The Green Screen – ‘Music for Elephants’ – streaming on Amazon (free with Prime)

Did you see Music for Elephants at our in-person screening a couple years back.? An absolute crowd pleaser and arguably the most life-affirming screening ever.  Well, it is now available streaming.

Music for Elephants

Music for Elephants is a unique and moving documentary about a British concert-pianist playing music to blind, injured and orphaned elephants with extraordinary results.  At a sanctuary on the shores of the iconic River Kwai in Thailand, Paul Barton from Yorkshire plays the works of the world’s great composers to endangered Asian elephants and reveals their secret love of music.   As these magnificent and much-loved mammals, trumpet, curl their trunks, dance or even accompany Paul on the piano, we learn that even a dangerous, bull-elephant likes to unwind with a bit of Beethoven…

Recommendation:  try to watch it without distraction.  It is only 47 minutes.  No multi-tasking!

Amazon:  Free with Prime Membership.  Rent from $1.99. 

Free 30-day Trial Prime Membership available.

If you enjoy it, consider dropping a note to Amanda Feldon, the Producer/Director, about her passion project:

Following the Premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival, Michael Moore presents….

Planet of the Humans

Planet of the Humans dares to say what no one will—that we are losing the battle to stop climate change because we are following environmental leaders who have taken us down the wrong road—selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America.

This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the so-called “environmental movement’s” answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. This urgent, must-see movie, a full-frontal assault on our sacred cows – our ‘environmental leaders’ – is guaranteed to generate anger, debate, and, hopefully, a willingness to see our survival in a new way.

Filmmaker   Jeff Gibbs  Executive Producer:  Michael Moore

Streaming on YouTube for FREE for Earth Day (for the next 30 days):

LIVE Q&A EVENT Streaming – Now available on YouTube

“Planet of the Humans” Earth Day Live Stream w/ Michael Moore, Jeff Gibbs & Ozzie Zehner

To help keep our community of learners and activists together, we suggest:  take a break from the incessant outbreak news and view a classic Green / Eco film.

Periodically – maybe each week – we will provide a ‘double-feature’ recommendation of Green / Eco films that you can stream from in the sanctuary of your home to your laptop, PC or smart TV.

All will be on a FREE streaming service (though some may require you sign-up for a 30-day free trial)T

Green Screen – ‘Shorts’ Eco / Green Festival to Stream

The Green Screen:  STREAMING an ‘Eco Buffet’ now!

This week:  a Shorts Festival

Having difficulty concentrating?  Take a break!   We have a wide-ranging variety of interesting ‘Shorts’ to take you and your mind to different places.

Detroit Hives

In East Detroit, Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are transforming their community one hive at a time. By working to convert an estimated 90,000 vacant housing lots in their city into urban bee farms, Tim and Nicole are bringing life back to their community.

5:24 Free on Vimeo:

A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

A year through the distant eyes of meteorological satellite Himawari-8 – a hypnotic stream of Earth’s beauty, fragility and disasters.    Animation of satellite irradiation scan measurements, scientific data by meteorological satellite Himawari-8 courtesy of JMA/BoM/NCI.

16:03 Free on Vimeo:

Eyes in the Forest

The Amazon was the first victim of the peace process in Colombia. Since the demobilization of the FARC guerilla group in 2017, deforestation rates have spiked by more than 40 percent as illegal loggers exploit the power vacuum left behind by the rebels.

18:43 Free on Vimeo:

The Tornado Man

What if you had an idea that you believe could change the world? How would you convince people that your idea could become a reality? Retired engineer Louis Michaud has worked for decades on a green energy invention he believes could solve the world’s energy problems: a tornado machine.


Free on Vimeo:

Lost World

As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, a communal way of life, and one woman’s relationship to her beloved home are faced with the threat of erasure.

17  min Free on Vimeo:

Earlier Selections

Cane Toads – The Conquest

Yes, an Eco comedy horror film!

A documentary horror-comedy film about the environmental devastation left in the wake of the giant toads’ unstoppable march across Australia.   Love those quirky Aussies. No passport required.

1 hr 25 min

Free on YouTube:


Tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.  Told 50 years later, Earthrise compels us to remember this shift and to reflect on the Earth as a shared home.

30 min

Free on Vimeo:

March of the Newts

Follow one of the forest’s funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection…

Keep your volume up!

Short – 5 minutes

Free on Vimeo:

Brought to you by the Green Ministry

Congregational Church of Birmingham, UCC