Environmental Films

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to raise awareness of important issues affecting our environment through cinema. The films cover a wide array of “eco” and “green” topics, including water quality issues, sustainability, natural resource preservation (oil, water, food supply), animal protection, garbage issues, the effects of globalization, recycling, vegetarianism, the adverse effects of industrialized agricultural practices, activism and more.

Since Newport Beach is home to a wealth of natural wonders from pristine beaches to scenic bays to bird estuaries, the Newport Beach Film Festival is the ideal venue to present environmental films and create dialogue on important issues affecting our planet. The Newport Beach Film Festival, in partnership with the Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks, presents free year-round environmental film screenings at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Past notable environmental films include The Cove, Climate Refugees, Blue Gold: World Water Wars, Food Fight, Crude, Earth Days, This is Your Ocean: Sharks, The Clean Bin Project, Patagonia Rising and Bhopali.

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April 2018

Saving Atlantis

Saturday, April 28 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 7, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00
Saving Atlantis

Focusing on the dramatic loss of coral reef ecosystems around the world, the impact of that decline on the human communities that depend on them and those who are fighting to uncover the causes and find solutions before it's too late. This film braids several stories with the science behind corals, speaking with the top researchers who study these animals and taking a global journey that celebrates the majesty and mystery of coral habitats, outlining the daunting challenges communities face…

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The Human Element (plays with Fishing with Mobile Nets: Preserving Culture and Improving Commerce for Colombia’s Fishermen)

Sunday, April 29 @ 2:45 pm - 4:12 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 5, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00
THE HUMAN ELEMENT

Wildfires ravage the American west coast while hurricanes demolish the southeast, and sea levels rise to dangerous levels. The effects of environmental change are everywhere, yet very few seem to notice. Photographer James Balog, fearful for what may become of his country, travels ocean to ocean to observe and record the impact of these changes on everyday Americans.   Playing with: Fishing with Mobile Nets: Preserving Culture and Improving Commerce for Colombia's Fishermen   An exploration of how traditional fishermen…

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Poisoning Paradise (plays with Aloha Aina Warrior)

Monday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Triangle Cinemas – SCREEN 7, 1870 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00
Poisoning Paradise

Poisoning Paradise Journey to the world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines. Hear from scientific experts and healthcare professionals as they expose the effects of environmental injustice on a local population. Aloha Aina Warrior Presenting an unflinching look at the reality of chemical testing for genetically modified organisms on the west side of Kaua'i. Follow professional surfer and undefeated…

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May 2018

Living in the Futures Past

Tuesday, May 1 @ 5:15 pm - 6:40 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 7, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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$15.00
Living In The Futures Past

Living in the Futures Past A beautifully creative and unique film that weaves evolution, emergence, energy, dark ecology and what some are calling the end of nature into a story that explains our place among the species of the Earth's household. Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. The film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious…

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The Need To GROW

Tuesday, May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:04 pm
The Lot- SCREEN 4, 999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

With only sixty years of farmable soil left on Earth, see an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement; an eight-year-old girl who challenges the ethics of a beloved organization, a renegade farmer struggling to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource efficient agriculture, and an accomplished visionary inventor facing catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology.

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HAZE, It’s Complicated…

Wednesday, May 2 @ 5:15 pm - 6:25 pm
Triangle Cinemas- SCREEN 8, 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
$15.00
HAZE Its Complicated

A palm oil boom has led to the devastation of dozens of acres of peat forests throughout Southeast Asia. Due to this destruction, an unnatural haze has accumulated around the homes of displaced minorities and countless local ecosystems and economies, choking all life and causing multiple health problems. With illness running rampant amongst the citizens, scientists attempt to uncover a way to purify the air.

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The Need To GROW (2nd Screening)

Thursday, May 3 @ 5:15 pm - 7:04 pm
The Lot- SCREEN 3, 999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00

With only sixty years of farmable soil left on Earth, see an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement; an eight-year-old girl who challenges the ethics of a beloved organization, a renegade farmer struggling to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource efficient agriculture, and an accomplished visionary inventor facing catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology.

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The Human Element (plays with Fishing with Mobile Nets: Preserving Culture and Improving Commerce for Colombia’s Fishermen)(2nd Screening)

Thursday, May 3 @ 7:45 pm - 9:12 pm
Edwards Big Newport 6 & RPX- SCREEN 6, 300 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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$15.00
THE HUMAN ELEMENT

Wildfires ravage the American west coast while hurricanes demolish the southeast, and sea levels rise to dangerous levels. The effects of environmental change are everywhere, yet very few seem to notice. Photographer James Balog, fearful for what may become of his country, travels ocean to ocean to observe and record the impact of these changes on everyday Americans.   Playing with: Fishing with Mobile Nets: Preserving Culture and Improving Commerce for Colombia's Fishermen   An exploration of how traditional fishermen…

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