What’s Happening in the Wild – Thursday, April 23

The Plow That Broke The Plains & The River with LIVE musical score by NextDoorPrisonHotel.


The most influential documentary filmmaker of the Great Depression, Pare Lorentz was a leading US advocate for government-sponsored documentary films. Lorentz explored the devastation caused by the Dust Bowl in The Plow That Broke the Plains, a film FDR was so impressed by he asked the filmmaker to make a film about one of the President’s favorite subjects – conservation. That film would be The River, which celebrates the achievements of the Tennessee Valley Authority. We will present both films with a live score performed by NextDoorPrisonHotel (The Roxy’s resident silent film duo, John Sporman & Travis Yost).

Showing Today

3:00 pm: Saving my Tomorrows
5:00 pm: Life Story Ep 1 & 2 
5:15 pm: Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South
6:00 pm: Wasteland
8:00 pm: The Plow That Broke The Plains & The River with LIVE musical score by NextDoorPrisonHotel. 

Today’s Events

Musically Speaking – A harmonious discuss with musicians, composers and filmmakers. Panelists include Mark Orton (Poached), Cody Westheimer (True Wolf) and Travis Yost (NextDoorPrisonHotel). 10:30 – 12:00 pm

Tiny Giants & Beyond – BBC Natural History Creative Director & Executive Producer Mike Gunton explores the expansive world of story in this informative session. 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Creating Positive Conservation Messages (with Humor) – What does research say about how people become active citizens? We use a positive approach to reach people on different levels, that gives them a chance to love the earth before they must save it. How do you use comedy wisely? Presentation and discussion led by Laura and Robert Sams (Sisbro) and Roshan Patel. 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Screening of The Plow That Broke The Plains & The River with LIVE musical score by NextDoorPrisonHotel. 8:00 pm

After Party: Le Petit Outre, 9:00 pm

Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South


Dena Seidel,

In 2014, scientists declared West Antarctic ice sheet melt unstoppable, threatening the lives of millions of people over the next century. In the wake of devastating climate events such as Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan, Antarctic Edge: 70º South follows a team of scientists who choose to live a life at sea in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place in the world. While trekking through the dangerous and uncharted landscape of the West Antarctic Peninsula, these scientists push the limits of their research and come to terms with the sacrifices necessary to understand this rapidly changing world.

Life Story: Ep01 – First Steps

Tom Hugh-Jones, 60 minutes, 2014

An animal’s first steps are the foundation upon which their future success depends.

Life Story: Ep02 – Growing Up

Tom Hugh-Jones, 60 minutes, 2014

On reaching adulthood animals strike out on their own to find their place in the world.

Saving My Tomorrow


Amy Schatz, 5 minutes, 2014

In this family series produced and directed by Amy Schatz, kids share their thoughts on a range of environmental issues from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Scenes with scientists from the American Museum of Natural History explore how plants and animals are affected by a changing earth. Through a lyrical mix of science, animation and music, Saving My Tomorrow urges children to take action, providing them with profiles of young activists who are trying to make a difference, while highlighting ways in which kids can do their part.


|| Artists on Nature ||


Karen Harley, João Jardim, Lucy Walker, 1h 40m, 2010

Located just outside Rio de Janeiro, Jardim Gramacho, Brazil, is the world’s largest garbage landfill. Modern artist Vik Muniz works with the so-called catadores, the men and women who pick through the refuse, to create art out of recycled materials. Muniz selects six of the garbage pickers to pose as subjects in a series of photographs mimicking famous paintings. In his desire to assist the catadores and change their lives, Muniz finds himself changed as well.

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