Environmental II Program

Curated by Rosa Valado & Vivian Smith
Part II of our program includes a series of features and discussions on issues, local and global, their impact and possible remedies.

This Year’s Environmental Program Presents films that address compelling issues of our time such as climate change,  land use, pollution abatement,and the powerful role individuals can play in halting environmental degradation.

Part II of our program will screen on Sunday with a series of features, and discussions on issues local and global, their impact and possible remedies.

Bidder 70

Sunday 9/22 @ 1pm – 67 West St.


Directed by Gayatri Roshan and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, 2012, 93 min
Sunday 9/22 @ 2pm – 67 West St.

Idle Threat

Directed by George Pakenham, 2012, 69 min
Sunday 9/22 @ 4pm – 67 West St.



Sunday 9/22 @ 5:10pm – 67 West St.

Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director Empire Clean Cities; Currently, Christina is developing strategies that fulfill Empire Clean Cities’ mission, in addition to seeking out increased membership and promoting the acceptance of alternative vehicles and advanced vehicle technologies that reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions in our region and reduce our national dependence on foreign oil. She is a graduate of Boston University where she majored in Biology, minored in Philosophy, and has her MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.

Empire Clean Cities is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to ensure clean air for future generations. As the designated local US Department of Energy supported Clean Cities coalition, we are part of a national network of nearly 100 coalitions dedicated to advancing the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by reducing petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.

George Pakenham, documentary filmmaker; After eleven years on Wall Street, George produced several short documentaries. His most recent film, “Idle Threat,” shown here in this program, took over five years in the making as he courteously confronted over 3,000 motorists to explain idling’s impact and idling laws. George’s quest is to make the simple act of turning a key to something that can make a big difference toward a healthier city and world.

Michael Heimbinder, Founder & Executive Director of HabitatMap and Chair of Newtown Creek Alliance; a community organizer, educator, and information designer. Since launching HabitatMap in 2006, Michael has worked with dozens of community based organizations and schools to create planning and advocacy maps that publicize issues they care about most. As Chair of Newtown Creek Alliance, Michael has made community knowledge sharing a keystone of the organization’s successful efforts to clean up Newtown Creek. Michael also serves as Technical Advisor to the Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods.

HabitatMap is a non-profit environmental health justice organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health by combining social networking and online map making to foster connections between community organizations and their constituents. HabitatMap recently released AirCasting which is a platform for recording, mapping, and sharing health and environmental data using smartphones.

Peter Harrison, Staff Attorney, Waterkeeper Alliance; Peter earned his BS in Environmental Sciences at University of North Carolina and his JD from Pace University Law School. Peter represents Waterkeeper in litigation and provides legal resources for over 200 Waterkeeper organizations worldwide, focusing primarily on Clean Water Act Enforcement cases related to the coal industry.

Representing over 200 local Waterkeeper organizations on six continents, Waterkeeper Alliance empowers communities to stand up for the right to swimmable, drinkable, and fishable water. Panel Moderator–David Leitner, filmmaker; David is the director of Oscar-nominated For All Mankind , and a long list of major films including Trembling Before G-d, Portrait in Progress: Chuck Close to mention but a few. Newtown Creek Digester Eggs: The Art of Human Waste (2012) was part of the GFF12 Environmental program. We are delighted to welcome David back this year as moderator for our Sunday 9//22, Environmental II panel discussion at 5pm, 67 West Street.