End of Summer Sustainable Film Fest

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                     Picture from Fresh American Style by Annie Selke

End of Summer Sustainable Film Fest (Week #36)

The WHAT, WHY and HOW:

This holiday weekend I am grateful for weeks of my sustainable organic garden’s bountiful harvest. Working within the system of nature provided me with fresh vegan meals and flower bouquets daily.

The Labor Day holiday vacation is upon us and our pantry and kitchen is full of preserved, frozen and awaiting vegetable bounty.  I’ll enjoy filling and freezing homemade ravioli and canning a wall of fruits and vegetables* with the help of my daughter. I was reminded how substantial the rewards of an annual organic garden and a sustainable lifestyle can be.

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Although today I think I need a day of rest, to watch movies and relax. Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 9.29.46 AMBack in the day we used to go to drive-in movies, a community event! Which reminds me of one other summer holiday vacation.


Nine years ago, I began my journey towards a net zero lifestyle. Knowing I was heading for years of intense self-examination, education and research, I spent a month’s vacation at a glorious Yoga retreat in a beautiful mountain range with clear lakes, wild flowers, streams and charming small villages. Exercise, nature hikes, swimming and yoga 10 hours a day was so relaxing. I convinced the Director to allow me to skip out on an evening session to view what I referred to as “a documentary imperative to global awareness”. His mouth dropped open, he had no idea what I was talking about.

I couldn’t wait to open the promo DVD in recycled cardboard of the first carbon neutral film produced with Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist, Al Gore, in An Inconvenient Truth. As the film progressed I wept; I haven’t done that since my childhood when I cried at movies like The Bridge on the River Kwai, the Ten Commandments, and Gone with the Wind. The emotions expressed that day in 2006 inspired my own personal and sustainable Tipping Point

Two years ago I began building the off-grid, zero-waste Silver Bullet Tiny House and now I live in it. My story, the eBook, Living the Sustainable Tiny Life, was just released.

So here are My Top Ten Movies/Documentaries about Sustainability:

  1. An Inconvenient Truth, the classic
  2. Comprar, tirar, comprar, unmasks the reality of planned obsolescence.
  3. Waste Land, the reality of living on a large waste dump
  4. The Age of Stupid, the role that human activity plays in climate change
  5. Food Inc., which will change your attitude about where you food comes from and how it is produced.
  6. The Cove, exposes the world of dolphinaria and dolphin practices around the world.
  7. Happy Feet 1 and Happy Feet 2, great films for the family to begin a conversation on the global effects of human activity on animal life.
  8. The 11th Hour, experts speak, backed with data, on the urgency of addressing the effects of global warming and climate change.
  9. Avatar, for its embedded bio-diversity and sustainability message.
  10. Plastic Planet, exposes the realities of consumption.

*Such diverse concoctions as Hot Dill Spears, Regular Dill Rounds, Blackberry Framboise, Yellow Gold/Plum/Beefsteak Tomatoes, Chutney’s, Blueberry Basil Vinegar and Vera’s Fingerling Eggplant Camponata.

And that brings me to this week’s practice: put up some lights, invite some neighbors and friends, share the organic food bounty and relax with an entertaining and thought provoking sustainable environmental movie from my Top Ten list or the list in the Deep Dive below.

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Picture from Fresh American Style by Annie Selke


The Deep Dive:

Ten tips for hosting an outdoor movie night

Top Ten Movies about Sustainability

Climate Change Films

Films about Alternative Energy

Films about Energy


The Day After Tomorrow


Children of Dune

Erin Brockovich

Fast Food Nation

Food Inc.

Kilowatt Ours

The Happening

Happy Feet 1

Happy Feet 2


Mad Max

Mad Max 2: Road Warrior

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

On the Beach

Planet Earth

The Postman

Planet of the Apes

I am Legend

Silent Running

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

The Island President

The 11th Hour

The Cove

Soylent Green

The Story of Stuff, great film for children’s 1st introduction to sustainability

The Story of Stuff website where you will find the Story of Water, the Story of Change, and the Story of Broke


The China Syndrome



Whale Rider

Winged Migration

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