Environmental Film Series

Mission Blue
January 10, 2020 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
Mission Blue follows legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries and her quest to protect the ocean from threats as pollution, overfishing and climate change.

Microcosmos
(We are in the process of rescheduling this film screening.)
It may appear tiny to the human eye, but there is no denying that the insect kingdom — as captured by the filmmakers behind this documentary — is as dramatic, action-packed and beautiful as any other. Indeed, using a variety of film techniques and an inspired score, the moving image of a beetle pushing a ball of dung takes on the mythic quality of Sisyphus with his boulder. Meanwhile, endless caterpillar caravans suggest, amazingly, the rhythm of modern highways during rush hour.

SEED: The Untold Story
(We are in the process of rescheduling this film screening.)
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds — worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This documentary follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 seed varieties have disappeared. A cadre of 10 agrichemical companies, including Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto, controls over two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Farmers and others battle to defend the future of our food.

The Messenger
(We are in the process of rescheduling this film screening.)
The Messenger is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet.

Previous Film Screenings

Winged Migration
January 11, 2019 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
This documentary presents an epic portrait of winter bird migration. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one portrait of a journey that’s uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds. Rather than concentrating on statistics and facts, the film near-wordlessly portrays the sheer physical effort demanded of the birds on their disparate routes. Along the way, we see the many dangers they face, from man-made waste to a group of hungry crabs.

A Plastic Ocean
February 8, 2019 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

Jane
March 8, 2019 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, the film tells the story of Jane’s [Goodall] early explorations and research in Tanzania, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with her cameraman and husband Hugo Van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that were the subject of her study. Most of Jane comes from 16-millimeter film shot by van Lawick, the renowned wildlife photographer who joined Ms. Goodall on her travels, and draws on more than 100 rediscovered hours from National Geographic’s archives. 

The Gardener
April 12, 2019 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
The Gardener is a documentary film which reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impacts on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever in 2009. 

American Experience:  Rachel Carson
January 26, 2018 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
A profile of scientist and writer Rachel L. Carson (1907-1964), whose 1962 book Silent Spring helped launch the modern environmental movement.

Forest Man & Flight of the Butterflies
March 24, 2018 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center
Forest Man is the story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who single-handedly planted nearly 1400 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli.  The second movie about butterflies is a film of hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries and along their migratory routes from Canada and across the U.S. to Mexico.

Chasing Coral 
November 2017 | 7 pm | Little Compton Community Center

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.  Click here for more information.