The Houston Green Film Series was launched in 2010 by a coalition of non-profit, grassroots, environmental organizations. The purpose of this series is to bring awareness to the environmental crisis through the visual arts by presenting films with an environmental focus to the Houston community.
The series includes the annual screening of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, two nights of short, inspiring, environmental films, in January; and Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival featuring short, local, environmental videos in October.
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Regular screenings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Media Center at Rice University. In addition to showing an environmental film, a panel of experts is invited to lead a proactive discussion with the audience about the topic at hand.
- 6:30 PM networking
- 7:00 PM screening with panel discussion afterwards
- Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated
- January 28 & 29, 2020: Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the River Oaks Theater from 7 – 9 pm. Each night features a different selection of short, inspiring films.
- February 19, 2020: Need to Grow
- March 18, 2020: US Fish and Wildlife presents Wild Birds, Wild Wetlands and Wild Life (A Spring Break Special Edition)
- November 20, 2019: How to Tell your Environmental Story with Video is a panel discussion from industry experts to help our community tell stories through video. We hope you will make great films that tell the story of local environmental issues, their champions and how you can make a difference in our community to preserve our natural heritage. As films are developed, consider submitting them to the CEC for screening at the Wild About Houston Film Festival in October of 2020.
- October 16, 2019: Wild About Houston Green Film Festival is a one-night screening of short environmental films from the Greater Houston Area that tell the story of local environmental issues, their champions and how you can make a difference. Preview/Vote for films on our CEC YouTube Channel with a thumbs up for your favorites. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for an exhibition fair in the lobby, tour of the Rice University Holistic Garden, and a cash taco bar on the patio courtesy of TACODELI. Films start at 7:00 p.m.
- September 18, 2019: Hot Grease, set in Houston, tells the story of how the biodiesel industry is turning kitchen waste into a renewable energy source capable of fueling vehicles. Biodiesel is rapidly becoming a commodity as we make it accessible in Houston. Because, “there has to be a fuel revolution.”
- August 21, 2019: Ay Mariposa, with panelists Marianna Wright, Director of the National Butterfly Center and Deborah January-Beavers of Houston Wilderness. Follow the story of three characters as they combat against the destruction of the Monarch butterfly’s remaining habitat.
- July 17, 2019: Thirst for Power. Our panelists were Michael Bloom, Gavin Dillingham, and Ed Hirs. Combining anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, the film identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable future for humanity.
- June, 2019: Don’t Panic – The Truth About Population. David Crossley of Houston Tomorrow led a discussion afterwards. Film featured famous Swedish statistician and showman Hans Rosling. His main message – that our world is profoundly changing in ways most of us simply don’t realize – much of it for the better.
- April 17, 2019: Growing Cities, a film about Urban Farming. Prior to the film, join Dr. Joe Novak for a tour of the Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden adjacent to Rice Cinema at Rice University. Weather permitting, refreshments before the film will be al fresco.
- March 20, 2019: A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change
- February 20, 2019: Divide in Concord, a documentary that follows the entertaining tale of the battle of banning bottled water in small town America.
- January 30 & 31, 2019: Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour
- November 28, 2018: Living the Change, a documentary that explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.
- October 17, 2018: Wild About Houston–A Green Film Festival
- September 18, 2018: Dirt Rich, a documentary that explores our last strategy for reversing the effects of global warming by drawing carbon down and returning it to the soil.
- August 15, 2018: Rodents of Unusual Size, a documentary about invasive rodents that, with their orange teeth and voracious appetite, are eating up coastal wetlands.
- July 18, 2018: Straws
- June 20, 2018: Evolution of Organic
- May 16, 2018: Death by Design
- April 18, 2018: Disobedience
- March 21, 2018: Before the Flood
- November 15, 2017: Local Green Film Screening
- October, 27, 2017: Inconvenient Sequel
- October 18, 2017: Plastic Paradise – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
- September 20, 2017: From the Ashes: A National Geographic Film
- July 19, 2017: Racing to Zero: In pursuit of zero waste
- June 21, 2017: Biophilic Design – The Architecture of Life
- May 17, 2017: The True Cost
- April 19, 2017: Anthropocene
- November, 16, 2016: Local Green Film Screening
- October 19, 2016: Project Wild Thing
- August 17, 2016: Planetary
- July 20, 2016: Bikes vs. Cars
- May 18, 2016: Water Blues Green Solutions
- April 20, 2016: Racing Extinction
- March 30, 2016: Katrina X
- February 17, 2016: Streetfilms with Director Clarence Eckerson
- January 20, 2016: Just Eat It: A food waste story
- December 16, 2015: Playlist for Change: a Climate Film Mash-up
- November, 18, 2015: Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective
- October 21, 2015: Idle Threat
- September 16, 2015: The Human Scale
- March 18, 2015: TINY: A Story About Living Small
- February 18, 2015: Gasland II
- January 21, 2015: Short Films for Safe Streets