Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Series at Little Art

Environmental Film Series Announced

The Little Art Theatre is proud to announce a new film series devoted to the issues, stories, and environmental challenges we, and our planet, face. Beginning this month, The Environmental Film Series, will showcase six premiere documentary films dealing with subjects as diverse as sustainable agriculture and the commercial meat industry, to patenting the world’s food supply, to the power of wind and one person, the challenges of living directly off the land, and the startling beauty of Earth.

The series opens at 4:00 PM, March 24th with American Meat (85min.), a solutions-oriented, macroscopic documentary surveying the current state of the U.S. meat industry. The film documents the arrival of the current state of industrial meat production. Feedlots, confinement houses, and the plight of cattle are filmed, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work with these animals. From this perspective, the documentary then reveals the current revolution developing in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin. With his lead, farmers across the country have changed their lives to start grass-based farms, and American Meat highlights every day, tangible solutions people can take to change our nation’s agricultural footprint. We are pleased to have Director Graham Meriwether on hand to lead a question and answer session at the end of the film. American Meat is free and open to all.

A short of list upcoming films completing the series includes:

The World According to Monsanto (109 min.), Saturday, March 31st, 3:00 PM, Admission: free. Director: Marie-Monique Robin
Monsanto’s controversial past combines some of the most toxic products ever sold with misleading reports, pressure tactics, collusion, and attempted corruption. They now race to genetically engineer (and patent) the world’s food supply. This widely praised film exposes why Monsanto has become the world’s poster child for malignant corporate influence in government and technology.

Arctic Son (150 min.), Sunday, April 1st 3:00 PM. Admission: $6.00.
Director: Tom Irons
In the spring of 1992 author Jeanie Aspen, daughter of Alaskan adventurers Constance and Bud Helmericks, set out with her husband, Tom, their 6-year-old son, Luke, and friend Laurie, for fourteen months alone in Alaska’s remote Brooks Range. Flown into the wilderness, the four strive to gain a foothold before winter reclaims the land, a hundred miles from the nearest other people. The following summer they face a perilous 600-mile downriver canoe journey back to the world they left behind. Tom Irons himself will be present for the screening and to answer Q&A afterwards. Don’t miss this special film and a chance to speak with Tom about their experiences and what has transpired since their adventure.

Windfall (83 min.), Saturday, April7, 4:00 PM. Admission: Free.
Director: Laura Israel
Wind power… it’s sustainable … it burns no fossil fuels…it produces no air pollution. What’s more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. But there is also a dark side of wind energy development and the potential for highly profitable financial scams. Windfall invites thoughtful discussion rather than agenda driven pronouncements and opens real discussion as to the promise of wind power and its shortcomings. The film has garnered accolades from film critics across the nation: "CRITIC'S PICK! Urgent, informative and artfully assembled. The film's implications are clear: The quest for energy independence comes with caveats. Energy companies remain eager to plunder nature's bounty in pursuit of profit." - Andrew Webster, The New York Times.

Force of Nature (93 min.) Sunday, April 15th, 7:00 PM. Standard Admission: ($7.50 Adults; $6:50 Seniors and Children)
Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. David Suzuki will be at the Little Art to lead a 30-minute Q & A session immediately after the screening. Mr. Suzuki is a leading environmentalist, author and speaker. For many years he hosted a Canadian Television program, "The Nature of Things" and has authored more than forty books. He is the founder and chair of The David Suzuki Foundation (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/). The documentary explores, in gorgeous color and sweeping camerawork, the life and times of this brilliant keeper of the environmental flame. Suzuki, at the outset, mounts the stage for the lecture like a tiny Asian Steve Jobs, not there to present a new device, but to glorify the basics of the human species.

Home (118 min.), Sunday, April 22, 4:00 PM. Admission: Free.
A film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, narrated by Glenn Close.
Through utterly visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our Home. Home is the first film to exclusive use aerial footage. The film marks artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film directorial debut.

The Little Art offers a full concession bar, wine and beer, and accepts donations for films offered free of charge. Please visit the Special Events tab on our website at littleart.com and join us for our new series.

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