An Inconvenient Truth and March of the Penguins aside, Hollywood usually snubs environmental movies. Deforestation Gump and Ocean’s Acidification don’t have quite the same ring, even if they are fun to say in a movie announcer voice. 

Earth Cinema Circle, an environmental film club launched this year, aims to bring eco flicks to the forefront. For about $18 (plus shipping), members receive one DVD every other month with four to five films covering topics from threatened coral reefs to recycled flip flops. The movies — everything from five-minute shorts to full-length features — are introduced by Ed Begley, Jr and come packaged in recycled paper and cornstarch plastic. 

The club selects films Hollywood doesn’t promote, like Oliver Hodge’s Garbage Warrior, a documentary about an architect who builds off-the-grid communities out of trash. “There’s nothing in the film that blows up, there are no car chases,” says Gay Hendricks, the club’s cofounder. “It’s just a heartwarming, fabulous movie about a person who’s really making a difference.”

The group has already found a following. “For people that like to watch these kinds of movies,” Hendricks says, “the club is like water in a desert because they haven’t been able to get them.” 

Story by Tobin Hack. This article originally appeared in Plenty in April 2008.

Copyright Environ Press 2008