Join us for New Canaan Library’s inaugural Documentary Film Fest. This year the theme is the environment: how we interact with it, learn in it, and preserve – or destroy – it. Award winning and thought provoking films from all over the world for a 6 week run on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm and Sunday matinees starting at 2:00 pm. Please register in advance at newcanaanlibrary.org
Seeds of Time
Week 1 – 1/21 & 1/24
A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally.
Week 2 – 1/28 & 1/31
Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he’s cast from live models
Week 3 – 2/4 & 2/7
A midwestern mother whose son nearly died from contaminated food embarks on a rollercoaster journey to understand the food industry and improve her family’s eating habits.
Divide in Concord
Week 4 – 2/11 & 2/14
In 1775, Concord patriots fired the infamous ‘shot heard round the world’ that began a Revolution and defined a nation. Now a local eighty-four year-old woman has waged another seemingly unwinnable battle. For three years Jean Hill has been trying to rid the town of single-serve plastic bottles of water. Complete with strong opposition from local merchants and the bottled water industry, Jean is once again leading the controversial crusade.
Just Eat It
Week 5 – 2/18 & 2/21
Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.
Project Wild Thing
Week 6 – 2/25 & 2/28
Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors – not like it was back in his day. He decides it’s time to get back to nature – literally.