Media X goes to Earth Day Film Festival

On Friday March 1st, six Media X students went to Chico for the weekend to host a virtual reality pavilion at The Earth Day Film Festival. The Director of Media X, Kevin Pontuti, and a few artists also held a panel discussion on Sunday. The virtual reality projects were curated by Pontuti, including two about sustainability that Pacific student Ramesh Borad, Media X ‘21, worked on. One of the most memorable films was “Aftermath,” a 360-degree film by Steve Cooper about Camp Fire, the most deadly and destructive fire in California’s history. Audience members included people of all ages. Aside from a solemn and eye-opening drive through Paradise, students also met many people affected by the devastating fire. Noah Lenzi, Media X ‘20, says that he, “met a lot of friendly people as well as climate refugees from Paradise who were active members in repairing the community. It was interesting hearing their feelings after seeing our VR selection, especially after viewing ‘Aftermath.’” Lenzi also adds that he, “quickly learned how strong Chico’s community is.” During the times students were not working at the pavilion, they had the opportunity to watch numerous environmental films, including both shorts and features. When asked what the highlight of the festival experience was, Borad noted that it was, “definitely the panel discussion. It was an honor sitting amongst other filmmakers from the industry and just discuss what it took to put together the projects.” He also added that the festival was, “one of the most positive events [he had] been to. It had this very warm and welcoming vibe, mostly because of the community.” Though it is only the second year The Earth Day Film Festival has been around, there was a fantastic turnout at both the screenings and the virtual reality pavilion. Students are already excited to return in the future, and some may potentially submit their own films to the festival.