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Films for Our Future: A Film Festival to Prepare for Earth Day
A series of 7 films starting on Wednesday, March 18 through April 22, 2020
Each film will screen twice in one day at 2:00pm and again at 6:30pm
Location: Nazareth Center, 2929 Nazareth Rd, Kalamazoo MI 49048
To help us prepare, pre-registration is required.
The cost is $50 for the series if paid by March 6.
The cost for individual films is $10 each.
Wed 3/18/20 Overload: America’s Toxic Love Story 2016 (71 minutes)
We are exposed to a multitude of chemicals every single day: in our personal care products, our cleansers, as well as through our water, air and food. A curious filmmaker wanted to learn her personal body burden of chemicals in preparation for possible motherhood. This film shares her journey of discovering her chemical levels and her 30 day plan to reduce those levels. Important information for anyone wondering how to manage chemical saturation for themselves and their loved ones.
Thu 3/26/20 Plastic Paradise 2014(57 minutes)
Plastic is everywhere. Global plastic production, which didn’t exist in 1950 is now a staggering 350+million tons per year. Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created is still somewhere on our planet. If it NEVER goes away, where does it go? Increasingly it goes into the ocean (and other bodies of water) where it is eventually ground into tiny pellets that enter the food chain when eaten by marine wildlife. Angela Sun reveals the effects of our rabid plastic consumption as she investigates The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Thu 4/2/20 Bringing it Home 2014 (52 minutes)
Building products contain many harmful chemicals. This film shares a father’s search to find the healthiest building products leads him to the completion of the nation’s first house built from “hempcrete,” a carbon-negative, non-toxic, energy efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant construction material. Industrial Hemp is non-psychoactive plant but was illegal to grow in the U.S. for decades because of its conflation with marijuana. The 2018 Farm Bill finally redefined hemp as Cannabis with 0.3% THC or less and removed it from the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp can now be grown in 45 states, and could be a multi-billion dollar crop (in product sales) for U.S. farmers and create new jobs. BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that makes 1,000’s of sustainable, healthy products and offers solutions for climate change, malnutrition, polluted soils and toxic building conditions.
Wed 4/8/20 Divide in Concord 2015 (82 minutes)
Octogenarian Jean Hill learned some disturbing facts from her grandson. She learned of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its far-reaching effects on the health of many species, including humans. She also learned that we in the US buy ½ BILLION bottles of water every week - enough to circle the globe 5 times. Only about 20% are recycled and the rest end up in landfills, water or incinerators. This inspired her to start a campaign to ban single-use water bottles in Concord, MA., home of “the shot heard round the world” that launched the American Revolution. This film covers this effort, and the ways in which it was smeared by partisan politics. Raises real and timely issues about personal choices and care for community. There is an incident of strong language when Jean loses her cool and drops an F bomb.
Tue 4/14/20 Groundswell Rising 2015 (70 minutes)
Through candid interviews and true stories, Groundswell Rising brings us into the lives of people directly impacted by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and those on the front lines, dedicated to stopping this form of gas extraction. Opposition to fracking arose from both sides of the political spectrum. You’ll meet parents, scientists, artists, teachers, clergy, community organizers, and business leaders who are convinced that this controversial form of gas extraction is a serious health and environmental risk. Driven by a deep moral conviction, we see how they are standing up to one of the world’s most powerful industries.
Actor Mark Ruffalo says of it, “this film should be watched by everyone on the side of industry and those considering leasing their land to the gas companies.” His newest film, Dark Waters, is the story of a lawyer who took on an environmental lawsuit against DuPont Chemical will be released on November 27, 2019.
Thu 4/16/20 The Sequel : What will Follow Our Troubled Civilization 2018 (61 minutes)
Opening with a powerful 'deep time' perspective, from the beginning of the Earth to our present moment, this film recognizes the fundamental unsustainability of today's society and dares to ask the big question: What will follow?
~What happens when we no longer have economic expansion?
~ How can we thrive without constantly increasing production & consumption?
Looks at the influential work of David Fleming, who dared to re-imagine a thriving civilization after the collapse of our current mainstream economies and inspired the Transition Towns movement.
Wed 4/22/20 Anthropocene 2018 (97 minutes)
The word combines the root "anthropo", meaning "human" with the root "-cene", the standard suffix for "epoch" in geologic time. The Human Age.
Have we entered a new geological epoch, a time when human activity has altered the topography and the climate of the earth to an extent that will permanently mark the fossil record of the planet? There is overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. Scientists discuss this concept, and ask important, hopeful questions about how our species must see and act from the perspective of a longer, larger, interconnected whole if life as we know it is to survive. A powerful, big picture way to wrap up our Films for Our Future series.
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