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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 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.

  • 2040

    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.

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