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(75 mins, United States)
Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Folsom, CA to Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while Jamie’s discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audience's discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, Happening explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.
An HBO and Redford Center film. Written and Directed by Jamie Redford.
(27 mins, United States)
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a source of pride for city residents, but every year millions of gallons of sewage seep into waterways that drain to the harbor, threatening anyone who comes in contact with the water. Is the Inner Harbor salvageable? The short answer is yes -- but it is going to take a lot of work.
(88 mins, United Kingdom)
China is the world’s most populated country with more than 1.4 billion people inhabiting its vast and extreme wild lands alongside creatures seen nowhere else in the world. Some of its secrets are still undiscovered…until now.
(48 mins, United Kingdom)
In today’s more violent and volatile climate, animals’ epic battles for survival take on a new urgency as they face intensified wildfires, blizzards, droughts, and downpours. These challenges are too much for some but present new opportunities for others.
(76 mins, United States)
Renowned photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements -- air, earth, fire, and water -- to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining, and the changes in the air we breathe.
(40 mins, United States)
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.
(87 mins, United States)
Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats found right in their own backyards while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
(98 mins, Australia)
Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs traveling by the millions from the jungle toward the ocean, in a movement provoked by the full moon. Poh Lin Lee is a “trauma therapist” who lives with her family in this seemingly idyllic paradise.
(30 mins, United States)
On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wild animals are massacred in wildlife killing contests. Bloodied bodies are weighed and stacked like cords of wood, and prizes are awarded to the “hunters” who kill the largest or the most of a targeted species.
(24 mins, United States)
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight -- to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 12:00 pm, September 17
(83 mins, United States)
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.
(45 mins, United States)
Explores the island paradise of the Maldives -- the lowest lying nation in the world. Due to rising sea levels, this community and its culture are on the brink: "Modern Atlantis." And rather than offering another climate change tale of doom and gloom, the filmmakers celebrate the stories they find.
National Museum of Natural History 1:15 pm, September 10
(85 mins, New Zealand)
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.
(13 mins, United States)
For 15 years, Mozambique was engulfed in a brutal civil war that devastated human and wildlife populations alike. Now, in part by focusing on empowering and educating women, Gorongosa National Park has become a model of successful conservation efforts.
(74 mins, United States)
The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by U.S. lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area's previously modest lobster population has surged.
(76 mins, Ireland)
Thomas is a 55-year-old Irish farmer who lives and works the farm of his ancestors. Threadbare clothes, self-cut hair, and tough, weathered hands reveal a life of land and toil. His next-door neighbor is the world’s largest manufacturer of computer microchips.