Racing Extinction

95 Minutes
Filmmaker: Louie Psihoyos
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Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, Racing Extinction reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

Screens on Friday, October 21 during BLOCK 2, which begins at 6:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Return of the Cicadas

7 min
Filmmaker: Samuel Orr

Return_of_the_CicadasThe lifecycle of the periodical cicada is chronicled with mesmerizing time-lapse film. Very timely in this year of the 17-year cicada!

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 8, which begins at 3:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Saving Mes Aynak

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Filmmaker: Brent E. Huffman
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This exciting and heart-wrenching film follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition.  Though 90% of the site has yet to be excavated, it is threatened by a Chinese state-owned mining company. The copper mining planned there would completely demolish the archaeological site, as well as the surrounding mountain range. Qadir Temori and other Afghan archaeologists must rally against not only the Chinese government, but also the Taliban and local politics to save the historic site.

Screens on Saturday, October 22 during BLOCK 5, which begins at 6:00 pm at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the Shepherd University Campus.  Encore screening on Saturday, Oct 29th during BLOCK 13, which begins at 7:30pm at the Frank Center on the Shepherd University Campus.

Seed: The Untold Story

2016 Audience Choice Award

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93 Minutes
Filmmakers: Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz

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Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This film follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 10, which begins at 6:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Sharing the Secrets

13 Minutes
Filmmaker: Drew Perimutter
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Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia are home to the highest concentration of caves in the United States. Sharing the Secrets showcases these amazing ecosystems and the importance of conserving them. From rappelling deep pit caves to discovering the delicate life forms that inhabit these environments, this film offers a broad perspective on the beauty and significance of caves.

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 8, which begins at 3:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Sonic Sea

63 Minutes
Filmmakers: Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld
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In the darkness of the sea, whales depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, raise their young and defend against predators. Over the last century, however, human activity has radically transformed the ocean’s delicate acoustic habitat, challenging the ability of whales and other marine life to prosper and survive. Sonic Sea offers solutions and hope for a quieter ocean and underscores that the ocean’s destiny is inextricably bound with our own.

Screens on Saturday, October 22 during BLOCK 5, which begins at 6:00 pm at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the Shepherd University Campus.

Testimony: Remembering Glen Canyon

9 Minutes
Filmmaker: Kent Wagner
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More than fifty years after the construction of the Glen Canyon dam, the dam’s existence remains a sensitive subject especially to those fortunate enough to have seen the canyon before it was inundated. Today, pressures on the dwindling water supply in the Colorado River are encouraging renewed discussions about how water is being allocated and whether storing it in Lake Powell still makes sense.

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 8, which begins at 3:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

The Burden: Fossil Fuel, The Military and National Security

40 Minutes
Filmmaker: Roger Sorkin
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This film tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat and why the military is leading the transition to clean energy. The Burden is the centerpiece of a strategic media engagement campaign to inspire a movement that strengthens our energy security and harnesses the power of American innovation to make us leaders in the 21st century global clean energy economy.

Screens on Saturday, October 22 during BLOCK 6, which begins at 6:30 pm at the Frank Center on the Shepherd University Campus.

The Messenger

90 Minutes
Filmmaker: Su Rynard
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Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The Messenger takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves.

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 9, which begins at 6:00 pm at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies the Shepherd University Campus.

The True Cost

92 Minutes
Filmmaker: Andrew Morgan
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This film explores the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet.  While the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, the human and environmental costs continue to grow. Filmed in 13 countries around the world, The True Cost explores the global damage being done and the ways we are buying into it and includes interviews with top voices from the fashion industry as well as prominent human rights and environmental activists.

Screens on Sunday, October 30th during BLOCK 15, which begins at 3:30 pm at the Frank Center on the Shepherd University Campus.