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Planet in Focus at York University!

November 7, 2014 @ 10:00 am – November 8, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
Nat Taylor Cinema
York University
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
York students are being offered a 25$ membership package which allows access to all of this years York screenings, and the six Salon Vert screenings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema which run throughout the year
Planet in Focus

planetinfocus-loveThe Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) is honored to host the 15th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (PIF), at York University’s Nat Taylor Cinema, this November 7th and 8th, 2014.

Join us for two days of exclusive YorkU tailored content, including: local and foreign documentaries and feature films, director and producer Q&A periods, and academic panels. This is an educational and fun event that is full of great films, special features as well as sustainable food that will be available to purchase.

The full schedule of films at this years festival include:

Friday November 7th
- 10:30am - Soul Food Stories with Old Forests of Bulgaria
- 1:00pm - Radical Friends
- 3:00pm - Honor Your Word
- 4:45pm - Microtopia

Saturday November 8th
- 11:00am - Living on the Edge
- 1:00pm - The Sower
- 3:00pm - Vive La France
- 5:00pm - The Tundra Tale
- 7:00pm - Night Moves - Major Motion Picture, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard

York students are being offered a 25$ membership package which allows access to all of this years York screenings, and the six Salon Vert screenings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema which run throughout the year.

Visit us at and for the full film schedule, to purchase your student membership, and for updated information!

Please check out the rest of the PIF films screening from November 6th to 9th at the TIFF Lightbox, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as the Industry Day at City Hall and the Fest Forum at Rainbow Cinema.


Some of the trailers for this year's line up of films.
Night Moves

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

112 Mins USA
Kelly Reichardt’s suspense-thriller Night Moves follows three environmentalists whose homegrown plot to blow up a controversial dam unravels into a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences. As organic farmer Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), high society dropout Dena (Dakota Fanning) and ex-Marine Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) plan, carry out and then witness the fallout of an attention-grabbing act of sabotage, they find their own personal limits tested.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 7pm-9pm

The Tundra Tale
Directed by René Harder

82 Min, Norway/Germany/Russia
Way up high in the far northwest Russian Tundra lies the tiny village of Krasnoschchelye. Its inhabitants, indigenous Sami people, live from the ancient tradition of reindeer husbandry. Once a year the reindeer herders are celebrated for their labors in a festival but the tradition may soon be cancelled. 30 year old Sasha, a member of the newly found Sami parliament in Russia, fights for the festival and the survival of her village and tradition.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 5pm-6:20pm (Q&A 6:02pm)

Vive la France
Directed by Helgi Felixson, Titti Johnson

82 Min, France
The Mururoa Atoll gained global attention when French president Jacques Chirac decided that nuclear testing in French Polynesia should continue. This decision was met with massive resistance and soon the tests were permanently ended the following year. Discover the hair-rising consequences of France’s nuclear program the western world has not really paid much attention to since.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 3:00pm-4:40pm (Q&A 4:27pm)

The Sower
Directed by Julie Perron

77 Min, Canada
An intimate portrait of artist and seed saver, Patrice Fortier, who passionately dedicates his expertise to preserving plant biodiversity in Quebec’s Kamouraska Valley. Like a copyist from the Middle Ages, Patrice meticulously preserves rare and forgotten cultivars with the goal of breeding heirloom varieties of the future. As he gardens, he daydreams and transforms his harvests into pure living art.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 1pm-2:30pm (Q&A 2:17pm)

Living On The Edge
Directed by Susan Woodfine

50 Min, Canada
Living on the Edge puts a human face on climate change in eastern Quebec. In the aftermath of an extreme weather event in 2010 that became a wake-up call for eastern Quebeckers, we follow an extraordinary woman, Joan Sullivan, as she explores how people along the majestic St. Lawrence are already being affected by climate change – and adapting to it. And while this is a story about climate change as seen through the eyes of a photographer, it is also very much Joan’s personal story – revealing the fears, frustrations and hopes of this international aid worker turned farmer. We learn how combating climate change has become the central focus of her photography, and why she has dedicated the rest of her life to promoting renewable energy. A truly inspiring encounter with one woman and her struggle to come to grips with living on the edge.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 11am-12:10pm (Q&A 11:50)

Honour Your Word
Directed by Martha Stiegman

60 Min, Canada
Honour Your Word is an intimate portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, an inspiring First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 3pm -4:20pm (Q&A 4:00pm)

Radical Friends
Directed by Chihiro Geuzebroek

79 Mins, Netherlands, Bolivia, France, Denmark
Chihiro, a starry-eyed idealist, goes to Bolivia to learn about the Bolivian struggle for the rights of Mother Earth. As she is trying to heal the relationship with the environment, she stumbles over the roots of her own family and finding her own identity. Filmmaker, Chihira Geuzebroek will be in attendance.

Nat Taylor Theatre, York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 1pm-2:40pm (Q&A 2:20pm)

Soul Food Stories
Directed by Tonislav Hristov

64 Min, Bulgaria
Satovcha is a small Bulgarian village with residents of different religious and ethic groups (Orthodox Christians, Muslim Turks and Evangelist Gypsies). People were divided by their past full of conflicts, but now they have find a way to each other through a simple medium – food. Now the plates on the table are loaded with pride, identity, common past and friendship, but all this comes with a price.

Old Forests of Bulgaria
Directed by Kamen Kolarov

17 Min, Bulgaria
A documentary film made for WWF Bulgaria about the old forests in Bulgaria.

Nat Taylor Theatre, York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 11am-12:30pm (Q&A 12:15pm)

Directed by Jesper Wachtmeister

52 Min, Sweden
Architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers create dwellings that push the limits of design and function in the name of portability, flexibility and sustainability.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 4:45pm

If you are interested in volunteering in either or both days of November 7th & 8th please contact Amanda Clarke ( for more information.