Chasing Ice (PG-13) In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Directed by Jeff Orlowski
Starring James Balog, Adam LeWinter, Jeff Orlowski
Before the Flood (PG) If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change—would you want to know? BEFORE THE FLOOD, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
Directed by Fisher Stevens
Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (NR) Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1940s. In the 1930s she did a scandalous nude scene in the film Ecstasy, fled from an oppressive marriage, and found solace in an acting career through MGM studios. She became such an icon that her likeness was the inspiration for both Catwoman and Snow White in later films. Behind the glitz and glamour, however, lay the mind of an inventor. Lamarr had no formal training, but studied science and taught herself about aerospace engineering and electrical engineering in her spare time. She went on to help invent a torpedo radio guidance system during World War II; her studies and inventions became the basis for the bluetooth and WiFi technology we use today. She is also known for her work in signal-hopping and aerodynamics. Her work made such an impact on science and technology that she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014. This film follows her life story, from her glamorous acting career to her hobbies in the sciences. Through the use of interviews and never before heard audio clips, Hedy Lamarr tells her story in her own words. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was named one of the best films of 2017 by Artforum.
Directed by Alexandra Dean
Starring Nino Amareno, Charles Amirkhanian, Jeanine Basinger
The Long Shadow (NR) Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, director Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. Causey and Long Shadow producer Sally Holst, both daughters of the South, were raised with a romanticized vision of America’s past. Haunted by the truth of slavery's legacy in their own histories, they passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice, which burns undiminished despite our seeming progress.
Directed by Frances Causey
Walk With Me (NR) With unprecedented access, WALK WITH ME goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist community who have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity for one common purpose - to transform their suffering, and practice the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years, in their monastery in rural France and on the road in the USA, this visceral film is a meditation on a community grappling with existential questions and the everyday routine of monastic life. As the seasons come and go, the monastics' pursuit for a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Directed by Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
Human Flow (PG-13) Ai Weiwei is no stranger to controversy. His works of art have garnered a multitude of it in recent years, even landing him in jail in 2011 at the hand of the Chinese Government. As a contemporary artist and human rights activist Ai works to create art that captures attention and reveals the reality of social justice situations. His newest film peels back the curtain on the refugee crisis and examines the mass movement of people taking place across the globe. In the last few years over 65 million people have been forced from their homes due to a variety of issues. Famine, war, climate change, and other social problems have caused the greatest migrant crisis since the Second World War. In this film Ai visits 23 different countries, following chains of humans fleeing their homes in search of safety. The movie takes you far beyond what you read about in articles or see on the nightly news. Ai’s goal is to completely uncover the refugee crisis and display it in pure visual terms.
Directed by Ai Weiwei
Chasing Coral (NR) Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
Directed by Jeff Orlowski
Rooted in Peace (NR) In celebration of the upcoming International Day of Peace, September 21st, we are hosting Greg Reitman’s ROOTED in PEACE - a globally transformative, socially-conscious, environmentally-based film. Reitman’s journey of self-analysis resonates with audiences seeking inner peace in a world full of people dominated by war, affected by global warming or haunted by inner conflict. The film follows him as he speaks to thought leaders around the world having conversations around sustainable development, discussing the challenges of our never-ending wars, and facing the realities of uncertainty placed on the world’s institutions by our current political climate. Reitman’s introspective and socially relevant documentary was most recently screened at the United Nations.
From the US to Costa Rica to India, award-winning filmmaker and environmental activist Greg Reitman traveled around the world to visit such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra; music legends Donovan, Mike Love, and Pete Seeger; film director David Lynch; Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Maguire and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; media mogul Ted Turner, many others. Together, they seek inner peace in a world full of people dominated by war, affected by global warming, and haunted by inner conflict.
Directed by Greg Reitman
Featuring Deepak Chopra, David Lynch, Ted Turner
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PG) A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes-in moments private and public, funny and poignant-as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Renowned filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (Audrie & Daisy, 2016 Sundance Film Festival) have taken the baton from 2006 Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim. What started then as a profound slide show lecture has become a gorgeously cinematic excursion. Our extraordinary former vice president invites us along on an inspirational journey across the globe that delivers the tools to heal our planet. The question is: Will WE choose to take the baton?
Directed by Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen
Featuring Al Gore
Obit (NR) When we think of an obituary, the first reaction is often melancholy, lamenting the passing of a loved one or a cultural icon. However, for the small group of obituary writers at The New York Times the job is to celebrate the life of a person while also dealing with death in a balancing act. The goal is to acknowledge the death, but focus on the accomplishments and deeds, whether honorable or nefarious, and the life of the person being remembered. This form of documentary storytelling weaves together a lifelong history of accomplishments culminating in the person’s death, and the obit team at The New York Times has been heralded as one of the best at doing just that. The film is the first of its kind to deal with obituaries, and it asks important questions about mortality, fear of death, and how to be remembered after we are gone. OBIT not only focuses on the writing process of the obituary, but it even gives the viewer a look at The New York Times century-old archive of obituaries run by archivist Jeff Roth. OBIT is a recipient of a 2015 NYSCA Artist Grant, and received support from IFP and Made In NY Media Center.
Directed by Vanessa Gould
Seed: The Untold Story (NR) Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. 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. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
Directed by Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel
Featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke, and Raj Patel
I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13) In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Directed by Raoul Peck
Featuring Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin
The Eagle Huntress (G) THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.
Directed by Otto Bell
Featuring Daisy Ridley, Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rhys Nurgaiv