Irving's 2013 Eco-Film Fest

North Lake College (in the cafeteria) - 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Thursday, April 18


Water on the Table

Water on the Table features Maude Barlow, who is considered an "international water-warrior" for her crusade to have water declared a human right. "Water must be declared a public trust and a human right that belongs to the people, the ecosystem and the future, and preserved for all time and practice in law. Clean water must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity." (Released-2011)

Directed by: Liz Marshall
Running time: 79 minutes




Grow! profiles a new crop of idealistic young farmers who have turned to the fields for a more fulfilling life, driven also by a strong desire to change how our food is grown. There is an emerging movement of young people, both women and men, who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. No happy with their current lives and what they see as a broken food system, they aim to fix some of the current shortcomings by growing and distributing food locally and in a more sustainable manner. Filmed on 12 different farms during an entire growing season, Grow! provides an engaging and inspiring look at this next generation of farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young people. In the film, they speak of both the joys and the challenges involved in tending the land, and what it takes to be successful as a farmer. (Released-2011)

Directed by: Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson
Running time: 50 minutes



Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle

Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle is a tragicomic tale of the 10-year battle over America’s largest proposed clean energy project – and a microcosm of the obstacles the country faces in the larger struggle to move towards more sustainable forms of energy on a broader scale, or build any large-scale project.  Shot over five years, the filmmakers enjoyed unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the key players on both sides of the controversy. As a result, the film shows it all -- the hearings, the protests, the science, the complexity of the debate, the passion, and often the absurdities that went into each sides’ arguments. (Released-2012)

Directed by: Robbie Gemmel and John Kirby 
Running time: 86 minutes



The Clean Bin Project

The Clean Bin Project follows a couple, Jen and Grant, as they go head-to-head in an uplifting and often-humorous competition to see who can produce the least amount of garbage in an entire year. Their rivalry presents the serious topics of modern consumption habits and waste reduction in a light-hearted, optimistic way that encourages viewers of all ages to consider what simple steps they can take in their own lives and communities. Beyond avoiding toothpicks and making toothpaste from scratch, their competition includes a deeper examination of the sobering problem of waste in North America and how it contributes to major environmental concerns, such as climate change, ocean pollution and others. The film also looks at how and why our consumption habits have changed in the last few decades, contrasting the throw-away culture of today with times not long ago when people were more conscious of the resources they were using.   (Released-2010)

Directed by: Grant Baldwin 
Running time: 77 minutes