Sustainability Film Series

Films

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 10:00 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 continues on Saturday, April 6, at 10:00 am with the screening of The Devil We Know. 


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 at the Chatham Orpheum Theater 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.



Upcoming Films

One Big Home, January 5

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Gentrification comes in many forms. On the tiny island of Martha's Vineyard, where presidents and celebrities vacation, trophy homes threaten to destroy the island's unique character.

Twelve years in the making, One Big Home follows one carpenter's journey to understand the trend toward giant houses. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, Thomas Bena takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to pass a new bylaw to limit house size. 

This is Home, February 2

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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

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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

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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.

A Dangerous Idea, May 4

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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

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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.