Examining Potential Impacts on the Environment
EarthxFilm, presented by EarthX (April 19-28), announced today that it’s Spotlight Screening selection for the environmentally-focused film festival will be Ben Masters’ THE RIVER AND THE WALL.
The film will screen on Thursday, April 25 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (2201 N. Field St.) during a “Green Carpet” gala presentation expected to bring out a combination of environmentalists, filmmakers, and political figures to see a film that looks at the subject of much debate from a uniquely politically non-polarizing angle.
EarthxFilm’s co-Founder/President, Michael Cain, said, “One of the hallmarks of EarthxFilm since our inception three years ago, has been to explore the issues facing our environment from all views and perspectives. Regardless of your politics, we all live in the same world and all agree on the need for clean water, clean air and a better planet for future generations.”
EarthxFilm’s Artistic Director, David Holbrooke, added, “The proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico is already such a complicated issue but Ben Masters’ film manages to examine and attempt to understand a critical aspect that’s easy to forget – the abundant wildlife that know no borders.”
Masters’ THE RIVER AND THE WALL follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Inspired by the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead, and what he saw as the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas, Masters recruited NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on a two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The group initially set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.
Festival passes and tickets are on-sale now. For more information, please go to earthxfilm.org.
EarthxFilm showcases films and emerging media that explore conservation, climate change, and the environment while honoring the heroes working to protect our planet. Our mission is to turn awareness into action, through art and media. We achieve our goals by partnering with top environmental, film and entertainment organizations across the globe. EarthxFilm presents year-round programs culminating in a 9-day festival, April 19 – 28, 2019. www.EarthXfilm.org.
ABOUT EarthX (formerly Earth Day Texas)
EarthX, a Texas-based 501c3 nonprofit organization, strives to be the leading global connector to positively impact our world for a sustainable future. EarthX hosts the largest environmental expo, conference and film festival in the world in Dallas. Founded in 2011 by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EarthX promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. Attendees can also enjoy outdoor experiences, live music, environmentally-themed films and art exhibits, food pavilions, family activities and more. In 2018, the event drew 137,000 attendees, 800 exhibitors and more than 250 speakers.. For more information, visit www.EarthX.org.