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78 Days| Bidder 70 | Cafeteria Man | Cafeteria Man: Memphis School Makover | Chasing Ice | Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert | GMOs Make Cats Explode | Go Ganges! | Isidore | Mushroom Man | Neve and Sons | New Gift | Snow Guardians | The Story of Broke: Why There’s Still Plenty of Money to Build a Better Future | The Sustainable Dance Floor | Symphony of the Soil |

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78 Days |Columbia College | November 16, 2013

Tree planting is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs in Canada. Working long days alone in the baking sun of desolate clear cuts, you can expect rain storms, snow covered tents, bears, a relentless bombardment of flies, swamps and mud; that’s tree planting in Northern Alberta. The independent documentary, “78 Days”, follows a camp of veteran tree planters dealing with the harsh working conditions of a never ending contract.

Jason Nardella | 2011 | 62 min. | Canada


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Bidder 70 | Newsome Harlow| April 13, 2013

The choice you are making today is what side are you on. -Tim DeChristopher

Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side.

Beth Gage and George Gage | 2012 | 72 min. | USA


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Cafeteria Man | Columbia College | November 16, 2013 | sponsored by Outer Aisle

Cafeteria Man is a story of positive movement that shows what’s possible in our nation’s schools. It’s about the aspiration of activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, it’s the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen.

Leading the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally-grown, freshly-prepared meals is Tony Geraci, food-service director for the city’s public schools in Baltimore, Maryland. A charismatic chef from New Orleans, Geraci’s bold vision includes school vegetable gardens, student-designed meals, meatless Mondays, and nutrition education in the classroom. Featuring Michael Pollan, First Lady Michelle Obama, and White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass.

Richard Chisolm | 2011 | 65 min. | USA

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Cafeteria Man: Memphis School Makover | Columbia College | November 16, 2013 | sponsored by Outer Aisle

Cafeteria Man: Memphis Makeover is the continuing story of Chef Tony Geraci’s journey to reform school lunch programs nationwide. After the release of the film Cafeteria Man, which chronicled the extraordinary school lunch reform effort that Tony lead in Baltimore, the city of Memphis Tennessee approached him with a deal he couldn’t refuse. That was to work with a community where he would receive the support and the funding to do show what was possible to change the lunch and as it turns out breakfast and dinner programs. Now Tony serves 200,000 meals a day in Memphis, and what a menu it is!

Richard Chisolm, Sheila Kincade | USA, 2012, | 6 min


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Chasing Ice | Columbia College | November 16, 2013

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Jeff Orlowski | 2012 | 75 min. | USA



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Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert | Black Bart Playhouse | March 23, 2013

Countering the notion that deserts are little more than a void to be filled, DESERT DREAMS immerses viewers in a world pulsing with life and beauty year-round. This multimedia tapestry showcases 182 species of Sonoran Desert plants and animals in a seasonal chronology. HD video content and time-lapse imagery captured over four years blends with stills from the filmmaker’s photographic archive compiled over three decades. Using no voice-over, DESERT DREAMS combines natural sounds with a kaleidoscope of flute and percussion vignettes by Gary Stroutsos.

Thomas Wiewandt | 2012 | 52 min. | USA







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GMOs Make Cats Explode | Columbia College | November 16, 2013

Is your pet at risk of spontaneous combustion? The FDA and Monsanto say GMOs are perfectly safe. But are they really? Dramatic footage shows pet cats eating GMO foods and exploding. And experts, as they always do, weigh in.

Ian Truitner and Weetus Cren | 2013 | 2 min. | USA

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Go Ganges! | Black Bart Playhouse | March 23, 2013 | sponsored by OARS

A FASCINATING JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN : Two friends on a quest to travel the ultimate river by any means possible. Emmy nominated and multiple-award-winning filmmakers Josh Thomas and JJ Kelley have made a name for themselves traveling across Alaska’s vast and remote stretches of wilderness. In a fish out of water tale, Josh and JJ take their survival skills to a natural wonder, which hosts a population of 400-million. Enduring the impossible, they attempt to travel the length of the planet’s most populated, holy and polluted river.

J.J. Kelley, Josh Thomas, Ben Gottfried | 2012 | 83 min. | USA/India



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Isidore | Columbia College | November 16, 2013


Founded by Kabira Stokes in 2011, Isidore Electronics Recycling is building a world in which our resources – both human and natural – are valued, not wasted. With electronic waste becoming the fastest growing waste stream in California, Isidore's mission is to make recycling electronics easy and accessible, while creating opportunities for the 120,000 people exiting California’s broken correctional system.

Nick Ligonis | 2013 | 4 min. | USA

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Mushroom Man | Columbia College | November 16, 2013

This is the story of how mushrooms can save the world! Renowned mycologist and mushroom pioneer Paul Stamets harnesses the power of infamous fungi to fight the planet’s leading problems, from developing cures for cancer to destroying toxic radioactive waste.

Leslie Iwerks | 2013 | 4 min. | USA


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Neve & Sons | Black Bart Playhouse | March 23, 2013

In 1922, a newly-arrived Italian immigrant started growing and selling flowers in San Francisco. Four generations later, facing the mounting pressures of a globalized industry, his great grandsons struggle to keep the Neve family in the flower business.

Laura Green | 2012 | 9 min. | USA

neve & sons


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New Gift | Columbia College | November 16, 2013

In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction caused by chemical farming, industrial agriculture and genetic engineering, the film explores the core philosophy of “Navdanya” movement ignited by Dr. Vandana Shiva who believes seed is a gift of life, heritage and continuity and saving seeds leads to conserving biodiversity, knowledge, culture and sustainability.

Supriyo Sen | 2013 | 4 min. | USA

new gift

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Snow Guardians | Black Bart Playhouse | March 23, 2013

An immensely visual documentary on the life and work of Ski Patrol at several Rocky Mountain Ski Resorts as well as the Search and Rescue teams that respond to winter emergencies in the backcountry. The goal will be to capture the hard work and passion of Ski Patrol and snow science experts as they work in challenging, dangerous, yet beautiful locations.

Carson Garner | 2012 | 44 min. | USA


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The Story of Broke: Why There’s Still Plenty of Money to Build a Better Future | Black Bart Playhouse | March 23, 2013

The United States isn't broke; we’re the richest country on the planet, and a country where the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. “The Story of Broke” calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste, education. These are real solutions that can deliver jobs and a healthier environment. It’s time to rebuild the American Dream… but this time, let’s build it better.

Free Range Studios, The Story of Stuff Project | 2011 | 8 min. | USA



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Sustainable Dance Floor | Columbia College | November 16, 2013

An entrepreneur and two engineers in Holland have made it possible to save the planet and have fun at the same time...

Dean Beswick: | 2011 | 6 min. | Switzerland


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Symphony of the Soil | Chatom Vineyard | September 28, 2013 | sponsored by Two Crows Ecological Design Consulting

Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth.

Deborah Koons Garcia | 2012 | 104 min. | USA







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