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Sundances Best Environmental Earth Day Films

Sundance's Best Environmental Earth Day Films


In this eco-conscious age of hybrid vehicles, carbon-cutting cleaning products, and urban composting, Earth Day appears to have ascended the holiday hierarchy—to heights that perhaps even the crunchiest of its 1970’s creators couldn’t have envisioned. To observe Earth Day this year, we’re offering hand-picked selection of sustainability-themed Sundance favorites for you to enjoy.


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Remarkable Documentaries
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    The Atomic States of America

    2012   |   92 Minutes

    Directed by:Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce

    Starring:Kelly McMasters, Karl Grossman, Neil Sheehan, Alec Baldwin, and Helen Caldicott

    Genre: Culture & Society

    Based on Kelly McMasters’s memoir about growing up in a nuclear-reactor community, this stirring ...

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    Blackfish

    2013   |   80 Minutes   |   PG-13

    Directed by:Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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    In 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, FL, water park Sea World, l...

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    Chasing Ice

    2011   |   74 Minutes

    Directed by:Jeff Orlowski

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    Genre: Culture & Society

    When National Geographic photographer James Balog asked, “How can one take a picture of climate c...

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    Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon

    2006   |   72 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Peter Richardson

    Starring:Dr. Terry Kneisler, and Steve Lowther

    Genre: Documentary

    Steve Lowther is on a mission. He's determined to take his hometown of Philomath, a rural Oregon ...

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    The Cove

    2008   |   90 Minutes   |   PG-13

    Directed by:Louie Psihoyos

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    Genre: Documentary

    In the 1960s, Richard O'Barry enjoyed a lucrative career as a specialized animal trainer; he capt...

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    Crude

    2009   |   100 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Joe Berlinger

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    Genre: Documentary

    The story behind the world's largest oil-related environmental lawsuit comes to the screen as awa...

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    Dirt! The Movie

    2009   |   86 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Bill Benenson, Eleonore Dailly

    Starring:Jeremy Narby, Kevin Rowell, and Marisha Farnsworth

    Genre: Documentary

    The expression "common as dirt" wouldn't exist if there weren't an awful lot of dirt in this worl...

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    Earth Days

    2009   |   102 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Robert Stone

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    Genre: Documentary

    While the publication of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring in 1962 has been cited by many as the...

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    The End of the Line

    2009   |   90 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Rupert Murray

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    Genre: Documentary

    As the world's demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commer...

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    Everything's Cool

    2007   |   89 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand

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    Genre: Documentary

    Global warming has been the most significant environmental issue to come to the public's attentio...

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    A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet

    2012   |   120 Minutes

    Directed by:Mark Kitchell

    Starring:Paul Watson, Lois Gibbs, Robert Bullard, Martin Litton, and Mark Kitchell

    Genre: Culture & Society

    In the twenty-first century, the idea that we are all connected is almost a cliché, though it is ...

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    Flow: For Love of Water

    2008   |   84 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Irena Salina

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    Genre: Documentary

    Irena Salina directs this feature-length documentary about the industry and consumption of humank...

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    Fuel

    2008   |   112 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Joshua Tickell

    Starring:Josh Tickell, Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Larry Hagman, and Sheryl Crow

    Genre: Documentary

    In this feature-length documentary, filmmaker and biofuel advocate Josh Tickell explores the orig...

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    GasLand

    2010   |   107 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Josh Fox

    Starring:Josh Fox

    As American energy firms look for new sources of petroleum, natural gas has become an increasingl...

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    If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

    2011   |   100 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman

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    Genre: Documentary

    Filmmaker Marshall Curry explores the inner workings of the Earth Liberation Front, a revolutiona...

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    An Inconvenient Truth

    2006   |   100 Minutes   |   PG

    Directed by:Davis Guggenheim

    Starring:Al Gore

    Genre: Documentary

    Former vice president Al Gore shares his concerns on the pressing issue of global warming in this...

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    The Island President

    2011   |   101 Minutes   |   PG

    Directed by:Jon Shenk

    Starring:Mohamed Nasheed, Aminath Shauna, Mohamed Aslam, Mark Lynas, and Ahmed Naseem

    Genre: Culture & Society

    Documentary filmmaker Jon Shenk follows President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives during his firs...

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    The Last Mountain

    2011   |   93 Minutes   |   PG

    Directed by:Bill Haney

    Starring:William Sadler, Bill Raney, Bo Webb, Maria Gunnoe, and Michael Shnayerson

    Genre: Documentary

    Bill Haney's ecological documentary The Last Mountain traces the horrific ecological fallout from...

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    Marmato

    2014   |   87 Minutes

    Directed by:Mark Grieco

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    Genre: Culture & Society

    Colombia is the center of a new global gold rush, and Marmato, a historic mining town, is the new...

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    The Revolutionary Optimists

    2012   |   95 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Maren Grainger-Monsen, Nicole Newnham

    Starring:Amlan Ganguly, Salim Shekh, Sikha Patra, and Priyanka Mandal

    Genre: Culture & Society

    Filmmakers Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen present this inspirational profile of Amlan G...

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    Rivers of Men

    2011   |   76 Minutes

    Directed by:Tin Dirdamal

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    Genre: Culture & Society

    This documentary chronicles the facts and fiction surrounding the war over water in a city in Bol...

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    Semper Fi: Always Faithful

    2011   |   77 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Tony Hardmon, Rachel Libert

    Starring:Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger , Denita McCall, Mike Partain, and Thomas Townsend

    Genre: Culture & Society

    When Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger lost his 9 year old daughter to a rare type of leukemia, he wond...

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    Trouble the Water

    2008   |   94 Minutes   |   NR

    Directed by:Tia Lessin, Carl Deal

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    Genre: Documentary

    Relegated to the role of refugees in their own country the moment the levees broke, New Orleans r...

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