Big Bear Lake, CA, September 19, 2013 – The outdoors will be celebrated and environmental causes will be promoted at the Reel Rocks Tour Saturday night in the Village, and the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival at the PAC and Village Theaters Friday – Sunday.
2013, 73 min., USA, Documentary
Producer/Writer/Director: Beth Gage, George Gage
Bidder 70 is Tim DeChristopher, the student who monkey-wrenched a fraudulent Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leasing auction in December 2008. Bidding $1.8 million to save 22000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness, Tim brought the BLM to an abrupt halt in a stunning act of civil disobedience. In February 2009, the new Obama administration retroactively invalidated the entire BLM auction. Nevertheless, DeChristopher was federally indicted, facing up to ten years in prison and $750,000 in fines for his disruption of the illegal auction. Over the next two years, DeChristopher stepped up his activism and evolved into a climate justice leader, until his trial began on February 28, 2011. Bidder 70 is Tim’s journey from economics student to incarcerated felon.
Schedule Time: Friday, September 20 at 4:15, Village Theater NorthDEFYING EXTINCTION: THE STORY OF THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR
2013, 88 min., USA, Documentary
Producer/Writer/Director: John Mark Maio
“Defying Extinction,” is the story of over one hundred years of human effort to save the Condor from extinction.
Schedule Time: Saturday, September 21 at 11:30 am, Village Theater North
2013, 33 min., USA, Documentary (Big Bear Connection)
Director: Ian Murphy
Cast: Dixie Madden, Ian Murphy, James Ramos, Jean Karwalis, Robert Robles
150 years ago, Big Bear’s most important historical landmark to date was dynamited to pieces, along with it the creation story of the local Native Americans. Film maker Ian Murphy takes us on a journey back in time to find out why, and to discover who blew up “God’s Eye”, a brilliant white quartz outcrop that holds stories of legend, survival & hope. This historical account interviews descendants of Indians and Miners, and questions how we can better preserve our sacred sites.
Schedule Time: Saturday, September 22 at 11:30 am, Village Theater North
2012, 90 min., USA, Documentary (Big Bear Connection)
Producer/Director: Brian Olliver
GORGING is an adventurous look at canyoneering, the sport of exploring canyons by means of hiking, swimming, climbing and rappelling. Relatively obscure, the sport became recognizable after the grisly accident of Aron Ralston, who severed his own arm while trapped in a canyon. Experiencing an overnight spike in popularity by the late 90’s – in the wake of canyon accidents appearing on broadcast news, along with the advent of the internet – the sport became inundated with participants of all backgrounds and skill levels. Faced with a new era of off-the-couch recreationalists, three influential pioneers, a canyoneering instructor, photographer, and guidebook author each respond to a growing interest in the dangerous activity.
Schedule Time: Sunday, September 22 at 10:30 am, Village Theater North
2013, 57 min., USA, Documentary
Director: Angela Sun
Producer: Angela Sun, Tanya Leal Soto
Cast: Angela Sun
Angela Sun’s journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, industry, legislators and activists who shed light on what our society’s vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health.
Schedule Time: Friday, September 20 at 2:00 pm, Village Theater North
Schedule Time: Friday, September 21 at 12:45 pm, Northwoods Resort
2012, 40 min., USA, Documentary, Palomar College
Producer/Director: Bill Wisneski
Writer: Bill Wisneski, Mona Witherington
Cast: Milton Lawrence
After being brought back from the brink of extinction, Sea otters are once again in peril. An unprecedented number of Sea otter deaths have occurred along the California coast in the last three years. But not everyone wants to support a thriving Sea otter population. Otters are at the center of a bitter controversy regarding the Fish & Wildlife Services recent decision to eliminate their No Otter Zone from Southern California waters.
Schedule Time: Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 pm, Northwoods Resort