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Film series explores the 'Edge of Civilization'

Four-session series starting Feb. 7 will explore unusual dimensions of sustainability

January 29, 2013

A four-part film series beginning Feb. 7 at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History will encourage viewers to think differently about the environmental challenges we currently face. The 3rd annual Sustainability Film Series is sponsored by the Bell Museum and the University of Minnesota’s Housing & Residential Life and Institute on the Environment/Sustainability Studies Minor.

Featured on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Bell Museum Auditorium, the movies will gather creators, changers and thinkers from all walks of life who want to make a difference in the planet’s health.

"The theme this year is Edge of Civilization, focusing on systems that we don’t always think of when considering sustainability," said Beth Mercer-Taylor, director of the Sustainability Education program. "I’m personally most excited about ‘Switch,’ which covers the transformative energy process that will happen in our lifetimes and is beginning now. These films are truly revolutionary when it comes to their topics and angles."

The movies will focus on topics as diverse as dirt, energy and arson. All are free with U of M student ID or Bell Museum admission, and will be accompanied by tours and other activities. For more information, visit

Sustainability Film Series 2013: Edge of Civilization

Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m.
Dirt! The Movie

Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m

Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m.
The City Dark

 To learn more about the Bell Museum, visit To learn more about the Institute on the Environment, visit

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