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James Redford presentation at PEI FEST

James Redford from the Redford Center partnering with PEI FEST on Environmental Programming (photo: submitted)PEI Fest Executive Director, Colin Stanfield has announced a collaboration with Jamie Redford and the Redford Center to bring environmental films, panels and a keynote presentation to the inaugural film, food, and ideas festival taking place July 13 to 16 in Charlottetown. Highlighting the collaboration will be Netflix’s Sundance award-winning documentary Chasing Coral which will screen as the Closing Night Film.

Also included in the environmental program are: A presentation of PEI filmmaker John Hopkins award-winning National Film Board documentary Bluefin about the paradoxical abundance of bluefin tuna in North Lake, PEI; A panel discussion with Toronto-based youth environmental filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker who will show clips from her upcoming feature documentary An Inconvenient Youth; Presentation by Jamie Redford’s of his upcoming HBO feature doc Happening about renewable energy; Inclusion of Island filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes’ short documentary Island Green which takes a look at the changing face of PEI's agricultural industry; Keynote Conversation with Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski and CBC alum Vicki Gabereau.

Chasing Coral joins Opening Night Film, Kino Lorber’s Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana) and Centerpiece Film Girl Unbound: The War to be Her (Erin Heidenreich).

Guests confirmed include Jamie Redford (Redford Center), Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana and Pura Fe (Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World), Erin Heidenreich, Cassandra Rosenthal, and Maria Toorpakai (Girl Unbound: The War to be Her), Ariel Nasr (Afghan film project), CBC Alum Vicki Gabereau, John Hopkins (Bluefin), Slater Jewell-Kemker (An Inconvenient Youth ), Millefiore Clarkes’ (Island Green), Dr. Sean Wise (Startup Canada’s Mentor of the Year), Millefiore Clarkes, Bridget Arsenault, Deputy Director WE Day UK, and the Social Enterprise Development and Education Team from Common Good Solutions.

Speakers will be featured in a Talks series with Canadian CBC alum Vicki Gabereau. Salon dinners will feature locally sourced foods.

Film screenings will take place at City Cinema and the Florence Simmons Performance Hall at Holland College. Conference Registration and Founders Passes are available now. Festival and conference details will continue to be announced on

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