Past Film Series

2011 2010 2009
2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
From Corn to Consumption Socially Conscious Cinema Financial Crisis
King Corn Daughters of Wisdom The Ascent of Monday
Addicted to Plastic A Crude Awakening Capitalism Hits the Fan
Used Matters Ecological Footprint I.O.U.S.A.
Flow The Story of Stuff The Money Fix
Food Inc Media that Matters Eighth Annual Film Festival Shorts  
Eco-Flicks for Candelight Vigil Shorts    


Our World, Our Planet: From Corn to Consumption

5 Fridays, October 30th – December 11th

Films begin at 7pm

World Centric Community Space Wheelchair Accessible
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Tel: 650-283-3797

Donations requested to cover cost of films and speakers.
Films to be followed by speaker, discussion, and socializing
Seating capacity is about 70 people.
Please feel free to bring food/drinks to share and a cushion as there are a few metal chairs.

King Corn

October 30th: KING CORN
Speaker: Wolfram Alderson, director of Collective Roots, bio here.


KING CORN is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In KING CORN, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm. (88 mins, 2007)


Speakers: Annette Puskarich, Zero Waste Coordinator, City of Palo Alto
Phil Bobel, Environmental Compliance Manager, City of Palo Alto


Filmmaker Ian Connacher conducts an international odyssey revealing the disturbing long-term effects of the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. From water bottles and Styrofoam cups to toothbrushes and garbage bags, in less than a century the pervasive presence of plastics has marked every ecosystem and all aspects of human activity. Visually compelling, entertaining and thought provoking, ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is both a wake-up call and an inspiring consideration of possible recycling or down-cycling solutions. (85 mins, 2009)



November 13th: USED MATTERS
Short prelude by Matt Harnack


We rarely think about what happens to all the stuff that we use then throw away. Where does it go? Or better yet, how can it be used again? This film includes three short interwoven portraits that show the, politics, economics, and creativity of reusing. Paul Cesewski creates interactive sculptures from material scavenged at the San Francisco Recycling Center, Katiyana Williams decided she's not going to buy anything new as this year’s resolution, and Roy and Carol Nordman own and operate an antique store that specializes in clock restoration. (7 mins, 2009)


November 20th: FLOW
Speaker: Santa Clara Valley Water District


Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale. Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround. (93 mins, 2008)

Food Inc.

December 4th: FOOD INC.
Speaker: Drew Harwell, local urban farmer and Demonstration Garden Manager for Common Ground


Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, FOOD, INC. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. (94 mins, 2009)


December 11th: Eco-Flicks for Candlelight Vigil
Speaker: Matt Harnack, eco-documentary film-maker, Grass Fed Films

Matt Harnack was determined to break his addiction to oil. Even though it was hard to imagine life without fossil fuel, it was far worse to think about what could happen if it keeps being burnt recklessly. So, to solve the problem of peak oil and global warming, Matt did the only thing he knew how to do. He made a movie.



Our World, Our Planet: Socially Conscious Cinema

4 Fridays, Feb 6 – March 20 at 7:30 pm

World Centric Community Space Wheelchair Accessible
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Tel: 650-283-3797

Donations requested to cover cost of films and speakers.
Films to be followed by discussion, speakers and socializing.
Seating capacity is about 50 people. Please feel free to bring food/drinks to share and a cushion as there are a few metal chairs.

Daughters of Wisdom

February 6: Daughters of Wisdom


A collection of three films explore International questions of female education. Daughters of Wisdom is a breathtakingly beautiful film of the nuns of Kala Rongo, an unusual Buddhist monastery for women high in a remote region of Tibet. Breaking with their traditional roles, these nuns quietly contribute to the empowerment of women in Tibetan Buddhist culture. Punam is a moving documentary, narrated simply by nine year-old Punam Tamang, takes us through her daily life in Bhaktapur, Nepal as she mothers her siblings and goes to school, her one hope of a better life. Uncommon Heroes is an inspiring short film about the transformative work of social entrepreneur Ann Cotton who founded the Campaign for Female Education that now helps educate over 400,000 girls in Africa.(102 min, 2008) Awards: Audience Award and Outstanding Achievement in Editing: Best Documentary: Brooklyn Int’l Film Festival; Official Selection: Atlantic Film Festival, Vancouver Int’l Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival

A Crude Awakening

February 20: A Crude Awakening


Produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, this film tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. (90 min, 2006) Awards: Zurich Film Prize, 2006; Tahoe Int’l Film Festival, 2007; Galway Int’l Film Festival, 2006; Catalan Environmental Film Festival, 2007; Telluride Mountain Film Festival, 2007, Palm Beach Int’l Film Festival, 2007


Ecological Footprint

March 6: Ecological Footprint


Humans are the most successful species on the planet. But our growing economy is placing unprecedented demand on the planet's limited ecological resources. In the film, Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint introduces the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures human demand on the Earth. In just thirty minutes, the film paints a picture of our current global situation: for the first time, humanity is in "ecological overshoot" with annual demand on resources exceeding what Earth can regenerate each year. (30 min, 2005) Awards: Seattle Environmental Film Festival; “Stories from the Field” United Nations Documentary Film Festival; Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival; Global Justice Film Festival


The Story of Stuff

March 6: The Story of Stuff


From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. (20 minutes, 2007) Awards: SXSW Interactive Award

Media that Matters

March 20: Media That Matters Eighth Annual Film Festival


Is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day which engage audiences and inspire them to take action. From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 8 minutes or less. 12 inspiring short films. (128 mins, 2008) All featured short films in this collection won awards in various categories of the 8thAnnual Media Matters Film Festival

World Centric will be showcasing another film series later in Spring.


Our World, Our Planet: the Financial Crisis

4 Fridays, April 3rd– May 15th at 7:30 pm

World Centric Community Space Wheelchair Accessible
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Tel: 650-283-3797

Donations requested to cover cost of films and speakers.
Films to be followed by discussion, speakers and socializing.
Seating capacity is about 70 people.
Please feel free to bring food/drinks to share and a cushion as there are a few metal chairs.

The Ascent of Money

April 3rd: The Ascent of Money


In The Ascent of Money, Ferguson – whose series War of the World garnered critical attention last summer – traces the evolution of money and demonstrates that financial history is the essential back-story behind all history. “Everyone needs to understand the complex history of money and our relationship to it,” he says. “By learning how societies have continually created and survived financial crises, we can find solid solutions to today’s worldwide economic emergency.” As he traverses historic financial hot spots around the world, Ferguson illuminates fundamental economic concepts and speaks with leading experts in the financial world. (120mins, 2009)


Capitalism Hits the Fan

April 17th: Capitalism Hits the Fan


With breathtaking clarity, renowned University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself. Richly illustrated with graphics and charts, this is a superb introduction that allows ordinary citizens to comprehend, and react to, the unraveling crisis. (57mins, 2008)



May 1st: I.O.U.S.A.


I.O.U.S.A. the movie boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. With surgical precision, Creadon interweaves archival footage and economic data to paint a vivid and alarming profile of America's current economic situation. The ultimate power of I.O.U.S.A. is that the film moves beyond doomsday rhetoric to proffer potential financial scenarios and propose solutions about how we can recreate a fiscally sound nation for future generations. (85 mins, 2009)


The Money Fix

May 15th: The Money Fix


Just where does that dollar in your pocket originate? The answer is that all money enters the economy as bank debt. So what? You may ask. This seemingly innocuous detail is actually at the core of many of the social and environmental problems of today. Join us on a voyage that will utterly transform the way you perceive money. Many leading thinkers expose the truth about money, and what we can do about it in this feature length documentary. (80 mins, 2009)