Environmental Film Fest

Environmental Film Festival

 

Local organizations have teamed up to present the Second Annual Cedar Rapids Environmental Film Festival. Film screenings will take place at various locations during the month of October and all events are free and open to the public.This years sponsors include Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Indian Creek Nature Center, Christ Episcopal Church, Sierra Club, Iowa Conservation Education Coalition and Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center(Linn County Conservation), Coe College, S.E.E.D.(Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development), and United Nations Association-Linn County Chapter.
 
 

 

** Free Admission to all Events**

FILM FEST 2008 SCHEDULE

Date:   Saturday, October 4, 2008—1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  Prairiewoods and Mercy Medical Center
Film:  Kilowatt Ours
Location: Prairiewoods
  120 E. Boyson Road, Hiawatha
This down-to-earth film brings home the impact of our energy use and asks the question, “Do you know where your electricity comes from?” Take a journey with writer and director Jeff Barrie from the coalmines of West Virginia to solar panel fields in Florida. Learn about the practical ways in which we can reduce our energy use, burn less coal AND save money!
A panel discussion including members of the Kilowatt Hours team will follow.  

Date:   Sunday, October 5, 2008—1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Film:  Edens Lost and Found: Chicago
Location: Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Auditorium
   410 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
This film highlights practical solutions and models for urban transformation that go beyond pollution prevention to tackle the challenge of improving the quality of life in cities for ourselves and future generations. The documentary explores City Hall and grass roots groups in Chicago who are working on open space, green buildings, and an educated citizenry to create a sustainable city.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion by city council members Brian Fagan and Tom Podzimek, and OPN architect Bruce Hamous.

Date:   Tuesday, October 7, 2008—7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Indian Creek Nature Center
Film:  The Silence of the Bees
Location: Indian Creek Nature Center
  6665 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids
This PBS Nature documentary covers the natural history of honeybees and addresses the recent die-offs of colonies. In 2006 80% of the honeybees in the US vanished.
Join our beekeeper for a discussion of the programs honeybees are having and learn ways you can help our pollinators.

Date:   Thursday, October 9, 2008—7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Christ Episcopal Church
Film:  King Corn
Location: Christ Episcopal Church
  220 40th Street NE, Cedar Rapids
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.
Following the screening, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis will reflect on lessons learned and answer your questions.

Date:   Saturday, October, 11 2008—1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency (Compost Facility)
Film:  The Lorax
Location: Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency (Compost Facility)
2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids
Come watch a Dr. Suess favorite that chronicles the plight of the environment through the Lorax (a “mossy, bossy” man-like creature), who speaks for the trees.  Once the film is over a short tour of the compost facility will be provided.

Date:   Tuesday, October 14, 2008—7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Indian Creek Nature Center
Film:  Winged Migration
Location: Indian Creek Nature Center
  6665 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids
An awe-inspiring documentary that takes you soaring with the migratory birds as they make their incredible journey. “Open your eyes to the wonders of the natural world as you fly along with the with the world’s most gorgeous birds…” Discuss local issues that affect Iowa’s migratory birds and learn ways to help our neotropical migrants.

Date:   Thursday, October 16, 2008—6:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Sierra Club
Film:  Everything’s Cool
Location: Coe College, Hickok Hall
  1220 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids
Everything’s Cool is a timely film about America finally “getting” that global warming is real. Follow this incredible story of a handful of global warming messengers speaking out against the industry sponsored disinformation from hired guns. The goal of this film is to offer a fun, factually accurate and passionate true story that will move you to political action and a new clean energy future!

Date:   Sunday, October 19, 2008—2:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Iowa Conservation Education Coalition
Film:  My Father’s Garden
Location: Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center
  10260 Morris Hill Road, Toddville
An emotionally charged documentary about the use and misuse of technology on the American farm. This film tells the story of two farmers, different in all details, yet united by their common goal of producing healthy food. Herbert Smith was a hero of his age: dedicated, innovative, a champion of the new miracle sprays of the 50s. His fate is the heart of this film.  Fred Kirschenmann of North Dakota (and former Leopold Project Director at ISU) proves that sustainable agriculture is a viable alternative on any sized farm and that we can bring health and beauty back to the Garden.

Date:  Monday, October 20, 2008—7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Coe College
Film:  The Lord God Bird
Location: Coe College, Hickok Hall
  1220 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids
This film presents tantalizing evidence that populations of the ivory-billed woodpecker, listed as extinct for 60 years, might still exist. 
A discussion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Plan follows the film.

Date:   Tuesday, October 21, 2008—7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Indian Creek Nature Center
Film:  Protecting our Water: Who’s Got the Power?
Location: Indian Creek Nature Center
  6665 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids
Our streams are in danger…putting our drinking water supply at serious risk.  Explore the world of the stream and find out what you can do in your own backyard to help.

Date:   Friday, October 24, 2008—7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: SEED
Film:  Keeping the Lights On
Location change to Metro High School, 1212 7th St SE, due to flood damage at the Cedar Rapids Peace Center/Matyk Building
  Most people don’t know how the electricity they use is produced. In Wisconsin, more than 70% of electricity is produced by burning coal. Coal is abundant, and coal is cheap.  But it is cheap only if the environmental and societal impacts are disregarded. Keeping the Lights On begins its look at the impacts of coal burning on the day that representatives from Dairyland Power Cooperative in Genoa, Wisconsin knocked on farmers’ doors and told them, “Your farm has been chosen as a landfill site.”

Date:   Sunday, October 26, 2008—7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: United Nations (Linn County Chapter)
Film:  The Refugees of the Blue Planet
Location: Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist
  600 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
This 2006 Canadian Film sheds light on the plight of individuals who are suffering the repercussions of global warming and the exploitation of natural resources resulting in degrading the environments of rural populations from the Maldives in Brazil to Canada.

 

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