Green Lens Film Series Returns

Green Lens Film Series

The Green Lens film series returns to DeKalb in September with five ground-breaking documentaries about social and environmental issues. The films will be shown free of charge at 7 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursdays beginning on September 13. Donations are welcome.

Audience members are invited to stay after the films for discussions with NIU film scholar Jeff Chown and other NIU faculty and guests.

September 13  “A Plastic Ocean”  (2016, dir. Craig Leeson, 102 min.)  An international team travels the world to learn what lies beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean.

September 20  “From the Ashes” (2017, dir. Michael Bonfiglio, 90 min.) An exploration of the communities on the front line of “the war on coal,” from Appalachia to the Powder River Basin.  What is at stake for our economy, health and climate?

September 27 “Company Town” (2017, dir.  Natalie Kottke and Erica Sardaria, 90 min.) One man, David Bouie, heroically attempts to find out what is poisoning his small Arkansas town. He runs up against Koch industries.

October 4  “Chasing Coral” (2017, dir. Jeff Orlowski, 93 min.)  A team of oceanographers and filmmakers sets out to capture what is happening to the Great Barrier Reef. The destruction of these formerly pristine coral reefs is devastating.

October 11  “RBG” (2018, dir. Julie Cohen, Betsy West, 93 min.) A look at the life and work of the extraordinary 84-year old Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Her work on the Supreme Court is described by the people who know her best.

The Egyptian Theatre is at 135 N. 2nd Street in DeKalb. Free parking is available near the theatre.

The Green Lens Environmental and Social Justice Film Series is sponsored by DeKalb’s Tapa La Luna Restaurant and the NIU Department of Communication Studies, with logistical support provided by the Egyptian Theatre and DeKalb Stands, an Indivisible group.

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