Sonoma Environmental Film Festival

Sonoma Environmental Film Festival


3:30 – 5:30PM
Admission: $10.00 general / $8 student and senior.
Sustainable Seafood & Wine Reception is sponsored by Whole Foods Sonoma, i love blue sea, Ashton Vineyard, Deerfield Ranch Winery and Sky Saddle Winery.
Join us for our closing films and discussion. We start off with a Sustainable Seafood & Wine Reception with time to meet the filmmakers and guests speakers in a relaxed and intimate setting.

4:15PM Short films
The Krill is Gone (4 mins) by Jeffrey Bost
Voiced by the incomparable Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob) with Jill Talley, this film brings comic awareness to the looming danger of man-made global warming on the fragile ecosystems deep within our oceans.

Wild: The Coral Gardener (9 mins) By Elizabeth White
Austin Bowden-Kerby is a coral gardener. He has brought together his love of gardening, and passion for the underwater world to do something very special that just might save the coral reefs of Fiji.

California’s Lost Salmon (11 mins) A KQED_Quest production with Bay Area producer Chris Bauer in person.

Because of a sharp decline in their numbers, the entire salmon fishing season in the ocean off California and Oregon was canceled in both 2008 and 2009. At no other time in history has this salmon fishery been closed. The species in the most danger is the California coho salmon. Quest looks at efforts to protect the coho in Northern California and explores the important role salmon play in the native ecosystem.

Moderator: Chris Bauer
Bauer is a two-time winner of the international Society of Environmental Journalists Award for Outstanding Television Story and has received multiple Northern California Emmy Awards. He has over 20 years experience working in broadcast television; producing sports, history, technology, science, environment and adventure related programming. He is a 5th generation Bay Area resident who grew up spending summers at the family home on the Russian River, where his extended family still gathers.

Zeke Grader – Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermens’ Association – why fish matter and lawsuit recently filed to save west coast fishing communities.

Matt Carreira
Born and raised in Glastonbury, CT. Matt re-located to San Francisco in 2006, to pursue sustainable business aspirations. Launched in March of 2010, is the first online seafood market to sell exclusively sustainable seafood to individual customers, restaurants, caterers, universities and markets.

Geoff Shester is the California Program Director for the international conservation organization Oceana, based in their Monterey Office. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he worked for the state and federal Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council in Anchorage, Alaska and served as a Conservation Coordinator for Oceana’s Juneau office, where he helped protect deep sea coral habitats from bottom trawling from California to the Bering Sea. He earned his doctorate in the Stanford University Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources, studying the interplay between marine ecology and the economics of small-scale fisheries in Mexico. Shester is a scuba diver and underwater photographer, is a member of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, and lives in Marina, California. His topic is Protecting Ocean Habitats and Food Webs on the U.S. West Coast.

Topics: no-trawl zones off the coast to protect coral and sponge habitats, banning commercial harvest of krill, and prohibiting commercial fishing in the US Arctic.

Grant Davis is Interim General Manager and is responsible for management activities related to Sonoma County Water Agency’s core functions of water delivery, wastewater management, flood protection and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining the Agency, Grant was Executive Director of The Bay Institute, a respected science-based nonprofit, dedicated to protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed. He also worked for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (1993-1997) covering energy and water related legislation. He currently serves on the University of California President’s Advisory Commission for the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.