Billy J. Estes
The Wind Rises
Oscar Nominee for "Best Animated Feature of the Year 2014"
In "The Wind Rises," Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers.
REEL Earth - ‚ÄúAbove All Else‚ÄĚ
Monday, April 21st 7:30pm
“ABOVE ALL ELSE” is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America. www.aboveallelsefilm.com/
2014 HotDocs Festival
2014 Dallas International Film Festival
REEL Earth - "Tiny: A Story about living Small"
After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.
DC Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol 2014
REEL Earth - "A Place at the Table"
“A Place at the Table” 84 min Rated: PG
Wednesday, April 23rd 7:30pm
50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
2012 Savannah Film Festival
REEL Earth - "Crane Trust & River Tamed"
“A River Tamed” 51 min Not Rated
Following "Crane Trust" at approx 8:00pm
A River Tamed was filmed on location on the Republican River which supplies irrigation water to three states. It chronicles the history of the legendary river with firsthand accounts, photographs and vintage film clips of the devastating flood of 1935. The program is an educational and entertaining journey into remote areas of Nebraska and documents the efforts to restore flow along the waterway. A River Tamed tells the story of the politics behind the 10-year court battle between Kansas and Nebraska over the waters of the Republican River. The documentary premiered at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in Denver and was screened as an official selection for the Prairie Lights Film Festival in Grand Island, Nebraska.
2013 Prairie Lights Film Festival