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San Diego International Film Festival-2017-Announces 2017​ ​Environmental​ ​Film​ ​Track​ ​Advisory​ ​Board

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The San Diego International Film Festival (Oct 4-8, 2017) produced each year by the San Diego Film Foundation is proud to announce the Advisory Board of the Environmental & Sustainability Film Track in the 2017 Film Festival. The San Diego International Film Festival features topic specific tracks that present groundbreaking, independent films telling stories that resonate with San Diego patrons in a variety of areas. Other returning unique film tracks include American Indian, Military, and Social Justice with an additional new Equestrian Film Track.

Environmental film submissions are curated by the SDiFF staff and the Environmental Track Advisory Board.
2017 Environmental Advisory Board Members
Patty Elkus, Founding Board Chair. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director’s Council, Mission Blue Board of Directors
Max Guinn, Founder of Kids Eco Club, CEO & Co-Founder Flashlight Foods, Co-Founder of Climate Change is 4 Real
Susan Guinn, Guinn Law Firm, Board Member San Diego Zoo Global
Susan McClellan, Director of Foundation Board at San Diego Zoo Global
Kerri Smith, Board of Directors of the Rainforest Alliance
Ashley Stone, President and Founder of The Bonobo Project
David J. Winkler, CEO and Co-Founder Del Mar Partnership, Inc., Chair of the DiabetesResearchConnection.org; cofounder and former Chair, Pediatric Diabetes Research Center, UCSD, and former board member of Nature and Culture International.

Executive and Artistic Director of the Festival, Tonya Mantooth shared, “Examining environmental issues is a passion we share with many research organizations in our community. Our Environmental Film Track allows us to keep up with the science and stories that affect our world and share them with a broad audience. Our Environmental Track Advisory Board has been formed with community members with strong ties to the science and advocacy of Environmental study. They help us to curate a selection of films with a focus on raising awareness and understanding of environmental issues.”

Patty Elkus, Founding Board Chair shared “I am actively involved in global environmental advocacy, in San Diego with my decade long service on the Director’s Council of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and additional international ocean boards I serve on. I am thrilled to see the wide range of environmental issues that we will get to share this year through the SDIFF Environmental Track. The films explore a wide range of topics from Monsanto’s GMO testing in Hawaii, to wildlife conservation in Africa, to iconic oceanographer Walter Munk and his drive for “daring exploration”. I look forward to sharing these stories with the community.”

Max Guinn, teen Founder of Kids Eco Club, a youth organization that starts and supports environmental clubs in K-12 schools across the globe and a member of the SDiFF Environmental Advisory Board shared “I discovered my passion for the environment at a young age and want to inspire other kids to care for the planet, its wildlife and each other. I look forward to sharing that passion and outreach through involvement in the SDiFF Environmental film track. Film is a fantastic medium to engage my generation and spark their interest.”

Susan Guinn, Guinn Law Firm, shared “I am grateful to be a part of the Environmental Advisory Board for the San Diego International Film Festival. Film is a great way to inform the public about the environmental challenges facing our world. An educated and inspired public is critical to the mass adoption of scalable solutions. The best environmental films entertain, educate, and move us to action. This year’s selections deliver this and more.”

Susan McClellan, Director and Officer of the Foundation Board at San Diego Zoo Global and member of the SDiFF Environmental Advisory Board shared “Environmental and conservation advocacy have long been concerns of mine in the work that I do with San Diego Zoo Global, a recognized leader in saving animals from the brink of extinction. I welcome the opportunity to continue to examine and share these concerns by turning the world’s eye towards some of the fascinating topics being presented this year through the SDiFF’s Environmental Film Track

Ashley Stone, President and Founder of the Bonobo Project and member of the SDiFF Environmental Advisory Board shared “I devote much of my time to environmental and wildlife protection In my ongoing work at the Bonobo Project. There are so many people that passionately work to protect our environment, ecosystems and wildlife and educate others along the way. The SDiFF’s Environmental Film Track offers a unique opportunity to share that vital work with the community.”

Films being screened in the Environmental Track of the 2017 San Diego International Film Festival
Poisoning Paradise
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Riverblue: Can Fashion Save the Planet
The Last Animals
Spirit of Discovery

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Frog Fathers: Lessons from the Normandy Surf” is a deeply moving documentary directed by Bob Whitney, narrated by John C McGinley, and presented by World of Warships and FORCE BLUE. It chronicles the journey of four Navy SEAL veterans revisiting the site of the D-Day landings to honor their forefathers and gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made during World War II.

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American Horror Story: Delicate

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As most of us are already aware, the 12th Season of AHS has been fraught with all kinds of differences to the previous seasons, mainly in that this is the first one to be based entirely off a novel, ‘Delicate Condition’ by Danielle Valentine. The first half of the season aired in October 2023 to mediocre reviews, while the SAG-AFTRA strike caused production and airing delays for the latter half of the season, and the episodes of Part 2 were all cut to less than an hour long apiece. And none of that is even getting into the disjointed attempt at storytelling for Season 12, so let’s dive into this! 

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Elsewhere, mostly in the past, various women in states of desperation formed from one situation or another are visited by sinister-looking women in prim black dresses, headgear reminiscent of – to me anyway – an odd cross betwixt birds and bunnies, my guess is an ostensive nod to fertility in general, and a general feeling of blood-bound witchery about them at critical moments of crossroad choices. 

Though the second half of the season moves a good deal faster than the first, the attempts at callbacks and reminder flashes to Part 1 hit with all the impact of a dropped bag of garbage onto their friends Talia’s (Julia Canfield) borrowed bougie kitchen floor – splat, into incomprehensible silence, from all parties, both characters and audience, concerned. Even the reminders that, in Part 1 of Delicate Dex’s mother Virginia Harding (Debra Monk) did indeed have perfectly valid memories of abuse at the hands of a black cult and Dex’s own father Dex Sr. (Reed Birney), the revelation pales and peels away in the face of Dex’s true parentage. 

Which brings us back around full circle kinda sorta, to the only real character worth a damn in this entire miserable season of strange feminism and aspirations of world domination through a kind of idiotic Rosemary’s Baby nightmare scenario, we should have known she’d steal the show when Kardashian was cast for it, Siobhan Corbyn, leader of the blood cult her high and mighty (old) self. Throughout the whole show her character has remained exactly the same, and it’s a wonder Anna can stare at her all stupefied while Siobhan does her villain speech at the end of the last episode. Siobhan never masked her ambition or greed, her mysterious protective vibe and even deep love for Anna, and can always be counted on to have secret plans of her own, already in motion, bitch. 

The idea that Anna herself was used as a surrogate for Siobhan and her incestuous eugenicist plans, plus the sweet little demon baby she just birthed, has an ironic the-world-is-tilting-the-wrong-way kind of witchy madness to it. Sure, Anna really can have it all, the baby and the golden statue, if only she joins the patriarchy-crushing cabal of blood witches with world domination plans, got it. 

I have questions, or I would have, but things are moving on and Anna is being saved by … Dex’s dead ex, Adaline the former member of the coven right okay her, she’s going to show back up and offer Anna a simple chant to Hestia her patron Goddess, and that is somehow enough to deal with Siobhan entirely – poof. And finally, after all that rigamarole, decades of planning and scheming and witchy plotting finally settled, Anna really can have it all as a White Witch of Hollywood, heaven help us, with her perfectly human baby and that damned little golden statue, clutched in an only slightly desperate grip. 

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It’s not the really beautiful grotesquerie that Ryan Murphy and his AHS gang are often known for, nor is it utterly terrible and should be burned at the stake. What Delicate should be, is put back together with missing and cut footage, an hour long per episode again come on folks, fleshed some more of Siobhan’s baby-stealing adventures in the past and given us an actual reason to like anything about the whiny Anna, at least the Part 2 we as longtime AHS fans deserve. Toss in some more spidery hijinks! Give us the actual origin of those weird feather bunny-ear headdresses! 

American Horror Story Delicate the whole season can be seen on FX! 

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Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery in a World Gone Prehistoric!

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Hold onto your hats, dino fans! The highly anticipated sequel to the adrenaline-pumping Camp Cretaceous saga is here, and it’s taking us on a wild ride six years in the making. Following the harrowing events of Camp Cretaceous, our beloved “Nublar Six” are back, but they’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, they’re about to plunge headfirst into a world where dinosaurs roam freely alongside dangerous humans, and trust us when we say, it’s a Jurassic jungle out there!

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