Image of Detroit farmers from Urban Roots documentary. Photo courtesy "Do Something Reel" Film Fest
Since An Inconvenient Truth won the Academy Award, eco-docs have been all the rage from The Cove taking an Oscar to Gasland making the short list of nominees this year. But curiously January's Sundance Fest and next month's Tribeca Film Festival, much in the way of the environment. Even more rare are documentaries getting scheduled in theaters except for the surprise hit, Food, Inc. Enter, Whole Foods Markets, who will present a collection of six documentaries to be screened in more than 70 cities during April to celebrate Earth month.
The Do Something Reel Film Festival offers a lineup of films about the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, the urban farms of Detroit, bee colony collapse, and changes with the school lunch program. Whole Foods' co-CEO Walter Robb stated in the announcement: "We want to raise awareness of environmental and food issues, and support filmmakers who are creating films that inspire people to question the impact our choices have on our health, body and environment."
The program features the following films: Urban Roots, Bag It!, Lunch Line, On Coal River, PLANEAT, and Vanishing of the Bees.
By Suzan Beraza, this film follows Jeb Berrier, an "average Joe," as he navigates our plastic-reliant world taking a closer look at our love affair with plastics.
Vanishing of the Bees
By George Langworthy and Maryam Henein, and narrated by Ellen Page of Inception, this true drama follows a bee farmer who rang the alarm when his colonies collapsed along with his business. The film addresses industrial farming and reveals one out of three bites of food we eat is thanks to bee's pollination.
The National School Lunch Program is addressed by kids in Lunch Line.
By Ernie Park and Michael Graziano, this film follows six kids from a tough Chicago neighborhood as they set out to fix school lunches and end up at the White House. Their journey parallels the transformation of the National School Lunch Program.
On Coal River
By Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood, this award-winning narrative looks at the human costs of coal and strip mining. This provocative story tells how a former coal miner and his neighbors took on the big business of mountaintop removal.
By Shelley Lee Davis Or Schlomi, in this film scientists, farmers and chefs tackle our love of meat and dairy with a culinary discovery of the benefits of veggies from medical to the environment.
By Marc MacInnis, this story shows dedicated Detroiters working on locally-grown, sustainable urban farms, transforming empty lots where houses once stood into gardens with real food feeding families, and showing how this can change for us all.
Starting April 1, the films will screen in local theaters throughout April as noted on the festival's website, where another film, Dig It will be streamed on Earth Day, April 22.
By Danny Clinch, this rousing look at efforts by citizens, corporations and government to solve environmental problems starts with tree planting in communities, and features climate documentarian James Balog and members of Pearl Jam.
Whole Foods will contribute a portion of festival ticket sales to fund grants for filmmakers covering environmental issues.
More on environmental films:
Short Animated Films About Green Stuff (Videos)
Sundance Festival's Eco-films Climb "The Last Mountain"
Oscar Time: Eco-Docs Get Nods