Taking off from William Warner’s 1976 classic book Beautiful Swimmers, environmentalist Tom Horton returns to the Chesapeake Bay to see how the bay and the crabs are faring. This documentary is a beautiful and poetic ode to the Bay and a check-up on its present health. What are the issues and how do we help protect the Chesapeake Bay, this most cherished resource in our own backyard? A discussion will follow the screening.
Floods, drought, climate change, and even war impact the fate of the earth’s soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants, and human beings, dirt is very much alive. One teaspoon of dirt contains a billion invisible organisms that are a part of our daily lives. DIRT! tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility — from its miraculous beginning to its tragic degradation. Filmmakers capture stories of global visionaries who are discovering new ways to repair humanity’s relationship with soil. A discussion will follow the screening.
The Watermen by The Barrier Islands Center and James Spione
Highlighting the fight for survival of the hardworking men and woman of Oyster VA up against changing conditions on the Chesapeake Bay, this film offers intimate glimpses into their lives. It traces generations of families who have an abiding love for fishing these waters. Despite hardships and an uncertain future, the film captures the fierce pride and enduring optimism of Eastern Shore watermen.
Tilghman Island Tales followed by an interview with filmmaker Jennifer Shea
Tilghman Island may be a long way from most of us, but its remarkable residents have forged a legacy that reaches far beyond its shores. Independent, innovative, and idiosyncratic, their story of life on the Bay is breathtaking. Whether boat building or overcoming taboos about women working on the water, their can-do attitude never wavers. A chance to talk to the filmmaker follows the films.
In the last century 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. They have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED follows the passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. 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. What can we do to protect this precious resource? A discussion will follow the screening.
Initially a climate change skeptic, nature photographer James Balog and team document the effects of global warming by photographing changes in the remote and massive glaciers of Greenland, Iceland and Alaska. Balog deploys cameras that utilize time-lapse photography, in the Arctic, to capture a multi-year record of the world’s glaciers. After his first trip north, he becomes convinced of the impact that humans have on the planet and becomes committed to bringing the story to the public. The impact is breath taking, with footage of massive glacial calving and shrinkage. How does global warming affect us? What can we do? A discussion will follow the screening.
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Join us to watch, learn and discuss the topics afterwards. Learn how to share and spread factually correct information on environmental issues & initiatives. A different documentary is screened every month with time for discussion afterward.
These topics are always informational and a great way to connect with others in the community!