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Mama Piru, in Rapa Nui recycling facility
Test Your Knowledge

May 21, 2020

How Much Do You Know About Recycling? ♻️A Biodegradable Quiz

Independent Lens in Test Your Knowledge

How much do you know about where our waste goes? From cigarette butts to banana peels to plastics, test your expertise on recycling and learn some possibly shocking stats. This…...

Beach cleanup under way on Rapa Nui while the famous statues loom in background
Beyond the Films

May 12, 2020

Rapa Nui and Other Fragile Lands Rally Against Tourism Pollution

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Satu Runa In a story that begins with a heartfelt message to their infant son about the unique character of his ancestral home Rapa Nui (also known as Easter…...

From First Rainbow Coalition: Young Lords members protest at 18th Ave. Police Station, Chicago
Beyond the Films

January 28, 2020

From Race Riots to Rainbow Coalitions and Heatwaves: Chicago Activism on Racial and Economic Justice

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

It would be foolhardy to try to succinctly sum up the political history of one of America's most historically politically complicated cities--Chicago--in one sweeping post. Rather, consider this a basic…...

Bringing back a bounty of nutria, in Rodents of Unusual Size
Interviews

January 10, 2019

11 Questions for 3 Filmmakers About a Million Swamp Rats

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

The trio of filmmakers behind the Independent Lens film Rodents of Unusual Size -- Jeff Springer, Chris Metzler and Quinn Costello -- have previously captured unique environmental stories with a very…...

From the film Rodents of Unusual Size, animation of nutria overrunning on island in Louisiana
Beyond the Films

January 04, 2019

Invasive Species Turned into Sustainable Delicacies

Claralyse Palmer in Beyond the Films

by Claralyse Palmer Vegetarianism has become synonymous with environmentalism, the idea being that going meat-free saves not just animals but the planet (which certainly has some truth to it, especially…...

Cartoon insects freaking out, from
Watch Video

April 11, 2018

Pollution (and Other Environmental) Public Service Announcements: A Look Back

Jennie Z. Rose in Beyond the Films

In conjunction with the Independent Lens film What Lies Upstream, which is an exposé about what led to a major source of water becoming poisoned after a disastrous chemical spill…...

Director Cullen Hoback (at right) takes secret charter up West Virginia river to collect water samples under the cover of night.
Interviews

April 10, 2018

Filmmaker Cullen Hoback Digs Into Political Cover-Ups and Chemical Spills in Americans Water

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Filmmaker Cullen Hoback's previous film Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013), a humorous but chilling documentary about the erosion of online privacy and what info governments and corporations are legally…...

Coral Reef, in bluish tint, credit: USFWS/Jerry Reid
Interviews

April 21, 2017

Earth Day Watch List: 17 Films About Sustainability and Climate Change

Jennie Z. Rose in Lists

We count on indie filmmakers to sniff out the conspicuous absences in mainstream media. Journalist and investigative reporter Amy Goodman once said, "The role of independent media is to go…...

(From the film SEED) Heirloom corn seed is one of lost seeds we have reclaimed and is being saved by farmers across the country.
Beyond the Films

April 13, 2017

Banking on Seeds: Rare, Diverse, and Endangered

Jennie Z. Rose in Beyond the Films

When National Geographic Magazine reported that about 94% of the world’s vegetable seeds circa 1903 are now missing from the Earth, Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz promptly started work on…...

Women sort seeds from vegetables at a farm, fron SEED
Interviews

April 12, 2017

Filmmakers Share the Roots of their Seed Documentary

Craig Phillips in Interviews

With SEED: The Untold Story, filmmakers Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz complete a trilogy of sorts, after The Real Dirt on Farmer John and The New York Times Critic Pick…...

Beyond the Films

January 06, 2017

Reading the Signs (or, How I Started Singing the Ace of Base Song Instead of Following Directions)

Chang in Beyond the Films

Great background music for what you're about to read courtesy of YouTube. If there’s one thing that annoys me more than the six hour drive down the I-5 so I…...

Nicky Nuke graphic by artist Peter Kuper
Interviews

January 06, 2017

Containment Filmmakers Go into the Future to Read the Warning Signs

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Harvard professors and filmmakers Peter Galison and Robb Moss have been collaborating for a decade: first, in co-teaching a course, bringing student filmmakers into scientific laboratories to think about the…...