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Explore some of our Festival films. We'll continue to add new films as they become available.

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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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • El Yolero

    El Yolero

    2018 • Environmental Advocacy, Global Perspectives, Water
    Director: Oscar Guzmán (Dominican Republic)
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    When a man carelessly throws away a plastic bottle in a lake, strange things happen.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)