Best Environmental Documentaries of 2014


84 mins.

I am Red
Peter McBride, 3 minutes, 45 seconds.
The Colorado River runs 1450 miles across seven states and two countries, supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to the sea for six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s. A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon, American River’s Most Endangered River for 2013.

The Invisible Peak
Gary Yost, 22 minutes.
Through the use of historical footage, interviews, and beautiful cinematography, this film explores the history of the West Peak of the history of the West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais and how local citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state.

Young Ice
Derek Hallquist, 14 minutes, 21 seconds.
Derek Hallquist follows Dr. Shepson’s climate research in Barrow, Alaska and the local community opens up to him about the price they have paid for making money from drilling oil.

We Are the Land
Lauren Lindberg, 13 minutes, 55 seconds.
Amidst national controversy surrounding the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ environmental activist Pauline Matt stands alone to protect her native homeland – the Blackfeet Reservation


Gal Ziv, 2 minutes.
A young girl runs through a forest, scared. Can she escape the man with the chainsaw? A short fiction film that describes human treatment of rain forests and trees all over the world.

The Water Tower
Peter McBride, 27 minutes, 29 seconds.
From the slums of Nairobi to the arid landscapes of Samburu National Reserve and the vast rose farms on Mt. Kenya’s foot hills, The Water Tower is equal parts travel, advocacy and adventure film.

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