Planet in Focus is Canada's largest environmental film festival and presents the very best environmental films from around the world to audiences in Toronto each October.
Now in its 17th year, join the festival at the Green Living Show as we screen some past festival favourites for audiences of all ages. They've programmed a line-up of films to entertain and enlighten you, so come take in a film at the Show this year - all screenings are FREE.
Directed by: Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight
Canada / 2015 / 55 Min
What can be done to revive traditional rural cultures in an increasingly mechanized age? On Fogo Island, a Maritime community that has been facing devastation since the collapse of cod fishing, native Newfoundlanders architect Todd Saunders and entrepreneur Zita Cobbs have come up with a radical solution. They’ve constructed a stunning original hotel, which is intended to act as a catalyst for the community.
Lavishly filmed by Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight, Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island uses a visual narrative of the construction of an Inn, inviting us to discover the portrait of a small island trying to assert itself by choosing bold contemporary architecture.
Directed by: Sandy McLeod
United States / 2014 / 77 min
For outspoken scientist and activist Cary Fowler, seed diversity is absolutely essential for the preservation of the planet. Without it, we’ll lose our healthy food supply. The engaging Fowler takes the viewer to the venerable Leningrad agricultural department and the astonishing “frozen garden of Eden” in Svalbard, Norway, which replaced Russia as the foremost preserver of seeds. In the mountains of Peru, biodiversity is portrayed by a seeming endless variation of potatoes being grown.
This “accessible and handsome film is… an engaging character study and a useful introduction to issues surrounding biodiversity.” —John Defore, Hollywood Reporter
Directed by: Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer
Canada / 2014 / 55 min
Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.
Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.
Directed by: Jonathan Staav
Canada / 2014 / 60 min
A seasoned farm to table and back to the farm. Chef Michael Stadtlander teams up with Jen Paul Ganem, a prolific Landscape Artist, to create 7 gardens in which they will grow, cook, and serve a 7-course meal for 20 nights for hundreds of lucky guests. Deciding to do it during the driest year in 65 years, the Chef sticks to his plan to irrigate only by hand.
Directed by: Darcy Turenne
Canada / 2014 / 47 min
The Little Things profiles a cool and engaging cast of professional snowboarders and what they are doing to embrace sustainability in their personal and public lives. This film is inspired by Marie-France Roy, one of snowboarding’s most influential riders. Interspersed with breathtaking footage of snowboarding, the film jumps from Marie-France building her sustainable, hand-built cob house on Vancouver Island, to Jeremy Jones’ environmental excursions and his work with POW (Protect Our Winters), to a journey up the northern coast of British Columbia with Haida descendant and world-renowned cedar-bark weaver Meghann O’Brien, to Tamo Campos’ humanitarian efforts with Beyond Boarding, topped off with a cameo by David Suzuki.
Directed by: Alex and Tyler Mifflin (The Water Brothers)
Canada / 2015 / 22 min
Fish stocks around the world are being depleted at an alarming rate, and yet growing populations are more dependent on these vital food sources than ever. The Water Brothers venture to the East Coast of the US and Canada to witness first-hand how overfishing has changed the local marine ecosystem and join fishermen who choose to catch their fish in a sustainable way. Alex and Tyler also visit an innovative seaweed and shellfish farmer who is trying to revolutionize the way we grow, buy and eat seafood. We find out how each of us can make a positive difference by making simple changes and asking questions about the seafood we consume.
Directed by: Andrew Nisker
Canada / 2015 / 55 min
It’s the world’s second most common form of litter. It’s invisible to most. Yet it lurks everywhere (including the bottoms of tables, desks and shoes). How did we become so addicted to chewing gum and how is our consumption of trillions of sticks a year impacting our health and our planet? Join award-winning, eco-activist filmmaker Andrew Nisker – Garbage! (Sundance), Chemerical (Netflix), Orange Witness (Documentary) – in a cinematic first as he travels our planet and speaks to gobs of manufacturers, activists and scientists to unravel the entertaining, yet shocking truth behind our obsession with a seemingly innocuous product that is gumming up more than just our environment. Full of unexpected twists and bubble-bursting surprises, Dark Side Of The Chew will give you a lot to chomp on if you’re hooked on this seemingly innocent, age-old habit.