Loyola University Maryland

Environmental Film Series

Film roll with crab and marsh, text

The Baltimore Environmental Film Series at Loyola University Maryland was inspired by the great environmentally themed film festivals in the mid-Atlantic including Environmental Film Fest in the Nation’s Capital and The Environmental Film Fest at Yale.  The inaugural series was held in the 2015/16 academic year.  Check out these past events here.  

As a Jesuit Catholic Institution environmental sustainability is important to the mission and values of Loyola University Maryland.  This film series merges the art of film with education and advocacy for those affected by the major environmental issues of the time.  The film series is one of many events publicizing a new, interdisciplinary minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. 

The film events are open to the public and free unless otherwise stated.  The majority of the events consist of a feature followed by a discussion of the film with the audience. For events on Loyola's campus free parking on campus in the Butler/Hammerman Lot after 4 PM.  Street parking is also available along Coldspring Lane after 6 PM.

2016-2017 Baltimore Environmental Film Series Line Up 

Waste Land (2010) 

September 14 - 6:30 PM - Loyola University Maryland Student Center - 4th Floor Programming Room

Located just outside Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, is the world's largest garbage landfill. Modern artist Vik Muniz works with the men and women who pick through the refuse, to create art out of recycled materials. Muniz selects six of the garbage pickers to pose as subjects in a series of photographs mimicking famous paintings. In his desire to assist the catadores and change their lives, Muniz finds himself changed as well.

Timed to serve as a follow-up conversation about the Olympics, this film combines the themes of waste, justice and art as activism into a hopeful documentary of the human spirit.  The event will be hosted by Professor Janet Maher, Fine Arts.  

Waste Land Film Discussion Guide and Image Guide

Disobedience (2016)

October 6 - 6:30 PM - Loyola University Maryland CollegeCenter - 4th Floor Programming Room

Disobedience is a new film about a new phase of the climate movement: courageous action that is being taken on the front lines of the climate crisis on every continent, led by regular people fed up with the power and pollution of the fossil fuel industry.

As this film specifically ties in actions of individuals and groups, a workshop around action will coincide with the film. The workshop will be led by Fr. Timothy Brown, SJ. 

Racing Extinction (2015)

November 7 - 6:30 PM - Loyola University Maryland College Center - McGuire Hall

Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There's a hidden world that the oil and gas companies don't want the rest of us to see. Director Louie calls attention to our impact on the planet, while inspiring others to embrace the solutions that will ensure a thriving planet for future generations.

This film will be hosted by Bernadette Roche, Director of Environmental & Sustainability Studies and snacks will be provided by the Wellness Inclusion Network.

Racing Extinction Discussion Guide and Flier

Virunga (2014)

February 21 - 6:30 PM- Location McGuire East

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo's rich natural resources. When a rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect.

A tale of the Congo and the people who threaten it and those that protect it – this event will be hosted by Elizabeth Schmidt, Professor of History.

Virunga Discussion Guide

City of Trees (2015)

March 30- Time 7 PM - Senator Theatre

A deeply personal story about the struggle for good jobs and environmental justice in our cities.  With unemployment exceeding 25 percent in D.C.'s Ward 8 during the Great Recession, nonprofit Washington Parks & People receives a $2.7 million stimulus grant to put long-term unemployed residents back to work through a new green job training program.

This event will be hosted by the Center for Community Service and Justice and feature a conversation with representatives from Parks & People Baltimore and the York Road Partnership Public Spaces & Greening Committee as well as one of the filmmakers, Brandon Kramer.  

Shuttle transportation will be provided for the Loyola community to the theatre from the Loyola Notre Dame Library starting at 6 PM.  Shuttles will resume at 9 PM from the Senator to the Library.  Tickets are free for Loyola students, faculty and staff courtesy of Messina.  For all others tickets are $10 each and available at the Senator box office.

City of Trees Discussion Guide

The Lorax (2012)

April 21 - 7:30 PM - Loyola University Maryland - Campus Quad

Twelve-year-old Ted lives in a place virtually devoid of nature; no flowers or trees grow in the town of Thneedville. Ted would very much like to win the heart of Audrey (Taylor Swift), the girl of his dreams, but to do this, he must find that which she most desires: a Truffula tree. To get it, Ted delves into the story of the Lorax, once the gruff guardian of the forest, and the Once-ler, who let greed overtake his respect for nature.

This event will be held outdoors, weather permitting, and will be hosted by Campus Ministry and the Environmental Action Club


Thank you to the following sponsors from Loyola University Maryland: Environmental & Sustainability Studies; Natural & Applied Sciences; Film Studies; the Departments of Communication, Economics, & Physics; Mission Integration; Facilities Management; the Center for Humanities at Loyola; Education for Life; Messina; Campus Ministry; Center for Community Service & Justice; Loyola Notre Dame Library,