Film Series

Q&A session after the CSD Film Series film


The CSD film series is on hiatus for the 2014 Fall semester. Stay tuned for details and information about our upcoming film screenings in the spring.

The CSD hosts a Sustainable Development Film Series for sustainability-related movies, documentaries and short films each semester.  Screenings take place on Tuesday evenings in Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Rm. 3.120, and begin at 7:30 P.M.  When possible, movie snacks and / or guest speakers might be accompany the film. 

We are always looking for suggestions of great films for future schedules that will enrich students' experiences here at UT.  If you have any recommendations, please email the title(s) to Becky Rinas at  Additionally, if you know anyone associated with the film or an expert on the topics covered that may be able to speak to the audience afterwards, please include this information as well.

Fall 2013 Film Schedule:

September 24: The Island President - Winner of the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, this moving film tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, and his struggle to save his country from climate change induced sea level rise. 

October 22: Waste Land - This Academy Award nominated documentary follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from Brooklyn to his native Brazil to the world's largest trash dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The film tells the story of the eclectic band of "cantadores" - pickers of recyclable materials - that he encounters there. 

Spring 2014 Film Schedule:

February 18: Trash Dance - Local independent filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Allison Orr, a choreographer who finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. The film covers Orr's experiences with sanitation workers on their daily routes, culminating into an "unlikely spectacle" performance at the end. 

**Film followed by a short Q&A session with Andrew Garrison**         

The End of SuburbiaBarakaThe Real Dirt on Farmer JohnFlow: For Love of WaterLogan's Run, Student-Produced Films, PowaqqatsiThe 11th HourA Crude Awakening: The Oil CrashBlue VinylThe China SyndromeCitizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, followed by discussion with filmmaker Jack Sanders , Delivered VacantEarth DaysThe End of PovertyEverything’s CoolFood, Inc., followed by discussion with representatives from Austin's Sustainable Food CenterFuelGarbage WarriorThe GardenGasLandHome: A stunning visual portrayal of EarthKing CornKoyaanisqatsiManufactured LandscapesNo Impact ManTappedThird Ward TX, followed by discussion with filmmaker Andrew Garrison, Transforming Energy: What is our future after oil?Scraphouse, followed by a Q & A session with Public Architecture founder, John Peterson, Soylent GreenThe Unforeseen, followed by a Q & A session with filmmaker and UT alumna, Laura Dunn, Who Killed the Electric Car?