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Green Film Series

What is The Green Screen?

The Green Screen film series focuses on the impact of the climate crisis on our plant. All films are open to the public, free, and occur at 7:00p.m. at the Normal Theater , once per month during the academic year. Series goals are:

  • to inform ISU students about the critical climate crisis,
  • to engage ISU’s community and the Bloomington-Normal community in lively discussions about the topic, and
  • to cultivate a sense of civic engagement where motivated parties would work together to call for policy and operational changes.

We thank all panelists for participating in lively discussions following the films. We would also like to express our gratitude to our colleagues at Milner Library, who helped secure licensing, and to faculty and staff who make suggestions for films to incorporate into the series. The Green Screen is jointly sponsored by ISU's Office of Sustainability and Center for Mathematics, Science, & Technology. The Green Screen planners are Elisabeth Reed, Rebekka Darner, May Jadallah, Ela Przybylo, and Kelly Hasselbring.

Spring 2024


Punk Rock Vegan Movie

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 - Time: 7 p.m.
Punk Rock Vegan is a feature-length documentary written and directed (and shot and scored) by Moby. It looks at the surprising history of punk rock and animal rights activism, features interviews with dozens of punk rock legends, and cameos from Bagel the dog, the devil, and a boardroom of demons. Viewer discretion is advised for language and content.  

Biophilic Design

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - Time: 7 p.m.
Biophilic Design is a documentary about the innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature, but we have often designed cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life.  

Water Makes Us Wet

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - Time: 7 p.m.
With a poetic blend of curiosity, humor, sensuality, and concern, this film chronicles the pleasures and politics of H2O from an ecosexual perspective. Travel with Annie, a former sex worker, Beth, a professor, and their dog Butch, in their E.A.R.T.H. Lab mobile unit, as they explore the role of water.

Just Eat It

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - Time: 7 p.m.
Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is thrown out each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.


Fall 2023


All that Breathes

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
In one of the world’s most populated cities, two brothers devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the “kite brothers” spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian basement hospital.

The Human Scale

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Half of the human population lives in cities. By 2050, this will increase to 80%. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness, and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why?

The Sacrifice Zone

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
The film follows Maria as she leads a group of warriors who are fighting to break the cycle of poor communities of color serving as dumping grounds, so the rest of us can live in comfortable ignorance. This film provides several curricular resources that can be used to integrate the film into high school and college courses.

The Story of Plastic

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
The film reveals the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling. Different from every other plastic documentary you’ve seen, The Story of Plastic presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it.


Spring 2023


Kiss the Ground

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Synopsis: A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of "Regenerative Agriculture" that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.

Panel: Dr. Nicholas Heller, Dr. Rob Rhykerd, and Dave Bishop organic farmer and owner of Prairie Earth Farms

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Synopsis: Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy--a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

Panel: Dr. Kam Shapiro, Dr. Jacki Schneider

Cowspiracy: The sustainability secret

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Synopsis: The film explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and investigates the policies of a few environmental organizations on this issue. The film also looks at various environmental concerns, including climate change, water use, deforestation, and ocean dead zones.

Panel: Dr. Eric Godoy, Kaitlyn Taylor (RSO president of Plant Based at State), Dr. Cassie Herbert

How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can’t Change

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Synopsis: With his trademark humor and banjo in hand, Josh Fox travels to twelve countries on six continents to meet with global climate change "warriors" who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. The film highlights courage, resilience, and innovation as the ideals that must survive. (2 hours film)


Fall 2022


Bright Green Lies

Release Date: 2021
Synopsis: The film investigates the change in focus of the mainstream environmental movement, from a concern with protecting nature, to obsession with dominance. The film exposes lies behind the notion that solar, wind, hydro, biomass, or green consumerism will save the planet.

Panel: Dr. Keith Pluymers

Climate Refugees

Release Date: 2010
Synopsis: By covering 48 countries, the film shows the human face of climatic change to global citizens, governments, churches, The US Senate and House, Pentagon, The Vatican, International governments, DAVOS, Harvard University, Oxford, MIT, Stanford.

Thunderbird Woman: Winona LaDuke

Release Date: 2003
Synopsis: The film offers an inspiring portrait of Winona La Duke, a dynamic activist and member of the Anishinaabe tribe from the White Earth reservation in Northern Minnesota. After completing her studies in Economics at Harvard, she settled down in White Earth reservation, the homeland of her father to restore it.

Hands On: Woman, Climate Change

Release Date: 2014
Synopsis: Hands-on profiles five women from four continents tackling climate change through policy, protest, education, and innovation. The film demonstrates how women are transferring knowledge and local networks into hands-on strategies.

Panel: Dr. Eric Godoy


Spring 2022

Before the Flood

Release Date: 2016
Synopsis: DiCaprio, the UN Messenger of Peace, discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis.

There's Something in the Water

Release Date: 2019
Synopsis: This documentary spotlights the struggle of minority communities in Nova Scotia, in Canada, as they fight officials over the lethal effects of industrial waste.

Panel: TRIBE: Darcy Allred, Nitakechi Muckintubbee. Dr. Joan M. Brehm, Dr. Guang Jin, Dr. Alan Lessoff

Chasing Ice

Release Date: 2012
Synopsis: Photographer James Balog deploys cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers and captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Panel: Prof. Catherine O’Reilly, Prof. Jason Reblando, Prof. John Sedbrook.


Release Date: 2019
Synopsis: Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

The Films Through Milner Library

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