Filmmaker: Peter Schriemer
America’s Nature Guy, Peter Schriemer, reconnects families with nature in this fun travel show exploring our Wildlife Refuges. In this episode, Peter takes viewers through Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the north woods of Michigan – featuring loons, frogs, beetles, snakes, and the return of the Trumpeter Swan.
7 pm on Thursday at the NCTC Byrd Auditorium
Filmmaker: Fredrik Gertten
Bikes vs. Cars depicts a global crisis where climate is changing; resource depletion is real and cities are sprawling with more and more surface consumed by the car. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the auto industry invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In Bikes vs. Cars we meet activists who are fighting for better cities and who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing numbers of bicyclists being killed in traffic.
3:35 pm on Sunday at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies – Block 12
Filmmakers: Mari-Lynn Evans, Jordan Freeman
Blood on the Mountain is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia. This new feature documentary details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich, natural resources of their land. This film delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them.
6:30 Friday at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies – Block 1
Filmmaker: Michael T. Miller
An explosion in unregulated ‘rat-hole’ coal mines turns a rural community in India into the Wild West until the environmental destruction prompts the government to ban coal mining completely. Mine owners and villagers clash in this moving examination of the cost of unmonitored industrial development.
3:57 pm on Saturday at the NCTC Byrd Auditorium – Block 7
Filmmaker: Jeffrey Orlowski
The story of one photographer’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet: the Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, James Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
1:20 on Saturday at the NCTC Byrd Auditorium – Block 3
Filmmakers: Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer
At the height of the recession, City of Trees tells a deeply personal story about a stimulus-funded effort to put unemployed people back to work by planting trees in Washington, DC. City of Trees thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes of change-making in urban communities.
2:07 Sunday at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies – Block 12
Filmmaker: Jeremy Roberts
At the end of the 2014 fishing season, five respected fly fishermen came together to celebrate the joy and passion of fly fishing and to discuss the biggest threat anglers face: a changing climate and warming trout waters.
4:15 pm at the Opera House – Block 8