Climate Change Film Schedule and Movie List
September 30, 9am to 4:45pm: “We’re All in This Together”, a climate-change film festival is co-sponsored by the Medford Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA). The groups will present a collection of acclaimed films at the PPA headquarters, in morning and afternoon sessions. Admission is free. You are invited to stay as long as you want, purchase a lunch or bring your own. Beverages are provided. To register and/or reserve a vegetarian wrap (10) call Medford Meeting, 609-953-8914 or email at [email protected] Directions are on www.pinelandsalliance.org PPA web site.
9:30 -11:15 (Barn) Before the Flood -Before the Flood follows Leonardo DiCaprio from the visions of hell in the art of Hieronymus Bosch to the a visit to the Pope, as he travels the globe as the UN’s Ambassador on Climate Change. Along the way the film documents the effects of global warming on the ground, Called “heartfelt” “level headed” and “passionagte” the National Geographic presentation is an overview of our current situation on earth. In one of its best parts, DiCaprio sits down with astronaut/ scientist Dr. Piers Sellers, who has a stage four illness, to come to an understanding of our crisis from the larger perspective of outer space-- with hope.
9:30 – 11:15 (Carriage House) Six Degrees Could Change the World - Degree by degree, National Geographic examines the possible dangers and possible solutions to rapid climate change. Based on a book by Mark Lynas and narrated by Alec Baldwin the film cites changes in climate such as that which allows grape cultivation in England for the first time. All in all, one of the best documentaries on climate change; it has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
11:30 – 12:50 (Barn) Chasing Ice - Both beautiful and alarming, Chasing Ice remains one of the most influential documentaries on the effects of climate change. The film chronicles research scientist Jim Balog’s efforts to chart the pace of the Arctic’s melting ice sheets over time and documents the findings. Filmed by the award winning documentarian, Jeff Orlowski (his latest, Chasing Coral, was released in July)), the heartbreak of malfunctioning equipment and dangerous conditions counterpoints the visually stunning photography and the solid science that results. Chasing Ice has received more than 40 awards. The New York Times said “A solitary quest with global implications--makes Chasing Ice as watchable as it is important.”
11:30 – 12:15 (Carriage House) The Burden: Fossil Fuel, the Military and National Security -The Burden is the first feature length film to tell the story of how oil dependence threatens national security, and how the U.S. military is uniquely positioned to bolster a clean energy economy that will strengthen our national, economic, and environmental security. The troops are crying out, in the words of Gen. James Mattis, “to unleash us from the tether of fuel.” The film presents the serious consequences of maintaining an untenable status quo, while illuminating the economic opportunities offered by a renewable energy economy, all in the name of saving American lives and money.
1:30 – 3:00 (Barn) Cowspiracy -As controversial among environmentalists as it is to climate deniers, Cowspiracy follows Kiop Anderson on his personal journey to find out the one thing he could do best to counter global warming. “Deft pacing, a dry sense of humor and a self-effacing protagonist, make this film eminently watchable” says The London Economic and it won the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 South African Eco Film Festival. Cowspiracy is highly persuasive at an emotional level, however the films assertions that animal agriculture is the main driver of climate change is disputed by the Union of Concerned Scientists and most environmental scientists. A good film to see to challenge your personal lifestyle as well as to understand one side of the argument in measuring the sources of global warming.
1:30 – 3:00 (Carriage House) Time to Choose -Divided into three sections: Coal and Electricity, Oil and Cars, Land and Food, this film succinctly documents the grim facts and then explores what innovators from all walks of life are doing around the world to change the trajectory of our planet. Spanning five continents it focuses on the ordinary and the extraordinary people who are in the vanguard of meeting their energy needs sustainably. Unique among documentaries up to then for its message of hope. “There is simply no reason not to move into a new sustainable world. I believe people are ready for that, and our hope is that Time to Choose will help inspire audiences to be part of this new future.” – Charles Ferguson, Oscar-winning director
3:15 – 4:45 (Carriage House) Beasts of the Southern Wild - Nominated for four Academy awards, called by A.O. Scott of the NYTimes a “blast of sheer improbable joy” this fantasy is rated on some lists as one of the five best environmental films ever. Beasts centers on a young girls determination in defending her home from the encroaching sea but can be seen from many different perspectives as it “blends realism and fantasy, allegory and observation.” The film will be introduced by “locally raised” Hannah Holby who worked with the collective which made the film outside New Orleans.
3:15 – 4:35 (Barn) From the Ashes - National Geographic and Bloomberg philanthropies teamed up to back this examination of the impact of coal on the environment with an emphasis on the human dimension - the impact on miners and their families, on job loss and on retraining - of one of the most dominant and controversial industries in the history of the United States. Said one viewer, “being somebody who is going to grow into the future -- it’s very scary, but I liked that they offered solutions.”