April 21st, 2011

Feature Film
1st Short
2nd Short

by Sylvie Van Brabant

The film could have been called: An Operation Manual for Planet Earth, EcoRevolution, The Great Hope or Problem Planet: Earthbound Solutions. It’s called Earth Keepers. We meet the young Québécois activist Mikael Rioux who founded Échofête, Quebec’s first environmental festival; the iconic Christian de Laet, Ashok Khosla, the charismatic president of Development Alternatives, the largest alternative development NGO in the world; as well as Karl-Henrik Robèrt, the brilliant Swedish oncologist turned sustainable development guru.

We also get a chance to look at the innovative projects of John Todd, the ecological designer whom MIT hailed as one of the 35 most significant inventors of the 21st century. His companion, Nancy Jack Todd, talks about the origins of their avant-garde “New Alchemy” movement. We travel to Zurich, the heart of international finance, with the humanist economist Peter Koenig; we meet Marilyn Melhmann, the driving force behind the Global Action Plan; and we listen to a heart-to-heart conversation with Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement.

by Vicki Lesley

The behind-the-scenes story of former British Energy Secretary Tony Benn’s transformation from the nuclear industry’s political master, to one of its most passionate critics.

As he watches archive footage of himself as energy minister in the 1970s, British political legend Tony Benn talks frankly about his tenure as the nuclear industry’s political master. In a fascinating behind-the-scenes interview, he explains how his experiences in office changed his views on the controversial energy source, charting his progression from supporter to passionate critic. Subjects covered include his personal memories of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima; Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace speech; nuclear accidents at Kysthm in Russia, Three Mile Island in America and Windscale in the UK; the 1977 industrial action at Windscale; possible links to cancer; secrecy in the nuclear industry; and the use of British plutonium in the American nuclear weapons programme.

by Erik Choquette

Chipotle Pictures presents The Myth Of Nuclear Deterrence, a promotional video for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. The film was produced by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, including: David Krieger, Rick Wayman, and Steven Crandell. Visit the foundation's website at www.wagingpeace.org.

Produced by: The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Written by: David Krieger, Rick Wayman, and Erik Choquette
Directed and Edited by: Erik Choquette Original
Score by: Davey Frew

Anna Tilman from IICPH

The International Institute of Concern for Public Health

Guest speaker Anna Tilman from The International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH) will do a talk on the effects of Nuclear Power on Public Health and lead a Q and A discussion with audience members directly after the feature screening of Earth Keepers on April 21st 2011. The International Institute of Concern for Public Health will also have a handout of IICPH’s statement on the Fukushima nuclear disaster the will be distributed the MINT Film Festival attendees.

The International Institute of Concern for Public Health is a Canadian-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities assess and improve their environmental health status. The IICPH alerts and informs the public of the health hazards of pesticides, nuclear industries and other commercial, military, and industrial products. As well—independent of government and industry—the Institute provides the evidence and documentation needed by survivors of environmental disasters. This unique and essential service both supports and furthers the key principle on which the IICPH operates: that a safe environment is a fundamental human right. IICPH works in cooperation with Native Peoples, professionals, grassroots organizations, and citizens groups in Canada, the United States, Russia, the Central Pacific, India, South America, Europe, South Africa, and many other countries.

For more information on Anna Tilman and The International Institute of Concern for Public Health please visit www.iicph.org

Mark Sepic

Mark Sepic has been teaching and performing since 1980. A devout guitarist and composer, he has performed and collaborated in settings ranging from modern dance and theatre to numerous pop and jazz recordings and broadcasts. His ensembles have appeared regularly on nightclub and festival stages, including twelve consecutive years at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, while his solo shows and special projects have taken him as far as Germany, Cuba and Singapore. As an arts educator, Mark has distilled his rich and diverse experience into an integrated arts program, which has introduced countless students and teachers to the irresistible joys of music. His two self-produced CD’s, “El Vaco” and “Blue Mantra” are airing nationally on CBC radio and Jazz FM, and regionally on numerous world music programs. Mark earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts/Music from York University and continues to study, travel and compose.

Artist Mark Sepic’s backyard is a prototype sustainable music park, inviting audiences to unplug and play. In Mark’s words “This installation is a colourful and interactive sound sculpture garden made entirely of recycled materials collected over the last 20 years in East York. Music dissolves boundaries of class, race and nation, bringing hope and joy to all. Connected by our primal musical tissues one playground at a time, we will build a just society across the global village, until pollution, waste and conflict are a distant memory. Musical playgrounds could save the world.”

As a local resident with a passion for good things, Mark wishes to share this work with everyone. He has worked in the community as an arts educator and performer for over 20 years, using recycled materials to make musical instruments that look and sound beautiful. His newest project brings all of these elements into a playground setting. His ultimate vision is to create public parks which inspire everyone to unplug and play. This “junkestra percussion park” has been featured in Now Magazine and the Rogers TV program, A Greener Toronto.

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