How crunchy is your granola? Come to our first Environmental Action Organization meeting this year, even if you eat fruit loops -- all are welcome. We are off to a running start this semester, planning for the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival which we will be hosting on September 17. Also in the works are other projects such as banning bottled water at SLU, composting and working to green our endowment. As always the search for new project continues, so bring your ideas.
Hope to see all you old timers as well as a lot of new timers as well!
The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in the United States, with 80 tour venues. However, EAO will be the first hosts of the festival in the state of New York! The films are able to characterize the environmental movement in order to inspire action. The festival's films cover the diversity of the movement, from water rights to our food system, from climate change to rock climbers in Namibia.
Ticket Prices: $5 in advance and $5 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at: St. Lawrence’s Student Center & Brewer Bookstore Wear on Earth GardenShare's stand at the Canton Farmers' Market. Proceeds will be donated to GardenShare and Gulf Aid, an NGO assisting communities in the Gulf Coast.
Tentative Festival schedule (film descriptions are below):
7:00 – Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival intro (3 minutes)
7:03 – Welcoming Address by President Fox
7:10 – Reminders by Ted Nichols
7:13 – Introduction of Drying for Freedom by Greenhouse and Secret Life of Paper by Amanda Lavigne
7:17 – Drying for Freedom (5 minutes)
7:22 – Secret Life of Paper (6 minutes)
7:28 –Introduction of Split Estate and Brower Youth Award by Lindsay Guerin
7:32 – Split Estate (15 minutes)
7:47 – Brower Youth Award (5 minutes)
7:52 – Introduction to Generations by Ben Rendall, Introduction to Greenhorns by Alle Wingerter
8:09 – Generations (17 minutes)
8:26 – Greenhorns (20 minutes)
8:46 – Introduction to New Amsterdam Market by GardenShare, introduction to Fun Theory, Mary Kohnstamm
9:00 – New Amsterdam Market (7 minutes)
9:07 – The Fun Theory – Piano Stairs (2 minutes)
9:09 – Intermission (15 minutes)
9:24 – Introduction to Get Up, Stand Up, by Bob Fredrick and introduction to Lady Bug Swarm by Mary Kohnstamm
9:27 – Get Up, Stand Up (4 minutes)
9:31 – Lady Bug Swarm (3 Minutes)
9:34 – Introduction of Tapped by Mary Kohnstamm
9:37 – Tapped (76 minutes)
• Drying for Freedom -- Adam Merrifield, Steven Lake
50 million clotheslines are banned in the US. Don’t you have the right to dry?
• Secret Life of Paper --Ever wonder what happens to the newspaper we read in the morning? Have you ever considered what impacts these products have on the environment, from beginning to end? INFORMs Secret Life Series is a collection of videos that highlight the environmental impacts of everyday products we all use.
• Split Estate -- Imagine discovering that you don’t own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine having little recourse, other than accepting an unregulated industry in your backyard. Planet Greens Documentary Film Series - Reel Impact.
• Brower Youth Award: Sierra Crane --Sierra Crane-Murdoch, 21 , of Vermont, co-launched Power Past Coal, a national grassroots initiative of activists battling coal projects. (This is the woman that launched the march many of us attended when in DC for Powershift.)
• Generations --For many, snowy winters have a deep significance - culturally, personally, and financially. Going beyond charts and numbers, this new film humanizes the debate on climate change by exploring the delicate balance of winter and the intrinsic value of snow to people across generations and cultures.
• Greenhorns -- This spring found young farmers as unlikely poster children of a new zeitgeist. In many communities these bright 20- and 30-somethings are contributing and leading the way into a new world of agriculture, sustainability and economics. PLEASE NOTE: This film is a 20-minute, extended trailer for a pending feature film due out later in 2010.
• New Amsterdam Market --Experience palpable spirit and energy as a longstanding public market tradition is revived. Local and regional cheeses, meats, produce -- all this and more in New York City’s seaport district, a perfect and historic site for a public market.
• The Fun Theory -- We believe that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change peoples’ behavior for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it is change for the better. “Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do?
• Get Up, Stand Up --Surfing in Wyoming? These guys make it look easy. Wyoming Short Film Contest Winner.
• Lady Bug Swarm --Enjoy one of the wonders of nature ... and rediscover the beauty of nature through the eyes of a child.
• Tapped -- Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold? Take a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of the bottled water industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought to never become a commodity: our water. Best Documentary - Eugene Intl Film Festival.