Beginning on August 15, 2017, Cause +Effect Progressive Film Festival will accept 2-15 minute films about poverty, homelessness, river pollution, gun violence and any other issue that affects Georgians. The festival is free to enter and the winning filmmaker will receive $1,000 cash and screen at the November festival in Athens.

For more films from the only Georgia-focused film festival go to the 2017 Cause + Effect Progressive Film Festival website

David and Michael Hanson used their 2015 Cause + Effect finalist film “Flint” to highlight the importance of river conservation and the issues facing Georgia’s Flint River.

In the past ten years, the Flint River has been facing a considerable amount of threats, including suburban sprawl paving over the river’s lower wetlands and public water supply pulling water from it. Because of these issues Flint River made the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list in 2009 and 2013.

“Flint” is a short nature documentary that uses the stories of two Flint River enthusiasts to highlight the river’s importance and motivate the increase of conservation efforts. The film follows Jimmy Miller who grew up fishing on the lower Flint river and Robin McInvale, who fell in love with her husband on the river.

“Flint” illustrates to viewers how imperative it is to start taking better care of Georgia’s rivers. Droughts, suburban sprawl and public use are putting additional stress on the river’s endangered species, fish and other wildlife. It also threatens rural communities that depend on the river for livelihood and water supply.

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