UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

Film Series

UC has a regular series of films related to sustainability. These engaging documentaries, fiction films, and shorts all capture the diverse sustainability movement in unique ways. All film screenings are free and open to the public.  To receive credit for the Environmental Literacy Certificate, please register here for the films you will attend.

Fall 2014 

Mondays 7:30pm

MainStreet Cinema (220 Tangeman University Center) unless otherwise noted

September 8

Bug's Life

A Bug's Life

By Disney

Embark on an incredible journey with one little ant as he searches for a brave band of warriors to help him battle the bullying grasshoppers who threaten his home.  When he stumbles on a bumbling troupe of circus bugs instead, their only hope for victory is the bond of friendship and the awesome power of imagination. (Click here for film's site.)

1998, 95 minutes

September 15

The Cove

The Cove

by Louie Psihoyos

Follow an elite team of activists, filmmakers, and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret.  The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure, and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action. (Click here for film's site.)

2009, 92 minutes

September 22



by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow

Journey inside the wonders of the soil to learn the story of the Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility - from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. (Click here for film's site.)

2009, 86 minutes

September 29



by Roman Polanski

Inspired by the California Water Wars, this award-winning film follows a detective, played by Jack Nicholson, as he investigates L.A. Water and Power Company's chief engineer and a plot to create a drought in order to build public support for construction of a new reservoir.  The plot thickens with land speculation, infidelity, and murder.

1974, 130 minutes

October 6

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich

by Steven Soderbergh

This film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, who fought to expose environmental contamination by the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Centered around the town of Hinkley, California, Brockovich starts what becomes a major class-action lawsuit and crusade to protect the health of Hinkley citizens and its water supply.  (Click here for film's site.)

2000, 131 minutes

October 13

Fern Gully

Fern Gully - will be shown in Lindner Center 450

by Bill Kroyer and Jim Cox

The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus in this animated classic.

1992, 76 minutes

October 20

Rivers and Tides

Rivers and Tides

By Thomas Riedelsheimer

Landscape sculptor Andy Goldsworthy is renowned throughout the world for his work in ice, stone, leaves, and wood.  His own remarkable still photographs are Goldsworthy's way of talking about his often ephemeral works.  Now, with this film, shot in four countries and across four seasons, and the first film Goldsworthy has allowed to be made, the elusive element of time adheres to his sculptures. (Click here for film's site.)

2001, 90 minutes

October 27

Soylent Green

Soylent Green

by Richard Fleisher

Join us for a special Halloween-themed film!  Set in 2022, this cult classic takes place in an imagined world ravaged by climate change and overpopulation.  In this dystopian future, much of the population survives on processed food rations, including "soylent green."  When the wealthy magnate of the Soylent Corporation is murdered, the investigation reveals that soylent green may not be as wholesome as it seems.

1973, 97 minutes

November 3

An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth

By Davis Guggenheim and Al Gore

An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this intimate portrait of Gore and his "travelling global warming show," Gore comes across as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and intent on alerting citizens to this "planetary emergency" before it's too late.  (Click here for the film's site.)

2006, 100 minutes

November 10

Harlan County

Harlan County, USA

by Barbara Kopple

Barbara Kopple follows Kentucky coal mine workers as they went on strike in 1974.  By living with the families involved in the strike, Kopple shows the backbreaking burdens of the miners' life in the best of times and the looming fear of destitution in the worst. As the tension between striking miners, state troopers, scabs, and corporate representatives escalates, several shootings take place and one miner is killed.  Winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary, this film is often cited as one of the best documentaries ever made.  (Click here for film's site.)

1976, 103 minutes

November 17



by Godfrey Reggio

Part of the Koyaanisqatsi series, Powaqqatsi focuses on native populations in developing countries and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.  It is a celebration of the human-scale endeavors of craftsmanship, spiritual worship, labor, and creativity, as well as rareness, as well as a contrasting of small-scale cultures and mechanization and technology.  (Click here for film's site.)

1988, 99 minutes

November 24



by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, shocking footage and emotional interviews explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. (Click here for film's site.)

2013, 83 minutes

December 1

Taken for a Ride

Taken for a Ride

by Martha Olson, Jim Klein, and PBS

Before freeways, traffic congestion and air pollution, public transportation was a vital part of the American landscape. Jim Klein and Martha Olson weave investigative journalism, urban history and social commentary to uncover General Motors' role in dismantling street car transportation in the 1930's, and in catapulting the automobile to the center of our national culture.  (Click here for film's site.)\

1996, 52 minutes