Guided hikes, cycling and outdoor adventures, documentary films, arts, science, ethics, astronomy, public land management, back-country exploration, community and sustainable living are have been previously in the program at Amazing Earthfest. If you haven’t attended southern Utah’s Amazing Earthfest before, a memorable experience awaits you!

Events are free but require registration to attend. Stay tuned for registration links to be posted. All events will be VIRTUAL and listed in date order.

Watch this page to learn about the events of the 2021 festival. New event information has just been added but be sure to check for updates.

Documentary Films in Brief……….
– Connectivity Project. Explores the ripple effects of our personal actions in an interconnected world.
A Concerned Citizen. Dr. Riki Ott, PhD scientist, lecturer, activist and civic educator, teaches democracy in action to protect nature and people.
Point of No Return. A gripping adventure story of the explorers who brought about the first solar powered airplane flight around the globe.
Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes. Profile of an American landscape designer who believed in the power of the natural world to make people’s lives better.
The Vow from Hiroshima. An intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a passionate, 85-year-old nuclear disarmament activist and survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
Into the Canyon. Story of extreme physical hardship stretching the bonds of friendship while thru-hiking the entire length of the Grand Canyon. A meditation on the timeless beauty and vulnerability of this sacred place.
Kiss the Ground.  Explores the promise of raising wholesome organic food through soil regeneration as a solution to Earth’s climate crisis.

Full details………



All titles except Connectivity Project available “on demand” for the entire week of May 9-15. Watch online at the links provided. Register to obtain the links to the films you want to see by visiting

Screenings are free of charge. However if you haven’t yet made a donation to our nonprofit, consider contributing now to help us present these high quality productions year after year. THANK YOU!

Title: Connectivity Project

Time: “On-Demand” virtual screening (45 minutes)

Topic: Interconnectedness

(Link to watch the film)

By exploring the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world, the CONNECTIVITY PROJECT series highlights how different cultures and traditions from around the world, and even science, embrace the importance of interconnectedness. As we follow inspiring individuals who are making a difference in the lives around them, we see these connections exhibited all around us.

And more importantly than ever before, students will be empowered to realize that their actions indeed matter and make a difference, all the while encouraging a greater sense of awe, belonging, and yes, responsibility.

“Fantastic series! The Connectivity Project is an anthology of wondrous images, evocative music, and powerful and moving messages that show how people, nature and community are all linked to one another. Students and teachers alike will be informed, delighted and inspired in its call to action to address the most urgent problems facing our planet today. A must-have in any video library!”

Alberto Arenas, Professor, Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies, University of Arizona, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Environmental Education

Awards: Sustainability Award, Cinema Verde International Film & Arts Festival plus Bellingham Human Rights, Colorado Environmental, Eugene Environmental, McMinnville Short, Global Impact, ECOFemininism, PDX Short Docs, Synergy, Hold Onto Your Shorts, and Freeland Film Festival

Title: A Concerned Citizen

Time: “On-Demand” virtual screening (41 minutes)

Topic: Civic Participation

(Link to watch the film)

Profiles the inspiring work of toxicologist, author, and activist Dr. Riki Ott, who organized Gulf coast communities in their struggle to recover from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. As a lecturer and activist, she is spearheading a campaign called Ultimate Civics, a complete civics curriculum she developed that empowers students to participate in their democracy. Recognizing the power of money in politics she advocates for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood, and to reform campaign finance laws, inspiring students from fifth grade through universities and adults to take action and showing by example how one person can make a difference.

“This film is not just about oil spills and environmental activism. It is about the critical link between the concentration of economic power, and how that has led to the concentration of political power. Every citizen, regardless of where they are in the political spectrum, needs to understand how political polarization is driven by wealth polarization. We can have a more responsive democracy by learning the lessons offered in this film.”

Daniel Craig McCool, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Utah, Author, River Republic: The Rise and Fall of America’s Rivers

Awards: United Nations Association Film Festival, Wild & Scenic, Big Muddy, Friday Harbor,
Morehouse College Human Rights, Northeastern Ohio International and
Global Peace Film Festivals.

Title: Point of No Return

Time: “On-Demand” virtual screening (95 minutes)

Topic: Aeronautical Exploration

(Link to watch the film)

Soaring at 28,000 feet without a drop of fuel, nothing is predictable. Not the weather, not the technology. And certainly not the fate of a man, alone for five days in a fragile, first-of-its-kind aircraft with nothing but ocean below. Go behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world, where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Not just to make history, but to inspire a revolution in the transition to cleaner forms of energy.

“…a truly outstanding film that skillfully captures the emotion of two adventurer pilots and their crew as they attempt the unimaginable. “

Alan J. Stolzer, Dean of the College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

“Experience the excitement, inspiration, frustration, disappointment, and elation as the Solar Impulse becomes the first solar-powered plane to successfully fly around the world. This was a dangerous endeavor plagued by challenges, but necessary to prove what air travel can become – clean and dependent on renewable energy rather than fossil fuels. “

Joy Scrogum, ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title: Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes

Time: “On-Demand” virtual screening (62 minutes)

Topic: Landscape Architecture

(Link to watch the film)

Join award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and work of America’s first female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand. Farrand was responsible for some of the most celebrated gardens in the United States and helped create a distinctive American voice in landscape architecture. Although Beatrix created gardens for the rich and powerful, including John D. Rockefeller, Jr., J.P. Morgan, and President Woodrow Wilson, she also was an early advocate for the value of public gardens and believed strongly in the power of the natural world to make people’s lives better. Her extraordinarily creative vision brought about such treasured outdoor spaces as Dumbarton Oaks and the Carraige Trail system at Acadia National Park.

Award: Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

Title: The Vow from Hiroshima

Time: “On-Demand” virtual screening (84 minutes)

Topic: Nuclear Disarmament – Life story of an activist

(Link to watch the film)

An intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a passionate, 85-year-old nuclear disarmament activist and survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Her moving story is told through the lens of her friendship with a second generation survivor, Mitchie Takeuchi. At age 13, Setsuko was miraculously pulled out of a fiery building after the bomb was dropped and unable to save her other 27 classmates who were burned to death alive. That experience shaped her life forever and she endeavored to keep a pledge she made to her friends – that no one should ever again experience that horrible fate.

This timely exploration of the global dangers of nuclear weapons provides an insider’s perspective as we see Setsuko campaign with ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), and witness her acceptance speech at the 2017 Nobel Peace Awards. 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

“Narrated through the experiences of two resilient hibakusha women, The Vow from Hiroshima is a well-researched, poignant and thoughtful work on the humanitarian approach to nuclear weapons. It is a fascinating story of how geopolitics and civil society intersects to influence policy, and how change is possible despite all odds.”

Jayita Sarkar, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University

“A powerful and inspiring film that humanizes the issue of nuclear weapons. By focusing on the experiences of first – and second – generation hibakusha (survivors), it illuminates the horrific, long-lasting impacts of the atomic bomb. At the same time, it showcases the resilience and determination of the hibakusha, notably Setsuko Thurlow, an incredible woman who has dedicated her life to the elimination of nuclear weapons. Thurlow’s work, in close collaboration with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, highlights how ordinary people can do extraordinary things, including achieving the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”

Bonnie Docherty, Associate Director, Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection, International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School

Highly Recommended…Uniquely moving…The film powerfully depicts one person’s tireless fight for a cause that contributes to the health and safety of the entire planet…….a multifaceted exploration of friendship, love, shared vision, as well as deeply moving history lesson.”

Rachael Dreyer, Pennsylvania State University, Educational Media Reviews Online

Awards and Festivals: Audience Award, Ojai Film Festival, Cleveland International and
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.

Title: Into The Canyon

Time: “On-Demand” virtual screening (84 minutes)

Topic: Outdoor Adventure

(Link to watch the film)

(Link to attend the discussion after the film)

Filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 750-mile hike through the entire length of the Grand Canyon. More people have stood on the moon than have completed a continuous through hike of the Canyon! Witness their story of extreme physical hardship that stretches the bonds of friendship and a meditation on the timeless beauty of this sacred place. It is an urgent warning about the environmental dangers that are placing one of America’s greatest monuments in peril and a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world. “Into the Canyon is more than just a beautiful and breathtaking outdoor adventure film, though it is that. The film raises questions that are critical and fundamental for understanding our place as humans in the world, questions that we all need to sit with.”

Michael Paul Nelson, Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Oregon State University, Co-editor, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Awards: Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Nature Documentary, Grand Prize, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Best Feature, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Director’s Award, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival and twelve other festivals.

Title: Kiss The Ground

Time: “On-Demand” virtual screening (87 minutes)

Topic: Regenerative Agriculture

(Link to watch the film)

A powerful documentary exploring soil regeneration and its place as a solution to our planet’s climate crisis. For many, the fires raging across the West have brought home not only the realities of climate change—but the urgent need to restore the land. To significantly mitigate the climate crisis, there are a lot of problems humans need to solve. One of the biggest problems is right under our feet: the soil.

Awards: Winner of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival plus 24 other awards and counting.

As with so many events created for public enrichment, the Coronavirus pandemic affected our 2020 festival. In response, Amazing Earthfest moved to an all-online format with no physical gatherings. To keep everyone safe, our 15th annual 2021 festival will also be totally virtual. Thank you for your support and participation!

NOTE: Event Listings are UTAH TIME, (MDT- Mountain Daylight Time), unless otherwise noted! 

Arizona remains on standard time all year round. So for example, from April thru October, 9:00 AM in Utah is 8:00 AM in Arizona.

Curious about what we’ve done before? Click  our “Past Events” tab to browse through eight years of festival event history!

While traveling through southwestern Utah, stop in at the Kane County Office of Tourism, 78 South 100 East, Kanab, and ask about our festival.  Visit our “Attend” page for details and lodging information!

Master Class in Astrophotography

Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021 Time: 6:00 PM Practical instruction for capturing night sky images including equipment and techniques for beginning and advanced photographers. Nighttime photography done well is a tricky endeavor. Learn from a master the techniques and equipment needed to produce stunning nighttime landscape images that include a dazzling starry night sky. Featured in Time Magazine, the self-described unabashed astro-nut David Lane ranks among the top 5 astrophotographers in the world. Eleven of [...]

start time: 6:00 pm start date: 05/09/21 location: Online with Zoom

Rock Art of the Southwest

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Time: 6:00 PM Description: Join the former president of the Utah Rock Art Research Association ( to examine some of his favorite rock art images in the Southwest. No theories will be presented; just photos of spectacular rock art sites, many from public sites that you are encouraged to visit. As it works to protect prehistoric rock art sites around the West, URARA offers opportunities in Utah to participate in [...]

start time: 6:00 pm start date: 05/11/21 location: Online with Zoom

Tutored by the Land: a Writing Workshop with Stephen Trimble

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 Time: 6:00 PM Connect with Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument via a creative writing workshop hosted by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners. In this workshop, Steve will take us through the basics of creative non-fiction. He’ll describe the combination of journaling, research, and interviews that leads to rich content. And he’ll emphasize the key elements of strong writing and self-editing. As writing teacher Paula LaRocque says, his goal is to make your [...]

start time: 6:00 pm start date: 05/15/21 location: Online with Zoom

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