Organize a movie screening
Since movie screenings can easily double as recruitment opportunities, this project is ideal for groups hoping to expand the size of their team or educate their communities by showing videos that explain climate science or introduce the climate movement. A movie screening could be held for a small group of friends, a classroom, or hundreds of people in a local theatre, so can be appropriate for any scale or capacity group - it depends on how big you want to go! Read on for step-by-step instructions to organizing a climate movie screening in your community.
Get it done
1. Discuss possible locations for a movie screening with your 350 group
2. Select a movie that everyone in your 350 group can agree upon
3. Confirm the logistics of the screening
4. Delegate tasks to everyone in your 350 group
5. Publicize the screening
6. Pull together the necessary materials for the movie screening
7. Make some popcorn, and host the movie screening!
Short films available online
Feature film ideas
Cape Spin: Cape Spin tackles the root causes of society’s inability to produce a large-scale solution to the global energy crisis it created, framing the events of the Cape Wind project as a microcosm of America’s struggle toward sustainability and energy independence. Cape Spin is available to begin screening in the Fall of 2011. Their film team would like to hear from you and work to set up advanced screenings. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Deep Down: Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine. Purchase the film and download screening toolkits here.
Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a 90-minute documentary produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting that aims to give a full accounting of the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change and highlights communities that are integrating renewable energy projects across the country. Purchase the film and download community screening toolkits here.
Gasland: When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. Purchase the film and download community screening toolkits here.
Split Estate: Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health. Purchase the film and community screening kits here.
Sun Come Up: Sun Come Up follows the relocation of some of the the Carteret Islanders a peaceful community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees. Purchase the film here.
Carbon Nation: In the filmmaker’s words, “A climate change solutions movie (that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change).” This could be a great one to show if you’re planning to invite some skeptics to the event.
Age of Stupid: A climate documentary from our friends at 10:10 that begs the question, "why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?"
Everything's Cool: A U.S. focused documentary of "a handful of global warming messengers speaking out in a time of disinformation".
Coalition of the Willing: A collaborative animated film and web-based event about an online war against global warming in a 'post Copenhagen' world.
Oceans are Talking: A great movie for kids about environmental impacts on our oceans.
FRESH: Celebrating the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system.