Whaleback environmental film and art festival

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Whaleback Art Installations

Gadoury and Cellerini

Ecosystem of Dukkah
Artists: Julianne Gadoury & Kathryn Cellerini
Location: Cherry Tree at the base of the City Hall hillside on Junkins Ave.

We are all reaching toward eliminating Dukkah, suffering, and desperation from our lives, and seeing the hope within. Fighting for change is what makes us human, and helps us to survive. In their paper and beeswax sculpture, Cellerini and Gadoury ask us to question our perceived social roles, while simultaneously celebrating the interconnectedness of all life forms.

Artist Tim Gaudreau

Haiku Scavenger Hunt
Artist: Tim Gaudreau
Location: 10 signs on a mystery trail
from Market Square to the Fair

A series of small signs lead us on a scavenger hunt of images and QR codes along the route from Market Square to the Sustainability Fair and Little Harbor School. The photos are clues as to where to find the next Haiku tag, while the smartphone readable QR code will reveal a poem inspired by that particular spot along the walk.

Ice Cores in Glass

Ice Cores in Glass
Artist: Dyanna Smith
Location: Three Graces Gallery window on Market Street

Ice two miles thick is telling us the history of the atmosphere. Ice cores are interpreted in three glass panels, revealing clues to both natural and human introduced changes to the earth over 400,000 years and further back into deep time. The glass cores represent three concepts scientists say they are discovering in the ice.

Winchester School Artists and Filmmakers

Community Art Sculpture
Artists: Winchester Middle School
Location: Little Harbor School, Saturday only

Everyone is invited to participate in the community art installation during the Sustainability Fair on Saturday, May 14th. Students from Winchester Middle School in central NH will lead us in this work, complimenting the theme of their documentary.

Whaleback Festival, May 2011:


Three days. Six screenings. Four installations. Two parties.

Don't miss it!


Launch Party & Screenings

Friday, May 13th


Portsmouth Gas Light, 3rd floor club


Light appetizers, cash bar - unwind after work and celebrate the launch of Portsmouth's first environmental film and art festival!


Screenings begin at 6:30pm.


The Anderson Farm
(run time: 7 minutes)


Farmer Richard Anderson Anderson Cows

A heartwarming profile of Richard Anderson and his family farm. The Anderson dairy farm in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts has been in Richard's family since 1643, but with no heirs interested in farming, he and his brother Lance decided to preserve the land as farmland for future generations. 116 acres of the farm were successfully preserved in early 2010.
Directed and produced by Portsmouth filmmaker Jerry Monkman.


Green Fire
(run time: 73 minutes)

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our TimeAldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the twentieth-century. He was the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management, and ecological restoration. Leopold wrote hundreds of articles for professional journals that continue to inspires us to establish a healthier relationship between people and land, and his book A Sand County Almanac, a classic of nature writing, asks us to see the natural world “as a community to which we belong.”

Green Fire explores Leopold's personal journey of observation and understanding and reveals how his ideas resonate today with people across the entire American landscape, from inner cities to the most remote wild lands. This visually stunning film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community.

The film features commentary from conservation leaders including scientists, ranchers, scholars and three of Aldo Leopold’s children—Nina, Carl, and Estella. Dr. Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer, serves as the on-camera guide to his life and legacy, making the connections between Leopold’s ideas and their expression in the conservation movement today. .
Produced by the Aldo Leopold Foundation.


Youth Filmmakers & Artists

Saturday, May 14th

all day at the 4th annual

Portsmouth Sustainability Fair


Venture over to Little Harbor School between 10am-3pm to meet a group of talented young environmental artists and filmmakers - add your voice to their community sculpture and enjoy the rest of the fair while you're there!


Screenings at 11am, 11:45am, 1:30pm and 2:15pm.


Problematic Plastics: What will you do?
(Screening at 11am & 1:30pm - run time: 15 minutes)


Winchester School

Students at Winchester Middle School, just south of Keene, have been busy putting together their first documentary about an issue they feel we can all do something about! We'll let them reveal it to you at the Fair, and participate in creating the artistic sculpture featured in their film.

Little Blue
(Screening at 11:45am & 2:15pm - run time: 8 minutes)

Little Blue

Sometimes a discovery ignites a passion. Little Blue, a young penguin, breaks away from tradition and learns to surf. His pursuit of the dream is a lonely quest...or is it?
Produced and animated by Portsmouth filmmaker Bob Svihovec


Double Feature & Wrap Party

Sunday, May 15th


Portsmouth Brewery's Jimmy LaPanza Lounge


Light appetizers, cash bar - squeeze the most out of your weekend and join us in the comfy downstairs lounge at the Portsmouth Brewery for a double feature and awards party.


Screenings begin at 5:30pm.



Beyond Denial
(run time: 14 minutes)

Beyond Denial: the emotional landscape of climate change

Through interviews and autobiographical segues, Beyond Denial: The Emotional Landscape of Climate Change shares an unusual, compelling and much needed perspective about the emotional and spiritual aspects of meeting a global future fraught with environmental and social challenges. The film explores the emotional responses people have to climate change and explains why these responses are a critical part of our toolkit in creating a sustainable world. The film flows well from street interviews of New Yorkers in front of a climate change exhibit at the New York Museum of History, to deeper reflections from Environmental Entrepreneur ML Healey and filmmakers Sally Erickson and Tim Bennett, among other in-depth interviews with environmental and climate change thinkers.
Directed and produced by Brattleboro, VT filmmaker Jessica Zane.

Mother Nature's Child
(run time: 57 minutes)

Mother Nature's Child

Mother Nature’s Child explores the ways that time in nature promotes children’s well-being, contributes to the future of the planet, and nourishes the human spirit. The film examines nature’s significant role in child development, including the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, risk-taking in adolescence, approaches to urban contact with nature, healthy rites of passage to adulthood, and what it means to educate the “whole child”.

Intimate scenarios with children of all ages engaged in the natural world are complimented by interviews with Richard Louv, Stephen Kellert, Brother Yusuf Burgess, Jon Young, David Sobel, Nancy Bell, and Amy Beam.
Directed and produced by Burlington, VT filmmaker Camilla Rockwell.








Festival Partners:


Portsmouth Brewery




Portsmouth Gas Light

Sustainable Portsmouth

Center for Wildlife

Green Alliance

Checkmate Bookkeeping Services
South Berwick, Maine

Stonyfield Yogurt




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