Irving's 2013 Eco-Film Fest

Central Library - 801 W. Irving Blvd.  (auditorium)

Thursday, April 18

Friday, April 19

  • Wall-E (Family fun)
    • 10:30 a.m. to 12:08 p.m. 
    • Running time: 98 minutes
  • Addicted to Plastic 
    • 12:30 to 1:55 p.m.
    • Running time: 85 minutes
  • Nourish (Food + Community) 
    • 2:30 to 2:56 p.m.
    • Running time: 26 minutes
  • Animate Earth
    • 4 to 4:43
    • Running time: 43 minutes


Over the Hedge

Over the Hedge. A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating...and learns a lesson about family himself.  (Released-2006)

Directed by: Tim Johnson and  Karey Kirkpatrick
Running time: 83 minutes

Supported by: Keep Irving Beautiful




Tapped. Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car? and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of the bottled water industry -- an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water. (Released-2009)

Directed by: Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey
Running time: 76 minutes



Renewable Energy

History Channel – Renewable Energy. In this in-depth documentary, MODERN MARVELS examines how today’s advanced technologies are working to harness air, water, earth, and fire to produce clean and reliable sources of energy. On a visit to the FedEx hub in Oakland, California, discover how this global shipping giant has managed to employ solar power to produce 80% of its peak electricity needs, and find out how ancient civilizations were using renewable resources more than two millennia before our time. Featuring interviews with energy experts, authors, and engineers, this incisive program examines the benefits of some of the most reliable renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuel, and tidal power. (Released-2006)

Directed by: The History Channel
Running time: 50 minutes



Atomic States

The Atomic States of America journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear power, and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy. From the gates of Three Mile Island to the cooling ponds of Braidwood, IL, the film introduces people who have been on the front lines of this issue for decades: community advocates, investigative journalists, renowned physicists, nuclear engineers, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors, and former government leaders. Based in part on Kelly McMasters' book “Welcome to Shirley,” about growing up in the shadow of the Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, the film explores the evidence for serious health consequences documented by people living in Shirley, as well as near other nuclear facilities. Their concerns call into question who can be trusted to provide truthful information, and how much influence the nuclear industry has over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its decisions. (Released-2012)

Directed by: Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce
Running time: 90 minutes




Wall-E. Disney and Pixar join forces for this computer-animated tale about a wide-eyed robot who travels to the deepest reaches of outer space in search of a newfound friend. The year is 2700, and planet Earth has long been uninhabitable. For hundreds of years, WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) has been taking out the trash, and collecting precious knick-knacks in order to stave off the boredom of his dreary routine. Little does WALL-E realize that he has recently stumbled onto a secret that could save planet Earth, and once again make the ravaged planet safe for all humankind. When highly advanced search robot EVE makes friends with WALL-E and realizes the value of his remarkable discovery, she excitedly races back to let the humans know that there's hope for their home planet after all. But after centuries alone in space, WALL-E can't stand the thought of losing the only friend he's ever known, and eagerly follows her into the deepest reaches of space on the adventure of a lifetime. Along the way, the friendly trash-collecting robot who has always known what he was made for gradually begins to understand what he was meant for. (Released-2008)

Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Running time: 98 minutes

Supported by: Keep Irving Beautiful



Addicted to Plastic

Addicted to Plastic. For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. Addicted To Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there's so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. (Released-2008)

Directed by: Ian Connacher
Running time: 85 minutes

Supported by: Green Business Council




Nourish (Food+Community) – Narrated by Cameron Diaz. What's the story of our food? Where did it come from and how did it get to us? What is the impact of the food choices we make? Nourish vividly illustrates how what we choose to eat - individually and as a society - has an effect around the world, and how making more wholesome choices can improve the health of the environment, our communities and ourselves. With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, Nourish traces our relationship to food from a global perspective and suggests the steps individuals can take to create a more sustainable food system and live more healthful lives. (Released-2009)

Directed by: Kirk Bergstrom
Running time: 26 minutes



Animate Earth

Animate Earth makes the case for a new holistic scientific revolution as an essential step towards solving the environmental crises created in large part by conventional science’s mechanistic view of the earth. 400 years ago the scientific revolution initiated our disconnect from nature. Despite its many benefits, the approach encouraged people to think of nature as something solely to exploit to meet our needs. Now, with current environmental dangers and uncertainties, the film articulates the need for another scientific revolution, one that reconnects us with the planet by viewing the earth as a living system, as an animate being. (Released - 2011)

A Film by Sally Angel and Josh Good
Running time: 43 minutes