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  • 60 MiNueTs Toxic

    60 MiNueTs Toxic

    2019
    Director: Susan Lamontagne (USA)
    0:18

    With puppets modeled after legendary 60 Minutes journalists, an investigation into how toxic chemicals in everyday products are undermining children’s health, how our government is failing to stop it, and what we can do to protect ourselves and our families.

  • A PLACE IN THE GARDEN

    A PLACE IN THE GARDEN

    2019
    Director: Jeff Buss, Christina Ciano (USA)
    0:17

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    Two couples become citizen scientists by creating hummingbird oases in their backyards, giving educational talks to the public, and enlisting specialists to collect data about these elusive, brilliant wonders of the natural world.

  • AFTER THE FIRE

    AFTER THE FIRE

    2019
    Director: Derek Knowles (USA)
    0:19

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    The story of three individuals’ quiet strength as they pick up the pieces and seek to understand the ways their community has been changed overnight by the 2017 destructive fire in Sonoma Valley.

  • ASHES TO ASHES

    ASHES TO ASHES

    2019
    Director: Kelly Marshall (USA)
    0:16

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    The impacts of coal ash, a pollution by-product of burning coal, on a small community in Northeast Alabama through the eyes of a mayor whose town sits on the river’s banks and a businessman in the Mobile Bay.

  • BEEBOX

    BEEBOX

    2019
    Director: Cable Hardin (USA)
    0:03

    Animated tale of agriculture and ecoculture as told by a bee and its box.

  • BIG BOOOM

    BIG BOOOM

    2019
    Director: Marat Narimanov (Russia)
    0:04

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    An eco-friendly, animated view of the history of humanity and our planet.

  • BLACK AND WHITE WORLD

    BLACK AND WHITE WORLD

    2019
    Director: Jasminka Bijelic Ljubic (Croatia)
    0:02

    A girl feels unhappy in a polluted city and escapes to the forest.

  • CARBON WEEVILS

    CARBON WEEVILS

    2019
    Director: Tim Britton (UK)
    0:07

    Funny animated film about our love affair with carbon.

  • CLIMATE LIARS

    CLIMATE LIARS

    2019
    Director: Adam Crockett (UK)
    0:05

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    Made entirely by printing onto ice, this film explores recently leaked documents that helped to uncover a dangerous campaign of deception.

  • COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE

    COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE

    2019
    Director: Judith A. Helfand (USA)
    1:16

    In July 1995, Chicago was hit by a record heat wave that claimed the lives of 739 residents, primarily elderly African Americans and those living in poverty.  Using this tragedy as a jumping-off point, and referencing other extreme weather catastrophes like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, COOKED offers a compelling case that the extreme inequity in economically disadvantaged communities should be addressed preventatively with the same attention and resources provided for natural disasters. This provocative film reframes the politics of disaster.

  • CURRENT REVOLUTION

    CURRENT REVOLUTION

    2019
    Director: Roger Sorkin (USA)
    0:37

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    For decades, the utilities industry has been a driving engine of the US economy, contributing to our progress with a business model that focuses on centralized generation. But now, power companies face a crisis that requires them to capture a new market share to survive in the 21st century. From substations to gas stations, boardrooms to military bases, this film tells the story of America’s energy industry on the brink of massive change.  Whether it fails, prevails or adapts, the outcome will profoundly affect us all.  

  • DERRICK POTTLE, KEEPER OF THE FLAME

    DERRICK POTTLE, KEEPER OF THE FLAME

    2019
    Director: Jason van Bruggen (Canada)
    0:07

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    An Inuit hunter and elder from Nuntsiavut, Labrador, examines how climate change is severely impacting the social fabric and livelihoods of Arctic communities, including shortening the hunting season.

  • DIGNITY AT A MONUMENTAL SCALE

    DIGNITY AT A MONUMENTAL SCALE

    2019
    Director: Kelly Whalen (USA)
    0:08

    With his images of everyday Navajo life across the Four Corners region, a primary care physician and artist creates murals that allow community members to see themselves represented at monumental scales, while his installations off the reservation help showcase their struggles—and their resilience—to the world at large.

  • EVERY NINE MINUTES

    EVERY NINE MINUTES

    2019
    Director: DJ O'Neil, Oliver Hamilton (USA)
    0:04

    Every nine minutes, the weight of a blue whale (300,000 pounds) in plastic makes its way into our oceans. To call attention to this, the Monterey Bay Aquarium built a life-sized replica of a blue whale made of single use, locally sourced plastic trash, the largest sculpture of its kind ever built.

  • EVERYTHING CONNECTS

    EVERYTHING CONNECTS

    2019
    Director: Dylan D'Haeze (USA)
    0:35

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    An entertaining exploration on how everything we do affects the planet and how it’s possible to build a sustainable future.

  • FIRE FOLLOWERS

    FIRE FOLLOWERS

    2019
    Director: Steven Bumgardner (USA)
    0:06

    Fire-following flowers germinate and bloom after a fire, covering the landscape in a beautiful but brief wildflower display that may not return until the next fire, sometimes decades later.

  • FLIN

    FLIN

    2019
    Director: Catherine Valle (Ecuador)
    0:03

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    Animation about Flin, a shark teaching his son to swim and hunt, when Flin unexpectedly disappears.

  • FLIPPING THE SWITCH

    FLIPPING THE SWITCH

    2019
    Director: Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Matt Yamashita (USA)
    0:06

    An “ordinary” woman formed a citizen’s movement that tested the tap water in Flint, Michigan, and found that one in six homes had lead levels that exceeded the EPA’s safety threshold. Her persistence compelled local, state, and federal governments to take action.  Narrated by Robert Redford.

  • GASOLINE GASOLINE

    GASOLINE GASOLINE

    2019
    Director: Billiam James (Canada)
    0:03

    Missy D sings a break-up song about the ending of our love affair with gasoline and Bill McKibben joins in.

  • GIVERS AND TAKERS

    GIVERS AND TAKERS

    2019
    Director: Peter Byck (USA)
    0:10

    When a South Carolina farmer changes from conventional to regenerative grazing, in just a few months he sees huge and positive changes for his land, his animals, and his bottom line.

  • GLOBAL WARMING – SURREAL WILL BE REAL

    GLOBAL WARMING – SURREAL WILL BE REAL

    2019
    Director: Dimitri Pantchev (USA)
    0:01

    Young children voice concern about climate change.

  • GOD HAS ALREADY GONE AHEAD

    GOD HAS ALREADY GONE AHEAD

    2019
    Director: Peter Böving (Germany)
    0:10

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    A centuries-long settlement history of a small town in Germany told from the perspective of Egyptian geese through incredible Lego animation.

  • GREAT WHITE

    GREAT WHITE

    2019
    Director: Manolo Mendieta (USA)
    0:03

    A look below the surface at one of the most ancient and feared creatures on Earth which are peaceful by nature, yet are at risk of extinction.

  • GREENLAND MELTS

    GREENLAND MELTS

    2019
    Director: Jason van Bruggen (Canada)
    0:04

    The melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet over 25 years as observed by one of the world’s leading climate scientists. Filmed at Swiss Camp, Polar Research Station, Greenland. 69 degrees latitude, 49 degrees longitude.

  • HEAT DEATH

    HEAT DEATH

    2019
    Director: Ellie Larkin (UK)
    0:02

    An experimental stop-motion about climate change deniers set in the distant future.

  • KITTY CRAG

    KITTY CRAG

    2019
    Director: Holly Friesner, Ryan Hodgkins, Maddie Juby, Tim Smith, Joel Todd and Tom Weaver (UK)
    0:04

    Following a day in the life of an aging craftsman living in the hills of the English Lake District, we learn what it's like to possess unbridled dedication to the natural world. 

  • LEAFCUTTERS

    LEAFCUTTERS

    2019
    Director: Catherine Chalmers (USA)
    0:19

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    An amazing artistic exploration of how wild ants blur the boundaries between culture and nature.

  • LEGACY

    LEGACY

    2019
    Director: Barry Mitchell (Australia)
    0:07

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    In a cave by the sea sometime in the future, a woman sits by a fire, preparing a meal for herself and three children, while she tells them a sad tale about what happened to their ancestors – us.

  • LOVE & BANANAS

    LOVE & BANANAS

    2019
    Director: Ashley Bell (USA/Thailand)
    1:28

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    Asian elephants in captivity often endure life as ill-treated service animals. But elephant rescues in Thailand are rare and often life-threatening. A team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist, Lek Chailert, embarks on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a captive Asian elephant from a trekking camp and bring her to freedom. This uplifting family-friendly film offers a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants. We learn that there’s no need to abuse an elephant to control it. All that it takes is love and bananas.

  • MOSQUITO METAMORPHOSIS

    MOSQUITO METAMORPHOSIS

    2019
    Director: Celestina Wright (USA)
    0:06

    An imaginative and insightful journey into the amazing life cycle of Culex pipiens mosquitoes.

  • MOUNTAIN YELLOW-LEGGED FROGS

    MOUNTAIN YELLOW-LEGGED FROGS

    2019
    Director: Steven Bumgardner (USA)
    0:08

    Once the most abundant vertebrate in the Sierra Nevada, mountain yellow-legged frog populations plummeted with the introduction of non-native fish, but innovative restoration efforts in Yosemite National Park are helping to protect this rare and endangered species.

  • NOW YOU SEE IT

    NOW YOU SEE IT

    2019
    Director: Rebecca Manley (UK)
    0:03

    Animated short about environmental damage, featuring the voice of Ewan McGregor.

  • ON THE COVER

    ON THE COVER

    2019
    Director: Yegane Moghaddam (Iran)
    0:05

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    This animated film offers a bittersweet yet funny perspective on forest animals and the media.

  • OR ELSE EVERYBODY DIES

    OR ELSE EVERYBODY DIES

    2019
    Director: David Nast Cole (USA)
    0:02

    Animated story of love, tragedy and the environment.

  • OUR ALLEY SPARROWS

    OUR ALLEY SPARROWS

    2019
    Director: Zhivar Farajzadeh (Iran)
    0:02

    A young boy splits his cookie and gives crumbs to the sparrows that sit in his alley tree every day.

  • PATRIMONIO

    PATRIMONIO

    2019
    Director: Lisa Jackson & Sarah Teale (USA/Mexico)
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    In Baja, Mexico, a multinational developer plans to build an expansive luxury resort that will displace the local fishing community.  Faced with encroachment of their natural resources, depletion of the local ecology, and severe pollution, the fishermen band together to take on a multinational giant, challenging their own government, denouncing corruption and demanding justice.  A heroic story of inspired activism and a community that rallies to defend their land and their way of life.

  • QUEEN WITHOUT LAND

    QUEEN WITHOUT LAND

    2019
    Director: Asgeir Helgestad (Norway)
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    A true story of the meeting between Frost, a beautiful polar bear mother, and a Norwegian wildlife filmmaker over four years. Rising temperatures are responsible for dramatic changes in Frost’s ecosystem as the ice in Svalbard, Norway, is melting at record speed. From complete darkness to the absolute light of the midnight sun, Svalbard transforms from a cold and inhospitable place to a joyous and lively scene of ice algae, fish, birds, and animals. But alongside these seasonal transformations, the disappearing sea challenges Frost’s survival. This film explores the question “can we afford to ignore this planet that is home to us all?”

  • REVIVING THE DELAWARE

    REVIVING THE DELAWARE

    2019
    Director: Kimberly Paynter (USA)
    0:02

    The vast improvement of the Delaware River in our region since the Clean Water Act.

  • SANKOFA, REMEMBERING OUR FUTURE

    SANKOFA, REMEMBERING OUR FUTURE

    2019
    Director: Mitchell Smith (USA)
    0:15

    Urban farming on Sankofa Farms in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina, contribute greatly to those communities’ cultural, social, and nutritional growth.

  • SEROK

    SEROK

    2019
    Director: Zhivar Farajzadeh (Iran)
    0:05

    Serok is an Iranian boy who helps his father as a shepherd in the summer.

  • SHARKWATER EXTINCTION

    SHARKWATER EXTINCTION

    2019
    Director: Rob Stewart (Canada)
    1:27

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    This thrilling, inspiring, action adventure journey follows the late filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it that is leading to the extinction of sharks.  From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica and France, to California, Stewart's third film dives into the often-violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose the multi-billion dollar industry. Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed, and endangered sharks are being used to make products for human consumption. Stewart’s mission is to save the sharks and oceans before it’s too late.

  • THE BLACK MAMBAS

    THE BLACK MAMBAS

    2019
    Director: Bruce Donnelly (South Africa)
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    A group of black women from communities surrounding Kruger National Park formed South Africa’s first and only all-female, anti-poaching unit. They try to not only rescue their country's threatened rhino population but also to educate children and empower other women with programs in schools and communities.

  • THE GOOD CUP

    THE GOOD CUP

    2019
    Director: Sabine Schwab (UK)
    0:18

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    Our love for good coffee is causing a mountain of landfill. This film explains how we got into this cup mess and what we can do to get out of it.

  • THE HUMAN ELEMENT

    THE HUMAN ELEMENT

    2019
    Director: Matthew Testa (US)
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    Humans are a force of nature. As human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life in turn. In this riveting and visually rich drama blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. With compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT highlights Americans who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. This film tells an urgent story while giving inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

  • THE LAST GREEN THREAD

    THE LAST GREEN THREAD

    2019
    Director: Daniel Schmidt (USA)
    0:18

    In 2018, three friends set out on a river journey into the most rapidly developing landscape in Central Florida, finding wildlife and nature in some surprising places.

  • THE NEED TO GROW

    THE NEED TO GROW

    2019
    Director: Rob Herring (USA)
    1:36

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    There is alarming evidence that there are only 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth. This film reveals the potential of localized food production and some amazing new inventions to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and restore the Earth. THE NEED TO GROW follows the personal journeys of solution innovators as they fight to heal our broken food system and regenerate our planet's dying soils.

  • THE RIVER OF THE KUKAMAS

    THE RIVER OF THE KUKAMAS

    2019
    Director: Nika Belianina (Peru)
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    Born from the Spirit of the River, Kukama people of Peru have a special connection with the water as the river shrinks and grows throughout the year, affecting the lives of its citizens. But their culture is quickly disappearing.

  • THE SCIENCE OF COLLECTIVE DISCOVERY

    THE SCIENCE OF COLLECTIVE DISCOVERY

    2019
    Director: Brett Abramsky (USA)
    0:19

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    Citizen scientists are advancing scientific discoveries using open hardware and open source principles—and they’re doing it all from their own backyards.

  • THE SERENGETI RULES

    THE SERENGETI RULES

    2019
    Director: Nicholas Brown (UK)
    1:24

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    In the 1960s, five young scientists explored some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth – from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools – and discovered a single set of rules that governs all life.  Their surprising discoveries flip our understanding of nature on its head and offer new hope for restoring our world. One of the most important but untold science stories of our time – a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet.

  • THE SILVER BRANCH

    THE SILVER BRANCH

    2019
    Director: Katrina Costello (Ireland)
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    THE SILVER BRANCH is about one man's journey through life and his search to reconnect with nature and culture as primary sources from which we learn a deeper understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.  In this bittersweet evocation of the end of an era, an Irish farmer/poet, deeply entwined with ancestral traditions and the natural world, must stand up for all that is sacred to him when the government threatens his way of life. The viewer is invited to follow in mindful meditation and to take a journey into the self, leading to a deep connection with the Earth and our ancestral wild spirit.

  • WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS

    WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS

    2019
    Director: Jon Kasbe (USA)
    1:20

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    In a Kenyan town on the border of wildlife conservation land, a small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn’t been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline. For the poachers, conservationists are not only winning their campaign to value elephant life over ivory, but over human life as well. Why do hunters risk death, arrest, and the moral outrage of the world out of a desperate effort to provide for their families? A rare and visually compelling look into the perspectives and motives of the people at the center of the conservation divide.  

  • WHO’S YOUR FARMER?

    WHO’S YOUR FARMER?

    2019
    Director: Kelly Marshall (USA)
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    Do you know where your food comes from? This film explores farming through the eyes of local farmers who care about the land, the water, and the people they feed.

  • WOLF CALL

    WOLF CALL

    2019
    Director: Ramey Newell (Canada)
    0:10

    Filmed entirely at a remote wolf sanctuary in the Wet Mountains of southern Colorado, this film asks us to rethink our relationship to wild and captive animals, as well as to the world we together inhabit.