Irving's 2013 Eco-Film Fest

Nimitz High School - 100 W. Oakdale St. (library)
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Thursday, April 18

Friday, April 19

Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature profiles the inspirational work of individuals recognized with North America’s top environmental prize for youth, the Brower Youth Award. Their stories illuminate our world’s most pressing environmental challenges, including climate change, deforestation, air and water pollution, destructive mining, and much more, all through the lens of youth ages 13-22, who are forging solutions and building grassroots movements for change.

Running time: 50 minutes



Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home is a feature documentary about how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time. Concerned for the future of his new baby boy Sebastian, writer director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family, the McDonalds, and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. He then takes them on a journey to find out where it all goes and what it’s doing to the world. From organic waste to the stuff they flush down the potty, the plastic bags they use to the water they drink out of bottles, the air pollution they create when transporting the kids around, to using lights at Christmas, the McDonalds discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects them and the entire planet. (Released-2007)

Directed by:  Andrew Nisker
Running time: 76 minutes

Supported by: Green Business Council



The Big Energy Gamble

The Big Energy Gamble. As Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger launches a dramatic and controversial program to slash carbon dioxide emissions and promote energy efficiency. NOVA explores the pros and cons of California's bold approach, which calls for improvements in energy efficiency in homes and commercial buildings; increased reliance on renewable power sources, primarily solar and wind; and major upgrades in car mileage. Hear from Governor Schwarzenegger, skeptics and supporters of the plan, and ordinary citizens and businesspeople whose lives are impacted. Among those interviewed is Steven Chu, who went on to become the U.S. Energy Secretary in the Obama Administration. (Released – 2009)

Produced by: NOVA
Running time: 52 minutes




Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences; food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. (Released – 2009)

Directed by: Ana Sofia Joanes
Running time: 70 minutes



National Geographic Human Footprint

National Geographic – Human Footprint. Have you ever thought about how much food, everyday products, and fuel you’ve consumed during the course of your life? In National Geographic’s new program, Human Footprint, you’ll find out that it’s a lot. From our cars to our clothes dryers to our disposable toothbrushes, our impact on planet Earth is astonishing.  Whether you’re a child who drinks milk or an adult who enjoys a bottle of wine, Human Footprint takes a phase-by-phase journey through life to illustrate the enormous imprint every American makes during his or her time on Earth. Incorporate surprising facts with playful visuals, this enlightening portrait revels our level of consumption-and the simple changes we can all make to reduce our negative impact on the world. (Release – 2008)

Produced by: National Geographic
Running time: 90 minutes



FernGully - The Last Rainforest

FernGully – The Last Rainforest. Environmentally friendly animated film with a strong message that doesn't club anyone over the head--but it certainly can't be missed. Zak (voiced by Christian Slater) is a heavy-machine operator whose job is to push over any vegetation in his path. He's shrunken to wee size, however, when Crysta (Samantha Mathis), a fairy of the forest, not only finds him cute but wants him to see the results of his handiwork. They end up battling Hexxus, an evil force imprisoned in a tree, which now wants to destroy all of FernGully. Robin Williams offers genuine comic relief as a bat named Batty Koda. (Released – 1992)

Directed by: Bill Kroyer
Running time: 76 minutes



An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Al Gore's
personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. "Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message," said Guggenheim. An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. "It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely," said Gore. (Released – 2006)

Directed by: Davis Guggenheim
Running time: 118 minutes



So Right, So Smart

So Right, So Smart profiles companies on the cutting edge of more sustainable business practices who are proving that being environmentally friendly is both good for the earth and good for business. Their inspiring stories of leadership and innovative change provide hopeful models for the larger business community and other institutions. The primary focus of the film is a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of Interface Inc., a global carpet manufacturer led by Ray Anderson, one of the early pioneers of green business practices. In 1994, Anderson read Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce and had an epiphany: the planet was in crisis and his business was contributing to the problem. Since then, Anderson has spearheaded an often-challenging effort to transform Interface to a "restorative enterprise," and has become an inspiration to other businesses. Working with heart and commitment, Interface surrounded itself with some of the top experts in sustainability to educate and hold the company accountable. (Released-2009)

Directed by: Justin Main and Guy Noerr
Running time: 86 minutes



Power Shift - Energy + Sustainability

Power Shift – Energy + Sustainability. Narrated by Cameron Diaz, this lively four-part program circles the globe, exploring the remarkable ways that energy touches our daily lives. Cleverly weaving together the lives of astronauts in the Space Station, villagers in the Amazon, and an actress in Hollywood, the film examines vital energy issues and suggests ways that students can help contribute to a sustainable energy future. In Connections, viewers discover how energy links us as a global community. Cradle to Cradle profiles architect William McDonough, a Time magazine "Hero of the Planet," and his innovative green building designs. Energy Path answers the question, “When I turn on the light in my room, where does the electricity come from and how does it reach me?” Be the Difference encourages personal action steps such as requesting renewable energy from utilities, driving hybrid cars, and buying energy-efficient appliances. Power Shift serves as a terrific thought-starter and discussion tool for sparking a conversation around energy, sustainability and practical ways we can each make a difference. (Released-2004)

Running time:  26 minutes



Climate Refugees

Climate Refugees is the first feature film to explore in-depth the global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences. The filmmakers traveled the world for nearly 3 years to document the impact of climate change, witnessing inhabitants of countries forced to leave their homes by climatic events with little or no protection. The film features a variety of leading scientists, relief workers, security consultants, and major political figures, including John Kerry and Newt Gingrich. All make a strong case that, whether human-caused or a product of nature, the changing climate is already creating humanitarian disasters and will inevitably lead to worldwide political instability. (Released-2010)

Directed by: Michael Nash 
Running time: 86 minutes

Soylent Green

Soylent Green. Richard Fleischer directed this nightmarish science fiction vision of an over-populated world, based on the novel by Harry Harrison. In 2022, New York City is a town bursting at the seams with a 40-million-plus population. Food is in short supply, and most of the population's food source comes from synthetics manufactured in local factories. The dinner selections being a choice between Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow, or Soylent Green. When William Simonson (Joseph Cotten), an upper-echelon  executive in the Soylent Company, is found murdered, police detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) is sent in to investigate the case. Helping him out researching the case is Thorn's old friend Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson, in his final film role). As they investigate the environs of a succession of mad-from-hunger New Yorkers and the luxuriously rich digs of the lucky few, Thorn uncovers the terrible truth about the real ingredients of Soylent Green. (Released-1973)

Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Running time: 97 minutes