Loyola University Maryland

Environmental Film Series

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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. 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.

2019-2020 Baltimore Environmental Film Series Lineup 

Paris to Pittsburgh (Bonfiglio & Beaumont 2018)

September 18, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in McGuire Hall East

  • Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. Hear the stories of the local, private sector, and community leaders across the U.S. who are continuing to take action towards the Paris Agreement goals - regardless of federal inaction.  This film is co-sponsored by Messina.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Baichwal, de Pencier and Burtynsky, 2018) 

January 29, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium

  • A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet and third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

    From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

Baltimore's Strange Fruit (Jackson & Hardy, 2018)

March 10, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in 4th Floor Programming Room

  • Baltimore's Strange Fruit is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy, exploring the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary.   For more information, visit https://www.bmorestrangefruit.com/trailer

    Sponsored by The York Road Institute, CCSJ, Education for Life, The Center for the Humanities, The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, and Messina

    A The Good Life theme-wide event hosted by Terre Ryan, Associate Professor of Writing

Ice on Fire (Conners, 2019)

March 23, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium

  • Produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid, Ice on Fire is an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis. The film goes beyond the current climate change narrative and offers hope that we can actually stave off the worst effects of global warming. 

    With sweeping cinematography of a world worth saving, Ice on Fire was filmed across the globe, from Norway to Alaska, Iceland to Colorado, Switzerland to Costa Rica to Connecticut. The film highlights firsthand accounts of people at the forefront of the climate crisis, with insights from scientists, farmers, innovators and others.

    Ice on Fire finds that while the risks and urgency may be higher than ever today, there are also greater opportunities for innovative solutions, offering a realistic but hopeful perspective on a key global issue that demands our attention.

The Environmental Film Series is sponsored by Environmental & Sustainability Studies.