Once Upon a Planet
JANUARY 24, SUNDAY AT 5:30PM
ONCE UPON A PLANET
The world is full of wonders tall trees, buzzing bees, beautiful songbirds, wild wolves and silvery salmon. The films in this program celebrate our beloved place in the cosmos, and warn against taking the health of our planet for granted.
A Passion of Gold and Fire
(Pins Sébastien, Belgium, live action, 2014, 6:05 min) In French with English subtitles.
Time stands still when a beekeeper works at his apiary, but still, he worries about the future.
Once Upon a Tree West Coast premiere
(Marleen van der Werf, The Netherlands, live action, 2014, 14:40 min) In Dutch with English subtitles.
A girl who is awestruck by the beauty of her favorite trees makes a plan to stop the chopping in the forest.
Rescue Seattle premiere
(Po-Chou Chi, Taiwan, animation, 2014, 6 min) Nonverbal.
In a lab, three scientists are attempting to cure the earth of its many ills. Can they succeed before it is too late?
Birdwatching West Coast premiere
(Nuno Amorim, Portugal, animation, 2014, 11:55 min) Nonverbal.
The keeper of a corn field searches for the lost song of a bird he mistakenly chased away.
Papa Cloudy's Orchestra World premiere
(Akiko McQuerrey, USA, animation, 2015, 11:40 min) Nonverbal.
After getting an emergency call from polar bears, Papa Cloudy, a gentle cloud, gathers animals to form an orchestra to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Ollín and the Tlaloques US premiere
(Benjamín Alfaro, Mexico, animation, 2015, 5 min) In Spanish with English subtitles.
A boy has to travel to a faraway place to beg the God of Rain to end a drought.
Star Stuff North American premiere
(Ratimir Rakuljic, Croatia, live action and animation, 2015, 9:42 min) In English.
A boy who wonders about the stars in the sky sets off on a voyage of great discovery. A film inspired by the life and work of Carl Sagan.
Rodney the Raccoon Goes Green Tacoma made! Seattle premiere
(JD Davis, USA, animation, 2014, 3:51 min) In English.
When an intrepid raccoon and his earth-loving pals arrive at a watershed, they spy a salmon wearing a gas mask! What can they do to help?
Raquel Wild, The Shepherd US premiere
(Luis da Matta Almeida, Portugal, animation, 12:30 min) In Portuguese with English subtitles.
If humans love dogs so much, then why do their fear their relative, the wolf? A shepherdess sets out to right the ancient wrong of this damaged relationship.
Notes to parents: We hope these films provoke discussions at home about climate change and environmental issues.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122