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Sustainability Film Series

*This film series was for fall 2010 only. If you would like to see any of the films shown there are copies in Media and Reserve Services in the basement of the Herman B. Wells library. Please feel free to use the resources at the bottom of this page for more information about sustainability. Thank you for your interest. *

Encore Film Showing!

Come see the movie Gasland. Due to your overwhelming support of this series we are please to announce an additional showing. This showing will be part of the filmmakers Gasland on Campus event where the film will be shown simultaneously on college campuses nationwide with a special Q&A webcast with Director Josh Fox after the showing.

 Film Title
 Date  Time  Location  Guests
 Gasland  Wednesday, December 1st

 8-11 pm

(doors will open at 8)

 Fine Arts Building


 Live Q&A webcast

with Director Josh Fox

Gasland is a new important documentary which we think you need to see! Natural gas companies across the country are buying people's land to employ a new technique of gas extraction which involves mixing and undisclosed variety of toxic chemicals into water that is then pumped into wells miles beneath the ground. The effects of hydro-fracking on water quality are disastrous everywhere it has been attempted.

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                In honor of this fall's Themester topic of Sustainability,  the Media & Reserve Services department is hosting a documentary film series at the Herman B. Wells Library relating to 5 different aspects of sustainability: the freshwater crisis, overfishing and species loss, our dependence on foreign oil and the American way of life, the food industry, and pollution/waste.

The following is a list of the shows and showtimes:

 Film Title
 Time  Location  Guests
 Addicted to Plastic
 Wednesday, September 15th
7:30 - 9:30 pm

 Wells Library

rm 043

 The End of Suburbia
 Wednesday, September 29th
7:30 - 9:30 pm

 Wells Library

rm E174

 Professor Maurice Manning

 and Coal Free IU

 The Cove
 Wednesday, October 13th
7:30 - 9:30 pm

 Wells Library

rm E174

Student representative:

Sabena Siddiqui

of Revitalizing Animal Well-being (RAW)

 Flow: For the Love of Water
 Wednesday, October 27th
7:30 - 9:30 pm

 Wells Library

rm E174

 Food, Inc.
 Wednesday, November 10th
7:30 - 9:30 pm

 Wells Library

rm E174

 Chef Alan Simmerman

or a Bloomingfoods Representative



Addicted to Plastic:


          Addicted to Plastic: The Rise and Demise of a Modern Miracle directed by Ian Connacher is a documentary feature length film look at the world’s most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. From Styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence than synthetics. But such progress has had a cost. For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. The unfortunate fact is that no organisms can biodegrade plastic, so this means that every piece of plastic that was ever made (except for a small amount that has been incinerated) still exists. Addicted to Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there's so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up.      


          Addicted to Plastic is a point-of-view style documentary that encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The United Nations claims there are 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean. A whopping 80% of plastics in the ocean originate from land. The film details plastic's path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions - which include plastic made from plants - will provide viewers with a new perspective about our future with plastic. Unfortunately, there is clearly inadequate plastic recycling infrastructure in most countries around the world. Aside from individual business people and the odd company around the world who are taking responsibility for plastic consumption by creating clever reycling businesses (such as turning plastics into railway ties, plastic flower pots, jackets or handbags), little responsibility is taken for global plastic consumption, the vast majority of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans and landfills.


         Addicted to Plastic contains a wide variety of interviews with plastic activists and experts, scientists around the world, the American Chemical Council, recycling plant managers and business people that are recycling plastics for profit.


          It will definitely make you think twice about buying another plastic water bottle!


Addicted to Plastic is directed by Ian Connacher and Produced by Cryptic Moth Productions.


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The End of Suburbia:


         Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too the suburban way of life has become embedded in the American consciousness. Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream. But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil, when the automobile became the center of the way people lived and an era when people wanted to escape the inner city to a more pastoral or rural way of life. However the suburbs quickly evolved into a merely a place to live that had neither the benefits of rural or urban life, and where one was reliant on an automobile both to travel elsewhere and even travel within the neighborhood. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary. The suburbs are not only dependent upon cheap energy, but also reliable energy. The reliability of energy is becoming less so as demonstrated by the multi-day blackout of the North American Eastern Seaboard starting on August 14, 2003. The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. Part of the problem of getting out of the suburban mentality is that a generation has grown up believing it to be a normal way of life, and a life of entitlement, which they will not give up without a fight. But many developers and planners and some of the general public understand the want and need to make the way the collective we live in a more walk-able and humanistic manner. 


          What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to stop the unsustainable living that is causing The End of Suburbia?


The End of Suburbia is written and directed by Gregory Greene and produced by Barry Silverthorn.


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The Cove:


In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan lies a shocking secret that a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep hidden from the world. In Taiji, Japan, former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O'Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation "Flipper." But his close relationship with those dolphins, the very dolphins that sparked a global fascination with trained sea mammals that continues to this day -- led O’Barry to a radical change of heart. One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures must never be subjected to human captivity again. This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast. But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and "Keep Out" signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt.

The nature of what they do is so chilling, and the consequences are so dangerous to human health that they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it. Undeterred, O’Barry joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to get to the truth of what’s really going on in the cove and why it matters to everyone in the world. With the local Chief of Police hot on their trail and strong-arm fishermen keeping tabs on them, they will recruit an Ocean’s Eleven-style team of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers, and world-class free divers who will carry out an undercover operation to photograph the off-limits cove, while playing a cloak-and-dagger game with those who would have them jailed. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope and a call to action to stop the brutal slaughter of these magnificent creatures.

            The Cove is directed by Louie Psihoyos and produced by Paula DuPre Pesmen and Fisher Stevens. The film is written by Mark Monroe.

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Flow: For the Love of Water:


          “Flow” dives into our planet’s most essential resource — and third-largest industry — to find pollution, scarcity, human suffering and corporate profit. And that’s just in the United States.


          An award-winning documentary, it investigates what is perhaps today’s most pressing problem:The World Water Crisis. Irena Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Yet Irena Salina’s astonishingly wide-ranging film is less depressing than galvanizing, an informed and heartfelt examination of the tug of war between public health and private interests. From the dubious quality of our tap water (possibly laced with rocket fuel) to the terrifyingly unpoliced contents of bottled brands (one company pumped from the vicinity of a Superfund site), the movie ruthlessly dismantles our assumptions about water safety and government oversight. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?" 


          Still reeling, we’re given a distressing glimpse of regions embroiled in bitter battles against privatization. In South Africa, villagers drink from stagnant ponds, unable to pay for the water that once was free, and protesters in Bolivia — where waste from a slaughterhouse is dumped into Lake Titicaca — brave gunfire to demand unrestricted access to potable water. And lest we begin to comfort ourselves with first-world distance, Ms. Salina cleverly frames this section with the protracted conflict between the residents of Mecosta County, Mich., and the gluttonous demands of a Nestlé bottling plant. Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround. Naming names and identifying culprits (hello, World Bank), “Flow” is designed to awaken the most somnolent consumer. At the very least it should make you think twice before you take that (unfiltered) shower. 


          On December 10th, 2008 FLOW was invited to screen at the United Nations as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, however the right to fresh water is still not part of the document and fresh water, very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet, is still not available to everyone.


Flow is directed by Irena Salina and produced by Steven Starr.


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Food, Inc.:



In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Many of the changes are based on advancements in science and technology, but often have negative side effects. The answer that the companies have come up with is to throw more science at the problems to bandage the issues but not the root causes. With dramatic footage and haunting images this documentary addresses all these problems and more. It will definitely make you rethink what you’re putting in your mouth. With a call for a return to good food and consumer awareness, Food, Inc. provides an insightful look into where our food comes from and how messed up the food industry is.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.


Food Inc., is directed/ produced by Robert Kenner and, co-producer Eric Schlosser.
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