Whaleback environmental film and art festival

Whaleback 2012
a weekend of films and filmmaking



Whaleback 2011

Whaleback Festival 2011

See our first year's Whaleback Festival schedule and photos


Friday, May 11th

Opening Night Feature Presentation

5:30-8:00pm, screening starting at 6
Portsmouth Gas Light, 3rd floor club
- $12 suggested donation-


Unwind with us after work and celebrate Opening Night of Portsmouth's second annual environmental film and art festival!

Just Do It modern outlaws

Just Do It
a tale of modern-day outlaws
(Run time: 90 minutes)

The world of environmental direct action has remained a secretive one, until now. Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities.

With unprecedented access, Just do It takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world. Torpedoing the tired cliches of the environmental movement, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse, despite the very real threat of arrest. Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire.

"Just Do It aims to give all who partake or flirt with the idea of civil disobedience an accessible tool to infect and inform others." - Emily James, Director

"a smart, funny, adrenalised portrait of 21st century activism"
Danny Leigh, The Gardian

"Rousing Stuff" - Empire

Local activists Emily Bowers and Lynn McCarthy will lead a post-film Q & A, sharing their recent experiences with nonviolent direct action, including May 5th's Climate Impacts Day organized by 350.org.

See the film trailer at justdoitfilm.com


Saturday, May 12th

Youth Filmmakers' Feature Presentation

Portmsouth High School Little Theater
Portsmouth Sustainability Day
- free event -

In keeping with our trend of showcasing young filmmakers during Portsmouth's Sustainability Day events, Whaleback proudly welcomes to town a group of first-time filmmakers aged 10-14 to share their new film.



Bag Buddies

Bag Buddies: a journey from single-use to re-use
(Run time: 25 minutes)

This is the coming-of-age story of three reusable bags. As cheerful youngsters, they know little of the world. Through their adventures with the family that buys them, they learn about life. We share their hopes and fears, joys and sorrows. Can they find their place in the world? Can they help the family understand the impact of their choices?

The film is a fictional narrative interwoven with technical research. The director, producer, cast and crew are all kids attending New Hampshire public schools - ages 10-14! Fresh from their selection in the Short Films category for the 6th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival in February, we welcome Fletcher Passow (director/producer/actor), Max Greenwald (director of photography/voice actor), and Glen Passow (camera operator/voice actor) to the Whaleback stage to lead the filmmaker Q & A following our screening.

This is the first film for every member of the cast and crew.


Sunday, May 13th

Short Films & DIY Filmmaking Workshop

Portsmouth Public Library
- free event -


Sunday's short film series combine's Whaleback art and film to inspire our own hands-on filmmaking workshop - bring your digital video cameras!



Upstream Downstream


Upstream to Downstream
(one of three films, run times 2-6 minutes)

What better way to be with your mother than a workshop benefitting Mother Earth! Maine ecological artist and videographer Krisanne Baker will conduct a DIY filmmaking workshop following the screening of her three short eco-art films specifically concerning water.

Baker's films have garnered international attention, screening at the Bejing International Film Festival and Australia's Scinema art and science film festival. Her two-minute shorts World Water Crises: Potential Effect/Cumulative Effects and Upstream to Downstream (In Our Bloodstreams) are touring in a national exhibit called Women and Water.

Whaleback audiences will be treated to a special preview screening of her latest film, Content Aware Anxieties before its New York premiere later this month. The film addresses the dangers of the fracking process to our water resources.

Following the screenings, Baker will lead a hands-on filmmaking workshop sharing her techniques for what to look for when simply walking about the community, sending participants right out the library front door to collect video clips. Next, we'll return to reassemble the clips into an environmental film produced on-site - the first Whaleback festival generated community film!                      

Baker in action
Baker documenting Rachel Carson Preserve clean up in Maine

“Community is more important than ever. Simply watching the environment degrade is no longer acceptable to most people. They want to be involved: whether that takes the form of a simple beach clean-up or making a public service announcement on behalf of their concern. Education and getting a community on board with an issue is key and in this media age, video is a great way to spread the word about an event, spark and gather interest, document happenings and educate. Where so many things have been taken for granted for far too long, it’s time to make some changes in our practices and systems. My work as an ecological artist conceptualizes concern for humanities’ current unsustainable practices, particularly in relation to the vulnerability of water – from the local to the global" - Krisanne Baker, filmmaker

The group film will be uploaded to YouTube and Vimeo for sharing.
Participants are encouraged to bring with them any kind of digital camera (still or video) that contains a memory card.





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