Sustainability Film Series

Overburden

March 7th, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Free admission

Former Bell Museum Auditorium
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program Schedule
Food and Tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30
Film Showing | 6:30 – 7:45
Panel and Audience Discussion | 7:45 – 8:30 pm

29 men were killed in Appalachia’s coal country when an errant spark ignited the methane leak in the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010. Overburden tells the story of two women whose lives are deeply affected in the aftermath of this explosion and how they unite to take down a powerful coal company in America. In the words of the director, Overburden aims “to spark conversation that can move beyond the expected and polarizing debates and allow viewers to access an empathetic view of a people and a place that few Americans truly understand.”

 

Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

April 4th, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Free admission

Former Bell Museum Auditorium
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program Schedule
Food and Tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30
Film Showing | 6:30 – 7:50
Panel and Audience Discussion | 7:50 – 8:00

Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas is a documentary film that explores the issue of land grabbing through foreign land investments and exposes their impacts on people’s lives in Ethiopia. The film showcases perspectives of investors, bureaucrats, journalists, environmentalists and especially the small farmers who have been forcibly evicted from their ancestral land and have lost their livelihoods. Ethiopia is the “new green gold” in the commercial rush for farmland, but at what cost?

 

Past Films

City of Trees

February 8th, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Free admission

Former Bell Museum Auditorium
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program Schedule
Food and Tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30
Film Showing | 6:30 – 8:00
Panel and Audience Discussion | 8:00 – 8:45

City of Trees is a film that explores the complex realities of environmental initiatives through the lens of social justice. It follows the story of three individuals employed by a non-profit that aims to better communities in Washington D.C. by improving parks via tree plantation. With this seemingly simple and well-intentioned goal at the center, City of Trees offers the viewers a way to understand the various intricacies of race, class, gender roles and environmental justice that play a role in urban development.

 

 

Luen Hai: Decoding the connection

November 9th, 2017 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Free admission

Bell Museum Auditorium
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program Schedule
Food and Tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30
Film Showing | 6:30 – 7:00
Panel and Audience Discussion | 7:00 – 8:00

Come learn about how America’s addiction to technology impacts the environment and people around the world in this film created by a group of 20 students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota! Read more about them here.

This is the first film in this year’s Sustainability Film Series. Enjoy the documentary from students at St John’s and St Ben’s Extending the Link student-founded film company, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include a student producer, industry expert and government leader involved in the Minnesota Right to Repair movement.

Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/EpSmblk4ZSc

 

The True Cost

Film Screening and Sustainable Fashion Show A collaboration with: U of M and St. Catherine University Apparel Design students, Sol Inspirations and It All Adds Up

April 5th, 2017 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Best Buy Theater – 4th floor of Northrop Auditorium

Program Schedule:

5:00 – 6:00 Light refreshments will be served. Please bring your own serving ware, if possible, to support zero-waste

Tabling and information from student groups

5:00 – 5:30 Sustainable design fashion show by UMN Apparel Design and St. Catherine students and emceed by Alex Detrick, founder and president of Sol Inspirations, a Twin Cities go-to resource center for eco-fashion and ethical style

5:30 – 5:45 Fashion Show judge deliberation

5:45 – 6:00 Fashion Show awards

6:00 – 7:30 Free screening of the documentary True Cost in Best Buy Theater

Before The Flood

February 1st, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Bell Museum Auditorium
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program Schedule
Food and Tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30
Film Showing | 6:30 – 8:00
Panel and Audience Discussion | 8:00 – 8:45

Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

Stay for the panel and audience discussion about local initiatives and ways to be a part of the solution and build stronger communities

Panel Speakers:

Muhammad Jiwa, Outreach Coordinator for Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

Luke Hollenkamp, City of Minneapolis Sustainability Coordinator

Jothsna Harris, Public Engagement Manager for Climate Generation

Elizabeth Braatz, U of M Senior in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management/Pres. of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences

Catching the Sun

March 2nd, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Bell Museum Auditorium

Speaker: Shalini Kantayya, Catching the Sun Filmmaker

Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun captures the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry.  With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands.

Program Schedule
Food and tabling from local and campus environmental groups | 6:00 – 6:30
Film Showing | 6:30 – 7:40
Filmmaker Q&A with audience | 7:40 – 8:30