Friday, April 16, 2010

Earth Day Films @ the Frontier

 If anyone goes to any of these, PLEASE bring some postcards about Sandra Steingraber's visit with you!

FILM | No Impact Man | NR  | 90min
A Film By Laura Gabbert & Justin Schein

Tuesday, Apr 20 | 7pm | Includes Discussion with Fred Horch of F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies and Ted Markow from Brunswick Permaculture Group

"An entertaining, amusing, and provocative film." - David Edelstein, New York Magazine
Author Colin Beavan, a newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material problem. That is, until his espresso guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray.

FILM | Addicted To Plastic | NR  | 85min
A Film By Ian Connacher
Sponsored by the UU Church & First Parish Church of Brunswick

Wednesday, Apr 21 | 7pm | Includes Discussion with Phil Camill, Program Director of Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College | Please Call the UU Church of Brunswick at 729-7331 for Reservations

Filmmaker Ian Connacher conducts an international odyssey revealing the disturbing long-term effects of the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. From water bottles and Styrofoam cups to toothbrushes and garbage bags, in less than a century the pervasive presence of plastics has marked every ecosystem and all aspects of human activity. Visually compelling, entertaining and thought provoking, ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is both a wake-up call and an inspiring consideration of possible recycling or down-cycling solutions.
FILM | Dirt
A Film By Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow
Showtime: Thursday, Apr 22 | 6:00pm | Free | Includes discussion with:

Bob St. Peter, co-founder and director of Food For Maine's Future was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC).  He publishes the bi-annual, Saving Seeds.

Roger Doiron, founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a global nonprofit network of over 20,000 people who are growing some of their own food and helping others to do the same.

Lisa Fernandes, Permaculture Designer and Educator and has organized the Portland Permaculture group since 2005.  She is a Master Composter, studies medicinal plants and is active in the Cape Farm Alliance and the Eat Local Foods Coalition.

DIRT! The Movie--takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, "dirt is very much alive." Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. "Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt."

DIRT! the Movie--narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis--brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

DIRT! the Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: "When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked." But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT the Movie is a call to action.

"The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again."

What we've destroyed, we can heal.