Spring Sustainability Film Series Returns

Kat Tenbarge
January 29, 2019

Seven new environmental-themed documentaries are on the schedule for spring semester for the sixth installment of the free Sustainability Film Series at the Athena Cinema.

The free biweekly screenings and panel discussions, held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, offer participants deeper knowledge of global environmental issues and solutions.

“Our vision and goal are those of years past,” Loraine McCosker, the environmental studies outreach coordinator with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, said. “Offering attendees new release films that provide a deeper understanding of the current issues related to global environmental and sustainable challenges and solutions

More than 1,500 people attended last year’s Sustainability Film Series.

Films in this semester’s series are:

The series kicked off with “Volunteer,” an eco-adventure film that captures director Mariah Wilson’s hands-on experiences in promoting natural preservation from the coral reefs of Fiji to a wildlife sanctuary in Uganda.

Film screenings are paired with panel discussions – usually including at least one faculty member, one student, and one community member who are knowledgeable on the film's topic. The film series collaborates with 33 student groups, programs and departments as well as many regional and nonprofit organizations and local businesses.

“I have the pleasure of working with Lorraine Wochna, media librarian at Alden Library,” McCosker said. “Lorraine is instrumental to the project. The library purchases the films so they may be viewed after the films are shown by students, faculty, and classes.”

The film series is funded by a collaboration between the Environmental Studies program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs with Alden Library; Athena Cinema; Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences themes in Sustainability Studies, Wealth and Poverty and Food Studies; the Patton College of Education; and the Ohio University Office of Sustainability.

“Each film is unique and offers a fresh and important perspective to the societal and environmental challenges facing us,” McCosker said.

The Athena Cinema is located at 20 S. Court St. in Athens.