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Bell Museum Hosts 2nd Annual Sustainability Film Series: Stories From a Changing Planet

January 31, 2012

Beginning February 2, the University’s Bell Museum of Natural History and Institute on the Environment are inviting visitors to explore sustainability issues through the medium of film. From China to Brazil and Europe to Appalachia, this year's four-part Sustainability Film Series takes a global look at the impacts of large-scale human activities on four landscapes and the people that inhabit them.

“I think of this year’s films as a portrait of the interaction between humans and a variety of critical landscapes,” said film series coordinator Leah Peterson. “Not only do they offer thought-provoking images that challenge viewers to examine their relationship with the planet, but they are also beautiful to look at. Each of these films will stay with you long after you’ve left the theater.”

Launched in 2011, the Sustainability Film Series is presented in partnership with the Sustainability Studies Minor of the Institute on the Environment. It has become a popular addition to the Bell’s education film programming, providing an opportunity to engage students, community members and subject experts.

Visitors to the film can take advantage of additional programming on the first Thursday of the month, including special exhibit tours and Sketch Night. Tickets to the film will be available at the door. The film is free with regular museum admission—a $5 donation is suggested.

Additional information can be found at

Sustainability Film Series 2012: Stories from a Changing Planet
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Last Mountain (Dir. Bill Haney & feat. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., 2011)
Film 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Up the Yangtze (Dir. Yung Chang, 2007)
Film 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Our Daily Bread (Dir. Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2005)
Film 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Waste Land (Dir. Lucy Walker, 2010)
Film 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Bell Museum is part of the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and strives to advance the quest to discover, document and understand life in its many forms and to inspire curiosity, delight and informed stewardship of the natural world. For details, visit

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