By Eric Henderson, WCCO

Earth Day is still a couple months away, but we’ve reached the point in winter where we’re all entirely ready to accelerate our arrival to springtime, by any means necessary.

So why not get a leg up on ecological concerns by taking in one of the movies St. Anthony Main and the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum are presenting as part of their “Sustainability Film Series.”

The series started last week with a screening of Milking the Rhino, which was introduced by the Minnesota Zoo’s Ron Tilson and Tara Harris. Each screening during the series will have panel discussions after the screenings.

The series is the result of a collaboration between The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul (formerly known as Minnesota Film Arts), the Bell Museum and the U’s Institute on the Environment.

Incidentally, two of the films in this series — Truck Farm and Windfall — are also included in the upcoming Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, which is a true harbinger of spring.

The special screenings are set to continue through May. Here is the full schedule. All showtimes are at 7 p.m.

  • Queen of the Sun — March 1, St. Anthony Main
  • Ghost Bird — March 17, Bell Museum
  • The Greenhorns — April 5, St. Anthony Main
  • Windfall — April 21, Bell Museum; Director Laura Israel will be present at this screening.
  • Truck Farm — May 3, St. Anthony Main; Director Ian Cheney will be present at this screening.
  • Greenscreen: A Student-Grown Film Night — May 12, Bell Museum; U student filmmakers will be present at this screening.
  • Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo — May 19, Bell Museum

Eric Henderson