Sustainable Rossmoor’s Film Series
Each month we highlight one or more films that inspire or advocate for environmental causes around the world. We choose films that educate us about the breadth and depth of sustainability and prompt us to make better choices. All movies will be shown in the Peacock Theater. The standing featured movie time is on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. English subtitles will be shown whenever available.
Many of the movies previously shown as part of the SR Film series have been donated to the Rossmoor Library and can be checked out by residents. Here is a list of recent donations.
This Month’s Featured Film:
ECO-COMEDY SHORTS: light-hearted short films with environmental themes
WHEN: Wed, Dec 13, 7:00-8:30 pm; WHERE: Peacock Hall
DESCRIPTION: Serious laughs: environmental short films that provoke thought . . . and chuckles!
A special evening of light-hearted short films on a variety of environmental topics will be presented by Sustainable Rossmoor. Clever, amusing, and funny perspectives on promoting a healthy planet can sometimes give pause . . . and lead to reflection.
Films Shown Earlier in the Year:
BECOMING CALIFORNIA: Environmental Change on America’s Western Edge
On Wednesday, November 8, at 7:00 PM in Peacock Hall at Gateway, Sustainable Rossmoor will sponsor BECOMING CALIFORNIA, an Emmy-Award winning public television documentary about environmental change on America’s western edge. Narrated by Jane Fonda and with original music by Pat Metheny, the film shows how the needs of nature can be reconciled with the demands of civilization.
CIRCLE OF POISON: October 4th
SYRIANA: October 11th
Sustainable Rossmoor will present the movie SYRIANA on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 pm in Peacock Hall. The movie focuses on petroleum politics and the global influence of the oil industry. Big Oil’s political, economic, legal, and social effects are felt worldwide from the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. This thriller weaves together multiple storylines that show the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power.
A career CIA operative (George Clooney) uncovers the disturbing truth about the work to which he’s devoted his life. An up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince. A corporate lawyer faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
Clooney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role, and Stephen Gaghan’s script was nominated by the Academy for Best Original Screenplay. The film is R rated for violence and language. Subtitles in English. An optional discussion follows.
A SEA CHANGE: September 13th
THE GARDEN: August 2nd
Sustainable Rossmoor and the Rossmoor Vegan Club are once again co-sponsoring an outstanding movie. On Wednesday, August 2nd at 7 p.m. in Peacock Hall at Gateway, the two clubs will present “The Garden.”
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT: August 9th
On Wednesday, August 9th at 7 pm in Peacock Hall, Sustainable Rossmoor will show MERCHANTS OF DOUBT — a satirically comedic and illuminating journey into the heart of American spin. We meet highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet spread misinformation and confusion about public threats ranging from toxic chemicals such as asbestos, DDT, and nicotine to pharmaceuticals and acid rain, ozone, and global warming. We learn how modern propaganda machines have become very polished.
The film is 93 minutes, with an optional discussion following. All Rossmoor residents and their guests are invited.
JULY: Saving the Bay, Part 2 (2009)
Narrated by Robert Redford, we see the geologic formation of our Bay after the last Ice Age and follow its transformation through years of catastrophic exploitation, ending with the restoration efforts of today. Read More Here:
JUNE: Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
In June, Sustainable Rossmoor and the Rossmoor Vegan Club jointly sponsored Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. It’s won over a dozen international awards.
Join a young film-making couple as they follow the story of food waste on a massive scale to food rescue programs. See some of the 40% of the food grown or raised in the US that is never eaten. For example, suppliers throw out tons and tons of perfectly edible fruits and vegetables – from 20 to 75 percent of a harvest, valued at billions of dollars.
The good-humored couple decide to conduct an experiment to eat only discarded food for six months; their enthusiasm for this treasure hunt is infectious. They bring home more than $20,000 worth of wasted food. Read More Here:
Queen of the Sun What Are the Bees Telling Us?
May 10, 2017 7pm
“This is a remarkable documentary that’s also one of the most beautiful nature films I’ve seen” described Roger Ebert. This film poetically balances a sense of urgency about the global bee crisis with hope and inspiration. It earned a 97% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics, and nearly a dozen international awards.
Filmmaker Taggart Siegel takes us on a journey through the mysterious world of beehives and their catastrophic disappearance. He explores the precarious world of the bees through interviews with beekeepers and global experts, helping unravel the multiple factors behind bee colony collapse. Read More
Saving the Bay, Part 1 (2009)
Racing To Zero, in Pursuit of Zero Waste (2014)
March 8th, 2017, 7 pm
Deepwater Horizon ( 2016)
February 8, 2017 Two Showings: Noon and 7pm
Sustainable Rossmoor will screen DEEPWATER HORIZON on Wednesday, February 8th at both 12 Noon and 7 pm in Peacock Hall. This emotionally intense film depicts the catastrophe of April 20, 2010, when the largest and deepest oil rig in the US exploded forty miles off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven were killed and 17 severely injured. The tragedy also resulted in the world’s largest marine oil spill – avoidable had it not been for British Petroleum’s greed and impatience. Read More Here
Erin Brockovich (2000)
January 11, 2017, 7 pm
A novice (Julia Roberts) uncovers moral and legal environmental corruption as she assists her new boss (Albert Finney), an attorney, in winning a landmark case. Read more here
Future subjects will include species loss, ocean acidification, pesticide pollution, the problem with plastic, and wiser consumer purchasing choices
Members of the Film Committee include:
Carol Weed, Barbara Coenen, Herb Salomon, and Ron Gallin. New members, new titles, and additional subjects welcomed. Contact: email@example.com