The CSD hosts a Sustainable Development Film Series for sustainability-related movies, documentaries and short films each semester. Screenings take place on Tuesday evenings in Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Rm. 3.120, and begin at 7:30 P.M. When possible, movie snacks and / or guest speakers might be accompany the film.
We are always looking for suggestions of great films for future schedules that will enrich students' experiences here at UT. If you have any recommendations, please email the title(s) to Becky Rinas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, if you know anyone associated with the film or an expert on the topics covered that may be able to speak to the audience afterwards, please include this information as well.
Fall 2013 Film Schedule:
September 24: The Island President - Winner of the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, this moving film tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, and his struggle to save his country from climate change induced sea level rise.
October 22: Waste Land - This Academy Award nominated documentary follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to his native Brazil to the world's largest trash dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The film tells the story of the eclectic band of "cantadores" - pickers of recyclable materials - that he encounters there.
November / December: Dominican Republic Field Research benefit. Details and date to be announced!
Spring 2014 Film Schedule:
February 18: Trash Dance - Local independent filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Allison Orr, a choreographer who finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. The film covers Orr's experiences with sanitation workers on their daily routes, culminating into an "unlikely spectacle" performance at the end.
**Film followed by a short Q&A session with Andrew Garrison**
March 18: Drowned Out - This heart-wrenching documentary tells the story of the villagers of Jalsindhi, and their battle to save their lands from innundation by a large dam project in the Narmada valley. The film ultimately delves deeply into issues concerning resettlement programs, the politics of electricity generation and indigenous representation.
April 22: (Earth Day!) - Water Blues Green This newly released documentary follows stories of innovation in green infrastructure, telling stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues-- flooding, pollution and scarcity.
Previous film series' schedules included the following:
The End of Suburbia, Baraka, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Flow: For Love of Water, Logan's Run, Student-Produced Films, Powaqqatsi, The 11th Hour, A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, Blue Vinyl, The China Syndrome, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, followed by discussion with filmmaker Jack Sanders , Delivered Vacant, Earth Days, The End of Poverty, Everything’s Cool, Food, Inc., followed by discussion with representatives from Austin's Sustainable Food Center, Fuel, Garbage Warrior, The Garden, GasLand, Home: A stunning visual portrayal of Earth, King Corn, Koyaanisqatsi, Manufactured Landscapes, No Impact Man, Tapped, Third Ward TX, followed by discussion with filmmaker Andrew Garrison, Transforming Energy: What is our future after oil?, Scraphouse, followed by a Q & A session with Public Architecture founder, John Peterson, Soylent Green, The Unforeseen, followed by a Q & A session with filmmaker and UT alumna, Laura Dunn, Who Killed the Electric Car?