Green Film Series

Promised Land
Tuesday, September 17& Thursday, September 19, 2013 
106 minutes 
Film starts at 7 pm in Sweigart Auditorium (115) and will be followed by a brief discussion.

Corporate salesman for a natural gas company, Steve Butler arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man who counters Steve both personally and professionally.  For more information on Promised Land, click here.


 

Chasing Ice
Tuesday, October 8 & Wednesday, October 9, 2013
75 minutes 
Film starts at 7 pm in Sweigart Auditorium (115) and will be followed by a brief discussion. 

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. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog comes face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. For more information on Chasing Ice, click here.


 

Vegucated
Tuesday, November 12 & Wednesday, November 13, 2013
76 minutes
Film starts at 7 pm in Sweigart Auditorium (115) and will be followed by a brief discussion. 

Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time. For more information about Vegucated, click here.  


 

 

Plastic Planet
Tuesday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 11
95 minutes
Film starts at 7 pm in Sweigart Auditorium (115) and will be followed by a brief discussion. 

Director Werner Boote uses Plastic Planet to present an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. Throughout the film, Boote makes it his mission to discover the real dangers of plastic and expose the producers of this hazardous waste for what they’re really doing- poisoning their consumers. He takes us on a journey around the globe, showing that plastics have become a threat for both the environment and human health. For more information on Plastic Planet, click here.  


Gasland Part II
Tuesday, February 11 & Wednesday, February 12, 2014
120 minutes
Film starts at 7 pm in Sweigart Auditorium (115) and will be followed by a brief discussion. 

In Gasland Part II, Fox examines the long-run impact of the controversial process, including poisonous water, earthquakes and neurological damage, placing his focus on the people whose lives have been irreparably changed. Traveling from the Gulf of Mexico to the heart of Texas and back up to the Delaware River basin, he thoroughly investigates the effects of this once-touted energy source, as well as the industry’s equally disturbing reaction to negative claims via smear campaigns and lawsuits. Gasland Part II shows how the anti-fracking movement has done its best to amplify its message while the million-dollar conglomerates employ PSY-OPS tactics to shut it down. For more information about Gasland Part II, click here


Watershed
Tuesday, March 11 & Wednesday, March 12, 2014
57 minutes
Film starts at 7 pm in Sweigart Auditorium (115) and will be followed by a brief discussion. 

In Watershed, we meet a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, a Colorado rancher, a Delta restoration worker, a Navajo Council member, the Rifle Colorado Mayor, a Los Angeles native and a group of Outward Bound teens rafting down the Colorado River as they all reflect a compelling new water ethic—one that illuminates how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all. In addition they all recognize the importance of purchasing the water rights necessary to reconnect the river to its delta. Watershed is a central tool in a larger grassroots effort focused on saving the Colorado River and supporting the communities throughout the river basin. For more information about Watershed, click here


Bidder 70
Tuesday, April 8 & Wednesday,April 9, 2014
73minutes
Film starts at 7 pm in Sweigart Auditorium (115) and will be followed by a brief discussion. 

Bidder 70 tells the story of Tim DeChristopher, a young man who disrupted a controversial BLM Oil and Gas leasing auction in 2008. He posed as a bidder (#70) and bid $1.7 million to win 22,000 acres of land he had no intention of paying for (or drilling on). Tim was federally indicted, convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for his courageous act of civil disobedience. Bidder 70 is a personal story surrounded by a wider context of citizen action, our history of peaceful civil disobedience, and grass roots movements demanding government and industry accountability. For more information on Bidder 70, click here