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2017 Green Film Series Schedule Set
New and Informative films offered once a month from Jan-May  
The 2017 Green Film Series schedule has been released! Shown once a month from January through May, the Green Film Series brings award-winning and informative documentaries to the Keweenaw community. Each showing is accompanied by a facilitator who will lead a discussion following the film. The films will be shown in the Hesterberg Hall in Michigan Tech's Forestry Building and will begin at 7:00 PM each evening. All films are free of charge, though donations are appreciated.

The Green Film Series is cosponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Keweenaw Land Trust

The schedule for 2017 is as follows:

January 19th - After Coal (60 minutes) and Half Life (12 minutes).
After Coal profiles individuals building a new future in the coalfields of central Appalachia and Wales. Welsh coalfields were shut down in the 1980s, eliminating more than 20,000 jobs while Appalachian coalfields lost 20,000+ mining jobs from 1994 -2014. Both regions have survived disasters associated with mining production & waste disposal, and each has explored strategies for remembering the past while looking to the future. What lessons does this film have for us today? The second film, Half Life: America’s Last Uranium Mill, describes the Ute tribe’s concern that toxic and radioactive contamination from the White Mesa Mill in SE Utah threatens their water supply and way of life. Why is this a common outcome of so many mines and/or mineral processing facilities? How can we change the ending?

February 16th - Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (75 minutes)
Filmmakers & food lovers Jen & Grant dive into the issue of waste from farms, through retail, to the back of their own fridge. Catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered food are compelling.

March 2nd - Death by Design: The Dirty Story of Our Digital Addiction (73 minutes)
We love and live on smartphones, tablets and laptops. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone. But this revolution has a dark side. From factories in China, to high tech Silicon Valley, the film tells of environmental degradation, health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

March 23rd - Last Call at the Oasis (105 Minutes)
A documentary on the world's water crisis, the film sheds light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill effects and introduces us to individuals who are championing revolutionary solutions. Note: This film is being show as part of World Water Day.

April 17th - The Messenger (99 minutes)
Based upon the award-winning book, Silence of the Songbirds, by Stutchbury, The Messenger is an investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion, and the people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning, emotional journey revealing how issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet.

May 11th - Inhabit (93 minutes)
Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what's possible - what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

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