Wood Badge Lodge, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, NJ
Welcome to Schiff's 11th annual Environmental Film Festival! A true community event, the festival allows us to show inspiring environmental films, serves as a venue for a (social distancing) community gathering, raises funds for Schiff, and promotes discussion of environmental issues. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, recognized below, the proceeds from this event help Schiff in its education, stewardship and conservation mission. We thank all of our past attendees and sponsors.
The night of the festival, the Wood Badge Lodge is transformed into a wonderful Woodland Theatre. Attendees may arrive to the Woodland Theatre on foot by enjoying a gentle self guided hike on the red trail from our Nature Center. Others may enjoy a hayride from the Nature Center at 6 and 6:30 pm.
We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines, and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?
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. 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.
Grant Baldwin (Peg Leg Films)
Grant Baldwin is a director, cinematographer, editor and composer based in Vancouver, Canada. He has an eye for creative cinematography and a varied background working with sports films, narratives, and documentaries.
Jen Rustemeyer (Peg Leg Films)
Jenny is a writer, producer, and passionate zero-waster who spends her fair share of time both in front of and behind the camera. She produced the 2010 film The Clean Bin Project (and is the woman behind the blog of the same name) which documented a year living zero waste.
Melanie Wood (Stranger Productions)
Melanie's previous award-winning films; o.com, A Stranger In Our Home, School of Secrets, and Liberia '77 not only reflect the pulse of the times but the voices of those who've gone unheard.
Thank you to the generous folks at Grace Lutheran Church for allowing us to post our Environmental Film Festival banner on their front lawn on Main Street in Mendham.