“Schiff’s 9th Annual Environmental Film Festival will be on Saturday, June 2nd, at 6:30 pm. It will include one short film, one feature film, and a question and answer period with the feature film guest speaker, Adrian Hyde, the Northeast Organic Farming of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) Executive Director.
The feature film this year, Sustainable, is written and directed by Matt Wechsler and produced by Annie Speicher. It is a vital investigation into the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face – soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use – to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it.
The short independent film, Aiden’s Butterflies, is an EEF production by filmmaker, Brad Mays, and producer, Olga Talyn. This sweet and inspiring film introduces us to 11-year-old Aiden Wang, who has been growing milkweed and harboring and releasing Monarch Butterflies since he was 6 years old. We join Aiden in a journey ranging from nature preserves to city streets as he meets new friends and asks us all to help preserve the endangered beautiful monarch butterfly with its dependence on the diminishing supply of milkweed.
The films will be shown at 6:45 pm in Schiff’s Woodbadge Lodge, which is transformed into a woodland theater each year for this special event. Festival attendees may choose to walk from the Nature Center at 339 Pleasant Valley Road in Mendham along marked trails to the theatre location, which is a gentle two-mile, or 20-minute, hike or take one of two complementary hay rides leaving from the Nature Center starting at 6 pm and again at 6:30pm. Starting at 6 pm filmgoers are invited to join us for light dinner fare, enjoyed al fresco on our picnic tables. Movie snacks & drinks will also be available at movie time. For those who might like additional conversation and community, coffee, and dessert will be enjoyed by the firepit at the conclusion of the evening.
Films are family friendly, but the content is geared for ages 10 and up. Tickets are $15 each, a family pack of four tickets for $50, with a student’s rate of $10. Space is limited and advance registration is required.