Film Archive

Terra Blight

A glimpse of the life cycle of computers and the unseen impacts of consumerism - Americans discard over 100 million monitors and TVs annually with the majority dumped illegally in third world countries

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Garden in the Sea (Jardín en el Mar)

Award-Winning film maker Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides, Touch the Sound) brings us Garden in the Sea, a visually stunning documentary about art, landscape and environmental conservation.

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Dear Governor Cuomo

Follow a united front of musicians, scientists and activists as they gather on the doorstep of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to host a rushed protest concert to ban hydraulic-fracturing.

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Watershed

Watershed, written and directed by Bay Area filmmaker Mark Decena and co-produced by Jamie Redford, brings audiences beautiful images of the Colorado River’s dramatic geography and the shocking fact that the river already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California.

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Rebels With A Cause

Rebels With a Cause celebrates the people and passion that saved the coastal wonders that would become the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Their efforts set new precedents for protecting open space and shaped the environmental movement as we know it today.

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Tiny: A Story About Living Small

What is home? And how do we find it? Tiny follows one couple's attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. 

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People of a Feather

Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes the audience through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present, and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck.


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Split Estate

This compelling Emmy Award winning documentary shows the dirty side of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Follow citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.

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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. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, photographer James Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

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First Cut: Pelican Dreams

Bay Area documentary filmmaker Judy Irving showed excerpts from her work-in-progress film Pelican Dreams about the most enigmatic of our local birds, the Brown Pelican. 

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Food Stamped

This informative and humorous documentary film follows nutritionist Shira Potash and her documentary filmmaker husband Yoav as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget.


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Just Do It - a tale of modern-day outlaws

In 2009, director Emily James was given access to a group of environmental activists seeking results through direct action campaigns throughout England. What resulted was a film that gives you a unique look into the world of illegal activism, including its successes and failures, through animated, endearing characters and their interviews, all with the same goals in their hearts - to fight capitalism and raise awareness about the environment.

 

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Future of Hope

In 2008, Iceland’s entire banking system collapsed in the wake of the global financial crisis. Future of Hope chronicles a grassroots movement determined to reinvent the Icelandic economy around the principles of sustainable development.

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Urban Roots

Against all odds, in the boarded-up shops, empty lots and defunct factories, seeds of change are taking root in Detroit. With the most vacant lots in the country, citizens are reclaiming their spirits by growing food. A small group of dedicated Detroiters have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform a city after its collapse.

 

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Taste the Waste

Valentin Thurn's timely and startling documentary on global food waste (did you know that on the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half of all food ends up in the garbage?) is both a call to arms and a how-to for doing our best to eliminate this major problem.

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Urbanized

The third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica (2007) and Objectified (2009), is a captivating and lively look at the design of cities. Urbanized examines how major urban environments are adapting to the challenges of today and tomorrow, particularly climate change and population growth. This eye-opening film looks at the issues and promises facing some of the world’s important cities.

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Green Fire: Aldo Leopold & A Land Ethic for Our Time

Bay Area filmmakers Ann and Steven Dunsky (Butterflies & Bulldozers, SFGFF 2011) create a fascinating look into the life of a brilliant individual, Aldo Leopold. Over his lifetime, Leopold developed a theory of land and wildlife conservation based on the interconnectedness of the natural world. Through his work and writings, Aldo Leopold continues to influence the modern environmental movement around the world.

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Blood in the Mobile

Did you know your mobile phone contributes to violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo? Danish director Frank Piasecki Poulsen takes on the Congolese military and warlords to gain access to Bisie, a militia-controlled mine that produces cassiterite, a tin oxide used in cell phones. In this courageous documentary, Poulsen reveals a mineral trade plagued with violence and human exploitation.

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Cafeteria Man

Follow charismatic chef Tony Geraci on his passionate and tenacious journey to overhaul the school lunch program serving 83,000 students in Baltimore’s public schools. “It’s about trying to help a city heal itself using food as a vehicle”.

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Minds in the Water

This beautiful documentary chronicles professional surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich’s path to cetacean protection. Rasta’s latest campaign - a 660km sailing expedition along Australia’s Gold Coast – provides the backdrop for this evolution. His quest to gather support from professional surfers, seek guidance from Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson, and visit with California’s first coastal tribe, leads to a showdown in Taiji, Japan, made notorious in The Cove.

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