Below is the 2017 Festival LineUp.
Keegan Kuhn is the award-winning co-director of the documentary film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret and What the Health. He is the owner of First Spark Media, a digital film production company tailored to creating films for social justice. Kuhn’s skills as a director, producer, cinematographer, editor, animator and composer have been utilized in film subjects as diverse as modern Alaskan homesteading, gender inequality, animal rescues, Buddhism, endurance sports and environmental destruction. He is motivated by a deep desire to shed light on untold stories of the most downtrodden in our society, and to raise awareness through greater visibility of social justice issues.
Kuhn is the owner of the camera accessory company First Spark Gear and creator of the educational music project True Nature. He lives with his partner Shani in the East Bay of San Francisco, California.
“The Diet Conspiracy: Burying Science for Profit”
If a plant-based diet really reverses heart disease and helps avoid cancer why aren’t we hearing more about it in the public conversation? Keegan’s talk will present the hidden links between government, big food companies, pharmaceutical companies, and non-profit organizations focused on community health advice. An investigative look into how they are connected through legislation, budget, and the spread of disinformation. This is what happens when health care becomes a business where the players are influenced by making a profit or expanding their budget rather than robust community health.
“Never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car.”
“The Benefits of Plant Based Living for People, Planet and Animals”
Leilani Münter shares the unique story of how she went from biology graduate to professional race car driver and environmental activist. With 7.5 billion people on the planet, we must be aware of how our day-to-day lifestyle decisions create huge environmental impacts on our planet. Find out why eliminating meat and dairy from your diet is one of the single most impactful actions you can take to make a positive difference for the planet, your health, and the animals, three times a day.
CARMELA WOLF, M.S.O.M, L.A.C.
“Eating the Rainbow:
How to Use Whole Foods to Optimize Your Health”
Why you want to eat a variety of foods and how each food color group contributes to your health. This talk will help you get inspired to cook with a wider variety of fruits and vegetables in your daily meals. Teach a way to eat based on the colors is an easy method you can learn that will ensure that you get all the nutrients you need. Each color effects specific systems and this talk will help you understand the science behind why eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day will optimize your health.
“Live Longer, Better, Healthier and Happier with Blue Zones Project”
Discover the secrets of the Blue Zones – the regions of the world with the highest concentrations of centenarians (people who live to be 100 years or older). These areas share nine common traits, called the Power 9, that contribute to longevity. Learn about how the Power 9 is at work in your community and walk away inspired to live longer, better! For more information on the Power 9, visit Hawaii.bluezonesproject.com!
Dr. Irminne Van Dyken, MD
“10 Ways A Vegan Diet Will Help You Avoid My Scalpel”
In this entertaining presentation, Dr. Van Dyken shares her experiences as a surgeon treating many of these preventable and reversible diseases, and explains why the Standard American Diet is the biggest threat to American health today.