About DCEFF 365

As part of our effort to bring you amazing environmental films all year round, we recently launched “DCEFF 365.” DCEFF 365 partners with filmmakers, environmental experts, community activists, distributors and venues to host year-round screenings and events around the planet’s most pressing issues.

Upcoming Screenings

There are currently no upcoming year-round screenings.

Check out our 2017 Festival schedule  to explore the upcoming screenings and events scheduled for our 25th Anniversary Festival: March 14-26.

 

Past Screenings

Tuesday, February 28 2017

6:30 pm

Land Beneath Our Feet

This film is part of a three-film series titled 

Director, Producer, Editor: Sarita Siegel

Director, Producer, Writer: Gregg Mitman

Running time: 60 mins

Country: Liberia, United States

Tuesday, November 29 2016

6:30 pm

Seasons

After traveling the world alongside migrating birds (Winged Migration) and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays (Oceans), Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground: the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. With its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.

 

Director: Jacques Perrin

Director: Jacques Cluzaud

Special Guest, Producer: Antoine de Cazotte

Special Guest: Olli Barbe

Moderator: Nina Gilden Seavey

Running time: 96 mins

Country: France

Monday, November 14 2016

7:30 pm

Seasons

After traveling the world alongside migrating birds (Winged Migration) and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays (Oceans), Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground: the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. With its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.

 

Director: Jacques Perrin

Director: Jacques Cluzaud

Special Guest, Producer: Antoine de Cazotte

Special Guest: Olli Barbe

Moderator: Nina Gilden Seavey

Running time: 96 mins

Country: France

Saturday, October 22 2016

6:00 pm

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a defiant community of women lives on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this beguiling yet lethal landscape with an assortment of visitors: scientists, soldiers, and even 'stalkers,' young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic fantasies. The story of the self-described "Babushkas" who chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, speaks volumes about the pull of home, the desire for free will, and the subjective nature of risk.

Co-presented with the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

October 22, 6:30 pm - Block 6 at The Frank Center*

Tickets, $10.00 for block or $40.00 for festival pass.

*Frank Center – 260 University Drive, Shepherd University Campus, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Director, Producer: Holly Morris

Director, Producer: Anne Bogart

Running time: 72 mins

Country: Ukraine

Saturday, October 15 2016

5:00 pm

A Different American Dream

Co-presented with the Margaret Mead Film Festival.

On the edge of the Badlands in western North Dakota lies the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, home to 6,500 members of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. When the largest shale oil field in North America was discovered on the reservation, the explosion of industry brought sweeping changes to daily life. Follow the story of this upheaval and the remarkable attempts of some tribal leaders to save their land and the future of their society.

Running time: 84 mins

Country: United States, France

Thursday, October 13 2016

6:30 pm

Salero

The world's largest salt flat, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni, is a pristine, otherworldly expanse of white. For generations, the only signs of life have been the "saleros" who harvest salt from its radiant surface. This remote region is thrust into the future when Bolivia's leaders embark on a plan to extract a precious mineral found beneath the salt crust, and to build an infrastructure connecting the Salar to the outside world. Salero, a nonfiction feature film, is a poetic journey through the eyes of Moises, one of the last remaining salt gatherers. Set at the dawn of the modern age in one of the most secluded places on earth, Moises' story explores how identity is formed by both tradition and progress.

Director, Producer: Mike Plunkett

Running time: 76 mins

Country: United States, Bolivia, Plurinational State of

Friday, September 23 2016

7:15 pm

Command and Control

From Robert Kenner, director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc., comes a high-stakes documentary thriller—based on Eric Schlosser's critically-acclaimed book of the same name—that reveals the deadly "human error" that led to a little-known accident at the Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. The chilling new documentary explores the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States—a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. A cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism, Command and Control forces viewers to confront the frightening dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

Director, Producer: Robert Kenner

Running time: 92 mins

Country: United States

Saturday, September 17 2016

12:00 pm

Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a children's musical group from Paraguay that plays instruments made entirely out of trash. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the children must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold­ out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

Director: Brad Allgood

Director, Executive Producer, Writer: Graham Townsley

Producer: Alejandra Amarilla

Producer: Juliana Penaranda-Loftus

Producer: Jorge Maldonado

Running time: 83 mins

Country: United States

Tuesday, September 13 2016

8:00 pm

Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a children's musical group from Paraguay that plays instruments made entirely out of trash. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the children must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold­ out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

Director: Brad Allgood

Director, Executive Producer, Writer: Graham Townsley

Producer: Alejandra Amarilla

Producer: Juliana Penaranda-Loftus

Producer: Jorge Maldonado

Running time: 83 mins

Country: United States

Saturday, September 10 2016

12:00 pm

Humpback Whales

Narrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor, HumpbackWhales explores the world of nature’s most awe-inspiring mammals. Set in Alaska, Hawaii and Tonga, and captured for the first time with IMAX® 3D cameras, this ocean adventure offers an up-close look at how humpbacks sing, feed, play and raise their young. Found across the globe, humpbacks were nearly extinct 50 years ago, but are making a comeback. Join researchers as they find out why humpbacks are so acrobatic, why they sing, and why these 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate 10,000 miles every year. A MacGillivray Freeman film presented by Pacific Life.

Director: Greg MacGillivray

Running time: 40 mins

Country: United States

1:15 pm

The Last Ocean

Do we fish the last ocean or do we protect it? The most pristine marine ecosystem on Earth, the Ross Sea has remained free from widespread pollution, invasive species, mining and over-fishing. Home to high concentrations of wildlife and an incredible array of animals, many found nowhere else on the planet, it is teeming with large predatory fish, whales, seals and penguins that collectively comprise the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth. It is a living laboratory providing scientists with the last chance to understand how a healthy marine ecosystem functions. Facing depleted fisheries everywhere else, the fishing industry has found its way south in pursuit of the Antarctic toothfish (sold as Chilean sea bass). Fishers plan to remove 50 percent of the adult toothfish from the Ross Sea and in so doing will destroy the natural balance of Earth’s last untouched ocean. Featuring beautiful Antarctic footage, this film presents the conservationist case and the campaign to counteract the fishing lobby.

Director, Producer: Peter Young

Running time: 85 mins

Country: New Zealand

6:30 pm

A Plastic Ocean

In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre our researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues and eventually consumed by us.

Director: Craig Leeson

Special Guest: Susan Roberts

Moderator: Kevin Finneran

Running time: 102 mins

Country: United States, Hong Kong, United Kingdom

Wednesday, September 7 2016

7:00 pm

When Two Worlds Collide

In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact.

Director: Heidi Brandenburg

Director: Mathew Orzel

Running time: 103 mins

Country: Peru

Wednesday, August 31 2016

7:00 pm

Unlocking the Cage

Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.

Director, Producer, Director of Photography: Chris Hegedus

Director: D A Pennebaker

Subject: Natalie Prosin

Subject: Monica Miller

Running time: 91 mins

Country: United States

Thursday, August 18 2016

7:00 pm

Not Without Us

Not Without Us immerses us in the moving, personal journeys of seven grassroots activists from around the world as they prepare and head to Paris to challenge the 21st session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) that took place in Paris last December.

Director: Mark Decena

Running time: 90 mins

Country: United States

Special Guests:

Wednesday, July 27 2016

6:00 pm

Death By A Thousand Cuts

In Death By A Thousand Cuts, the brutal murder of a Dominican Park Ranger becomes the metaphor for a larger story of increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.

Director: Juan Mejia Botero

Director, Producer: Jake Kheel

Producer: Ben Selkow

Running time: 90 mins

Country: United States

Friday, June 3 2016

Saturday, April 30 2016

2:30 pm

E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men

When biologist E.

Director, Executive Producer, Writer: Graham Townsley

Running time: 92 mins

Country: United States

Saturday, April 23 2016

9:00 pm

Not Without Us

Not Without Us immerses us in the moving, personal journeys of seven grassroots activists from around the world as they prepare and head to Paris to challenge the 21st session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) that took place in Paris last December.

Co-presented with FilmFest DC.

Director: Mark Decena

Running time: 90 mins

Country: United States

Special Guests:

Friday, April 22 2016

6:30 pm

Not Without Us

Not Without Us immerses us in the moving, personal journeys of seven grassroots activists from around the world as they prepare and head to Paris to challenge the 21st session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) that took place in Paris last December.

Co-presented with FilmFest DC.

Director: Mark Decena

Running time: 90 mins

Country: United States

Special Guests:

Friday, April 22 2016

6:00 pm

Project: Ice

Formed by ice, filled by ice, often covered by ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, development and where we’re headed.

Director: William Kleinert

Running time: 118 mins

Country: United States

Friday, April 22 2016

9:00 am

Project: Ice

Formed by ice, filled by ice, often covered by ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, development and where we’re headed.

Director: William Kleinert

Running time: 118 mins

Country: United States

1:00 pm

Project: Ice

Formed by ice, filled by ice, often covered by ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, development and where we’re headed.

Director: William Kleinert

Running time: 118 mins

Country: United States