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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Green Movies: Sustainable Futures

*The first movie in the Sustainability Film Series: Tapped has been been postponed to Tues., March 1st at 6:30pm.

A free film series, Green Movies: Sustainable Futures, begins at the Dover Public Library February 22. The series explores the ways that our choices affect the health of the planet and its ability to survive. The films begin at 6:30 on the second floor of the Library, 73 Locust Street, Dover. (click on image for larger picture)

Pull out the calendar, here are the upcoming dates and features!
  • February 22: Blue Vinyl (2002) The other side of siding.
  • March 1: Tapped (2009) Water wants to be free.
  • March 8: A Crude Awakening (2006) The high cost of cheap oil.
  • March 22: Radiant City (2006, 85 mins). When bad design happens to good people.
  • April 5: Dirt (2009, 80 mins.) The human – humus link.

Tapped is about the struggle for public control over water resources and is set in part in Maine, where local activists were able to defeat efforts by the NestlĂ© Corporation to buy and sell their community’s water. Warning: this movie may prompt you to stop buying bottled water.

Blue Vinyl tells the story of a woman’s reaction to her parents’ decision to recover their Long Island home with vinyl. With humor and persistence, she travels to Louisiana and Venice, Italy, to learn about the toxic legacy of vinyl siding.

A Crude Awakening traces the story of oil, from its discovery in the late 19th century to the present. We have constructed our way of life, from personal automobiles to ubiquitous plastics, on oil. Unfortunately, some day it will run out.

Radiant City is the story of a suburban community which is putting on a play about suburbia. Scenes of family tensions over the play are intercut with comments by architects and designers on the kinds of towns and cities people do best in.

Dirt is a love song to Earth’s radiant skin, the soil on which our lives succeed or fail. It travels the world to find out what’s happening to our topsoil and the actions, large and small, that people are taking to restore and enrich it.

I have seen Dirt, Blue Vinyl and Tapped and all three are wonderful films everyone should see.  I also have heard great things about A Crude Awakening and Radiant City.  Sure to be a film series not to be missed!

The screening costs are being underwritten by the New Hampshire Charitable Fund, the City of Dover, and the Dover Energy Advisory Committee. Friends of the Dover Public Library is generously serving as fiscal agent. Adelle’s Coffeehouse is making the coffee.


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