The Climate Movie Circle is proud to present our April Earth month film selection, the “10 Best of the Best Short Films from One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest,” a series of shorts selected from 10 years of submissions. The contest is held yearly by Chicago area non-profit One Earth Collective. This FREE screening with popcorn and optional follow up discussion will be held in-person Sunday, April 23 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm at the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Yolo County Library at 315 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA.

REGISTER here as this will be a pop-ular event!

The “10 Best of the Best” is an unrated family friendly collection of shorts produced by young adults. Parents may want to preview the film on the One Earth Film Festival website; some scenes of animals in transit may be upsetting for some. Specifically, the film depicts scenes from “an LA Animal Save Vigil. During these peaceful events, animal rights activists wait on the side of the road for truckloads of pigs to stop for two minutes of compassion before heading to slaughter. During those two minutes, the activists spray the pigs with water, stroke those they can reach, and look into their eyes.” The film can be viewed here in advance.

This month our screening and discussion will be followed by an in-person pledging opportunity for the inaugural Earth Day Pledge Challenge from 4pm to 5pm. Volunteers will be capturing 2-minute “Why I’m pledging” videos. Post your own videos to social media, tag us @cooldaviscity, and use the hashtag #YoloEarthDayPledge2023. Learn more about the pledge.

Movie go-ers will have the opportunity to pledge before the screening.

10 Best of the Best Short Films from One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

Run time: 1 hr 29 mins

Producers: Aggressively Compassionate and One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

Location: Blanchard Room at the Mary L. Stephens Library, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA

Date and Time: April 23rd, 1:30-4:00 PM

Always FREE but donations are appreciated to cover film license fees

Popcorn for everyone!

Masks are always welcome but not required at this time. We’re also proud to announce a new partnership with the Yolo County Library Stephens Davis Branch, which includes use of the library’s popcorn machine! We’ll be able to make more, faster, in case our room flows over!

We hope you can join us!

Your Climate Movie Circle Planning Team

Featured Shorts

THE CHASE (6 min, 2018) by Hunter Harding
University of Kansas graduate, Lawrence, Kansas

VERGE (3 min, 2018) by Chingtien Chu
School of Visual Arts graduate, New York City, New York

VANDALS (6 min, 2020) by Suzie Kang, April Chang, and Emily Wong
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts graduates, New York City, New York

KOKU/SCENT (5 min, 2022) by Sezgin Yüzay
(password: koku-scent-5)
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University student, Muğla, Turkey

SPELL OF THE WEST (7 min, 2019) by Samantha Lane
California Institute of the Arts graduate, Santa Clarita, Calif.

ENDANGERED (4 min, 2022) by Tim DeBlois
Hampshire College graduate, Amherst, Massachusetts

ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM (3 min, 2021) by Nathan Goswick
DePaul University student, Chicago, Illinois

Wheaton College graduate, Norton, Massachusetts

LUCY (2 min, 2020) by Tara Gupta
Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Providence, RI

EYES (6.5 min, 2021) by Zachary Goodwin, Flynn Harris, Alex Flanagan, Alex Kumph
New York Film Academy students, Los Angeles, California


Pledge at the screening

Announcing the inaugural Earth Day Pledge Challenge! You will be among the first to have the opportunity to make your pledge to reduce carbon pollution and build resilience throughout the coming year to Earth Day 2024. Cool Davis identifies the high impact actions and ways to achieve them; you get busy building new habits, sharing your story, and learning from friends, family, and neighbors.



The Earth Day Pledge Challenge is about Yolo County residents completing at least six specific greenhouse gas reducing or resilience building actions over the course of one full year from Earth Day 2023 to Earth Day 2024.  Embrace the challenge: Be the ripple that starts a wave.

New pledges will be accepted through July 22, 2023.

Young Filmmakers Contest 2023

The One Earth Film Festival is currently accepting submissions in seven age/genre categories for the 2023 Young Filmmakers Contest, from students in grade 3 up through age 25, due by 11:59 p.m., June 25, 2023. There are no submission fees and prizes range from $100 to $1000 with matching grants. Length requirements range from 3 to 8 minutes or 45+ second for animations. All winning films will premiere on September 17, 2023, and some will be selected for the One Earth Film Festival in March 2024.

For beginners, the One Earth Film Festival folks have developed a fun, interactive, and engaging online curriculum tool for teachers of grades 3 to 8 on how to make a film. The curriculum is accessible, adaptable, and actionable. For classrooms in person or online. Discounts are available for those in need. More info here:

Questions? Contact Lisa Files at

More info here:

Earth Day Mini Film Fest 2023 from One Earth Collective

Check out the lineup of top films from One Earth Film Fest at this year’s Earth Day Mini Film Fest to be held April 19-23, 2023, the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival. Four of the current events are international virtual watch parties with a fifth being added for April 21. One Earth Film Fest has a large jury that sifts through many environmental documentaries until they find the very best.

Registration is highly recommended, tickets are free (suggested $8 donation to keep these events free for everyone).

Get tickets HERE.

More info here:


Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire

Trip Jennings/2022/101 min/Climate Change, Conservation, Health & Environment

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. CDT
Virtual Watch Party:

Follow the Drinking Gourd + Remothering the Land

Shirah Dedman/2019/60 min/People & Culture, Food & Agriculture

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. CDT
Virtual Watch Party:


Fernanda Heinz Figueiredo, Ataliba Benaim/2022/107 min/Built Environment, Conservation, Climate Change

Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m. CDT
Virtual Watch Party:

The Street Project

Jennifer Boyd/2022/52 min/Built Environment, Transportation

Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m. CDT
Virtual Watch Party:

One Earth Film Festival

One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of people. It showcases top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films, leads audiences in interactive post-film discussions focused on solutions, and offers concrete actions people can take. One Earth Film Festival is a production of One Earth Collective.

You can get links to the films (for pay) and watch video of discussions from the Film Festival from this past March here:

You can check out past films and events: