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.
2018-2019 Baltimore Environmental Film Series Lineup
September 27, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in McGuire Hall West
Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018)
The film follows TIME Magazine’s Hero of Asia Lek Chailert, director Ashley Bell, and a team of rescuers as they embark on a daring mission to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year-old partially blind trekking elephant, and bring her to freedom. Following the film, a panel discussion featuring world renowned conservationist, Lek Chailert and the film's director Ashley Bell will explore the topics of global conservation, animal advocacy and sustainability.
This event is sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association Animal Law Section.
October 22, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. in McGuire Hall West
What Lies Upstream (2017)
In a time where the federal government moves toward environmental deregulation, 'What Lies Upstream' is a look at the 2014 chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia that left 300,000 without safe tap water. The filmmaker investigates what happens when government regulators defer to the companies they are supposed to regulate. Which begs the question - is this an isolated event or can we expect further crises in other states moving forward. Following the film there will be a discussion.
The Environmental Film Series is sponsored by Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Messina.