Impact Film Festivals

Building community in Sun Valley, Idaho and helping create awareness for Salmon.

Join us June 27 at the Sun Valley Opera House at 7pm to watch Artifishal.

Artifishal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

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Inspiring Stories.
Impactful Films.

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The Art of Inspiration

Meet the talent behind the camera, the pen, and the inspiration.

Jini DellgaccioJini Dellaccio possessed an unparalleled gift. Her photographs are indeed memento mori, reminding viewers of the transitory nature of life, the virtue of detachment, and the immortality of the soul. Her elegant artwork and personal warmth provide the ultimate testament to time’s relentless melt.

Donate to Jini’s Fund and provide funding to women artists who have devoted a lifetime making the world a better place through their art and now need support to live in integrity during their senior years. Jini’s Fund is provided through the Artist Trust which provides Washington State artists of all creative disciplines the necessary support to launch and sustain successful careers, through financial grants, career training and professional resources.

Donate to Jini’s Fund at the Artist Trust I   Watch Jini’s documentary and see samples of her work.

Featured Filmmaker

Get to know the people behind the camera.

Stefan Schaefer

Stefan Schaefer’s film “Even Though The Whole World Is Burning” is a window into the intentional life of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin.

Stephan Schaefer Stefan Schaefer is founder of the production companies Cicala Filmworks and Silver Shepherd, Schaefer’s films have premiered and won awards at festivals such as Berlin and SxSW, and have been successfully released theatrically and on TV channels such as PBS, HBO and the Sundance Channel.

He has over fifteen feature film credits to his name, among them “My Last Day Without You,” Olaf Johannesson’s “The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela,” and “Arranged.” On these and other projects he’s worked with Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, Ali Larter, Zoe Lister-Jones, Nicole Beharie, Ken Duken, and many more.

DVD-Cover-GraphicHis documentary on Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin premiered on national PBS in April. Watch the trailer here.

Schaefer has TV shows in development with The Weinstein Company and Big Beach. He co-created the series “Surf Break Hotel” with Jon Stern of Abominable Pictures. Backed by Insurrection Media and the Hawaii-based GVS Accelerator, the pilot shot in February 2016.

Schaefer and his family split their time between Haiku, Maui and Brooklyn.

Learn more about Stefan.  I  Watch Even Though The Whole World Is Burning.   I  Donate to The Merwin Conservancy

Featured Film Festivals

Attend the film festivals that are making a difference.

The New York WILD Film Festival is the first annual documentary film festival in New York to showcase a spectrum of topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife, conservation and the environment, bringing all things WILD to one of the most urban cities in the world.

The Family of Women Film Festival is the  documentary film festival in Sun Valley, Idaho which showcases women’s issues from around the world. The festival was founded by Peggy Goldwyn and supports the UNFPA.

Featured Non-Profits

Get to know the organizations that are making change in a big way.

Protecting nature, for people today and future generations.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

How do they achieve this mission and vision?

  • Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom impact conservation in 69 countries.
  • With the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations.
  • By using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values.

That’s how The Nature Conservancy has done more than anyone else to advance conservation around the world since our founding in 1951.

Donate to The Nature Conservancy


A Wild Legacy

Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. Co-founder of The North Face and Esprit, Doug spent the first half of his life building successful, global brands, while simultaneously adventuring around the world, completing first descents of the world’s toughest rivers. In 1968 Doug embarked on a trip to Chile, driving with friends from California to the tip of Patagonia.

“If anything can save the world, I’d put my money on beauty” – Douglas Tompkins

A Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes of Patagonia, and Kris and the Tompkins Conservation team’s efforts to continue his audacious mission.

Documented in the film Mountain of Storms, the trip solidified Doug’s place as rock climbing legend. In the early 1990s, Doug sold his part of Esprit and moved down to Chile to do conservation work full time with his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Together, over the last 25 years, Doug and Kris have protected 2.2 million acres, more land than any other individuals. Doug was tragically killed in a kayaking accident on Lago General Carrera, north of Patagonia Park, on December 8th, 2015.

For those​ ​ who wish to support​ ​ Doug and Kris’s​ ​ work to protect wild places and creatures in Patagonia and beyond, we welcome your contribution to the​ ​ Douglas R. Tompkins Wild Legacy Fund of the Marin Community Foundation​.​

Blue Ventures

Ten years ago, in a coastal village in Madagascar, Alasdair Harris tested an elegantly simple model that put Blue Ventures on the map. He encouraged residents to take charge of their local fishery by cordoning off a small section of their octopus-fishing area for a designated period of time. When the area was re-opened, the community saw huge increases in their catch and incomes.

In this video, you’ll see one woman’s reaction and how this drastically changed her family’s life. Building on this success, local communities created Madagascar’s first local committee to manage and conserve marine resources. Since that auspicious start, Blue Ventures has helped replicate this model along thousands of miles of coastline along the Indian Ocean. Beyond managing fisheries, Blue Ventures has integrated family planning and health services into its livelihoods and conservation work, showing the world that protecting the ocean can and should go hand-in-hand with improving lives.

A Passion of Gold and Fire

A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. A passion of gold and fire which definitely helps our environment to keep on living.

Resilient Communities.

Ecosystem of Opportunity: A Short Thunder Valley CDC Documentary

Thunder Valley CDC was inspired and incubated by a group of youth and young families that were reconnecting to cultural spirituality and identity through spiritual ceremonies.

Our values are deeply rooted in Lakota values and the continued engagement of our community in this project.

This reconnection to spirituality was supported by the Thunder Valley spiritual circle. It was our involvement in those ceremonies that inspired us to do more for our communities and for our people. We are a grassroots community development corporation that is guided by the needs and ideas of our community.

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