2016 Sustainable Saturday Free Film Series

THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS AND THE PALM SPRINGS CULTURAL CENTER PRESENT A MONTHLY FREE SUSTAINABLE FILM SERIES AT THE CAMELOT THEATRES AND THE LEISURE CENTER PAVILION. BE GREEN AND BRING NEW OR GENTLY USED BOOKS, DVD’S OR CD’S TO DONATE TO THE FRIENDS OF THE PALM SPRINGS LIBRARY. IT’S RECYCLING AT ITS BEST. DONATE TO A GREAT CAUSE!

All shows begin at 9 am

January 23 – Camelot Theatres – Burt’s Buzz – Burt’s Buzz takes an intimate look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt’s Bees, exploring his fascinating and utterly unique life. Wise and wry, ornery and opinionated, the reclusive Shavitz is committed to living off the land and keeping true to his humble beginnings despite his celebrity status. The film chronicles Burt’s life as a photographer, beekeeper, and brand spokesman, following his complicated relationship with the company, his fans, and the world around him. Exposing the collision between business and personal values, Burt’s Buzz is a compelling and fascinating portrait of this highly idiosyncratic pioneer, and a revealing study of what it means to be a living icon. Running time: 88 min.

February 27 – Camelot Theatres – Just Eat It – We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. Running time: 75 min.

March 26 – Camelot Theatres – Tapped – Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water. Running time: 76 min.

April 23 – Camelot Theatres – Bikes vs. Cars – The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars , a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world. Running time: 90 min.

May 28 – Camelot Theatres – Landfill Harmonic – Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. Running time: 84 min.

June 25 – Leisure Center Pavilion – Inside the Garbage of the World – While you may not directly feel the impact of garbage while going about your day to day life, it’s quite literally choking the life out of our ecosystem, and the situation is getting worse with each passing day. Eventually, we will all suffer the very real consequences as the world dies around us. As stated in the featured documentary, Inside the Garbage of the World, “we’re going to create an environmental catastrophe that we may not be able to recover from.” Running time: 80 min.

July 23 – Leisure Center Pavilion – The Starfish Throwers – Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. This documentary tells the tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and see their impact ripple further than their individual actions. Running time: 83 min.

August 27 – Leisure Center Pavilion – Switch – Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we’re gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow. This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch . But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen. Switch is also about a changing energy conversation. Today, it’s polarized and unproductive. Switch focuses on practical realities and encourages a balanced understanding. Finally, Switch is about changing the way we use energy, to realize the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency. Running time: 90 min.

 

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WATERSHED – presented by the City of Palm Springs Office of Sustainability

Date: Saturday, March 7th @ 9:00 AM
Free Screening

As the most dammed, diverted and resource‐threatened river in the naƟon, the mighty Colorado is a lifeline to booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitaƟon and energy generaƟon, and currently supports thirty million people. The film introduces a hope that leƫng go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisƟng with enough for all. [Read more…]

GHOST BIRD – presented by the City of Palm Springs Office of Sustainability

Date: Saturday, April 4th @ 9:00 AM
Free Screening

Thought to be exƟnct for decades, the Ivory‐Billed Woodpecker has reappeared in a remote swamp in Arkansas. Or has it? This brilliant and wryly humorous documentary travels to the edge of science and certainty, and uncovers a deep longing for human redemption. [Read more…]

PEDAL DRIVEN – presented by the City of Palm Springs Office of Sustainability

Date: Saturday, May 9th @ 9:00 AM
Free Screening

The documentary delves into the escalation conflict between mountain bikers hungry to ride in the wilderness and the federal land managers charged with protection the public lands that belong to us all. Examining issues of sustainability, public recreation and land stewardship from both sides of the divide, the film beautifully reminds us why we should care about protected lands and engineers a trail toward the future. [Read more…]