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.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended our in-person events at the Chatham Orpheum Theater.
Sustainable Practices Sustainability Film series has moved to a virtual, on-demand, platform. Tickets for our films can be purchased online and films can be viewed at a location of choice during the nine-day active period of a screening.
The Sustainability Film Series will screen Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes from January 22 through January 31.
See the film description below to purchase tickets.
Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes, follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and career of America’s first female landscape architect—Beatrix Farrand. Farrand was responsible for some of the most celebrated gardens in the United States and helped create a distinctive American voice in landscape architecture. Although she created gardens for the rich and powerful, including John D. Rockefeller, Jr., J.P. Morgan, and President Woodrow Wilson, she also was an early advocate for the value of public gardens and believed strongly in the power of the natural world to make people’s lives better. Through the documentary, Miller journeys to iconic Farrand gardens, engaging designers, scholars and horticulturists in a spirited dialogue about the meaning and importance of this ground-breaking early 20th-century woman. Lynden Miller’s experience as New York City’s most prominent public garden designer is woven into a wide-ranging biography of Farrand’s life and times.
Tickets will be available for purchase starting January 15.
Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms.
WHY IT MATTERS
Automated decision-making has the unprecedented power to disseminate bias at scale. As humans increasingly outsource our autonomy to machines, algorithms are already being deployed to decide what information we see, who gets hired, who gets health care, and who gets undue police scrutiny. As artificial intelligence moves out of the data science labs and into the real world, bias has the potential to be deployed at scale. There’s a real danger that without proper training on data evaluation and spotting the potential for bias in data, vulnerable groups in society could be harmed or have their rights impinged. A.I. also has intersectional implications on criminal & racial justice, immigration, healthcare, gender equity and current social movements.
Rife with violence by both youth and staff, and proven to be ineffective in meeting the needs of youth, many of America’s juvenile prisons are failing today’s young people. Most of today’s facilities depend on punishment, including solitary confinement and pepper spray, to treat children. For youth who have already faced unimaginable traumas in their short lives, punishment only prepares them for chaos and scarcity.
Like Any Other Kid provides a rare glimpse into the inner-workings of one of the most promising developments in juvenile justice reform: the use of non-punitive, therapeutic programs to change behavior and help youth re-enter their communities. Following the intimate relationships between incarcerated youth and staff in three unique facilities across the country over the course of three years, the film shows how these programs work. Based on the Missouri approach, where love and structure, instead of punishment, are used, these programs guide and teach youth how to take responsibility for themselves. Through scenes of conflict, vulnerability, reflection, commitment, and joy, the youth transform before our eyes. Like Any Other Kid shows us the great potential of these youth if we let them be just that: like any other kid.