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Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies



DIVEST! THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT ON TOUR

Directed by Josh Fox, Steve Liptay

Chronicles 350.org's 'Do the Math' bus tour as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.

As world governments struggle to meet the aspirational limit of 1.5¢XC of global warming agreed to at COP21 in Paris, a new campaign is targeting the fossil fuel industry in an effort to withdraw its social license to operate. DIVEST! Chronicles 350.org's 'Do the Math' bus tour across the United States in 2012 as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.

Each night Bill McKibben and special guests laid out the findings in his landmark Rolling Stone article 'Global Warming's Terrifying New Math' and made both the moral and historical case for divestment. Three years later over 500 institutions representing over 3 trillion dollars in assets have committed to divest. The campaign is winning, but with the clock ticking down the question remains: will the victories add up enough to matter?

Featuring Naomi Klein, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Josh Fox, Terry Tempest Williams, Winona LaDuke, Desmond Tutu and Ira Glass.


DVD / 2016 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 77 minutes

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ANTHROPOCENE

Directed by Steve Bradshaw

Examines whether human impact has tipped the planet into a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, with all of its political, social and behavioral implications.

A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - a planet shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it's a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archival footage, award-winning stills and interviews, ANTHROPOCENE proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending. The film has the blessing of Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, who coined the term, and is the first feature film about the Anthropocene. It is now our turn to decide--in this decade--how the Anthropocene will end.

Interviewees include Will Steffen, Erle Ellis, Jan Zalasiewicz, Andrew Revkin, John McNeil, Monica Berger Gonzalez, Eric Odada, Davor Vidas.


DVD / 2015 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 97 minutes

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JUMBO WILD

Directed by Nick Waggoner

A 25-year battle in Canada's iconic Jumbo Valley pits developers of a large ski resort against conservationists, backcountry skiers and First Nations, who revere it as home of the grizzly bear spirit.

At the headwaters of the Columbia River in BC's Purcell Mountains, Jumbo Creek cascades out of deep snowpack, past crumbling glacial ice, wildflowers, and grizzly tracks. The Jumbo Valley has long been revered for its beauty; and to the Ktunaxa Nation, it is known as Qat'muk, home of the grizzly bear spirit.

Part of an important international wildlife corridor, the Jumbo Valley is one of only two areas in North America where grizzly bears can freely roam between Canada and the U.S. But, for nearly 25 years, local people -- First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers -- have fought a large-scale ski resort in Jumbo. Developers face environmental assessments, political roadblocks, and local outcry.

JUMBO WILD highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and ever-increasing development interests in wild places, while bringing to life the passionate fight to protect the Jumbo Valley.


DVD / 2015 / (Grades 7-9, College, Adults) / 60 minutes

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FIERCE GREEN FIRE, A: THE BATTLE FOR A LIVING PLANET (CLASSROOM VERSION)

Directed by Mark Kitchell

The documentary of record on the environmental movement.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization... the film tells vivid stories about people fighting - and succeeding - against enormous odds.

The film is divided into five "acts".

Act 1 focuses on the conservation movement of the `60s, David Brower and the Sierra Club's battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon. Narrated by Robert Redford.

Act 2 looks at the new environmental movement of the `70s with its emphasis on pollution, focusing on the battle led by Lois Gibbs over Love Canal. Narrated by Ashley Judd.

Act 3 is about alternative ecology strands and the main story is Greenpeace's campaign to save the whales. Narrated by Van Jones.

Act 4 explores global resource issues and crises of the `80s, focusing on the struggle to save the Amazon led by Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers. Narrated by Isabel Allende.

Act 5 concerns climate change. Narrated by Meryl Streep.


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 53 minutes

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GROUNDSWELL RISING: PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN'S AIR AND WATER

Directed by Renard Cohen

Documents the opposition from both sides of the political spectrum to the ubiquitous practice of fracking for natural gas, and the health and environmental reasons behind it.

GROUNDSWELL RISING gives voice to ordinary folks engaged in a David and Goliath struggle against Big Oil and Gas. We meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers and individuals across the political spectrum decrying the energy extraction process known as fracking that puts profits over people. This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water, and civil rights.

GROUNDSWELL RISING shows how fracking has contaminated drinking water and jeopardized health and quality of life. Homeowners near wells suffer from respiratory ailments and property devaluation. Reina Ripple, of Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, chronicles mounting ailments related to fracking. A former industry employee shows skin lesions and edema obtained while working with fracking waste.

Grassroots efforts have achieved bans, moratoriums, and referendums on fracking. Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson paves the way forward globally with his Solutions Project for 100% renewable energy. Transcending the genre of environmental film, GROUNDSWELL's passionate stories inspire and empower.


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 70 minutes

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PLASTIC PARADISE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

Directed by Angela Sun

Angela Sun reveals the effects of our rabid plastic consumption as she investigates The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it's become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

Awards
~ Best of Fest Award, Docuwest Film Festival
~ Grand Jury Award, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
~ Best Medium Length Documentary, FICMA, Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival
~ Best Educational Film, Blue Ocean Film Festival
~ Best Documentary, Philadelphia Asian Film Festival
~ Gold Award Winner, California Film Awards
~ Broadcast Award, American Conservation Film Festival
~ Best Environmental Film, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
~ Isla Conservation Award, Catalina Film Festival


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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RACING TO ZERO: IN PURSUIT OF ZERO WASTE

Directed by Christopher Beaver

Follows San Francisco's innovative efforts towards achieving zero waste, thereby dramatically reducing the city's carbon footprint.

Only one third of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. Why? Industry, through its practice of planned obsolescence, plays a major role; our lives are almost totally dependent on unrecyclable petroleum products. In order to reach zero waste, we need to change our relationship to garbage and view the things we discard as resources, rather than waste.

RACING TO ZERO examines our society's garbage practices in terms of consumption, preparation, use and production, and discovers some amazing solutions in San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps to reach zero waste. Cities all over the United States have instituted zero-waste policies of their own, and it is through these mandates that we are challenged to think differently about not only how we handle our garbage, but what it can become.


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 56 minutes

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WEATHER GONE WILD

Directed by Melanie Wood

From floating neighborhoods to massive harbor floodgates, cities around the world are engineering ways to cope with extreme weather events.

Violent stormy weather is a natural outcome of climate change and a warmer planet. WEATHER GONE WILD is about changing the way we live in order to survive a world of superstorms.

WEATHER GONE WILD explores recent extreme weather events and the scientific projections of what we can expect over the next few decades. What can we do to give ourselves the best chance of protecting our homes and families from the weather's devastating effects?

The documentary travels to Calgary, Toronto, New York, Miami, and Rotterdam to detail the dangers of the destructive new weather patterns, and shows the innovative plans in each city trying to engineer their way to a safer future. Everything from farming to the insurance industry to building codes will have to change. How can -- and must -- the average citizen adapt their life to Weather Gone Wild?


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 43 minutes

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WISDOM TO SURVIVE, THE: CLIMATE CHANGE, CAPITALISM & COMMUNITY

Directed by John Ankele & Anne Macksoud

Examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? In discussions with thought leaders and activists, we explore how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

Amongst those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Gus Speth, Stephanie Kaza, Nikki Cooley and Ben Falk.


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 56 minutes

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STANDING ON SACRED GROUND: FIRE AND ICE

Directed by Christopher McLeod

From the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia to the Andes of Peru, indigenous highland communities battle threats to their forests, farms, and faith.

From Ethiopia to Peru, indigenous customs protect biodiversity on sacred lands under pressure from religious conflicts and climate change. In the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, scientists confirm the benefits of traditional stewardship even as elders witness the decline of spiritual practices that have long protected trees, meadows and mountains. Tensions with evangelical Christians over a sacred meadow erupt into a riot. In the Peruvian Andes, the Q'eros, on a pilgrimage to a revered glacier, are driven from their ritual site by intolerant Catholics. Q'eros potato farmers face a more ominous foe: global warming is melting glaciers, their water source. Andes farmers, scientists and visiting Ethiopians struggle to adapt indigenous agriculture to the changing climate.


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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STANDING ON SACRED GROUND: ISLANDS OF SANCTUARY

Directed by Christopher McLeod

Aboriginal Australians and Native Hawaiians reclaim land from the government and the military, and resist the erosion of culture and environment.

Native Hawaiians and Aboriginal Australians resist threats to their sacred places in a growing international movement to defend human rights and protect the environment. In Australia's Northern Territory, Aboriginal clans maintain Indigenous Protected Areas and resist the destructive effects of a mining boom. In Hawai`i, indigenous ecological and spiritual practices are used to restore the sacred island of Kaho`olawe after 50 years of military use as a bombing range.

Featuring Patrick Dodson (Yawuru), Emmett Aluli and Davianna McGregor (Hawai`i), Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Satish Kumar and Barry Lopez.


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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CITY DARK, THE: A SEARCH FOR NIGHT ON A PLANET THAT NEVER SLEEPS

Directed by Ian Cheney

The definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

THE CITY DARK chronicles the disappearance of darkness. The film follows filmmaker (and amateur astronomer) Ian Cheney (KING CORN, BIG RIVER,TRUCK FARM), who moves to New York City from Maine and discovers an urban sky almost completely devoid of stars. He poses a deceptively simple question, "What do we lose, when we lose the night?".

Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawai'i, tracking disoriented hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing birds on Chicago streets injured by collisions with buildings, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights--including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. In six chapters weaving together cutting-edge science with personal, meditative sequences reflecting on the human relationship to the sky, THE CITY DARK shines new light on the meaning of the dark.

The film features stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers including Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, astronaut Don Pettit, neurologist Dr. George Brainard, Harvard Medical School scientist Dr. Steven Lockley, cosmologist Chris Impey, and lighting designer HerveDescottes.

Awards
~ Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
~ Jury Prize for Best Score/Music, SXSW Film Festival
~ New York Times Critics' Pick


DVD / 2011 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 83 minutes

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GREEN FIRE: ALDO LEOPOLD AND A LAND ETHIC FOR OUR TIME

Directed by Ann Dunsky, Steven Dunsky, David Steinke

Explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac) and his land ethic philosophy.

Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the 20th century because his ideas are so relevant to the environmental issues of our time. He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration. His classic book A Sand County Almanac still inspires us to see the natural world as a community to which we belong.

GREEN FIRE explores Leopold's personal journey of observation and understanding. It reveals how his ideas resonate with people across the entire American landscape, from inner cities to the most remote wild lands. The film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land.

GREEN FIRE is the first feature documentary about Aldo Leopold's life and contemporary legacy. It features commentary from conservation leaders including scientists, ranchers, scholars and three of Aldo Leopold's children: Nina, Carl, and Estella. Curt Meine, Leopold's biographer, serves as the on-camera guide, making connections between Leopold's ideas and their expression in the conservation movement today. Peter Coyote gives voice to the Leopold's brilliant writing.

Awards
~ Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary, Chicago/Midwest Chapter
~ CINE Golden Eagle Award
~ Telly Award
~ Best Film: Story and Production, Waimea Ocean Festival
~ Best Cinematography, Duke City DocFest, Albuquerque
~ Archie Carr Award, Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival
~ Special Jury Award, Vision/Voices, Eckerd College Environmental Film Festival


DVD / 2011 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 73 minutes

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HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

Directed by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black

Six young Maya present a wholly indigenous perspective, in which all life is sacred and connected, as they resist the destruction of their culture and environment.

Featured at every Central and South American Human Rights film festival, HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH follows six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life. They put forth a wholly indigenous Mayan perspective in their own words, without narration. Their cosmology, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview.

As giant corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all resources, these Maya reveal their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. they believe they are the guardians of the earth. Each of their stories touches upon a facet of the current global crisis.

Beautifully filmed, the intimate accounts of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Mayan civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate.

Awards
~ First Prize, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, Toronto
~ First Prize/Pukanawi Award, Festival Int'l de Cine de los Derechos Humanos (Bolivia)


DVD / 2011 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 98 minutes

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AGE OF STUPID, THE

Directed by Franny Armstrong

An old man (Pete Postlethwaite) living in a devastated world, watches 'archive' footage from today and asks: Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off, The Usual Suspects) stars as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. He watches 'archive' footage from 2008 and asks: Why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. Pete plays the founder of The Global Archive, a storage facility located in the (now melted) Arctic, preserving all of humanity's achievements in the hope that the planet might one day be habitable again. Or that intelligent life may arrive and make use of all that we've achieved. He pulls together clips of "archive" news and documentary from 1950-2008 to build a message showing what went wrong and why. He focuses on six human stories:

~ Alvin DuVernay, is a paleontogolist helping Shell find more oil off the coast of New Orleans. He also rescued more than 100 people after Hurricane Katrina, which, by 2055, is well known as one of the first "major climate change events".

~ Jeh Wadia in Mumbai aims to start-up a new low-cost airline and gets a million Indians flying.

~ Layefa Malemi lives in absolute poverty in a small village in Nigeria from which Shell extracts tens of millions of dollars worth of oil every week. She dreams of becoming a doctor, but must fish in the oil-infested waters for four years to raise the funds.

~ Jamila Bayyoud, aged 8, is an Iraqi refugee living on the streets of Jordan after her home was destroyed - and father killed - during the US-led invasion of 2003. She's trying to help her elder brother make it across the border to safety.

~ Piers Guy is a windfarm developer from Cornwall fighting the NIMBYs of Middle England.

~ 82-year-old French mountain guide Fernand Pareau has witnessed his beloved Alpine glaciers melt by 150 metres.


2 DVDs / 2008 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 89 minutes

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ARID LANDS

A moving and complex essay on a unique landscape of the American West, the area around the Hanford Site in Washington State.

Arid Lands is a documentary feature about the land and people of the Columbia Basin in southeastern Washington state. Sixty years ago, the Hanford nuclear site produced plutonium for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and today the area is the focus of the largest environmental cleanup in history. It is a landscape of incredible contradictions: coyotes roam among decommissioned nuclear reactors, salmon spawn in the middle of golf courses, wine grapes grow in the sagebrush, and federal cleanup dollars spur rapid urban expansion.

Arid Lands takes us into a world of sports fishermen, tattoo artists, housing developers, ecologists, and radiation scientists living and working in the area. It tells the story of how people changed the landscape over time, and how the landscape affected their lives. Marked by conflicting perceptions of wilderness and nature, Arid Lands is a moving and complex essay on a unique landscape of the American West.

Awards
~ CINE Golden Eagle
~ Audience Choice Award, Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
~ Best Documentary, Ellensburg Film Festival
~ Audience Award for Best Documentary, Sweet Onion Film Festival
~ Best Independent Film and Focus Award, Montana CINE
~ Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
~ Best Environmental Film, Seattle True Independent Film Festival
~ Special Jury Award, Eckerd College Environmental Film Festival
~ "Best of Fest", Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
~ Best Environmental Film, Plymouth Independent Film Festival


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2007 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 98 minutes

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SWIM FOR THE RIVER

Directed by Tom Weidlinger

The story of the Hudson, and the battle to save it, are told as Chris Swain swims the entire length of the river.

Christopher Swain braved whitewater, sewage, snapping turtles, hydroelectric dams, homeland security patrols, factory outfalls, and PCB contamination to become the first person to swim the entire length of the Hudson River from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City.

Swain's experience links together stories of the river, which begins in wilderness and ends in one of the nation's densest population centers. We meet heroes who are fighting to protect the Hudson against a range of threats from industry, inept regulatory agencies, and public indifference. We also see how ordinary citizens can and do make a difference through choices they make effecting the environment, and by joining together around a common cause.


DVD (Color, With 58 Pages Teacher's Guide) / 2006 / (Grades 6-12, College, Adult) / 56 minutes

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RISING WATERS: GLOBAL WARMING AND THE FATE OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

Shows that global warming is already hurting the Pacific Islands.

" We are like the warning system for the whole world to see." Penehuro Lefale, Samoa

For 7 million people living on thousands of islands scattered across the Pacific ocean, global warming is not something that looms in the distant future: it's a threat whose first effects may have already begun.

Through personal stories of Pacific Islanders, RISING WATERS: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands puts a human face on the international climate change debate.

The majority of scientists around the world now agree that global warming is real, and key studies show that the tropical Pacific islands will be hit first and hardest by its effects. The water temperature in the tropical Pacific has risen dramatically over the last two decades, bleaching coral and stressing marine ecosystems. Sea level rise threatens to inundate islands, and extreme weather events -- such as more frequent and intense El Ninos, severe droughts, and mega hurricanes -- could wipe out ecosystems and the way of life that has existed for thousands of years.

"Way before most of these islands go under, they're going to lose their fresh water supply." Anginette Heffernan, Fiji

In the program, islanders show the viewers the physical and cultural impacts caused by global warming. Unusual high tides have swept the low-lying atolls of Micronesia, destroying crops and polluting fresh water supplies. Ancestral graveyards are being destroyed by the impacts of rogue waves and erosion never witnessed before the last decade. An increase in the frequency and intensity of hurricanes is making it difficult for island communities and ecosystems to recover.

"It's very difficult for someone living in the United States to grasp the fact that if the sea level rises just a few feet, a whole nation will disappear." Ben Graham, Republic of the Marshall Islands

But the islanders' stories have not convinced everyone in the rest of the world. Some scientists refute the studies, and business leaders and economists warn that forcing industries to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions will cause a global economic collapse.

While the policy makers and scientists argue about when and how much to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next twenty years, many Pacific Islanders are wondering if they will have a future. One thing is known: the longer emission reductions are delayed, the harder it will be to curb the effects of global warming, and prevent sea level rise from devastating the Pacific Islands.

What, then, should the islanders do? Whom should they believe? Where would they go if forced to leave their homes? RISING WATERS explores what it means to live under a cloud of scientific uncertainty, examining both human experience and expert scientific evidence. The problems facing the islanders serve as an urgent warning to the rest of the world.

Locations include Kiribati, the Samoas, Hawai'I, the atolls of Micronesia including the Marshall Islands, as well as laboratories and research centers in the continental United States. RISING WATERS weaves the portraits of the islanders with historical film and video materials, interviews with top scientists, and voiceover. 3D animation is used to illustrate key scientific concepts.

Awards
~ Special Jury Award, MountainFilm, Telluride
~ Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
~ Second Place Winner, EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Festival


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2000 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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