Documentaries

Water

  • Blue Gold: World Water Wars - "In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth." A great primer on world wide water issues. 
  • Carbon for Water - In Kenya, water insecurity is a life-threatening reality, and with water contamination on the rise, many use firewood to boil water in order to make it safe. This film documents one company's attempt to change this by providing 900,000 water filters to the people of Kenya’s Western Province, for free. This is the largest household water treatment program in the developing world, and it’s being financed with carbon credits earned through the reduction in use of firewood. If successful, it will cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2 million tons per year for a decade or more. But it requires changing the habits of 4.5 million people first. 
  • Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision - For almost 20 years three states – Georgia, Florida and Alabama – have been locked in a fierce struggle over water. The film looks at the complex origins of the conflict, the challenges to be overcome and some promising solutions.
  • Flow - Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?" Via flowthemovie.com
  • La Source - Each day, the villagers of a small, rural community called La Source in Haiti must choose between enduring a long, treacherous walk to retrieve clean water or drinking contaminated water from a nearby river. Since he was a teenager, Josue Lajeunesse, along with his brother Chrismedonne, have dreamed of remedying this problem for their people. In 1989, Josue moved to New Jersey where he found employment as a custodian at Princeton University and as a taxi driver, allowing him to send money home to La Source so that he and Chrismedonne, a bricklayer in La Source, could properly channel the water from the mountain into their village. The film follows the Lajeunesse brothers as they work together to rally the support of a group of Princeton students, a Los Angeles-based charity called Generosity Water and the people of La Source to fulfill their dream of improving the conditions of their impoverished village. The film captures the story of one man, empowered by a vision, who was able to ignite the passion of people thousands of miles away to change lives in La Source forever.
  • Last Call at the Oasis - Illuminating the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects, the film features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.
  • Tapped - A behind the scenes look into the world of the bottled water industry, the communities it affects, and the environmental and health impacts associated with the plastic used for bottling.
  • The End Of The Line - Looks at the ecological devastation—on both global and local levels—caused by overfishing and sends out a dire warning from scientists that we may have a fish-less ocean by 2048 if we don't implement sustainable fishing practices soon
  • The Story of Bottle Water-The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day), employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows virtually free from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call for viewers to make a personal commitment to avoid bottled water and support public investment in clean, available tap water for all.
  • Water on the Table - An intimate portrait of Canadian water activist Maude Barlow, considered an “international water-warrior” for her crusade to have water declared a human right, this film captures her public face as well as the unscripted woman behind the scenes. The camera shadows her life on the road in Canada and the United States over the course of a year as she serves as the U.N. Senior Advisor on Water.  
  • Water Wars - We follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”. A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?

Energy & Climate Change

  • A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash - This film examines the concept of peak oil - whether it has already happened or will soon, and explores the consequences this has for our civilization that has become accustomed to and dependent on cheap, readily available oil.
  • An Inconvenient Truth - Former Vice President Al Gore presents a compelling look at the state of global warming in the fascinating and startling documentary. 
  • Blind Spot - The thesis of this powerful documentary is that by humanity's massive reliance on finite fossil fuels, we have painted ourselves into a corner. If we stop using them, our economy will collapse; if we continue, we will destroy our ecology. Hopefully this film is the slap in the face we need to figure a way out of this conundrum.
  • Burning in the Sun - Daniel Dembele is a 26-year-old charmer who is equal parts West African and European and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels – the first of its kind in the sun-drenched nation. Daniel’s goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99 percent of which live without power.
  • Burning the Future: Coal in America - Writer/director David Novack examines the explosive conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by emerging “clean coal” energy policies, local activists watch a world blind to the devastation caused by coal's extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation's help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.
  • Cape Spin - Embedded behind the battle lines with full access to both sides and a commitment to impartial story telling, the filmmakers behind Cape Spin document the impassioned debate surrounding "Cape Wind," a major wind farm proposed for the middle of Nantucket Sound..
  • Carbon Nation - Carbon Nation is a documentary movie about climate change solutions. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don't buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. 
  • Chasing Ice - Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. 
  • Climate Crisis- A film by brother/sister duo, Sam and Kate Fulbright to take a closer look at what climate change really means in the United States, and dive beyond the daunting numbers and graphs to meet the people and communities effected by the problem of climate change
  • Climate of Change - Spotlighting ordinary people, from England to Indonesia, who are taking action to save our global environment, this film is a record of what people are doing around the world to take positive steps toward ending global warming.
  • COLLAPSE - Documentary by director Chris Smith, featuring Michael Ruppert, explores the dire consequences of our resources (particularly oil) drying up.
  • Crude - The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. The landmark case takes place in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, poisoning the water, air and land. 
  • Deep Down - three main goals for impact: 1) to connect Americans in a new way to Appalachia, its mountains, and its people; 2) to raise awareness of mountaintop removal mining and support related policy; and 3) to inspire mindfulness around energy consumption and increase demand for alternative energy.
  • Dirty Oil - Exposing the environmental and human rights issues in Alberta’s toxic oil sands, the film traces the environmental and social impacts of Canadian oil on both sides of the U.S. border. It follows pipelines from the Alberta oil sands to the American Midwest to witness how U.S. refineries, much like their Canadian counterparts, are increasing toxic dumping into the Great Lakes. It features interviews with top environmentalists, scientists, government officials, local residents and chiefs of nearby aboriginal tribes. 
  • Earth 2100 - Hosted by ABC journalist Bob Woodruff, the two-hour special explores what a worst-case future might look like if humans do not take action on current or impending problems that could threaten civilization. The problems addressed in the program include climate change, overpopulation, and misuse of energy resource.
  • Earth: The Climate Wars - Dr Iain Stewart traces the history of climate change from its very beginning and examines just how the scientific community managed to get it so very wrong back in the Seventies.
  • Energy Crossroads - This award-winning documentary exposes the problems associated with our energy consumption. It also offers concrete solutions for those who want to educate themselves and be part of the solutions in this decisive era. 
  • Extreme Realities - Featuring narrator Matt Damon, the 13th episode of “Journey to Planet Earth” investigates one of the most critical issues of our time: the link between severe weather events, global warming, and threats to our national security. Emmy-award winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner consult with experts to find out what is happening to our weather.
  • Fuel - Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Tickell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil. Combining a history lesson of the US auto and petroleum industries and interviews with a wide range of policy makers, educators, and activists such as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Animated by powerful graphics, FUEL looks into our future offering hope via a wide-range of renewable energy and bio-fuels. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award.
  • GasHole - Narrated by Peter Gallagher, GasHole sheds light on the history of the oil industry as well how oil prices are determined.  It also provides a detailed examination of our continued dependence on foreign oil and examines various potential solutions -- starting with claims of buried technology that dramatically improves gas mileage, to navigating bureaucratic governmental roadblocks, to evaluating different alternative fuels that are technologically available now, to questioning the American consumers' reluctance to embrace alternatives.
  • Gasland - Filmmaker Josh Fox receives a request to lease his land for natural gas drilling, leading him on a search across the country to uncover the truth behind the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
  • Gasland 2- The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".
  • Greedy Lying Bastards- Investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster. 
  • Green Gold- (2012): Environmental filmmaker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally.
    The film takes you to China, Jordan, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Bolivia, and features the PRI's own Geoff Lawton, who adds impetus and technical know-how to John's impressive toolbox.  It's the story of healing landscapes at scale, and, with it, restoring life, livelihoods, security and a future. This documentary is not just a tale of hope, it's evidence of hope - it's proof that we do not need to give in to apathy and despair. Instead, we see we have the simple solutions right in front of us.
  • Here Comes the Sun - Breaking through the myths that solar energy is too expensive, takes too much space, too much material, costs more energy than it brings, or still not efficient enough, this film shows that a solar economy is much closer than we think.
  • Houston, We Have a Problem - Step inside the energy capital of the world to hear the truth about oil, straight from the hearts of the Texas oilmen themselves. 
  • Idle Threat - Ten billion gallons of gasoline are burned each year by idling vehicles with untold economic, health and environmental costs. This offbeat documentary focuses on one man's battle to get New York City to enforce its anti-idling laws
  • Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change - Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk and researcher and filmmaker Ian Mauro have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic.
  • Koch Brothers Exposed: the Flim - Koch Brothers Exposed is a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst. This full-length documentary film on Charles and David Koch—two of the world’s richest and most powerful men—is the latest from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, Rethink Afghanistan). The billionaire brothers bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights. This film uncovers the Kochs’ corruption—and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy. 
  • Off the Grid - This 90 minute special follows "Surviorman" Les Stroud and his family as they attempt to live off the grid in a rundown house in the Canadian wilderness. Les and his family must adapt to the sudden change in lifestyle while trying to utilize solar/wind power, rain harvesting and many more self reliant living techniques.
  • Pipe Dreams - This film spotlights the David and Goliath struggle over the tar sands Keystone XL Pipeline, proposed to be routed from Hardisty, Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, crossing the country’s largest freshwater resource, the Ogallala Aquifer, and the fragile Sandhills of Nebraska, posing devastating consequences to human health, livestock, and agriculture. 
  • Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization - Called “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by The Washington Post, environmentalist Lester Brown has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the United Nations Environmental Prize and Japan’s Blue Planet Prize. The film features his recent visits with world leaders to discuss ways to respond to the challenges of climate change.
  • Revolution Green - Revolution Green is a revealing documentary about the renewable energy called biodiesel and it’s importance to the world economy. Based on a true story, Revolution Green follows the lives of Bob and Kelly King, whose pioneering vision created America’s first sustainable biodiesel refinery in Maui back in 1996.
  • Sun Come Up- Sun Come Up is an Academy Award® nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees. 
  • Switch - In Switch, Dr. Scott Tinker explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, many highly restricted and never before filmed, and gets straight answers from international leaders of government, industry and academia. He investigates the leading issues of energy: If coal is dirty, why do we keep using it? Will oil get more expensive? Will it run out? How risky is hydraulic fracturing? How dangerous is nuclear? What are the biggest challenges, and most promising solutions, to our energy transition? 
  • The 11th Hour - A documentary concerning the environmental crises caused by human actions and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity. 
  • The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy - Instead of lingering on our energy challenges, The 4th Revolution focuses on the solutions, also showing that these new methods and technologies are no longer distant dreams, but within our grasp. 
  • The Big Fix - On April 22, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig run by BP sunk into the Gulf of Mexico creating the worst oil spill in history. Until the oil well was killed on September 19, 779,037,744 liters of crude oil and over 7,000,000 liters of chemical dispersant spread into the sea. By exposing the root causes of the spill filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell uncover a vast network of corruption. The Big Fix is a damning indictment of a system of government led by a powerful and secretive oligarchy that puts the pursuit of profit over all other human and environmental needs
  • The Broken Moon - Beyond the mountains of the Western Himalaya, Sonam, an old nomad man, lives with his tribe in one of the most adversed and isolated regions of the planet, but a sudden change in the climate is drying most of the rivers and transforming several valleys in deserts. Unable to survive in a traditional way and witnessing the collapse of his own people, Sonam starts a desperate quest to find answers and change their future.
  • The Hungry Tide - This documentary focuses on Maria Tiimon, a Kiribati woman who lives in Australia and is active in pursuing action from the world community to change policies and attitudes to save her country and other countries in the same position. Over the course of filming, Kiribati’s seawalls continued to be under siege by the waves and the final scenes of a town during the annual king tide saw the water invading further into people’s homes than previously. We are left to wonder what will happen not only to the people of these countries, but to their culture and history. 
  • The Last Days of Shishmaref - The ice beneath the small Alaskan village of Shishmaref, on the island of Sarichef, is melting. Homes are falling into the ocean. The situation is so severe that it has been predicted the entire village will disappear within the next 10 years. The film captures the transience of the Inupiaq’s traditional way of life and its collision with climate change, satellite television and mail order shopping. 
  • The Last Mountain - A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans when they fight for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on America’s energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all.  In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.
  • The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil - When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. 
  • The Story of Cap and Trade- The Story of Cap & Trade, released in December 2009, is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution discussed at the Copenhagen 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about Cap & Trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the movie for you.
  • There Once Was an Island - The Polynesian clans of the Takuu atoll in Papua New Guinea lived the same way for a thousand years, weaving fibers for huts, harvesting taro roots, and fishing for subsistence. But now trouble has come to Takuu. As a result of the industrialized world’s carbon dioxide emissions, the sea is rising and the islanders’ gardens and homes are threatened by salt water. Three clansmen allow us into their lives as they explain what the creeping tides mean for their way of life.
  • Tipping Point: The End of Oil-In an oil-scarce world, we know there are sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of energy.  What no one expected was that a tiny Native community living down the river from Canada’s tar sands would reach out to the world for help, and be heard.
  • Too Hot Not to Handle - Documentary explores the environmental impact of global warming and climate change on the United States. Discussion includes extreme weather patterns, the disappearance of glaciers as well as how businesses, local governments and individuals are trying to reduce global warming emissions.
  • Triple DivideTriple Divide is built on evidence from cradle-to-grave investigations that attempt to answer the question, “How are state regulations and industry handling impacts from fracking?” Throughout the film’s 10 chapters, which cover waste, class II injection wells, drinking water contamination, split-estates, the “pre-drill test scandal”, and the “pressure bulb” are on the ground accounts of hair-raising journalism.

Waste

  • Addicted to Plastic - The film details plastic's path over the last hundred years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting- edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions, which include plastic made from plants, will provide viewers with a hopeful and informative perspective about plastic in our future.
  • Bag It - This film follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s jour­ney in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags.
  • Cartoneros - From the trash pickers who collect paper informally, through middlemen in warehouses, to executives in large corporate mills, this film spotlights the paper recycling process in Buenos Aires. The film is both a record of an economic and social crisis and an invitation for audiences to rethink the value of trash. 
  • Dive! - Dive! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.
  • Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home - Concerned for the future of his new baby boy Sebastian, writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family, the McDonalds, and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. He then takes them on a journey to find out where it all goes and what it's doing to the world.
  • Garbage Warrior - New Mexico architect/engineer Michael Reynolds has evolved a new form of architecture— “earthship biotecture”—that recasts the home as a self-sustaining natural unit unified with the earth. Made from the recycled detritus of industrial civilization, these innovative dwellings form self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities and he lobbies to have land set aside for architectural experimentation. 
  • Human Footprint - In a playful, surprising and thought-provoking portrait of our time on earth, National Geographic demonstrates, in a series of remarkable visuals, what makes up an average human life today and how everything we do has impact on the world around us. In this unique journey through life, it shows all the people you will ever know, how much waste you will produce, the amount of fuel you'll consume and how much you've got to pack in during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on earth.
  • The Light Bulb Conspiracy - The Light Bulb Conspiracy combines strong stories with rare archival footage, tracing a century of planned obsolescence – or the deliberate shortening of a product’s life span to ensure consumer demand. This mechanism, at the heart of modern consumer society, is threatening to drown the planet in an everincreasing flood of waste.
  • Manufactured Landscapes - A documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris.
  • Midway - On Midway Atoll, one of the most remote islands on earth, photographer Chris Jordan captures remarkable images of albatrosses driven to starvation after mistaking floating plastic trash for food. 
  • No Impact Man - Author Colin Beavan, a newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, leaves behind his liberal complacency and vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year.  No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem.  The film provides both a front-row seat into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, and a behind-the-scenes look at the marital challenges that result from Colin and his wife Michelle’s radical lifestyle change. 
  • Plastic Planet - In this playful look at a serious subject, award-winning documentary filmmaker Werner Boote examines in detail the far-reaching effects of plastics on the environment.
  • The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard - "From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns."
  • Taste the Waste - Filmmaker Valentin Thurn has researched food and agricultural waste on an international scale in market dumpsters, where he has documented overwhelming quantities of perfectly edible food, some still packaged and displaying a valid expiration date. The film traces the effect of this wasteful consumption on worldwide famine and explores efforts across the globe to stop this incredible waste.
  • Terra Blight - Terra Blight is a feature-length documentary exploring America’s consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology.
  • Trashed - Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons is no stranger to taking centre stage. But his role as our guide in TRASHED highlighting solutions to the pressing environmental problems facing us all, could well be his most important yet. “We’ve made this movie, because there are so many people who feel strongly the urgent need for the problem of ‘waste’ and ‘sustainability’ to be addressed,” Irons says. “There is an equally urgent need for the most imaginative and productive solutions to this troublesome subject to be understood and shared by as many communities as possible throughout the world. This is where movies can play such an important role, educating society, bringing ‘difficult’ subjects to the broadest possible audience.
  • Waste Land- (2010) Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
  • Waste = Food - The concept of "cradle to cradle" design entails that all byproducts typically viewed as waste are utilized again in either the biosphere or the technosphere instead of being disposed of with no value. In Waste = Food, architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart explore this concept through examples from a Swiss textile manufacturing company, the Nike shoe headquarters, a housing project in China, and others.

Chemicals

  • Bhopali - Documentary about the survivors of the world's worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice against Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster.
  • Blue Vinyl - "A toxic comedy look at vinyl, the world's second largest selling plastic. With humor, hope and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand’s hometown to America’s vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)."
  • Chemerical - This film explores the life cycle of everyday household cleaners and hygiene products to prove that, thanks to our clean obsession, we are drowning in sea of toxicity. We watch the Goode family try to turn a new leaf by creating and living in a toxic free home, while director Andrew Nisker provides the audience with the tools and inspiration necessary to live toxic free. 
  • A Chemical Reaction - This 70 minute feature documentary tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America.  It started in 1984, when dermatologist Dr. June Irwin noticed a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides.  With relentless persistence she brought her concerns to town meetings to warn her fellow citizens that the chemicals they were putting on their lawns posed severe health risks and had unknown side effects on the environment.
  • The Disappearing Male - A class of common chemicals known as "hormone mimicking" or "endocrine disrupting" are found in everything from shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles. These may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development.
  • Living Downstream - This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention. 
  • Our Daily Poison - Director Marie-Monique Robin launches an in-depth investigation into everyday products and the system charged with regulating them. Robin digs through the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) archives, manages to talk her way into secret meetings, and meets with regulators and respected renegade researchers throughout North American and Europe.
  • Raising Resistance - This film captures campesinos in Paraguay as they revolt against the enormous soy business. Led by the ever-friendly Geronimo, they squat on farmland, try to stop the spraying of pesticides and make their voices heard in the media. The large landowners are also featured in order to present their side. 
  • The Story of Cosmetics - Story of Stuff narrator Annie Leonard examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. The seven minute short reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.
  • The Toxins Return - The film investigates the alarming global mobility of synthetic toxins, tracing egregious, yet often repeated, hazardous material violations from supplier to storefront. Textile producers in India, a popular retail outlet in Germany and ports and ground-shipment depots in between all reveal their roles in transporting industrial residues and waste. Activists, government authorities and workers all-too-familiar with toxic exposure speak out on the dangers. 
  • Toxic Hot Seat - Set against the backdrop of the award-winning 2012 Chicago Tribune investigative series "Playing With Fire," TOXIC HOT SEAT threads together an intricate story of manipulation that details how Big Tobacco skillfully convinced fire safety officials to back a standard that, in effect, requires all furniture to be filled with toxic flame retardants. The film continues to untangle how the chemical companies obscure the risks to public health and misrepresent chemical safety data by paying "experts" to alarm legislators and the public about the deadly risk of removing chemical flame retardants from our homes.
  • Unacceptable Levels - Unacceptable Levels opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so that we can make informed decisions now and in the future.  The film poses challenges to our companies, our government, and our society to do something about a nearly-unseen threat with the inspired knowledge that small changes can generate a massive impact. Over 80,000 chemicals flow through our system of commerce, and many are going straight into our bodies. Even our unborn children are affected. Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interacting with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that is changing.
  • The Warriors of Qiugang - Villagers in central China take on a chemical company that is poisoning their land and water. For five years they fight to transform their environment and as they do, they find themselves transformed as well.

Transportation

  • A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil - an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world.
  • The End of Suburbia - A movie that discusses the dwindling supply of cheap energy in the form of fossil fuels and its effect on society.
  • Fuel - "An insightful portrait of America’s addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions. Director, Josh Tickell, a young activist, shuttles us on a whirlwind journey to track the rising domination of the petrochemical industry and reveals a gamut of available solutions to "repower America" —from vertical farms that occupy skyscrapers to algae facilities that turn wastewater into fuel. Tickell and a surprising array of environmentalists, policy makers, and entertainment notables take us through America’s complicated, often ignominious energy past and illuminate a hopeful, achievable future, where decentralized, sustainable living is not only possible, it’s imperative."
  • Mind the Gap - This feature length documentary examines urban transportation systems through the eyes of commuters in Beijing, San Francisco, London, and Lima. We hear from a variety of commuters, from an environmental activist in Beijing to barrio residens in Lima, and experience how their quality of live is profoundly affected by the transportation and urban planning choices their cities make.
  • PumpA documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.
  • Revenge of the Electric Car - With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge of the Electric Car follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself. The primary cast includes CEO and President of Renault and Nissan Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, Former Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz and EV do-it-yourselfer Greg “Gadget” Abbott.
  • Sprawling from Grace - This feature length documentary explores the ravages of American suburban sprawl, what America has lost as a result, and the perils we face if we don't change the way in which we build our cities. 
  • Urbanized - Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.
  • Who Killed The Electric Car? - "A murder mystery, a call to arms and an effective inducement to rage, Who Killed the Electric Car? is the latest and one of the more successful additions to the growing ranks of issue-oriented documentaries." Via The New York Times.

Shopping & Food

  • American Meat - American Meat is a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America. Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the story shifts to Polyface Farms, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Nationwide, a local-food movement of farmers, chefs, and everyday people has taken root... But could it ever feed us all? 
  • Big Boys Gone Bananas! - This film offers a gripping account of the multinational Dole Food Corporation's Orwellian attempt to suppress Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten's documentary depicting the company's use of a banned perticide on its banana crop in Nicaragua
  • Cafeteria Man - Tony Geraci, as food-service director for Baltimore’s public schools, embarked on an ambitious project: to “green” the lunches of the city’s 83,000 students by replacing pre-plated, processed foods with locally-grown, freshly prepared meals. Over the course of two years, the film documents the efforts of parents, teachers, administrators, farmers, chefs and dozens of creative and motivated students to overhaul a dysfunctional nutritional system. Viewers watch as inner city youth plant and harvest vegetables at the school system’s 33-acre teaching farm, witness what it takes to get local produce on school plates and watch as high school seniors develop practical job skills through a new citywide culinary vocational training program. 
  • Can GM Food Save the World? - With the world shocked by rising food prices, and millions in the developing world struggling to get enough to eat, the problem of food security is right back on the world’s agenda. This bbc documentary sent Jimmy Doherty – an advocate of sustainable farming – on a personal mission to get at some of the truths on GM. 
  • The Dark Side of Chocolate- Is the chocolate we eat produced with the use of child labour and trafficked children?  THe award winning Danish journalist Miki Mistrati decided to investigate the rumors.  His hunt for answers brings him to Mali in West Africa, where hidden footage reveals illegal trafficking of small children to the cocoa fields in neighbouring Ivory Coast.  Kids as young as seven years old work illegal in the plantations where they face a dangerous job cutting down the cocoa and carrying heavy loads.  SOme are victimes of trafficking and most of the kids are never paid.
  • Darwin's Nightmare- (2005): Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment.
    The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world.  Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo… Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent.  This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots
  • Dirt! The Movie - narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.
  • Dutch Weed Burger -  Scientist are warning that water scarcity forces the world into making a shift from animal based foods, to plant based foods, due to excessive use of fresh water and agricultural land by the intensive animal industries.  We were wondering how this future was going to taste and how we would fill in the loss of nutrients, when making this switch, so we travelled to New York, where the plant based kitchen has taken root to discover the Look, Feel and Taste of the food of our future
  • Earthlings - "a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby." Viewer discretion is advised.
  • The End of the Line - The first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. The film also points to solutions that are simple and doable, but political will and activism are crucial to solve this international problem.
  • Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms - Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
  • Fixing the Future - In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio, of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS, visits people and organizations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy.
  • Food Fight - From the counterculture of California in the late 1960s emerged a group of political anti-corporate protesters—led by Alice Waters— who created a food chain outside of the conventional system. The unintended result was the birth of a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement, which has brought back taste and variety to our tables.
  • Food Inc. – "unveils the sometimes dirty politics of the food industry; features experts like Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schloseer (Fast Food Nation)." "In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment."
  • Food Matters - Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.
  • Forks over Knives - Forks Over Knifes examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
  • The Future of Food - "There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America -- a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade."
  • Fresh - Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. The film features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.
  • Just eat it - We collectively waste nearly 50% of global food. Follow Jen and Grant as they explore the chain of food waste from farm to the "back of the fridge". Along their journey they question sell by dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, while pledging to survive only on (pre-consumer) foods that would otherwise be thrown away.
  • The Garden- The Garden has the pulse of verité with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.
  • Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives - Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.
  • GMO OMG- GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate? - See more at: http://www.gmofilm.com/#sthash.lhC4wxqv.dpuf
  • Heart and Soil - The film takes us on a journey into the rich landscape and lives of farmers in the southwest and into the bustling energy of farmer's markets and farm to school programs. The farmers are an inspiration for all of us to dig in more, grow our own, or support those who do for our personal and planetary health.
  • Home - The cinematography in this film is amazing! An inspiring aerial look at the planet before and after human impacts. "In 200,000 years on earth humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it's too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth's riches and change its patterns of consumption." By bringing us unique footage from over fifty countries, all seen from the air, by sharing with us his wonder and his concern, with this film Yann Arthus-Bertrand lays a foundation stone for the edifice that, together, we must rebuild.
  • Homegrown - Spotlighting a 21st century organic family farm operating off the grid in the heart of urban Pasadena, California, this film documents the activities of the Dervaes family. Ultimately a family story, the film is an intimate human portrait of what it’s like to live according to your environmental ideals.
  • In Organic We Trust - This film takes a first-hand look at the organic food industry and reveals its shortcomings. It explores paths toward a truly organic, self-sustaining agriculture system with local farmers’ markets, urban farmers and school gardens inspiring new solutions. 
  • Ingredients - The farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system are celebrated in this film. It illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize the connection between ourselves, our communities and the origins of our food. 
  • Killer at Large - An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.
  • King Corn - "King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast food nation."
  • The Last Ocean - The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. A vast, frozen landscape that teems with life – whales, seals and penguins carving out a place on the very edge of existence.  The catch is so lucrative it is known as white gold. Ainley knows that unless fishing is stopped the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever. He rallies his fellow scientists and meets up with a Colorado nature photographer and New Zealand filmmaker who also share a deep passion for this remote corner of the world.  Together they form ‘the Last Ocean’ and begin a campaign taking on the commercial fishers and governments in a race to protect Earth’s last untouched ocean from our insatiable appetite for fish.
  • Losing Ground - Across wide swaths of Iowa and other Corn Belt states, the rich, dark soil that made this region the nation’s breadbasket is being swept away at rates many times higher than official estimates.  That is the disturbing picture revealed by scientists tracking soil erosion in Iowa after every storm that hits the state and producing an unprecedented degree of precision in soil erosion estimates. The Environmental Working Group corroborated the scientists’ findings with aerial surveys that produced striking visual evidence of the damage.
  • Meat the Truth - Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), demonstrates that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together. With this documentary, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation hopes to make a contribution to the societal discussion about a more plant-based and thus also more animal-friendly diet and society. 
  • More Than Honey - Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), which appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.
  • My Father's Garden - "Explores sustainable agriculture and the contrast between chemical and organic farming. An emotionally charged documentary about the use and misuse of technology on the American farm."
  • Natural World: A Farm for the Future - Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family's farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.
  • Nero's Guest- Nearly 2, 00, 000 farmers have committed suicide in India over the last 10 years. But the mainstream media hardly reflects this.  Nero´s Guests is a story about India’s agrarian crisis and the growing inequality seen through the work of the Rural Affairs Editor of Hindu newspaper, P Sainath.
    Through sustained coverage of the farm crisis, Sainath and his colleagues created the national agenda, compelling a government in denial to take notice and act.  Through his writings and lectures, Sainath makes us confront the India we don’t want to see, and provokes us to think about who ‘Nero’s Guests’ are in today’s world.
  • A Passion for Sustainability - Explores how fourteen businesses, from a neighborhood car repair shop to a global corporation based in Portland, Oregon implement the principles of The Natural Step Network in order to become more sustainable.
  • The Power of Community - Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period."
  • Queen of the Sun - Taking the viewer on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, Queen of the Sun is an engaging and ultimately uplifting film that weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.
  • A River of Waste - A River Of Waste exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. 
  • Scientists Under Attack - This is a documentary thriller about how Agro-Chemical multinational corporations victimize international scientists to prevent them from publishing their scary findings.
  • Shall We Gather at the River - A heart stopping new documentary, “Shall We Gather at the River” has just been released which exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. The health and environmental damage documented in today’s factory farms far exceeds the damage that Sinclair could have imagined a century ago. Some scientists have condemned current factory farm practices, calling them “mini Chernobyls.” 
  • Super Size Me - "If you have not seen this 30-day eating journey of Morgan Spurlock it is a must. Spurlock’s month long McDonald’s food (gross) fest explores the fast food industry’s influence on the American consumer and how public health is put aside for corporate wealth."
  • To Make a Farm - Here are people who have decided to put their money where their mouths are, turning their environmental idealism from theory into practice as they set out to establish their own local-supply food sources using sustainable means. We see trials, tribulations and triumph: livestock illness, soil irrigation catastrophe, social isolation and more, but at the end of the day, a strong sense of satisfaction and optimism. 
  • Truck Farm - Truck Farm tells the story of a new generation of quirky urban farmers. Viewers are trucked across New York to see the city’s funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America’s largest city can learn to feed itself. Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, Truck Farm entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable. 
  • Two Angry Moms - "Do you have kids in school? Do you pack a lunch for them every single day? If not, they probably are buying what the school is serving. If so, you probably want to know what your kids are eating in school. So did Amy Kalafa and Susan Rubin. These moms were fed up that their children were eating highly-processed food filled with additives and preservatives at school."
  • The Grain Divide - A documentary released at the end of 2014 with a remarkable cast of influential chefs, food activists, economists and scientists. Some of which include Dan Barber, Chad Robertson and Tool’s Maynard Keenan. The Grain Divide directed by JD McLelland documents a 2 year journey for the search of the unbiased truth around the foundation of the modern crisis in food, with the final year documenting the people, places and projects creating the real solutions that can change the world through passion, connection and culture.
  • The World According to Monsanto - Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.
  • The Vanishing Bees- Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.
    Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.  Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
    Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.
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  • Vegucated - Engaging saga of three New Yorkers—representing very different demographics—who agree to give up eating and wearing animal products for six weeks. Will they stick with it and, if so, how will their health and atttitudes change? Persuasively pro-vegan and pro-environmental.

All Topics

  • A Fierce Green Fire - A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.
  • The Corporation - Among the 40 interview subjects are CEOs and top-level executives from a range of industries: oil, pharmaceutical, computer, tire, manufacturing, public relations, branding, advertising and undercover marketing; in addition, a Nobel-prize winning economist, the first management guru, a corporate spy, and a range of academics, critics, historians and thinkers are also interviewed.
  • Earth Days - It is now all the rage, but can you remember when everyone in America was not "Going Green"? Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era's pioneers.
  • The Economics of Happiness - The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
  • Emptying the Skies - Based on a New Yorker article by best-selling author Jonathan Franzen, the documentary chronicles the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining in Europe for decades, and a number of species face imminent extinction. But an intrepid group of European bird-lovers, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, are risking their lives, waging a secret war to save these endangered creatures.
  • Extinction in Progress -  The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is still struggling to get on its feet from the disastrous 2010 earthquake. But the real problem Haiti faces in the near future is the complete degradation of its natural resources. Today, forests cover less than two percent of its territory and scientists predict a mass extinction of Haiti’s biodiversity. Over a three-year period, a team of scientists and naturalists travel to the most remote locations in Haiti to investigate the current state of its biodiversity. Surprisingly, they discover almost 50 new species and rediscover species thought to be lost, including one of the most endangered mammals, the Hispaniolan solenodon.
  • Good Fortune - GOOD FORTUNE explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of the people it is intended to benefit.
  • Growing CitiesIn 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.
  • Home - The film, produced by the brilliant and ecology-minded French director Luc Besson, is the work of acclaimed aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, whose cinematography, covering landscapes in 54 countries, provides a journey you'll never be able to experience anywhere else. Bertrand's views of Earth from above are so powerfully exquisite they will bring you to tears.
  • I Am - I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?   The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.”   However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.
  • Life and Debt - Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text "A Small Place" by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact. 
  • Love Thy NatureNarrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature takes viewers on an awe-inspiring cinematic journey into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Neeson is the voice of "Sapiens" - our collective humankind - who faces possible death due to the severity of Earth's environmental crisis. But, inspired by experts’ insights, Sapiens awakens to the realization that a renewed connection with nature holds the key to a highly advanced new era in human evolution.
  • Mother Nature's Child - explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
  • No Impact Man - Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.
  • So Right So Smart - The film features top executives and prominent experts in the environmental sustainability movement. Their inspiring stories of leadership and innovative change provide helpful models for all businesses and organizations.
  • Surviving Progress- (2011): Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
  • The Business of Gold in Guatamala- Even as the government of Guatemala was signing the 1996 "Peace Accords", it was - unbeknownst to the Guatemala population - giving out hundreds of mining concessions to international (mainly Canadian) mining companies. Since the early 2000s, serious conflicts have broken out in Guatemala - as well as else-where in Central America - due to the environmental and health harms and other violations of human and indigenous rights being caused by mainly Canadian mining companies. "The Business of Gold in Guatemala" (50 minutes) documents one struggle - the resistance of the Mayan-Mam people of San Miguel Ixtahuacan against the Canadian company Goldcorp Inc.
  • Your Environmental Road Trip - YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip): 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage - to explore every state in America (the good, the bad...and the weird) in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events pushes them to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy.