September and October bring a feast of documentary films about environmental stewardship to DeKalb’s Egyptian Theater. This is a rare opportunity to see six stunning and timely films on the big screen. The films are scheduled for Thursdays at 7 p.m., starting on Sept. 7.
The series is a collaboration between DeKalb environmentalist Nancy Proesel, NIU scientists Pat Vary and Reed Scherer, and NIU film scholar Jeff Chown. Audience members are invited to stay after the films for discussions with NIU faculty and on Sept. 28, with the film’s director.
The Green Lens Environmental Film Series schedule is:
• Sept. 7, Before the Flood (2016). Environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio tours the world and raises challenging questions about the environment with leaders and scientists. The film describes how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
• Sept. 14, Planetary (2015). In a stunning visual exploration, Planetary interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way. Interviews with scientists, astronauts, Buddhists and explorers shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet.
• Sept. 21, Cowspiracy (2014). This controversial and provocative documentary argues that animal agriculture has much to do with pollution worldwide. Director Kip Anderson seeks to find the solution to the most pressing environmental issues and the true path to sustainability.
• Sept. 28, The Anthropologist (2015). Funded by the National Science Foundation, the film explores an anthropologist’s research on the impact of climate change on different cultures through the eyes of her teenage daughter over the course of five years. Director Seth Kramer will be on hand to talk about the experience of making the film.
• Oct. 5, Chasing Ice (2012). National Geographic photographer James Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. The film compresses years into seconds and captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. The Huffington Post called it “hauntingly beautiful, ” and Roger Ebert said it was “heart stopping.”
• Oct. 12, Merchants of Doubt (2014). Director Robert Kenner looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics such as toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.
The Green Lens Environmental Film Series is sponsored by DeKalb’s Tapa La Luna Restaurant, with logistical support provided by the Egyptian Theater and DeKalb Stands, an Indivisible group.
Additional funding has been provided by Dennis and Stacey Barsema, Dave and Suzy Changnon, Patricia Henry, Nancy and Ron Proesel, Patricia Vary, as well as the NIU Graduate School, Departments of Communication, Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy.
For more information, contact DeKalbStands@gmail.com.