Sustainable Film Series

Movie nights are one way we share awareness of issues surrounding sustainability. (Facebook is another!) The films we show cover a wide variety of topics all connected by themes of sustainability and the future of our planet. 

Movie nights generally begin with a brief summary of the issue, to offer some background on what we are about to see. Refreshments are usually provided. Participants are encouraged to stay afterwards for further discussion.

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Chasing Coral

posted Sep 26, 2017, 1:43 AM by Zofii K   [ updated Oct 7, 2017, 12:12 PM by Magnus Haw ]

Chasing Coral, Oct 7th, 7-9pm, Milikan Library 9th Fl

The biggest story of our changing climate is hidden beneath the waves, and Chasing Coral tells that story.
The coral reef ecosystem is one of the most important and diverse ecosystems on the planet. However, coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Chasing Coral documents a team of divers, photographers and scientists as they set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

The True Cost

posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:33 PM by Techers Future   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 12:42 AM by Zofii K ]

The True Cost, May 6th, 6-8:30pm, Millikan 9th Floor

This is a film about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

The Burden

posted Feb 23, 2017, 3:41 PM by Techers Future

THE BURDEN is a documentary which describes how global warming is the primary security threat confronting the U.S. military, how the military is attempting to transition away from oil, and what is currently holding them back.

If there is interest, an episode of Years of Living Dangerously will be shown afterwards on the same topic.

Merchants of Doubt

posted Feb 23, 2017, 3:33 PM by Techers Future   [ updated Feb 23, 2017, 3:35 PM ]

Inspired by the 2010 book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, Merchants of Doubt traces the use of public relations tactics that were originally developed by the tobacco industry to protect their business from research indicating health risks from smoking. For the tobacco industry, the tactics successfully delayed government regulation until long after the establishment of scientific consensus about the health risks from smoking. As its second example, the film describes how manufacturers of flame retardants worked to protect their sales after toxic effects of the retardants were discovered. The central concern of the film is the ongoing use of these tactics to forestall governmental action to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in response to the risk of global climate change.

Last Stop at the Oasis

posted Feb 12, 2016, 10:55 AM by Techers Future   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 10:57 AM ]

Last Stop at the Oasis Feb 22, 7:30pm SFL 328

Join SEPAC and TSF for a screening of Last Call at the Oasis!  The conversation will continue the following day in a Q&A about California water policy with Prof. Jay Famiglietti, an expert water scientist involved in the making of the film.  The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. We can manage this problem, but only if we are willing to act now. Last Call at the Oasis is a powerful new documentary that shatters myths behind our most precious resource. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill effects, and highlights individuals championing revolutionary solutions during the global water crisis. Firmly establishing the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we act now.  

"Just Eat It" June 28, 7:30pm SFL, 3rd Floor

posted Oct 30, 2015, 9:34 PM by Techers Future   [ updated Jul 6, 2016, 1:37 PM ]


Ever find something you forgot about in the back of the fridge or notice how much food regularly ends up in the trash? TSF will be hosting a viewing of "Just Eat It", a documentary about food waste on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:30 pm, SFL 3rd floor. A discussion on food waste and what we can do will follow the film.

Growing Cities

posted Oct 24, 2015, 12:05 AM by Techers Future

Growing Cities 7:00pm Apr. 17, SFL 328

A documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and how it can revitalize our cities and change how we eat. RSVP here!


posted Oct 24, 2015, 12:01 AM by Techers Future

DamNation 7:00pm Mar. 24, SFL 328

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Power of Community: How Cuba survived Peak Oil

posted Oct 23, 2015, 11:59 PM by Techers Future

Power of Community 7:00pm Feb 24. SFL 328

In this film, individual Cubans tell us how they responded to an artificially imposed "Peak Oil" in the 1990s, when the fall of the Soviet Union caused the loss of most food and oil imports. Their stories serve as a valuable model for a world facing Peak Oil on a global scale. Cuba's transition to a low-energy society is hopeful and instructive.

The film outlines the dire consequences of Cuba's energy crisis. Transportation halted. Electricity was available sporadically. Lacking substitutes for fossil-fuel-based farming, food production was devastated. The average Cuban lost 20 pounds. Morgan shows us the innovative responses of the Cuban people. We see city-dwellers planting urban gardens on every available plot, using permaculture and organic farming to reclaim soils destroyed by chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

We also see how Cuba coped with a sudden lack of energy for modern infrastructure. Without fuel for cars, Cubans walked, carpooled, and rode buses. They even massively adopted the bicycle, despite the prior absence of a cycling culture. We also see Cubans creatively reducing energy consumption in their homes and workplaces and implementing small-scale renewable energy projects.

Garbage Warrior

posted Oct 23, 2015, 11:57 PM by Techers Future

Garbage Warrior 6:30pm Jan 11. SFL 328

The epic story of radical Earthship eco-architect Michael Reynolds, and his fight to build off-the-grid self-sufficient communities.

For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds has been advancing the art of Earthship Biotecture by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge. However, these experimental structures defy state standards and create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities. Frustrated by US politics, Reynolds finds the opportunity to continue building Earthships in the Philippines in communities devastated by tsunamis.

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