including citations from the US Conference of Mayors, the Clinton Global Initiative and the White House. The film was also a Winner (shared) of the 2016 BritDoc Impact award and several festival prizes.

Sanjay’s last film 3100: RUN AND BECOME won several festival prizes, had a robust theatrical release in the US in 2018 and is opening in traditional theatrical engagements across Europe and Australia in 2020 and 2021.

Danielle Hill

Danielle Hill, founder of Heron-Hill LLC holds an MPA in Sustainable Development from the World Learning Graduate Institute and in 2018 established her consulting business Heron-Hill LLC. She works in various capacities for Tribal governments, Tribal Organizations and Native American non-profits consulting on a variety of Indigenous issues. Danielle is also a student midwife and Doula and is passionate about reviving indigenous birthing practices, promoting food sovereignty, indigenous farming and maintaining Eastern Woodland traditions. Danielle is also co-owner of the Wampanoag Trading Post and Gallery and a member of the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers

Jen Salenetti

Jen Salinetti (she/her) is a co-founder, farmer, and the Director of Education & Community Engagement at Woven Roots Farm. For over 15 years, Jen has offered workshops and courses that develop relationships to land, build skills of resilience, promote traditional growing practices, and amplify pathways to social justice in the local school system, for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, and other regional organizations. She was recently selected as one of the Berkshires’ 25 most dedicated, influential, and creative people.

BIFF thanks The Whitehead Foundation for their generous sponsorship of the Environmental Film Focus Series, now in its fourth year!

Thursday, April 22 | 4PM
Howie Arkans Discusses the Work of NOAH BAUMBACH – THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and FRANCES HA

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE: Follows two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

FRANCES HA: A New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles.
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The concept of the auteur—of the filmmaker as an artist and author of his or her works—began in Paris in the late 50s to 60s, where filmmakers and critics reacted to the industrialized of filmmaking in the United States and Europe.

The French word auteur literally translates to the English, “author.” Within the context of cinema, the word auteur is used to describe a director who exerts a high level of control across all aspects of a film. Auteur directors generally have a distinctive style from film-to-film and often fill other roles besides directing including: writing, editing, and sometimes acting in their own films.

Howard Arkans BA, MD, Stanford Howie has had a keen interest in film since his grandmother took him to see THE JAZZ SINGER remake in 1952. He has taught Tuesday at the Movies for OLLI at BCC for the past 12 winters and has been a BIFF REEL Friend for years.

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