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 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. For events in the Loyola Notre Dame Library, parking is available at the library located at 200 Winston Avenue.
Currently campus events are limited to the public. Updates on this policy are available at www.loyola.edu/about/coronavirus-update.
Spring 2022 Baltimore Environmental Film Series Lineup
Honeyland (Kotevska & Stefanov, 2019)
February 17 at 6 PM in the Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium
Synopsis: The filmmakers, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, follow the life of Hatidže Muratova, a loner beekeeper of wild bees who lives in the remote mountain village of Bekirlija in Macedonia, and the impacts of new neighbors. This film won three awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and had two nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards in the categories for Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature. Honeyland is the first documentary to receive a nomination in both categories in the history of the Oscars. The film is in Balkan Turkish. http://www.honeylandfilm.com/ https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/honeyland-2019
Gather (Rawal, 2020)
March 31 at 6 PM in the Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium
This film is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. Filmmaker Sanjay Rawal follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath river. According to the New York Times “Rawal covers a substantial amount of ground and deftly balances the dense material without losing sight of the mission driving the bigger story: Healing from generational trauma sometimes starts with just one person.” https://www.firstnations.org/projects/gather-film/
The Biggest Little Farm (Chester, 2018)
Filmmaker John Chester chronicles the eight-year quest that he and his wife, Molly Chester, embark on as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.
The Environmental Film Series is sponsored by Environmental Studies and the Dean of Loyola College.