Welcome to Schiff's 14th annual Environmental Film Festival (EFF)! A true community event, the festival allows us to explore the preserve in a unique manner. Each year, we strive to show inspiring environmental films, offer a venue for the community to gather, raise funds for Schiff, and promote learning and discussion of important environmental issues.
The night of the festival, the Wood Badge Lodge is transformed into a wonderful Woodland Theatre. With the fire pit lit, the picnic benches and seating strewn around the fire, we enjoy catching up with our EFF friends and visitors as we wait for dusk to arrive. Schiff provides the hayride, the alfresco movie experience, popcorn, and water. You bring a picnic dinner, beverages, and a friend of two! Savory and sweet snack boxes will be available for sale. All net proceeds of the evening support the mission of Schiff Natural Lands Trust. In the event of light rain, the event will stand. We will show the films inside the Wood Badge Lodge.
The Environmental Film Festival hopes to attract new and repeat visitors to the preserve. Lovers of environmental documentary movies who also enjoy a good hike to a magical outdoor venue within the preserve, please consider joining Schiff. We are offering a NEW Schiff membership/EFF ticket bundle price for those who might like to support Schiff Nature Preserve and attend the EFF.
Scott Morris - Producer / Director / Editor / Special Guest
Scott Morris is a seasoned documentary filmmaker with 35 years of experience. His work includes From The Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall, the acclaimed one-hour documentary featuring talk-show host Dick Cavett, about the re-creation of his historic seaside home destroyed by fire. The film premiered primetime on Thirteen/WNET and was distributed to public television stations nationwide. Scott's company, formed in 1992, produced dozens of award-winning films and videos for clients ranging from major corporations to non-profit organizations. Scott also edited Emmy Award-winning cable and network television programs for Discovery, Lifetime, CBS News and PBS, and an Academy Award-winning short. Scott is very familiar with the Great Swamp - he's lived nearby for more 25 years, frequently hiking and biking through the area with his family.
Larry Fast - Co-producer / Co-writer / Historian
Larry Fast brings professional experience in media and the creative arts, history, and technology. With a degree in history from Lafayette College and additional studies in architecture and engineering technology, Larry has qualified for government-appointed positions with the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund and the Morris County Heritage Commission, having chaired both. As a technology history specialist, Larry serves on the board of the Thomas Edison National Historic Park and as an advisor to the Thomas Edison Papers Project at Rutgers University. Media experience includes decades of work as electronic music composer and producer contributing to numerous platinum selling recordings with world-renown artists, commissions for projects by companies such as Disney, XM Satellite Radio and Tribune Broadcasting, and working on documentary and feature film projects. Residing near the Great Swamp for nearly forty years, Larry remembers visiting the proposed jetport site in 1959 as a schoolboy with his family to gauge the potential impact on their home.