New DVD: Saving The Life Keepers

UNSaving the Life Keepers, is a 62 minute documentary about the new science of sustainable  beekeeping from Monde Films.  The goal is to empower and educate local citizens, farmers, small  and large businesses  – as well as those involved in beekeeping – on how to help protect and preserve bee populations globally. The documentary states it offers practical solutions such as :   utilizing the biodiversity of plants, mass plantings of protein rich flowers, Queen bee organic mating yards,  how to fight bee parasites  and diseases without chemicals and antibiotics  and   how beekeepers work successfully with productive  and resistant Africanized bees.   This documentary was an official selection of the Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague 2013 Watch the trailer below to find out more:

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Switch

switch-headerCheck out the movie “Switch,” which explores a wide variety of future energy options. The Geological Society of America, American Geosciences Institute, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Verizon Foundation are funding this for educational organizations and institutions by the Switch Energy Project (http://switchenergyproject.com/).  All they ask is that when it is shown, you report the number of people who attended.

Also check out their efficiency tips page –  some great ideas broken down by easy, medium and hard (for the champions among us!) and by category like water, food,office, etc.

Free streaming in May for film Mother

On Earth Day and continuing throughout the month of May, the film by Tiroir A Films entitled   Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011) will be FREE online  to view! Find out more about this 69 minute film throuhg facebook, twitter or the website.

Their Synopsis… After being pushed into the shadows by converging societal forces, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion connects the dots between population growth and humanity’s most pressing social and environmental problems.  In the film, Beth, a children rights activist and mother, helps the audience navigate through the complexities of the population issue and its barriers.  Grounded in the theories of social scientist Riane Eisler, Mother is a gentle treatment of a complex issue that urges humanity to work together to bring about a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Watch the trailer:

Mother Caring for 7 Billion – Teaser from Tiroir A Films on Vimeo.

Tapped Documentary

Have you heard of the Tapped documentary –  about big business water bottle industry? The trailer is great and can be viewed on Youtube. Check out more info at the Tapped the Movie website. A film to add to your library’s collection or offer a showing of it in the library!

Quotes from Colorado Daily.com:

“Every day, 30 million single-serve bottles end up in the land fill and a lot of the time our recyclables are being exported to other countries because we don’t have the capacity to recycle all of them,” said Stephanie Soechtig, the director of “Tapped.”  …. “You are led to believe that you are getting a pure product that is safer than tap water,” said Soechtig. “But what you are really getting in the case of BPA is a chemical that was originally invented as a synthetic estrogen, so you aren’t getting a clean product.”

Hungry for Green: Feeding the World Sustainably

Last week, my university (UNCG)  hosted the North Carolina premier of  “Hungry for Green: Feeding the World Sustainably,” a film written and directed by UNCG Professor Matt Barr and narrated by George McGovern about the interconnections between feeding the world’s hungry and making agriculture more organic and sustainable. It was shown as part of our Sustainable Film & Discussion Series but on  special night in collaboration with others on campus and in the local community.   Before the film began, various tables were set up outside the auditorium with local sustainable folks showcasing their wears or promoting their services – demonstrating how sustainability is a collaborative effort. The film includes interviews and shots from the Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell SD) hosted 2008 McGovern Conference of the same name. Former presidential nominee and Senator George McGovern was at our event and spoke and participated in a post film discussion to a packed audience. McGovern eloquently, with honesty and humor, discussed his past experiences of seeing hunger around the globe that lead him to become a leader of feeding the world’s hungry. For more information on the UNCG event, read the notes from the event (PDF) or listen to the podcast interview with director Matt Barr. I highly recommend this film to be a part of any film and discussion series at your library. It can be purchased through the Unheard Voices Project (along with other great documentaries from Barr like Wild Caught)  and community screenings welcomed.

Must Watch Film: Earth Days

posterLast night we hosted the first of our monthly Sustainability Film & Dialogue Series for the year and showed the film Earth Days an informative, fascinating look at the the start of the environmental movement in the US from the 1950s to today –  before going green was in the mainstream; when it was a bipartisan topic; when (pre-internet !) grassroots youth efforts organized the first Earth Day in 1970.

Personally I wish I could get everyone to watch this film. It’s an educational look at history of conservation movement, in a non-preachy, realistic way as eco-activists – including scientists, astronaut, politicians  – tell their stories, loaded with beautiful imagery and historical footage.  Hear about the technological innovations people in this country were doing years ago (did you know GM was making an electronic car 50 years ago?!); the political realization of the environmental movement in the 70s (Nixon creating the EPA;  Carter putting solar panels on the white house ); the sadness of loosing years of eco-efforts as political leaders changed (Regan removing the solar panels); how we still haven’t learned from the past (remember OPEC embargo of the early 70s when politicians said lets not rely on oil and look at other sources for renewable energy …. what happened?!)

So, as the 40th anniversary of Earth Day is only 10 months away, think about hosting this film at your library followed by a lively discussion… maybe people in your community will become inspired again or at least educated – and realize we are only harming ourselves, our kids, and future generations by not taking this concept seriously. Watch the trailer for more information.

Live Online Film this weekend

Live online broadcast of film  In Transition:from oil dependency to local resilience this weekend:  Saturday May 23rd at 1:45pm GMT (9:45am EST) — at the same time as the film is being shown at the Transition Network Conference in London. The DVD will be available later in the year. Watch it this weekend live.

Synopsis: ‘In Transition’ is the work of film director Emma Goude with production by Smith and Watson, and with input from Transition communities around the world (read more about the story of the film). The film is an hour-long documentary about Transition stories of communities creating their own currencies, setting up their own pubs, planting trees, growing food — and responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, compassion and genius. “You’ll see local authorities getting behind their local Transition initiatives, and get a sense of the scale of this emerging movement. It is a story of hope, and it is a call to action,” writes Rob Hopkins.

info from the TransitionColorado ning