Empowered: Power From the People – Jan 8, 2014

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Tompkins County New York is one of the cloudiest, least windy places in the U.S. and yet the residents are proving that they can meet their energy needs through totally renewable resources.  From solar and wind to geothermal and even biodiesel, this film tells the story of one community’s role in the energy independence revolution.  Film Producer Suzanne McMannis, an organic farmer who has been living off the grid for over a decade, says:  “I wanted to make a movie that demonstrates how practical, affordable and fun it can be to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels”.

Post screening discussion with Andrew Moore project director for the T’souke First Nations’ award-winning solar installations, Liz Ferris, Climate Action Program Coordinator for the CRD who will discuss a proposed incentive program to assist home owners wanting to incorporate solar energy technology into their home (this program has been delayed so Liz Ferris will not be attending the film night) and Mike Geldreich, an electrical contractor and “very green guy” who has been installing renewable energy systems “solar, wind turbines, micro hydro…we’ve done it all” for 10 years. There will also be a chance to learn about a company that is making a vertical axis wind turbine that turns like a merry-go-round claiming to use less space, less moving parts, making little noise and doing no harm to birds compared to conventional wind turbines.

Come and ask your questions!

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Chasing Ice – Dec. 11, 2013

Chasing Ice

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This is the story of acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog’s mission to gather undeniable evidence of our changing climate:  The Extreme Ice Survey.  With a band of young adventurers in tow, he used revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.  Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality.  This is a hauntingly beautiful film that compresses years into seconds and captures ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.  The visuals are augmented by interviews with glaciologists and climate scientists and some simple charts and graphs explaining why the extreme ice survey work is so critical.

“You’ve never seen images like this before….it deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen”….Robert Redford

 

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Let’s Talk Trash! – Nov. 13, 2013

Let’s Talk Trash!          November 13

Featuring the film:

“Trashed”

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In this 2013 British documentary by filmmaker Candida Brady, Jeremy Irons travels the world to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem.  Although not a pretty picture, there is some hope as the film turns from the alarming results of ignoring trash to some solutions, including an entire city which is now virtually waste-free.

Post screening discussion with Laura Byrne, Parks and Environmental Services Coordinator, District of Sooke and Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne.  A chance to discuss your ideas and concerns about how the community can more effectively deal with garbage and reduce the amount of waste we produce.

Booths in the theatre foyer:

* A mini fair featuring local Upcyclers and their creative wares.  This could be a chance to do some sustainable early Christmas shopping. Upcyclers are: Dana Sitar – http://sookefinearts.com/gallery-awards/2011-2/ ; Love In Everything – http://loveineverything.blogspot.ca ; Hollow Tree – find them on Facebook; Earth Elf – www.earthelf.ca; Jenn Bell – www.discardedcouture.org

* Info on CRD recycling and Sooke Street Bank (neighborhood lending and giving, sharing skills and posting notices – www.streetbank.com)

* Free gift exchange table (BRING A “GIFT” OF A SMALL USABLE ITEM THAT YOU NO LONGER NEED)

Door prize.

Doors open at 6:30; film at 7:00

 

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Sacred Science – Oct. 9, 2013

October 9, 2013

Season Premiere

Sacred Science

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This films follows the journey of 8 people from the developed world, each with an “incurable” chronic illness, who spend one month in seclusion in the Amazon jungle looking for one last chance to be healed.  These men and women who are debilitated from diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and alcoholism, take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru’s indigenous medicine men.  They are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process.

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Occupy Love – June 19, 2013

June 19th  SEASON FINALE

“Occupy Love”

Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (“Scared Sacred”, Fierce Light”) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet.  “Occupy Love” explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning.  The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on greed, is causing economic and ecological collapse.  The resulting crises have become a catalyst for a profound awakening:  millions are deciding enough is enough – the time has come to create a new world; a world that works for all life.

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Big Boys Gone Bananas – May 8th, 2013


In 2008 Swedish filmmaker Frederik Gertten went to Guatemala to make a documentary about the Dole banana plantation workers being exposed to toxic chemicals.  When he debuted his film at the prestigious L.A. International Film Festival, the Dole Corporation came out with both barrels blazing: media articles denouncing Gertten and some of the people in his film as frauds, pressuring the film festival to withdraw his film from the competition and ultimately suing him.  But instead of capitulating and reworking his  film to please Dole, Gertten decided to make another documentary film……one that exposes the ugly underbelly of corporate bullying.

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Salmon Confidential April 10, 2013

“Salmon Confidential”

Alexandra Morton and Filmmaker Twyla Roscovich will be attending.

Follow biologist Alexandra Morton as she unravels the mysteries of B.C.’s declining salmon stocks using some of the world’s top fish labs.  What she uncovers should shock anyone who cares about the future of salmon and all that depends on them. This 70 minute film documents Morton’s long and dedicated journey as she attempts to overcome roadblocks thrown up by government agencies and bring critical information to the public in time to save B.C.’s wild salmon.  Learn about how fish farms are changing our coastal ecology, grassroots science-based activism and the shocking inner workings of government agencies tasked with overseeing our fish and the safety of our food supply.

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Annual Farming and Gardening Gala – March 6, 2013

                  Annual

Farming and Gardening Gala

Co-sponsored with Sooke Food CHI

Stories from Women Farmers, Old and New
Featuring:

– “Outstanding in Her field” – a film by and about women in sustainable agriculture produced in the 1990’s by the South Island Organic Producers Association, including Sooke’s Mary Alice Johnson of ALM Farms. This film had the aim “to inspire others to involve themselves in sustainable agriculture on any scale – to join us in this lifestyle that nurtures the ecosystem, our families and our communities and ourselves”.  An aim that has been realized in most remarkable ways.

–  Several short film clips featuring women farmers in Sooke, East Sooke and Metchosin discussing farming in 2013 as a preview to the planned “Outstanding in Her Field, the Sequel”.

–  A post screening panel of local farmers will celebrate the experience and unique contributions of women in sustainable agriculture, including such issues as farming with small children, the special roles of husbands of women farmers, access to farm land, the physical demands of farming and exploring why it is that so many new farmers are women.

– Booths in the foyer with a wonderful array of locally grown and made products, produce and seeds for sale plus information on gardening and farming in the community.

– Tea and goodies (by donation) made by the Culinary Arts students at Edward Milne High School featuring local ingredients.

– Gift baskets to give away.

Doors open at 6:45; film at 7:30

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Possibility – February 13, 2013

“Possibility”


A collection of short film clips from around the world that focus on creating a sustainable, vibrant, healthy, cooperative and merry community.  Featuring  the following titles from nextworldtv.com: “Bikes, Trees, Cafes”, “Local Share”, “First Permaculture Eco Village”, “50 Machines Needed For Life” ,  “Generation Waking Up”,  Mushrooms Break Down Toxic Waste”, “Straw Bale Homes”, “Worker Cooperatives”, “Local Living Economy” and “Fantastic Fungi”.

Post screening presentations from:

Members of The Village Farm, an ecovillage and farming cooperative in the making on 150 acres of farmland on Helgeson Road in Sooke (villagefarmblog.wordpress.com/)

The Harbourside Senior Co-Housing project planned for the current Sooke Ocean Resort property; a warm-up for their information session at the site on Feb. 16th.

Frederique Philip, owner of Sooke Harbour House, discussing “the boatification of Sooke”, a grass roots movement  that is ready to make a debut and gather ideas and people who are interested in beautifying the town of Sooke.

 

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Play Again & Consuming Kids – January 9, 2013

“Play Again” and “Consuming Kids”

Play Again explores the consequences of a childhood removed from nature.  This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers as they unplug and go on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.  Research shows that a lack of connection with nature leads to less creativity and less self-sufficiency. Through the voices of the children as well as those of journalist Richard Louv, author of “Last Child In the Woods”, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McGibben, educators Diana Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small and geneticist David Suzuki, this film encourages action for a sustainable future.

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood throws some desperately needed light on the explosive growth of consumer marketing to children, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology and neuroscience to transform North American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.  This film raises urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.

Post screening discussion on Sooke School District 62’s pilot Nature Kindergarten with Frances Krusekopf and Roberta Kubik of SD 62.  Frances Krusekopf, teacher and school administrator, has worked as an educator for fifteen years in Mongolia, Texas and most recently the Sooke School District.  Inspired by the experience of having her son participate in a Waldkindergarten in Germany, she began to collaborate with Dr. Enid Elliot and a dynamic team of educators and passionate community members to develop a Nature Kindergarten pilot at Sangster Elementary in Colwood, B.C.  Roberta Kubik is Sooke School District Assistant Superintendent and former principal at Edward Milne Community School in Sooke.

See Trailer:

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