FILM – Carbon Nation

People pushing up a Wind TurbineCarbon Nation
Category: Climate Change

Release Date: 2011
Duration: 82 minutes
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“Carbon Nation” bills itself as “a climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change”—which makes it the kind of film that even climate-change deniers can get behind.  The movie makes a very simple point: One does not have to believe in global warming to want clean air and water, more jobs, a sturdier economy, and cheaper energy.  In this way Carbon Nation is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film whose optimism and pragmatism are appealing across the political spectrum.  While other films might concern problems, blame and guilt, Carbon Nation is a film that celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.

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FILM – The Last Mountain

Personal standing in fornt of a huge coal truck, trying to stop it.The Last Mountain
Category: Mountaintop Removal Mining
Release Date: 2011
Duration: 75 minutes
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The central front in the battle for America’s energy future, with enormous consequences for the health and economic prospects of every citizen, is the fight for Appalachian coal. In valleys and on mountaintops throughout the heart of the eastern seaboard, the coal industry detonates the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb each and every week, shredding timeless landscape to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities and poisoned water to many. In small town in the West Virginia Appalachians, Massey Energy mining company is about to reduce the last remaining peak—Coal River Mountain—to a pile of ash.  But in the 2011 “The Last Mountain”, the residents of the town are ready to fight back, and with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (this time, apparently, a mountain advocate instead of a river advocate) lending his support, they’re standing up for their land, their children’s future, and their health. Nominated for the Sundance Film Festival, the film will be released June 3rd, 2011.

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FILM – Cane Toads: The Conquest

Two Cane Toads on a log staring at the cameraCane Toads: The Conquest
Category: Invasive Species
Release Date: 2009
Duration: 85 min.

The trailer for “Cane Toads: The Conquest” seems like a lighthearted take on classic horror films—but the move is anything but.  Sure, northern Australia wasn’t attacked by the Blob or the 50-Foot Woman, but for residents, the cane toads have been just as life-changing.  Director Mark Lewis follows the toads as they make their way across the country, using 3D film technology and custom equipment to put together a comic—and powerful—look at the problems of invasive species. The 2010 film was an award nominee at Sundance, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival.

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For a complete listing of environmental films see: Environmental Films.

FILM – The New Frontier: Sustainable Ranching in the American West

Rugged looking cowboy with a herd of cows behind himThe New Frontier: Sustainable Ranching in the American West

Category: Agricultural Ethics
Release Date: 2010
Duration: 27 Minutes

The documentary is co-directed and co-produced by UNT faculty members, Irene Klaver and Melinda Levin, and has been officially selected by the US Department of State for the American Documentary Showcase.
In the face of growing population and increasing development and residential sub-divisions, three ranchers—from Texas, Colorado and New Mexico—demonstrate how they are integrating their ranching into their respective ecosystems, taking care to sustain and maintain the watershed, wildlife migration and the land, while supporting their respective livelihoods.  This film depicts a classic American conceit—the American West and the cowboys and ranchers who settled there—and brings it into 21st century thinking, in which the characters evince an environmentalist’s passion for sustainability and conservation.

For a complete listing of environmental films see: Environmental Films (2006)

FILM – Earth Days

Environmental buttons in the shape of the earth

Earth Days

Category: Environmental History
Release Date: 2009
Duration: 109 minutes

This documentary movie explores the origins of the modern environmental movement in the United States through nine Americans who helped propel the beginnings of the movement through the first Earth Day in 1970 and beyond: Stewart Brand, Paul Ehrlich, Dennis Hayes, Hunter Lovins, Pete McCloskey, Dennis Meadows, Stephanie Mills, Rusty Schweickart, and Stewart Udall. The movie focuses on the revolutionary achievements of ground-breaking environmental activism, as well as missed environmental opportunities. Supplementary website includes teacher’s guide, in-depth interviews, and additional resources.

For a complete listing of environmental films see: Environmental Films (2006)