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THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENTHUSIAST

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THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENTHUSIAST is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
4 minutes
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NICOLE MATHESON
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THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENTHUSIAST is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
I enjoyed this in a thoughtful kind of way. It does make you think about the thoughtfulness we experienced during the height of the pandemic, and how it made us more reflective on our lives and our place in the world.

The filmmaker describes this piece as a deep dive during the pandemic into Anthropocene - a new, present day epoch, in which scientists say we have significantly altered the Earth through human activity. These changes include global warming, habitat loss, changes in the chemical composition of the atmosphere, oceans and soil, and animal extinctions. This was a time where there was nowhere to go, nothing to do, and people turned to nature for escape and safety. She spent hours hiking every day, recognizing the beauty of nature.

The film explores images of places and things, examining them without questioning. Black and white layered images, books, details, changing light, typing, keyboarding, painting, preparing tools to paint or draw, drawing, displaying your own artwork on the wall, looking at what you've created, walking outside, picking up trash, watering plants, planting a tree. The camerawork is good, nothing special, but entirely adequate. It is the thoughtfulness that comes across more than anything else. You can feel the emotions of the film's creator, her recognition of the things around her - whether in nature or made by people. There is some natural sound, but mostly it's a collection of images and thoughts.

The messages is about being present to our everyday lives; appreciate the natural world around us as well as the things we chose to surround ourselves with.

I give Through The Eyes of an Environmental Enthusiast 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

I enjoyed this in a thoughtful kind of way. It does make you think about the thoughtfulness we experienced during the height of the pandemic, and how it made us more reflective on our lives and our place in the world.

The filmmaker describes this piece as a deep dive during the pandemic into Anthropocene - a new, present day epoch, in which scientists say we have significantly altered the Earth through human activity. These changes include global warming, habitat loss, changes in the chemical composition of the atmosphere, oceans and soil, and animal extinctions. This was a time where there was nowhere to go, nothing to do, and people turned to nature for escape and safety. She spent hours hiking every day, recognizing the beauty of nature.

The film explores images of places and things, examining them without questioning. Black and white layered images, books, details, changing light, typing, keyboarding, painting, preparing tools to paint or draw, drawing, displaying your own artwork on the wall, looking at what you've created, walking outside, picking up trash, watering plants, planting a tree. The camerawork is good, nothing special, but entirely adequate. It is the thoughtfulness that comes across more than anything else. You can feel the emotions of the film's creator, her recognition of the things around her - whether in nature or made by people. There is some natural sound, but mostly it's a collection of images and thoughts.

The messages is about being present to our everyday lives; appreciate the natural world around us as well as the things we chose to surround ourselves with.

I give Through The Eyes of an Environmental Enthusiast 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

This is a short film expressing the inner turmoil and flood of emotions that overwhelmed me as I dove into research and learned more about the Anthropocene; knowledge that came at the height of the pandemic, a time when there was nowhere to go and nothing to do, when civilization was turning to nature for escape and safety. I spent hours each day hiking in nature to clear my thoughts, realizing how beautiful our planet truly is. The impact of learning we were destroying it devastated me and I worked through my emotions with creative expression in my artwork and writing. As the director of this film, I am concerned with the importance of respecting the ecology of our ecosystems and the need for Ecocentrism to replace Anthropocentrism to fundamentally alter how humans view themselves in relation to the world around them.
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