Irving's 2013 Eco-Film Fest

Valley Ranch Library - 401 Cimarron Trail 

Thursday, April 18

Friday, April 19


The 11th Hour

The 11th Hour. With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, and journalist Paul Hawken, The 11 Hour documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film’s premise is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy. The film proposes potential solutions to these problems by calling for restorative action by the reshaping and rethinking of global human activity through technology, social responsibility and conservation. (Released-2007)

Directed by: Leila Conners and Nadia Conners
Running time: 92 minutes



Vanishing of the Bees

Vanishing of the Bees. Honeybees, vital to sustaining our food supply, are mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. This alarming phenomenon, known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), is a serious crisis for commercial beekeepers, whose operations are essential to pollinating hundreds of fruit and vegetable crops worth about $18 billion a year in the US alone. For three years, Vanishing of the Bees investigated the honeybee crisis across the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. Through interviews with scientists and beekeepers around the world, along with animation and stunning cinematography, the film chronicles the rise of CCD and the intensive efforts to find the cause of the disorder and preserve the honeybee population. (Released-2010)

Directed by: Maryam Henein and George Langworthy
Running time: 88 minutes



Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced “nature’s perfect food”; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs. The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed. (Released-2011)

Directed by: Lee Fulkerson
Running time: 90 minutes



Arctic Tale

Arctic Tale is a 2007 documentary film from the National Geographic Society about the life cycle of a walrus and her calf, and a polar bear and her cubs, in a similar vein to the 2005 hit production March of the Penguins, also from National Geographic. It was directed by Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson and is narrated by Queen Latifah. The animal characters named in the movie, "Nanu" the female polar bear and "Seela" the female walrus, are based on composites of animals in their species, as noted at the end of the film. (Released-2007)

Directed by: Adam Ravetch, Sarah Robertson
Running time: 86 minutes

Supported by: Keep Irving Beautiful



A Wild Idea

A Wild Idea explores Ecuador's unprecedented proposal for fighting global warming and preserving a large area of pristine rainforest from oil development – called the Yasuni-ITT Initiative. The film takes the viewer to the Yasuní National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon, capturing the rainforest’s stunning biodiversity and profiling the tribes that live there. Through rich archival footage and commentary from government officials, environmentalists and others, A Wild Idea shows how the seemingly utopian ideal of keeping valuable oil underground turned into an official proposal. The political twists and turns that made the proposal possible could also threaten the success of this revolutionary idea. (Released-2011)

Directed by: Verónica Moscoso
Running time: 26 minutes

Supported by: Keep Irving Beautiful



Shattered Sky

Shattered Sky. Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer "the size of North America." The culprits were man-made chemicals called CFCs, which were prevalent in billions of dollars worth of refrigeration, air conditioning and other products that had revolutionized America's way of life. With doctors forecasting skyrocketing cancer rates if changes weren't made, the stakes were literally "life as we know it." Yet companies remained bitterly opposed to changing their products. Politicians were slow to act. Like with today's CO2 emissions, an invisible compound was threatening the Earth's life-support systems, but a solution seemed beyond reach. Eerily reminiscent of today's energy and climate crisis, Shattered Sky tells the story of how America led the world in solving the biggest environmental crisis ever seen.  (Released-2012)

Directed by: Steve Dorst
Running time: 57 minutes