A Party for the Planet ft. Abraham Alexander

Friday, September 8, 2023 | 7 PM
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater

2401 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164

On September 8, EarthX Film Festival hosted an evening of film, music and conversation at the historic Downtown Cowtown at the Isis in the iconic Fort Worth Stockyards.  The event featured three short films exploring different environmentally adjacent themes.  

The program began with welcoming comments and a screening of Batsies, an H-E-B short film from director Liz Unger (Tigre Gente), producer Katy Baldock and Executive-Producer Ben Masters (Deep in the Heart).  The 15-minute piece follows the endearing work and friendship of two inspiring researchers on a heartfelt mission: to save the Texas bat population from the threat of wind turbines.  Following Batsies, we screened The Blackcountry Journal, a 9-minute film that showcases breathtaking footage and an iconic soundtrack, overlayed with the story of a skier contemplating his connection to the mountains through art, jazz and Black culture. To close out, we screened 4DWN, a 17-minute EarthX Film production following a Dallas-based, mission-driven community hub at the unique intersection of skate culture and regenerative farming. 

Following the screenings, we hosted a panel conversation with filmmakers and subjects from the films, discussing the nuance and importance of climate storytelling.  Our program closed with an intimate and unforgettable performance by Ft. Worth native, Abraham Alexander, on the heels of his highly- anticipated debut album release.

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Short Film



Directed by: Danny Schmidt | Total Runtime: 17 minutes

4DWN is a service-driven, value-based, nonprofit organization and community resilience hub rooted in skate culture. It is headquartered in South Dallas, in one of the nation’s largest food, infrastructure, and recreational deserts. CEO and co-founder, Rob Cahill, makes it 4DWN’s mission to sustainably foster the health of kids, families, communities and environment providing free programs emphasizing recreation, education, cultivation and conservation.
 Guests in Attendance: Rob Cahill, Mike Crum & Theresa Tumminia (Subjects)

The Blackcountry Journal

Directed by: Mallory R. Duncan & Patrick Elmore | Total Runtime: 9 minutes

A skier contemplates his connection to skiing and the mountains. As he hurries through the streets of LA, his path takes a turn after bumping into a jazz musician who helps him discover the correlation between jazz and skiing – an expression of art, skiing, and black culture.
Guests in Attendance: Mallory R. Duncan (Director + Subject)


Directed by: Elizabeth Unger | Total Runtime: 15 minutes

Batsies examines two women’s tender relationship with an animal that’s feared and loathed: the bat. We follow the journey of Dr. Weaver and Dr. Fritts as they conduct cutting-edge research throughout rural Texas, where wind turbines pose a new threat to bat populations. Through their research efforts, quirky friendship and shared bat obsession, Batsies is a fresh take on saving a creature that’s considered the ultimate outcast.
Guests in Attendance: Katy Baldock & Dr. Sarah Fritts (Producer + Subject)


Following the shorts block, the following guests from the films joined us on stage for a conversation:

Katy Baldock (Batsies), Dr. Sarah Fritts (Batsies), Mallory Duncan (The Blackcountry Journal), Theresa Tumminia (4DWN), Rob Cahill (4DWN), Mike Crum (4DWN)

Live Performance by

Abraham Alexander

When Abraham Alexander unspools his extraordinary life story, it becomes clear that he should always trust his instincts. Each time he has, something unknowable but amazing has happened for him. Born in Greece, where he spent the early part of his life with the Acropolis as his playground, Abraham was transplanted to Texas in the early 2000s at 11 years old to escape the ever present racial tension of his birthplace. Adopted in Texas after losing his mother in a car accident with a drunk driver, Abraham became a sports nut who excelled on the pitch and had first set his sights on a career in soccer. A torn ACL sidelined those ambitions but opened the door to a new path. A friend handed him a guitar during this downtime, and, without warning, his soul was unlocked. Songs he did not know that he had in him poured out. A series of increasingly incredible chance meetings — including a life-changing encounter with Leon Bridges — led him to nurture this newfound musical voraciousness. Those roads have converged on his forthcoming album Sea/Sons, out on Dualtone Records in 2023.Co-produced by Alexander with the help of several folks including Matt Pence and Brad Cook, the album is a lush, seductive affair that showcases the 31-year-old singer-songwriter’s beguiling voice — one which offers both honey and grit — and supple acoustic guitar work. The 11 tracks on Sea/Sons display a cool assuredness even as the songs themselves play with themes of loss, redemption, longing, anguish, and joy informed by a complex life of love and pain. There is a refreshing genre fluidity at play as elements of folk, pop, rock, R&B, gospel, and even electronic music meld and tangle. Ineffable backing vocals, sparse but rich arrangements, and a sense of emotional purpose draw the musical threads together into a cohesive whole that is simultaneously warm and cool. From open mics in Fort Worth, TX to recent stints on the road opening for Leon Bridges, Ani DiFranco, and Mavis Staples — an instructive trinity for his sound — Alexander is ready for the headlining spotlight and to articulate what many of us are feeling with Sea/Sons.

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