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 screen Lives Well Lived at the Chatham Orpheum Theater at 9:30 am on December 7, 2019. 

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.


fall 2019 (all films start at 9:30 am)

September 7


Reuse film isn't about our waste problem. It's about solutions. And they are everywhere!

We live in a challenging time. Climate change and mass consumption is threatening our planet's existence. Excessive extraction of natural resources has created immeasurable waste and pollution. This issue is complicated and imminent. While recognition and awareness is important, direct action is by far the most effective. But traditional recycling is not enough. The reuse mission offers a more sustainable solution that everyone can be a part of. REUSE Because You Can't Recycle The Planet follows Reuse Pro Alex Eaves' cross-country adventure to the 48 contiguous U.S. states. On his journey, he finds endless reuse solutions for our waste problem that are not only sustainable, but many of which are easy and fun And he learns just how reuse truly benefits people, planet, and wallet.

October 5


Traces of the Trade documents the history of the DeWolf family. From 1769 to 1820, DeWolf fathers, sons and grandsons trafficked in human beings. They sailed their ships from Bristol, Rhode Island to West Africa with rum to trade for African men, women and children. Captives were taken to plantations that the DeWolfs owned in Cuba or were sold at auction in such ports as Havana and Charleston. Sugar and molasses were then brought from Cuba to the family-owned rum distilleries in Bristol. Over the generations, the family transported more than ten thousand enslaved Africans across the Middle Passage. They amassed an enormous fortune. By the end of his life, James DeWolf had been a U.S. Senator and was reportedly the second richest man in the United States.

The enslavement of Africans was business for more than just the DeWolf family. It was a cornerstone of Northern commercial life. 

November 2


A Fierce Green Fire covers fifty years of environmental movements. The film begins with Sierra Club and its fight to stop the construction of dams in the Grand Canyon.It then moves on to focus on the Love Canal toxic waste disaster in the late 1970s; Greenpeace’s 30-year-running campaign to put an end to whaling; and Chico Mendes and his trailblazing efforts to save the Amazon rainforest. The last topic ends on a more recent controversy, one that cannot be overlooked in environmental discussions of the 21st century—climate change.  Between interviews and old footage, the documentary weaves a very detailed look through time, showing how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

December 7


Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you. 

December 21


Open Bethlehem is a campaign that works to promote global engagement with Bethlehem boosting international interest and awareness through film and campaigning and by promoting visits to Bethlehem.  The campaign also works to develop a network of passionate ambassadors for the city through the Bethlehem Passport Program.

Open Bethlehem's vision is to support a lasting peace settlement between Palestine and Israel using Bethlehem as a doorway for global engagement. As an iconic city, and a Palestinian city, Bethlehem has both power and responsibility to act and use its global outreach to promote positive change.