As the longest running program of its kind in the region, the UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series continues to lend voice to environmental, sustainability, and climate issues affecting our community and the world. Join us each month for a new documentary film and discussion. Free.

For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Sarah Dorsey at sbdorsey@uncg.edu.

August 29 – 6:30 p.m.
Paris to Pittsburgh, 77 mins. 2018
Location: Weatherspoon Art Museum
Discussion leader: TBA

Paris to Pittsburgh brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future – and the Trump administration’s explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement – the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding. National Geographic Digital Films.

September 19 – 6:30 p.m.
Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia, 60 mins. 2019
Location: Alexander Room, EUC
Discussion leader: Dr. Sarah Praskievicz 

Ten years in the making, Hidden Rivers is Freshwaters Illustrated’s newest feature film that explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region, and reveals both the beauty and vulnerability of these ecosystems.

October 17 – 6:30 p.m.
The Human Element, 76 mins. 2018
Location: Weatherspoon Art Museum
Discussion leader: TBA

During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Human activity has now surpassed all other forces shaping our world. Balog’s work has challenged us to contemplate our place in, and responsibility to, the natural world. Balog investigates how altering the elements is in turn affecting everyday Americans right now. The Human Element features subjects who are often overlooked victims of climate change. Balog visits Tangier Island, a fishing community facing the imminent reality of sea level rise threatening their future. We meet Yadira Sanchez and her three children in Denver, Colorado, all of whom suffer from asthma, and attend a special school for children struggling with air. Balog embeds with a Cal Fire strike team on the frontlines of the most expensive wildfire in California history. And he ventures deep into Kentucky coal country, meeting unemployed miners finding hope from a new source. Balog argues that humans are part of the whole system of nature and not apart from it. Knowing this, he finds great hope that the fifth element, the human element, can bring the whole system back into balance.

January 30 – 6:30 p.m.
A Quest for Meaning, 87 mins. 2018
Location: Weatherspoon Art Museum
Discussion leader: TBA

A QUEST FOR MEANING tells the story of Marc and Nathanael, two childhood friends who take an impromptu road trip attempting to uncover the causes of our current global crisis and to discover a way to bring about change.

The two friends invite us to share their quest as they meet with activists, biologists, philosophers, and custodians of ancient traditions. Equipped with nothing more than a tiny camera and a microphone they document some of the solutions that are laying the foundations for a sustainable world. This life-changing journey restores confidence in our ability to bring about change both within ourselves and in society.

February 27 – 6:30 p.m.
The River and The Wall, 97 mins. 2019
Location: TBA
Discussion leader: TBA

Three Texans, a New York ornithologist, and a Brazilian immigrant embark on a 1,200 mile mountain bike, horse, and canoe journey down the Rio Grande to document the US-Mexico border before construction of a border wall and to explore its impacts on immigration, public lands, wildlife, landowners, and border security.  Directed by Ben Masters (Unbranded) and produced by Hillary Pierce (Tower), the SXSW award winning documentary will take you on an unforgettable, hilarious, and gorgeous adventure down one of the most controversial, and often misunderstood, regions in the world: The US-Mexico border. During the three month journey, the team meets with R-Congressman Will Hurd, former D-Congressman Beto O’Rourke, immigrants, border patrol agents, wildlife biologists, ranchers, farmers, and folks on both sides of the border to see for themselves where a physical border wall would actually go and what effects it would have.

March 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Sustainability Short Film Competition
Location: TBA

Since 2006, more than 5,000 attendees have attended to view 60+ documentary films, ranging in topics from consumerism to waste, agriculture to water, and transportation to energy.  Here are some films that have been shown in the past:

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