Category: Films

Don’t just watch: Team behind ‘Don’t Look Up’ urges climate action

Read the full story in the New York Times. See also:

The satirical film about a comet hurtling toward Earth is a metaphor for climate change. It has broken a Netflix record and its director hopes it will mobilize public action.

Watch now: ‘Shawnee Showdown: Keep the Forest Standing’ documentary premieres Wednesday

Read the full story in the Southern Illinoisan.

The battle over clearcutting and commercial logging in the Shawnee National Forest during the 1980s and 1990s will be the focus of a documentary that premieres Wednesday at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Movie screening and online discussion: The Story of Plastic

Champaign County Environmental Stewards (CCES), Food and Water Watch-Midwest, and the Prairie Group of the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter are teaming up to bring you an important film. “The Story of Plastics” brings into focus an alarming, man-made crisis, and the heroes who work every day to tackle the problem. You can be part of the worldwide movement to #BreakFreeFromPlastic: @brkfreeplastic.

RSVP here.

You will be invited to a screening of “The Story of Plastics” and a panel and Q&A discussion on Zoom after the last screening on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm central time.

Screenings will become available 48-72 hours before the panel discussion when you will receive an email with two links: one to access “The Story of Plastics” screening, and one to access the Zoom panel discussion, which will be held after the last screening. We will send both links to the email you used to respond to the RSVP.

Check your email on Monday morning, June 8, World Oceans Day, for links to the “The Story of Plastics” screening and Zoom Panel Q&A discussion.

‘Carbon Cowboys’: Farmers thriving during COVID-19, thanks to regenerative grazing

Read the full story from Arizona State University.

A new documentary series that examines an innovative farming technique — one that is now positively affecting food supplies during the coronavirus epidemic — has been released by the award-winning environmental nonprofit Carbon Nation in collaboration with Arizona State University.

The documentary series of short films, called “Carbon Cowboys”, was shot over six years in rural communities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and presents farmers who have avoided bankruptcy by using regenerative grazing to produce more food from less land. 

DC Environmental Film Festival Goes Online to Avoid Spread of Coronavirus

Read the full story from the DC Post.

The annual Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. has announced that it is canceling all public events scheduled to take place between March 12 and 22 as a precaution against the COVID-19 epidemic. The festival will turn into a “virtual” version on March 16.

‘It was like a movie’: the high school students who uncovered a toxic waste scandal

Read the full story in The Guardian.

In the 90s, an inspirational teacher and his students uncovered corruption and illegal dumping in their backyard. Nearly 30 years on, is Middletown still at risk?

Dark Waters: A Conversation with Mark Ruffalo, Rob Bilott & Emily Donovan

Read the transcript and watch the video from the Washington Post.

Award-winning actor and producer Mark Ruffalo joined The Washington Post Live on Nov. 19 for a conversation about his forthcoming film, Dark Waters. Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of an unexpected crusader Rob Bilott, a corporate defense attorney, who discovers a community has been dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals after following a trail of secrets implicating one of the world’s largest corporations.

‘Dark Waters’ tells the origin story of a public health nightmare. We’re still living it.

Read the full story from Grist. See also the NYT Magazine profile on Rob Bilott from 2016.

Dark Waters chronicles the true story of Bilott’s nearly 20-year battle to hold DuPont accountable. In the end, the story is triumphant: Bilott exposes the company’s cover-up, wins a class-action lawsuit, orchestrates the first major epidemiological study that links C8 to several diseases and cancers, and makes DuPont pay hundreds of millions of dollars to its victims and their families. The film offers a much-needed dose of hope that there are people out there fighting for a more safe, just, and honest world … and winning! But viewers should know that the battle is far from over. The story told in Dark Waters is really just the first chapter in a public health nightmare that’s continuing to play out all over the country.

8 must-watch environmental documentaries to kick off your summer

Read the full story at Grist.

Another Memorial Day, another Mountainfilm Festival. Since 1979, outdoor enthusiasts and environmental activists alike have flocked to the mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, to watch the drama of the natural world unfold on the big screen.

Grist, the media sponsor of this year’s Mountainfilm Festival, reviewed a few of our favorite docs from more than 150 films. In the following features and shorts, newts dance underwater to a jazzy soundtrack, salmon hurtle through the air, and a mud explosion wreaks havoc on an Indonesian village.

Entries Invited for the Sixth Annual Yale Environment 360 Video Contest

The sixth annual Yale Environment 360 Video Contest is now accepting entries. The contest honors the year’s best environmental videos, with the aim of recognizing work that has not previously been widely seen. Submissions must focus on an environmental issue or theme and be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Videos that are funded by an organization or company and are primarily about that organization or company are not eligible.

The first-place winner will receive $2,000, and two runners-up will each receive $500. The winning entries will be posted on Yale Environment 360.

The contest judges will be Yale Environment 360 editor Roger Cohn, Pulitzer Prize winner and e360 contributor Elizabeth Kolbert, and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Thomas Lennon.

Videos can be uploaded using the submission form at or through the contest service Film Freeway. Entries must include a valid contact email address and brief synopsis. Send any questions to The deadline for entries is Friday, May 31, 2019.

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