2023 QC Environmental Film Series schedule

Single film admission is $5, and a 6-film season pass is $20. Film Crew Sponsorships are $50 (comes with a season pass and supports our mission.)

CLICK HERE to download the film series brochure.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva -Hosted by QCEFS January 22 at the Figge Art Museum at 2 p.m.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva tells the remarkable life story of Gandhian eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she stood up to the corporate Goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the food justice movement, and inspired an international crusade for change.

Reflection speakers are Moselle Singh, of Madison, Wisconsin., and Patti and George Naylor of Churdan in west central Iowa. Singh is an artist who has worked at various nonprofit organizations including in India with Vandana Shiva. Growing up, she experienced the effects of industrial farming, which catalyzed her activism. The Naylors are organic farmers; in the early 2000s, George was a lead plaintiff in a national lawsuit against Monsanto, an American agrichemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation best know for its development of Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide. Monsanto has since been purchased by Bayer.


My Garden of a Thousand Bees -Hosted by St. Ambrose Green Life- January 29 at the Galvin Fine Art Center, St. Amrbose University at 2 p.m.

A wildlife filmmaker spends his time during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown filming the bees in his urban garden and discovers the many diverse species and personalities that exist in this insect family.

Reflection speaker is Kraig McPeek, Field Office Supervisor for the Illinois-Iowa Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service.


YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE -Hosted by North High School Green Team February 5 at North High School Auditorium at 2 p.m.

YOUTH UNSTOPPABLE takes us inside the rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement. Slater Jewell-Kemker was 15 when she began documenting the untold stories of youth on the front lines of climate change refusing to let their futures slip away.

Reflection Speaker: Brittany Costello, Miss Scott County 2022 and founder of Watersheds: Think Global, Act Local.


The Ground Between Us -Hosted by Augustana College Student Sierra Club February 12 at Olin Center Auditorium, Augustana College at 2 p.m.

Since 2017, public lands throughout America have faced unprecedented threats. Bears Ears National Monument was shrunk by 85 percent, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was opened to oil exploration, and the Elliott State Forest in Oregon was nearly privatized. Throughout this, Americans from both sides of the political spectrum have stood up and made their voices heard in support of protecting these areas. The Ground Between Us presents these public lands debates alongside the day-to-day realities of three families who hold vastly different connections and perspectives on public lands.

Reflection speaker is Matt Fockler PhD, who is a natural resource geographer and former Associate Professor of Geography at Augustana College. Fockler now is a Socioeconomic and Environmental Justice Specialist with the Great Basin Zone for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Parking: Hanson Hall of Science: 738 35th St. Rock Island, IL and at Centennial Hall: 3703 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL.


Black Ice -Hosted by Black Hawk College's Clean Sphere Febuary 26 at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, at 2 p.m.

Told through the eyes of Malik Martin and Chris Dean, Black Ice follows a crew of aspiring ice climbers from the Memphis Rox gym travels to the frozen wilds of Montana, where mentors Manoah Ainuu, Conrad Anker and Fred Campbell share their love of winter adventure in the mountains.

Reflection speaker is Chris Dean, Creative Director at Memphis Rox, a nonprofit climbing gym.


Dead Sea Guardians - Hosted by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities March 5 at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, at 2 p.m.

The Dead Sea - the lowest place on earth and one of the wonders of the world - is dying. Three historic enemies join forces on a heroic journey to stop this catastrophe and save the Dead Sea from disappearing.

Reflection speaker are Yoav Kleinman and Ido Glass, film's producers based in Israel, joining us via Zoom.


Thank you to our sponsors

The Joyce and Tony Singh Family Foundation, River Action, Nahant Marsh, Sierra Club Eagle View Group, and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities
Kent & Judith Pilcher, John Gardner & Cathy Weideman, Katie & David Franks, Virdi Eye Clinic, Faye & Dana Waterman, Dr. Param & Armeet Singh, Jim Russell & Michelle Solis-Russell, Amir & Lisa Arbisser, Carolyn & Joseph Martin, Dan Portes & Judy Shawver, Cal & Jill Werner, David & Rene Gellerman, Kathryn & Lawrence Allen, Maria Waterman, Jerry Neff Memorial Fund/Sierra Club Eagle View Group, WVIK Quad Cities NPR, Glen Peterson, Dr. Don Doucette, and Ms. Lynn Dranzinski

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River Action, Inc.
822 E. River Drive
Davenport, Iowa 52803
Phone: (563) 322-2969
Email: riveraction@riveraction.org

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