News and Reviews

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Critical Reviews

10.11.11 Green Fire reviewed on The Green Life

Read Pamela Biery's review in the Sierra Club's blog.

10.6.11 Green Fire reviewed on

Read a review of Green Fire on Seattle's

6.17.11 Green Fire reviewed in American Society for Environmental History newsletter

Read Bruce Thompson's review of the film.

6.16.11 Green Fire reviewed by Georgia blogger

Read the review on Val in Real Life.

4.21.11 Field and Stream

Read a review by Hal Herring

Spring 2011 The Wildlife Professional

Michael Hutchins, Executive Director of the Wildlife Society, reviews Green Fire (PDF).

Bob Sayre, University of Iowa

Read Bob Sayre's evaluation of Green Fire submitted to the Iowa Humanities Council (PDF).

3.6.11 Fond Du Lac Reporter

Read a review of the film from the Fond Du Lac Reporter.

2.27.11 KQED News

Craig Miller reviews Green Fire in his blog after seeing the screening in Vallejo, CA.

2.7.11 Albuquerque Examiner - " * * * * ! "

Read a brief review of the Green Fire world premiere in Albuquerque, New Mexico by George Peknik, a writer focusing on wellness topics for the Examiner.



Green Fire in the News

Green Fire was produced by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Humans and Nature. Wisconsin Public Television is the broadcast partner. The awards were presented at Chicago's Alhambra Theater on Sunday, November 18th. The ceremony was broadcast live in Chicago and on the internet. Aldo Leopold Foundation board member Jim Pines accepted the award for the production team.

Earlier this year, Wisconsin Public Television began broadcasting the one-hour program statewide . It will be available to all public television stations for Earth Day in April 2013. A slightly longer version has screened in theaters and over 2,000 community venues since the film's premiere in February of 2011.

Green Fire is the first feature documentary about the great conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). He is the father of the national wilderness system, and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture.

Green Fire has won awards at several film festivals, as well as a Silver Telly and a Cine Golden Eagle. A complete list of awards and festivals, along with other information about the film, is available at:

Aldo Leopold worked for the U.S Forest Service from 1909 to 1928. Since the early 1990s, his ideas have increasingly influenced the management of the national forests. The mission of the agency is to " sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations."

8.6.11 Buddy Huffaker interviewed

Listen to Buddy talk about Green Fire on An Organic Conversation.

6.25.11 Midland Daily News

Read an article about a screening of Green Fire in Midland, Michigan.

5.27.11 Listen to Buddy Huffaker on Morning Magazine

Buddy speaks about Green Fire on WFAW AM radio in Fort Atkinson, WI.

5.24.11 Green Fire in the news in Sisters, OR

Read the article about Green Fire at

4.25.11 Chicago Tribune

Read an article about the great work of Eden Place Nature Center in Chicago.

4.23.11 Shaumburg's Sustainable Future blog

Read a blog post about the screening of Green Fire at Roosevelt University's Shaumburg, IL, campus.

4.21.11 Santa Fe Radio Cafe

Listen to an interview on Santa Fe Radio Cafe.

4.15.11 Forest History Society

Curt Meine tells the story of Green Fire.

4.15.11 Colorado Public Radio

Listen to an interview with director Dave Steinke.

4.10.11 The Hawk Eye

Green Fire was well received in Burlington, IA. Read the article.

4.7.11 Marfa Public Radio

Listen to the radio broadcast of Nature Notes about Aldo Leopold and Green Fire.

4.6.11 Columbia Tribune

Susan Flader, environmental historian and Leopold scholar, was interviewed for this article in Columbia, MO.


Read a review of Green Fire by Jeff Filipiak, a college professor in Milwaukee.

3.16.11 The Country Today

Read the March 16th article in The Country Today by Megan Parker, based on her interviews with director Steve Dunsky, narrator Curt Meine, executive producer Buddy Huffaker, and editor Ann Dunsky. Download the article (PDF).

3.3.11 Iowa Public Radio

Listen to an interview with the film's narrator, Curt Meine, on Iowa Public Radio.
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3.2.11 Milwaukee Public Radio

Listen to WUWM's "Lake Effect" with Susan Bence including interviews with Susan Flader and Curt Meine talking about the film.
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3.1.11 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Read Lee Bergquist's article in the Journal Sentinel about the film, based on an interview with executive producer Buddy Huffaker.

2.28.11 Berkeleyside

Read an article about the screening of Green Fire in Berkeley, CA, scheduled for tonight.

2.26.11 Report from Vallejo, CA screening

Director/Producer Steve Dunsky reports on the Vallejo sneak preview screening:

"More than 300 people turned out for a special sneak preview at the historic Empress Theater in downtown Vallejo. At the reception before screening, many people said they know little or nothing about Aldo Leopold.  Afterward, we received many wonderful comments about the film and about Leopold's importance to the future of all communities.  One person noted that they planned to go home and starting restoring their urban one-tenth of an acre.  Vallejo is going through a tough economic period , and many people were inspired by the connections in the film between ecological and economic health.

Before the showing, Amanda Cundiff and her band, The Extension Agents, played bluegrass music.  Amanda is the Forest Service Partnership Coordinator for California.  Her work on the Vallejo People's Garden has led to a couple of major national grants and will be growing fresh fruits and vegetables this summer. 

Also, Carlos de la Fuente, a virtuoso guitarist, played traditional Mexican songs from the Empress stage.  Carlos contributed several songs to the soundtrack of Green Fire."

2.25.11 Baraboo News Republic

Read an article about the Baraboo, Wis. screening, including quotes from interviews with executive producer Buddy Huffaker, director Steve Dunsky, and on-screen guide Curt Meine.

2.19.11 Appleton Post-Crescent/Green Bay Press Gazette

Read columnist David Horst's article on Green Fire, including an interview with executive producer Buddy Huffaker.

2.10.11 Wisconsin Public Radio

Listen to Chuck Quirmbach's three minute radio story on Green Fire, including interviews with the film's executive producer Buddy Huffaker and Leopold scholar Susan Flader. Original air date: Friday, February 4, 2011.
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2.7.11 - Public Radio Exchange

Listen to a one-hour radio program, "Aldo Leopold and the Emerging Land Ethic," which just aired on New Mexico Public Radio and was produced by Jack Loeffler. A free, no obligation PRX account is required to access the story.

1.27.11 - Albuquerque Journal

Read the January 27th article in the Albuquerque Journal by Adrian Gomez, based on his interview with director Steve Dunsky, here (PDF).