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LCE Film Festival

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The University of Delaware's Environmental Film Festival
Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10, 2016

Free and open to the public!

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Environmental Humanities Program 
and the Delaware Environmental Institute


In our third environmental film festival, we follow along as creative filmmakers turn their lenses on the subject of climate change. Join us for one or all of these thought-provoking films!

Click on the links below to visit official film websites and view trailers. Running times (in minutes) are listed in parentheses. 

Friday, April 8

Image of the movie poster for Inconvenient TruthAn Inconvenient Truth (96)
3:00 p.m., Pearson Hall Auditorium
It was terrifying in 2006 — has anything changed since this film was released?

Summary: In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the film that arguably started it all, the festival will begin with a screening of this legendary, Academy Award-winning documentary that follows former Vice President Al Gore as he travels the country sounding the alarm about climate change.

The discussion will be moderated by philosophy professor and director of the Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy at UD, Tom Powers.

Image of the Carbon Nation movie posterCarbon Nation (86) 
7:00 p.m., Pearson Hall Auditorium
A climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change!

Summary: Carbon Nation is a documentary movie about climate change SOLUTIONS. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don't buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues.

The discussion will be moderated by civil engineering professor Michael Chajes.

Saturday, April 9

Movie poster from The Age of StupidThe Age of Stupid (89)
3:00 p.m., Pearson Hall Auditorium
Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?

Summary: A man living in the crumbling world of 2055 watches tapes filmed in the early 2000s and wonders why we didn't act on climate change when we had the opportunity.

The discussion will be moderated by English professor Julian Yates.



Movie poster for A Sea ChangeA Sea Change (84)
7:00 p.m., Pearson Hall Auditorium
Imagine a world without fish.

Guest Speakers: Sven Huseby, star of the film.

Summary: Inspired by his young grandson, retired history teacher Sven Huseby travels around the world in an attempt to discover the reasons behind our deteriorating seas.

Sunday, April 10

Movie poster for Merchants of DoubtMerchants of Doubt (96) 
2:30 p.m., 115 Purnell Hall
How a handful of people obscure the truth through spin

Summary: Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, this documentary takes audiences on a satirically comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin, lifting the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

The discussion will be moderated by journalism professor McKay Jenkins.


Photo from DivestDivest! (77)  
7:00 p.m., Mitchell Hall Auditorium

Do the "terrifying new math" with the climate movement on tour.

Summary: As world governments struggle to meet the aspirational limit of 1.5°C of global warming agreed to at COP21 in Paris, a new campaign is targeting the fossil fuel industry in an effort to withdraw its social license to operate. DIVEST! chronicles's "Do the Math" bus tour across the United States in 2012 as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.

The discussion will be moderated by LCE festival director Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair in Environment.


Admission to all films is free. No tickets or reservations needed.
This schedule may still be subject to change. Please check back to confirm showtimes before attending. There will be a five-minute introduction and approximately 30 minutes of discussion following each film. Doors will open approximately 20 minutes before each screening. Please note that no food or drink is allowed in the auditoriums.