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 with the exception of April. We will supplement our regular screening with an additional film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret  in honor of Earth Day. 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 screen Shadows Of Liberty at the Chatham Orpheum Theater at 9:30 am on Saturday, March 7, 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.


Winter/spring 2020 (all films start at 9:30 am)

January 4

A Concerned Citizen documents the work of Dr. Riki Ott, a citizen activist who predicted the Exxon V

A Concerned Citizen documents the work of Dr. Riki Ott, a citizen activist who predicted the Exxon Valdez oil spill hours before it happened and came to the aid of her Alaskan community in their battle to get fair compensation for their loss of health and income.

"It is my hope that, as people's health, livelihoods, and property are harmed by these extreme oil activities, people will understand the need to shift off oil to safer energy options and take action to achieve true energy independence. This is the movement that I see growing in all regions of our country."

~ Dr. Riki Ott

February 1


In a world torn by conflict--in a place where the idea of peace has been abandoned--an energy of determined optimism emerges. When someone is willing to disturb the status quo and stand for the dream of a free and secure world, who will stand with them?

Disturbing the Peace is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. Disturbing the Peace follows former enemy combatants--Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison--who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say "enough."

March 7


Shadows Of Liberty reveals the extraordinary money and power behind the news media dictating censorship, cover‐ups and corporate control.

Filmmaker Jean‐Philippe Tremblay takes an intrepid journey through the dark corridors of the American media landscape where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades their overwhelming influence has distorted journalism and compromised its values.

In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.

April 4




Divide in Concord is an engaging tale about a contemporary debate: individual freedom vs. collective responsibility, and how this relates to American democracy. Driving the debate is a fiery 84-year-old grandmother, who presents a bylaw to ban the sale of single-serve plastic water bottles. But can one person take on the bottled water industry?

April 18


Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

May 2


Incarcerating US  is a feature-length documentary that exposes America’s prison problem and explores ways to unshackle the Land of the Free through vital criminal justice reforms. With 2.3 million people behind bars, the U.S. has the largest prison population in the history of the world.

Through dramatic first-hand accounts, expert testimony, and shocking statistics, Incarcerating US asks fundamental questions about the prison system in America: What is the purpose of prison? Why did our prison population explode in the 1970s? What can make our justice system more just?

June 6


Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.

Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side.