Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Green Film Festival to begin Jan. 20

HOUGHTON --The Green Film Festival: Issues and Dialogue kicks off with the film Tapped, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Atrium and G002 Hesterberg Hall of the Michigan Tech Forestry Building.

The 54-minute film -- an examination of the big business of bottled water -- will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Alex Mayer of Michigan Tech's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Question: Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold?

The festival will present a film at 7 p.m. on each third Thursday of the month from January through June in the Atrium and G002 Hesterberg Hall of the Michigan Tech Forestry Building. Films will be followed by coffee, tea, dessert and facilitated discussion until 8:30 p.m. Cost: FREE; $3 suggested donation. The Green Film Festival is co-sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Keweenaw Land Trust.

Here is a summary of the festival films:

February 17: Weather Report -- Takes us to places where global warming is having an immediate effect, to meet people who are early victims of the global crisis that will soon affect us all. (52 min.) Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sarah Green, Michigan Tech Dept. of Chemistry.

March 17: Build Green -- A refreshing look at environmentally‐smart building materials and practices that better protect against the elements while saving money and resources. (43 min.) Discussion facilitator: Dave Bach, builder.

April 21: Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action -- Inspirational stories of Native American activists that are fighting back against the environmental violations to their homelands. (57 min.) Discussion facilitator: Chuck Brumleve, KBIC (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community) Dept. of Natural Resources.

May 19: Good Food: Sustainable Food and Farming -- Family farmers are making a comeback, growing more and healthier food, using less energy and water than factory food; and most is organic. (57 min.) Discussion facilitator: Karen Rumisek, Keweenaw Food Co-op.

June 16: Thirst -- Efforts by powerful corporations to commodify the world’s water supplies have catalyzed community resistance to globalization in Bolivia, India and the U.S. (62 min.) Discussion facilitator: Ellis Adams, Michigan Tech Dept. of Social Sciences.

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