Portland EcoFilm Festival




The Portland EcoFilm Festival at the Hollywood Theatre features films about the environment, nature conservation, outdoor adventure, agriculture and community wellness.  Screenings include a filmmaker Q&A or a panel discussion with local experts designed to engage audience participation and environmental conservation.

Our 2015 Festival takes place April 9th-12th, with additional featured screenings throughout the year.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Founding Sponsor of the Portland EcoFilm Festival, is dedicated to changing the way people think about food through finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers they are sourced from. Chipotle is committed to helping educate people about the importance of sustainability and their right to know where food comes from, in the hopes of effecting change and building awareness around social issues. Chipotle-300x78


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cary_seeds-300x217SEEDS OF TIME

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting and climate change is already affecting farmers globally. Fowler’s personal passion and worldwide journey – including founding the Svalbard Global Seed Bank in the Arctic Circle – may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. Watch trailer here. 


Congratulations to SEEDS OF TIME – winner of our Best Film Award!


Freshwaters Illustrated, www.freshwatersillustrated.org, www.davidherasimtschuk.com, dave@freshwatersillustrated.orgTHE LOST FISH

One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest fish is disappearing, and along with it the sacred place it holds among many American Indian Tribes. The sharp declines in Pacific Lamprey populations are a signal of how severely we have changed our river systems. THE LOST FISH profiles people working to raise public awareness of the ecological importance, conservation needs and cultural significance of Pacific Lamprey to Pacific Northwest Tribes. Filmmakers in attendance. Watch trailer here.

Congratulations to Elmer Crow Jr., profiled in THE LOST FISH – winner of our EcoHero Award!


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This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Filmmakers Travis Rumel, Ben Knight and Matt Stoecker in attendance. Watch trailer here.



Here in the US, hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. So why can’t we grow it here? BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more. Filmmaker Linda Booker in attendance. Watch trailer here.



A film exploring the corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance:  seeds. GMO OMG director/concerned father Jeremy Siefert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect children, the health of our planet and freedom of choice? Watch trailer here.

ECO SHORTS PROGRAM: Short films profiling people who turn progressive environmental ideas into actions. Films include THE LOST FISH, BACKYARD, GREGG TREINISH- A MOVESHAKE STORY, and BROOKLYN FARMER.


A documentary film about fracking and its effects on five people’s lives. Following stories in Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Dakota and Montana, an eerie similarity emerges amongst them, despite the vast differences in geography and personal histories. It is a story of seeing broadly, looking towards the future, and considering the greater good.  Watch trailer here.


When asked how others could follow their passion for making change, Gregg Treinish simply replied, “Three seconds of courage…that’s all it takes.” After being named Adventurer Of the Year by National Geographic, Gregg combined his passion for adventure, his deep interest in education and wildlife biology and three seconds of courage to found Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.  Visit official Facebook page.


BROOKLYN FARMER explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City.  As their growing operation expands to a second roof, the team confronts the realities in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities. Watch trailer here.


WRENCHED captures the passing of the monkey wrench from Edward Abbey and other pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation who will carry their legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness – the spirit of the West. Watch trailer: Wrenched


This film is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. Risking financial ruin, personal safety and family security, these people’s stories of resistance and direct action explore the human spirit and how social change happens in America. Filmmaker John Fiege in Attendance.  Watch trailer here.


TINY is a documentary about home and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny home” from scratch and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream. Filmmaker Christopher Smith in attendance. Watch trailer here.

Festival questions? Contact Producer Dawn Smallman at [email protected]

Thanks to our audiences, to the filmmakers and to the many community members and organizations who were featured at our film screenings and/or on our event panel discussions!  Groups included: Friends of Portland Community Gardens, The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Friends Of The Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Right To Know, Hemp History Week, Pad Tiny Houses, Micro Community Concepts, Shelter Wise, PDX 350.org, Food and Water Watch

The Presenting Sponsor of THE PORTLAND ECOFILM FESTIVAL is Chipotle Mexican Grill

Watch “The Scarecrow,” the companion film for Chipotle’s new app-based game. Then download the free app at www.scarecrowgame.com and join the quest for wholesome, sustainable food. The song “Pure Imagination” performed by Grammy Award®–winning artist Fiona Apple, is available for download on iTunes.

The Supporting Sponsor of THE PORTLAND ECOFILM FESTIVAL is New Belgium Brewing


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