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. This year Walking Mountains will continue to provide films at Riverwalk Theater in Edwards. A virtual option may also be available for those not able to attend in person. All films start at 6:30pm and are free and open to the public.
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November 1 | Newtok
Water will erase Newtok, Alaska. Built on a delta at the edge of the Bering Sea, the tiny Yup’ik village has been dealing with melting permafrost, river erosion and decaying infrastructure for decades. To keep their culture and community intact, the 360 Yup’ik residents must relocate their entire village to stable ground upriver while facing a federal government that has failed to take appropriate action to combat climate change. In moving their village, they will become some of America’s first climate change refugees. This is a film of a village seeking justice in the face of climate disaster.
December 6 | Going Circular
Going Circular dares to imagine a future where humankind not only survives, but flourishes, by rethinking global paradigms and respecting the limits of our planetary resources.
Meet four groundbreaking thinkers who navigate environmental, economic, and social crises of the modern age. They each discover that the solutions for creating a circular economy and planet have already been perfected in nature itself.
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January 3 | Farm Free or Die & The West is Burning
Farm Free or Die advocates for transformative agricultural policies that improve farming livelihoods and address the climate crisis. The stories of farmers on the front lines of severe environmental and economic adversity will catalyze support for policies that stabilize rural communities, strengthen food security, and incentivize soil health and carbon removal.
The West is Burning raises awareness about the conditions of forests in the western U.S. Told through a full-feature documentary, the film examines the history of forest management and litigation that led to the current conditions which are causing catastrophic fire nearly year-round. The film explores the urgent need to act now, and the potential to generate positive change in our forests, watersheds, and communities, both rural and urban.
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February 7 | Switch On
Across developing Africa, Asia and Latin America, billions of people suffer from the lack of safe and reliable energy — impacting literacy and education, water and food supply, communication, healthcare and the economy. But inspiring leaders, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens are standing up to bring power to their people.
In this sequel to the highly acclaimed energy documentary ‘Switch,’ join Dr. Scott Tinker on another amazing global adventure, to meet people and communities as they Switch On. It’s a journey that’s enlightening and emotional, uplifting and unforgettable; Switch On will change the way you look at energy and the developing world forever.
March 7 | Reflection: A Walk With Water
Taking a several-hundred-mile trek on foot along the Los Angeles Aqueduct, filmmaker Emmett Brennan joins activists on a mission to raise awareness about California’s water crisis. Beyond the toll the Los Angeles Aqueduct has taken on the land, California’s misuse of water has caused water shortages, released toxic dust particles into the air, and left many areas vulnerable to wildfires.
Throughout this “pilgrimage with water,” California’s water story sets the groundwork for big picture ideas about reshaping society with water in mind. Brennan consults experts to introduce core principles that, when put into practice, would allow water to return to its synergistic role in the environment. In the midst of a climate emergency, Reflection: A Walk With Water is an enlightening investigation that urges humanity to rethink life’s most basic resource.
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April 4 | The Last Tourist
Travel is at a tipping point. From Caribbean beaches to remote villages in Kenya, forgotten voices reveal the real conditions and consequences of one of the largest industries in the world. The role of the modern tourist is on trial.
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May 2 | Kiss the Ground
Kiss the Ground, narrated by Woody Harrelson, is a full-length documentary shedding light on a “new, old approach” to farming called regenerative agriculture, a practice with the extraordinary ability to balance our climate and feed the world.
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