Center for Sustainability
Georgia Southern University

Environmental Community Cinema

Georgia Southern’s Center for Sustainability hosts an environmental film series each semester with 2-3 films focusing on sustainability issues around the globe. These films are free and open to the public, and hosted on campus (typically Natural Sciences Building 1119 (Old Biology) or the Russell Union Theater). Attendance verification is provided as needed.


2018-2019 Film Series

WASTED! The Story of Food Waste


2017-2018 Film Series

OCEARCH: Global Shark Trackers in the Low Country
Thursday, February 8, 2018 7 PM
1915 Nessmith-Lane Assembly Hall

OCEARCH is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale. In a collaborative environment established by Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer, OCEARCH shares real-time data through OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker, inspires current and future generations of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean, and enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data. OCEARCH has completed 28 expeditions, worldwide. For more information about OCEARCH and to see a real-time map of the animals they are tracking, visit:

The Age of Consequences
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.

SEED: The Untold Story
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 7 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight to defend the future of our food. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Landfill Harmonic
Thursday, April 12, 2018 7 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group who live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra play music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With guidance of their music director, Favio Chávez, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town.

2016-2017 Film Series
Dirty Business
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 7 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)
Featuring stories from China to West Virginia, Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and explores the murky realities of “clean coal” technology. Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film highlights the work of energy innovators and the viable, renewable alternatives they offer in an age of rapid climate change.Tapped
Monday, November 7, 2016 7 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)
As an award-winning documentary, Tapped focuses on communities within Georgia, Maine and North Carolina where large, multinational companies collect large quantities of municipal tap water and turn it into bottled water with a significant retail markup. The film also investigates the millions of gallons of oil that are refined each year in the US alone just for single-used bottles; most of which end up in the trash, buried in landfills, or discarded into our oceans and waterways.Before the Flood
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

As a highly talked about documentary, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take prevent the disruption of life on our planet. This film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. www.beforetheflood.comUnacceptable Levels
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

As an award-winning documentary, Unacceptable Levels focuses on the 80,000+ chemicals adults and children are exposed to through our commerce system. The film investigates how our bodies react to these chemicals and the increase in diseases recently discovered, and how these new discoveries are often kept secret by the government and corporations.
2015-2016 Film Series

Who Owns Water
Thursday, April 14, 2016 7-9PM

1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

There’s a lot at stake on a few big, slow, brown rivers in the Deep South. The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (ACF) is becoming the canary-in-the-coal mine for a looming East Coast water crisis. The Hanson brothers grew up in Atlanta beside the Chattahoochee River. In March 2013, they returned and paddled, together and separately, the 542 miles of the basin from its source in the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. Their journey and the people they meet along the way tell the story of an endangered and essential natural resource.

Racing Extinction
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. RACING EXTINCTION reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

Food Inc.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:30 PM
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

“Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation.” More Information

Terra Blight
November 4, 2015 7:00 PM (NOTE TIME CHANGE!)
1119 Natural Sciences Bldg. (Old Biology)

Terra Blight is a 55-minute documentary exploring America’s consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology.

Terra Blight traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet.

By the film’s end, the audience will never look at their computer the same way again.

2014-2015 Film Series

Eating Alabama

Eating Alabama details the experiences of documentary filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace and his wife, Rashmi, on their commitment to returning to their childhood locales in Alabama and eating only locally and seasonally foods. The

couples’ initial envisions of an idyllic pastoral life of their ancestors becomes more complex throughout their journey. The documentary focuses on the loss between the connection of food and its production to feed a global population.

Vanishing of the Bees
Tuesday February 17, 6:30pm

“Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.”

Tuesday March 31, 6:30pm

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

2013-2014 Film Series

Beneath the Waves Film Festival
Tuesday March 4, 2014

This exciting marine science and conservation event is free and open to the public. It will consist of seven short films ranging from 5 to 15 minutes long that will address both regional and international ocean issues. The films will be followed by Q&A with a panel of ocean experts, including Mary Conley, Director of Marine Conservation for the Southeastern U.S. at the Nature Conservancy; Michael Denmark, Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia and local sport fisherman; Daniel Gleason, Director of the Institute for Coastal Plain Science at Georgia Southern University; Scott Noakes, Research Scientist at the University of Georgia; and George Sedberry, Superintendent of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

The films shown will be provided by Beneath the Waves, Inc., a unique student-run, non-profit organization that has solicited hundreds of films from all over the world and has connected thousands of people from all walks of life and locations with the stories and issues facing our oceans. This is sure to be an educational and enjoyable evening

Oceans of Plastic
Tuesday November 5, 2013

The planet’s oceans are rapidly becoming the world’s trash dump. Every mile of ocean now contains an average of 74,000 pieces of plastic. This “plastic soup” of waste kills hundreds of thousands of animals every year as chemicals trickle slowly up the food chain. In California, conservationists are seeing increasing numbers of whales and dolphins die agonizing deaths, their intestines blocked with plastics and other trash. In Holland, scientists researching the decline of the fulmar bird found plastic in the stomachs of 95% of all samples. In Germany, chemicals leached from plastic have been found to affect the reproductive systems of humans as well animals. What will be the long-term impact of this “plastic pollution?” Can anything be done to clean up our oceans?

2012-2013 Film Series

Solar Mamas: An Independent Lens Film
Tuesday March 5, 2013

Rafea, a 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four, is traveling outside of her village for the first time to attend a solar engineering program at India’s Barefoot College. She will join poor women like her from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Colombia to learn concrete skills to change their communities. This film was presented in partnership with HandsOn SE Georgia, and Georgia Southern University’s Women’s & Gender Studies program. More Information

No Impact Man
Tuesday April 2, 2013

Follow this Manhattan family in their journey to live in New York City without leaving any carbon footprint. Colin Beavan, a writer in Manhattan, was concerned of the future of the environment and decided to set out on an experiment with his family to have a carbon-neutral lifestyle for an entire year. This included no electricity, toilet paper, or motorized transportation, etc. The documentary led Colin to write a book on his ideals and experiences as well as the growing non-profit organization No Impact Project to get others involved in living a No Impact lifestyle. Trailer

Green Fire

An Emmy Award winner for Best Historical Documentary, Green Fire is the first full-length film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. This film was presented in partnership with The School Of Human Ecology, the Recreation and Tourism Management Program, the Recreation Student Association. More Information


2018-2019 Film Series

Last updated: 8/20/2018

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