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Planet Earth Arts Environmental Film Series: The Guardians

Monday, Aug 12, 2019 7:00 PM
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education
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Planet Earth Arts Environmental Film Series: The Guardians


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Planet Earth Arts, Stanford Continuing Studies, and Stanford Repertory Theater


To celebrate its 21st season, Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT) is proud to partner with Planet Earth Arts and the National Center for New Plays in presenting a festival dedicated to the environment and social justice. The Festival features three original works: Voices of the Earth, and two powerful new plays. In Polar Bears, Black Boys, and Prairie-Fringed Orchids, well-meaning environmentalists are confronted by the tragic realities of Black Lives Matter. Anna Considers Mars tells the poignant story of a young woman who dreams of being chosen for a one-way journey to Mars. The Festival also includes the first Planet Earth Arts Environmental Film Series with panel discussions featuring filmmakers, Stanford faculty, and special guests who appeared in the films. For more information and to purchase tickets for the plays ($10-$15), please visit

Environmental Film Series
Now in its fifth year at Stanford, Planet Earth Arts is a campus-wide interdisciplinary program involving students and faculty in creative collaborations among the arts, humanities, and sciences to explore the most urgent environmental and social justice issues of our time. Planet Earth Arts collaborates with renowned photographers, composers and musicians, theater and performance artists, dancers and choreographers, writers, and visual artists and bring them to Stanford as guest artists. This year, the first Planet Earth Arts Environmental Film Series features powerful documentaries about the devastating California wildfires, gentrification, poverty and the politics of San Francisco, the indigenous community in Mexico whose members are the guardians of imperiled monarch butterflies, the first solar-powered flight around the world, and a special evening featuring the films of one of the pioneers of environmental filmmaking, David Vassar.

The Guardians
Directors: Tessa Moran and Ben Crosbie (2018)
A visually dazzling meditation on the delicate balance between humans and nature, The Guardians elegantly interweaves the lives of the iconic Monarch butterfly with an indigenous community in Mexico. Both depend on the same ancient forest for their survival and now face an uncertain future. View the Trailer.

2019 Webby Award Nominee

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