Sustainability Film Series


The Sustainable Practices Sustainability Film Series is dedicated to screening films that fit within the accepted definition of sustainability. Therefore, our films are focused on social justice, environmental justice, and economic equity themes.

Location and Time

Sustainable Practices is proud to have a partnership with the Chatham Orpheum Theater. All film screenings that are formally a part of the Sustainability Film Series are screened at the Theater. Our films are shown at 9:30 am on the first Saturday of every month. Ticket prices for films are ten dollars and proceeds from tickets sales are a revenue source for the activities of Sustainable Practices; they are tax-deductible.

Next Screening

The Sustainability Film Series will start its third season on September 7, 2019. Our films are screened monthly through June 2020.

Our film series supports our citizen-based initiatives and we are thankful for our sponsorship relationship with the Chatham Orpheum Theater. We typically open our films with an update on our activities across the Cape and close with question, answer, discussion and comment related to the film screened. We view our film series as a means of building community and are welcoming to furthering the discussion on issues without limiting perspectives.

We have limited seating at our screenings. As a result, advance purchase is suggested. Tickets can be purchased on-line or in person at the Chatham Orpheum Theater.

Upcoming Films for fall 2019 will be announced in mid july

This is Home, February 2


This is Home is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient.  As they learn to adapt to challenges, including the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested.  It is a universal story, highlighted by humor and heartbreak, about what it’s like to start over, no matter the obstacles.

Death by Design, March 2


Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. Death by Design tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

The Devil We Know, April 6


The Devil We Know is the story of how one synthetic chemical, used to make Teflon products, contaminated a West Virginia community. But new research hints at a much broader problem: nearly all Americans are affected by exposure to non-stick chemicals in food, drinking water, and consumer products. With very little oversight on the chemical industry in this country, we invite you to learn more about the problem and how you can protect yourself and your family. This film will be screened free of ticket charge and in sponsorship with STEEP Superfund Research Program. The film is co-hosted by Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, and Pleasant Bay Community Boating.

Paris to Pittsburg, April 20



From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. 

And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

A Dangerous Idea, May 4


A Dangerous Idea reveals how eugenics and genetics gained new traction in the 20th century with an increasing belief in the concept of an all-powerful "gene" that predetermines who is worthy and who is not. The film reveals how this new genetic determinism provided an abhorrent rationale for state sanctioned crimes committed against America's poorest, most vulnerable citizens and for violations of the fundamental civil rights of untold millions.  Like no other film before it, this documentary brings to light how false scientific claims have rolled back long fought for gains in equality, and how powerful interests are poised once again to use the gene myth to unravel the American Dream.

Sacred Cod, June 1


For centuries, cod was like gold, driving men to extremes. Cod were so abundant in the waters off New England that fishermen used to say they could walk across the Atlantic on the backs of them, and generations of men from places like Gloucester and Cape Cod spent their entire lives chasing the coveted fish. In recent decades, something began to change in the Gulf of Maine. As the region's cod catch plummeted, government surveys of the iconic species reported increasingly dire results. 

Produced by an outstanding team of filmmakers, including the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning environment reporter, David Abel, Sacred Cod gives us an up close look at the challenges many will have to face in the age of climate change.