Special Events

In addition to the festival we offer screenings and events year-round.



New Jersey’s Changing Climate
January 17, 2018 – 7 p.m.

The New Jersey state climatologist gives a presentation on the weather and climate of the Garden State that explores events and issues on short to long time scales. Intended to promote an understanding of global climate variability and change, the talk will address where we have been and where New Jersey’s climate may be headed.


October 25, 2017

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

The film will be followed by a talk by NOFA-NJ Executive Director Adrian Hyde and local farmers.

Chasing Coral
October 9, 2017 – 5:30 p.m., Princeton Garden Theatre

Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Enter Jeff Orlowski, director of Chasing Ice, which created irrefutable, visual proof of the melting ice caps. Orlowski’s next project is similarly evidentiary and powerful. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves.

Author Talk: Emmet Gowin
October 3, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Famed photographer Emmet Gowin has often addressed urgent concerns in his work. The arresting images of Mariposas Nocturnas extend this reach, as Gowin fosters awareness for a part of nature that is generally left unobserved and calls for a greater awareness of the biodiversity and value of the tropics as a universally shared natural treasure. An essay by Gowin provides a fascinating personal history of his work with biologists and introduces both the photographic and philosophical processes behind this extraordinary project. Emmet Gowin is emeritus professor of photography at Princeton University. His many books include Emmet Gowinand Changing the Earth. His photographs are in collections around the world, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tokyo Museum of Art

Co-sponsored by Labyrinth Books and Princeton University Press

Author Talk: James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti
September 22, 2017 – 7 p.m., D&R Greenway

For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world. Based on pioneering research by scientists at the forefront of the animal-tracking revolution, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti’s stunning, four-color charts and maps tell fascinating stories of animal behavior. These astonishing infographics explain how warblers detect incoming storms using sonic vibrations, how baboons make decisions, and why storks prefer garbage dumps to wild forage; they follow pythons racing through the Everglades, a lovelorn wolf traversing the Alps, and humpback whales visiting undersea mountains.

Co-sponsored by D&R Greenway Land Trust

Coral Reefs Go Live: How to Grow Coral
July 27, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Speaking through a live video feed, scientists from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute present a live and interactive program about the importance of corals and why we should be concerned that coral reefs are in decline around the world. Viewers will learn how scientists are restoring the reefs by growing and planting corals. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions including whether endangered corals can be grown in a laboratory, what makes the venomous lionfish the perfect invasive species, and what is it like to dive over a 6,000-foot drop.

Coral Reefs Go Live: How to Grow Coral
July 25, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Speaking through a live video feed, scientists from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute present a live and interactive program about the importance of corals and why we should be concerned that coral reefs are in decline around the world. Viewers will learn how scientists are restoring the reefs by growing and planting corals. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions including whether endangered corals can be grown in a laboratory, what makes the venomous lionfish the perfect invasive species, and what is it like to dive over a 6,000-foot drop.

The Red Turtle
July 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative
April 26, 2017 – 7 p.m., Johnson Education Center, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Award-winning author Florence Williams takes us from forest trails in Korea to islands in Finland and eucalyptus groves in California in a presentation about the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain, mood, health, relationships, and creativity.

This special event of the 2017 Princeton Environmental Film Festival is co-sponsored by the D&R Greenway Land Trust.

Standing Rock From the Eyes of Three Filmmakers
April 14, 2017 – 4:30 p.m., McCormick 101, Princeton University

Three filmmakers screen clips from their films-in-progress, followed by discussion.Featuring:
Heather Rae (producer) and Cody Lucich (director) of AKICITA
Julie Bridgham (director) of Here: Standing Rock

“Sonic Sea” – Special Event Screening
February 10, 2017 – 6:30 pm

The impact of commercial, industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life that rely on sound to hunt for food, find mates and detect predators is examined in this film that was first screened at the 2016 Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

Following the screening, scientist, author and whale expert Scott McVay will discuss the film and his research about whales.
Scott McVay is a Founding Executive Director of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He has served on two dozen boards. McVay’s honors include receipt of the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Animal Welfare Institute, the Princeton University Class of 1955 Award, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Award by the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars, and an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College.

The running time of Sonic Sea is one hour.


“Dear President Obama”
July 18, 2016 – Princeton Garden Theatre, Princeton, NJ

Narrated and executive produced by Mark Ruffalo.

Join us for a special screening and New Jersey premiere of Jon Bowermaster’s new film Dear President Obama. Narrated by Mark Ruffalo, this powerful film takes us on a cross-country journey to hear from communities impacted by our national energy policy.

All across America, citizens suffer the manifold consequences of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, from the health threats of contaminations to the false promise of prosperity. Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now presents their grievances as a united front, bolstered by testimonies from scientists, economists, geologists, and whistle-blowers, in an effort to convince our current president and those who follow to join the nation’s growing “anti-fracking” majority.

A Q&A and discussion with director Jon Bowermaster, follows the screening.


“The Creature Show – A Halloween Special for All Ages”
October 30, 2015

Children are invited to dress as bats for a pre-screening party and viewing of a 15-minute documentary about the decline of New Jersey’s cave bat population. There will be a live bat to see, toy bats for children to take home. Jared Flesher, director of “The Creature Show” web series, will participate in a post-screening Q&A with biologists Stephanie Feigin and Mackenzie Hall who appear in the film. After the Q&A, a representative from the N.J. Nature Conservancy will speak about efforts to control white nose syndrome, the disease causing the decline. Community Room, Princeton Public Library.

Co-sponsored by the library and The Nature Conservancy.

“Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective”
October 3, 2015 – 2:00 p.m.

Princeton Environmental Film Festival 2015 Audience Favorite Award-winner “Inhabit” explores the many environmental issues facing the world today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called permaculture. A Q&A with filmmaker Costa Boutsikaris will follow the screening.

An additional screening of Inhabit will be held at the Montclair Academy on Sunday October 4, 2015 Montclair, New Jersey at 2:30 p.m. sponsered by The Nature Conservancy in partnership witih the PEFF.

January 30, 2015 –  7:00 p.m.

Filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel explore the recent movement to remove old and outdated dams to restore natural river systems across the United States.  Profiling activists and advocates who are working to free the rivers, the film delves into the science, economics and history of dams, 30,000 of which were erected in the U.S. between 1950 and 1970. The change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to a growing awareness that our own future is tied to the life and health of our rivers is also examined.

A discussion follows the screening led by Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Executive Director Jim Waltman and Science Director Amy Soli.


“Eating Alabama”
Oct. 24, 2014 –  7:00 p.m.

In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters.

Co-sponsored with Princeton School Gardens Cooperative

Cherry Grove Farm will provide a selection of cheeses before the screening and the bent spoon will provide ice cream after the film screening.

“Fed Up”
Oct. 2, 2014 – 6:30 p.m., Princeton Garden Theatre, Princeton, NJ

Upending conventional wisdom on weight gain and loss, this hard-hitting documentary exposes a dirty secret of the American food industry – far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric uncover why American children will now live shorter lives than their parents.

A discussion facilitated by NOFA NJ Executive Director Camille Miller will follow the screening.

Tickets: $8 General; $6 Members and Students. Please purchase online at Princeton Garden Theatre box office or in person. 

Before and after the screening, Mediterra Restaurant will offer a special three-course prix fixe menu reflecting the spirit of the film.

“Field Biologist”
June 28, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

Filmmaker Jared Flesher attends the New Jersey premiere of his film about 22-year old Tyler Christensen, a high-school graduate who loves the outdoors and wildlife and one day decides to begin his own research on birds in Costa Rica. Christensen’s adventure took him to the cloud forests of Monteverde to the mangrove swamps of the Nicoya Peninsula and culminated in a plan to try to help save the highly endangered mangrove hummingbird. Christensen and Flesher will partipcate in a post-screening Q&A.