Sustainability Film and Discussion Series
All films will be shown in the Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1234. The screenings are free and open to the public. There will be a Q & A discussion after each screening.
The film series is sponsored by:
Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, which have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This film follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it’s become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.
Crying Earth Rise Up (2015)
Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m.*
When Debra White Plume’s drinking water tests high for radiation, she sets out to determine the cause. What she finds exposes the human cost of uranium mining and its impact for the Pine Ridge Reservation and Great Plains drinking water. Sharon Karp, film editor for Crying Earth Rise Up will serve as discussion leader.
Death by Design (2016)
Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Consumers love—and live on—their smartphones, tablets and laptops. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs.
Living Downstream (2013)
Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m.*
Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, this poetic film follows Steingraber during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m.*
This feature film tells the story of Erin Brockovich, a young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Brockovich is determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm had dared to do it before.
*30 minutes before each film screening SCARCE, a local community educational organization, will demonstrate the Energy Bike to teach energy conservation. Please plan to arrive early to test out the bike.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.*
Cape Spin! tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over America’s first proposed offshore wind farm and most controversial clean energy project, Cape Wind. Strange alliances formed for and against: Kennedys, Kochs, and everyday folks battle with the developer and green groups over the future of American power. This films tells both sides of the story. With its revolutionary soundtrack Cape Spin! is “a gripping and entertaining study of eco-capitalism and grassroots democracy.”
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.*
Every energy resource—fossil, nuclear, renewable —is undergoing profound changes. The shift from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow is underway. This transition is the subject of Switch. The film travels the world to discover how this switch is most likely to happen. Switch highlights a changing energy conversation—from polarized and unproductive to a focus on practical realities, encouraging a balanced understanding.
The Babushkas of Chernobyl (2015)
Monday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.*
In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’—young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Following three central characters, women who defy the authorities and endanger their own health to return after the disaster, the film is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk.
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