13 Lakes

“13 Lakes is about light. About light falling from the sky onto water. I was facing the problem, to frame all lakes in the same way (half sky, half water) and capture their singularity at the same time.” — James Benning Directed by James Benning, 135 min. 2004 (This video clip is not embedded. Click […] Read more »

78 Days

Description: Tree planting is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs in Canada. Alone, working long days in desolate cut blocks, backing sun, rain storms, snow covered tents, bears, and endless bombardment of flies, swamps and mud, that’s tree planting in Northern Alberta. The independent documentary, 78 Days, divides the long season into […] Read more »

A Civil Action

Description: Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious lawyer, is addressed by a group of families. When investigating the seemingly non-profiting case, he finds it to be a major environmental issue that has a lot of impact potential. A leather production company could be responsible for several deadly cases of leukemia, but also is the main employer for […] Read more »

Amazonie, Ultime Frontiere (Amazon: The Final Frontier)

Description: The Amazon is considered the “lungs” of the world and Amazon River runs through it. With deforestation, fires and overgrazing, the Amazon is being destroyed. But the government of Brazil has taken the lead on protecting this vast resource. Government agencies are working together with local communities to develop an effective model of resource […] Read more »

American Dust (Poussières d’Amérique)

Description: This is a logbook. A film which has been improvised. A poem that is slightly too long and made from other films parts, bits of sentences, pieces of music and sounds from all around. It was written in the language of cinema, without dialogue or commentary. It is both a silent movie and a […] Read more »

An Injury to One

Description: An Injury to One provides a corrective–and absolutely compelling–glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history: the rise and fall of Butte, Montana. Butte, home of massive copper mining and hence saddled with a legacy of environmental destruction, provides the back drop to this chronicle of the mysterious death […] Read more »

At the Center of the Land of Wells and Men

Description: In the rural areas of Niger, most wells are dug the traditional way: with men lowered deep into the ground on a rudimentary rope harness. This documentary takes you to the center of the earth with them. Amani Mahamane is a Master Well-digger. He has dug 77 wells, his father 90 wells, and his […] Read more »

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Sold live in vending machines and department stores, plastic replicas included as prizes in the equivalent of a McDonald’s Happy Meal and the subject of the N°. 1 videogame, MushiKing, from the smallest backyard to the top of Mt. Fuji, insects inspire an enthusiasm in Japan seen nowhere else in this world. Like a detective […] Read more »

Born Sweet

Description: Despite being only fifteen years old, Vinh Voeurn has accepted his destiny – to be sick for the rest of life with incurable arsenic poisoning. He longs to fall in love with a girl with long, smooth hair. He fantasizes about becoming a karaoke star, winning the affections of adoring fans. But his body […] Read more »

Carbon for Water

Description: In Kenya’s Western Province, most drinking water is contaminated. The wood many Kenyans use to boil this water to make it safe is increasingly valuable. Women and girls, who bear the responsibility for finding water and fuel, often miss school or work while seeking both fuel and water. Some even encounter sexual violence. Yet […] Read more »

Carnets d’Eau (Water Diaries)

Description: This documentary film was made by students (age 18 – 25) from France and Quebec and focuses on water management in Provence. The students documented their experiences and impressions of Provence on a blog (carnetdevoyage.quebec.over-blog.com) and video. Director: Nathalie Kertchef Year: 2009 Length: 50 minutes Country: France Distributor: Read more »

Carpa Diem

Description: “Carpa Diem” wishes to shake consciences with a surrealistic approach by dealing with the phenomenon of wasting resources, in particular the most precious one: water. A small daily gesture which, multiplied by billions of people, could contribute to the saving of this precious resource, not only for human beings but for the planet itself. […] Read more »

Chasing Ice

Description: Oscar Nominated “Chasing Ice” is a landmark in cinematic achievement. Through the use of revolutionary time-lapse cameras, National Geographic photojournalist James Balog captures the eroding glaciers of the world. This eerie yet awe-inspiring documentary presents irrefutable evidence of global climate change. Once a skeptic, Balog realizes first hand the dire condition of our changing […] Read more »

On Coal River

Dir. Francine Cavanaugh & Adams Wood, 81 min., U.S.A., 2010Friday 11, 7:00 PM · Thursday 17, 7:00 PM. ON COAL RIVER takes viewers on a gripping emotional journey into the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, a community surrounded by lush mountains and a looming toxic threat. The local school happens to be alongside an […] Read more »

Coeur Fidele (Faithful Heart)

Description: A silent melodrama set in Marseille, but not simply that: A cinematic wonder. “In water, crystals grow, beautiful as Venus, born as she was, full of the most secret graces, symmetries and correspondences. Games of Heavens, thus, worlds fall — from where? Into a light space.” (Jean Epstein) “In it they [the public] found […] Read more »

Eaux D’Artifice

Description: “Hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustrades, grottoes and ever-gushing leaping fountains, until the Water Witch and the Fountain become one.” (Kenneth Anger) The pulsing and rhythmic movement of the fountains and the character in the gardens capture the motion of water from the mountains, to the streams, to the […] Read more »

Flow: For Love of Water

About the Film Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence […] Read more »

Gasland

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a […] Read more »

Last Call at the Oasis

Description: 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. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities […] Read more »

Liquid Assets

Directed by Stephanie Ayanian and Mark Cooper, 90 min. 2003, WPSU, State College, PA Liquid Assets tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems—some in the ground for more than 100 years—provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and […] Read more »

Louisiana Story

Description: Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for its musical score, Robert J. Flaherty’s (Nanook of the North, Man of Aran) last masterpiece is a visually stunning, lyrical tribute to a land and its people. A poetic vision of nature and the human spirit fills every frame of this amazing film. […] Read more »

Moi Sekou, Mon Exile, Mon Village, Mon Combat (The Life and Struggle of Sekou: Exile and Return)

Description: Eric Mounier (director) and IRD (producer) “Sekou Bathily is an elevator repairman in Paris and he only has one goal in mind: To save Boda, his village in Mali, which is under threat of disappearing because of deforestation. Every year, he takes advantage of his holiday to visit his family in Mali. But this […] Read more »

No Impact Man

Description: Author Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency and vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, […] Read more »

Peace Out

Description: Peace Out asks and answers the question: are we ripping up our back yard for energy – or not? The film seeks to engage those of us who do not connect our daily decisions with global land use issues. It focuses on the North Western Canadian wilderness, however the issues are universal. The film […] Read more »

Powers of Ten

Dir. Charles and Ray Eames, 9 min., U.S.A., 1977Friday 11, 9:00 PM · Monday 14, 4:00 PM. POWERS OF TEN takes us on an adventure in magnitudes and wholeness. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view […] Read more »

Reading the Water

Description: Reading the Water is an experimental “home video” and personal-poetic essay that mobilizes the coast of Maine–the sandbox of Vollmer’s youth and his marine biologist and naturalist professor-photographer father’s area of expertise–as a metaphor for exploring the depths and masculine relationships and family ecosystem sustainability across three generations of men. The work also acts […] Read more »

River Rites

Description: Trance dance and water implosion, a line drawn between secular freak-outs and religious phenomena. Shot in a single-take at a sacred site on the Upper Suriname River, the minor secrets of an animist are revealed as time itself is undone. Rites are the new Trypps, embodiment is our eternal everything. RIVER RITES from Ben […] Read more »

Rivers and Tides

Description: Rivers and Tides depicts the magical relationship between art and nature while painting a visually intoxicating portrait of famed artist Andy Goldsworthy. Gorgeously shot and masterfully edited, the film follows the bohemian free spirit Goldsworthy all over the world as he demonstrates and opens up about his unique creative process. From his long-winding rock […] Read more »

Sacred Poison

Description: The documentary shows the devastating toll past uranium mining has had on the Navajo people and discusses the potential risks posed by a renewal of uranium mining. It lays out the complex and conflicting economic, political, environmental and spiritual issues involved. However, this documentary in no way portrays the Navajo as victims of outside […] Read more »

Silent Snow

Description: The Arctic plains are an eminent example of nature’s untouched beauty: an endless nothing in which only few know how to survive. But dangerous pesticides are silently accumulating here, poisoning its inhabitants. A young Inuit woman investigates the sources of this pollution. Her journey takes her to three different continents, where she is confronted […] Read more »

Sludge

Directed by Robert Salyer, 41 min., U.S.A., Appalshop Films Shortly after midnight on Octoher 11, 2000, a coal sludge pond in Martin County, Kentucky, broke through an underground mine. propelling 306 million gallons of sludge down two tributaries of the Tug Fork River into the Big Sandy. ThP Martin County sludge spill killed all aquatic […] Read more »

Spiral Jetty

Dir. Robert Smithson, 32 min., U.S.A., 1970Friday 11, 9:00 PM · Monday 14, 4:00 PM. This film, made by the artist, Robert Smithson is a poetic and process minded film depicting a “portrait” of his renowned earth work–SPIRAL JETTY–as it juts into the shallows off the shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake. A voice-over by […] Read more »

Sun Come Up

Description: Sun Come Up follows the relocation of some of the world’s first environmental refugees, the Carteret Islanders – a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new […] Read more »

Taking Root

Description: Planting trees for fuel, shade, and food is not something that anyone would imagine as the first step toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet with that simple act Wangari Maathai, a woman born in rural Kenya, started down the path that reclaimed her country’s land from 100 years of deforestation, provided new sources […] Read more »

The Aquarium

Description: Filmed primarily in Alaska, The Aquarium contrasts the openness of the primeval Arctic landscape with the entrapment of captured sea mammals in aquariums. It speaks of the progressive destruction of these animals’ habitat, seeing beyond the alluring spectacle. View the Trailer Director: Pawel Wojtasik Year: 2006 Length: 23 minutes Country: Canada Contact: www.pawelwojtasik.com/Aquarium.html Read more »

The Unforeseen

Description: The American dream of owning a house with a white picket fence goes head-to-head with environmental sustainability in this urgent, beautifully crafted documentary. When an ambitious real estate developer sets out to transform thousands of acres of pristine hill country around Austin, Texas into a suburban development threatening a nearby natural spring and local […] Read more »

Water First

Directed by Amy Hart, 25 min., U.S.A., Bullfrog Films Through the inspiring story of Charles Banda, a local fireman turned waterman who has drilled over 8OO wells for impoverished communities in Malawi, it becomes apparent why clean water should be first if we are genuinely committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing […] Read more »

We Are All Connected

Description: A brilliant idea finds a comfortable home in a beautifully crafted spot, brought to you by Mato Atom. This work doesn’t require any comments, as it’s subtle simplicity speaks for itself. WWF – We Are All Connected from Mato Atom on Vimeo. Director: Mato Atom Year: 2011 Length: 1 minute Country: Mexico Contact: FilmTecknarna Read more »

Windfall

Dir. Laura Israel, 81 min., U.S.A., 2010Sunday 13, 2:00 PM · Monday 14, 7:00 PM. What do we really know about wind power? We are told it’s “green energy” and reduces our dependency on foreign oil. That’s exactly what the people of Meredith in upstate New York thought when a wind developer offered to supplement […] Read more »

Yindabad

Description: Sardar Sarovar, an impressive cement wall of 121 meters in height, stops river Narmada’s flow. It is part of the faraonic “Narmada Valley Development Project”, that plans the construction of more than 3000 dams, some of them of huge dimensions. Over two and a half million people are affected, most of them adivasis (indigenous) […] Read more »