A Deeper Focus


Life’s Too Short Environmental Film Festival

River Rafting on Yampa River
Join us for the Life’s Too Short Environmental Film Festival

Six short films about ordinary people saving extraordinary places

Special speakers


62 Years

Filmmaker: Logan Bockrath

Ken Brower, son of David Brower, revisits the Yampa and Green Rivers to reflect on his father’s work to save them from proposed dams and to relive their 1952 river trip.

Dredging up a Solution

Filmmaker: John Antonelli, Mill Valley Film Group

Howard Wood, an amateur diver, restored the marine ecosystem in Lamlash Bay by establishing the first community-developed Marine Protected Area in Scotland. Narrated by Robert Redford.

Sagebrush Sisters

Produced by Wahoo Films

Join three intrepid women, from ages 65 to 80, as they hike more than 50 miles following a pronghorn migration path across the high desert. The Greater Hart-Sheldon Region on the Oregon-Nevada border is a wildlife stronghold in the sagebrush sea, and these women hope to keep it that way.

Q&A following the film with Marc R. Horney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Rangeland Resources, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Marc has worked with pronghorn herds in Colorado, Oregon, and California. He will speak to local efforts to preserve wildlife corridors.

Kickass Katie Lee

Directed by: Beth Gage – Mountainfilm Board

The film celebrates 96-year-old singer, songwriter, actress, and activist, Katie Lee. Abandoning Hollywood, she discovered her true passion: the Colorado River. When the Glen Canyon Dam was first proposed, she opposed it in her own special way.

One Woman Roadblock

Tom Dusenbery, Mill Valley Film Group

A former tribal chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, Marilyn Baptiste led her native community in defeating proposed gold and copper mines that would have destroyed Fish Lake—a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for her people.

Douglas Tompkins: A Wild Legacy

Film by James Q. Martin and Chris Cresci

This beautiful film is a about the life, work, and passions of The North Face and Esprit co-founder Douglas Tompkins. Doug and his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., have protected 2.2 million wilderness acres in Chile and Argentina, creating five national parks.

Q&A with Michael Jencks about Deep Ecology. Michael is a Board Member of Ecologistics, Inc., an adjunct instructor in the Natural Resource Management Department at Cal Poly, and an attorney for Biodiversity First!, Inc.

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