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2017 Portland EcoFilm Festival

The Portland EcoFilm Festival is the premier environmental film festival in the US Pacific Northwest! Four days showcasing the very best films about the environment, outdoor pursuits, nature and animals; filmmakers discussing their work, and local conservation and outdoor recreation community partners.

Our 2017 Festival Special Guests, Winona LaDuke, environmentalist and co-founder of Honor The Earth, and filmmaker Keri Pickett will open our festival with the PNW theatrical premier of their new film, FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE.

Festival Passes are no longer available.

Thursday, September 28, 7:00 PM

First Daughter and the Black Snake

Filmmaker Keri Pickett and film subject Winona LaDuke in attendance for post-film discussion!

Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth’s destruction. When proposed new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of organizing a spiritual ride, riding her horse against the current of oil “because a horse can kill a snake.…

Friday, September 29, 6:30 PM

Jeff's World

A humorous, behind-the-scenes look at a tenacious group of friends as they seek, find, develop and climb Jeff’s World, a remote rock climbing route and destination located ten miles north of the Minnesota border into Canada, accessible only by boat and hidden deep in pristine wilderness. PNW premiere! Directed by Brenda Piekarski. 2017, US, 1 hr. 3 mins.



Friday, September 29, 9:00 PM

Island Earth

Hawaii is a microcosm for both the world’s food problems and solutions. More GMO seeds are grown in Hawaii, per acre, than anywhere in the United States. Because of that, Hawaiians are exposed to unknown amounts and types of chemicals.

Yet just 200 years ago, Hawaiians had one of the most advanced organic farming systems ever documented. Island Earth champions Hawaiians seeking to re-estab…

Saturday, September 30, 2:00 PM

The Gardener

At the age of 86 and shortly before his passing, Frank Cabot - influential gardener, horticulturalist, philanthropist and founder of the Garden Conservancy - opened his personal garden, Les Quatre Vents in Quebec, to a film crew for the first time.

This visually stunning film captures Cabot’s extraordinary twenty-acre garden, rich with plant species and gardening-style influences curated during…
Saturday, September 30, 6:30 PM

A River's Last Chance

The Eel River in Northern California is arguably the best opportunity for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast.  The river and salmon have weathered decades of over-fishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods, droughts and a hydro power dam that diverts water out of basin. Today the Eel’s recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s multi-billion dollar underground cannab…
Saturday, September 30, 9:00 PM


A neo-noir mystery set in the early 20th century about a private detective’s uncovering of corruption, lust, greed and murder - all born out of the political struggle for control of California’s water supply. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards and winner of the Oscar for Best Screenplay, the film is often considered an American cinema masterpiece. Starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. 

In lig…

Sunday, October 1, 2:00 PM

Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic

The concept of SILA – a term that encompasses weather, balance and consciousness – frames a story in the world’s northernmost inhabited Inuit village within the Arctic Circle, in Greenland. As international polar scientists on Greenland’s Inland Ice Cap track the effects and far-reaching consequences of the warming Arctic, these drastic changes in weather patterns are also impacting the Inuit’s c…
Sunday, October 1, 6:30 PM

Called to Rescue

A joyful, non-graphic view into the lives of rescued animals and the unbridled compassion of the people who create farm animal sanctuaries. The rescued farm animals, simply by being who they are, are changing lives, lifestyles, and beliefs on both sides of the fence. The humans, many of whom dramatically altered the course of their lives because of a connection with a farm animal, are dedicated b…
Sunday, October 1, 9:00 PM

Festival Winning Films

A repeat showing of the 2017 Portland EcoFilm Festival’s award-winning feature and short films. Please see the festival’s website,, or our social media during the festival, for announcement of the award-winning films.