The Sundance Film Festival truly has something for everyone: famous directors, snowboarding photo ops, hefty swag bags, Robert Redford. . . and some interesting
new films exploring themes of climate change and environmental conservation. Here are a few of the
promising green films debuting at this year's festival.
Waste Land: This
documentary chronicles the work of Vic Muniz, an artist who
uses found materials to create startling photographic images. Filmmaker Lucy Walker follows
Muniz to a large landfill outside Rio de Janeiro,
where he works with a team of catadores,
self-proclaimed garbage-pickers, to create a new photographic masterpiece.
Obselidia: In this
indie drama by Diane Bell, a young man who believes he is the last door-to-door salesman on Earth sets out to create his own
encyclopedia of all things obsolete. After interviewing a scientist who
predicts that climate change will destroy 80 percent of the world by 2100, he begins to grapple with questions about how to live in a world facing extinction.
Climate Refugees:More than 25 million “climate refugees” have had to leave their
homes due to the effects of climate change, often when a loss of natural resources leaves their homelands untenable. For this moving documentary, filmmaker Michael Nash traveled for two years documenting the devastation
in highly affected areas including Sudan,
Halliburton developed “fracking," a method for natural-gas retrieval, many
rural landowners have been offered big money from energy companies for use of their properties. Filmmaker Josh Fox traversed 32 states to investigate
some of the harmful effects of this drilling boom, such as toxic waste, chronic
illness, and gas explosions.