Irving's 2014 Eco-Film Fest

Earth Day is deeply rooted in a history of education. The first Earth Day event was in 1970, held as a “national teach-in on the environment.” It was groundbreaking in that it brought together people with different beliefs and backgrounds to fight for a single cause. 

To expand knowledge and to once again gather together in common interests, Irving is hosting its annual Eco-Film Fest. This free, four-day event, features eight films to provide event-goers an opportunity to see environmental films.


Friday, April 11
West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road

Saturday, April 12
West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road

Sunday, April 13    
Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theatre, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

  • Chasing Ice - 2:30 p.m. - duration: 84 min.
  • Visit eco-vendors before and after the film.

Wednesday, April 16
North Lake College - Student Life Center, H200, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. 

  • Arise - 1 p.m. - duration: 80 min.
  • Q & A to follow film with discussion

Carbon Rush

The Carbon Rush. This film travels across four continents to investigate the true cost of carbon emissions trading. Are carbon offset projects significantly reducing CO2 emissions, or are they distracting from what is really required to tackle the climate crisis? The groundbreaking documentary examines how carbon trading works, as established through the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism as part of the Kyoto Protocol. (Released – 2012) View trailer.

A Film by: Amy Miller
Running time: 84 minutes



Bat City

Bat City USA. This is the compelling story of the battle over a giant bat colony in Austin, Texas. Thousands of Mexican Free-tailed bats began moving into an Austin bridge in the 1980s after a bridge renovation. The “bat invasion” created a media hoopla and the sensational headlines attracted the attention of Merlin Tuttle, a bat researcher in Milwaukee. Mr. Tuttle moved to Austin to help save the bats, but he faced hostile residents who wanted to exterminate the colony. This documentary is a beautiful portrait of bats and shows the power of one man’s efforts to overcome obstacles. Thanks to Tuttle’s efforts, Austin now loves its bats. (Released – 2012) View trailer.

A Film by: Laura Brooks
Running time: 36 minutes



Cafeteria Man

Cafeteria Man. The USDA estimates that 32 million school kids consume up to 50% of their calories at school, contributing to the obesity epidemic among young people. What does it take to reform school lunch programs and provide healthful, tasty meals to our nation’s kids? Cafeteria Man follows Tony Geraci’s sweeping tenacious efforts to kick-start school lunch reform in Baltimore’s urban school district that serves 83,000 students. Featuring the voices and images of students, parents, administrators, teachers and farmers, the film vividly documents this hopeful story, as well as honestly portraying the challenges. (Released – 2011) View trailer.

A Film by: Richard Chisolm, Sheila Kinkade & David Grossbach
Running time: 65 minutes




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) View trailer.

A Film by: Andrew Nisker
Running time: 76 minutes




IDLETHREAT. Idling engines consume more than 6 billion gallons of gasoline worldwide annually, a significant but little-known contributor to local air pollution, respiratory disease and global climate change. This film is a lively look at one man’s spirited struggle to improve public health by raising awareness about idling’s impact, starting in New York City. Against all odds he succeeds, helping improve local air quality, and in the process gains worldwide recognition for the anti-idling cause. (Released – 2012) View trailer.

A Film by: George Pakenham
Running time: 63 minutes




Oceans by DisneyNature. Journey in to the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. Oceans is a spectacular story, narrated by Pierce Brosnan, about remarkable creatures under the sea. It's an unprecedented look at the lives of these elusive deep-water creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. (Released – 2010) View trailer.

Directed by: Chris Paine
Running time: 103 minutes



Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. (Released – 2012) View trailer.

Directed by: Jeff Orlowski
Running time: 80 minutes




Arise. On every continent, women are taking the lead to protect and restore the natural environment, and are empowering others to respect the earth. Arise presents the stories of a diverse group of women in five countries who have initiated solution-oriented environmental projects in their communities, towns and villages. This film features stunning images, poetry and music by well-known writers and musicians, including Alice Walker and Michael Franti. Through hopeful examples and new models, the women in the film challenge our current way of thinking about the environment, and encourage a shift in values to find a different, healthier way to view our relationship to the earth. (Released – 2010) View trailer.

A Film by: Lori Joyce and Candice Orlando
Running time: 80 minutes