Each March in Washington, D.C., the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) hosts the largest environmental film festival in the world. To celebrate the festival's 30th anniversary, OVID is proud to partner with DCEFF and share this selection of films that have screened there over the years.
Tiny: A Story About Living Small
Directed by Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith • Documentary • 2013 • 62 minutes
After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it's time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a hom...
Directed by Caroline Bacle • Documentary • 2012 • 72 minutes
Nearly every major city was built near the convergence of many rivers. As cities grew with the Industrial Revolution, these rivers became conduits for disease and pollution. The 19th-century solution was to bury them underground and me...
After the Spill
Directed by Jon Bowermaster • Documentary • 2016 • 62 minutes
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the coast of Louisiana. Five years later the Deepwater Horizon exploded and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the worst ecologic disaster in North American hist...
Directed by Beth Gage and George Gage • Documentary • 2012 • 73 minutes
In 2008, as George W. Bush tried to gift the energy and mining industries thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness via a widely disputed federal auction, college student Tim DeChristopher monkey-wrenched the process. B...
Directed by Pegi Vail • Documentary • 2013 • 79 minutes
Are tourists destroying the planet-or saving it? How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breath...
Fire and Ice
Directed by Christopher McLeod • Documentary • 2014 • 57 minutes
From Ethiopia to Peru, indigenous customs protect biodiversity on sacred lands under pressure from religious conflicts and climate change. In the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, scientists confirm the benefits of traditional stewardshi...
Come Hell or High Water
Directed by Leah Mahan • Documentary • 2014 • 56 minutes
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who returns to his native coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfpor...
The Human Scale
Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard • Documentary • With Jan Gehl • 2012 • 77 minutes
50% of the world's population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make c...
Oil and Water
Directed by Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith • Documentary • 2014 • 78 minutes
OIL & WATER is the coming of age story of two boys as they each confront one of the world's worst toxic disasters, the prolonged contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon by Texaco and other oil companies. ...
Bikes vs Cars
Directed by Fredrik Gertten • Documentary • 2015 • 90 minutes
Deep down, we all know we need to talk about it: Climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy chaos created by gas-consuming machines. Cars would seem to provide the...
Directed by Ian Cheney • Documentary • 2016 • 73 minutes
Could humans live on Mars? Would we want to? Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney provides insight into our currently unsustainable relationship with our home planet by examining the sci-fi speculation of 'terraforming,' or making another p...
Directed by Peter Getzels & Harriet Gordon • Documentary • 2016 • 68 minutes
Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world's most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. Th...
When Two Worlds Collide
Directed by Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel • Documentary • 2016 • 103 minutes
In this tense and immersive Sundance award-winner, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. On the...
Circle of Poison
Directed by Evan Mascagni, Shannon Post • Documentary • With Jimmy Carter, Elizabeth Kucinich, Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, and the Dalai Lama • 2017 • 71 minutes
Once a pesticide is banned in the United States for its dangerous health and environmental effects, companies are still permitted to ...
Rodents of Unusual Size
Directed by Chris Metzler, Quinn Costello, Jeff Springer • Documentary • 2017 • 71 minutes
Hard-headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn’t know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat — hordes of monstrous, 20-pound swamp rats. Known as “n...
Directed by Steve Liss, Andy Laub, David Abel • Documentary • 2017 • 65 minutes
For centuries, cod was like gold, driving men to extremes. Cod were so abundant in the waters off New England that fishermen used to say they could walk across the Atlantic on the backs of them, and generations of me...
Thank You for the Rain
Directed by Julia Dahr and Kisilu Musya • Documentary • 2017 • 87 minutes
Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together we see ...
Antarctica: A Year on Ice
Directed by Anthony Powell • Documentary • With Genevieve Bachman • 2017 • 92 minutes
Antarctica: A Year On Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a clos...
Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys
Directed by David Abel • Documentary • 2018 • 87 minutes
GLADESMEN: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys is an award-winning documentary about the federal government's ban on Florida's iconic airboats in much of the Everglades. The measure is part of the world's largest and most expensive effort to ...
Directed by David Abel • Documentary • 2019 • 74 minutes
LOBSTER WAR is an award-winning feature documentary about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as t...
Directed by Judith Helfand • Documentary • 2020 • 82 minutes
Chicago suffered the worst heat disaster in U.S history in 1995, when 739 residents--mostly elderly and black-died over the course of one week. As COOKED links the deadly heat wave's devastation back to the underlying manmade disaster ...
Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes
Directed by Stephen Ives • Documentary • 2020 • 62 minutes
BEATRIX FARRAND'S AMERICAN LANDSCAPES follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and career of America's first female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand. Farrand was res...