Irving's 2013 Eco-Film Fest

West Irving Library - 4444 W. Rochelle Road

Thursday, April 18

 Friday, April 19

 Saturday, April 20



Dirt! The Movie is narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. DIRT! The Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.” But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT the Movie is a call to action. (Released-2009)

Directed by: Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow
Running time: 80 minutes



Revenge of the Electric Car

Revenge of the Electric Car. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future:  fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. Narrated by Tim Robbins and from the Director of Who Killed the Electric Car?, the film goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors and an independent car converter to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars, following the race to be the first and the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. (Released-2011)

Directed by: Chris Paine
Running time: 90 minutes



People of a Feather

People of a Feather. Biologist and filmmaker Joel Heath spent seven winters in the Artic researching the Inuit and the causes for the declining bird population. Featuring Heath’s groundbreaking footage, People of a Feather takes viewers deep into the worlds of both the Inuit and the Eider duck. Scenes of modern day Inuit families are juxtaposed with re-creations from their ancestors' traditions, providing an in-depth look into one of our continent's oldest civilizations and the modern challenges they face. From a wooden shelter on the Arctic shore, Heath filmed the Eider ducks as never before, witnessing their graceful dives below the ocean for food, as well as the impact of changing ice on their population.  (Released-2011)

Directed by: Joel Heath
Running time: 90 minutes




The Lorax. The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone! (Released-2012)

Directed by: Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda
Running time: 95 minutes

Supported by: Green Business Council



Six Degrees Could Change the World

National Geographic - Six Degrees Could Change The World. By the year 2100, many scientists believe that the Earth’s average temperature could rise by as much as six degrees Celsius. In a compelling investigation, National Geographic leads a degree-by-degree journey to explore what each rising-and critical-degree could mean for the future of our people and planet. Through powerful filmmaking and intimate profile, this special illustrates how global warming has already affected the reefs of Australia, the ice fields of Greenland, and the Amazonian rain forest. With a sobering look at the effects of our world’s insatiable appetite for energy, Six Degrees Could Change the World explains what’s real, what’s still controversial, and how existing technologies and remedies could help dial back the global thermometer. (Released-2008)

Produced by: National Geographic
Running time: 90 minutes



In Organic We Trust

In Organic We Trust follows filmmaker Kip Pastor on a journey to answer the essential questions about organic: What exactly is "certified organic?" Is it really better for us, or just marketing hype? Is organic the key to transforming our food system? The film presents a broad spectrum of views, including interviews with organic farmers, scientists, critics, and health, food and agriculture experts, mixed with creative graphics. Along the way, Pastor learns that what began as a grassroots movement of small-scale organic farmers has turned into a $30 billion industry dominated by large corporate operations, most with little real interest in reforming our unhealthful food system. But in spite of the corporatization of organic, the grassroots philosophy that drove the original movement is making a comeback in many innovative and hopeful forms. (Released-2013)

Directed by: Kip Pastor
Running time:  81 minutes



A Life Among Whales

A Life Among Whales weaves together natural history and biography, A Life Among Whales is a fascinating exploration into the life and work of whale biologist and activist Roger Payne. Payne's electrifying discovery in the early 1970s that whales sing "songs" helped ignite the modern day environmental movement. (Released-2006)

Directed by: Bill Haney
Running time: 57 minutes

Supported by: Green Business Council



In the Company of Wild Butterflies

In the Company of Wild Butterflies. Witness the lives of several species of butterflies as you've never seen them before! Spectacular close up photography reveals details such as the butterflies hatching from their eggs, smelling with their feet, and pushing their heads from their skulls in preparation for molting. You'll see butterflies growing new spines, flying while mated, and eating their skin. You'll discover the dozen ways butterflies use silk to survive in a hostile environment from building houses to spinning silk girdles, pads, and buttons. And you'll learn how to make your garden butterfly friendly to increase our dwindling number of wild butterflies. (Released-2006)

Directed by: Bill Levinson
Running time: 43 minutes