Shorts Program: Climate Connections

Permafrost Now

In vast swaths of polar tundra across the globe, permafrost acts as a giant container for carbon dioxide, locking it inside the Earth’s surface and keeping it out of our atmosphere. But only when it’s frozen. Scientists know that permafrost is rapidly thawing, threatening to release enormous amounts of carbon dioxide that could accelerate the effects of climate change drastically. The Woods Hole Research Center’s Polaris Project sends teams of students and advisors to the northern tundra of Alaska, where they meticulously research the permafrost, work on potential solutions, and strive to become the next generation of Arctic scientists.

 

Directed by Stash Wislocki

(USA, 2018, 12 min.)


Becoming Ocean

When climate-change journalist Eiren Caffall is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, she realizes that, like the planet, she is slowly drowning.

 

Directed by Scott K. Foley

(USA, 2018, 9 min.)


 

Lowland Kids

As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on an island that’s been their family home for generations.

 

Directed by Sandra Winther

(USA, 2019, 22 min.)


 

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

They say that when you’re hit by the polar bug, you never leave. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Nobody dies in Longyearbyen, or so goes the rumor. We went to the northernmost city in the world to find out why and stumbled into the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.

 

Directed by David Freid

(USA, 2018, 9 min.)


 

Beyond Climate

Narrated by David Suzuki, this film explores the human and environmental impacts of climate change in British Columbia.

 

Directed by Ian Mauro

(Canada, 2018, 49 min.)


 

Post-screening discussion feat. William Crouse (Producer, Lowland Kids)

Films showing as part of this event