Films and DVDs



Living in a Warmer World Interview Series

YouTube videos featuring Dr. Camille Parmesan, Professor of Integrative Biology, U-of-TX, Austin. In this series of short, YouTube videos, you will hear food for thought and concrete steps that can taken in response to climate change. Videos include: Climate Change as a Chronic Condition, making the link between our reaction to global warming, and learning about a chronic health condition. Small Changes, Big Impacts, gives a sense of how important it is to understand how day-to-day decisions impact the climate. The third video in the series, Working Together, Locally and Globally, explores the level of global and local coordination required to respond to climate change. Each video is accompanied by a page with positive steps that can be taken.

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Nourish
(30 minutes, DVD), narrated by Cameron Diaz

With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, Nourish traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps. Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice. In addition to a half-hour television special, the Nourish DVD includes a collection of 11 short films. Among the offerings: “Supermarket Secrets” with Michael Pollan, “Edible Education” with Alice Waters, and “Herbs” with Jamie Oliver. Appropriate for all ages. Special thanks to the Nourish Initiative (a Program of WorldLink) for its partnership on Cool Harvest. This video is one of the companion videos for IPL’s Cool Harvest program.

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Journey of the Universe
(60 minutes, DVD), narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme

Ask acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme about our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe, and his insights will light up the night skies. As our host, co-writer, and fellow traveler, he shares his infectious curiosity about life’s biggest questions in the epic Journey of the Universe. The film weaves a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Swimme connects such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago – to the invisible frontiers of the human genome – as well as to our current impact on Earth’s evolutionary dynamics. From the Big Bang-to the epic impact humans have on the planet today-this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis.

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Dirty Business

Dirty Business
(90 minutes, DVD)

Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative energy future.

Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to remain dependent on a 19th century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases. Can coal really be made ‘clean’? Can renewables and efficiency be produced on a scale large enough replace coal? The film seeks answers in a series of stories shot in China, Saskatchewan, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada and New York.

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Covenant & Fighting Goliath
(34 minutes, DVD, narrated by Robert Redford)

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Covenant is a short film about people of faith from diverse religious traditions coming together to fight for clean air. In 2006, 19 conventional coal-fired power plants were proposed to be built in Texas and were being fast-tracked by the Governor.

Covenant illuminates how a handful of religious leaders – The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham (President, The Regeneration Project’s Interfaith Power & Light Campaign), Mary Darden (Baptist Deacon), Rabbi Steve Folberg, Bee Moorhead (Director, Texas Interfaith Power & Light), Texas State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson, and Suzii Paynter (Director, Christian Life Commission, Baptist General Convention of Texas) – put their faith into action and helped organize a grassroots movement that eventually led to a reduction in proposed plants, which went from 19 down to 11.

While Covenant was produced as short stand-alone film, it was also intended to serve as an introduction to longer award-winning film on the same subject, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars. Copies of Covenant and Fighting Goliath are available on DVD for faith communities to use as a starting point for discussion and action on global warming.

Fed Up

(92 minutes)

This film explores childhood & adult obesity and threat from Big Sugar — Fed Up is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth), Fed Up will change the way you eat forever. The film focuses on the real causes of obesity in the US, presenting evidence showing that large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root cause of the problem. It points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts by parents and schools to protect our children’s health.

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A Place at the Table
(84 minutes)

A Place at the Table is a documentary that shines a light on the hunger, malnutrition and “food insecurity” that is plaguing 50 million American’s, 17 million whom are children. The next chapter on America’s food crisis from the people that brought you Food Inc., A Place at the Table offers a powerful portrait of hunger in America and the absurdity of a food system that produces millions of tons of food that goes to waste while simultaneously leaving millions of Americans without enough to eat. It shows that while hunger is a growing epidemic in the US, we can fix it as we nearly did in the 1970’s, if enough people demand change.

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Renewal
(90 minutes or 8 sections of 10-15 minutes, DVD)

Across the nation, people of faith are standing up for the environment. Evangelical Christians are fighting mountaintop removal, a coal mining process that is decimating Appalachia. Muslims are supporting sustainable farming. Jews are helping children experience the bond between nature and spirituality. Interfaith Power and Light is mobilizing people of all faiths in a religious response to global warming. For the first time, the combined energy of these diverse activists is the driving force behind a feature-length documentary, entitled RENEWAL. Veteran film producers Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller have crisscrossed the country to capture these exciting stories of people whose passion and deep moral commitment are making a difference in a time of grave ecological threats.

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Bill Moyers on America: Is God Green?
(55 minutes, DVD), host Bill Moyers

This documentary features Bill Moyers and his team of investigative journalists as they profile three evangelical Christian communities that have taken on care of the environment as a moral and biblical obligation, despite the fact that many of their brothers and sisters in the faith disagree with their stance.

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HBO: Too Hot Not to Handle
(55 minutes, DVD)

This informative documentary offers a guide to the impact of global warming on the U.S. — and the measures that need to be taken to reverse this trend.

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Blessed Earth: Hope for Creation and Hope for Humanity
(12 segments, DVD) narrated by Matthew Sleeth, MD

This series covers creation care in two DVDs with accompanying study guides. In Part I: Hope for Creation, Sleeth recounts his personal salvation experience in the context of creation concepts found in Genesis: Light, Water, Soil, Heavens, Animals, and Man. Part II: Hope for Humanity focuses on Rest, Work, Give, Share, Teach, and Hope. The Blessed Earth website says, “It’s time for us to reclaim our role in God’s creation story and accept with excitement our God-given commission to ‘save the planet’ for the sake of Jesus Christ.”

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The Great Warming
(82 minutes, DVD), narrated by Alanis Morissette and Keanu Reeves

This is a dramatic film about climate change that sweeps around the world to reveal how a changing climate is affecting the lives of people everywhere. It includes hard-hitting comments from scientists and opinion-makers about America’s lack of leadership in addressing climate change as well as new scenes documenting the emerging voice of the American Evangelical community urging action on climate change. Available in a special “Faith Version,” which includes interviews with Christian leaders, or a “Church / Sunday School Version,” which includes a printable discussion guide.

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Preaching for the Planet: Interfaith Messages on Global Warming

The above video is a trailer for the film available in DVD format (approx. 25 min.), available for a suggested donation of $15. The film includes full sermonettes from the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Linda Cutts (Senior Dharma Teacher), Rev. Stephen A Privett, S.J., Imam M. A. Azeez, and Rabbi Melanie Aron. To purchase, please contact us via email.

 

Lighten Up!: A Religious Response to Global Warming

The above video is a trailer for our award-winning film,which helps explain the complex issue of global climate change and offers ideas on what each of us can do to help. The video is available in DVD and VHS formats with a suggested donation of $15. For more information, please contact us via email.