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to my dismay that my fellow reviewers either loved its hidden narrative as I did, or, conversely, found its laconic couple tedious. And so we bestowed the award on a film we all admired—Laurie Sumiye Filiak’s poignant Struggle for Existence about Hawai’i’s most endangered birds. Which goes to show that it’s hard to pick just one. I’m glad to know that in memory of our friend and dedicated board member Alex Kemnitzer, ACFF can now nurture the promise in the Charcoal Burners of the world as well. u

White Earth shows at Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall, Saturday, October 24, in a block of films starting at 7 pm, and at the Shepherdstown Opera House on Sunday, November 1 at 4:30 pm. Silencing the Thunder shows at the Shepherdstown Opera House on Friday, October 23 in a block of films starting at 7 pm focusing on western wildlife and public lands.

Alex Kemnitzer Emerging Filmmaker Fund In February of this year, ACFF and the Shepherdstown community lost dear friend and ACFF board member Alex Kemnitzer, when he died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Alex was 32 years old. He served on ACFF’s board for many years and was always a dedicated, enthusiastic and supportive ambassador for ACFF. We miss him and his many contributions greatly. Many people made donations to ACFF in Alex’s memory. To honor our friend, and with a founding gift from Alex’s parents, Sue and David Kemnitzer, we have established the Alex Kemnitzer Emerging Filmmaker Fund. One of the primary tenets of ACFF is to encourage aspiring filmmakers to explore the craft of documentary filmmaking, give them a platform to show their work, and provide learning and networking opportunities to further their education and involvement. This Fund will help us better achieve this mission by supporting student filmmakers to attend the festival and the Filmmaker Workshops each year. ACFF hopes to build this fund for years to come to grow new conservation filmmakers while honoring Alex. Donations to the fund can be made by contacting Jennifer Lee at Or, send your donation to ACFF, P.O. Box 889, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 or donate online at the Festival website,, and indicate that it’s for the Alex Kemnitzer Emerging Filmmaker Award.

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