The Sustainable Film Series
Provoking Thought. Creating Action.
The Sustainable Community Film Series raises awareness and encourages community dialogue about environmental issues afflicting our world through award-winning independent featured films.
The Sustainable Community Film Series raises awareness and encourages community dialogue about environmental issues afflicting our world through award-winning independent featured films. This year Walking Mountains will continue to provide films at Riverwalk Theater. A virtual option may also be available for those not able to attend in person. Program begins at 6:30 PM.
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Love the Sustainable Film Series? Walking Mountains also offers monthly evening science seminars with rotating topics year-round. Learn more about the Science Behind Series.
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November 2 | The Ants & The Grasshopper
Anita Chitaya has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. Traveling from Malawi to California to the White House, she meets climate sceptics and despairing farmers. Her journey takes her across all the divisions shaping the US, from the rural-urban divide, to schisms of race, class and gender, to the thinking that allows Americans to believe they live on a different planet from everyone else. It will take all her skill and experience to help Americans recognize, and free themselves from, a logic that is already destroying the Earth.
Watch the Trailer: The Ants & The Grasshopper
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December 7 | UNDERSTORY – A Journey Into The Tongass
A Journey Into the Tongass is a story about a young fisherman who grew up in a salty fishing village in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. When Elsa Sebastian learns that millions of acres of her rainforest home will be stripped of protections and opened to clearcut logging, she’s driven to action; first fixing up an old sailboat, and then setting sail on a 350-mile voyage to explore the last stands of ancient forest in the Tongass. Elsa’s joined on this expedition by two friends: a biologist, Dr. Natalie Dawson, and a botanical illustrator, Mara Menahan. Together, the three women document the wild beauty of the coastal temperate rainforest and bear witness to the destructive impacts of clearcut logging.
Watch the Trailer: UNDERSTORY – A Journey Into The Tongass
January 4 | Beyond Zero
After a life-changing epiphany, the CEO of a global public company embarks on a high-stakes quest to eliminate all negative environmental impacts by 2020. To succeed, they must overcome deep skepticism, abandon the status quo, and ignite a new industrial revolution. Beyond Zero offers an inspirational roadmap for how business can reverse climate change.
Watch the Trailer: Beyond Zero
A Journey Upstream is a short film that shares a personal overview and reflection of the
Braker brothers’ love for their home watershed— the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a view into how
things have changed over time and how two pivotal species can distinguish the health of this
Brave Blue World explores the technologies and innovations that have the potential to solve
the world’s water crisis. The film highlights scientific and technological advancements that
have been taking place to ensure the world’s population has access to clean water and safe
sanitation services and the environment is protected.
March 1 | Current Revolution & Other Side Of The Hill
This month we will show two short films. Nation in Transition explores the coal-to-renewables transition on the Navajo Nation and across northern Arizona through the stories of workers, their families and communities, business and tribal leaders, utility executives, policy makers and environmental activists. The film offers a roadmap for accelerating and navigating just energy transitions for workers and communities everywhere. Other Side of the Hill explores the impacts of a changing climate in rural Eastern Oregon – as seen through the eyes of local leaders on the ground. From innovative timber operations in Wallowa County to large scale solar in Lakeview, we amplify the voices of rural communities often left unheard. In a time of unprecedented cultural divide between rural and urban Oregon, we find common ground in an urgency to address a changing landscape.
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April 5 | Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective
Inhabitants follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices. For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain traditional land management practices. From deserts, coastlines, forests, mountains, and prairies, Native communities are restoring their ancient relationships with the land. As the climate crisis escalates these time-tested practices of North America’s original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world.
Register for the film: HERE