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A Brief History of the 5-cent Bag Tax | I Am Red | The Joy of Air | The Lightbulb Conspiracy | Maidentrip | My Brooklyn| Right Now: Living with Mountain Lions | River of Eden | Slomo | Tell It on the Mountain–Stories of the Pacific Crest Trail | Uranium Drive In | Vultures of Tibet | Words of Wilderness: 1836–Present | Xmas Without China |

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A Brief History of the 5-cent Bag Tax | Black Bart Playhouse | March 15, 2014

When your city is overflowing with plastic bags, how will you react? Jack Green, head of the Department of the Environment, is on a mission to rid the city of its plastic bag scourge in this short film by DC-based DunkYourBagel promoting reusable bags to protect the environment.

Craig Schattner, Adam Walker, Emil Superfin | 2013 | 2 min. | USA

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I Am Red | Black Bart Playhouse | March 15, 2014

The Colorado River runs 1450 miles across seven states and two countries supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to the sea for six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s. A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon, American River’s Most Endangered River for 2013.


Pete McBride | 2013 | 4 min. | USA


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The Joy of Air | Columbia College | November 22, 2014

From the youngest age, we are taught to believe
That safety is our greatest need.
We created Icarus and his dream of flight
And then walled ourselves with cubicles tight.

In dreams we soar across seasons
Unchained by weight and reason
Unfettered by relentless doubt.
Awake my friend, swing the inner door out
To find a moment without care
Where time stops suspended by nothing more than Air.


Bryan Smith | 2013 | 4 min | USA


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The Lightbulb Conspiracy | Columbia College | November 22, 2014 | Sponsored by Sustenance Books &

The Light Bulb Conspiracy uncovers how planned obsolescence has shaped our lives and economy since the 1920’s, when manufacturers deliberately started shortening the life of consumer products to increase demand. The documentary begins by visiting the longest running light bulb in the world, which has burned continuously for over 110 years in Livermore, California. Initially, light bulbs were built to last. But the film finds historical evidence revealing how a cartel in the 1920’s decided to produce bulbs limited to a maximum life of 1000 hours, making the humble light bulb one of the first examples of planned obsolescence and a model for increasing profits on other products. Shot over three years in Europe, the U.S. and Ghana, The Light Bulb Conspiracy investigates the evolution and impact of planned obsolescence through interviews with historians, economists, designers and manufacturers, along with archival footage and internal company documents. The film profiles several well-known historical advocates -- Bernard London, who famously proposed ending the Great Depression by mandating planned obsolescence, and Brook Stevens, whose post-war ideas became the gospel of the 1950’s and helped shape the throwaway consumer society of today.

Cosima Dannoritzer | 2010 | 53 min | Spain


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Maidentrip | Black Bart Playhouse | March 15, 2014 | Sponsored by OARS

Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker sets out, camera in hand, on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.

Jillian Schlesinger 2013 | 81 min | USA



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My Brooklyn | Columbia College | November 22, 2014

My Brooklyn documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that - despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City - is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As a hundred small businesses are replaced by high rise luxury housing and chain retail, the film uncovers the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural neighborhood change. The film's ultimate question is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean (Producer) | 2012 | 85 min | USA


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Right Now: Living with Mountain Lions | Black Bart Playhouse | March 15, 2014

This high impact music video was designed as an urgent wake up call to spotlight public apathy towards mountain lions. As one of America’s few apex predators, they should be revered, not feared, as popular media portrays. The video challenges us to consider and respect the wild animals around us as we–and they–go about our daily lives. WE have become disconnected from nature. WE are causing the decline in puma populations, and with them goes a healthy ecosystem, which WE also need for our own survival. Some people care. Most people don’t. How can we turn this thing around?

Rob Whitehair, Zara McDonald | 2013 | 5 min. | USA

www.felidaefund.org | www.bapp.org | www.mountainlion.org


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River of Eden | Columbia College | November 22, 2014

The Upper Navua in Fiji is also known as The River of Eden or Tropical Grand Canyon. It is one of the only protected rivers in the South Pacific and its conservation was driven by a small rafting company and nine local families: OARS.

Pete McBride | 2014 | 3 min. | USA

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SLOMO | Columbia College | November 22, 2014

Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

Josh Izenberg: | 2014 | 16 min. | USA


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Tell It on the Mountain–Stories of the Pacific Crest Trail | Newsome Harlow Tasting Room | April 19, 2914 | Sponsored by Sol Sierra

Tell it on the Mountain is part adventure film, part documentary, and part video journal. It follows a diverse cast of characters as they undertake a life-changing journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, a string of trails running from the US-Mexico border, through the heart of California, Oregon and Washington, and ending seven miles into Canada.

Lisa Diener, Shaun Carrigan | 2013 | 119 min. | USA


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Uranium Drive-in | Chatom Vineyard | September 27, 2014

The promise of jobs from a proposed uranium mill has an economically devastated mining community in Colorado hopeful for the first time in decades. When environmentalists step in to stop the mill, pro-mill advocates are enraged. A debate ensues, pitting jobs against health and the environment. Without judgment, both sides of the issue are brought to life in heart-wrenching detail as the film follows conflicting opinions and visions for the future. The film offers no easy answers but aims instead to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue.

Suzan Beraza | 2013 | 70 min. | USA


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Words of Wilderness: 1836–Present | Columbia College | November 22, 2014

Thanks to the visionaries who saved some wild country. In 50 years how you have grown: From Nine to 110 million acres. Words by Edward Abbey, Aldo Leopold, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir and Wallace Stegner Words read by Duke Beardsley.

Pete McBride | 2014 | 3 min. | USA


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Xmas Without China | Black Bart Playhouse | March 15, 2014 | Sponsored by Dr. Dorit Eliou

Two families living in the same community collide when pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge the Jones family to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products.

Alicia Dwyer, Tom Xia | 2013 | 63 min. | USA

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