Past Film Events

Check out the films that Sustainable Fairfax has screened:

Film & Speaker Night: Time to Choose

Sept 15 @ 7:00pm
Fairfax Women’s Club46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States 
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Speaker:  Executive Producer, Jeff Horowitz  And local groups will share actions you can take to move towards a healthier climate!

Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced – and it is also our greatest opportunity. We have the solutions we need, but we are in a race against the clock to implement them in time. Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson captures the urgency and innovation of this critical moment in his new film, Time to Choose. The film looks at the climate threats and explores the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better. It looks squarely at this unique moment on earth, with an eye to helping change the course of human history.

Film & Speaker Night: Fractured Land

July 21 @ 7:00pm
Speaker: Nick Tipon
Fairfax Women’s Club46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States 
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Award winning Canadian film that tells the story of a young indigenous leader and lawyer who builds a powerful movement to increase awareness of hydraulic fracking on First Nation lands.

Film & Panel Discussion: SEED- May 19

May 19 @ 6:30 pm9:00 pm
Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States
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“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.” – Vandana Shiva Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Join Sustainable Fairfax for a screening of the award winning film, “SEED: The Untold Story,” and a discussion with an engaging panel of experts including Mark Squire, Wendy Johnson and Claire Hope Cummings. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED follows passionate seed keepers protecting…

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Film & Discussion: “Tomorrow” at The Rafael, April 22

April 22 @ 3:30 pm6:00 pm
Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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Sustainable Fairfax is thrilled to be the Community Partner for the showing of “Tomorrow” at the Smith Rafael Film Center on Saturday, April 22nd at 3:30pm followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” and in this film (which won the French César for Best Documentary), co-filmmakers Cyril Dion and actor-director Mélanie Laurent travel ten countries encountering individuals and communities who have taken environmental sustainability into…

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Zero Waste Event- Film & Panel- Fri, Mar 24

March 24 @ 6:30 pm9:00 pm
Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States
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Join us for an evening to Talk Trash and enjoy a screening of an entertaining and inspiring film on one couple’s journey to zero waste. Here’s the schedule of the evening: 1) Zero Waste Marin presentation 2) Zero Waste Panel & Discussion- learn about the challenges and opportunities we face as a Town and a County in our efforts to reduce landfill waste.  The expert panel includes: –Renee Goddard, Sustainable Fairfax –Kim Scheibly, Marin Sanitary Service –Steve Devine, Program Manager,…

Film & Speaker Night: This Changes Everything- Friday, January 13

January 13 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States
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What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines.

Film & Speaker Night: Abundance on a Dry Land

July 22, 2016 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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Speaker: Erik Ohlsen/Permaculture Artisans Featured in the film! Erik Ohlsen is a licensed contractor, founder, and owner of Permaculture Artisans, an ecological farm and landscape company. Erik is a renowned certified permaculture designer, and certified permaculture teacher and has been practicing permaculture and ecological design since 1998. __________________________ Some experts are predicting less than average rainfall this year…

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Film & Speaker Series: Inhabit

October 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature. INHABIT explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are…

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Film & Speaker Series – Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds

September 11, 2015 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or the water we drink. In this film you learn about the diversity of seeds and the diverse individuals – seed savers, renegade farmers, artists and activists who are working to save this precious resource. SPEAKER: Rebecca Newburn, Co-Founder of Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library – a free seed library located in the Richmond Public Library. Rebecca is a leader in the National Save Seed Sharing Campaign that advocates…

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Film & Speaker Series: A Place at the Table

May 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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When: Friday, May 15, 2015 Doors Open: 7:00pm Film: 7:30pm Where: Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park Rd, Fairfax Cost: $5-15 Suggested Donation – no one turned away Speakers:  Rev Katharine Harts of the Fairfax COMMUNITY Church & Fairfax Food Pantry; Marv Zauderer, Founder of ExtraFood Sustainable Fairfax is screening “A Place at the Table,” a documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem. About 50 million Americans are food insecure, with the proportion of children facing food insecurity…

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Film & Speaker Series: Russian River: All Rivers

April 17, 2015 @ 5:45 pm9:00 pm

Sustainable Fairfax Office,

6 School Street, Suite 150
Fairfax, CA 94930 United States

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When: Friday, April 17, 2015 Doors Open: 5:45pm   Film: 6:15 pm Where: Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park Rd, Fairfax Cost: $5-15 Suggested Donation – no one turned away Special Guests: Filmmakers William Sorensen, Stella Kwiecinski & Nancy Econome; David Keller, Bay Area Director of Friends of the Eel River; and Huey Johnson of the Resource Renewal Institute. Questions & Answers follow the film. $5-$15 suggested donation We are pleased to present this timely film, especially relevant as the California drought…

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Film & Speaker Series: BLUE GOLD

March 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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When: Friday, March 20, 2015 Doors Open: 7:00pm Film: 7:30 pm Where: Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park Rd, Fairfax Cost: $5-10 Suggested Donation – no one turned away Speaker: Mai-Lan Ha, a Senior Research Associate for the Pacific Institute’s Corporate Sustainability program focusing on its international standards and corporate water stewardship programs. Ms. Ha will provide comments and take questions after the film. BLUE GOLD sheds light on the world’s rapidly approaching water crisis and suggests that wars of the…

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Film & Speaker Series: The Future of Energy

January 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People is a powerful documentary that captures the movement across the United States to transition to renewable energy and what everyday people can do to help foster the shift.

All around the world a powerful transition is taking place. Communities are building local movements to address economic instability and the worst effects of climate change. Energy lies at the heart of our global society, and how we consume it impacts everything from the air we breathe and the food we eat, to our jobs and the health of our families.

The Future of Energy is a positive, fun film that focuses on energy solutions and the people behind the renewable energy revolution. It’s a love story about people re-imagining their relationship to the planet, and falling back in love with the Earth and each other.

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Film & Speaker Series: The Story of Stuff 

November 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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If you are not familiar with Story of Stuff, it all began about 7 years ago when Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios put together a 20-minute movie about the way we make, use, and throw away Stuff. It went viral on the internet, unleashing a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about the impacts of our consumer-crazed culture on people and the planet. Since then It has been viewed more than 40 million times worldwide.

From this the Story of Stuff Project emerged, including, among other things, more films that address different topics brought up during the original film.

Film: 5 Story of Stuff films
Speaker: Louis Fox of Free Range Studios.

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Film & Speaker Series: Living in the Future 

September 12, 2014 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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How to Build an EcoVillage!

A poetic tale of nine families as they create beautiful natural homes and plentiful gardens from sheep-grazed soil in Wales. In the face of legal battles and local hostility, they live with an ongoing pressure meet their targets and show success for the UK’s first planned ecoVillage, Lammas.

Post Film Talk and Discussion: Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox, authors of the book, Sustainable Revolution: Pernaculture in EcoVillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide, will talk about their book and lead a discussion about the themes from the film.

This film is part of the Sustainable Fairfax film series and is co-sponsored by Fairfax Volunteers and Fairfax Parks and Recreation.

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Film & Speaker Series: Toxic Hot Seat

May 2, 2014 @ 6:00 am9:00 pm

Sustainable Fairfax Office,

6 School Street, Suite 150
Fairfax, CA 94930 United States

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When: Friday, May 2, 2014 Post-Film Discussion: Directors James Redford and Kirby Walker TOXIC HOT SEAT tells the story of a growing tide of activists, journalists and citizen groups who are bringing an end to the era of manipulation and misinformation about hidden toxic chemicals. Sponsored by Sustainable Fairfax and Moms Advocating Sustainability (MOMAS) Click here for details about the movie.

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Film & Speaker Series: Watershed

February 28, 2014 @ 7:30 pm10:30 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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When: Friday, February 28 Doors: 7:00 Film: 7:30 Executive Produced and Narrated by Robert Redford and Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. “The watershed issue is something that’s happening all over the world, where the need for water is greater than the amount of water to provide for it,” Robert Redford told Reuters.”I think we’re picking the Colorado…

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Film & Speaker Series: PLAY AGAIN

January 31, 2014 @ 7:30 pm10:30 pm

Fairfax Women’s Club,

46 Park rd.
Fairfax, CA United States

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SPEAKER:  Mia Andler – Nature Educator This moving and humorous award winning documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary…

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GREEN FIRE – Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

When: Friday, Oct 25, 2013

The Emmy Award winning film,Green Fire, the first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold.  Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement.  Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.

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FOOD, INC.

When: Friday, Sept 20 , 2013

Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees.  The film is narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.

GASLAND II

When:September 13, 2013 Doors 6:30, film 7:00 p.m.
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

Sponsored byFairfax Tomorrow, The Town of Fairfax, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club Marin Group, 350Marin, 10th AD Democratic Club, and North Coast Rivers Alliance. Wheelchair accessible

ELEMENTAL

When: Friday, August 16 , 2013

Co-Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee will appear in person and answer questions after the film. With a fresh approach Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.

 QUEEN OF THE SUN

When: Friday, July 19 , 2013

Speaker:Sara Knight- Pesticide Action Network

QUEEN OF THE SUN is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together a dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers around the world.Watch trailer here.This spellbinding film explores the long-term causes that have led to one of our most urgent global food crises, illuminating the deep link between humans and bees. The story unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping, highlighting how that historic and sacred relationship has been lost. Inspiring and entertaining, QUEEN OF THE SUN uncovers the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

MISS REPRESENTATION

When: Friday, June 28, 2013

Speaker: Marilyn DeLaure from USF

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Sustainable Fairfax and Fairfax Moms are pleased to provide a screening of MISS REPRESENTATION, a Sundance Film Festival winner, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. This trend can prevent women from reaching their full potential, thereby presenting a roadblock to attaining a thriving and sustainable community and culture.

CHASING ICE

When  Friday, May 17, 2013

Post Film Comments:Dr. Peter Joseph, Climate Reality Project

CHASING ICE, winner of best cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet,See Preview Here!With a band of young adventurers in tow, National Geographic photographer James Balog deployed revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. The images are stunning. This movie should not be missed.

TRASHED

When: Friday, April 19, 2013

TRASHED is a provocative investigation of the fastest growing industry in North America – the garbage business. Is there a better model? Actor Jeremy Irons guides us through both the problems and solutions.to pressing environmental problems.

SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL

When: Friday, Feb 22, 2013

Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights the role of healthy soil in creating healthy planets that nurture healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

GASLAND

When: Friday, Jan 18th, 2013; Doors Open: 6:30; Film: 7:00

Communities in California are now fighting chemical hydraulic fracking, a destructive natural gas drilling process which causes earthquakes and contaminates our water.  Gasland is an award winning documentary film chronicling how communities across the US are negatively impacted by fracking operations, Join Sustainable Fairfax for this entertaining and engrossing film and learn what you can do to fight back!

The film is sponsored by ‘Fairfax Tomorrow’ and the Fairfax Town Council.  Sustainable Fairfax is cosponsoring the event along with Pesticide Free Zone, The Marin Grange, and GMO Free Marin.