The Climate, Our Coast, and Our Communities

July 28, 2021 – 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Shotwell Drive-in
40 West Street
Rockport, ME 04856
Directions via Google

The Island Institute presents an evening of inspiring films about the climate, our coast, and solutions for a changing world.

Join us at the Shotwell Drive-in in Rockport, Maine, for an evening of powerful and inspiring films that feature personal stories from those living on the frontlines of climate change and leading the way in planning for change and creating solutions.

Through documentary storytelling and moving visuals, these films highlight the impact we can all have on the issues our communities and coast face and offer solutions for a climate-positive future.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Films start at 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $15 per vehicle

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase required


Food available for purchase onsite from Cold Toes Tacos.


  • Voices for the Ocean
  • Kids vs Global Warming
  • A Climate of Change: Sea Level Rise
  • Sea Level Rise: It’s Happening!


  • 2040


  • Voices for the Ocean (5 minutes) – In this short film from Patagonia, surfers Belinda Baggs, Liz Clark, and Moona Whyte share how their love of the waves and connection to the ocean have led them to a life of committed activism. We protect what we love, and we can all speak out for change. And for some of us, the ocean is where we find our voice.
  • Kids vs Global Warming (4 minutes) – When Alec Loorz was 12, he was filmed putting up his Sea Level Awareness Posts on the beach in Ventura, California. At age 15, he presented his Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuel to Senator Barbara Boxer on Capitol Hill. Now 18, Alec educates others about the science of global warming through his nonprofit organization, Kids vs Global Warming, and empowers them to take action.
  • A Climate of Change: Sea Level Rise (12 minutes) – The Island Institute shares a moving, new documentary about how the community of Vinalhaven, Maine, is responding to sea level rise, some of the challenges they face, and more importantly, how a small, yet engaged community can lead the way to planning for change.
  • Sea Level Rise: It’s Happening! (2 minutes) – Created for the Island Institute, this original animated short from O’Chang Comics/Puckerbrush Animation lightheartedly calls attention to the challenges Maine communities face from increased coastal flooding, storm surge events, and sea level rise.
  • FEATURE: 2040 (1 hour, 32 minutes) – Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary storytellingwith dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations. What’s your 2040?


This event complements the Island Institute’s work with Maine’s island and coastal communities currently at the forefront of implementing integrated climate solutions. To learn more, visit