Film Archive

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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The City Dark

Having moved from Maine to New York City, filmmaker Ian Cheney finds himself in an environment so flooded with artificial light that one can scarcely make out a star in the night sky. The City Dark follows Cheney as he seeks to learn the true impact of light pollution on people, animals, and the environment, and shines new light on the meaning of dark.

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Waking the Green Tiger

Waking the Green Tiger is an electrifying account of a group of villagers and farmers close to China's Tiger Leaping Gorge on the verge of losing everything to a massive dam project. Banding together with activists and journalists, the film taps into a broadening sense of community and environmentalism that grows beyond their single issue with remarkable results.


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On Coal River

Described by Variety as a story of “Hillbilly Davids” besting a “corporate Goliath”, On Coal River does an extraordinary job of capturing the struggles of ordinary people fighting to save what remains of an Appalachian valley that they and their families have called home for generations. In the process, it beautifully captures the true human and environmental costs of “cheap”, dirty energy.

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Sushi: The Global Catch

How did sushi become a global cuisine? What began as a simple but elegant food sold by Tokyo street vendors has become a worldwide phenomenon. Shot in five nations, the film explores the tradition, growth and future of this popular cuisine. As ocean predators such as Bluefin Tuna are auctioned at astronomical rates, we see that sushi is big money and these fish are gold.

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Local Hero

Bill Forsyth's whimsical tale of sweet-natured corporate rapacity features standout performances by Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. Knox Oil and Gas Company wants to buy, raze and replace a sleepy Scottish seaside village (in reality the village of Pennan in You’ve Been Trumped) with refineries and deep-water docks. They send their top deal-maker and trouble-shooter to handle the negotiations. But things don't go as expected...

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You’ve Been Trumped

Courage abounds in this film that risks life and limb to penetrate the operation of Donald Trump and his designs on Aberdeen, Scotland and its precious sand dunes, (Bill Forsyth’s classic 1983 film Local Hero was made here). Called, “deeply troubling, amusing and rousing all at the same time…” by Starz Film Festival Jury, this film is a constant juggle of humor, confrontation, espionage and strange, compelling characters (Trump included).

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Who Bombed Judi Bari?

As an activist, Judi Bari popularized protests against clear-cutting together with EarthFirst! in the 1980's. On May 24th, 1990 in Oakland, CA, a bomb explodes in Judi's car and she suffers debilitating injuries alongside confidant Darryl Cherney. Produced by Darryl Cherney, this film chronicles a movement, the false accusations and court struggles that follow the blast leading to a surprising resolution.

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The Island President

Jon Shenk spends a year with President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he confronts a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it, due to the devastating impacts of climate change. Witness the first chapter of his global environmental fight, a fight which, following his forced resignation on February 7th, has clearly only just begun...

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Pipe Dreams

Across the heartland of America, farmers and landowners are fighting to protect their land, their water, and their livelihood from the Keystone XL Pipeline, in this compelling new film from Leslie Iwerks.


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The Man Who Stopped the Desert

Yacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate farmer from Burkina Faso has transformed the lives of thousands of people across West Africa. Over cinematic reconstruction Sawadogo tells his incredible story of his battle with nature and man.

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The Fourth Revolution: Energy Autonomy

Prominent environmental activists, Nobel laureates, innovative businessmen and politicians describe the possibility to switch to 100% renewables within the next 30 years, in this compelling new film.

 

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Shooting with Mursi

This unique film tells the story of one of Africa's most isolated tribes – the Mursi – through the eyes of one its members Olisarali Olibui, who carries a Kalashnikov in one hand and a camera in the other.

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Soundtracker

Pure sound unaltered by human hands is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Gordon Hempton is an Emmy Award-winning sound recordist who has spent the last 30 years trying to find and record the vanishing sounds of nature.

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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Werner Herzog paints a picturesque portrait of Siberian fur trappers living in the heart of the Taiga. Herzog's philosophical narration -- enchanted by this outpost free from phones, taxes and all the trappings of modern life -- elevates Happy People above most nature docs.

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Good Fortune

Jackson, Silva, and Okech fight against the odds as they confront massive international development projects threatening to destroy their homes and livelihoods in rural Kenya. A unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the lens of the people it is intended to help.

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Back to the Garden: Flower Power Comes Full Circle

This entertaining documentary captures a time-lapse view of these back-to-the-landers told with moving personal stories of dedicated tribal families— lots of freedom but little cash, unflinching grass-roots activism and hippie kids who today ask whether free love was really free.

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Home

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, acclaimed photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health.

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Dive!

Follow Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. An inspiring film about America's food waste that is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism, and call to action.

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Psychohydrography

An analysis of the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct, city to sea. Shot around the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, Los Angeles Aqueduct, Los Angeles River and Pacific Ocean, and constructed entirely from single frame photography.

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