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Spring film fest to focus on environment

Films for our Future

Films for our Future

This just in: The Huss Project is partnering with River Country Solidarity and Transformations Spirituality Center to bring you seven films in six weeks leading up to Earth Day! Spread across two locations, the series begins on March 18 in Kalamazoo and ends on April 23 in Three Rivers.


Films for our Future will feature documentaries on topics like plastic, chemicals, hemp, fracking, and what’s next for our planet. There will be two showings of each film at Transformations in Kalamazoo, and one showing of each film at the Huss Project in Three Rivers. A $50 film festival pass gets you in to films at either location, and individual films are $10 each.

In order to encourage students to attend, a student pass for the entire festival is just $10. We are also accepting sponsorships toward $50 film festival passes that we will distribute to our neighbors around the Huss Project—just make an online donation and select “Film Festival Pass Sponsorship ($50 each).”

See below for the list of Three Rivers films, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the show date at 1008 8th Street. We’ll provide some popcorn and lemonade, and a short discussion will follow each film. RSVP and spread the word on Facebook, but be sure to buy your tickets here. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Thursday, March 19: Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story (2016) – A curious filmmaker wanted to learn her personal body burden of chemicals in preparation for possible motherhood. This film shares her journey of discovering her chemical levels and her 30-day plan to reduce those levels. (71 minutes, view trailer)
  • Thursday, March 26: Plastic Paradise (2014) – Angela Sun reveals the effects of our rabid plastic consumption as she investigates The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (57 minutes, view trailer)
  • Wednesday, April 1: Bringing it Home (2014) – Bringing It Home tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that makes 1,000’s of sustainable, healthy products and offers solutions for climate change, malnutrition, polluted soils, and toxic building conditions. (52 minutes, view trailer)
  • Thursday, April 9: Divide in Concord (2015) – Octogenarian Jean Hill learned some disturbing facts from her grandson. She learned of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its far-reaching effects on the health of many species, including humans. (82 minutes, view trailer)
  • Wednesday, April 15: Groundswell Rising (2015) – Through candid interviews and true stories, Groundswell Rising brings us into the lives of people directly impacted by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and those on the front lines, dedicated to stopping this form of gas extraction. (70 minutes, view trailer)
  • Thursday, April 16: The Sequel: What will Follow Our Troubled Civilization (2018) – Opening with a powerful ‘deep time’ perspective, from the beginning of the Earth to our present moment, this film recognizes the fundamental unsustainability of today’s society and dares to ask the big question: What will follow? (61 minutes, view trailer)
  • Thursday, April 23: Anthropocene (2019) – There is overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric, and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. (97 minutes, view trailer)  

If you can’t make one of the showings in Three Rivers, but you’d still like to see the film, check out the list of show times for the series at Transformations in Kalamazoo. Festival passes are good for entry at either location.

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.