Linda Hall Library Film Festival

The film festival is free and open to the public. Advanced registration not required. All movies will be shown in the Library's auditorium at 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 or at

Friday, April 12

9:00 a.m. - Library opens

10:00 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

The 11th Hour (2007)

Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, The 11th Hour explores the current state of the global environment. The film features contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, and journalist Paul Hawken.

Running time: 95 minutes.

Film poster.

Noon - 12:40 p.m.

Sacred Planet (2004)

Narrated by Robert Redford, Sacred Planet is a journey away from the "hectic" world we live in. Through stunning cinematography, it transports you to some of the most fascinating, exotic, and remote sites on Earth, giving you new insights into diverse landscapes, peoples, and animals.

Running time: 40 minutes.

Film poster.

1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Oceans (2009)

Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, Oceans explores our planet's oceans and provides glimpses into the lives of aquatic creatures using state-of-the-art underwater filming techniques. Filled with adventure, comedy, and drama, Oceans is a fascinating and thought-provoking experience you'll never forget.

Running time: 104 minutes.

Film poster.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How to Cook Your Life (2007)

Chef and Zen master, Edward Espe Brown provides a heartwarming and insightful look at our relationship with food in How to Cook Your Life.

Running time: 94 minutes.

Film poster.

5:00 p.m. - Library closes

Saturday, April 13

10:00 a.m. - Library opens

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Mystery of a Masterpiece (2012)

In October 2009, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Though it had been purchased two years earlier for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. Did cutting edge imaging analysis help tie the portrait to Leonardo? NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching "cold case" art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover "who committed the art," and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

Running time: 60 minutes.

Film poster.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama (2004)

Explore the mind-boggling construction of the Panama Canal through historic film footage, rare archival photographs, and insightful narration from author David McCullough. Get an unprecedented look at the people behind the Canal's deadly 30-year construction and witness its amazing present-day operation.

Running time: 60 minutes.

Film poster.

2:00 p.m. - Library closes

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