Bloomsburg University to host Green Campus Fall Film series

For Immediate Release

Date: Sept. 17, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire Director of Media Relations, Content Strategy

Bloomsburg University to host Green Campus Fall Film series

BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will screen three movies this fall as part of its Green Campus Film series. The series includes documentaries that examine climate change and its solutions, the tragic consequences of plastic pollution and the unexpected numbers and new behaviors of one of the ocean’s great fish species. All films are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the McCormick Center, room 2303, “Time to Choose” will be shown. Documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (winner of Academy Awards for “Inside Job” and “No End in Sight”) addresses global climate change challenges and solutions and takes an in-depth look at the people working to save the planet. Award-winning actor Oscar Isaac provides the narration.

“Albatross” will be shown on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium. “Albatross” by artist Chris Jordan, takes audiences on a journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. It is a powerfully moving story about birds on Midway Island in the Pacific whose bodies are filled with ocean plastic. The documentary reveals the beauty and the astonishing tragedy of this Pacific island location. Filmmakers returned to the island over several years to witness the cycles of life and death of these birds, to create a film that is a tragic metaphor for a world that discards tons of plastic every minute.

The movie “Bluefin” will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the McCormick Center, room 2303. From North Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the tuna capital of the world, director John Hopkins explores the mystery of why ordinarily wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans. Hunted to the brink of being lost forever these "endangered" giants “are now swarming fishing boats in great numbers after a long disappearance from overfishing decades earlier. Precariously like pets, tuna have taken to eating right out of fishermen's hands. The sudden increases in numbers of these ocean denizens, each of which can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, seem sudden and mysterious, a situation that is frustrating for fishermen with limits on landing them. The phenomenon appears to negate scientific assessments that say stocks are down by 90 percent.  The film documents the struggle of an ocean species caught between a fishing industry needed to feed a hungry world and the fear of extinction of these great fish.

The Green Campus Initiative sponsors the series.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.