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Environment

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Big Men

by Rachel Boynton

Premiere Date: August 25, 2014


Big Men, executive produced by Brad Pitt, goes to Ghana to provide an unprecedented look at the global deal making and dark underside of oil development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world. (90 minutes)

Fallen City

by Qi Zhao

Premiere Date: July 28, 2014


After an earthquake levels Beichuan, China, a modern replica rises with astounding speed, but while a city can be rebuilt quickly, reconstructing a community’s heart and soul is a long, emotional journey for the survivors. (60 minutes)

The City Dark

by Ian Cheney

Premiere Date: July 5, 2012

Encore Broadcast: August 12, 2013


Is darkness becoming extinct? Exploring the physical and psychological effects of light pollution, The City Dark is a portrait of the world after dusk, and a meditation on the human relationship to the stars. (60 minutes)

If a Tree Falls

by Marshall Curry

Premiere Date: September 13, 2011

Encore Broadcast: October 11, 2012


This provocative film lifts the veil on a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s "number one domestic terrorism threat." (90 minutes)

POV Short Cuts 2011

by Various Filmmakers

Premiere Date: August 23, 2011


A one-hour collection of documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers, including: Big Birding Day, Flawed, Miss Devine, No More Questions, Six Weeks and Tiffany. (60 minutes)

Big Birding Day

by David Wilson

Premiere Date: August 23, 2011


David Wilson offers a glimpse into the world of competitive birdwatching, as three friends attempt to see as many species as possible in 24 hours. (12 minutes)

SALT

by Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks

Premiere Date: August 17, 2010


Made in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Michael Angus, SALT is the film extension of Murray Fredericks’ photography at the desolate yet beautiful Lake Eyre. (28 minutes)

Notes on Milk

by Ariana Gerstein and Monteith McCollum

Premiere Date: April 21, 2010


A poetic look at some lesser-known aspects of America’s favorite drink: the industry’s spiritual underpinnings, politics and the struggle of independent farmers. (20 minutes)

Food, Inc.

by Robert Kenner

Premiere Date: April 21, 2010

Encore Broadcast: August 9, 2011


This 2010 Oscar-nominated film lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer. (120 minutes)

POV Shorts

by Various Filmmakers

Premiere Date: August 18, 2009


POV presents a one-hour collection of acclaimed documentary shorts by established and emerging filmmakers. (60 minutes)

Nutkin's Last Stand

by Nicholas Berger

Premiere Date: August 18, 2009


Immortalized in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, the red is the island nation’s only native species of squirrel. But it is being driven to extinction by the invading greys. (18 minutes)

City of Cranes

by Eva Weber

Premiere Date: December 10, 2008


City of Cranes takes the viewer hundreds of feet above the ground to hear the insights of crane drivers, and see a glimpse of the poetic, mesmerizing world of cranes. (14 minutes)

Up the Yangtze

by Yung Chang

Premiere Date: October 8, 2008


Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods. (90 minutes)

Libby, Montana

by Doug Hawes-Davis and Drury Gunn Carr

Premiere Date: August 28, 2007


In the small town of Libby, many hundreds are sick or have already died from exposure to asbestos, a notorious industrial toxin that many Americans consider long banned or under control. (60 minutes)

The Chances of the World Changing

by Eric Daniel Metzgar and Nell Carden Grey

Premiere Date: July 17, 2007


An extraordinary chronicle of two years in the life of Richard Ogust, whose life turns into strange territory as he shares his Manhattan loft with 1,200 turtles he is trying to save.

Standing Silent Nation

by Suree Towfighnia and Courtney Hermann

Premiere Date: July 3, 2007


In April 2000, Alex White Plume and his Lakota family planted industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota after other crops had failed. But when federal agents raided the White Plumes' fields, the Lakota Nation was swept into a Byzantine struggle over tribal sovereignty, economic rights and common sense.

Maquilapolis

by Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre

Premiere Date: October 10, 2006


Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras just over the border in Tijuana, Mexico, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. (60 minutes)

Lawn

by Monteith McCollum

Premiere Date: July 11, 2006


"Your lawn is a reflection of your character," a woman says in a phone conversation at the beginning of the film. Lawn explores our relationship with nature and our desire to control it. (9 minutes)

The Fire Next Time

by Patrice O'Neill

Premiere Date: July 12, 2005


Over a stormy two-year period, The Fire Next Time follows a deeply divided group of Flathead Valley, Montana citizens caught in a web of conflicts intensified by rapid growth and the power of talk radio. (60 minutes)

Thirst

by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman

Premiere Date: July 13, 2004


Population growth, pollution, and scarcity are turning water into "blue gold," the oil of the 21st century. (60 minutes)

Hybrid

by Monteith McCollum

Premiere Date: July 9, 2002


Welcome to the Midwest, land of visionary farmers like Milford Beeghly. Hybrid combines interviews, animation and rare dry wit to create a meditative portrait. (80 minutes)

In the Light of Reverence

by Christopher McLeod and Malinda Maynor

Premiere Date: August 14, 2001


In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites. (54 minutes)

Butterfly

by Doug Wolens

Premiere Date: June 30, 2000


In December 1997, Julia Hill climbed a 1000-year-old redwood tree vowing to not come down until it was saved from being clear-cut. (53 minutes)

a.k.a. Don Bonus

by Spencer Nakasako and Sokly Don Bonus Ny

Premiere Date: June 25, 1996


A raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who now lives in San Francisco's inner city.

Building Bombs

by Mark Mori and Susan Robinson

Premiere Date: August 10, 1993


An updated, point-of-view investigation by Mark Mori and Susan Robinson of the environmental legacy and social impact of South Carolina's Savannah River Plant, the nation's largest manufacturer of hydrogen bomb materials during the Cold War.

Chemical Valley

by Mimi Pickering and Anne Lewis Johnson

Premiere Date: July 9, 1991


A West Virginia community is deeply divided over potentially life and death questions over a local chemical plant that fuels the area's fragile economy.

Turn Here Sweet Corn

by Helen De Michiel

Premiere Date: July 9, 1991


The camera moves through a Minnesota corn field and finds a photograph of a suburban tract clothes-pinned to a cornstalk. Layered with visual and emotional paradoxes, Turn Here Sweet Corn searches for meaning beyond cliches and nostalgia, as a family farm is lost to speculative suburban real estate developers.

Sea of Oil

by M.R. Katzke

Premiere Date: July 9, 1991


The Exxon Valdez disaster left far more than a soiled coastline in its wake. Grief, suspicion, anger and greed oozed through the small, formerly pristine town of Valdez. The human toll of an environmental nightmare is evoked in a haunting film which Exxon and the City of Valdez attempted, unsuccessfully, to suppress.

Green Streets

by Maria De Luca

Premiere Date: August 21, 1990


If a tree can grow in Brooklyn, can an eggplant flourish in the Bronx? Maria De Luca's Green Streets charts the spontaneous emergence of community gardens in New York City and how they've helped to nourish neighborhood pride, racial tolerance and a budding sense of hope for hundreds of enthusiastic gardeners in the urban jungle.

Going Up

by Gary Pollard

Premiere Date: August 21, 1990


In Going Up, the creation of a skyscraper is transformed by director Gary Pollard into a breathtaking visual experience as time-lapse photography, hard hat banter and construction worker choreography are set to a score by 15 new music composers in an urban ballet forty stories above New York harbor.

Good Soil

by Sebastian Lemke and Benjamin Leers and Pablo Ben Yakov

Premiere Date: March 12, 2014 (Online Only)


The Meier brothers' nursery faces the edge of the Garzweiler II coal pit. Every day the digger comes closer. A grey and lonesome world—except for one hidden place.

Wood

by David Fenster

Premiere Date: March 5, 2014 (Online Only)


Wood follows the journey of timber from the forest through the sawmill and presents a portrait of the working men we find along the way.