Local Green Film Festival Features Save Buffalo Bayou and Christmas Bay

Wild About Houston Film Festival, Nov. 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 10, 2020

Two new videos feature the stunning photography of Jim Olive and two of the environmental causes he champions: Christmas Bay on the upper Texas coast and Houston’s Buffalo Bayou.

The two short films are part of the Wild About Houston film festival sponsored by the Citizens Environmental Coalition (CEC). The festival features short films about the natural environment, issues and activism in the Houston area.

Christmas Bay, Texas coast, photo by Jim Olive, as shown in Coastal Essence.

Olive’s inspiring film about Christmas Bay, Coastal Essence, is the opening film in the second night of the online festival, Nov. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., which also features his film about Save Buffalo Bayou.

The first night of the film festival was Oct. 21. Here’s a link to watch those films.

Olive, a world-renowned photographer, is the founder and executive director of the Christmas Bay Foundation, a nonprofit established to protect and promote the Christmas Bay Estuarine System and its tributaries west of Galveston Bay. Located at the edge of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, it is the most pristine bay system of the upper Texas coast and a vital part of the ecology of the Galveston Bay system.

Olive has been avidly documenting Buffalo Bayou since before the nonprofit, Save Buffalo Bayou, was established in 2014. The environmental advocacy organization was founded initially to prevent the razing and bulldozing of a stretch of the bayou flowing past Memorial Park, one of the last forested, publicly-accessible sections in the city. It now works to promote understanding of the benefits of naturally-functioning streams and modern, nature-based flood management.

Paddling at dawn on Buffalo Bayou. Photo by Jim Olive

Olive has generously continued his support of Save Buffalo Bayou, capturing the wildlife and changing seasons on the bayou throughout the years. Preserving the natural functions and riparian areas of Buffalo Bayou is just one of many environmental causes Olive has promoted through his photography.

Jim Olive, photographing Buffalo Bayou. Photo by SC

Olive dedicated his film about Save Buffalo Bayou to the organization’s founding board president, Frank C. Smith Jr.

Wild About Houston Green Films

The popular film festival, entirely virtual this year, features short environmental films from the Greater Houston Area that “tell the story of local environmental issues, their champions and how you can make a difference.”

The audience will vote to determine which films will be shown along with others from around the world at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, hosted by the CEC in January 2021.

A donation of any size to the CEC purchases a link to the virtual, live program and live chat session the evening of November 18, as well as the privilege of voting for films.

The CEC is also providing a free link to watch the film program at any time, on demand, but this does not include a vote for films.


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