The Great Northern
The Great Northern: Climate Action Films
The Great Northern celebrates our cold, creative winters through ten days of diverse programming that invigorate mind and body. In an era of changing climate that threatens our signature season, we seek to create community, inspire action, and share the resilient spirit of the North with the world.
The health and sustainability of our environment and climate are elemental to who we are as a society. Films are a powerful tool to address climate change — they educate, inspire, and empower audiences toward action. For the inaugural collaboration of The Great Northern and MSP Film, we will present films that speak to essential issues in the climate conversation based around the 4 elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire.
Earth: The Biggest Little Farm
Director: John Chester | Documentary | USA | 2018
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.RESERVE NOW
Water: First Daughter and the Black Snake
Director: Keri Pickett | Documentary | USA | 2017
Winona LaDuke believes Big Oil is the black snake predicted in indigenous prophecy to bring the earth’s destruction. When new oil pipelines threaten sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of riding her horse against the current of oil, organizing a spiritual ride, "because a horse can kill a snake."RESERVE NOW
We the People: Required Watching Conversation: Sunday, January 31 at 7:00pm. With Keri Pickett (Filmmaker), Winona LaDuke (Economist and Executive Director of Honor the Earth), moderated by MSP Film Society Programmer Craig Rice.
Fire: Rebuilding Paradise
Director: Ron Howard | Documentary | USA | 2020
Rebuilding Paradise, from Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding.RESERVE NOW
Director: Damon Gameau | Documentary | Australia | 2019
Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.RESERVE NOW