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  • 100,000 Beating Hearts

    100,000 Beating Hearts

    2017 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Food, Land
    Director: Peter Byck
    0:15

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    Winner of “BEST SHORT” 2017. A pioneering farmer in rural Georgia shares his journey from industrialized beef production to sustainable, humane agricultural and environmental stewardship.

  • 60 MiNueTs Toxic

    60 MiNueTs Toxic

    2019 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Food, Land
    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 Beautiful Mistake

    A Beautiful Mistake

    2018 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives
    Director: Jill Somer (Greece)
    0:05

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    Students on a Greek island write heartfelt letters to Mother Earth.

  • A PLACE IN THE GARDEN

    A PLACE IN THE GARDEN

    2019 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives
    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.

  • A Plastic Ocean

    A Plastic Ocean

    2017 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Craig Leeson (Hong Kong)
    1:39

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    When journalist Craig Leeson discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean, he teams up with champion free diver Tanya Streeter, and they travel to 20 locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans. During their adventures they uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution and reveal solutions that could easily be put into action. (3rd Party Provider)

  • AFTER THE FIRE

    AFTER THE FIRE

    2019 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    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.

  • Ampersand

    Ampersand

    2017 • Animation, Energy, Global Perspectives
    Director: Erin Shea (USA)
    0:03

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    A delightful animated journey from the subatomic to the galactic. Learn more about the film here.

  • ASHES TO ASHES

    ASHES TO ASHES

    2019 • Animation, Energy, Global Perspectives
    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 • Animation, Energy, Global Perspectives
    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 • Animation, Energy, Global Perspectives
    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 • Animation, Energy, Global Perspectives
    Director: Jasminka Bijelic Ljubic (Croatia)
    0:02

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

  • Blue

    Blue

    2018 • Adventure, Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Karina Holden (Australia)
    1:24

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    Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish! BLUE tells the powerful story of our changing oceans, profiling passionate advocates who defend habitats, campaign for smarter fishing, combat marine pollution, and fight for protection of keystone species. There is a way forward and the time to act is now. (3rd Party Provider)

  • CARBON WEEVILS

    CARBON WEEVILS

    2019 • Adventure, Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Tim Britton (UK)
    0:07

    Funny animated film about our love affair with carbon.

  • Chasing Coral

    Chasing Coral

    2018 • Adventure, Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Jeff Orlowski (US)
    1:33

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    2018 Oscar Shortlist for Best Documentary; 2017 Sundance Audience Favorite Award, US Documentary Category. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate due to man-made climate change. Using time-lapse photography and gorgeous cinematography, divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to document the heartbreaking losses of coral in the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere. Following his acclaimed film Chasing Ice, Director Jeff Orlowski reveals an amazing undersea world in a film that is a rousing call to action. (3rd Party Provider)

  • CLIMATE LIARS

    CLIMATE LIARS

    2019 • Adventure, Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy
    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 • Energy
    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 • Energy
    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.

  • Desolation Follows

    Desolation Follows

    2018 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Land
    Director: Burnham Aldridge (UK)
    0:09

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    Student Short Film Competition 2nd Place Award Winner. The English moors elicit a sense of the wild and untamed. Yet all is not as it seems.

  • DIGNITY AT A MONUMENTAL SCALE

    DIGNITY AT A MONUMENTAL SCALE

    2019 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Land
    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.

  • El Yolero

    El Yolero

    2018 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Oscar Guzmán (Dominican Republic)
    0:01

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    When a man carelessly throws away a plastic bottle in a lake, strange things happen.

  • EVERY NINE MINUTES

    EVERY NINE MINUTES

    2019 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    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.

  • Fish

    Fish

    2017 • Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Saman Hosseninpour, Iran
    0:04

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    The fate of a goldfish in an elderly couple’s home.

  • FLIN

    FLIN

    2019 • Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Dimitri Pantchev (USA)
    0:01

    Young children voice concern about climate change.

  • GOD HAS ALREADY GONE AHEAD

    GOD HAS ALREADY GONE AHEAD

    2019 • Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Global Perspectives, Water
    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 • Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Ellie Larkin (UK)
    0:02

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

  • King In The Mountain

    King In The Mountain

    2017 • Energy, Environmental Advocacy, Land, Local, Water
    Director: Dave Edwards
    0:54

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    King In The Mountain is about the social, financial, and environmental impact of anthracite coal mining in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It also visits the struggles of immigrants through the industrial revolution, and the exploitation of man and earth. (3rd Party Provider)

  • KITTY CRAG

    KITTY CRAG

    2019 • Energy, Environmental Advocacy, Land, Local, Water
    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 • Energy, Environmental Advocacy, Land, Local, Water
    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 • Energy, Environmental Advocacy, Land, Local, Water
    Director: Barry Mitchell (Australia)
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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.

  • Living in the Future’s Past

    Living in the Future’s Past

    2018 • Climate, Energy, Environmental Advocacy, Food, Global Perspectives, Land, Water, Wildlife
    Director: Susan Kucera (US)
    1:23

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    Academy Award Winner® Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed and highly original film about who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Along with prominent scientists and authors, Bridges weaves a story that upends our way of thinking and provides insights into our subconscious motivations, unintended consequences, what to do about our fossil slaves, and how our fundamental animal nature influences our future as humankind. (3rd Party Provider)

  • LOVE & BANANAS

    LOVE & BANANAS

    2019 • Adventure, Global Perspectives, Wildlife, Youth
    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.

  • Mexican Fishing Bats

    Mexican Fishing Bats

    2018 • Global Perspectives, Water, Wildlife
    Director: Edward M. Roqueta (Canada)
    0:06

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    In the Sea of Cortez, researchers delve into the mysteries of the endangered Mexican fishing bat using boats, nets, and high-tech gear.

  • MINING THE MOTHERLODE

    MINING THE MOTHERLODE

    2017 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Land, Water
    Director: H. Paul Moon (US)
    0:08

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    Combining cinematic Western landscapes with intimate poetry recitation, this short is an agrarian dirge on wasted resources, our culture of consumption, and brokers who trade on our most precious resource: water.

  • Moonshadow

    Moonshadow

    2018 • Adventure
    Director: David Elkins (US)
    0:06

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    Experience the Great Eclipse of 2017 filmed with multiple cameras in the remote and rugged landscape of Eastern Oregon.

  • MOSQUITO METAMORPHOSIS

    MOSQUITO METAMORPHOSIS

    2019 • Adventure
    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 • Adventure
    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 • Adventure
    Director: Rebecca Manley (UK)
    0:03

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

  • ON THE COVER

    ON THE COVER

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

    Animated story of love, tragedy and the environment.

  • OUR ALLEY SPARROWS

    OUR ALLEY SPARROWS

    2019 • Adventure
    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 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Land, Water
    Director: Lisa Jackson & Sarah Teale (USA/Mexico)
    1:23

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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.

  • Person of the Forest

    Person of the Forest

    2018 • Environmental Advocacy, Wildlife
    Director: Melissa Lesh (US)
    0:17

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    An intriguing glimpse into the habits of wild orangutans, who have been documented making pillows, fashioning umbrellas, and displaying regional greetings. With their habitat in the lowland rainforests of Borneo disappearing at an alarming rate, this research may be key in protecting this critically endangered species.

  • Pursuit

    Pursuit

    2018 • Adventure
    Director: Mike Olbinski (US)
    0:07

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    A self-professed “storm chaser” on an epic quest to capture Nature’s wildest skies.

  • QUEEN WITHOUT LAND

    QUEEN WITHOUT LAND

    2019 • Adventure, Climate, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Asgeir Helgestad (Norway)
    1:25

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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 • Adventure, Climate, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Kimberly Paynter (USA)
    0:02

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

  • Riverblue

    Riverblue

    2017 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: David McIlvride and Roger Williams (Canada)
    1:30

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    Internationally renowned river advocate Mark Angelo takes us on a fascinating global journey that reveals the dark side of the fashion industry. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, our blue jeans literally are destroying rivers around the world. RiverBlue is a stunning call to action to manufacture our clothing in a more sustainable way. (3rd Party Provider)

  • Sankofa Community Farm

    Sankofa Community Farm

    2018 • Food, Land, Local
    Director: Mitchell Smith (US)
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    The Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden not only increases Southwest and West Philadelphia communities’ access to fresh, organic food, but helps people develop self-reliance and deepen their relationship with the land, their food, and each other.

  • SANKOFA, REMEMBERING OUR FUTURE

    SANKOFA, REMEMBERING OUR FUTURE

    2019 • Food, Land, Local
    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.

  • Saving My Tomorrow

    Saving My Tomorrow

    2017 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Youth
    Director: Amy Schatz (US)
    0:30

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    Kids from around the world take on our biggest environmental challenges—from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, scientists talk with kids about how organisms are affected by a changing earth. A lyrical mix of science, music, and stories of plants and animals in danger, this film—narrated in part by Tina Fey and Liam Neeson—celebrates the natural world and is a call from kids to all of us to help take care of the planet and everything on it. (3rd Party Provider)

  • SEROK

    SEROK

    2019 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Youth
    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 • Adventure, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water, Wildlife
    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 • Adventure, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water, Wildlife
    Director: Bruce Donnelly (South Africa)
    0:16

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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 Conductor

    The Conductor

    2018 • Animation, Environmental Advocacy
    Director: Bethany Borg (UK)
    0:02

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    An old man creatively tries to green-up his dreary, urban world.

  • THE GOOD CUP

    THE GOOD CUP

    2019 • Animation, Environmental Advocacy
    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 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Land, Water
    Director: Matthew Testa (US)
    1:17

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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 Islands and the Whales

    The Islands and the Whales

    2017 • Environmental Advocacy, Food, Global Perspectives, Water, Wildlife
    Director: Mike Day (UK, Denmark)
    1:23

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    On the isolated Faroe Islands, halfway between Scotland and Iceland, the descendants of the Vikings find their longtime whale hunting practices threatened by animal rights activism, plummeting wildlife populations, and rising mercury levels. (3rd Party Provider)

  • THE LAST GREEN THREAD

    THE LAST GREEN THREAD

    2019 • Environmental Advocacy, Food, Global Perspectives, Water, Wildlife
    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 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Food, Land
    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 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Food, Land
    Director: Nika Belianina (Peru)
    0:08

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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 • Climate, Environmental Advocacy, Food, Land
    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 • Adventure, Global Perspectives
    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 Shaman & the Scientist

    The Shaman & the Scientist

    2018 • Adventure, Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Sarah Hutt (US)
    0:14

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    From the Peruvian Amazon to an American lab, two very different men race to mine traditional plant medicine for new compounds to treat diseases like dementia and schizophrenia before precious resources are lost forever. (3rd Party Provider)

  • THE SILVER BRANCH

    THE SILVER BRANCH

    2019 • Global Perspectives, Land
    Director: Katrina Costello (Ireland)
    1:13

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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.

  • Thriving with Their Feet Wet

    Thriving with Their Feet Wet

    2018 • Land, Local, Wildlife
    Director: Mitchell Smith (US)
    0:04

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    The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is working to protect one of the cleanest aquifers in America, a vast reserve of fresh water that underlies southern New Jersey. Yet this aquifer and the tiny colorful frogs that depend on it—the threatened Pine Barrens Tree Frog—are under severe environmental stress.

  • Use Me

    Use Me

    2018 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives
    Director: Abyed Hasan (Bangladesh)
    0:01

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    Can you be inspired to do the right thing by observing others?

  • Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

    Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

    2018 • Environmental Advocacy, Food, Land
    Director: Anna Chai and Nari Kye (US)
    1:26

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    Through the eyes of chefs like Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, this fascinating film aims for nothing less than to change the way people buy, cook, and eat food. WASTED! shows the world’s most influential chefs transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system, and exposes the criminality of food waste, explaining how it directly contributes to climate change. (3rd Party Provider)

  • WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS

    WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS

    2019 • Global Perspectives, Wildlife
    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 • Global Perspectives, Wildlife
    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 • Global Perspectives, Wildlife
    Director: Ramey Newell (Canada)
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    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.