2012 Films

About the Hard Life of the Barn Swallow (Suitsupääsukese raskest elust)

The life of a Barn Swallow is not easy. Everything gets mixed up on the way back home from Africa, bigger birds are pesky, ghastly shadows from previous centuries annoyingly stalky, the clay is all gone and the barn locked at night. 

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Chintis Lundgren | 2011 | 5 min. | Estonia

Adventures of Oranges, The

Boldly pioneering the environmental comedy genre, The Adventures of Oranges centers around a conversation between a Maui orange and a Florida orange in the produce section of a local grocery store. Through the telling of the Florida orange’s journey to Maui, the film reveals the comic absurdity of how far most of our food travels […]

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Celine Hoppe, Keola Talaroc, Xander Robertson, Leimana Pu'u | 2011 | 6 min. | USA

AMAZONIA

http://www.amazoniamovie.com/Trailer/index.html In the eat-or-be-eaten world of the Amazon Rainforest, a little treefrog named Bounce sets out on a normal day to find a meal but quickly learns that the proverbial hunter becomes the hunted. Unable to catch his meal, Bounce is punished relentlessly by his prey to the breaking point until his chance encounter with […]

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Sam Chen | 2010 | 5 min. | USA

Among Giants

As clearcutting continues to ravage California’s coastal redwood region, Farmer, an environmental activist, decides to tree sit to defend the McKay Tract, near Eureka. AMONG GIANTS begins three years into the McKay tree-sit. Stuck on his tiny platform a hundred feet up in the ancient redwood canopy, Farmer must battle the elements and avoid isolation […]

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Chris Cresci, Sam Price-Waldman | 2011 | 14 min. | USA

An Ill Wind

The Moapa River Indian Reservation, tribal home of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, sits about 30 miles north of Las Vegas and about 300 yards from the coal ash ponds and landfills of the Reid Gardner Power Station. Coal ash is the toxic ash and sludge left at the end of the coal burning process. […]

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Chris Jordan-Bloch | 2011 | 8 min. | USA

Animal Beatbox

This film was a joy to make. It involved my girlfriend and my mother and 3 days of being children again building sets and cutting out animal pictures. It cost 80 Australian dollars to make and has now screened at over 20 festivals around the world and used in children’s classrooms everywhere. Its intention was […]

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Damon Gameau | 2011 | 2 min. | Australia

Anna, Emma and the Condors

In a world of climate change and environmental catastrophies, two sisters Anna and Emma and their companions, the California Condors, stand out as a beacon of hope. Together with their father, Chris Parish, the director of the Peregrine Fund at Vermillion Cliffs, and their mother, Ellen Parish, teacher and leader for the environmental organization Roots […]

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Katja Torneman | 2011 | 20 min. | USA

Beautiful Destruction

Louis Helbig is a Canadian artist specializing in aerial art photography. “Beautiful Destruction – Alberta Tar Sands Aerial Photographs,” uses a style, hovering between documentary, conceptual and abstract, to grapple with a controversial topic, not through editorializing but by providing viewers the space to reflect, imagine and think for themselves.

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Louis Helbig | 2011 | 4 min. | Canada

Beaver Creek, Episode Four

The Beaver Creek Episodes are funny stop motion animation shorts featuring Twigs the beaver and Drake the duck. Each episode blends witty cartoon antics of natural beaver activities, which casts a good light on nature’s keystone species. In Episode Four Twigs and Drake have fun in the snow, as well as realize the true meaning […]

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Ian Timothy | 2010 | 5 min. | USA

BEE

Back in her hometown, a young entomologist investigating the death of her dad’s honey bees stumbles upon racial prejudices, lies and old family feuds. “BEE” is both a mystery and a love story: Many documentaries have been done about the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), but very few fiction-based films. I was interested in creating a […]

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Raphael Hitzke | 2012 | 20 min. | USA

Being Caribou

Hoping to raise awareness of the threat to the survival of the Porcupine Caribou Herd presented by the proposed exploitation of the oil and gas reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the husband-and-wife-team of filmmaker Leanne Allison and wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer, follow the herd of 120,000 caribou on foot, across 1,500 kilometers of […]

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Leanne Allison and Diana Wilson | 2005 | 72 min. | USA

Bhutan: Land of the Black-necked Crane

“Bhutan: Land of the Black-necked Crane” takes viewers on an exotic Journey to the small Buddhist kingdom high in the Himalayan mountains. See how a benevolent king promotes Gross Domestic Happiness for his citizens while fostering respect for the environment and natural resources. Travel with George Archibald co-founder of the International Crane Foundation to see […]

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Greg Pope and Rhett Turner | 2011 | 16 min. | USA

Brower Youth Awards — Alexander Epstein

Six beautiful films highlight the activism of The Earth Island Institute’s 2011 Brower Youth Award winners, today’s most visionary and strategic young environmentalists. Inspired by a community service trips to post-Katrina New Orleans, Alex Epstein co-founded New York 2 New Orleans Coalition, an network of New York City high school students mobilizing around the parallel […]

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Rikshaw Films | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Brower Youth Awards — Junior Walk

Junior Walk lives in one of many coal-dependent communities of West Virginia, where criticizing the coal industry can be grounds for ostracism. But Junior, who was mentored by the late anti-strip-mining activist Judy Bonds, continues to challenge Big Coal’s power in Appalachia. He was a keynote speaker at the 2011 PowerShift conference in Washington, DC, […]

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Rikshaw Films | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Brower Youth Awards — Kyle Thiermann

Kyle Thiermann isn’t all about surfing — though the sport is a huge part of his life and his inspiration. His five-part video series, called Surfing for Change, urges people to make small adjustments in their daily actions to help save the environment. The videos have produced tangible results: Thousands of viewers have transferred $340 […]

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Rikshaw Films | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Brower Youth Awards — Rhiannon Tomtishen & Madison Vorva

A desire to earn a Girl Scouts award led Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva to something much larger. The two friends created Project ORANG (Orangutans Really Appreciate and Need Girls Scouts) in 2007 to earn their award. Then they discovered that the Girl Scouts’ iconic cookies contain palm oil, and that palm oil plantations are […]

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Rikshaw Films | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Brower Youth Awards — Tania Pulido

In a city plagued by high crime and industrial pollution, Tania Pulido runs a community garden that’s more than just a place to grow food. The Berryland garden in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond, CA, is also a space where local youth can take summer apprenticeships and learn about issues like climate change and […]

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Rikshaw Films | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Brower Youth Awards — Victor Davila

Making environmental education fun and engaging for young folks is Victor Davila’s passion. Which is why he set up EcoRyders, a series of summer workshops that combine environmental and health education with skateboarding. Workshop participants build their own skateboards and learn about pressing environmental issues in their community. EcoRyders offers a way to tackle both […]

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Rikshaw Films | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Buck

“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, […]

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Cindy Meehl | 2011 | 88 min. | USA

California Forever

http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi462462489/ This 75 minute documentary celebrates the beauty, drama and sweeping history of California State Parks, the most magnificent and diverse collection of state parks in the nation.The story of California State Parks holds the key moments within the history of conservation in America. The plot intersects with many important victories that saved much of […]

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David Vassar, Sally Kaplan | 2011 | 75 min. | USA

Chasing Water

Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Traversing 1500 miles and draining seven states, the Colorado River supports over 30 million people across the […]

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Pete McBride | 2011 | 18 min. | USA

Chimaera

Chimaera is a utopia. A dream or fantasy. Mythologically, it references a fusion of forms that is the personification of winter. By slowing down our perception of reality we get a unique look at a skier’s life.

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Dave Mossop, Eric Crosland, Malcolm Sangster, Mike Douglas | 2011 | 6 min. | Canada

Chumbe Island Coral Park

Chumbe Island Coral Park is a short video about an island in East Africa, off the coast of Zanzibar that has an eco-resort, which provides environmental education for local students.  A ranger from Chumbe Island introduces a group of Muslim students to eco-architecture and rainforest ecology and also takes them snorkeling on the pristine coral […]

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Lucy Marcus | 2011 | 20 min. | USA

City Dark, The

  The City Dark is a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question, “Do we need the stars?” Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured […]

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Ian Cheney | 2011 | 55 min. | USA

Climate Trial Puppet Theater

The trial of climate activist Tim DeChristopher was postponed nine times before finally taking place in March 2011. In November 2010, a group of Peaceful UpRising activists, including Tim, decided to stage their own trial. They wrote a brilliant play, and created larger-than-life puppets with the help of artist/activist David Solnit. Unlike anything seen at […]

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Peaceful Uprising | 25 min. | USA

COLD

For the past 26 years 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of Pakistan’s 8,000 meter peaks in winter. On February 2, 2011 Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards became the first. Cory is now the only American to summit any 8,000 meter peak in winter. The journey nearly killed them. Cory […]

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Anson Fogel & Cory Richards | 2011 | 19 min. | USA

Come to the Table

A portrait of The Edible Schoolyard cooking and gardening program and its emphasis on the “Slow Food Movement,” as told by a former participant.

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Zoe Salnave | 2010 | 9 min. | USA

Comfort of Cold, The

Perched along a marina that faces the Golden Gate Bridge, the Dolphin Club is home to hundreds of locals who brave the sharp, cold waters of the San Francisco Bay. This is a second home to many, including Joe Illick, a 74-year old member who embarks on a daily mile swim into temperatures as low […]

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Sara Newens | 2009 | 4 min. | USA

Connecting the Gems

Follow two National Geographic Adventurers of the Year on a 520-mile trek through one of the Northern Rockies’ premiere wildlife corridors. The two hikers traverse the Yellowstone to Frank Church region, paying particular attention to large carnivores and the challenges they face as they journey between these two ecosystem ‘gems.’

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Deia Schlosberg & Gregg Treinish | 2011 | 27 min. | USA

Corner Plot

Amid the tangle of commuter traffic, shopping malls and office buildings that define life inside the beltway rests a one-acre piece of farmland under the care of 89-year-old Charlie Koiner. With the help of his only daughter, Charlie continues to work his land, share his produce, and enjoy the farm life he’s always known. Corner […]

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Andre Dahlman/Ian Cook | 2010 | 10 min. | USA

Craziest Idea, The

  2011 was an historic year for rivers.  The two dam removal projects that began as “crazy ideas” 30 years ago kicked off this year on the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington. These dam removal projects are the largest in history and represent a turning point in the effort to restore freeflowing rivers […]

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Andy Maser | 7 min.

Curious Garden, The

One boy’s quest for a greener world…one garden at a time.  A little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it.  An enchanting tale with environmental themes.

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Paul R. Gagne, Melissa Reilly Ellard | 2010 | 10 min. | USA

Daisy Cutter

Daisy Cutter tells the story of a ten years old girl, Zaira, who (like many others) experiences the injustice of war, with the perspective that her tender and naive eyes allow her. Zaira gathers daisies every day for a friend that she misses; so as not to forget him, so as not to lose him.

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Enrique Garcia & Ruben Salazar | 2010 | 6 min. | Spain

Dark Side of the Lens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbSO2DtAs1k&noredirect=1 Dark Side of the Lens is one mans personal and heartfelt account of life as an ocean based photographer. This short film takes you on an eerie, stunning and moving journey amongst the epic oceanic grandeur of Irelands west coast. Renowned documentarian of the heavy salt, Mickey Smith, has succeeded in creating a visual […]

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Mickey Smith | 2010 | 6 min. | Ireland

Death of a Forest

With global warming evident in many places around the world, the forest of North America are undergoing huge changes. The pine beetle and pine trees have co-evolved together and until the past 2-3 decades, the numbers of beetles have been kept in check by very cold winters that would kill the beetles, thus limiting their […]

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Michael Pellegatti | 2011 | 15 min. | USA

Deep Down’s People Power Series: Mountain Roots

Carol Judy, who lives deep in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee, has a very special connection to the mountains. Carol digs ginseng, goldenseal, and other medicinal roots from special spots in the mountains that she knows and loves. Now, due to mountaintop removal coal mining, her ancestral mountains are threatened. About the People Power series: […]

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Jen Gilomen, Sally Rubin | 2010 | 6 min. | USA

Defending A Livable Future

In December 2008, Tim DeChristopher, climate activist, started something big. What began as a singular act of civil disobedience at a BLM auction in Salt Lake City, Utah, has since become part of uprisings the world over. When students from Finding the Good HS Semester interviewed Tim at Wild and Scenic in 2009, 2010 and […]

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Tom and Debra Weistar | 2011 | 15 min. | USA

Eco Snapshot: Liberia

With tremendous foresight and inspirational determination of active community members and local social and environmental organizations, West African Liberia has managed to conserve an abundance of its natural environment. After two decades of civil war, Liberia is still one of the richest countries in natural resources, yet its people remain some of the poorest in […]

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Ryan Little | 2011 | 8 min. | USA

eel*water*rock*man

A short documentary vignette celebrating nature’s cycles, contentedness, and the last man on the east coast who still fishes for eels using an ancient stone weir. Narrated by artist and author, James Prosek.

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Hal Clifford, Jason Houston | 2010 | 6 min. | USA

Escualos: Young Chilean Kayakers of the Río Baker

For the past 12 years, Club Náutico Escualo, a youth kayak club in the remote Patagonian town of Cochrane, Chile has taught kids between the ages of 4 and 18 to kayak on the emerald waters of the nearby Baker River. In the process the club has fostered integrity, community, and love for the environment. […]

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Weston Boyles | 2011 | 14 min. | Chile

Finding Their Way

Jen Slotterback was hiking in her favorite park when she found signs of surveying for industrial gas drilling, or fracking. She went home and told her husband Jim, and although the two had never been actively involved in the issue of gas drilling, they immediately began a campaign to save the park. The board that […]

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Chris Jordan-Bloch | 2011 | 7 min. | USA

First 70, The

The state of California is closing a quarter of its 268 state parks due to budget cuts. This is the first time in history the state has had to close its parks. The First 70 follows the journey of three young filmmakers traveling to each of the 70 parks marked for closure. Covering thousands of […]

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Jarratt Moody and Cory Brown | 2012 | 3 min. | USA

First Ascent: Alone on the Wall

Twenty-three year old Alex Honnold is taking the high-stakes sport of free solo climbing to new heights. Climbing truly massive walls without a rope, and zero chance of survival if he falls, Alex is calm and fearless (except when it comes to girls). But attempting the 2,000-foot wall of Half Dome, the greatest free solo […]

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Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen | 2010 | 24 min. | USA

Food Stamped

Food Stamped 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. Shira teaches healthy cooking classes to elementary students in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are eligible for food stamps. In an attempt to walk a mile in their shoes, […]

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Shira & Yoav Potash | 2010 | 62 min. | USA

From the Mara Soil

What if global hunger, poverty and disease could be solved with the natural and abundant resources already at our finger tips? From the Mara Soil transports you to a community in rural Tanzania trying to answer this question with a novel approach to solving humanity’s greatest challenges with simple, natural and affordable solutions. This inspiring […]

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Steve Schrenzel | 2010 | 39 min. | USA

Gasland

It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas.” Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling […]

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Josh Fox | 2010 | 106 min. | USA

Gloop

“Gloop” is a dark fairytale that follows the meteoric rise of plastic from its inception in Leo’s gloomy laboratory 100 years ago. Told like a Brother’s Grimm fable, “Gloop” offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.

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Gaby Bastyra & Joe Churchman | 2011 | 4 min. | UK

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the 20th century because his ideas are so relevant to the environmental issues of our time. He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration. His classic book A Sand County Almanac still inspires us to see the […]

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Steve Dunsky, Dave Steinke | 2011 | 73 min. | USA

GROW!

It’s not just ‘Old MacDonald’ on the farm anymore. Across the U.S. there’s a growing movement of educated young people leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Armed with college degrees, some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. Fed up with corporate America and its influence on a broken […]

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Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson | 2011 | 50 min. | USA

Heliotropes

Adapted from the poem by Brian Christian (author, THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN), HELIOTROPES offers a glance at how certain patterns repeat themselves at different levels of nature, whether we know it or not. Sunflower seeds and petals are known to follow the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical formula that makes their structure maximally efficient–but they don’t […]

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Michael Langan | 2010 | 3 min. | USA

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action

Nearly all Indian lands in the U.S. face grave environmental threats – toxic waste, strip mining, oil drilling and nuclear contamination. But a handful of activists are fighting back. Filmed against some of America’s most spectacular backdrops, from Alaska to Maine and Montana to New Mexico, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action profiles the against-all-odds […]

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Roberta Grossman | 2005 | 89 min. | USA

Huia, The

1899; one of the most famous native New Zealand birds, the Huia, is nearing extinction. Famed Ornithologist Sir Walter Buller pursues the huia for his book, his collection, and for Science – but when presented with an opportunity to save the species, his actions are unexpected – and highly controversial. Based on a true story.

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Nicole van Heerden, Samantha Wee | 2011 | 10 min. | New Zealand

I Just Love to Paddle

There are few paddlers in the world that can match experience and knowledge of Nappy Napoleon. If there were degrees in paddling, he has the highest doctorate. “I Just Love to Paddle” is a story of a man who lives, loves, practices, teaches and perpetuates an ancient tradition in the contemporary world. There are many […]

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Marta Czajkowska | 2010 | 31 min. | USA

I wish I went to Ecuador

An immersive, animated documentary taking you into the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest. A child’s eye view of a life changing expedition by their teacher, Mrs Jones and their joint mission to preserve these vital forests. Pupils at Bricknell Primary School collaborated with animator David Bunting and local campaigning organisation, One Hull on Rainforest to […]

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Molly Nicholson, Jayden Sutton | 2011 | 6 min. | UK

Ice

An out of the box environmental thriller, “Ice” aims to promote a message of climate change awareness by using the cinematic medium for whats its best at, affecting people at an emotional level. The film adopts a thriller style narrative, keeping the audience guessing until the very end.

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Jonathan Burton - Director | 2010 | 7 min. | Australia

Into Eternity

The world’s nuclear power plants have generated an estimated 300,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste that must be safely stored for 100,000 years or more. Every year, they generate another 12,000 metric tons of high-level waste. Into Eternity is the first feature documentary to explore the mind-boggling scientific and philosophical questions long-term nuclear waste storage […]

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Michael Madsen & Lise Lense-Møller | 2011 | 75 min. | Denmark

Journey of the Universe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=665rLZ0_HjU Journey of the Universe is a dramatic and expansive film that reimagines the universe story and reframes the human connection to the cosmos. Created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers, it is beautifully filmed in HD on the Greek island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras. Journey is hosted by […]

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Written by Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker, Directed by Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard | 2011 | 57 min. | USA

Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws

The world of environmental direct action has remained a secretive one, until now. Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. With unprecedented access, Just do It takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people […]

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Emily James | 2011 | 90 min. | UK

Kadoma

After more than a decade exploring Central Africa, Hendri Coetzee is a modern legend of African exploration. Solo on the Congo River in 2009, Hendri received an email from American expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry. “It would be ludicrous,” Hendri said, “to take an American who you don’t know, and who has never been to Africa, […]

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Ben Stookesberry | 2011 | 44 min. | USA

Kings of Flint, The

Karate Masters Jacky and Dora King are also Master Gardeners. They see farming as a means of self defense. They also see farming as a way to revitalize Flint. They sell the fruits, vegetables and eggs they harvest. When the Kings grow food, they also grow hope.

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Troy Hale & Geri Alumit Zeldes | 2011 | 27 min. | USA

Last Mountain, The

The fight for the last great mountain in America’s heartland pits a mining giant that wants to explode it for its coal against local families fighting to preserve their mountain, their heritage and their futures. The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs and environmental […]

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Bill Haney | 2011 | 95 min. | USA

Life Ascending, A

A Life Ascending chronicles the life of acclaimed ski mountaineer and mountain guide Ruedi Beglinger. Living with his wife and two young daughters on a remote glacier in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Beglinger has built a reputation as one of the top mountaineering guides in the world. The film follows his family’s unique […]

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Stephen Grynberg | 2010 | 60 min. | USA

Liter Of Light, A

The film documents a foundation’s project to light up a poor neighborhood through the efforts of a local man who works for them. He becomes a beacon of hope to his community when he installs hundreds of solar-powered light bulbs in his neighbor’s houses. The clever device is made from old plastic soda bottles filled […]

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Nick Santiago and Mike Talampas | 2011 | 2 min. | The Philippines

Making of the Making of Stuck on Earth, The

At 4am November 2, 2007, a Nevada County band called the Ginger Ninjas made camp on the Yuba River. They had bicycled all of five miles to get there and still had 4000-some to go on their quest to ride and perform their way to southern Mexico, carrying all their instruments and a pedal powered […]

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Kipchoge Spencer and Claire Potin | 2012 | 5 min. | Mexico

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

This is the parallel journey of two characters: one a young woman discouraged at her future as a suburban housewife, the other a river — one beautiful and teeming with wildlife — now a hopeless, toxic sludge pit. Chronicling an important episode in U.S. environmental history, this inspirational story examines the human side of acclaimed […]

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Susan Edwards and Dorie Clark | 2010 | 30 min. | USA

Meet the Beetle

The Salt Creek Tiger Beetle may be extinct by the time you’re reading this. With a few hundred individuals left, (all within the city limits of Lincoln, Nebraska), ‘Meet the Beetle’ follows the trials and tribulations of this tiny insect that’s riled up a community. Injected with surprising musical sequences this documentary explores the importance […]

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Boaz Frankel | 2011 | 25 min. | USA

Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea

What does a beauty pageant in Suva, Fiji have to do with climate change? Quite a lot, as it turns out. ‘Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea’ is a short documentary film about the 2009-2010 Miss South Pacific Pageant that brought contestants, or Queens, from all the major Pacific Island Nations to compete in […]

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Mary Lambert, Director; Teresa Tico, Producer | 2011 | 39 min. | Fiji, Papua New Guinea, USA

MLK Today: Martin Luther King’s Words, Neighborhood Voices

Twenty-six community members in Eugene, Oregon give new voice to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who’s message continues to be relevant today.

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Will Doolittle, Director | 2009 | 8 min. | USA

Mokelumne River- Wild and Scenic

This film highlights issues on the Mokelumne River including a proposed new Dam expansion that will flood critical habitat and unnecessarily destroy more river. From its headwaters in the high Sierra to the San Joaquin Delta, The Mokelumne River is a shining gem of nature. A National Wild and Scenic River Designation will ensure this […]

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Mike E. Wier | 2010 | 10 min. | USA

Mono Lake Story, The

Mono Lake is one of the most beautiful and productive lakes on the planet, yet excessive water diversions by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power threatened its ecosystem. A passionate grassroots campaign came to Mono Lake’s defense and through a monumental struggle, won its protection. The course of this historic effort transformed water […]

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Ryan Christensen, Jonah Matthewson | 2011 | 28 min. | USA

Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age

MOTHER NATURE’S CHILD calls us to consider the future of that which we hold most dear: the health and well-being of our children. Visually rich, inflected with humor and the unexpected, the film examines the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, risk-taking, urban connection with nature, healthy rites of passage, the use of technology, and what […]

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Camilla Rockwell, Wendy Conquest | 2010 | 56 min. | USA

Music for Monarch

Monarch was the last grizzly bear to be caught alive in California. He died inside of his cage in Golden Gate Park in 1911 and has been on display at the California Academy of Sciences ever since.  In 1952, his stuffed and mounted body served as the model for a remake of the California State […]

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Laurel Braitman, Aubree Bernier-Clarke | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

My Father, Who Art in Nature

My father, who art in nature, is a documentary film by Alden Olmsted, son of California naturalist and John Muir follower John Olmsted. John left the family when Alden was very young to preserve thousands of acres of California parks from Mendocino to Lake Tahoe – including, among others, Jug Handle State Reserve, Goat Mountain, […]

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Alden Olmsted | 2011 | 100 min. | United States

Naked Option, The

The Naked Option reveals the inspiring story of an organized group of Nigerian women who use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, in their deadly struggle to hold the oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate. The women, at the risk of being raped, beaten or killed, […]

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Candace Schermerhorn - writer/producer/director | 2011 | 64 min. | USA

New Environmentalists, My Toxic Reality

Texas: An entrepreneur returns home to his environmentally damaged coastal community to fight an ominous source of major industrial pollution. “The New Environmentalists” share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in the Mill Valley Film Group’s […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2011 | 5 min. | USA,

New Environmentalists, River of Dreams

Indonesia : A charismatic teacher leads the cleanup of the Surabaya River from a flood of industrial chemicals and sewage that are causing severe health issues for local people. “The New Environmentalists” share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2011 | 5 min. | USA

New Environmentalists, The Grid

http://vimeo.com/26359144 Germany: Community activists respond to the Chernobyl nuclear accident by creating the country’s first successful, cooperatively owned, renewable power company. “The New Environmentalists” share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in the Mill Valley Film Group’s […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2011 | 5 min. | USA

New Environmentalists, The Rhinos’ Flight

Zimbabwe: When the rhino population in his homeland is threatened by heavily armed poachers, a visionary bush pilot moves the animals hundreds of miles to safety. “The New Environmentalists” share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2011 | 5 min. | USA

New Environmentalists, The Solution

Russia: On an island off the coast of Siberia, a dedicated activist fights to protect endangered wildlife and the region’s biodiversity from oil and gas development. “The New Environmentalists” share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2011 | 5 min. | USA

New Environmentalists, Troubled Water

El Salvador: Courageous farmers paid with their lives as they stood up against a transnational gold mining corporation to protect their fragile water resources. “The New Environmentalists” share a common goal – safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. The film is the latest in the Mill […]

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Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery | 2011 | 5 min. | USA

Next Best West, The

The Next, Best West shows how our interpretation of progress has shaped the singular landscape of the American West, and through three success stories from around the region, how a new understanding of progress may be our best hope for a bright and healthy future. The West is a place of pure beauty that has […]

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Hunter Sykes, Darren Campbell, Hal Clifford | 2012 | 37 min. | USA

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship (Part 3: Iowa & the Gulf of Mexico)

Part 3: Iowa & the Gulf of Mexico discusses the Mississippi Delta—terminus of America’s mightiest river, nursery of one of the nation’s premier fisheries, and lately an unfortunate poster child for ecological disaster—is getting help from an unlikely team of people, in an unlikely place. More than a thousand miles upstream, in the cornfields of […]

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Ralf Meyer, Karen Anspacher-Meyer | 2011 | 25 min. | USA

One Ocean: The Changing Sea

Over the past 200 years human beings have poured more than two trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As ‘The Changing Sea’ illustrates, carbon dioxide isn’t just changing the climate on land, it’s transforming the ocean in ways that haven’t been seen for millions of years. Is mass extinction the inevitable fate […]

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Erna Buffie, Merit Jensen Carr | 2010 | 52 min. | Canada

One Plastic Beach

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for over ten years. Each piece of plastic Richard and Judith pick up comes back to their house, where it gets cleaned, categorized and stored before being used for their art. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry and […]

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Tess Thackara, Eric Slatkin | 2011 | 8 min. | USA

Origins: Obe and Ashima

There’s a nine year old girl from New York City taking the bouldering world by storm, and her name is Ashima Shiraishi. Under the tutelage of her passionate coach, Obe Carrion, this tiny master is crushing competitions and raising the bar for climbing’s youth. Obe brings her to bouldering’s proving ground, Hueco Tanks, TX, where […]

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Josh Lowell, Brett Lowell, Cooper Roberts | 2011 | 22 min. | USA

Overfished

Scientists predict that by the year 2048, there will be no more fish in the Pacific Ocean. Filmed in five countries that border the Pacific, ‘Overfished’ explores each nations unique challenges that threaten the hundreds of millions of people that depend on the Pacific for survival. From a diving operation in Fiji that is attracting […]

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Brian Cavallaro | 2011 | 13 min. | USA

Patagonia Rising

Over the past century more than 45,000 large dams have redefined the course and health of the planet’s rivers with disastrous impacts. Chile is now on the verge of building 5 hydro-electric dams in the heart of Patagonia. Tracing the Baker River from ice to ocean, Patagonia Rising brings voice to the frontier people caught […]

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Brian Lilla | 2011 | 54 min. | USA

Pedal-Driven: a bike-umentary

THIS LAND IS … WHOSE LAND? Pedal-Driven delves into the escalating conflict between mountain bikers hungry to ride and the federal land managers charged with protecting the public lands that belong to us all. Is there room for for mountain bikers in the American landscape or should they be banished?

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Jamie Howell, Jeff Ostenson, | 2011 | 63 min. | USA

Playgrounds Re-Imagined

http://vimeo.com/32762644 “Nature is the most beautiful thing… There’s a universal energy. We should protect nature, because we are nature. I imagine the world as a playground.” Bet you didn’t think those words would come from a 9-year-old, Dylan Brophy, who freestyles the narration for Seth Warren’s new award-winning film, Playgrounds Re-imagined. From the beauty and […]

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Seth Warren | 2011 | 20 min. | USA

Poppy’s Promise

The cornfield – just an area for producing food … or a land full of secrets? In the western industrial nations cornfields and woods take up the greatest proportion of rural land. But how much natural life dwells in a cornfield? Why are some inhabitants harmful and others useful and what do the colourful flowers […]

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Jan Haft | 2010 | 44 min. | Germany

Portrait of a Winemaker: John Williams of Frog’s Leap

Portrait of a Winemaker: John Williams of Frog’s Leap takes a look at this pioneering Napa, California winemaker and his dry farming techniques which increase his soil’s fertility and capacity for water retention, as well as produce more flavorful wines. Water scarcity is one of the major issues facing the world today and this farming […]

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Deborah Koons Garcia | 2011 | 14 min. | USA

Project Nim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_vha0FI0j8 From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim’s extraordinary journey through human society, […]

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James Marsh | 2011 | 93 min. | USA

Queen of Trees

The fig tree and fig wasp differ in size a billion times over, but neither could exist without the other. Their extraordinary relationship is a pinnacle of co-evolution, and the basis of a complex web of dependency that supports animals from ants to elephants. Each individual fig is a microcosm – a stage set for […]

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Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone | 2007 | 52 min. | USA

Quest for Local Honey, The

The European Honeybee, a faithful friend and pollinator, has gone on strike. The media buzz around Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) alerted Nevada County honey enthusiasts to the stressors in the honey bee world. What began as a quest for local honey comes full circle as they discover everyday people benefiting world wide bee survival. They […]

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Karin Meadows, Jen Rhi Winders | 2011 | 35 min. | USA

Race For The Nose

Welcome to the wildest competition known to man — the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan. For 50 years, the best climbers in the world have been one-upping each other on this massive granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, racing up 3,000 feet of vertical rock in under three hours, and risking […]

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Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen | 2011 | 20 min. | USA

Recycled Life

For over sixty years, children have been born and raised here, parents and grandparents eat and survive here… Thousands of families have thrived in the largest and most toxic and dangerous area in all of Central America. For decades, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump and its inhabitants (“guajeros”) who recycle the city’s trash have been […]

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Leslie Iwerks, Mike Glad | 2006 | 38 min. | USA

Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands

The bald eagle was once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, a group of islands just off the coast of Southern California. Then in the early 60¹s the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and DDT contamination. This short film chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists and their partners has […]

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Kevin White | 2011 | 14 min. | USA

Rising Tides

During the 2009 Isles of Scilly Earth Summit, Nice and Serious produced a short documentary to demonstrate how real people from Island Nations are being directly effected by the impacts of climate change. This short film steps away from the conventional scientific look at the impacts of climate change and instead, showcases a real, emotional […]

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Ben Meaker, Tom Tapper, Matt Prescott | 2009 | 3 min. | United Kingdom

River Runs Through Us, A

“Rivers are life” is the unifying theme motivating activists in the global movement to protect rivers from the ravages of big dams. A River Runs Through Us offers a personal and hopeful introduction to one of the biggest threats facing many rivers today, as told by the people at the forefront of the global dam-fighting […]

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Carla Pataky & Lori Pottinger | 2011 | 22 min. | Mexico/USA

Rock the Boat

In the artificial landscape that is Los Angeles, where even palm trees are imported, nothing epitomizes man’s short-sighted efforts to reshape the face of the earth more than the LA River: modified beyond recognition, its flow tapped before it even reached the surface, the river was used, abused and essentially forgotten. But when an unassuming […]

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Thea Mercouffer | 2011 | 54 min. | USA

Roots & Hollers

‘Roots & Hollers’ takes you deep inside the world of wild American ginseng. The legendary root has linked Asia to the Appalachian wilderness for centuries. Considered a cure-all, wild American roots sell for thousands of dollars in Asian markets. The film follows two budding businessmen, Jeremy Tackett and Terry Cable, as they try their luck […]

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Thomas Gorman, Patrick Kollman | 2011 | 25 min. | United States

Save Sharks, Get Involved

Rock out with Hammerheads, Great Whites, Leopard Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, and the worst name of all – Soupfin Sharks. Sharks: the coolest animals on the planet happen to be some of the most important for the health of our oceans. They have 6 senses(we only have 5), they have thrived since […]

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Jeff Litton | 2011 | 4 min. | Ecuador

Saving Valentina

Saving Valentina is a short film about 5 people rescuing an severely entangled humpback whale from a drift net.  The viewer gets to first meet the whale and the rescuers and experience the process of cutting the net and freeing the whale in some depth.  Then in the finale the whale celebrates the joy of […]

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Heather Watrous, Whitney Brasington | 2011 | 8 min. | USA

Schooling the World

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced […]

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Carol Black, Neal Marlens, Jim Hurst | 2010 | 65 min. | USA

Seasons: Fall

Deep canyons with steep, spring fed creeks, make White Salmon, Washington a paddling paradise. This Autumn we caught up with White Salmon local Kate Wagner during a soul-session outside of her hometown.

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Skip Armstrong, Ryan Bailey | 2010 | 4 min. | USA

Seasons: Spring

As the snow melts and makes it way to the ocean, Jesse Murphy becomes reinvigorated by the river.

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Skip Armstrong, Ryan Bailey | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Seasons: Winter

Brian Ward discovers an unexpected and new-found love for water in its frozen and expanded form.

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Skip Armstrong, Ryan Bailey | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution

Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution explores biomimicry, the science of emulating nature’s best ideas to solve human problems. Set in South Africa, the film follows Time magazine “Hero of the Environment” Janine Benyus as she illustrates how organisms in nature can teach us to be more sustainable engineers, chemists, architects, and business leaders. After 3.8 […]

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Guy Lieberman and Matthew Rosmarin | 2010 | 24 min. | South Africa

Sekem Vision

Sekem Vision highlights a poignant example of a community that sprang from the soil of modern Egypt. Thirty years ago, after studying chemistry and medicine in Austria, Professor Ibrahim Abouleish turned 70 hectares of desert sand outside of Cairo into Sekem, a flourishing Biodynamic farm, thriving business, active educational center and wholesome cultural community.

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Deborah Koons Garcia | 2011 | 14 min. | USA

Shark Riddle, The

The second episode in The Riddle Solvers series, The Shark Riddle is a half-hour shark film for the whole family. Follow siblings Laura and Robert on an adventure through the pages of a magical journal to solve a mysterious riddle about shark teeth. Meet a raucous group of singing sea lions, experience the underwater game […]

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Sisbro Studios, LLC and The Save Our Seas Foundation | 2011 | 29 min. | USA

Smokin’ Fish

Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish, tells the story of one man’s […]

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Luke Griswold-Tergis, Cory Mann, Maureen Gosling, Jed Riffe | 2011 | 80 min. | USA

Solitaire

In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry skiing forged […]

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Nick Waggoner, Ben Sturgulewski, Zac Ramras, Michael Brown | 2011 | 52 min. | USA

Someplace with a Mountain

Narrated by Chevy Chase, this tragic yet hopeful documentary tells the story of a small group of Island Atolls that are disappearing because of sea rise. The people who live there did not understand what was to soon be their ultimate fate. Steve Goodall came across them on his travels and when he told them […]

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Steve Goodall | 2010 | 55 min. | USA

Stoked and Broke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65TesCNBupc A Staycation Surfari Epic on Zero Dollars… Making their own boards, bamboo rickshaws, solar cookers, and hobo stoves, surfers Ryan Burch and Cyrus Sutton set off on a thirty mile, eight day walk through San Diego, CA. But what begins as a guide to taking a minimalist surfing journey, quickly becomes an examination of […]

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Cyrus Sutton | 2010 | 57 min. | USA

Stories From the Gulf: Living with the Oil Disaster

“Stories from the Gulf” is a powerful half hour documentary about the impact on gulf residents of the largest oil spill in American history. Narrated by Robert Redford, the movie is based on audio interviews produced by NRDC and Bridge the Gulf, recorded by StoryCorps, and stunning original documentary photography. The BP oil disaster contaminated […]

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Daniel Hinerfeld, Renee Barron, Lisa Whiteman | 2011 | 22 min. | USA

Story of Broke: Why There’s Still Plenty of Money to Build a Better Future

The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet, and a country where the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But […]

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Free Range Studios, The Story of Stuff Project | 2011 | 8 min. | USA

Story of Citizens United v FEC: Why Democracy Only Works When People are in Charge

“The Story of Citizens United v. FEC: Why Democracy Only Works When People Are in Charge” explores the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending, the appropriate roles of citizens and for-profit corporations in a democracy, and the toxic impact the Citizens United decision is already having on our political process. It ends […]

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Free Range Studios, The Story of Stuff Project | 2011 | 8 min. | USA

Summer Pasture

SUMMER PASTURE is a feature-length documentary that chronicles one summer with a young family amidst a period of great uncertainty. Locho, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter, nicknamed Jiatomah (‘pale chubby girl’), spend the summer months in eastern Tibet’s Zachukha grasslands, an area known as Wu-Zui or ‘5-Most,’ – the highest, coldest, poorest, largest, […]

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Lynn True, Nelson Walker | 2010 | 86 min. | USA, Tibet

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

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Lisa Merton | 2008 | 80 min. | USA

Timber

I used MY natural resources to make a film about OUR natural resources! This short animated film uses the trimming of a beard to make a point about irresponsible usage of everything the Earth has to offer.

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Adam Fisher | 2011 | 1 min. | USA

Towers of the Ennedi

Follow climbers Mark Synnott, Alex Honnold and James Pearson as they travel across the roadless, windswept deserts of northeastern Chad. Basing their expedition on nothing more than a few photographs and rumors of a promised land with countless unclimbed sandstone towers, Mark’s insatiable thirst for adventure and first ascents leads the small crew deep into […]

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Camp 4 Collective | 2011 | 13 min. | USA

Tramping in Bohemia

In Communist Czechoslovakia, it wasn’t so difficult to find a sense of freedom. All you needed was a backpack, a guitar, and a place to sleep under the stars. That has always been the escape strategy of the Czech tramps, outdoorsmen and women who hike, camp, canoe and ride the rails. Inspired by the American […]

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Margot Buff | 2011 | 30 min. | Czech Republic

Trudell

In TRUDELL, filmmaker Heather Rae presents the engaging life story of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell and his heartfelt message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of it’s inhabitants, and our descendents. 2006 Honorable Mention.

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Heather Rae | 2006 | 80 min. | USA

Tuned In

From a young age, Steve McGreevy was fascinated by the natural world and by amateur radio. When he discovered that nature produced its own radio signals, he began a quest to capture these sounds – a quest that has taken him to the most remote parts of the continent. Sometimes called the ‘Music of the […]

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Kevin Gordon | 2010 | 5 min. | USA

ViewChange: Africa’s Last Famine

This past World Food Day was marked by one of the worst famines in recent history. But, with the right planning and a few new ideas, it could be the last. Get the latest from the Horn of Africa and beyond in this special documentary report from Oxfam America and ViewChange.org. Featuring commentary by activist […]

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Caty Borum Chattoo, Coco McCabe, Shannon Hart-Reed, William Poor | 2011 | 24 min. | USA

Way Bobby Sees It, The

“An hour of utterly compelling viewing that will have you in agonizing, nail-biting anticipation.” -Spoke Magazine The Way Bobby Sees It is a gripping documentary about Bobby McMullen, a competitive mountain biker on a mission to race the most demanding downhill course in the country. Adding to the difficulty: Bobby is BLIND. With the help […]

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Wendy Todd, Jason Watkins | 2008 | 57 min. | USA

We Still Live Here — Âs Nutayuneân

  WE STILL LIVE HERE (Âs Nutayuneân) tells a remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the first English settlers in America, and lived to regret it. Now they are bringing their language home again. The story begins in 1994 when Jessie Little Doe, an […]

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Anne Makepeace | 2010 | 56 min. | USA

Weed War

One man’s obsession to do his part for the environment using weed-eating goats to control noxious invaders in the Rocky Mountains. A profile on Mark Harbaugh, Patagonia fly fishing rep and goat rancher.

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Rich Addicks | 2010 | 6 min. | USA

Where The Wild Things Were

Set in the Scottish Highlands, ‘Where The Wild Things Were’ explores the history of deforestation and its effect on today’s remaining Caledonian pine forests. Traveling with several species the film explores behaviours that are now considered essential for the regeneration of Scotland’s ancient Caledonian pine forests. ‘What a future that might be the great Caledonia […]

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Amber C Eames | 2010 | 15 min. | UK

White Water, Black Gold

“White Water, Black Gold’ follows David Lavallee on his three year journey across western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world’s thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain icefields that are the source of this industry’s water, to the Tar Sands tailings ponds. […]

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David Lavallee | 2011 | 83 min. | Canada

WINDFALL

Wind power… it’s sustainable … it burns no fossil fuels…it produces no air pollution. What’s more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. That’s what the people of Meredith, NY first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement the rural farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own — that of 40 […]

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Laura Israel | 2010 | 83 min. | USA

With My Own Two Wheels

For Fred, a health worker in Zambia, the bicycle is a means of reaching twice as many patients. For Bharati, a teenager in India, it provides access to education. For Mirriam, a disabled Ghanaian woman, working on bicycles is an escape from the stigma attached to disabled people in her community. For Carlos, a farmer […]

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Jacob Seigel-Boettner, Isaac Seigel-Boettner, Ian Wexler | 2011 | 44 min. | USA

Wolf & The Medallion, The

Journeying to an unexplored granite canyon on the border of China and Mongolia, Collins finds not only adventure with friends and the local nomads, but a moment of reflection. From that moment comes a letter home to his four year old son. This letter becomes the script for a film, as we see an intimate […]

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Jeremy Collins | 2011 | 20 min. | USA

Year of the River: Episode 1

Fly fisherman Bruce McGlenn and Elwha Klallam Tribal member Robert Elofson describe the anticipation building for the largest dam removal project in history on the Elwha River in Washington. Set on a beautiful summer evening, McGlenn sets out in search of Elwha trout trapped between the two soon-to-be-removed 100-year-old dams.

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Andy Maser | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Year of the River: Episode 2

The 125 foot tall Condit Dam has held the White Salmon River back for nearly a century—affecting both salmon migration and whitewater recreation. Two women—kayaker Heather Herbeck and conservation superhero Phyllis Clausen—explain why they are excited about the upcoming dam removal and river restoration project.

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Andy Maser | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Year of the River: Episode 3

Conservation advocates Rick Rutz and Shawn Cantrell have been working for 27 years to make the Elwha River dam removal project a reality.   On a rafting trip down the Elwha, they tell the story of taking the concept from “crazy idea” to landmark victory.

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Andy Maser | 2011 | 4 min. | USA

Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl

Technology can be addictive. In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, we created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation.

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Tiffany Shlain | 2011 | 3 min. | USA

You’ve Been Trumped

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpZXUBNJSSI In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on a celebrity tycoon. At stake is one of Britain’s very last stretches of wilderness. The billionaire property developer Donald Trump has bought up hundreds of acres on the northeast coast of Scotland, best known to movie-lovers […]

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Anthony Baxter, Richard Phinney | 2011 | 95 min. | UK