SMC One Planet Film Festival 2014

Detailed Schedule

St. Mary’s College of California
One Planet Film Festival 2014
Ten Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm
Galileo Hall, room 201

FREE & open to the public
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Detailed Schedule

Sept 9: Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction (2010; 80 min)

Including Q&A with the director, Monte Thompson, co-producer Susan Scott, and former Sierra Club national vice president Bernard Daley Zaleha!!

Call of life has won many awards and accolades

If current trends continue, scientists warn that within a few decades at least HALF of all plant and animal species on Earth will disappear forever.

All over the world species are becoming extinct at an astonishing rate, from 1000 to 10,000 times faster than normal. The loss of biodiversity has become so severe that scientists are calling it a mass extinctionevent.

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and indigenous and religious leaders, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed this situation to develop, continue to reinforce it, and even determine our response to it.

Call of Life tells the story of a crisis not only in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before. See the trailer…

… with the short, How Wolves Change Rivers (5 min)

Sept 16: The 11th Hour (2007; 95 min)

A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s ecosystems. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Kenny Ausubel, Wangari Maathai, Stephen Hawking, Paul Hawken, David Suzuki, Bill McKibben, Andrew Weil, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lester Brown, and others.

Sept 23: Green Gold (2012; 48 min)

“It’s possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems with the use of permaculture design principles and techniques.” Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally. Geoff Lawton explains about permaculture and the projects he has develloped in Jordan.

A truly uplifting story how humanity can repair the damaged ecosystems worldwide by systematically applying permaculture design principles and techniques to restore these systems. Ecosystem repair will be the great story of the coming decades! A return of humanity respecting ecology and starting a cooperative bond again with nature.

With the short Homegrown Revolution (2009; 15 min)

Sept 30: Food, Inc. (2008; 94 min)

An award-winning feature film showing that American agribusiness produces unhealthy food using methods that are environmentally harmful and abusive of animals and employees. Narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner.

With free food!

Oct 7: The Economics of Happiness (2011; 67 min)

An award-winning film about the conflict between free-wheeling economic growth and happiness. 

With special guest Sanjen Miedzinski.

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

With Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Andrew Simms, Zac Goldsmith, Samdhong Rinpoche, Clive Hamilton, Mohau Pheko, Keibo Oiwa, and more. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity and to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

“Helena Norberg‐Hodge delivers a powerful message about globalization: It is the small, local economies around the world that are preserving traditions, cultures, and communities, and ultimately safeguarding our happiness.” (Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse)

“It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as ‘The Economics of Happiness.’ This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering‐‐stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localization movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalization, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.” (Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self)

Oct 21: Addicted to Plastic (2007; 85 min)

With special guests Beth Terry of My Plastic Free Life & Linda Currie of Green Sangha.

From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence than synthetics. But such progress has had a cost. For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. Addicted To Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there’s so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up.

Addicted To Plastic is a point-of-view style documentary that encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic’s path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will provide viewers with a new perspective about our future with plastic. Directed by Ian Connacher, Produced by Cryptic Moth Productions.

With the short, Plastic State of Mind (3 min)

Oct 28: Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City (26 min) & Vision of the Future: Sustainable Eco-cities (2009; 25 min)

Bogotá: Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, transformed one of the world’s most chaotic cities into a model of civic-minded and sustainable urban planning. He reformed public transportation, added greenways, built mega-libraries and created the longest stretch of bike-only lanes in the world. But along the way, he met tremendous opposition from the very people he was attempting to help.

Bogota: Building a Sustainable City Trailer

Vision of the Future: It is estimated that by 2030 the vast majority of humankind will be living in an urban environment, putting an immense strain on the planet’s natural resources. Using Freiburg, in Germany, as an example of a model eco-city that has proved its sustainability over time, this program reimagines the urban development process.

Vision of the Future: Sustainable Eco-cities Trailer

With the short, The Story of Cosmetics (8 min)

With guest speaker Susan Silber of Transition Berkeley

Nov 4: The Next Industrial Revolution: William McDonough, Michael Braungart and the Birth of the Sustainable Economy (2001; 55min)

With special guest Allison Cook from The Story of Stuff Project

While some environmental observers predict doomsday scenarios in which a rapidly increasing human population is forced to compete for ever scarcer natural resources, Bill McDonough sees a more exciting and hopeful future. In his vision humanity takes nature itself as our guide reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes. Can’t happen? It’s already happening…at Nike, at Ford Motor Company, at Oberlin College, at Herman Miller Furniture, and at DesignTex…and it’s part of what architect McDonough and his partner, chemist Michael Braungart, call ‘The Next Industrial Revolution.’ The film explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and enhance profitability. 

Directed by Chris Bedford and Shelley Morhaim; Produced by Shelley Morhaim for Earthome Productions; Narrated by Susan Sarandon

With the shorts The Story of Stuff (22 min) The Story of Solutions (9 min)

Nov 11: How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth? (2009; 50 min)

Famed British naturalist Sir David Attenborough investigates whether the world is heading for a population crisis. He has watched the human population more than double from 2.5 billion in 1950 to nearly seven billion today. Attenborough reflects on the profound effects of this rapid growth for humans and the environment. While much of the projected growth in human population is likely to come from the developing world, it is the lifestyle enjoyed by many in the West that has the most impact on the planet. Sir David examines whether it is the duty of individuals to commit not only to smaller families, but to change the way they live for the sake of humanity and planet Earth.

With the short, The Story of Change (6 min)

Nov 18: What A Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire (2007; 123 min)

Tim Bennett, middle-class white guy, started waking up to the global environmental nightmare in the mid-1980s. But life was so busy with raising kids and pursuing the American dream that he never got around to acting on his concerns. Until now… Bennett ruthlessly identifies and calls into question the fundamental assumption that has led to our unprecedented crisis: that humans were destined to dominate the rest of the community of life with the Culture of Empire.

Powerful interviews with well-known authors including Daniel Quinn, Derrick Jensen and Richard Heinberg, and noted scientists William Schlesinger and Stuart Pimm, fill in some important pieces. Scathing and humorous use of archival footage is balanced with very human snapshot comments from family and friends.


Writer/Director: Timothy S. Bennett

The One Planet Film Festival is made possible by…

  • The SMC Library (special thanks to Linda Wobbe)
  • The SMC School of Science
  • The SMC School of Liberal Arts
  • The SMC office of the Vice President for Undergraduate Academics
  • The SMC Faculty Development Committee
  • The SMC College Committee on Inclusive Excellence
  • Green Sangha: Inspiring Awakened Action (

The festival is held in conjunction with a new course, Introduction to Sustainability (EES 90).

For more information, contact Kenneth Worthy (


  1. Impressive programming worth a million bucks! If you need a guide to living a life that is beneficial to the planet, as opposed to just “less bad,” then go see all these films and keep your money.

  2. Great Line Up!
    And once you are inspired to get involved….won’t you please consider joining us at a local government meeting to advocate for sustainability and climate action planning and policies? Please drop us an email! Local Actions Move the World.

    ‘Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” Pericles —

  3. Misse the first one, but plan to attend the rest. Thanks for inviting the public.

  4. Great line-up! I’m going to see as many as possible.

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