July: The End of the Line
July 12, 2016
The End Of The Line documents a diverse coalition of grassroots activists in Kentucky and their recent defeat of the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline. Join the inspiring Sisters of Loretto as they unite with environmentalists, farmers, and families to protect their land from a relentless onslaught of the fracking industry. This feature-length documentary from award-winning filmmaker Sellus Wilder encourages viewers to consider the impact of their own actions on the global energy paradigm.
August: No Film Screening
September: All In This Tea
September 13, 2016
In All In This Tea (2007), Les Blank’s handheld camera takes us into the hidden world of tea by following world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world.
The film moves from a modern, urban setting to a pastoral China rarely glimpsed by westerners. Scenes shot in cinema verite are interwoven with more formal presentations about the fundamentals of tea with tea authorities James Norwood Pratt, Gaetano Kazuo Maida, and Winnie W. Yu.
This helps make clear what is at stake, and thereby lends weight to Hoffman’s endeavor. It is hoped that the viewer will feel as if they have been somewhere they’ve never been before, and ask themselves what is out there that is worth preserving.
October: Symphony of the Soil
October 11, 2016
Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems. In addition to the feature film, there are several short films, Sonatas of the Soil, that delve deeply into soil-related topics, and several short clips, Grace Notes, that are available to stream on the film’s website.
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