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Natural Heroes

Next Airing: Thu, Sep 20th, 2018 at 6:00 AM on UEN-TV

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Natural Heroes focuses on people making a positive difference for the environment and enhancing the world around us. Each episode of Natural Heroes is created by different independent filmmakers, making each episode quite unique. These are diverse, inspiring stories featured within an eclectic program unlike any other.


  • SONATAS OF THE SOIL: Portrait of a Winemaker and Soil in Good Heart

    PORTRAIT OF A WINEMAKER features the winemaker at Frog's Leap Vineyards where organically managed dry-farmed grapes make for great soil and award winning wine. SOIL IN GOOD HEART is a look at why good soil fertility is vital to life. It illustrates how valuable soil is to society and how it's been neglected at our peril. A mini-primer on what we've done to soil and how we can fix it! (The short films, Soil in Good Heart and Portrait of a Winemaker are part of the Symphony of the Soil Project, featured at the United Nations on World Soil Day.)

    Next Airing: Thu, Sep 20th, 2018 at 6:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 2/16/2016 to 2/15/2019
  • NATIVE AMERICAN GREEN: New Directions in Tribal Housing

    Highlights five recent successful projects building sustainable housing on Native American tribal lands. Leading architects, builders, and tribal members tell the stories behind their project's design, financing, and construction and reflect on the transformative effect they've had on tribal members. NATIVE AMERICAN GREEN reveals the emergence of an exciting new paradigm in tribal housing.

    Next Airing: Thu, Sep 27th, 2018 at 6:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 2/12/2016 to 2/11/2019
  • Joanna Macy and the Great Turning

    Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy knows that when things look bleak, human beings respond with great wisdom and ingenuity. Her story of what she calls "the Great Turning," the global shift from destruction to sustainability, is deeply inspiring. If you loved Joseph Campbell's insight, you'll be equally moved by Joanna Macy. "Don't be afraid of your heart breaking open," she tells us. "The heart that breaks open can hold the whole universe. It's that big."

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 4th, 2018 at 6:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 2/23/2016 to 2/22/2019
  • Common Ground

    Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of this unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change. (Natural Heroes, Emmy award-winning filmmaker)

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 11th, 2018 at 6:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 2/26/2016 to 2/25/2019
  • Bluebird Man

    One man's remarkable role in the successful recovery of bluebirds. Passionate citizen scientists across the country, like 93 year-old Al Larson in Idaho, have made the recovery of bluebirds one of our most inspiring conservation success stories. (Emmy award nominated)

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 18th, 2018 at 6:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 3/1/2016 to 2/28/2019
  • Beyond Recognition

    After decades struggling to protect sacred sites now engulfed by San Francisco's sprawl, a Native woman and her allies discover a new path: to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Shattering stereotypes, BEYOND RECOGNITION explores the quest to preserve one's culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them. (winner, Best Short, San Francisco Green Film Festival)

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 2/12/2016 to 2/11/2019
  • Brower Youth Awards 2014

    THE BROWER YOUTH AWARDS honors legendary environmental activist David Brower, and calls forth a new generation of leaders. From neighborhood solar power in Michigan to banning Styrofoam in Hawaii to food security in Nepal, meet six young people honored for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. (past Brower Youth Awards have won Emmy Awards on Natural Heroes)

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 2/5/2016 to 2/4/2019
  • Brower Youth Awards 2015

    Who's responsible for some of North America's most creative environmental victories? Meet an urban garden activist in the Bronx, water conservation activists in droughtstricken Nevada and California, and students proving art makes a difference. THE BROWER YOUTH AWARDS celebrates a new generation of leaders. (past Brower Youth Awards have won Emmy Awards on Natural Heroes)

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 2/9/2016 to 2/8/2019
  • Nature's Orchestra

    Musician and renowned nature sound scientist Bernie Krause leads a soundscape expedition to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is spring. Along with animal voices including migratory bird songs, the barking of a fox, and a grizzly's sniff, the expedition records the melting of permafrost and other evidence of climate change. Find out why Bernie's sound work is profoundly important.

    Length: 00:26:45
    Usage rights: 1/29/2016 to 1/28/2019
  • School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten

    No classroom for these kindergarteners. In a suburb of Zurich, Switzerland, children go to kindergarten in the woods every day, no matter what the weatherman says. This eyeopening film looks into the important question of what it is that children need at that age. There is laughter, beauty and amazement in the process of finding out. (many film festival awards including Best Educational Film and Best Documentary Short)

    Length: 00:26:45
    Usage rights: 1/26/2016 to 1/25/2019
  • Terra Firma

    Who goes to war and who returns? Since it began, over 280,000 women have been sent to the Middle East to serve in the War on Terror. TERRA FIRMA weaves together the stories of three female veterans who were deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Through intimate interviews, they share their motivations for joining the service, their experiences as females in the military, and the impact of war on their lives. After struggling for years with combat related PTSD they have each found ways to heal their hidden wounds through farming. "I can't fight in wars anymore but I can fight hunger, and I can be a hero to my community by being a farmer." (many film festival awards including Best of Fest and Best Food Film)

    Length: 00:26:45
    Usage rights: 1/22/2016 to 1/21/2019
  • The Invisible Peak

    Hidden in plain sight. Through breathtaking time-lapse cinematography and historical footage, THE INVISIBLE PEAK tells the virtually unknown story of the "missing" West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais in the San Francisco Bay Area, and how local engaged citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state for over 30 years. Movingly narrated by Peter Coyote.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 2/2/2016 to 2/1/2019