Like Us On FacebookSpecial Announement: "MORE THSN HONEY" ScreeningSpecial Announement: "MORE THSN HONEY" Screening

HOME
LIBRARY:
Films You Can Borrow For Free!
PAST FILMS
We've Shown
THE
MEANINGFUL
MOVIES PROJECT
Films in YOUR Neighborhood
CHECK OUT OUR LATEST EVENTS LISTINGS!
GREAT MEDIA SITES TO GET YOUR NEWS
ABOUT US
& CONTACTS
 
 
 

 

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies
If you would like to be added to our emailing list, please drop us a note: HERE
 
FILMS WE'VE SHOWN IN THE PAST:

BELOW ARE THE FILMS WE'VE SHOWN SINCE MAY 2006,
OR CLICK THESE LINKS FOR OLDER FILMS OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS"

Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
Film:
"THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION"
Gar Alperovitz: Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State Socialism
(47 min, Sut Jhally, 2013)
Along with S.L.I.C.E. & Central Co-op, please join us for:
A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF WORKER-OWNED COOPERATIVES
with panelists:

ALISON BOOTH with Equal Exchange, S.L.I.C.E. & DAWN
MARK DWORKIN, filmmaker, "Shift Change" on the worker-owned cooperative movement

and SCOTT DAVIS with Black Cofffee Co-op

While there's been no shortage of commentary about the structural crisis plaguing the American economic and political system, from wage stagnation and chronic unemployment to unchecked corporate and state power and growing inequality, analyses that offer practical, politically viable solutions to these problems have been few and far between.
Pointing to efforts already under way in thousands of communities across the U.S., from co-ops and community land trusts to municipal, state, and federal initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and sustainability, Alperovitz marshals years of research to show how bottom-up strategies can work to check monopolistic corporate power, democratize wealth, and empower communities. The result is a highly accessible look at the current economy and a common-sense roadmap for building a system more in sync with American values.
Download the Flyer HERE.
More info and the Trailer: http://www.garalperovitz.com/nextamericanrevolution/

There is a great article by Gar Alperivitz that all should read: "What Then Can I Do? Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy": http://www.garalperovitz.com/what-then-can-i-do/.

FOR MORE INFO, VISIT THESE SITES:
S.L.I.C.E: http://www.slice.coop/
. .(Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere)
EQUAL EXCHANGE: http://www.equalexchange.coop/,
MARK DWORKIN / MOVING IMAGES: (Filmmaker: "Shift Change", a new film on the Worker-Owned Cooperative Movement): http://shiftchange
.org/,
BLACK COFFEE CO-OP: http://blackcoffeecoop.com/
DAWN: http://www.dawn.coop/ (Democracy At Work Network)
and CENTRAL CO-OP: http://www.centralcoop.coop/,

MORE RESOURCES:
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives: http://usworker.coop/
The Northwest Cooperative Development Center: http://nwcdc.coop/

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Next Amerian Revolution

The Next American Reveloution
     
Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
Film:
"DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO"
New Yorkers Against Fracking in One Voice
(75 min, Jon Bowermaster, 2012)
On a rainy night in May of 2012 a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front doorstep, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing.
With the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York any day, the event was assembled in less than a month. Two rehearsals in 24 hours and it was showtime!
The goal of the varied participants, many of whom had never met before this night, was to explain in clear terms the environmental, economic and health risks of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using a unique blend of music and message. The cord that bound them all was that they were first and foremost New Yorkers: New Yorkers Against Fracking.
The film that resulted from the night is a unique blend of “The Last Waltz” and “An Inconvenient Truth”.
Download the Flyer HERE.
Trailer: http://www.dear-governor-cuomo.com/about/
PLUS: The Short Film: "THE SKY IS PINK" (19 min, Josh Fox, 2012)
An emergency short film from Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of the fim, GASLAND  addressing the urgent crisis of drilling and fracking in New York state.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
     

Friday, July 4, 2014, - - - - - - -
SORRY, NO FILM THIS WEEK
... SEE YOU AT GASWORKS!

While we love fireworks, it's always a conflicted issue to resolve internally. Fireworks historically symbolize 'bombs bursting in air' from our Star Spangled Banner. Patriots we are. But war, violence, greed, selfishness, self-aggrandizement, or fear will never be the answer.  We would much prefer to look at democracy as a concept rooted in working together, neighbor with neighbor, nation with nation - toward a world manifesting itself in peace and justice. 
We will be at Gasworks, and hope you can join us there for a joyous celebration of the potential we hold together for a truly meaningful future. 

 

WAGE PEACEWage Peace
WORK TO STOP GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

     

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 6:55PM - SPECIAL EVENT! -
>>Note Location: Sundance Cinema, 4500 9th Ave NE<<
WAMEND.org  &  MeaningfulMovies.org  present the film:
“CITIZEN KOCH”
 (89 min, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, 2013)
AND a Q&A following the film with the film's
director CARL DEAL and LIBBY CARR with WAMEND.org.Get BIG MONEY out of politics!
 Support I-1329: The “We the People” Initiative.
Time is running out!  Go to http://www.wamend.org/
...If there's one political film you see this year, make it CITIZEN KOCH - alternately terrifying and funny.

DISCOUNT THEATER TICKETS WITH THIS VOUCHER - Note: Price is listed as 'Senior Rate' - BUT IT APPLIES TO ALL AGES!
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opening the floodgates for unlimited political spending, it’s now easier than ever to buy an election.  But what happens when the voters realize that the billionaires and corporations doing the buying don’t have the people’s best interests at heart?  This question is at the core of CITIZEN KOCH.
A searing exposé on the state of American democracy and the fracturing of the Republican Party, CITIZEN KOCH investigates the money behind the Tea Party and traces the impact of unlimited election spending.
See the trailer here: http://watch.citizenkoch.com/
Download the Flyer COLOR or B&W. or HALFSIZE (flip on short side).
Please help us get the word out.
Following the film, we’ll get a report on Initiative I-1329 and what the next steps are.  We’ll then have an opportunity to direct questions to both academy award-winning director Carl Deal, and Campaign Manager for the I-1329 “We The People” Initiative, Libby Carr.
THE IMPORTANCE OF INITIATIVE I-1329:  This will put the State of Washington on record as calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The amendment will empower the people to pass laws which will limit and control money in politics. We believe this amendment is needed to declare the intent of the people to make political candidates and representatives solely responsive to the needs and desires of the people.  For more detail, go to http://www.wamend.org/
Tickets for this special screening of CITIZEN KOCH can be purchased HERE.
For more up to date info, go to our Facebook page: HERE.

LOCATION:
SUNDANCE CINEMA
4500 9th Avenue NE- about 3 blocks east of I-5 in the University District.
Seattle, WA  98105

 
     

Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
Film:
"HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE"
(110 min, David France, 2012)
Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment.
This is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.
With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
See the Trailer here: http://surviveaplague.com/
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
How To Survive A Plague
     

Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
(…6:30 until 7:00, we'll have an observation bee hive, honey tasting and sales - several flavors, beekeepers to talk to, or visit with your neighbors)
Film: "MORE THAN HONEY" (95 min, Markus Imhoof, 2012)
AND A CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL
POLLINATOR WEEK (JUNE 16-23)
WITH THE PUGET SOUND BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION and OTHERS! ...Exhibits, Q&A with bee experts, and honey for sampling & sale at most screenings.

NOTE: For more information, articles, and recommendations to make the discussion following this film more interesting, please go HERE.

This is part of a series of Meaningful Movies screenings of this film throughout the Seattle area in the month of June. Each will feature bee experts, exhibits, honey for sampling and more. For more information, dates, times and locations, please look here.
Flyers are available here: 11x17 or 8-1/2x11

MORE THAN HONEY (95 min, Markus Imhoof, 2012) is a film on the relationship between mankind and honeybees, about nature and about our future. Honeybees show us that stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth; that crises and disasters are triggering evolution; and that solutions sometime come from a completely unexpected directions.
Honey bees appeared on Earth 60 million years before humankind, are responsible for over 80% of plant species being pollinated, and are indispensable to our survival.  And along with other pollinating animals - birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and more - are vital to our delicate ecosystem. 
But over the past 15 years, due to “Colony Collapse Disorder”, colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world.  Should we blame pesticides or even the medications used to combat them? Parasites? Viruses? Traveling stress? Or a combination of all?
View the trailer here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh_IRrBeu-0
The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association will be joining us for the discussion and to answer questions.  They will set up an observation hive for display at 6:30, and will have honey tasting and honey/honey products there for sale.
NOTE: The observation hive will have live bees, ...safely contained, of course.

Download the Flyer HERE: 11x17 or 8-1/2x11
This is part of a series of screenings of this film. For more information, a press release, and other locations, go HERE
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
More information is available on The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association at:
http://www.pugetsoundbees.org/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS IN THIS EFFORT:
THE POLLINATOR PROJECT
PUGET SOUND BEEKEEPERS ASSOC.
SEATTLE  TILTH
WA. STATE FEDERATION OF GARDEN CLUBS
BeeGAP (Gardeners Assisting Pollinators)
CROWNE BEES,  and
KINO LORBER FILMS

 
     

Friday, June 13, 2014, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
Film:
"TOXIC SLUDGE IS GOOD FOR YOU"
The Public Relations Industry Unspun
(45 min, Loretta Alper & Sut Jhally, 2002)
While advertising is the visible component of the corporate system, perhaps even more important and pervasive is its invisible partner, the public relations industry. This video illuminates this hidden sphere of our culture and examines the way in which the management of "the public mind" has become central to how our democracy is controlled by political and economic elites. 
TOXIC SLUDGE IS GOOD FOR YOU  illustrates how much of what we think of as independent, unbiased news and information has its origins in the boardrooms of the public relations companies. 
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE.
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Toxic Sludge Is Good For You
     

Friday, June 6, 2014, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
Film:
"HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS"
(96 min, Matthew Cooke, 2012) with MATT McCALLY, from L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)
A Look at the New Washington State Marijuana Laws and the Continuing War on Drugs
A shockingly candid examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease, How to Make Money Selling Drugs is an insider’s guide to the violent but extremely lucrative drug industry.
Told from the perspective of former drug dealers, and featuring interviews with rights advocates Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, and David Simon (creator of “The Wire”), the film gives you the lessons you need to start your own drug empire while exposing the corruption behind the "war on drugs."

Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion with MAtt McCally from L.E.A.P..
More information on the film is available at:
http://bit.ly/TactlF
The trailer can be see HERE.
ALSO: If you can, please support the filmmaker by purchasing the film at: amzn.to/1sC3Niy.
Find out more information on L.E.A.P., and how to get involved, go HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

How To Make Money Selling Drugs


L.E.A.P. - Law Enforfcement Against Prohibition

     

Friday, May 30, 2014, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
Film:
“FIXING THE FUTURE”
Creating Local Jobs and Building Prosperity

(58min, Ellen Spiro/PBS-NOW, 2010)
With: GOT GREEN & THE SIERRA CLUB
The economy does not have to be the way it is right now. If you didn't believe we were in trouble before the financial tornado hit in 2008, you probably do now, regardless of your political leanings. One response is to put a new coat of paint on the old economy, maybe even fumigate it. But who is trying something fresh, experimenting with ways the economy can better serve more people and be less prone to getting destructively out of whack?
FIXING THE FUTURE Interviews leading economists, David Korten and Jane D'Arista, as well as the US Editor of The Economist, Matthew Bishop, to find out how to go about fixing capitalism, rebuilding our economy and creating jobs.

Download the flyer HERE
To see more information on the film and the Trailer, go: HERE

Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Fixing The Future
Fixing The Future


     

Friday, May 23, 2014, 7:00 PM 
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: “DIVE!” - LIVING OFF AMERICA'S WASTE
(45 min, Jeremy Seifert, 2010)

WITH DANE GARFIELD WILSON from: 'FOOD NOT BOMBS'
“Jeremy Seifert is my new Michael Pollan, Morgan
Spurlock and Chef Ann Cooper in that he brings to our attention - for lack of a better term, an inconvenient truth: We waste too much food in this country…” -Flavorista 
Inspired by a curiosity about our country's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles  of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an inspiring  documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.

See the trailer at: http://www.divethefilm.com/
Download the Flyer HERE
SEATTLE FOOD NOT BOMBS is one of the many, many FNB chapters around the world that serve vegetarian meals and distribute food to people in need and to support political activism.
More information on what FOODS NOT BOMBS is doing, go to their website HERE or on Facebook, HERE. Get involved!
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Dive! - Living Off America's Waste
     

Friday, May 16, 2014, 7:00 PM 
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FIM: “UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS”
(63 min, Robert Greenwald, 2013)
UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS, the eighth full-length feature documentary from Brave New Foundation and director Robert Greenwald, investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.
See the trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7j8JudYOGI
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

Film Followup:
Watch the entire film on-line: http://unmanned.warcosts.com/
Here ia a link to an action guide provided by Brave New Films, containing decriptions of work being done and ways you can connect to getting involved with their work:
ACTION GUIDE. Groups include: ACLU, Center for Constitutional Rights, Code Pink, FCNL, Human Rights First,  RootsAction, & Win without War.

 
Unmanned
     

Friday, May 9, 2014, 7:00 PM 
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: “GIRL RISING”
(101 min, Richard Robbins, 2013)
With special guests PEINDA DIOP & EUGENE MARTIN,
Board members with the UN Association of Greater Seattle, working on the UN's Millennium Development Goal 2 on elementary education.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, GIRL RISING journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
You can find out more about the UN Assoc of Greater Seattle HERE
More information on Peinda's work with Mission Senegal, please go HERE.
See the trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJsvklXhYaE
Download the Flyer HERE
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Girl Rising
     

Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:00 PM 
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: “INEQUALITY FOR ALL”
(89 min, Jacob Kornbluth, 2013)
“We make the rules of the economy – and we have the power to change those rules." – Robert Reich
A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert Reich—professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member—as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves.
Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us.
See the Trailer at: http://inequalityforall.com/
Download the Flyer HERE
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Inequality For All
     

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:00 PM 
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: “THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE”
(56 min, John Ankele and Anne Macksoud, 2014)
...FOR EARTH DAY, APRIL 22ND
IF YOU WANT AN ADVENTURE …WHAT A TIME TO CHOOSE TO BE ALIVE!
THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people.
Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE.  Please help us get the word out.
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

FOLLOW UP FROM THE DISCUSSION: HERE

 
Wisdom To Survive

The Wisdom To Survive
     

Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:00 PM 
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: “NET NEUTRALITY, MEDIA CONSOLIDATION AND YOU: BARBERSHOP PUNK”
(84 min, Georgia Sugimura Archer, Kristin Armfield, 2011)
Is your “ISP” controlling the vertical, the horizontal, the data speeds, and the channel you’ll be on?
In a privatized American Internet, is big business “Big Brother” or does the" free market"  protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? Will the FCC side with corporations or with the citizens it is supposed to serve?  With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen.
Following one man’s personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights, BARBERSHOP PUNK examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo and corporate America.
See the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK6MRvSDCHY
Download the Flyer HERE.  Please help us get the word out.
An interesting article: Barbecue and Broadband: Kansas City Gets Google Fiber: HERE
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Barbershop Punk
     

Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:00 PM 
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: “BIDDER 70” WITH LYN FITZ-HUGH, DIRECTOR OF 350SEATTLE.ORG
...AND THE LOCAL FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

(73 min, Beth Gage, George Gage, 2012)
“The choice you are making today is what side are you on.” - -Tim DeChristopher
BIDDER 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability.
In 2008 Tim DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels (which, starting at $2 an acre, were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park), winning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted.
Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction. DeChristopher, however, was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.
This is the story of an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.
Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side.
Join us for an evening with 350SEATTLE.ORG to talk about the local faces of climate change: exploding oil trains, efforts to divest the city, efforts to divest UW and SU, efforts to plant a billions trees, and more. 
Shortly after May 1st, a decision is expected on the Keystone XL Pipeline. This may trigger a national response of organized peaceful civil disobedience.  Learn how to get involved and prepare for this.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE.
Please help us get the word out on this important evening.
See the trailer here: http://www.bidder70film.com/#!trailer/cxbx
More information on 350SEATTLE: http://350seattle.org/
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

ALSO, Related To This Event:
Saturday, April 12, 2013, 10:00 to 3:30 PM

NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TRAINING
- KXL PIPELINE RESISTANCE
Plymouth Church, 1217 6th Ave, from 10 am-3:30 pm.
Announcing another training date for those that still have not been able to be trained:
This is a free non-violent direct action training for those preparing to commit peaceful, dignified civil-disobedience at the Seattle Pledge of Resistance sit-in. President Obama will make a decision soon. We need people who are willing to risk arrest, and also people who will not risk arrest, but will witness and support those risking arrest.
To participate in the action (as risking arrest or as support), you must attend a training. Please join us on Saturday April 12 from 10 am to 3:30 pm. You should plan to attend the whole time. If that isn't possible, please still sign up and contact your local leader.
Register for the training: HERE

 
     

Friday, April 4, 2014, 7:00 PM 
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: “TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY”
…what you're really agreeing to when you click "I ACCEPT" 

(79 min, Cullen Hoback, 2013)
"This quietly blistering documentary should rile even the most passive viewer." -The New York Times
A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.
Admit it: you don't really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets, and they're not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but also sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. This disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us is incrementally opting-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click - and what you can do about it.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY examines the cost of so-called 'free' services and the continuing disappearance of online privacy. People may think they know what they give up when they click 'I Agree' on companies like Facebook and Google. They're wrong.
See the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/tacma/75993946
Download the Flyer HERE.  Please help us get the word out.
For follow-up actions you might take, click HERE.
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions
     

Friday, March 28, 2014, 7:00 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM:"FOOD STAMPED" (60 min, Shira Potash & Yoav Potash, 2010)
AND A LOOK AT FOOD STAMPS AND OUR NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY SYSTEM.
With NANCY AMIDEI, Director of The Civic Engagement Project, and former Director of the Food Research and Action Center

FOOD STAMPED is a humorous and entertaining documentary film with a serious message.  It follows Nutrition educator Shira Potash and her documentary filmmaker husband as they embark on the food stamp challenge where they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on roughly one dollar per meal.  Along the way, they consult with food justice activists, nutrition experts, politicians, and ordinary people living on food stamps, all in order to take a deep look at the struggles low-income Americans face every day while trying to put three-square meals on the table.
For the Trailer and more information on the film: http://www.foodstamped.com/
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Food Stamped

Food Stamped
     

Friday, March 21, 2014, 7:00 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: "AMERICAN WINTER"
(90 minutes, Director, Joe Gantz 2013)
Framed through the very personal stories of eight families, AMERICAN WINTER reveals the devastating effects of high unemployment and underemployment, low wages, and forty years of shifting economic policies to benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and working poor.
Film Trailer: http://www.americanwinterfilm.com/hbo-trailer
Join us for a community conversation after the film.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly
accepted).
Light snacks.

POST EVENING INFOIRMATION:
Please take a look at these links:
Nick Hanauer’s TED talk on taxes
http://youtu.be/bBx2Y5HhplI
and
FDR's 2nd Bill Of Rights
http://youtu.be/L9sq_PLF2rA


 
American Winter
     
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:00 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM:"THE LAW IN THESE PARTS"
(91 min, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, 2011)
This event is collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS.  www.pbs.org/pov
Please join us following the film for a conversation.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values?
The film chronicles Israel's 43-year military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The story unfolds through interviews with the architects of this legal system juxtaposed with historical footage showing the enactment of these laws upon the Palestinian population.
See the trailer here:  http://youtu.be/rzEy-FPw-iQ
For more information on the film, go to: http://www.pbs.org/pov/thelawintheseparts/
Download the flyer: HERE
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
The Law In These Parts

POV
     

Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:00 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: "WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP" (65 min, Saul Landau, 2010)
AND A DISCUSSION WITH OUR SPECIAL GUESTS:
- STEPHEN KIMBER, Author of the new book, “WHAT LIES ACROSS THE WATER: THE REAL STORY OF THE CUBA 5”
- FREE THE CUBAN 5 COMMITTEE – VANCOUVER
- NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE
- SEATTLE-CUBA FRIENDSHIP COMMITTEE,
and
- U.S. WOMEN AND CUBA COLLABORATION
In April 1961, the CIA sent a force of Cuban exiles to overthrow the Cuban government that resulted in the Bay of Pigs fiasco. This is the story leading up to the arrest of the Cuban 5, who were anti-terrorism agents wrongfully arrested and convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States.
In response to decades of deadly attacks by Miami-based, anti-Cuban terrorist organizations, Cuba dispatched five agents to Florida to infiltrate and report on the activities of these terrorist groups. Cuba even passed on information their agents learned about illegal activities to the FBI. But, instead of arresting the terrorists, the FBI arrested the five. The anti-Cuban terrorist remain free today.
The film includes Danny Glover, anti-Cuba terrorists, Fidel Castro, and fascinating archival footage, along with a rare recorded interview from prison with one of the Cuban 5.
The film raises and tries to answer the question: What did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment?

Stephen Kimber will be talking about his book and join us for the discussion following the film. He is with the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotiam, and a
n award-winning writer, editor, and broadcaster. His writing has appeared in almost all major Canadian magazines and newspapers. He currently writes a weekly column for Halifax Metro, serves as senior features writer for The Coast, a Halifax alternative weekly and is a contributing editor of Atlantic Business Magazine. He is the author of nine books—a novel and eight works of non-fiction. 
See the Trailer: HERE.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
More information on FREE THE CUBAN 5 COMMITTEE – VANCOUVER:
- http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/
More information on NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE
- http://www.freethefive.org/index.htm
More information on SEATTLE-CUBA FRIENDSHIP COMMITTEE:
- http://www.seattlecuba.org/
More information on U.S. WOMEN AND CUBA COLLABORATION:
-
http://www.womenandcuba.org/
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

PLEASE NOTE:
Stephen Kimber will also be speaking on Friday, March 7th, 12:30 to 2:000 PM at the Casey Atrium at Seattle University.

 
Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up
What Lies Across The Water
     
Friday, February 28, 2014, 7:00 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: "TAKE BACK YOUR POWER "
(104 min, Josh del Sol, 2013)
DIRECTOR WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE!
“TAKE BACK YOUR POWER” investigates the “smart” meter program being implemented worldwide by major utility companies.  These devices are not mandatory, but they are being installed without the consent of homeowners or even local governments.
Interviews with whistleblower EDWARD SNOWDEN, former CIA Director JAMES WOOLSEY, former senior NSA director THOMAS DRAKE, former Premier of British Columbia BILL VANDER ZALM, and many others provide a deep understanding of the corporate political and economic forces behind the “smart” meter-agenda.
You’ll find resources and proven solutions for protecting yourself, your family, your home, and your rights.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks.
More info HERE & HERE
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Take Back Your Power
     

Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:00 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MEANINGFUL MOVIES presents the film:
FILM: "DREAMLAND"
(89 min, Þorfinnur Guðnason, Andri Snær Magnason, 2009)
WHAT DO YOU OWN WHEN YOU’VE SOLD EVERYTHING?
How much unspoiled nature should we preserve and what do we sacrifice for clean, renewable energy?  Dreamland gradually turns into a disturbing picture of corporate power taking over nature and small com-munities.  The mantra was economic growth.  Today Iceland is left holding a huge debt and an uncertain future.  It’s the dark side of green energy and unregulated corporate power.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks.
More info: HERE
Trailer: HERE
FILM FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
DREAMLAND
     

Friday, February 14, 2014, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
HELP US CELEBRATE OUR 11TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FILM. !
…and Valentine’s Day.   Love your Mother Earth!
“DO THE MATH” (50 min, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, 2013)
...AND JOIN US IN A CONVERSATION WITH OUR SPECIAL GUESTS:
350SEATTLE.ORG, and
The Kids from
PLANT FOR THE PLANET
This is your opportunity to learn how you can help develop a comprehensive strategy that unites energy, prosperity, and social justice.
DO THE MATH is a profoundly to-the-point documentary produced by 350.org which tells the story of the grassroots movements trying to change the tragic outcomes of climate change and their adversaries in the fossil fuel industry. Using simple math, this film reveals the hard facts about climate change.
In November 2012, Bill McKibben and 350.org hit the road to build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. The DO THE MATH TOUR was a massive success in every corner of the country, and is this film documents the highlights.
As founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben states: “we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem?  Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount.”  And currently, our government is more focused in building pipelines and underwriting corporate profits than in alternative energy sources.
Join us following the film for presentations and a conversation with representatives from our guests:
350.ORG - SEATTLE is ramping up critical action to protest exploitation of Tar Sands and the KXL Pipeline.   Learn more:  http://350seattle.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/350Seattle
PLANT-FOR-THE-PLANET: is a worldwide children´s initiative advocating for Climate Justice. More information: http://www.plant-for-the-planet.org/en
We’ll also take a moment to explore how the TRANSITION MOVEMENT ties into the battle against Global Climate Change.
And, check out the website CLIMATE CHANGE FOR FAMILIES http://climatechangeforfamilies.com/, encouraging positive stewardship for the Earth for ourselves and future generations.
See the trailer here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zfinOCgRQ0
Download the flyer HERE.  Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
DO THE MATH - with 350.org
     
Friday, February 7, 2014, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "STEALING AFRICA"
(58 min, Christoffer Guldbrandsen, 2012)
HOW MUCH PROFIT IS FAIR?
Zambia's copper resources have not made the country rich. Virtually all of Zambia's copper mines are owned by international corporations. In the last ten years, they've extracted copper worth $29 billion but Zambia is still ranked one of the twenty poorest countries in the world. So why hasn't copper wealth reduced poverty in Zambia? Once again it comes down to the issue of tax, or in Zambia's case, tax avoidance and the use of tax havens by corporations.
Tax avoidance by corporations costs poor countries and estimated $160 billion a year, almost double what they receive in international aid.  That's enough to save the lives of 350,000 children aged five or under every year. For every $1 given in aid to a poor country, $10 drains out. Vital money that could help a poor country pay for healthcare, schools, infrastructure and pensions.
Additional Reading: HERE
Download the flyer: HERE.
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Stealing Africa
     
Friday, JANUARY 31, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "SHADOWS OF LIBERTY"
(93 min, Jean-Philippe Tremblay, 2012)
SHADOWS OF LIBERTY reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.
Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.
In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.
Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, SHADOWS OF LIBERTY poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? We're left in no doubt - media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.
Additional Reading: HERE
Download the flyer here: COLOR or B&W
More information on actions to take: HERE.
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.

Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Shadows of Liberty
     
Friday, JANUARY 24, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "TOUGH GUISE 2" (80 min, Jeremy Earp, 2013)
WITH CHRISTOPHER DE SERRES AND OPHELIA DE SERRES, CO-FOUNDERS OF (WO)MEN SPEAK OUT
In this highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed TOUGH GUISE, pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist Jackson Katz argues that the ongoing epidemic of men's violence in America is rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of manhood.
In a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority. Along the way, the film provides a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of the culture, from television, movies, video games, and advertising to pornography, the sports culture, and US political culture.
‘TOUGH GUISE 2’ stands to empower a new generation of young men -- and women -- to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior.
Download the flyer: COLOR or B&W. Please help us get teh word out.
PLEASE JOIN US FOLLOWING THE FILM FOR A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION WITH OUR GUESTS, CHRIS & OPHELIA FROM (WO)MEN SPEAK OUT.
(WO)MEN SPEAK OUT is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating rape, sexual assault and gender violence, and seeking to educate both men and women, cultivating healthy relationships and gender equity.  Learn more  at: http://womenspeakout.org/.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Tough Guise 2
     

Friday, JANUARY 17, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "FREEDOM RIDERS"
(117 min, Stanley Nelson, 2010)
FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett Till), FREEDOM RIDERS features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand.

FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

FOLLOUP TO THE EVENING'S DISCUSSION:
Dr. Bernard LaFayette, featured in the film, will be in Seattle on Wednesday, Jan 22nd, as part of presentations at Highline Community College for their Martin Luther King week celebrations.
The Rev. Dr. Lafayette, an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, in 1960 and in Selma, AL, in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.  He completed a doctorate in Education at Harvard University and for several years was the Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. He currently teaches at Emory University and conducts nonviolent workshops worldwide.
Learn more about Dr. Lafayette at: 
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/people/bernard-lafayette-jr
There are 3 presentations on Wednesday, January 22:
10am-11:30   Questions with Dr. LaFayette

12-1   Reception and book signing

1:30-3:00 Nonviolence workshop.
More inf: https://multiculturalaffairs.highline.edu/mlkweek.php
PLEASE VERIFY AVAILABILITY: Phone: (206) 592-3256;
Email:  nburrowes@highline.edu

 
Freedom Riders
     

Friday, JANUARY 10, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "ROADMAP TO APARTHEID"
With AMIN ODEH, Founder of Voices of Palestine and Co-founder of the Arab American Community Coalition
(95 min, Eron Davidson, Ana Nogueira, 2012)
In this award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Narrated by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), ROADMAP TO APARTHEID is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.
While not perfect, the apartheid analogy is a useful framework by which to educate people on the complex issues facing Israelis and Palestinians. Our film delves into those issues, comparing the many similar laws and tools used by both Israel and apartheid-era South Africa. The audience will see what life is like for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and inside Israel while gaining a deeper understanding of the conflict with the help of respected analysts on the subject. Combined with archival material and anecdotes from South Africans, the film forms a complete picture as to why the analogy is being used with increasing frequency and potency.
For more information on Voices of Palestine,
go to: http://voicesofpalestine.org/
for more information on the Arab American Community Coalition,
go to: http://theaacc.org/
Download the flyer HERE. Help us get the word out. Thanks!
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Roadmap To Apartheid
     
Friday, JANUARY 3, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "THE UNITED STATES OF A.L.E.C."
Every year, in state houses around the country, hundreds of pieces of corporate-written, profit-driven legislation are proposed or enacted that would -- among other things -- dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote, and limit corporate liability for harm caused to consumers. Most of the time, the public never learns who was behind it.
THE UNITED STATES OF ALEC is a documentary, narrated by Bill Moyers, that lifts the veil of secrecy over those bills and exposes the most influential political force most of us have never heard of – ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership”. But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed at increasing corporate profits, often at public expense and without public knowledge.
Resources For Action, click HERE
To Download the Flyer, click HERE. Please help us get the word out.
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
United States of A.L.E.C.
     
Friday, DECEMBER 27, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
...NO FILM THIS EVENING...
Have a great Holiday Season!
 
Meaningful Movies
     
Friday, DECEMBER 20, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "FEEDING FRENZY"
The Food Industry, Marketing & the Creation of a Health Crisis
(60 min, Kate Geis, 2013)
Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents -- and a startling 70% of adults are now obese or overweight. The result has been a widening epidemic of obesity-related health problems, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. While discussions about this spiraling health crisis have tended to focus on the need for more exercise and individual responsibility, FEEDING FRENZY trains its focus squarely on the responsibility of the processed food industry and the outmoded government policies it benefits from. It lays bare how taxpayer subsidies designed to feed hungry Americans during the Great Depression have enabled the food industry to flood the market with a rising tide of cheap, addictive, high calorie food products, and offers an engrossing look at the tactics of the multibillion-dollar marketing machine charged with making sure that every one of those surplus calories is consumed. 
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
     

Friday, DECEMBER 13, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "THE LAST OCEAN" (87 min, Peter Young, 2012)
With stunning footage of Antarctica’s unique landscapes and wild life, THE LAST OCEAN profiles the international battle over commercial fishing in the Ross Sea, the last pristine ocean ecosystem on earth.
The Ross Sea is a vast, icy landscape that teems with life -- whales, seals and penguins carving out a place on the very edge of existence. This ‘living laboratory’ is one of the last places where the delicate balance of nature still prevails, largely untouched by humans. But an international fishing fleet has recently made its way to the Ross Sea, targeting the highly lucrative Antarctic Toothfish, sold as Chilean Sea Bass around the world.
Featuring top scientists, including Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Daniel Pauly, as well as international political leaders, THE LAST OCEAN examines both the science and politics behind the debate over preserving Earth’s last truly wild ocean.
More on the film and a trailer: http://www.thelastoceanfilm.com/
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Last Ocean

The Last Ocean
     

Friday, DECEMBER 6, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "THE MANZANAR FISHING CLUB"
(74 min, Cory Shiozaki, 2012)
Locked away in the California desert, more than 10,000 Americans of Japanese descent faced an uncertain future at the WW II internment camp at Manzanar. They were prisoners in their own country.
This movie is the uplifting tale of those who sought and found moments of freedom by escaping the Camp to fish the surrounding waters of the Eastern Sierra. And in the process, they gave new meaning to the old phrase, "Gone Fishing."

Download the flyer HERE.
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Manzanar Fishing Club
     

Friday, NOVEMBER 29, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: “TRASHED”
THIS IS THE STORY OF GARBAGE...AMERICAN STYLE

(98 min, Candida Brady, 2012)
...WITH SEATTLE TILTH!
TRASHED is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America:  The garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture…the disposal of what our society defines as “waste.” It is an issue influenced by every American, most of whom never consider the consequences. Nor, it seems, the implications to our biosphere. At times humorous, but deeply poignant, TRASHED examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually.
What are the effects all this waste will have on already strained natural resources? Why is so much of it produced? While every American creates almost 5 pounds of it every day, who is affected most? And who wants America to make more?
The film analyzes the causes and effects of the seemingly innocuous act of “taking out the garbage” while showcasing the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups working to affect change and reform the current model. TRASHED is an informative and thought-provoking film everyone interested in the future of sustainability should see.
More information on Seattle Tilth at: http://seattletilth.org/
More on the film and a trailer: http://www.trashedfilm.com/
Download the flyere HERE.
A few informational links HERE
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).


 
Trashed

Trashed
   

Friday, NOVEMBER 22, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
SPECIAL EVENT: "PROJECT UNSPEAKABLE"
...A DRAMATIC READING OF SELECTED SECTIONS FROM THE PLAY, WITH VIDEO VIGNETTES.
Thomas Merton, an internationally respected spiritual writer and Trappist monk, wrote in 1965: "One of the awful facts of our age is the evidence that [the world] is stricken indeed, stricken to the very core of its being by the presence of the Unspeakable…[that] too few are willing to see.”
ON NOVEMBER 22nd:
THE PLAY, "PROJECT UNSPEAKABLE" . by Court Dorsey (Associate writers:: Stephen Wangh & Debbie Lynangale), based on the book by Jim Douglass:
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Diedand Why It Matters.

Portions of the play will be a read by Friends of Meaningful Movies, a collection of 15 readers from our own social justice community. And we'll augment the performance with interspersed historical videos.
About the play:

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, PROJECT UNSPEAKABLE  is a theatrical work about the role of Thomas Merton’s “Unspeakable” in the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy.
From the authors of the play: . A generation of baby-boomers who have lived most of their adult lives in the rubble of shattered dreams, who have seen the great leaders of their generation slaughtered in officially whitewashed circumstances, are invited to come forward to insist that the truth finally be uncovered regarding this destruction of lives and visionary leadership. 
In addition, Project Unspeakable offers [everyone] a unique opportunity, not only to learn more about these four inspirational leaders of the 1960’s, but also to reenergize their recent efforts to confront current manifestations of the “Unspeakable,” as many have already been doing in the “Occupy” and climate action movements.
As Jim Douglass writes: "The Unspeakable is not far away. It is not somewhere out there. ... By avoiding our responsibility for the escalating crimes of state done for our security, we who failed to confront THE UNSPEAKABLE opened the door to
JFK’s assassination and its cover-up. ... The emptiness of the void, the vacuum of
responsibility and compassion, is in ourselves." - Jim Douglass
Download the Flyer here: Color or B&W.
Please help us get the word out!
ALSO, to enhance our discussion, please take a look at the following:
>JFK’s American University Speech can be read in full here: http://to.pbs.org/1bueMlz (excerpts will be included in the reading).
>Read “16 Questions on the Assassination” by Bertrand Russell here: http://bit.ly/16UChWc .
>Watch “JFK Secret Societies Speech” (originally entitled "President and the Press" (April 27, 1961) here: http://bit.ly/1hZZJWO
>Read “The Waters of Knowledge versus The Waters of Uncertainty”, by E. Martin Schotz here: http://bit.ly/1eCd6MZ
>Read “The JFK Assassination: A False Mystery Concealing State Crimes”, by Vincent J. Salandria here:  http://bit.ly/17YqIhC
>A few Resources HERE
>A few Links HERE
FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION. ...and without a doubt, and regardless of your position, this will be a fascinating conversation!
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Projevct Unspeakable

Project Uspeakable
     

Friday, NOVEMBER 15, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "RUSH TO JUDGMENT : The Plot to Kill JFK"
(98 min, Mark Lane, 1967)
A SPECIAL 2-PART EVENT!
On November 15th and 22nd, we will be putting on two very special interconnected events around the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Friday, the 22nd, is the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. These will be 2 evenings you will not want to miss!

ON NOVEMBER 15th:
THE FILM, "RUSH TO JUDGMENT
" is a self-produced black-and-white documentary film released in 1967 that examines the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. The full title of the movie is "Rush to Judgment: The Plot to Kill JFK".   The film ( and book of the same title) was written by Mark Lane, prominent JFK-assassination researcher, who appears in the film as the presenter and interviewer. Assassination witnesses L.E. Bowers, Jr. and Charles Brehm are also featured in the film.
RUSH TO JUDGMENT follows Lane as he interviews more than 30 witnesses to the Kennedy assassination. The filmmaker also uses archival footage of Earl Warren and Lee Harvey Oswald in the film, which attempts to expose serious flaws in the conclusions drawn by the Warren Commission following its investigation of the assassination. Lane posits that Oswald could not have acted alone, but rather that there was a conspiracy to kill the President and that other co-conspirators have gone unpunished. The black-and-white documentary has a simple structure and no musical score. Aside from its message, it stands as an example of 1960s-era cinema and is intriguing from a compositional aspect. Its director, Emile de Antonio, later won an Academy Award for Best Documentary for his work entitled "In the Year of the Pig" (1970).
RUSH TO JUDGMENT has also occasionally been criticized for making flawed or weak arguments in favor of a conspiracy to murder President John F. Kennedy.  You can draw your own conclusions about the validity of Lane's argument that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone, but regardless of position, it's guaranteed be a great discussion following the film.
Download the Flyer here: Color or B&W. Please help us get the word out!
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Project Unspeakable

Project Unspeakable
     
Friday, NOVEMBER 8, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: GHOSTS OF JEJU

(80 min, Regis Tremblay, 2013)
WITH THE FILMMAKER, REGIS TREMBLAY!
And Co-Sponsored by VETERANS FOR PEACE

A shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, S. Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea.
Using previously secret and classified photos, film and documents, this will be the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the brave people of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the military advance of the United States, just as their parents and relatives did in 1947. As then, they are being arrested, jailed, fined, and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America’s “pivot to Asia,” and will destroy their 400 year old village and their UNESCO protected environment.
And yet, the indomitable spirit of the villagers and their supporters, who have not lost hope in spite of overwhelming odds, will inspire and motivate everyone who believes there is a better way to live together on this planet.
For the trailer and more on the film: http://www.theghostsofjeju.net/
Light snacks.
Download the Flyer COLOR or B&W. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
FILM FOLLOWED BY A Q&A AND FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION WITH THE FILMMAKER, REGIS TREMBLAY, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VETERANS FOR PEACE.
For more information on Veterans For Peace, go to: http://www.vfp92.org/
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Ghosts of Jeju

ghosts of Jeju
     

Friday, NOVEMBER 1, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "URBAN ELEPHANT"
(Allison Argo, 2000)
...and
Related Short Films
GUESTS:
- ALYNE FORTGANG,
co-founder of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, www.freeWPZelephants.org,
- LISA KANE, J.D.,
author of “Optimal Future for Woodland Park Zoo Elephants”, and a leader in the release of captive elephants to sanctuary
- MARY SEBEK, J.D.,
long-time elephant welfare activist
- KEN MOORE,
Filmmaker & User Experience Designer with Google.
- NICOLE MEYER, Director of In Defense of Animals’ Elephant Protection Campaign, www.idausa.org

Zoos have exhibited wild elephants for more than a century, but as people have learned more about the elephant's huge intelligence and complex needs, many urban zoos, including those in San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, and Anchorage, have closed their elephant exhibits and sent their elephants to sanctuaries for a vastly better quality of life.
Elephant welfare advocates in Seattle have asked the Woodland Park Zoo to do the same, but the zoo has refused, stating that its three 8,000-pound elephants are "happy and healthy" just as they are. Bamboo, Chai, and Watoto share less than an acre of outdoor space, and for much of the year are confined to barn stalls so small that, for 16-17 hours a day, they often stand or walk in their own waste.
See URBAN ELEPHANT and related shorts, and then decide for yourself whether urban zoos can meet the physical, social, and psychological needs of the world's largest land mammal.
Following the films, please join us for a Q&A and facilitated discussion with our great guests.
Download the Flyer here: COLOR or B&W)
See an article on this event and the issues in "LivingHumane" HERE
See clips from URBAN ELEPHANT at http://www.argofilms.com/film/urban-elephant/watch-clips.
More information on Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants: www.freeWPZelephants.org
See an article on this event in "LIVINGHUMANE" HERE.
Also:
www.seattleweekly.com/2001-10-31/news/making-baby-elephants/,
www.thestranger.com/seattle/cash_cows/Content?oid=8078780;
www.seattletimes.com/elephants/.
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Urban Elephant

Urban Elephant
     

Friday, OCTOBER 25, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE": Shining a Light on Black Operations
COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE shines sunlight into the darkest crevices of empire run amok. The film vividly exposes a monstrous and unconstitutional "deep state" in which multiple competing chains of command -- all but one illegal -- hijack government capabilities and taxpayer funds to commit crimes against humanity in our name. Anyone who cares about democracy, good government, and the future will want to watch all five segments of this remarkable film." - Robert David Steel
Download the Flyer HERE
Resource Page can be found HERE
LINKS for COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE:
http://metanoia-films.org/, and http://metanoia-films.org/counter-intelligence/
This is to Metanoia Films - by Scott Noble. You can view all films on line for free.  Feel free to donate and support his efforts if you like the films.  And tell others about the site. Go to the watch on-line and see all five parts.   
JFK SECRECY SPEECH TRANSCRIPT - The President and the Press, Waldort-Astoria Hotel - New York, April 27, 1961 - just after the Bay of Pigs:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32747.htm
Other Audio links:
5 MINUTE SECTION - The President and the Press:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZk8ronces
FULL SPEECH 19 MINUTE:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnEZ6FdE9mE
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Counter-Intelligence
     

Friday, OCTOBER 18, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "DEFAULT: THE STUDENT LOAN
DOCUMENTARY" ...and Related Short Films

(27 min, Aurora Meneghello, 2012)
Just a few years after the subprime mortgage crisis, there are ominous signs that the student loan market is on the verge of collapsing, yet another casualty of predatory lending practices. 
DEFAULT brings this perilous situation into sharp relief, chronicling the stories of borrowers who find themselves in the paralyzing predicament of having to repay far more than what they borrowed -- with no bankruptcy protection, and no recourse under the law.
The result is at once an accessible analysis of a mounting economic crisis, and a cautionary tale for students. 
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Default: The Student Loan Documentary
     

Friday, OCTOBER 11, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "A FIERCE GREEN FIRE" - The Battle for
a Living Planet

(101 min, Mark Kitchell, 2012)

With Special Guests:
DOUG SCOTT,
Long-time environmental activist/author
and

ROBIN EVERETT, With The Sierra Club

...Meaningful Movies is partnering for this film with
The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival !
SSJFF: Oct 10 thru 13
More info is available at: www.socialjusticefilmfestival.org

"One comes away with a feeling of hope, as Kitchell leaves us with as optimistic tone about the future despite the damage we are doing to our environment across the globe."
- Jennifer Schwab, Huffington Post.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE  is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.
From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization... the film tells vivid stories about people fighting - and succeeding - against enormous odds.
For the trailer and more information on the film, go to:
http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/fgf.html
Download the flyer: COLOR or B&W. Please help us get the word out.
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
a Fierce Green Fire
A Fierce Green fire
The children of Love Canal protest hazardous waste buried in their backyards.
A Fierce Green Fire
     

Friday, OCTOBER 4, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "MUMIA: LONG DISTANCE
REVOLUTIONARY "
(120 min, Stephen Vittoria, 2012)
With HOLLY BALLARD from the WASHINGTON COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY - http://abolishdeathpenalty.org/
And
Partnering with BOOKS TO PRISONERS:
 http://www.bookstoprisoners.net/
PLEASE NOTE: We will be collecting books for prisoners.  Please help us!
...See more information below.

WE'LL ALSO HAVE PREVIEWS FROM THE UPCOMING SEATTLE SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL, Oct 10-13. ( More info on the Festival: HERE.)
Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now after more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only still alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire.
Stephen Vittoria's new feature documentary is an inspiring portrait of a man whom many consider America's most famous political prisoner - a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. Through prison interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings, and aided by a potent chorus of voices including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman and others, this riveting film explores Mumia's life before, during and after Death Row - revealing, in the words of Angela Davis, ""the most eloquent and most powerful opponent of the death penalty in the world...the 21st Century Frederick Douglass.""
Download the Flyer: COLOR or B&W
JOIN US FOR A FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION WITH THE WASHINGTON COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY
!

Please help by donating books at this event, for Books To Prisoners. 
Top requests from prisoners are:
Dictionaries, thesauruses, books on starting and running small businesses and real estate businesses, trade books (e.g. plumbing, electricity, carpentry, construction, auto mechanics), legal self-help, career information, resume writing and job searching.

...MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE!!

Additional Info and Actions:
"SAFE AND JUST ALTERNATIVES" is engaged in a multi-strategy, statewide campaign aimed at winning legislation to repeal the death penalty in Washington. 
For more information on this program, go HERE, and to THIS.
Download a postcard to send to your Senator & Representative: HERE
Learn more about Books To Prisoners at: http://www.bookstoprisoners.net/
Light snacks.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

books To Prisoners

     

Friday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(…Please come at 6:30 and visit with your neighbors!)
FILM: "PINK RIBBONS, INC."
(97 min, Léa Pool, 2011)
The ubiquitous pink ribbons of breast cancer philanthropy - and the hand-in-hand marketing of brands and products associated with that philanthropy — permeates our culture, providing assurance that we are engaged in a successful battle against this insidious disease. But the campaign obscures the reality and facts of breast cancer – more and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and face the same treatment options they did 40 years ago. Yet women are also the most influential market group, buying 80 percent of consumer products and making most major household purchasing decisions. So then who really benefits from the pink ribbon campaigns — the cause or the company? And what if the very companies and products that profit from their association have actually contributed to the problem?
In showing the real story of breast cancer and the lives of those who fight it, Pink Ribbons, Inc. reveals the co-opting of what marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause."
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
See the trailer: HERE
More on the film: http://firstrunfeatures.com/pinkribbons_synopsis.html
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

Film Follow-up:
ADVOCATES ACTIVISTS ACTION - RESOURCES:
PinkRibbons, Inc.: http://firstrunfeatures.com/pinkribbonsinc/
Thinkbeforeyoupink.org: http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/
The Story of Stuff:http://www.storyofstuff.org/2011/04/14/story-of-cosmetics/
Book – Toxic Sludge is good for you – John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton – Public Relations: http://www.prwatch.org/tsigfy.html
Breast Cancer Action:http://bcaction.org/resources/breast-cancer-action-toolkits/
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:http://www.safecosmetics.org/
Washington Toxic Coalition  (Washington State): http://watoxics.org/
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition  (Electronic Waste): http://svtc.org/

 
Pink Ribbons, Inc.
Pink Ribbons, Inc.
     
Friday, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD"
(53 min, Peter Anthony, 2013)
In October 1962, the world held its breath. On the edge of the Caribbean Sea, just a few miles from the Florida coast, the two great superpowers were at a stand-off. Surrounded by twelve US destroyers, which were depth-charging his submarine to drive it to the surface, Captain Vitali Grigorievitch Savitsky panicked. Unable to contact Moscow and fearing war had begun, he ordered the launch of his submarine’s nuclear torpedoes. As the two sides inched perilously close to nuclear war—far closer than we ever knew before–just one man stood between Captain Savitsky’s order and mutually assured destruction.
Set over four hours on October 27, 1962, the tensest moments of the Cuban Missile Crisis, this program tells the powerful but forgotten story of Vasili Arkhipov and Soviet submarine B-59. With most of the action set in a claustrophobic submarine running out of air, “The Man Who Saved the World” combines tense drama with eyewitness accounts and expert testimony about some of the most critical events in the Cold War.
Download the flyer HERE.
For information on The Council for a Livable World (working to eliminate nuclear weapons), go to: http://livableworld.org/
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
The Man Who Saved The World
The Man Who Saved The World
     
Friday, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS" - FREE PRESS AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE"
(67 min, Robert Greenwald, 2013)
War on Whistleblowers, Brave New Foundation tells the story of the embattled whistleblower in the Obama era—an era in which both government and defense industry whistleblowers face relentless pressure to suppress evidence of illegalities. The film features the stories of four whistleblowers, including Thomas Tamm, who revealed improper wiretapping of Americans’ telecommunications, and Pentagon whistleblower Frafnz Gayl, whose recommendation for proper equipment to avoid roadside bomb fatalities in Iraq was initially ignored.
Through their experiences, we discover that the Obama Administration has been marked by an unprecedented campaign of prosecution against those who try to reveal wrongdoing both within and outside of government.
Despite Obama’s campaign promise to lead the most transparent White House in history, his administration’s use of the Espionage Act to pursue eight whistleblowers has in fact created a dangerous climate of intimidation and retribution, not only for the whistleblowers themselves, but also for the reporters who break their stories.
See the trailer at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1foRjGgEcL8
More on the film: http://www.waronwhistleblowers.com
Download the flyer: HERE
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
War On Whistleblowers
     
Friday, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "A PLACE AT THE TABLE"
(84 min, Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush, 2012) 
50 Million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.
See the trailer at: http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable/
More on the film: http://www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table
Free, and open to the public.
FILM FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
A Place At The Table
     

Friday, AUGUST 2nd THRU AUGUST 30th, 2012
NO FILMS

WE'LL BE BACK SEPT 6th, 2013! ...
WE'RE OFF FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST FOR A LITTLE ORGANIZATIONAL RECUPERATION TIME.

PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN ON SEPT 6th FOR A NEW SEASON OF GREAT MEANINGFUL MOVIES!
Thanks for all your support, Seattle!! Have a great summer! We''ll be back Setpember 3rd with a great new line up of films. Hope you can join us.
...SOCIAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY FILMS & COMMUNITY DISCUSSION, ...EVERY FRIDAY EVENING (except for the month of August )
(Events are FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 

 

 

 

 

The Meaningful Movies Project

     

Friday, JULY 26, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “IN MY LIFETIME”
(112 min, Robert E. Frye, 2011)
With:
GROUND ZERO
,
WASHINGTON PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY,
and THE HANFORD CHALLENGE

In one lifetime a nuclear-armed world emerged, and with it the potential for global destruction on a scale never before possible.
Directed by a former ABC network news executive producer, IN MY LIFETIME provides a comprehensive look at the full scope and impact of the nuclear age from its beginnings to the present day, including the international efforts by citizens, scientists and political leaders to reduce or eliminate the nuclear threat.
Through archival footage and contemporary interviews, the film portrays the history of the nuclear era and the complex search for "a way beyond". Filmed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., the movie features international voices from many perspectives and different parts of the history. 
IN MY LIFETIME challenges viewers to learn from this history and find a way to accomplish what might seem like the impossible, because it is an absolute necessity.
Join us following the film for a Facilitated Discussion!
With: Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility,
Ground Zero, and The Hanford Challenge
!
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the flyer HERE.
Reading for the discussion: HERE.
Ground Zero is an organization based on the Kitsap Peninsula, adjacent to and sharing 330 feet of fence with the Naval Submarine Base Kitsap-Bangor.  Bangor now harbors the largest repository of nuclear warheads in the world, just 20 miles from downtown Seattle.
It's purpose is "to offer the opportunity to explore the meaning and practice of nonviolence from a perspective of deep spiritual reflection, providing a means for witnessing to and resisting all nuclear weapons.”
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action marks the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11 at Ground Zero Center on Kitsap.
More information on Ground Zero and the event: http://www.gzcenter.org/ 
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
In My Lifetime

In My Lifetime
     
Friday, JULY 19, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “UNDER AFRICAN SKIES” ...PAUL SIMON: THE MAKING OF GRACELAND – 25 YEARS
(Joe Berlinger, 108 min, 2012)
UNDER AFRICAN SKIES begins with Paul Simon’s 2011 emo-tional journey back to South Africa and the roots of his seminal album Graceland – 25 years ago, Paul Simon released GRACELAND to equal parts acclaim and controversy.
The album broke open musical boundaries and brought together diverse cultures, but it split public opinion as Simon was accused of breaking the United Nations’ cultural boycott of South Africa, then a linchpin in the strategy to fight the nation’s intolerable system of apartheid. While the album went on to be widely celebrated for its revolutionary fusion of musical styles, for bringing the extraordinary gifts of underexposed South African musicians to the fore, and for sparking a brave new musical world of mixes, mash-ups and globe-hopping collaborations to come, the questions GRACELAND raised in 1986 remain.

See the Trailer HERE
Download the flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Under African Skies
     
Friday, JULY 12, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE GIFTS OF GRIEF”
(52 min, Nancee Sobonya, 2005)
WITH THE FILMMAKER, NANCEE SOBONYA!
"A beautiful film and a great gift to us all. Finally a film that points to the positive dimensions of grief. It shows us that grief is our common ground, that the healing is always found by moving toward the suffering and that the journey through grief is a path to wholeness." - Frank Ostaseski - Founder Metta Institute
Through compelling personal stories, we gain valuable insights from people facing, growing and transforming through grief. What can we learn from our losses? What inner and outer resources do we have to help us cope with our grief? How do we go on? What are the "gifts of grief?" These are the core questions that are explored by ordinary and extraordinary people, including writer, Isabel Allende; Reverend Cecil Williams; writer, Alana Laraine; Zen Monk /Vietnam Veteran, Claude AnShin Thomas; youth motivator, Vinny Ferrero; filmmaker, Lee Mun Wah who celebrate and inspire healing and transformation. The film invites us to open to pain, learn from loss, and teaches us about the preciousness of life.
To see the trailer and more information on the film, go to: www.giftsofgrief.com
Please join us following the film for a Q&A and a community discussion with the Filmmaker!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
The Gifts of Grief
     

Friday, JULY 5, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "WITHIN REACH"
- JOURNEY TO FIND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY

(98 min, Mandy Creighton and Ryan Mlynarczyk, 2012)
TRANSITION FRIDAY!
…An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE FILM FOR A CONVERSATION WITH THE FILMMAKER, AMANDA CREIGHTON (via Skype) and GRACE KIM, ARCHITECT AND COHOUSING ADVOCATE WITH SCHEMATA WORKSHOP!
WITHIN REACH documents one couple's pedal-powered journey across the United States in search of a new home in sustainable community.
Mandy and Ryan have given up their corporate jobs and their traditional houses to "bike-pack" thousands of miles around the USA, looking around as they look within.
Their journey and their film attempts to answer the question that they (and many others) are asking: Is it possible for all of us to live in a sustainable way? After circling the country, and talking with over 20,000 people they have found that not only is it possible, but it's already underway!

Download the Flyer: COLOR of B&W! Please help us get the word out.

More information on the film and the trailer, go to:
http://www.withinreachmovie.com/
More information on Schemata Workshop:
http://www.schemataworkshop.com/
More information on Intentional communities:
http://www.ic.org/
More information on Intentional Communities in the NW:
http://www.nwcommunities.org/
More information on Cohousing:
http://www.cohousing.org/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Within Reach
Sustainable Wallingford
     
Friday, JUNE 28, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “PSYWAR” - Propaganda For Political, Corporate Control of American Minds
(109 min, Scott Noble, 2010)
"PSYWAR" explores corporate and government use of propaganda and public relations to manipulate the American public. The movie explores how the U.S. government staged events to manipulate public opinion about the Iraq war, like the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, the supposedly spontaneous mob that pulled over the larger-than-life statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. It also discusses the hidden activities of the Rendon Group, a PR firm specializing in spinning war.
The film exposes government and corporate activities to blur the lines between real news and fake news, as well as the development over time of public relations misinformation campaigns, strategic corporate campaigns to generate goodwill, and the perception of good works and other manipulative PR tools that have turned the land of the free and the home of the brave into a place where citizens are now manipulated with great efficiency, and on a massive scale.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
For Further Reading:
Articles: HERE
An Interview with the Director: HERE
Join us following the film for a facilitated community discussion.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
PsyWar
     

Friday, JUNE 21, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “OCCUPY LOVE” (86 min, Velcrow Ripper, 2013)
WITH CECILE ANDREWS, AUTHOR OF THE NEW BOOK, “LIVING ROOM REVOLUTION”
On a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) 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 the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening:  millions of people are deciding that enough is enough –  the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.
The film connects the dots in this era of rapidly evolving social change, featuring captivating insider scenes from the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain,  Occupy Wall Street in New York, Indigenous activists at the Alberta Tar Sands, the climate justice movement, and beyond.
OCCUPY LOVE features some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy, including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.
Join us for a conversation with Cecile Andrews following the film! 
Cecile is also the autor of the books “Slow Is Beautiful” and “The Circle Of Simplicity”. 
She is active in the Sharing movement, the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative and the Transition Town movement, all efforts to build community and sustainability where they count the most, at the local level. 
Her new book, “Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good” refutes the notion that selfishness is at the root of human nature.  Research shows that people - given the right circumstances - can be caring, nurturing and collaborative.  Presented with the opportunity, they gravitate toward actions and policies embodying empathy, fairness, and trust instead of competition, fear, and greed.  The regeneration of social ties and the sense of caring and purpose that comes from creating community drive this essential transformation.  (See below for her reading at Elliot Bay Books on June 23rd.
To see the trailer, go: HERE  
To download the flyer, please go HERE.  Please help us get the word out!
For more information on Cecile and her work, please go to
http://www.cecileandrews.com/

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
     

Friday, JUNE 14, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "MONEY & LIFE" (90 min, Katie Teague, 2013)
and it's TRANSITION FRIDAY!  …An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!
Join us for the discussion following the film:
DEBRA MORRISON and FRANCIS AYLEY
with The Fourth Corner Exchange
DIANNE JUHL
with The Feminine Face of Money, and
ERIC SMITH
with Goodfunds

MONEY & LIFE is a passionate and inspirational documentary that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity?  This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.
MONEY & LIFE takes us on a journey, from the origins of money to connecting the systemic dots on the current global financial crisis and how we got here.  Most importantly, it says that we owe it to ourselves to understand the fundamentals of this technology called money in order to be effective participants in the economic transformation that is happening around us, a shift more rapid than the Industrial Revolution and as profound.
An optimistic film steeped in appreciation for human ingenuity, MONEY & LIFE does not dictate answers. It is a respectful invitation to consider questions critical to all our well-being: How can we move beyond being merely consumers, debtors and creditors, and put money in service to what we really care about as citizens, as human beings?
Join us for a great discussion following the film! ...Please help us get the word out to friends and family!
For more info on The Fourth Corner Exchange:
http://www.fourthcornerexchange.com/
For more info on Goodfunds go to:
http://www.goodfunds.com/
For more info on The Feminine Face of Money go to:
http://www.femininefaceofmoney.com/
Dianne Juhl's YouTube Channel go: HERE
To see the Trailer & for more information on the film, go to:
http://moneyandlifemovie.com/
To see 'Main Street' says about the MONEY & LIFE film go : HERE

Download the Flyer HERE.

To see the Trailer & for more information on the film, go to:
http://moneyandlifemovie.com/
Please read Dianne Juhl's article, "Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life": HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

Money & Life

...there's
Monet & Life

     
Friday, JUNE 7, 2013, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "THE REVOLUTIONARY"
(90 min, Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers, 2012)

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
AND JOINING US: FILMMAKERS LUCY OSTRANDER & DON SELLERS
Sidney Rittenberg arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. An intimate of the Party's leadership, including Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, he gained prominence at the Broadcast Administration, one of the most important agencies of government. But in the convulsions of a giant country constantly reinventing itself, he twice ran afoul of the leadership, and served a total of 16 years in solitary confinement. He returned to the United States in 1980.
Rittenberg captivates the audience with his exceptional intellect, uncompromising honesty, and engaging personality. Over a five-year period, award-winning former-CBS journalist and China specialist, Irv Drasnin, interviewed Rittenberg to produce a compelling, complex and unique understanding of the 20th century's biggest revolution. From Sid first meeting Mao in the caves of Yan’an, to his becoming famous and powerful during the Cultural Revolution, to his battling insanity in solitary, his journey and his profound insight illuminate a much greater history—a history few Chinese are aware of, let alone many Americans, told by an American who was there.
Download the Flyer COLOR or B&W. Please help us get the word out!
To see the Trailer & for more information on the film, go to:
http://revolutionarymovie.com/
More information on the filmmakers: http://stourwater.com/
Books about the Cultural Revolution and/or its results:
Wind in the Tower, Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Revolution, 1949-1976, by Han Suyin
Turning Point in China, an essay on the Cultural Revolution, by William Hinton
Away with All Pests, an English Surgeon in People's China, 1954-1969, by Joshua Horn
Daily Life in People's China, by Arthur W. Galston with Jean S. Savage
Education in China, Anglo-Chinese Educational Institute
Books about the Chinese revolution in general:
Red Star Over China, by Edgar Snow
The Morning Deluge, Mao Tsetung and the Chinese Revolution, 1893-1954, by Han Suyin
Fanshen, by William Hinton
A Curtain of Ignorance, How the American Public Has Been Misinformed about China, by Felix Greene
Don’t miss the discussion with Sidney Rittenberg at 6:30PM!
 
The Revolutionary
     

Friday, MAY 31, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY"
(106 min, Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas, 2011)

A captivating animated documentary drama on the legendary Texas outlaw comic Bill Hicks, whose profound observations on American life changed the face of comedy forever.
Much more than a comedian, Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. His timeless comedy tackled the contradictions of America and modern life head on. But his unique gift was to tease apart the essence of religion, the dangers of unbridled government power and the double standards inherent in much of modern society, using nothing but his hilarious ideas and the uncompromising observational style that continues to resonate with successive generations.
Like many who have a strong sense of their place in history, Hicks left a large unseen legacy; his collection of video recordings and hundreds of photographs and these became the starting point for this feature-length animated documentary.
For more information on the film, and to see the Trailer, go to
http://www.americanthemovie.com/
Download the Flyer: HERE. Please help us get the word out.
Synopsis of the Film: HERE
Articles: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
American - The Bill Hicks Story
     
Friday, MAY 24, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “OUT OF THE MIST” - Olympic Wilderness Stories
(49 min, Robert and Kathy Chrestensen, 2013)
With the Filmmakers, ROBERT AND KATHY CHRESTENSEN,
& GRAHAM TAYLOR from the ‘Wild Olympics Campaign’ and the Sierra Club

OUT OF THE MIST captures the great beauty and inherent diversity of the Olympics, one of North America’s crown jewels.  It was filmed over several years of hiking and backpacking in some of the Peninsula’s most remote wilderness areas: from the secluded North Coast beaches to the towering heights of Mount Olympus; through old-growth forests and primeval rainforests; along wild rivers…past tumbling cascades and icy headwaters; through subalpine meadows painted with wildflowers, and rolling basins dotted with sparkling lakes and tarns; up steep rocky slopes and seemingly impenetrable terrain …to the tops of awe-inspiring summits and close encounters with wildlife.
The film chronicles the life experiences of four unique individuals who know Washington’s Olympics intimately and share a deep kinship with them.  Their stories are inspiring. The scenery is breathtaking.
OUT OF THE MIST is produced by the same group that gave us “The Irate Birdwatcher”, an amazing film shown at our venue in 2010.
Download the flyer COLOR or B&W. Please help us get the word out!
See the Trailer and more Info on the film: http://www.crestpictures.com/mist/
More information on the Wild Olympics Campaign:
http://www.wildolympics.org/
Please support new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River designations and watershed protections on the Olympic Peninsula:
http://www.wildolympics.org/take_action
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 

Out of the Mist

Out of the Mist

Out of teh Mist

     

Friday, MAY 17, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "CORPORATE FM"
...the killing of local commercial radio

(73 min, Kevin McKinney, 2012)
DJs have a gift of listening to the best of their communities and then presenting that back to them. When live local voices are replaced with prerecorded and satellite programs, it ends an age-old symbiotic relationship between radio and the community. Why did radio DJs lose their power to pick music? See Corporate FM, the film that exposes conglomerate radio and the role of Private Equity in media consolidation. By investigating how the financial system gutted commercial radio instead of growing it, documentary film-makers Kevin McKinney & Jill McKeever show how independent radio is being monopolized by a few corporate owners and the effects on jobs and our communities. 
Join us following the film for a facilitated community discussion.
For the trailer and more information, go www.fmfilm.com/
Please download the Flyer COLOR, B&W, and help us spread the word. Thanks!
FOR FURTHER READING :
Article: Take Action - Local Radio Now: HERE
Film Synopsis: HERE
More Articles & Links: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Corporate FM
     
Friday, MAY 10, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "BROTHERS ON THE LINE" (Sasha Reuther, 2012)
BROTHERS ON THE LINE is an acclaimed documentary feature exploring the legacy of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - pioneering labor organizers and social justice statesman, and their remarkable leadership of the United Auto Workers union. Directed by Victor’s grandson Sasha Reuther and narrated by Martin Sheen, the film follows the brothers from their rise as shop-floor organizers in 1930s Detroit to leaders in collective bargaining, civil rights, and international labor solidarity. A timely tale of one family's quest to compel American democracy to live up to its promise of equality, BROTHERS ON THE LINE is a dramatic blueprint of successful social action.
For the trailer and more information, go HERE
Please download the Flyer HERE, and help us spread the word. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Brothers On The Line
     

Friday, MAY 3, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: A COLLECTION OF SHORT FILMS ON LOCAL ECONOMIES!
...and It's
TRANSITION FRIDAY!
…An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!
TheTransition movement sees a future with reduced energy and material resource availability which requires us to relocalize our economies.  Economic growth has become unsustainable and unhealthy both to our communities and life on our planet.  We cannot continue to consume five planets worth of resources.
What might resilient, sustainable economies look like?   What are examples of local businesses that are already moving in this direction and how will our communities not just survive, but thrive?
What is a collaborative space? a hacker space?  What is a “Local Living Economy”? a sharing economy?  What is the “information economy” really going to be?
How can we divest from Wall Street and the banksters to create resilient safety nets for our communities by reinvesting in our local economy?  How can we shift economic development away from the big box stores to retaining and supporting small local entrepreneurs that already live in and have a stake in our local communities?  In addition to supporting them, how do we incubate resilient local businesses that we will need?
This collection of shorts will begin to answer these questions.

Atricles and video links with more information:
Why is Socialism Doing So Well in Deep Red North Dakota?: HERE
It Can Happen Here: The Bank Confiscation Scheme for US and UK  Depositors: http://www.globalresearch.ca/it-can-happen-here-the-bank-confiscation-scheme
Liberty Tool Maine from Etsy (example of things folks are doing): http://vimeo.com/31575162
Alabama Chanin from Etsy (example of things folks are doing): http://vimeo.com/38605342
Facaro from Etsy (example of things folks are doing): http://vimeo.com/49335672 
USB typewriter from Etsy (example of things folks are doing):  http://vimeo.com/49029298     
9 Businesses (Detroit) (example of things folks are doing): http://vimeo.com/35707672     
BALLE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSI8z1iR6jo           
Piece from 2011 BALLE conference in Bellingham(0:35 – 3:35) : http://vimeo.com/50170864
Seattle Good Business Network (BALLE): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5kixCyVBw
Community Land Trust in a Nutshell – from the UK: http://vimeo.com/42406777
REconomy project: http://vimeo.com/43032374
TED unstoppable rise of collaborative economy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya6zndBObHY 
Port Townsend: Whidbey Institute - Thriving Communities Conference (Local Economies) 2013: http://vimeo.com/54806298     
Bellingham: Whidbey Institute - Thriving Communities Conference (Local Economies) 2013: http://vimeo.com/56062669     
Whidbey Island: Whidbey Institute - Thriving Communities Conference (Local Economies) 2013: http://vimeo.com/56062668     
Portland: Whidbey Institute - Thriving Communities Conference (Local Economies) 2013: http://vimeo.com/60099754     
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Local Economies

Local Communities

Sustainable Wallingford
     

Friday, APRIL 26, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "5 BROKEN CAMERAS"
(90 min.Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, 2011)
With AMIN ODEH, Founder of Voices of Palestine and Co-founder of the Arab American Community Coalition
An extraordinary work of both cinematic
and political activism which is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot by a Palestinian farmer and filmmaker Emad Burnat who for five years records his village's turmoil as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost.
Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval.  Burnat watches from behind the lens in this profound cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank.
Join us following the film for a facilitated converstion with Amin Odeh!

MORE INFORMATION:
See the Trailer and more about the film HERE
Please download the flyer HERE. Help us get the word out. Article: “From Unyielding Cameraman, an Acclaimed Film”: HERE
Article: “The Story Of A West Bank Village Told With '5 Broken Cameras”: HERE
Article: “Palestinian Director Emad Burnat, Nominated For Academy Award, Detained At LAX Immigration” - Michael Moore: HERE
Article: “Emad Burnat And Michael Moore On The Deeply Personal Struggle Behind '5 Broken Cameras”: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
5 Broke Cameras

5 Broken Cameras
     

Friday, APRIL 19, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “9/11 EXPLOSIVE EVIDENCE: THE EXPERTS SPEAK OUT
(95 min, Richard Gage, 2012)
With BERT SACKS, Engineer; and KIT BURNS, Architect
"[T]he most persuasive argument I have seen for further investigation of the Bush administration's relationship to that historical and troubling event [of 9/11]."  -- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, referring to David Ray Griffin’s writings.
"An extraordinary book... It is rar e, indeed, that a book has this potential to become a force of history" -- by Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University, from the foreword to David Ray Griffin's book The New Pearl Harbor .
The film features 43 experts in building engineering, physics, chemistry, and other technical fields, plus a half-dozen psychologists who discussed the denial of the evidence that the AE911Truth engineers have been seeking to get attention to since the founding of the nonprofit organization in 2007. The group's petition, signed by 16,000 concerned citizens in addition to the 1,800 architectural & engineering experts, calls upon the U.S. Congress to initiate a new independent investigation.
“The official story about the attacks of September 11 falls apart when you look squarely at the facts and apply basic scientific principles to interpret them," says Gage. "After more than ten years, a high-level investigation of the evidence is long overdue. Too much is at stake here to sweep the concerns under the rug.
Family members of 9/11 victims speak to the viewers of this film. . . . . they are asking you to join them in looking at what our experts have to say."
More info:
See the Trailer HERE
Download the flyer HERE. Help us get the word out.
Article: "Expert Group Rejects World Trade Center Reports": HERE
Article: "Debunking the Debunkers": HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
9/11 Explosive Evidence
     
Friday, APRIL 12, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION”
...A Users Guide. . . And How to Save It
(82 min, Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, 2011)
TRANSITION FRIDAY!
THE CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.
Weaving together archival film footage & animations, film-maker Dean Puckett, animator Lucca Benney and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It – offer a stunning wake-up call proving that ‘another
world’ is not merely possible, but on its way.
Ultimately, The Crisis of Civilization is a film about ideas: ideas that have got-ten us into this mess and ideas that can get us out—if we want to.
Join us following the film for a facilitated community discussion.
More info:
REVIEW in Transition Voice - "Peak kitsch: The Crisis of Civilization": HERE
SYNOPSIS - "Crisis Of Civilization": HERE
Crisis of Civilization - Links To Short Films: HERE
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
To see the TRAILER and additional information on the film, go HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Crisis of Civilization
Crisis of Civilization
     
Friday, APRIL 5, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE SUFFERING GRASSES ”
...THE CRISIS IN SYRIA
'When Elephants Fight, It Is The Grass That Suffers'

(52 min, Iara Lee, 2012)
WITH RITA ZAWAIDEH, CARAVAN-SERAI.
After over a year and a half, with thousands dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm of political tensions in the Middle East and an unsavory reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring and the complicated politics of the region, this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power and get caught in the crossfire of the hegemons.
Each person may have his or her own opinion about the decision of some actors to take up arms, or about whether or not the international community should try to topple the regime. Ultimately, however, any understanding of the Syrian conflict and its costs should be rooted in recognizing the humanity and suffering of these refugees. This film is one effort to do just that.
When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers!
For more information on the film and to see the trailer, please go to:
http://www.culturesofresistance.org/suffering-grasses
Please join us following the film for a community conversation with Rita Zawaideh. She will be returning from Jordan just a few days before this event, where she will be traveling with a team of doctors with the objective to open an orphanage, and a women’s and children’s health clinic.  The Syrian refugees in Jordan fleeing from this conflict are countless. Rita is a native of Jordan who spent ten years living in Syria.  She returns to the area twice annually. For more information on Rita and her program, please go to:
http://www.caravan-serai.com/articles/roots.html.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Suffering Grasses - the Crisis In Syria
The Suffering Grasses
     

Friday, March 29, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “TO THE LAST DROP” (47 min, Tom Radford, 2011)
TAR SANDS OF ALBERTA & THE XL PIPELINE
WITNESS TO THE LAST DROP. The Alberta tar sands are now the world’s larg-est construction project. Its further expansion will have an estimated $1.7 Trillion impact on the Canadian economy over the coming decades. An area of the ancient Boreal forest the size of Greece will be affected by the open pit mine. The effects on climate is calculated to be disastrous. Pollution is extensive with toxic chemicals affecting every aspect of the environment. Air & Water laden with a litany of chemicals flow down-wind and downstream. The XL pipeline will extend the damage further.
Download the Flyer HERE

Articles and informationfor further study:
BP's Big Plan: Burn It. Burn It All: HERE
Tar Sands South: First US Tar Sands Mine Approved in Utah: HERE
Step Into The Dangerous City At The Heart Of The Alberta Oil Sands: HERE
Rosy Forecast of Cheap Oil Abundance, Economic Boom a Myth: HERE
Extreme Energy Means an Extreme Planet: HERE
Disaster Capitalism: State of Extortion - Maomi Kline: HERE
Tar Sands Oil Coming to Crunch Time: HERE
A Canadian Perspective on the Tar Sands Disaster: HERE
The Climate Reality Project: HERE
Action Links re: Alberta Tar Sands: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
To The Last Drop
     

Friday, March 22, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “IRAQ: THE WAR WE LEFT BEHIND”
...a series of films & presentations on U.S. involvement in Iraq, from 1991 to the present.
With Special Guests:
CATHY BREEN and BERT SACKS

March 19th marks the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Baghdad in 2003. ...But this evening focuses on the U.S. involvement in Iraq since 1991.
...More details soon to follow.
For the first 12 years, the U.S. destruction of Iraq's civilian infrastructure followed by economic sanctions led to massive suffering and deaths among the most vulnerable Iraqis.  This was done, according to our own leaders, to overthrow Saddam.  That failed.  And after our invasion, we still expected the Iraqis to ignore what we had done and welcome U.S. soldiers with 'open arms and flowers.'  When that turned out to be a sad fantasy, the U.S. occupation pitted various sectarian groups against each other in political power struggles. 
After our invasion, we guarded only the Oil and Security Ministries in Baghdad, not the Electricity, Water, or Health Ministries from being looted.  We greatly heightened sectarian divisions in Iraqi society by arbitrarily creating elections along sectarian lines.  All the while, we wrote Iraq's new "oil law" for them; and when resistance to our occupation still increased, we supported torture and killing by Iraqi death squads as our way to 'tamp down' the situation.  Is it any wonder why we are still hated there?
All the time, main-stream media in the U.S. were all but complicit through the myopic lens of government and corporate control.  This collection of films tells a different story that we should never forget.
CATHY BREEN lived in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion in 2003 and during the occupation. She was part of the
group, Voices in the Wilderness, as part of the Iraq Peace Team. Over the last six years Cathy has spent periods of time in both Jordan and Syria with Iraqi refugees, to witness to their reality and advocate for their resettlement. In 2012 Cathy Breen returned to Iraq to witness conditions first-hand and to reconnect with her Iraqi friends.
BERT SACKS became seriously involved with Iraq after reading in The New England Journal of Medicine that in the first 2/3rds of 1991 (after the Gulf War) 46,900 children had died.  The study said they died from water-borne diseases caused by unsafe water because the war destroyed Iraq's infrastructure.  He then went to Iraq nine times to bring embargoed medicine and report back on conditions.  The U.S. Government fined him $10,000 for refusing to request a license; he refused to pay and eventually the case was thrown out of court.  His last trip was in 2002 with his Congressman Jim McDermott.
PRE-DISCUSSION READING:
“Iraq and the Betrayal of a People”, by Hans von Sponeck: HERE
“Najaf: The Electrical Grid Went Down”, by Cathy Breen: HERE
“Unfathomly Deep Wounds”, by Cathy Breen: HERE
"
On Destroying Civilian Infrastructure During The Gulf War And Consequences For The Civilian Population"", by Bert Sacks: HERE
Download the Flyer: HERE. Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Iraq: The War We Left Behind

Iraq: The War We Left Behind
     

Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “GENETIC ROULETTE”
(85 min, Jeffrey M Smith, 2012)
Experts expose the serious threats and how corporations like Monsanto hide the evidence.  Never-before-seen evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.
Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, protect you and your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) already underway. Don’t miss this film!
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the flyer HERE.  Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Genetic Roulette
     

Friday, March 8, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “SHIFT CHANGE”
(60 min. Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin, 2012)
WITH THE FILMMAKERS, MELISSA YOUNG & MARK DWORKIN, and Associate Producer TONY HARRAH

FOLLOWING THE FILM: JOIN US FOR A PARTICIPATORY CONVERSATION WITH THE FILMMAKERS, AND:
RAE LEVINE - with Democracy at Work Network (DAWN), of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops.
WEBSTER WALKER - with SLICE (Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere).
TERESA YOUNG - with the NW Coop Development (NWCDC).
FRANCIS JANES - with Emerald City Cooperatives & One PacificCoast Bank.
TONY HARRAH - Associate Producer of the film "SHIFT CHANGE", and longtime activist in the Service Employees International Union who will share some current perspectives on cooperatives from organized labor.

THIS IS ALSO ‘TRANSITION FRIDAY’:
…An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level! - every 2nd Friday of the month. 
Few concepts embody community resilience more than a cooperative economy!

Another world IS possible – and it looks like this!”
- Jill Bamburg, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

We are profoundly pleased to present, SHIFT CHANGE, an amazing new documentary film by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin.  It tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.
With the long decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working; so many citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life.
There is growing interest in companies that are owned and managed by their workers. Such companies tend to be more profitable and innovative, and more committed to the communities where they are based.  Yet the public has little knowledge of their success, and the promise they offer for a better life.
Please join us following the film for an in-depth discussion with the filmmakers!

“SHIFT CHANGE brings you behind the scenes at some of the most exciting cooperative successes in Europe and the United States. This is a movement that’s creating jobs, strengthening communities, and showing that another economy is possible.  It’s a movement that’s taking off — and SHIFT CHANGE is the way to understand what’s happening.” 
- Sarah Van Gelder, YES! Magazine

Please help us get the word out. Download the flyer HERE.  
To watch the Trailer, go HERE.
For more info on the film, SHIFT CHANGE, go to: http://shiftchange.org/.
For more on other films by Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin and Moving Images, go to: http://movingimages.org/

For instructive reading before (or after) the event:
** YES! Magazine: "How Cooperatives Are Driving the New Economy": HERE
** Truthout Article: “'Shift Change': Creating Economic Democracy Through Workplace Cooperatives”:  HERE
** Story from KPLU radio: "Would you work harder if you owned a slice of the company?" HERE
** "Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business": HERE
** "The Mondragon Cooperative Experience: Humanity at Work": HERE
** "Nation Magazine: Worker Ownership For the 21st Century?": HERE
** "Northwest Co-op Movement Strong": HERE
** From SLICE: Info on 12 local coops, and more: HERE

For more information on the organizations represented:
The US Federation of Worker Co-ops: http://www.usworker.coop/
SLICE (Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere): http://www.slice.coop/ 
Democracy at Work Network (DAWN): http://www.dawn.coop/
The NW Coop Development (NWCDC): http://www.nwcdc.coop/
One PacificCoast Bank/Emerald City Cooperatives Initiative/: http://opcb.com
Service Employees International Union: http://www.seiu.org/


(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Shift Change: PUTTING DEMOCRACY TO WORK

Shift Chang: Putting Democracy To Work

Shift change: PUTTING DEMOCRACY TO WORK

Shift Change
     

Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “NUCLEAR SAVAGE: THE ISLANDS OF SECRET PROJECT 4.1”
(60 min. Adam Jonas Horowitz, 2012)
WITH SPECIAL GUEST: DR. HOLLY M. BARKER, PhD, DEPT. OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Adam Jonas Horowitz shot his first film in the Marshall Islands in 1986, and was shocked by what he found there:  radioactive coconuts, leaking nuclear waste repositories, and densely populated slums were all the direct result of 67 Cold War U.S. nuclear bomb tests that vaporized islands and devastated entire populations.
Twenty years later, Adam returned to these islands to make this award winning political and cultural documentary exposé, titled "Nuclear Savage The Islands of Secret Project 4.1". Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents, devastating survivor testimony, and  unseen archival footage, this untold and true story reveals a shocking tale that pierces the heart of our democratic principles. 
Anthropologist, Dr. Holly M. Barker, who appears in the film and who is a long-term advocate of the Marshallese, will be here to add to our understanding and to share our warmest welcome to any local Marshallese who may attend our event.
For more information on the film and to see the trailer, go to:
http://www.videoproject.com/nuclearsavage.html
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
Additional Reading:
HuffPost Article on Nuclear Savage: HERE
Article "Hell Revisited": HERE
Another article on the film: HERE
Article, Nuclear Ravage": HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

From the Evening:
On March 1st, which is the anniversary of the U.S. detonation of Castle Bravo, the first hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll in 1954, we screened "The Nuclear Savage" at Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies. This film depicts the horrible nuclear radiation aftereffects that continue to this date on the Marshall Islands and on many of the Marshallese. We were honored and moved by the presence of about fifty from the Washington Marshallese community several of whom courageously shared their tragic stories. It is very apparent that these people were treated like experimental subjects and our government has not met its responsibilities to them. They need our help. - Tanya Maurer

A Note From the Marshallese Community in Seattle:
Hard times mean more hunger. One in four Washington kids are in families that struggle to put food on the table. During the recession, Washington legislators slashed State Food Assistance benefits for thousands of immigrant families. Because Marshallese immigrants are not eligible for federal food stamp benefits, this state cut has a terrible impact on the Marshallese community.  It’s not fair, and it's time to fix it.
Tell your legislators to restore equal benefits for State Food Assistance.
Hunger is a roadblock to opportunity. The ties between hunger, poor health and learning are well understood. If we continue to send children to school without the fuel they need for academic success, we continue to let the opportunity gap swallow up our future.
Cash-strapped families are skimping on the grocery items that build our kids’ bodies and minds and keep elders healthy: items like fish, dairy, veggies and whole grains.  This has an especially hard impact on Marshallese families that face terrible health issues as a result of generations of radiation exposure.
The cut to State Food Assistance (SFA) hurts vulnerable children and elders the most. Singling out immigrant children and elders to suffer in hard times is simply not fair.-Thanks!

 
Nuclear Savage

Nuclear Savage - Bikini, Marshall Is

Nuclear Savage
     

Friday, February 22, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE PEOPLE SPEAK"
VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

(113 min, Anthony Arnove & Chris Moore2009)
…A TRIBUTE TO HOWARD ZINN
THE PEOPLE SPEAK is a beautiful and moving film inspired by Howard Zinn’s books A People’s History of the United States—first published in 1980 and one of the bestselling history books in the United States—and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the primary-source companion to A People’s History of the United States, edited with Anthony Arnove.
Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, the documentary feature film THE PEOPLE SPEAK gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice. 
Narrated by acclaimed historian Howard Zinn, the film is based on his best-selling books and with Anthony Arnove.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
See the Trailer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The People Speak
     

Friday, February 15, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “CHASING ICE” ...in HighDefinition
(80 min, Jeff Orlowski, 2012)

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:
WITH THE SIERRA CLUB!
Chasing Ice is the story of a mission by photographer James Balog to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey.  With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether.  Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality.  It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor.  His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.  Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Followed by a facilitated community discussion.
For more on CHASING ICE, and to view the trailer, go HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!

AND IT'S MEANINGFUL MOVIES'
10th ANNIVERSERY ...Come celebrate with us!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

Chasing Ice
The Solheim glacier in Iceland, from 2006 to 2009, thanks to the effects of climate change.

 
Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice

Transition Seattle

Sustainable Wallingfrord
     

Friday, February 8, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “BROKEN ON ALL SIDES” - RACE, MASS INCARCERATION & NEW VISIONS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN THE U.S. 
(68 min, Matthew Pillischer, 2012)
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:
THE NO NEW JIM CROW SEATTLE CAMPAIGN

The documentary centers around the theory put forward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow." That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the system allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, prisons and criminal penalties have become a new version of Jim Crow.
Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to "criminals." The problem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been targeted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice?
Through interviews with people on many sides of the criminal justice system, this documentary aims to answer questions and provoke questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out on this great evening!
To see an interview with Michelle Alexander on Democracy Now: HERE

About "The No New Jim Crow Seattle Campaign”: 
The No New Jim Crow Seattle Campaign is dedicated to ending mass incarceration in America, beginning in Seattle/King County.  Our methods are collaborative, creative, social, political, economic, and non-violent. We are working to build a society based not on punitive laws, imprisonment, illness, and oppression, but on a transformative, compassionate sense of justice and respect for the dignity and well-being of all people.  For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewJimCrowInSeattle
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

Additional Reading:
- "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander (2010)
- "Discipline and Punish" by Michel Foucault (definitely a mind bender that helps us understand the prison system on a deep level)
- "The City of Quartz" by Mike Davis  (Older book, a classic about L.A. prison that explains what goes on in U.S. prisons) Verso 2006 (New Left Books)
- "Golden Gulag" by Ruth Wilson Gilmore  (About the California system.) University of California Press, 2007
- "Punishing the Poor" by Loic Wacquant (Harder to read, but a great deal of information.) Duke University Press, 2009
- "Resistance Behind Bars" by Vicki Law, if anyone needs a dose of inspiration and hope
- "Let's Get Free" by Paul Butler
- "Shoestrings and Bootstraps" by Carl Livingston -- not Livingstone-- he is an SCCC political science professor who spoke at the No New Jim Crow Seattle forum on February 16th. His book is about criminal injustice in Washington state.
- Accountability Road Map (PDF)

 
Broken On all sides

Broken On all Sides

Broken On All Sides
     

Friday, February 1, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME”
 
(90 min, Sam Pollard, 2012)
Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.
SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME  spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist.  Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today. 
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
Articles to read:
- What Emancipation Didn’t Stop (Book Review): HERE
- Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage by Chris Hedges: HERE
- The Pentagon and Slave Labor in U.S. Prisons: HERE
- Excerpt From the book, ‘Slavery By Another Name’: HERE
- About the author of ‘Slavery By Another Name’, Douglas Blackmon: HERE
Videos to view:
- Bill Moyers Video ‘Confronting the Contradictions of America’ with Khahil Gibran Muhammad: HERE
- Democracy Now: ‘Michelle Alexander & Randall Robinson on the Mass Incarceration of Black America’: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Slavery By Another Name
     
Friday, January 25, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “YOU, ME, AND THE S.P.P: TRADING DEMOCRACY FOR CORPORATE RULE”
 
(87 min, Paul Manly, 2009)
Special Guests From The Washington Fair Trade Coalition: KRISTEN BEIFUS AND STAN SORSCHER
A feature length documentary which exposes the latest manifestation of a corporatist agenda that is undermining the democratic authority of the citizens of North America. Two processes, the Security Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and the Trade Investment Labor Mobility Agreement (TILMA) are rapidly eroding and eliminating standards, civil liberties, regulatory systems and institutions put in place over generations through the democratic process. Proponents of the SPP and TILMA say that they are needed to keep trade flowing, opponents say these agreements not only undermine the democratic authority of citizens they threaten the sovereignty of the three nations through the integration of military, security structures and regulatory regimes for the benefit of corporations. 
Followed by a Facilitated discussion on the TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP), …think NAFTA on Steroids!

Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
Info on the TPP: HERE
Article on TPP by Pearl Korn: HERE
Article on Trans-Pacific Partnership vs The New World Order: HERE
Article: Japan's farming could be going to seed - TPP: HERE
Article: U.S. Corporations Launch Wave of NAFTA Attacks: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
You, Me & the SPP
     

Friday, January 18, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA"
(90 min, Don Argott, & Sheena M. Joyce, 2012)
AND A DISCUSSION ON THE LATEST EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP THE 586-SQUARE-MILE FORMER PLUTONIUM PRODUCTION FACILITY IN SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON STATE.
With Special Guests:
“HANFORD CHALLENGE”
... Executive Director, Tom Carpenter
... Liz Mattson
... Erin Wyatt

and
“WASHINGTON PHYSICIANS FOR
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY”

... Daniel Noonan
In 2010, the United States approved the first new nuclear power plant in 32 years, heralding a “Nuclear Renaissance”. But that was before the Fukushima accident in Japan renewed a fierce public debate over the safety and viability of nuclear power.
The Atomic States of America journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear power, and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy.
As the nation stands at the crossroads of a possible Nuclear Renaissance, The Atomic States of America inspires informed discussion on the safety, viability and future of nuclear power in the United States.
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.

See an interview with co-director Sheena Joyce on Democracy Now HERE.
More information on the good work done here in Washington re: the Hanford Reservation, go to: http://www.hanfordchallenge.org/ and http://www.wpsr.org/
A list of Additional resources: HERE
A review of the book, "Nuclear Roulette": HERE
A review of the movie by Variety: HERE
An Articlew: Showdown At San Onofre: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Atomic States of America
Atomic States of America
     

Friday, January 11, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "HAITI: WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?"
WITH THE FILM’S DIRECTOR, MICHELE MITCHELL;
NICOLE PHILLIPS, STAFF ATTORNEY WITH THE INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY IN HAITI
;
and THE CANADA HAITI ACTION NETWORK

The January 12, 2010 earthquake disaster in Haiti prompted an unprecedented outpouring of sympathy and assistance.  Billions of dollars were pledged for immediate and long term aid and recovery.
Three years later, the country is ensnared in harsh social and economic conditions. Too little housing has been built.  Hundreds of thousands are still living in squalid survivor camps.  Cholera that was inadvertently introduced by UN soldiers in 2010 has killed more than 7,000.  Promised economic reconstruction is still fleeting.
Michele Mitchell’s film examines the troubling aftermath of the earthquake and asks: “Where did the money go?”  She is an executive editor of Film At 11 and was previously an investigative correspondent on ‘NOW with Bill Moyers’ (PBS).
Nicole Phillips is the staff attorney of the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH).  She is currently residing in Haiti in order to work with the IJDH's partner office in Port au Prince, the Bureau des avocats internationaux. She is also directing work that is related to her position as professor at the School of Law, University of San Francisco.
The IJDH and BAI are spearheading the legal action against the United Nations over the introduction of the cholera bacteria to Haiti in October 2010. The legal action seeks compensation for the victims of the cholera epidemic and funding to assist the ministries and agencies of the Haitian government to provide potable water to the people of the country.

For a trailer and for more information on “Film At 11” and the filmmaker, go to: http://filmat11.tv/. Information on the Canada Haiti Action Network can be found here:  http://canadahaitiaction.ca/, and info on other screenings HERE.
Information on The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti: http://ijdh.org/

Please join us for a Q&A with the film’s director Michele Mitchell and Attorney Nicole Phillips, followed by a facilitated discussion.
Download the Flyer HERE.
Please help us get the word out on this important film!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?

Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?
     

Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
"CAPE SPIN" …AN AMERICAN POWER STRUGGLE
PLUS! ...SOLARIZING NW SEATTLE

With Solarize Seattle: Northwest and NW Seed
(90 min, Robbie Gemmel & John Kirby, 2011)
CAPE SPIN tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over what would be America's largest clean energy project.
Cape Wind would be the U.S.’s first offshore windfarm…But strange alliances formed for and against: Kennedys, Kochs, and everyday folks do battle with the developer and green groups over the future of American power.
With full access to both sides, a commitment to impartial storytelling and fueled by a satiric ‘revolutionary’ soundtrack, Cape Spin!  is “a gripping and entertaining study of eco-capitalism and grassroots democracy”. “It proves that environmental films can be crowd pleasers, and not at all just about the environment.”
Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion!
More the Trailer & more information on the Film: HERE

SOLARIZING Northwest SEATTLE!
WALLINGFORD/ FREMONT
GREENWOOD/ PHINNEY
BALLARD/ CROWN HILL
BROADVIEW/ BITTER LAKE/ HALLER LAKE
GREEN LAKE/ LICTON SPRINGS

Join us following the film for a discussion with the folks fromSolarize Seattle: Northwest and NW Seed on working together to install solar panels on houses throughout NW Seattle! 
We’ll discuss benefits, strategies, costs, group discounts, federal & local tax credits, and financing.  Since nonprofit Northwest SEED launched Solarize in 2011, campaigns across the Puget Sound have resulted in nearly 150 new solar installations.  Now this is coming to NW Seattle.
Come and find out more!  Spread the word to your neighbors.  Register for upcoming informational workshops.  
More information on Solarize Seattle: Northwest, and NW Seed, go to: http://solarizewa.org/ Download the flyer for the film HERE, and please help get the word out on this very worthy effort.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

Cape Spin

Cape Spin
PLUS...
SOLAR IS COMING TO
NW SEATTLE!


SOLARIZE NW SEATTLE!

     
Friday, December 18, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
NO FILM THIS EVENING
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 

Peace
PEACE

   
Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
NO FILM THIS EVENING
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Peace
PEACE
   

Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "IN ORGANIC WE TRUST"
(81 min, R. Kiplin Pastor, 2012)
TRANSITION FRIDAY! …An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!
When corporations went into the business and "organic" became a brand, everything changed. The philosophy and the label grew apart.

“Can gummy bears or bananas flown halfway across the world truly be organic?”

IN ORGANIC WE TRUST is an eye-opening food documentary that looks beyond organic for practical solutions for me and you. Local farmers’ markets, school gardens, and urban farms are revolutionizing the way we eat. Change is happening from the soil up.
Join us following the film with a discussion on resilient community and positive local solutions!
Download our Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
In Organic We Trust
     

Friday, December 7, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE WALL STREET CONSPIRACY”
(Kristina Leigh Copeland, 2012) 
And a Q&A interview via SKYPE following the film with :
Filmmaker/Writer, KRISTINA LEIGH COPELAND
and
Filmmaker/Author/Blogger, MARK FAULK
Also: Representatives of WASHINGTON PUBLIC BANK COALITION


The collapse of the US banking system in 2008 had been forecasted years before it happened by the people in this film.  But no one wanted to listen. Instead our country fell apart in the Fall of 2008, the worst financial collapse in the history of Wall Street.  In 2008, rampant fraud on Wall Street created billions of counterfeit shares in the stock market, bond and futures markets, and the credit default swap market, helping to cause the catastrophic collapse of the entire world's economy.  Known as naked short selling, the fraudulent practice caused the collapse of hundreds or even thousands of American companies, cost our country countless jobs, decimated retirement funds, and even flooded the market with worthless derivatives.
Download our Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
More the Trailer & more information on the Film: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
__________________________________________
NOTES FROM THE EVENING'S DISCUSSION:

Information on the Washington State Public Bank can be found HERE
More information:
Article: "Wall Street Coming To Your Town" - HERE
Article: "The Linchpin Tipping Point" - HERE
Article: "Credit Default Swaps" - HERE
Additional Links - HERE

 
Wall Street Conspiracy

Wall Street Conspiracy
     

Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “HARVEST OF EMPIRE” - The Untold Story of Latinos In America, (90 min, Peter Getzels and Eduardo Lopez, 2012)
WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH - PUGET SOUND CHAPTER

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, HARVEST OF EMPIRE examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.  Based on the ground-breaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, HARVEST OF EMPIRE takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.
From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, to the notorious US sponsored School of the Americas, HARVEST OF EMPIRE unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.
See the Trailer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
__________________________________________
NOTES FROM THE EVENING'S DISCUSSION:

Please! Check out this great spoof video about the the terrorist "break-in" at Nuclear Submarine Base Bangor / Ground Zero: HERE
More information on the School Of the Americas Watch: HERE
Slideshow of the SOAW March & Protest at the gates of Ft. Benning, GA. on Nov 16th & 17th, 2012 (by Roger and Marilyn Yockey): HERE
A very special thanks to Suzanne Bottelli with SOAW-Puget Sound Chapter!

 
Harvest of Empire
Harvest of Empire
     

Friday, November 23, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:“HOW TO BOIL A FROG”
(88 min, Jon Cooksey, 2009)
Our Post-Thanksgiving Special Family Movie!
…In the US, believe it or not, the Friday after THANKSGIVING is statistically the highest movie attendance day of the year!  So make it worth while! Come join us for this irreverent look our consumer culture and unsustainable status quo!

To celebrate our 'comsumer heritage', it's also "BUY NOTHING DAY".
...So come enjoy an appropriately priced movie!!


HOW TO BOIL A FROG is a feature-length eco-comedy that mixes rapid-fire humor and hard-hitting facts to show the consequences of a world in overdrive – where peak oil, global warming, overpopulation, diminishing natural resources, and a system where ‘the privileged few rule”’ are all hyperlinked to the point where we can no longer address any one problem without tackling the whole gnarly mess.  The world needs a movie with a sense of humor, straight-shooting truth and solutions.
A little like The Simpsons, HOW TO BOIL A FROG is designed to appeal to both adults and kids.  With a funny and irreverent take on our consumer culture and unsustainable status quo, this eco-comedy is filled with mindboggling facts and challenges that will both entertain and motivate people to rise up and save the planet, the polar bears, ...and their own butts.

A light-hearted look of our perilous situation, ...but with a plan.


See the trailer HERE.
Download the FLYER HERE - Help Us Get the Word Out to the Neighborhood!!
Join us for the fun!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
How To Boil A Frog

How To Boil A Frog
   

Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Films: “SALMON: RUNNING THE GAUNTLET”
and “THE ART OF DAM REMOVAL”

Engage in the fight for survival of wild salmon, and the struggle to remove the dams that stand in the way.

With Guests:
- KATHERINE RANSEL, former NW director of American Rivers, the attorney who instigated the removal of the 95-year old, 125-foot Condit Dam on the White Salmon River on behalf of American Rivers and 13 other national, regional and local conservation and fishing organizations ;
- MICHAEL GARRITY, Washington State Conservation Director, American Rivers and executive board of Save our Wild Salmon (SOS), a national coalition of 55 groups working to remove the four lower Snake River dams and improve the lot of salmon throughout the Columbia/Snake system
- SARA PATTON, Executive Director, NW Energy Coalition and executive board, SOS
- STEVE MASHUDA, Attorney, EarthJustice and executive board, SOS.

“SALMON: RUNNING THE GAUNTLET” (50 min, Jim Norton, 2011)
The film SALMON: RUNNING THE GAUNTLET investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations, once the largest in the world, and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish’s life cycle. The film reveals a hopelessly complex and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon in a failed attempt to make up for the deadly effects of fourteen mainstem dams of the Columbia/Snake River basin, and details how dams like Grand Coulee and Hell’s Canyon cut salmon off from hundreds of miles of their original habitat.
“THE ART OF DAM REMOVAL” (20 min, Daniel Dancer, 2012)
Blending explosive footage, emotion and the power of a newly freed river after being blocked for nearly 100 years, this video celebrates the role of art-activism in the second largest dam removal project in world history, the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington State just above Hood River, Oregon.
An initial few wild-river and salmon-loving art-activists were important local voices backing American Rivers’ legal and administrative campaign that eventually lead to the demolition of the dam and the still ongoing restoration of the river. The film emphasizes the activists’ approach of regularly 'doing it in art first.'
The video features spectacular footage of the explosion opening the tunnel through the dam and the rushing of the freed water and mud of the White Salmon River as the reservoir drains in a mere 2 hours.

Please join us following the film for a Panel Discussion.
Download the Flier HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
__________________________________________
NOTES FROM THE EVENING'S DISCUSSION:

Here is a YouTube site with the whole movie Salmon; Running the Gauntlet:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qrW8erO6cw
Here is the vimeo site for The Art of Dam Removal:  http://vimeo.com/30060034
This is a current and relevant Seattle Times article on the Salmon recovery effort:  http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019705443_captivefish18m.html
Download the article "Hope like a Coho, Sting like a Bee - The Condit Dam Removal Story" by Katerine Ransel: HERE

 
Salmon Running the Gauntlet

Salmon Running the Gauntlet

Salmon Running the Gauntlet

Salmon Running the Gauntlet
     

Friday, November 9, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL"
(103 min, Deborah Koons Garcia, 2012)
With Professor DAVID MONTGOMERY, author of the book, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,
and ANNE BIKLÉ, co-author of their upcoming sequel book which will be a positive response to Dirt
.

TRANSITION FRIDAY! …An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

See the trailer HERE.
More info on Transition Seattle: HERE
More info on Sustainable Wallingford: HERE
More info on Scallops: HERE

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

Symphony of the Soil

Symphony of the Soil

Transition Seattle

Sustainable Wallingford

Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound

     

Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “PAUL CONRAD: DRAWING FIRE”

(54 min, Barbara Multer-Wellin, 2006)
One of the most distinguished editorial cartoonists in the world, Paul Conrad has won three Pulitzer Prizes in addition to a long list of journalism's most prestigious awards—although his favorite distinction is his 1973 inclusion on Richard Nixon’s enemies list. An extraordinary artist and journalist, Conrad epitomizes the fiercely independent voice that has been disappearing from American news media in recent years. Featuring nearly 200 Conrad cartoons and interviews with the artist’s family, friends and colleagues, PAUL CONRAD: DRAWING FIRE is a documentary tribute to this legendary editorial cartoonist.

"No one's ever accused me of being objective..."
- Paul Conrad

As traditional newspaper readership continues to decline, this film spotlights a rarity: a beloved figure that makes us think about the issues, about ourselves and about what it means to be a moral human being and a responsible citizen in modern times. Political cartoonist Paul Conrad, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and renowned for his fearless voice, epitomizes what's disappearing from the media today.
__________________________________
NOTES FROM THE EVENING'S DISCUSSION:
Here are some of the slides shown for this evening: SLIDES. These are by Jonik. It's a 6MB file and may take a few seconds to load.
More information can be found at: www.mindfully.org and jonikcartoons.blogspot.com

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Paul conrad: Drawing Fire
     

SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW (A 51 min excerpt of the film will be shown to allow time for an in-depth discussion of the issues)
Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM

FILM: "THE HOUSE I LIVE IN"
GRAND JURY PRIZE AT THE 2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL!
(51 min, Eugene Jarecki, 2012)

Joining Us:  ALISON HOLCOMB, DIRECTOR OF DIRECTOR OF NEW APPROACH WASHINGTON
AND THE YES! ON I-502 CAMPAIGN,
"Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation"

As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.
Filmed in more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

PLEASE NOTE: "THE HOUSE I LIVE IN" IS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED AT THE SUNDANCE CINEMA IN SEATTLE ON NOVEMBER 9th!
DOWNLOAD FLYERS HERE FOR THIS EVENT AND PLEASE PASS THEM AROUND IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

House Screening at Sundance Cinemas ... THIS IS A FILM NOT TO MISS!

Trailer and more on the film and the issues: HERE.
Download our past flyer: HERE ...Please help us get the word out!
This a film that everyone should see, and an issue we should all talk about openly.

Resource Information:
...More info on I-502, "Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation", and a great source of more information: HERE
...ACLU of Washington's Drug Policy Project: HERE
...The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. More info: HERE
...Progressive Voter's Guide Info on I-502: HERE
...A Viewpoint Opposing I-502 from SensibleWashington: HERE

Also see another very good film on this topic: "AMERICAN DRUG WAR" by Kevin Booth in it's entirety HERE - shown earlier at Meaningful Movies.
Please support Kevin Booth in his Kickstarter Campaign to complete "American Drug War 2": HERE. This is a very important effort.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
House I Live In, A film By Eugene Jarecki

House I Live In, A film By Eugene Jarecki
I-502
     

Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "WE'RE NOT BROKE"

(81 min, Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce, 2012)
...the story of U.S. corporations dodging billions of dollars in income tax, and how seven fed-up Americans take their frustration to the streets…and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.
America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters, crumbling our country’s social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, these corporations—with intimate ties to our political leaders—are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax.
WE’RE NOT BROKE is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, and how seven fed-up Americans from across the country, take their frustration to the streets . . . and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.
Trailer and more on the film: HERE
Discussion Questions: HERE
Press Kit: HERE
Talking Points: HERE
Synopsis, Facts and Links, including the short shown before the film: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
We're Not Broke


We're Not Broke
     

Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
...come early for a little informal social time!
FILM: "QUEEN OF THE SUN”
What Are the Bees Telling Us? (83 Min, Taggart Siegel, 2010)
And a Discussion on Colony Collapse, Pollinators and our Food Security
TRANSITION FRIDAY! …An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!

With...
Kevin Gow & Laura Lovell
- with The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association,
Dr. Evan Sugden PhD
-Entomologist, UW Lecturer, Beekeeper and Consultant
Rob Stevens 
-Chief beekeeper at Fairview Farm Apiary 
Leo Brodie
- with Transition Seattle
Cathy Tuttle
- with Sustainable Wallingford & SCALLOPS

QUEEN OF THE SUN is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis, taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive.  This engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers from around the globe. 
In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher & social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder where bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear explanation.  In an alarming inquiry into the insights behind Steiner’s prediction, QUEEN OF THE SUN examines the global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers.  On a pilgrimage through 10,000 years of beekeeping, the film highlights how our historic and sacred relationship with bees has been lost due to highly mechanized industrial practices.  Featuring Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Gunther Hauk and beekeepers around the world, QUEEN OF THE SUN weaves a dramatic story which uncovers the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion on the connections between bees and our food security, with the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association and Transition Seattle!

See the Trailer Here:http://bit.ly/W7ohkT
Download the Flyer Here and help us get the word out:
http://www.bridgings.org/images/Flyers/QueenOfTheSun_Flyer.pdf  
... Please help us get the word out!
More info on Puget sound Beekeepers Assoc: HERE
More info on Evan Sugden: HERE and HERE
More info on Transition Seattle: HERE
More info on Sustainable Wallingford: HERE
More info on Scallops: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Queen of the Sun

Queen of the Sun



Transition Seattle

Sustainable Wallingford

Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound

     
Friday, October 5, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "HEIST"
Who Stole the American Dream?
(76 min, Frances Causey & Donald Goldmacher, 2012)
HEIST is a feature documentary which investigates the roots of the current economic crisis, and the ongoing assault on working people in the United States. It tells the hidden story of the systemic, multifaceted corporate attack on the middle class that, starting in the 1970s, transformed America's well-regulated economy into a battlefield littered with foreclosed homes, runaway jobs, and broken dreams.
The American economy has been eviscerated due to four decades of deregulation, the outsourcing of forty-million manufacturing jobs, and self-serving tax policies that have created a new class of robber barons. Today's news blames Americans' devastated 401(k)'s and collapsed home values on financial earthquakes within the last two years.
But HEIST traces these seismic shifts back to their roots in the early 1970s. It shows how large corporations - acting through lobbying organizations like the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - began a political mobilization that would propel the largest transfer of wealth in history. The winners were the wealthiest 1% of our population. The losers were ordinary Americans, whose real income has barely increased since 1973.

HEIST..."has the virtue of taking the long view of a crisis that recent films like “Inside Job” and “Too Big to Fail” have only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish." —Stephen Holden, New York Times

See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE.
... Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 

Heist

Heist

     

Friday, September 28, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "FOR MY WIFE" …The Making of an Activist for Marriage Equality
(60 min, David Rothmiller, 2008)
With Human Rights and Marriage Equality Advocate, CHARLENE STRONG ...and a discussion on Referendum 74 & Marriage Equality
Addressing a timely and critical issue, FOR MY WIFE chronicles the making of an activist for Marriage Equality.  Charlene Strong was thrust into the spotlight after the tragic death of her wife of 9 years, Kate.
After facing this loss and the heartless humiliation of hospital and funeral home staff, Charlene decided to take a stand. Her dramatic congressional testimony is credited in passing Washington state's historic Domestic Partnership laws. As Charlene finds her voice to speak out against injustice, her journey takes her across the country, finally meeting with President Barack Obama and securing his commitment to equality for all LGBT Americans. 
FOR MY WIFE tells Charlene's story against the backdrop of the national debate on Marriage Equality. It is one of courage and determination and inspires the activist in all of us.
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion on Referendum 74 & the current debate on Marriage Equality,
... with Human Rights Advocate CHARLENE STRONG.


See the Trailer HERE.                                                       
Download the Flyer HERE.                                                            
Info on R74 HERE.
For more info on Charlene Strong and LFB Advocacy Group HERE.
... PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
For My Wife
     

Friday, September 21, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "CATASTROIKA"
Privatization Goes Public
(87 min, Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou, 2012)
CATASTROIKA analyzes the shifting of state assets to private hands. The filmmakers travel round the world gathering data on privatization in developed countries and search for clues on the day after Greece’s massive privatization program.
The documentary uncovers the forthcoming results of the current sell-off of the Greek public assets, demanded in order to face the country’s enormous sovereign debt.
Turning to the examples of London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Rome, Catastroika predicts what will happen, if the model imposed in these areas is imported in a country under international financial tutelage.
Slavoj Zizek, Naomi Klein, Luis Sepulveda, Ken Loach and Greg Palast talk about the austerity measures, the Greek government as well as the attack against Democracy on Europe, after the general spreading of the financial crisis.
Academics and specialists like Dani Rodrik, Alex Callinicos, Ben Fine, Costas Douzinas, Dean Baker and Aditya Chakrabortty present unknown aspects of the privatization programs in Greece and abroad.

Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.       
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES to look over prior to the evening discussion:

Privatization - Morgan Stanley Group-ChicagoParking.pdf
Privatization Chicago Skyway Bridge 2012-0920.pdf
Privatization Watch.pdf
Privatization Why Does Abu Dhabi Own All of Chicago 2012-0920.pdf
Privatization-Arizona State Capitol Building.pdf  
... Please help us get the word out!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

Catastroika

Catastroika

     

Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "WE ARE NOT GHOSTS"
REBUILDING DETROIT FROM THE BOTTOM UP
…A New Film by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin
(52 min, 2012)
Followed by a Discussion on Resilient Community
and Rethinking Our Urban Future!

WITH THE FILMMAKERS, MELISSA YOUNG AND MARK DWORKIN!
HEATHER DAY from COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE (CAGJ), AND LEO BRODIE FROM TRANSITION SEATTLE

Fifty years ago, Detroit was famous as the motor city, where 2 million hard working people were living the American dream.  Then the auto industry fell on hard times, and so did Detroit.  Most people moved away; neighborhoods turned into wastelands.  But some have a vision for a new Detroit as a human scaled city for a post industrial era.  And they are starting to make it real. 
WE ARE NOT GHOSTS tells their stories: from community businesses, to place-based schools, to thriving urban gardens and spoken word artists. These are the tales of Detroiters remaking their city with vision and spirit.
In 2010 when the filmmakers visited Detroit to participate in the US Social Forum, they were introduced to the incredible array of grassroots activity, that collectively show a surprisingly resilient urban community in contrast to the common images of burned out houses and marginalized people. 
These stories, superbly underscored with the "music" of spoken word artists, are of enormous value to people elsewhere who are also struggling to re-envision and rebuild their cities in the post industrial era. 
Among those featured in the film are Jessica Care Moore and Grace Lee Boggs.

Join us following the film for a community discussion with the Filmmakers, Representatives from CAGJ, and Transition Seattle.
See the Trailer HERE
More information on the filmmakers: www.movingimages.org
More information on CAGJ: www.seattleglobaljustice.org
More information on Transition Seattle: www.transitionseattle.com
Download the Flyer HERE.
... Please help us get the word out!
TRANSITION FRIDAY! …An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!  (Every 2nd Friday of the Month). 
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

We Are Not Ghosts

Grace Lee Boggs

Jessica Care Moore

     
OUR FIRST FILM OF THE NEW SEASON!
Friday, September 7, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM

FILM: "THE ECONOMICS  OF HAPPINESS"
(58 min, Helena Norberg-Hodge, 2010)
"Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product"
-Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Bhutan
Please join us for this great documentary film by the International Society for Ecology & Culture (ISEC) about the worldwide movement for economic localization.
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power.
At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
JOIN US FOR OUR OPENING FILM OF THE SEASON, FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED DISCUSSION.
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE.
Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Economics of Happiness-

Economics of Happiness

Economics of Happiness
     
Friday, AUGUST 3rd THRU AUGUST 31th, 2012
NO FILMS

WE'LL BE BACK SEPT 7, 2012!
...
WE'RE OFF FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST FOR A LITTLE ORGANIZATIONAL RECUPERATION TIME.
PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN ON SEPT 7th FOR A NEW SEASON OF GREAT MEANINGFUL MOVIES!

Thanks for all your support, Seattle!! Have a great summer! We''ll be back Setpember 3rd with a great new line up of films. Hope you can join us.
...SOCIAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY FILMS & COMMUNITY DISCUSSION, ...EVERY FRIDAY EVENING (except for the month of August )
(Events are FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
the Meaningful Movies Project
     

Friday, July 27, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "THE CORPORATION"
(Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott, 2003)
With OCCUPY SEATTLE
If Corporations are people as the Supreme Court has declared, what kind of people would they be? 
Mitt Romney claims that corporations are people. ...What kind of people? 
In this acclaimed documentary that has won 23 international awards since its release in 2005 it has become even more relevant today.  In this vital documentary over 40 corporate insiders and critics explore the nature and spectacular rise of the most pervasive institution of our time.  Combining analysis with footage from advertising, television news and industrial films, The Corporation is a provocative look at the inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures of globalization and corporate takeover of the planet.
Download the flyer HERE.
See the Trailer HERE.
Please help us get the word out.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Corporation
   

Friday, July 20, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "ETHOS"
(68 min, Pete McGrain, 2012)
Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor and activist Woody Harrelson, Ethos lifts the lid on a Pandora's Box of systemic issues that guarantee failure in every aspect of our lives, from the environment to our democracy and our own personal liberty. From conflicts of interest in politics to unregulated corporate power, to a military industrial complex that just about owns our government. We cannot change our system until we know how it works and this film, with interviews from some of today's leading thinkers, will show you a simple but powerful way to start making meaningful and sustainable change. We can live in peace and justice in a clean environment and Ethos will show you how.
Download the Flyer: COLOR or B&W.
See the Trailer HERE. ...Please help us get the word out.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Ethos
     

Friday, July 13, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "THE LIGHT BULB CONSPIRACY"
(52 min, Cosima Dannoritzer, 2010)
Planned Obsolescence is the deliberate shortening of product life spans to guarantee consumer demand.
As a magazine for advertisers succinctly puts it: The article that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business –
and a tragedy for the modern growth society which relies on an ever-accelerating cycle of production,
consumption and throwing away.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy combines investigative research and rare archive footage to trace the untold story of
Planned Obsolescence, from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life
span of light bulbs, to present-day stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and the growing
spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers.
This film travels to France, Germany, Spain and the US to find witnesses of a business practice which has
become the basis of the modern economy, and brings back disquieting pictures from Africa where discarded
electronics are piling up in huge cemeteries for electronic waste.

PLUS A SELECTION OF SHORT FILMS

(a positive Transition response)
Local Solutions focusing on Tool Libraries, Fixers & Makers
…from Do-It-Yourself (DIY) to Do-It-Together (DIT)
..join us for discussions & demos following the films with:
TRANSITION SEATTLE - http://transitionseattle.com/,
SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD
- http://greenwallingford.ning.com/,
and SPECIAL GUESTS:
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY -
http://wstoollibrary.org/,
WEST SEATTLE FIXERS (& MAKERS) COLLECTIVE -
http://wsfixers.org, and
NE SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY-
http://neseattletoollibrary.org/
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE.
... Please help us get the word out!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Light Bulb Conspiracy
     

Friday, July 6, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "FLOCK OF DODOS"
THE EVOLUTION-INTELLIGENT DESIGN CIRCUS

(84 min, Randy Olson, 2006)
“FLOCK OF DODOS” is the first feature length documentary to explore the Darwin vs. intelligent design controversy. Filmmaker/evolutionary ecologist/ surfer Dr. Randy Olson pokes fun at both sides of this debate and eventually uses his own mother, Muffy Moose, to make sense out of this age old split between science and religion.
Olson travels to his home state of Kansas, the top battle ground for evolution, where his confrontations with one of the top lawyers backing intelligent design that leaves audiences squirming in their seats.  At the same time, he pulls together eight evolutionists for a night of poker, where he reveals them to be arrogant, condescending, and self-certain until they eventually turn on themselves in a spat that sounds like...a flock of dodos.
From the opening statistic (a pie chart in the form of an apple pie) the film provides equal amounts of laughter, guffaws, and eventually enough serious thought to prompt hours of discussion.  And unlike political rants on the topic, the film maintains an atmosphere of fairness, allowing audiences from both sides to watch it together.
Download the flyer HERE.
See the Trailer HERE.
Please help us get the word out.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Flock of Dodos
     

Friday, June 29, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “ SURVIVING JAPAN"
(Chris Noland, 2012 )
With The Filmmaker, CHRIS NOLAND
Chris Noland, a Seattle film maker, spent months after the nuclear and tsunami disaster filming the recovery effort in Northern Japan. His film portrays the humanitarian and aid crisis that faced the people in Japan in the wake of the devastating events. An array of environmental health issues are illustrated.
Please join us for a facilitated discussion with our special guest, Chris Noland, film maker, and producer.
Download the flyer HERE. See the Trailer HERE.
Please help us get the word out.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Surviving Japan
   

Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “ENCOUNTER POINT "
( 52 min, Directed by Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha, 2006)
With AMIN ODEH, Co-founder of the Arab American Community Coalition.
Jointly produced by a multinational team of women from Just Vision. "Encounter Point" moves beyond dogmatic and sensational imagery to focus on bereaved family members who risk their safety to press for an end to the conflict. They are at the vanguard of a movement to push Palestinian and Israeli societies to a tipping point, forging a new consensus for nonviolence and peace. "Encounter Point" is a film about hope, true courage and implicitly about the silence of the media and politicians who pay little attention to vital grassroots peace efforts.
Our special guest will be Amin Odeh, who started Voices of Palestine and who is the co-founder of Arab American Community Coalition.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Encounter Point
   
Friday, June 15, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “KOCH BROTHERS EXPOSED "
(80 min, Robert Greenwald, 2012)
Koch Brothers Exposed is a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst. This full-length documentary film on Charles and David Koch—two of the world’s richest and most powerful men—is the latest from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, Rethink Afghanistan). The billionaire brothers bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights. This film uncovers the Kochs’ corruption—and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Koch Brothers Exposed
   

Friday, June 8, 2012, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
(Short films at 6:30, Feature films start at 7**)
FILM: “DIRTY COAL: THE TOXIC ADDICTION"
(
Jaime Gonzales , 2010)
And the Film: "NO COAL IN THE NORTHWEST!"
WITH THE SIERRA CLUB, TRANSITION SEATTLE, SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD AND OTHERS
TRANSITIOIN FRIDAY! …An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!

DIRTY COAL: THE TOXIC ADDICTION exposes the historic greed for dirty coal profits and the worldwide addiction to burning coal for electricity.  Dirty coal powered the industrial revolution and now even powers the social networking phenomenon of Facebook.  The film features coal ash disasters; Daryl Hannah’s famous arrest of protesting mountaintop removal of coal; and how the U.S. is becoming a colonial exporter of millions of tons of coal to fuel China’s growing economy.  The film highlights the dynamic student movement trying to close coal plants on 60 U.S. college campuses.
The documentary closes with a clear exit strategy:
- Enact an immediate moratorium on new coal plants
- Enact sunset laws on existing coal plants so that no coal plant can operate for more than 50 years
- Enact a “50% by 2030” requirement to use renewable energy as the means to end our toxic addiction to dirty coal.
NO COAL IN THE NORTHWEST! (by PowerPastCoal.org) is a compelling short documentary film describing plans to export dirty U.S. coal to Asia. Local voices from Longview, Bellingham, Hood River, and Portland share how coal trains and terminals will harm their communities. The film captures the filth of coal and the shine of those who know we can do better.
Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion on the proposed Coal Train across Washington.
For more information on Sierra Club and the issues, go to:
www.coalfreewashington.org and PowerPastCoal.org
**Short films will focus on Tar Sands
PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE FLYERS, AND HELP US GET THE WORD OUT!
COLOR or B&W

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Dirty Coal
Proposed Coal Rail Route for Shipment to China
     

Friday, June 1, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE WELCOME" - A HEALING JOURNEY FOR WAR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
(93 min,
Kim Shelton, 2011)
WITH SALLY JO GILBERT DE VARGAS FROM SOLDIER’S HEART SEATTLE.
THE WELCOME offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike.  As we join these vets in a small room for an unusual five day healing retreat, we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry. Here our perceptions are changed, our psyches strained, and our hearts broken.  And at the end, when this poetry is shared with a large civilian audience, we begin to understand that  all of us are a vital piece of the Welcome as Veterans try to find the way back home.  Their examples of unflinching honesty, courage and love lift us up, inspiring all of us once again to feel our common humanity, always the first casualty of war.
Please join us for a facilitated discussion with Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas following the film.
For more information on the film and the trailer, go here: HERE
For more information on Soldier’s Heart, go to: http://www.soldiersheart.net/ and http://interfaithcommunitychurch.org/index.php/projects/soldier-s-heart/

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
the Welcome
The Welcome
The Welcome
     

Friday, May 25, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE INVISIBLE WAR"
(93 min, Kirby Dick, 2012)
With Guests: SOLDIERS FROM 'COFFEE STRONG'
THE INVISIBLE WAR is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.
Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice.
THE INVISIBLE WAR features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.
To download the flyer, go HERE. Please help us get the word out.
For more information on the film and the trailer, go here: HERE
(...And, if you're heading south and want a great coffee, COFFEE STRONG is the place to know about! COFFEE STRONG provideS a safe place for soldiers to share the effects of disastrous wars, within 300 meters of the gates at Ft Lewis. Take Exit 122 off I-5, turn right at flashing red lights, located next to Subway.  Coffee Strong is at 15109 Union Ave. SW, Ste B, Lakewood, WA 98498)
Please join us for a facilitated discussion following the film.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Invisible War
     

Friday, May 18, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE"
(65 min, Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, 2011)
With Guests: 
AARON KATZ,
- Principal Lecturer of Health Services and Global Health, UW
DR. REENA KOSHY,
- Policy Committee Member with the National Physicians Alliance
DR. SARAH WEINBERG,  
- Physicians for a National Health Program & Healthcare For All
And The Filmmakers,
LAURIE SIMONS AND TERRY STERRENBERG

This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.
Produced by Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE  reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people.
Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film. 
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion with AARON KATZ, DR. REENA KOSHY, DR. SARAH WEINBERG and the FILMAKERS, and learn what you can do to help provide a better healthcare system for all!
To download the flyer, go HERE. Please help us get the word out.
For information on the National Physicians Alliance: http://npalliance.org/
Information on Physicians for a National Health Program: http://www.pnhp.org/
Information on Healthcare For All - WA:
http://www.healthcareforallwa.org/
To view the trailer and more info on the film, go to: www.healthcaremovie.net
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

**FOLLOW-UP TO OUR EVENING DISCUSSION:
Looking at the current political climate and the continued deterioration in access and affordability in health care, both Western Washington Chapter of PNHP (www.pnhpwesternwashington.org) and Health Care for All – Washington (www.healthcareforallwa.org) recognize that a massive public movement is going to be necessary to overcome the firm grip that those who profit greatly from our current health care non-system have on our political process. Imagine the effect if millions showed up in Washington DC demanding national health coverage for everyone residing in the U.S.! Or, for that matter, several thousand massing in Olympia demanding a state universal coverage system like the WHST.
Both organizations are working on what to say once the Supreme Court announces its decision about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). Both are also exploring emphasizing the human rights/social responsibility aspect of universal national health coverage. It’s striking that every other industrialized nation treats health care as a social responsibility that the government organizes. Even developing nations, as they become wealthy enough to afford it, establish national universal coverage. We in the U.S. are the outliers, but a campaign emphasizing this aspect of health care might bring about a change in our attitude.
This is where YOU come in! Investigate these organizations, then decide how (not whether!) you want to join in.
ALSO:
A very good resource for information about health care reform in the US is the Kaiser Family Foundation website, especially the primer, "Health Reform Hits Wall Street," at http://healthreform.kff.org/
Expanded Version of Follow-Up : HERE

 
the Healthcare Movie
     

Friday, May 11, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “CALL OF LIFE"
FACING MASS EXTINCTION

(80 min, Monte Thompson, 2010)
WITH:
CONNIE SIDLES FROM THE SEATTLE AUDUBON SOCIETY, TRANSITION SEATTLE, SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD, AND OTHERS

TRANSITION FRIDAY! 
An Evening Focused on Community & Positive Solutions at the Local Level.
All over the world species are becoming extinct at an astonishing rate, from to 10,000 times faster than normal. The loss of biodiversity has become so severe that scientists are calling it a mass extinction event.
CALL OF LIFE - FACING MASS EXTINCTION  is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and indigenous and religious leaders, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed this situation to develop, continue to reinforce it, and even determine our response to it.
CALL OF LIFE tells the story of a crisis not only in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.
Please join us for a facilitated discussion following the film Connie Sidles from the Seattle Audubon Society.
CONNIE SIDLES is a board member of the Seattle Audubon Society, and has done extensive work on documenting the biodiversity of Seattle's Montlake Fill, also know as the Union Bay Natural Area, adjacent to the University of Washington.
Connie is the author of the books SECOND NATURE, which explores the wilds of the Montlake Fill, and IN MY NATURE, exploring the relationship between wild nature and human nature. Additionally she has written 550 feature articles in 65 different publications. She is a master birder with more than 600 North American birds on her life list.
More on Connie, her books and blog at: www.constancesidles.com.
More info on the Seattle Audubon Society: www.seattleaudubon.org.
For the Trailer and more info on the film, go to: http://calloflife.org/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Call Of Life - Facing Mass Extinction
     

Friday, May 4, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “MICHAEL HARRINGTON AND TODAY'S OTHER AMERICA" (84 min, Bill Donovan, 2001)
Michael Harrington’s book ‘The Other America’, a groundbreaking study of poverty in America, was published in 1962. Read by President John F. Kennedy, it was probably the driving force behind the "war on poverty." The Boston Globe editorialized that Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and expanded social security benefits were traceable to Harrington’s ideas. Harrington became the pre-eminent spokesman for socialism in America.
This film captures the essence of Harrington’s ideas through the use of archival footage and interviews with people who knew and worked with him, as well as those who were in total disagreement. Over thirty interviews are filmed with people as diverse as John Kenneth Galbraith, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley and Charles Murray. We also hear from ordinary people who are the victims of what Harrington called "the new American poverty”. The documentary includes a brief history of socialism in America, and raises questions concerning the merits and relevance of unions today, and the problems of migrant workers, farmers, inner cities and our health care system.
For an interesting article on Michele Harrington, click HERE.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Michael Harrington
     
Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “LOCKED OUT" (60 min, Joan Sekler, 2010)
WITH LYNNE DODSON FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE LABOR COUNCIL
AND THE SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS!
In the wind-swept sands of California's Mojave desert sits a small town called Boron, population 2000. It is home to one of the largest borates mines in the world, where close to 600 workers blast, dig, process and transport the refined mineral to a thousand manufacturers around the world. Borates are essential ingredients for life on our planet. Generations of workers have worked in the mine, and over the years have won good wages and benefits through their union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). As part of the middle class in America, they have been able to buy their own homes, send their children to college, and retire with a good pension.
But in the fall of 2009, the owners of this mine, the Rio Tinto Group, a British-Australian multinational company, decided to drastically cut the workers' benefits when their union contract expired. As the third largest mining company around the world, their net earnings in 2009 were almost $5 billion dollars on revenues of $44 billion dollars, and this was earned through the abusive tactics they have used against miners and their communities---from human right abuses to environmental destruction.
This documentary tells the David and Goliath story of how the workers faced financial hardships but stood strong during the 107 day lockout and beat back a multinational corporation. It further reveals Rio Tinto's egregious practices in the U.S. and around the globe--from Michigan to Australia to Bougainville.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
Go to: www.seattlelaborchorus.org, for info on future performances of the Seattle Labor Chorus.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 

Locked Out

Locked Out

     

Friday, April 20, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “NOT IN OUR TOWN: LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS" (60 min, Patrice O'Neill, 2011)
WITH DAVID AYALA-ZAMORA, ORGANIZING DIRECTOR FOR "ONE AMERICA"

Light in the Darkness is a one-hour documentary about a town coming together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community. In 2008, a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York culminate with the murder of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years.
Over a two-year period, the story follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim's brother Joselo Lucero, and Patchogue residents as they address the root causes of the violence, heal divisions, and take steps to ensure that everyone in their village will be safe and respected.
See the Trailer HERE
For more information on One America, go to: www.weareoneamerica.org
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Not In Our Town

Not In Our Town
     

Friday, April 13, 2012, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Short Films at 6:30)
FILM: “IN TRANSITION 2.0" - THE STORY OF HOPE AND RESILIENCE IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES (Emma Goude, 2012)
MARKING 2 YEARS OF TRANSITION FRIDAYS!!  …An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level! - every 2nd Friday of the month.
…WITH LEO BRODIE FROM TRANSITION SEATTLE,
CATHY TUTTLE FROM SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD,
AND
MEMBERS FROM SUSTAINABLE NORTHEAST SEATTLE!

The documentary film, “In Transition 2.0” is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, catapulting beyond the 2009 release of “In Transition 1.0”, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The film shows communities in various stages of transitioning, printing their own money, growing food, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. It's an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world of increasing uncertainty, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.
For the trailer: www.intransitionmovie.com/
For more on Transition Seattle: www.transitionseattle.com
For more on Sustainable Wallingford: http://greenwallingford.ning.com/
For more on Sustainable NE Seattle: http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com/

ALSO a special preview of an incredible new film on cooperatives and employee-owned business (to be released soon):
“SHIFT CHANGE: PUTTING DEMOCRACY TO WORK”, by local filmmakers MELISSA YOUNG & MARK DWORKIN (with the filmmakers!)
We’ll have a preview of this terrific new film (to be released in July), and we’ll have the filmmakers present. 
At a time when many are disillusioned with big banks and big business, and growing inequity in our country, employee ownership offers a real solution for workers and communities. SHIFT CHANGE highlights worker-owned enterprises in North America and in Mondragon, Spain.  The film couldn’t be more timely, as 2012 has been declared by the U.N. as the “International Year of the Cooperative.”  
For more on Shift Change, go to: http://shiftchange.org/
For more on other films by Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin and Moving Images, go to: http://movingimages.org/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

If you would like to read a summary of our discussion, click HERE.

 

In Transiotion 2.0
Transition Seattle
sustainable Wallingford

Shift Change
Shift Change

Sustainable NE Seattle

     
Friday, April 6, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “PAX AMERICANA” (85 min, Denis Delestrac, 2009)
STAR WARS IS NO LONGER SCIENCE FICTION

The prospect of Earth being ruled from space is no longer science-fiction. The dream of the original Dr. Strangelove, Wernher von Braun (from Nazi rocket-scientist to NASA director) has survived every US administration since WW2 and is coming to life. Today the technology exists to weaponize space, a massive American industry thrives, and nations are maneuvering for advantage.
PAX AMERICANA tackles this pivotal moment. Are war machines already orbiting Earth? Can treaties keep space weapons-free? Must the World capitulate to one super-cop on the global beat? With startling archival footage and unprecedented access to US Air Force Space Command, this elegant, forceful documentary reveals the state of play through generals, space-policy analysts, politicians, diplomats, peace activists, and hawks.  
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Pax Americana
     

Friday, March 30, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: AN EVENING ON SOCIAL JUSTICE TRAVEL! ...TRAVEL WITH MEANING!
Films on US, CUBA, GUATEMALA, VENEZUELA, COLUMBIA, AND MORE, INCLUDING THE FILM “SOMOS UNA AMERICA” (“WE ARE ONE AMERICA”)
With:
AMY TRUAX & COLETTE COSNER - with Witness For Peace Northwest (WFPNW)
CINDY DOMINGO - with US Women and Cuba Collaboration
The NOVA High School Guatemala Social Justice Travel Program
KATE SPELTZ - with School of the Americas Watch (SOAW)
And Others.

Join us for this fascinating and enlightening evening on social justice travel experiences and opportunities. We'll take a look at a number of great social justice travel programs, and explore the impact that travel abroad can make in building a more just & peaceful world. Learn how you can participate and make a difference.
Witness For Peace Northwest supports peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by promoting change in governmental policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America. More info at: http://www.witnessforpeace.org/section.php?id=24 and http://on.fb.me/GRwAbi
US Women & Cuba Collaboration is an association of women and organizations working in coalition with women in Cuba to build bridges within and between our nations that foster inclusive and progressive women's movements and networks for justice, real security and women's rights.  More info: http://womenandcuba.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/womenandcuba
The NOVA High School SJ Travel Program creates opportunities for young people to learn firsthand about the desperate conditions of the world’s majority and provides the framework to involve our youth in working together to change these unfair conditions. NOVA PTSA has sponsored five trips to Guatemala and East Timor. More info: http://www.facebook.com/NovaGuatemalaProgram
School of the Americas Watch movement is a large, diverse, grassroots movement rooted in solidarity with the people of Latin America. The goal of SOA Watch is to close the SOA and to change U.S. foreign policy in Latin America by educating the public, lobbying Congress and participating in creative, nonviolent resistance. More info: http://soaw.org/about-us
This is a great opportunity to get a sampling of social justice travel opportunities available to you. Check it out. Get involved.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The NOVA High School SJ Travel Program
Witness For Peace Northwest
School of the Americas Watch
US Women & Cuba Collaboration
     

Friday, March 23, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “OUT ON A LIMB” (102 min, Kevin Heutink, 2011)
Join us following the film for a panel discussion with
KEVIN HEUTINK, The Filmmaker
ALISON EISINGER, Executive Director of the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness, and
RICH GAMBLE of Faithful Action In Transforming Homelessness

This documentary is about David ‘Squirrelman’ Csaky, who received
international attention and became the face of homelessness when Seattle officials evicted him from his elaborate treehouse on Eastlake.  Shot over the course of two years, OUT ON A LIMB chronicles the construction and destruction of David’s make-shift home in the trees and follows his subsequent journey to officially and permanently rise out of homelessness once back on the ground.
Along the way we’re introduced to renowned treehouse builder and author, Peter Nelson, and Real Change newspaper vendor, James French. Together, the trios’ precarious paths weave a big picture perspective of these troubling economic times.
The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness works to ensure safety, survival, housing, and justice for people who are homeless, and to end the crisis of homelessness in our region.   Founded in 1979, SKCCH is oldest independent homeless coalition in the U.S.  The Coalition’s broad membership includes nearly all organizations that provide survival services, shelter, support, and housing in King County.  SKCCH organizes the annual One Night Count of people homeless outside each January, and conducts trainings, advocacy 101 workshops, and other educational events:  a Homeless and Low Income Voter Registration Drive, a Youth Advocacy Summit, and Project Cool for Back-to-School, which supports educational success for homeless students.  
For more info on Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness, go to:
www.homelessinfo.org or befriend SKCCH at www.facebook.com/SKCCH
For more info on Faithful Action In Transforming Homelessness, go to:
www.faithadvocacy.org
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Out On A Limb

Out On A Limb
     

Friday, March 16, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “INTO THE CURRENT: BURMA’S POLITICAL PRISONERS” (76 min, Jeanne Hallacy , 2011 )
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE FILM FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH:
- BO KYI,
Renowned Burmese Human Rights Advocate and Former Political Prisoner,
- SAN SAN MAW, Former Political Prisoner from Burma, ... and
- the filmmaker, Jeanne Hallacy

Despite recent news of the release of hundreds of political prisoners in Burma, hundreds more remain behind bars where they have suffered brutal interrogations and torture, including years of solitary confinement. And those who have been released remain vulnerable to being imprisoned again – until Burma’s government adopts new laws to protect the inalienable rights of its citizens.
"INTO THE CURRENT" honors Burma's unsung heroes - its prisoners of conscience - and the price they pay for speaking truth to power in a military dictatorship.  The film illustrates the irrepressible vision of current and recently released political prisoners at a time when Burma has just begun to step toward democratic reform.
BO KYI: Recipient of numerous human rights awards, Bo Kyi, after seven years in prison and fleeing across the Thai-Burma border, co-founded the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma, which advocates for the welfare of political prisoners and their families in Burma.  In the film, Bo Kyi’s story is featured alongside those of other former and current political prisoners.
SAN SAN MAW: A Burmese Nun, San San Maw was imprisoned twice for challenging Burma’s military regime. Each time she was released she spoke out again. To avoid being arrested a third time, she fled to Thailand. In 2008, she was sentenced in absentia to 45 years in prison just before resettling in the US.
Please don’t miss the opportunity to join us following the film for a discussion with BO KYI, SAN SAN MAW and fillmaker Jeanne Hallacy
This is one of only a handful of stops Bo Kyi will make on his US Tour.

More on the film and a trailer: http://www.intothecurrent.org/
Download the flyers: Color or B&W ...Please help us get the word out!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Into the Current

Into the Current

Into The Current
   

Friday, March 9, 2012, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
TRANSITION FRIDAY!  An Evening Focused on Community & Positive Solutions at the Local Level.
FILM: "CLIMATE REFUGEES"

(95 min, Michael P. Nash, 2010)
And Short Films starting at 6:30 (Main Feature at 7)
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE FILM FOR A FACILITATED DISCUSSION WITH:
SANDY CIOFFI, Filmmaker of "Sweet Crude"
SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD
TRANSITION SEATTLE, and others.

There is a new phenomenon in the global arena called “Climate Refugees”. A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes. All this is causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term climate wars is being talked about in war-room like environments in Washington D.C.
We will discuss how our community can join in both current & future efforts in making positive impacts.
We'll also have a few short films on climate change and related topics and local sustainable construction organizations, Sustainable Works and Green Canopy.
Join us for a facilitated discussion follwing the film with Sandi Cioffi, who brought us her very well received film "Sweet Crude" to Meaningful Movies last season.
For more information and the trailer: http://www.climaterefugees.com/.
Also see their "Take Action" section.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Climate Refugees
   

Friday, March 2, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM**
FILM: "YERT... YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ROAD TRIP" (113 min, Mark Dixon & Ben Evans, 2011)
JOIN US AFTER THE SCREENING FOR A FACILITATED DISCUSSION WITH:
- MARK DIXON, Filmmaker/Producer of the film
- MICHAEL MAINE, With the Bainbridge Graduate Institute,
- SUSAN GLEASON, With YES! MAGAZINE, and others!

YERT: 50 States, ...1 Year, ...Zero Garbage?
With video camera in hand & tongue in cheek, and called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road -traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage -to explore every state in America (the good, the bad...and the weird) in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises. Americans want to do the right thing -they just don't want to look strange doing it! 
As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their yearlong quest, an unexpected turn of events pushes them to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy. The film features Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and others.
"The Fellini trio of the climate justice movement, the YERT film crew has managed to pull off the impossible in the world of cinema--a deeply absorbing and often hilarious road trip that confronts the badlands of our nation's spiraling descent into dirty energy darkness, only to emerge along the solar roadways and wind-swept plains into the myriad possibilities for new power and sustainable living. By the dramatic end of Your Environmental Road Trip, audiences will not only cheer, but feel compelled to spring to their feet to join an inspiring movement for change. If only our nation's policymakers will watch this important film and do the same." - Jeff Biggers, author, Huffington Post
For trailer and much more, go to: www.yert.com
Download the flyer COLOR or B&W
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

**BTW, if you're on Bainbridge or you can't make our Friday's screening, there's also a screening of YERT, with filmmaker Mark Dixon, on Thursday March 1st, 7:00 PM, at the Historic Lynnwood Theater, 4569 Lynwood Center Road Northeast, Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110 - Sponsored by "Matinees That Matter" and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute!

 

YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip!
YERT - YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ROAD TRIP
YERT
YERT - Smart Grid

   
Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM:
“HOW TO DIE IN OREGON”
(107 min, Peter Richardson , 2011 )
Would you Want the Right To Choose When It's Your Time?

JOIN US FOLLOWING THE FILM FOR A FACILITATED DISCUSSION WITH:
- NANCY NIEDZIELSKI, whose personal story is in the film;
- ROBB MILLER , Executive Director Of Compassion & Choices Of Washington;
- KIRK ROBINSON, Past National President of Compassion in Dying and long-time organizer
, and others.
In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician aid in dying. As a result, any mentally competent adult whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request life-ending medication. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands.
In HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives with medication. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
See the trailer: http://www.howtodieinoregon.com/trailer.html
WA Dept. of Health's Death With Dignity Act: http://www.doh.wa.gov/dwda/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
How to die In Oregon

How To Die In Oregon
   
Friday, February 17, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM:
“HOT COFFEE” ...IS JUSTICE BEING SERVED?
(88 min, Susan Saladoff, 2011 )
With members from the Washington Association for Justice
Most people think they know the “McDonald’s coffee case,” but what they don’t know is that corporations have spent millions distorting the case to promote tort reform. HOT COFFEE reveals how big business, aided by the media, brewed a dangerous concoction of manipulation and lies to protect corporate interests.
By following four people whose lives were devastated by the attacks on our courts, the film challenges the assumptions Americans hold about “jackpot justice.” It is directed by Susan Saladoff who was a medical malpractice attorney of 26 years.
The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2011. The title is derived from the Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants lawsuit in which the plaintiff Liebeck was severely burned by hot coffee purchased from a McDonald’s.
Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion with members from Washington Association for Justice.
See the trailer: http://www.hotcoffeethemovie.com/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Hot Coffee
   

Friday, February 10, 2012, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR” 
(Film: 90 min, Chris Paine , 2011) And our SHORT FILM, starting at 6:30 is: An Interview of Director Chris Paine, on the original film, “Who Killed the Electric Car”.
 
TRANSITION FRIDAY! 
An Evening Focused on Resilient Community & Positive Solutions at the Local Level. 
...AND, OUR 9th ANNIVERSARY!!
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE FILM FOR A FACILITATED DISCUSSION WITH:
- SANDRA PINTO DE BADER:
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment
- RICH FELDMAN: With ECOtality North America, working on Smart Grid Technology
- THE SEATTLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE ASSOCIATION (SEVA)
- DAN LANGDON: With Seattle City Light
- CATHY TUTTLE: With Sustainable Wallingford, and
- LEO BRODIE:
With Transition Seattle
B y 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back... with a vengeance.
In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.
With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.
Revenge of the Electric Car is narrated by Tim Robbins. The primary cast includes CEO and President of Renault and Nissan Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, Former Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz and EV do-it-yourselfer Greg “Gadget” Abbott.
See the trailer here: www.revengeoftheelectriccar.com
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

We'll also have an all electric Nissan Leaf on display, courtesy of Seattle City Light! - Come early!

 
Revenge of the Electric Car

Revenge of the Electric Car

Revenge of the Electric Car

   
Friday, February 3, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "2012 TIME FOR CHANGE"

(Film: 85 min, Joao G. Amorim , 2010 )
Conscious evolution to practical solutions
2012 TIME FOR CHANGE is an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom.  The film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. 
As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.
Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
Ever
y day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.
Once the waste has been deposited and the repository is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that?
Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, this feature documentary takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future.
For the trailer and more information, go to:
http://www.2012timeforchange.com/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 

2012 Time for Change
2012 time for Change


2012 Time for Change

     

Friday, January 27, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "INTO ETERNITY"
(75 min, Michael Madsen, 2010)
WITH TOM CARPENTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HANFORD CHALLENGE
Ever
y day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.
Once the waste has been deposited and the repository is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that?
Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, this feature documentary takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future.
Join us following the film in a community conversation with our special guest Tom Carpenter, Executive Director of Hanford Challenge, the organization which "envisions a cleanup driven by scientific fact and public involvement - not money and politics."
Tom Carpenter brings decades of experience in organizing, litigating, and policy oversight in the nuclear field, much of it devoted to Hanford. Tom has visited dozens of nuclear sites in the U.S. and Russia.  He has hosted international conferences on protecting nuclear whistleblowers, examining the legacy of highly-contaminated nuclear facilities, and focusing on the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington State.
For more information on the Hanford Challenge, go to:
http://www.hanfordchallenge.org/

Download the Flyer HERE. - Please help us get the word out! Thanks!
For the trailer and more information, go to:
http://www.intoeternitythemovie.com/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Into Eternity
Into Eternity
     

Friday, January 20, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “REPUBLIC LOST” - LAWERENCE LESSIG TALK AT TOWN HALL
(Ed Mays, 2011)
WITH GUEST CRAIG SALINS FROM WASHINGTON PUBLIC CAMPAIGNS
A Town Hall Talk by Lawrence Lessig,   The root problem for our democracy: Special interest money has destroyed all trust in our republic.
Lessig addresses the role and corrupting influence of money on the United State's representative democracy, and proposes a radical solution to money in politics: a state-driven U.S. constitutional amendment to make all public elections exclusively publicly funded. Lessig is the author of the book “Republic, Lost”, among others.
Join us for a facilitated discussion after the movie with guest Craig Salins from Washington Public Campaigns. 
Download the flyer HERE.
Special thanks to Ed Mays of Pirate TV!
More info at: www.edmaysproductions.net.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Republic Lost
     

Friday, January 13, 2012, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
(Note Early Start time)
FILM: “I AM”
(77 min, Tom Shadyac, 2011)

TRANSITION FRIDAY!  …An evening focused on resilient community and positive solutions at a local level!
The Transition Focus Will Be On The Concept Of “Heart & Soul”
WITH GUESTS:     

Jun Akutsu with Ions Group Indira's Rainbow
Karen Stocker, Counselor, singer, artist, & storyteller with One Sky Wellness
Cathy Tuttle with Sustainable Wallingford

We are also exceptionally pleased to be able to start the evening with a poem entitled "I AM", read by its author, MARY KELLY GREENE.

I AM is an engaging non-fiction film posing two practical and provocative questions: What’s wrong with our world? And what can we do to make it better?  
Director Tom Shadyac (‘Ace Ventura’, ‘Bruce Almighty’) in contrast to his other films, set out on a twenty-first century quest for enlightenment, meeting with a remarkable variety of men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith – including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others.
I AM takes the audience to places it has never been before, and presents even familiar phenomena in completely new and different ways: The heart, not the brain, may be man’s primary organ of intelligence, and human consciousness and emotions can actually affect the physical world. Contrary to conventional thinking, cooperation and not competition may be nature’s most fundamental operating principle. 
Here consensus decision-making is shown as the norm amongst many species, from insects and birds to deer and primates, and that humans actually function better and remain healthier when expressing positive emotions, such as love, care, compassion, and gratitude, versus their negative counterparts, anxiety, frustration, anger and fear.
I AM isn’t as much about what you can do, as who you can be.  And from that transformation of being, action will naturally follow. The message is as simple as it is significant:  "We are all connected – connected to each other and to everything around us."
Please join us following the film for a facilitated community discussion with our guests.
Download the Flyer HERE.
See the trailer at: iamthedoc.com.

Check out Warren Ethredge's HighBar interview with director, Tom Shadyac: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
"I AM"

sustainable Wallingford
Transition Seattle
   

Friday, January 6, 2012, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “CULTURES OF RESISTANCE”
(Iara Lee, 2011)
WITH GUEST PETER LIPPMAN
About the film...
Worldwide, people from all walks of life are finding creative ways to oppose war and promote peace, justice, and sustainability. Culture—including film, music, and food—is fertile terrain for this struggle. Education that nourishes a critical mind and fortifies the soul is just as essential.
With this in mind, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction.After several years, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change.
Our documentary this Friday, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE, explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.
About our guest...
Peter Lippman is a native of Seattle, is a life-long human rights activist. He has participated in grassroots human rights campaigns at home and in the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Europe. He has also been involved in extensive ethnographic pursuits and pays attention to cultural resistance wherever he goes
---Our apologies, Ramzy Baroud, previously scheduled, will be unable to attend.
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.

The website, CulturesOfResistance.org, exists as an outreach site through which people inspired by the film can find ways to get involved around peace and global justice issues. 
Trailer and more info: http://films.culturesofresistance.org/
Flyer available HERE. Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Cultures of Resistance

Cultures of Resistance
     
Friday, December 30, 2011
NO FILM THIS EVENING

We'll be back on January 6th!
 
   
Friday, December 23, 2011
NO FILM THIS EVENING

We'll be back on January 6th!
 
   

Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “IF A TREE FALLS: THE STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT”
(85 min, Marshall Curry, 2011)
In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by Federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front-- a group the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." 
For years, the ELF—operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership—had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge at Vail, Colorado.  With the arrest of Daniel and thirteen others, the government had cracked what was probably the largest ELF cell in America and brought down the group responsible for the very first ELF arsons in this country.
IF A TREE FALLS tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members.
Trailer: http://www.ifatreefallsfilm.com/film.html
Screened in in collaboration with the award-winning series POV,
(www.pbs.org/pov)
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
Followed by a facilitated discussion.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
If a Tree Falls

     

Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Film:
A SELECTION OF FILM EXCERPTS ON “DIRECT DEMOCRACY” - With a focus on Occupy Seattle. …How Do We Best Connect The Occupy Movement With the Neighborhoods?  
"Transition Friday" : Positive Solutions At a Local Level

The state of the economy, the enormous disparity in wealth and opportunity we experience in this country and rest of the world, and the lack of a government truly responsive to the majority of its citizens are of devastating impact to us individually and as a nation. The Occupy Movement seeks a major transformation to a participatory democracy in the economy as well as in the government that will serve us all.
Tremendously important information is being discussed and developed and there needs to be a way that this can be shared with everyone. But the opportunities to participate in and support this movement are limited to the time and energy individuals struggle to make available.
This evening, we’ll hear about the Occupy Seattle Movement directly from participants, discuss why it’s important to all of us, and explore effective ways we can empower our communities in actively becoming part of this movement.
Facilitated discussion follows with participants from Occupy Seattle, Sustainable Wallingford and Transition Seattle.
More information on Occupy Seattle: http://occupyseattle.org/
Info on Occupy Wall Street: http://occupywallst.org/
Info on Transition Seattle: http://transitionseattle.com/
Info on Sustainable Wallingford: http://greenwallingford.ning.com/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

Occupy the Neighborhoods
sustainable Wallingford
Transition Seattle

     

Friday, December 2, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
"PLAY AGAIN" (80 min, Tonje Hessen Schei, 2010)
WITH GREG LEMIEUX FROM GROUND PRODUCTIONS, THE FILMMAKER
One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii.
But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, PLAY AGAIN explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?
This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.
Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, sociologist Juliet Schor, environmental writer Bill McKibben, educators Diane Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, neuroscientist Gary Small, parks advocate Charles Jordan, and geneticist David Suzuki, PLAY AGAIN investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.
As we stand at a turning point in our relationship with earth, we find ourselves immersed in the gray area between the natural and virtual worlds. From a global perspective of wonder and hope, PLAY AGAIN examines this unique point in history.
Join us for this incredible film, followed by a community discussion with the filmmaker. See the trailer and great resources at: http://playagainfilm.com/.
Please help us get the word out!
Download the Flyer HERE. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Play Again

Play Again
     

Friday, November 25, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“MOTORCYCLE DIARIES”
(126 min, Walter Salles, 2004)
Beautifully filmed adaptation of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara's journals of the same name, as 23-year-old medical student Guevara travels across the South American continent in pre-revolutionary 1951 and 1952. Guevara travels with his friend Alberto Granado, a biochemist, on an ailing 500cc Norton motorcycle, which they name ‘La Poderosa’ (The Powerful One).  Che and Alberto set off from Argentina and cross into Chile and Peru in order to take up their medical residency at a leper colony. Along the way, and especially at the colony, Che and Alberto are exposed to the plight of the poor, vulnerable and suffering.
This proves to be formative for Che Guevara, already a young radical. When Che bids farewell to the leper colony, he says: “This journey has only confirmed this belief, that the division of America into unstable and illusory nations is a complete fiction. We are one single mestizo race from Mexico to the Magellan Straits. And so, in an attempt to free ourselves from narrow-minded provincialism, I propose a toast to Peru and to a united America.”

See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Motorcycle diaries

Motorcycle Diaries
     

Friday, November 18, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“BETTER THIS WORLD”
...The Fight to Maintain Civil Liberties

(98 min, Kelly Duane, Katie Galloway, 2011)
With Panel Discussion: ACLU and our Vanishing Civil Liberties
The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. BETTER THIS WORLD follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby.
The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a highstakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant.
BETTER THIS WORLD goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.
Facilitated discussion follows the film. Join us following the film for a facilitated community discussion.
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE!

Screened in in collaboration with the award-winning series POV. (www.pbs.org/pov)
MORE INFO:
Discussion Guide:
http://www.pbs.org/pov/film-files/dg_-_better_this_world_action_discussion_file_0.pdf
Multi-Media Resource List:
http://www.pbs.org/pov/film-files/dd_better_this_world_reading_list_0.pdf
Lesson Plan:
http://www.pbs.org/pov/betterthisworld/lesson_plan.php
Step-By-Step Guide to Hosting Screening:
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pdf/Step-By-Step.pdf

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepte
d).

 
Better This World

POV
     
Friday, November 11, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“THE MONEY FIX” (80 min, Alan Rosenblith, 2008)
Transition Friday! ...An evening focused on positive solutions at a local level! Every 2nd Friday of the month. (Note Early Start Time)

WITH:
FOURTH CORNER EXCHANGE
SUSTAINABLE NORTHEAST SEATTLE
SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD
TRANSITION SEATTLE

...and OTHERS

*6:30 PM: Topical Short Films;
*7:00 PM: Main Feature Begins;
*Panel Discussion Follows the Film

Have you ever wondered what money is or where it comes from?  While most of us take the monetary system for granted, it has silent and profound implications for everyone.  The Money Fix is a feature-length documentary comparing and contrasting community currencies with federal dollars. 
It examines economic patterning in both the human and the natural worlds, and through this lens we learn how we can empower ourselves by redesigning the lifeblood of the economy at the local level.
Join us in a very timely discussion on local currency, money and our economic systems, past and future!  More information: www.themoneyfix.org
See the Trailer HERE.
Download the Flyer HERE!
For more information on the Fourth Corner Exchange, go to www.fourthcornerexchange.com. For more information on Sustainable Northeast Seattle's Local Economy/Local Currency Guild, go HERE.
For more information on the Transition Movement, please go to www.transitionseattle.com. For more information on Sustainable Wallingford and what’s happening locally, please go to http://greenwallingford.ning.com/.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
The Money Fix
The Money Fix
The Money Fix
the Money Fix
Sustainable Wallingford
Transition Seattle
     
Friday, November 4, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
SEATTLE PREMIER!
FILM: “GROUNDS FOR RESISTANCE”

(50 min, Lisa Gilman 2011)
JORGE GONZALEZ: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COFFEE STRONG / G.I. VOICE, and REPRESENTATIVES FROM IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR will join us this evening for conversation and a Q&A after the film.
This documentary film is about COFFEE STRONG and its importance for its most active members: active duty soldiers and their families, veterans of recent and past conflicts, and regional and national political movements. At the center of the film are the men and women whose experiences in the military and war compel them to commit themselves to help others who are serving or have served in the past. Each individual featured in the film exists within a nuanced tangle of conflicting emotions tied to pride, dedication to service, friendship, anger, disillusionment, sadness, and guilt.
The film examines each one’s stories from their decisions to join the military, their experiences of war, and their motivations for devoting themselves to Coffee Strong. It explores how their relationships with one another and their activist efforts to make a more peaceful and just world help them cope with their own experiences.
See the Trailer here: www.groundsforresistance.com. Note: The film can also be purchased at this site.
Download our flyer HERE.
(...And, if you're heading south and want a great coffee, COFFEE STRONG is the place to know about! Take Exit 122 off I-5, turn right at flashing red lights, located next to Subway.  Coffee Strong is at 15109 Union Ave. SW, Ste B, Lakewood, WA 98498)
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Grounds For Resistance
     

Friday, October 28, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
FILM: MOVING BEYOND THE AUTOMOBILE
... AND ADDITIONAL SHORT FEATURES

(60 min, StreetFilms, 2011)
(Short Topical Films at 6:30; Main Film Starts at 7)

FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACES IN SEATTLE; AND A DISCUSSION ON SEATTLE’S UPCOMING PROPOSITION 1.

WITH:
MIKE O'BRIEN, Seattle City Council Member
LISA QUINN, Director of Feet First;
CRAIG BENJAMIN, Cascade Bicycle Club’s Policy And Government Affairs Manager;
TIM HARRIS, Executive Director Of Real Change;
CATHY TUTTLE, Spokespeople Coordinator;
REF LINDMARK, Transportation Planner with King County Metro …and others

*6:30 PM: Topical Films
*7:00 PM: Main Feature Begins
*Panel Discussion Follows the Film

MOVING BEYOND THE AUTOMOBILE and the short videos we’ve assembled will explore solutions to the problem of automobile dependency.  These films and this evening's discussion will help guide policy makers, advocacy organizations, teachers, students, and others into a world that values pedestrian plazas over parking lots and train tracks over highways. 
...Cars were then, and this is now.  Welcome to the future.
Join us following the film for a panel discussion on the future of alternative transportation and public open spaces in Seattle!
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!

For more information on the film, go to www.streetfilms.org.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Moving Beyond the Automobile

Greenway Sharrow
     

Friday, October 21, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "URBAN ROOTS" (93 min, Mark MacInnis, 2011)
WITH THE FOOD JUSTICE GROUP, C.R.A.V.E. - AS PART OF FOOD JUSTICE AWARENESS WEEK
www.craveseattle.blogspot.com
Produced by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid. Directed by Detroit Native Mark MacInnis.
“URBAN ROOTS is an inspiring film about the emergence of urban farming in Detroit; it shows what’s possible after the collapse of the industrial era and how we begin building a sustainable future for all.” - Leonardo DiCaprio.
"URBAN ROOTS is a very uplifting documentary about a much needed 'thinking outside the box' approach to helping save our city of Detroit. It shines a light on a grassroots movement that is helping to solve several major problems in our city––literally, from the ground up” - Kid Rock
“I was blown away by this film!” - Thom Hartmann
This film is produced by TREE MEDIA.  Mission Statement: Stories have the power to change the world: they shape our thinking, drive culture, and create our lives. Tree Media is a production company with a mission to use stories and media to help encourage an open society based on wisdom and informed, positive action.
This Friday’s film is brought to you in collaboration Seattle's own local food justice group C.R.A.V.E. - Cultivating Radical Activism, Vitality, & Education.  C.R.A.V.E. is a grassroots food justice movement, growing youth leadership with critical analysis, creative art, and direct action in South Seattle.  This screening is part of the organizing done around the country as part of Food Justice Awareness Week. Find out more on C.R.A.V.E.'s blogspot: www.craveseattle.blogspot.com.
Join us for a facilitated discussion following the film.
*Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
*For more information on the film, go to HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Urban Roots
     

Friday, October 14, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (note early start time)
(Short Films at 6:30PM; Main Feature Starts at 7)
FILM: "SWEET CRUDE" (93 min, Sandi Cioffi, 2009)
Transition Friday! An evening focused on positive solutions at a local level! ...Every 2nd Friday of the month.
WITH:
- THE FILMMAKER, SANDY CIOFFI
- LEO BRODIE WITH TRANSITION SEATTLE
- CATHY TUTTLE WITH SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD
...AND OTHERS

*6:30 PM: Topical Short Films;
*7:00 PM: Main Feature Begins;
*Community Discussion Follows the Film

Sweet Crude (93 min, Sandy Cioffi, 2009) is the story of Nigeria’s Niger Delta – the human and environmental consequences of 50 years of oil extraction and the members of a new insurgency who, in the three years after the filmmakers met them as college students, became the young men of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). Set against a stunning backdrop of Niger Delta footage, the film shows the humanity behind the statistics and sensationalized media portrayal of the region, gives voice to a complex mix of stakeholders and invites the audience to learn the deeper story.
The issues are local and human, yet they have far-reaching political, environmental and economic implications. It’s a powder-keg situation that affects the daily lives and futures of the people who live there. Left unchecked, its consequences will be felt around the globe. Yet barely anyone outside the Delta knows what’s really happening.
Following the film, please join us in a Community Discussion with filmmaker Sandy Cioffi, along with Transition Seattle, Sustainable Wallingford and others on oil, consumption and the resulting global and local impacts.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
For more information on the film, go to: www.sweetcrudemovie.com
For more information on the Transition Movement, please go to www.transitionseattle.com. For more information on Sustainable Wallingford and what’s happening locally, please go to http://greenwallingford.ning.com/.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

POST-NOTE: For those of you who attended this with filmmaker Sandy Chioffi, you understand the value of maintaining such an incredible resource as the Film & Video Program at Seattle Central Community College where Sandy teaches, and understand that independent media is a cornerstone of any democracy.
This program is being cut from SCCC due to funding. Below is the contact information for our Board of Trustees members, as well as the President of SCCC and the Chancellor of the district. Please contact them. Thank you.

Jorge Carrasco,  Trustee, Seattle Community Colleges jorge.carrasco@seattle.gov
Gayatri Eassey,  Trustee, Seattle Community Colleges easseyg@seattleu.edu
Tom Malone,  Trustee, Seattle Community Colleges tmalone@malonelegal.com Constance Rice,  Trustee, Seattle Community Colleges, 206.282.7300 [Casey Family Foundation]
Albert Shen,   Trustee, Seattle Community Colleges
info@shenconsultinginc.com
Jill Wakefield,  Chancellor, Seattle Community Colleges jwakefield@sccd.ctc.edu
Paul Kilpatrick,  President, Seattle Central Community College  pkillpatrick@sccd.ctc.edu

 
Sweet Crude
Sustainable Wallingford
Transition Seattle
     

Friday, October 7, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “FORKS OVER KNIVES”
(90 min, Lee Fulkerson, 2011)
With:
-MARY PURDY, MS, Registered Dietitian, and Immediate Past-President of Greater Seattle Dietetics Association
www.NourishingBalance.com,
-CINDY SORENSEN, Registered Dietitian, and Public
Relations Co-Chair of Greater Seattle Dietetics Association
www.EatRightSeattle.org
-MICHELLE BABB, MS, Registered Dietitian specializing in mind-body nutrition, weight loss and food allergies.
-KATIE McKENNA, Certified Nutritionist and Mental Health Counselor
...AND OTHERS!

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.
Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
Join us after the film for a panel and in-depth discussion with Mary Purdy, Cindy Sorensen, Michelle Babb, Katie McKenna and GSDA.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
For more information on the film, go to: www.forksoverknives.com
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives
     
Friday, September 30, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “MOTHER: CARING FOR 7 BILLION”
(54 min, Christophe Fauchere, 2011)
WITH REBECCA HARRINGTON, NATIONAL FIELD COORDINATOR FOR POPULATION CONNECTION
MOTHER, CARING FOR 7 BILLION, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth.
Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic- religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality.
The film illustrates both the over consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother, a child-rights activist and the last sibling of a large American family of twelve, as she discovers the thorny complexities of the population dilemma and highlights a different path to solve it.
MOTHER features world-renown experts and scientists including the CEO of BRAC, USA; Susan Davis; Aminata Toure, the Chief of Human Rights at the UNFPA; biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of “The Population Bomb”; economist Mathis Wackernagel, the creator of the ground-breaking Footprint Network; Malcolm Potts, a pioneer in human reproductive health and Riane Eisler, whose book “The Chalice and the Blade” has been published in 23 countries.
Join us for a facilitated discussion with Rebecca Harrington, National Field Coordinator for Population Connection. For more information on Population Connection, go to: www.popconnect.org
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion
     
Friday, September 23, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN”
(87 min, Abby Epstein, 2008)
Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business.
Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies.
The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal.
Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?
Join us for a facilitated discussion following the film.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
     
Friday, September 16, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: "THE FINLAND PHENOMENON: INSIDE THE WORLD’S MOST SURPRISING SCHOOL SYSTEM"
(62 min, Bob Compton, 2011)
Finland’s education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. The result of their research is captured in a new film, "THE FINLAND PHENOMENON".
In the film, Dr. Wagner guides the viewer through an inside look at the world’s finest secondary education system. A life-long educator and author of the best-selling book "The Global Achievement Gap," Dr. Wagner is uniquely qualified to explore and explain Finland’s success. From within classrooms and through interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and government officials, Dr. Wagner reveals the surprising factors accounting for Finland’s rank as the #1 education system in the world.
Join us for a facilitated discussion following the film.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out, Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
THE FINLAND PHENOMENON: INSIDE THE WORLD’S MOST SURPRISING SCHOOL SYSTEM
     

Friday, September 9, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (note early start)
(Short Films at 6:30PM; Main Feature Starts at 7)

FILM: “BAG IT" ... IS YOUR LIFE TOO PLASTIC?
(74 min, Suzan Beraza, 2010)
...and a selection of Short Films at 6:30!
Transition Friday! An evening focused on positive solutions at a local level! (Note Early Start Time)

GUESTS:
MICHAEL O'BRIEN, Seattle City Councilmember
DICK LILLY, with Seattle Public Utilities

DIANA CRANE, Director of Sustainability with PCC
TRUDY BIALIC, Director of Public Affairs with PCC
JILL MACINTYRE WITT, with Bag It Bellingham
HEATHER TRIM, with Zero Waste Seattle
LEO BRODIE, with Transition Seattle
CATHY TUTTLE, with Sustainable Wallingford

BAG
IT is a film that examines our society's use and abuse of plastic.
The film focuses on plastic as it relates to our society's "throw away" mentality, our culture of convenience, our over consumption of unnecessary, disposable products and packaging -- things that we use one time and then, without another thought, throw them away. Where is away?  Away is over-flowing landfills, clogged rivers, islands of trash in our oceans, and even our very own toxic bodies.
The main character in the film travels the globe on a fact-finding mission -- not realizing that after his simple resolution, plastic will never look the same way again.

Join us following the film for a community conversation with our guests.
Learn how you can get involved in the citywide/statewide movement to ban disposable plastic bags. For additional information, go to www.environmentwashington.org.
Download the flyer for the film HERE. Help us get the word out. Thanks!

For more information on the Transition Movement, please go to www.transitionseattle.com. For more information on Sustainable Wallingford and what’s happening locally, please go to http://greenwallingford.ning.com/.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

Bag It

Sustainable Wallingford
Transition Seattle

Bag It - Albatross on Beach

     

Friday, September 2, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “A SEA CHANGE” ...Imagine a world without fish
Also the Short Film:
"SALISH SEA LIFE ON THE ROCKS" by Mike Meagher.
With JASON MILLER, Fishery Biologist with the Conservation Biology Division of NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

(83 min, Barbara Ettinger, 2009) It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. He discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.
Join us following the film for a community conversation with Jason Miller with NOAA.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out, Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
A Sea Change
Puget Sound Anemone
     
Friday, AUGUST 5th THRU AUGUST 26th, 2011
NO FILMS

...
WE'RE OFF FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST FOR A LITTLE ORGANIZATIONAL RECUPERATION TIME.
PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN ON SEPT 2nd FOR A NEW SEASON OF GREAT MEANINGFUL MOVIES!

Thanks for all your support, Seattle!! Have a great summer! We''ll be back Setpember 3rd with a great new line up of films. Hope you can join us.
...SOCIAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY FILMS & COMMUNITY DISCUSSION, ...EVERY FRIDAY EVENING (except for the month of August )
(Events are FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
Logo
     
Friday, July 22, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
"BANANAS*!" (87 min, Fredrik Gertten, 2011)
...THE FILM DOLE FOOD COMPANY DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE!
WITH CALUDIA NAVAS AND COLETTE COSNER FROM WITNESS FOR PEACE, and CAMERON HERRINGTON OF SEATTLE CISPES.
BANANAS!* is a suspenseful, layer-peeling, court room drama chronicle contextualized within the global politics of food and First vs. Third world dynamics. It focuses on a slippery fact trail and a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation and its alleged usage of a deadly banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers. Theirs is a bellwether case: The first of thousands of cases awaiting trial in Nicaragua and the first legal case where foreign farm workers were allowed to testify against an American multinational corporation before a full jury on U.S. soil. At stake are the futures of generations of workers, their families as well as the culture of global, multinational business. 
Download the flyer HERE.
Claudia Navas from Witness For Peace will talk about the Dole Case from WFP’s experience on the ground in Nicaragua, and
Cameron Herrington from CISPES will talk generally about the impacts of CAFTA on Central America in terms of investors’ rights.
Followed by Facilitated Community Discussion.
Also, WFP will be bringing special Nicaraguan tamales for sale!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
BANANAS*!
     

Friday, July 29, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
(Previiously Scheduled for July 15th)
Film:
"BENEATH THE SALISH SEA"
An underwater odyssey through Puget Sound
(48 min, Florian Graner, 2011)
WITH THE FILMMAKER, FLORIAN GRANER
In BENEATH THE SALISH SEA, filmed entirely in high definition, Florian Graner, marine biologist and acclaimed wildlife cinematographer, takes viewers on an underwater adventure that begins right off the boardwalk in Seattle. You will be stunned to find out what lives under the surface around Seattle, our beautiful islands, and further in the Salish Sea. You will see curious seals, cunning giant octopuses, six-gill sharks, killer whales, ancient rat fish and much more filmed exclusively in this area. Your chance to view amazing sealife which is becoming increasingly imperiled by the decline in their ecosystem.   
Please join us following this extaordinary film for a conversation with the filmmaker, Florian Graner.
Download the flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Secrets In the Sound
Harbor Seal
Secrets In the Sound - Ratfish
     

Friday, July 15, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM**
Film: “WHITE LIGHT / BLACK RAIN: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”
(86 min, Steven Okazaki, 2007)  In commemoration of Hiroshima Day, this coming Saturday.  On August 6, 1945, the world was changed forever when American forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, another similar bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, and shortly afterward Japan surrendered to the United States. While Japan would rebuild itself as an international economic power, the nation’s psyche still carries the scars of those fateful days in 1945, and award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki examines the lingering impact of the first two uses of nuclear weapons.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

**Please note: "Beneath the Salish Sea" ("Secrets In the Sound") has been rescheduled for July 29th.

 
White Light / Black Rain
     

Friday, July 8, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Film at 7PM)
Film:
"1 GIANT LEAP"
World Music, Spoken Word, and Global Community
(87 min, Duncan Bridgeman & Jamie Catto, 2002)
TRANSITION FRIDAY! (NOTE EARLY START TIME)
An Evening Focused On Positive Solutions at a Local Level! ...With:
Jun Akutsu with Indira's Rainbow
Karen Stocker, counsellor, singer, artist, & storyteller with One Sky Wellness
Cathy Tuttle with Sustainable Wallingford, and
Leo Brodie with Transition Seattle

1 GIANT LEAP is a collection of music, philosophy, imagery, story-telling and spoken word from around the world, fused brilliantly to reveal the essence of creative thinking and human nature.  It invites us to participate in the marvelous possibility of a positive world where the things that we share far outweigh the things that separate us. This amazing film features the works of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Dennis Hopper, Ram Dass, Michael Franti, Tim Robbins, Brian Eno, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Neneh Cherry and more.
Join us following the film where we will discuss individual and group change processes within Sustainable Communities. ...If we work to make our local systems for food, energy, transport and shelter sustainable and healthy, are there inner transformations that need to go with this?
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
1 Giant Leap

1 Giant Leap

1 Giamt Leap
     
Friday, July 1, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE”
(96 min, Kenneth Bowser, 2010)
Much like his contemporaries Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Phil Ochs is emblematic of America in the 60s. More than just a folk singer, Ochs helped to infuse popular music with a political perspective, rallying the like-minded and challenging the status quo. a vivid and compelling portrait of an icon of the 60s whose life was cut tragically short.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
     

Friday, June 24, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE" (85 min, Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler & Jesse Moss, 2009) 
The man who had marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., and who had defended the Chicago 8 anti-war protestors, Native American activists at Wounded Knee and prisoners caught up in the Attica prison rebellion was now seen kissing the cheek of a Mafia client and defending an Islamic fundamentalist charged with assassinating a rabbi, terrorists accused of bombing the World Trade Center and a teenager charged in a near-fatal gang rape.
In this intimate biography, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler seek to recover the real story of what made their late father one of the most beloved, and hated, lawyers in America.
WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE is a co-production of Disturbing the Universe LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in collaboration with the award-winning series POV (www.pbs.org/pov)

Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
Join us following the film for a facilitates discussion.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
     
Friday, June 17, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILM: “THE LORD IS NOT ON TRIAL HERE TODAY" - THE STORY OF HOW SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BEGAN IN AMERICA (57 min, Jay Rosenstein, 2011)
We will be joined by Dave Miller from Americans United, Seattle.
THE LORD IS NOT ON TRIAL HERE TODAY is a Peabody Award-winning documentary that tells the compelling personal story behind one of the most important and landmark First Amendment cases in U.S. Supreme Court history, the case that set the foundation for the separation of church and state in public schools. The film recounts what Vasti McCollum later described as "three years of headlines, headaches, and hatred," but which eventually led to a decision that still resonates in the church-state conflicts of today, 60 years after the original decision in the landmark First Amendment case McCollum vs. Board of Education.

Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
Join us following the film for a facilitates discussion.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today
     

Friday, June 10, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
TRANSITION FRIDAY! (NOTE EARLY START TIME)
An Evening Focused On Positive Solutions at a Local Level!
FILM: “VANISHING OF THE BEES”

...Plus a selection of Short Films beginning at 6:30
Please join us for this great film, followed by a community discussion with:
Dr. Evan Sugden PhD, Entomologist, UW Lecturer, Beekeeper and Consultant
Corky Luster - Ballard Bee Company
Jordan Schwartz - Hive-Mind Bee Blog and the Wallyhood Blog
Leo Brodie - Transition Seattle

“VANISHING OF THE BEES” (90 min, George Langworthy & Maryam Henein, 2009) takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee.
The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives. Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message - but will we listen?
Please download the flyer and help us get the word out HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

Vanishing of the Bees

Vanishing of the Bees

     
Special Event!
Saturday, June 4, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM

AN EVENING WITH NICOLE FOSS: “A CENTURY OF CHALLENGES – PART 2” ...The Interlocking Crises: Energy & Finance
At the Greenwood Senior Center 
525 N 85th St.,  Seattle, WA,  98103

This is an in-person follow up and expansion to the Nicole Foss film shown at Meaningful Movies in early May.
Nicole Foss will provide a comprehensive analysis of energy, finance and the interaction between the two from a big picture perspective.
Foss contends that among many interlocking crises, it is primarily finance that will be the key driver of contraction for the next several years. As in the 1930’s, the lack of money will be at the heart of an economic seizure that we must all navigate our way through. This will postpone the energy crisis that has been looming for some time, but at the cost of making it worse in the future.
Foss offers a roadmap for what is coming and why, and what we can do individually and together in the face of this most significant of predicaments.
She is an international energy and finance expert, and co-editor of www.theautomaticearth.blogspot.com blog.  Formerly, she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies who specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level, and is former editor of The Oil Drum - Canada. Ms Foss is an internationally known speaker on the subject of Peak Oil and the collapse of the global financial system.
More information on this event:
http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com/events/nicole-foss-a-century-of
Download the flyer HERE. Thanks!
Tickets are $5.00-$10.00 - available at the door.
 
nicole Foss - June 4th
     
Friday, June 3, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
FILMS: “FIRST STEPS, AN INTERNATIONAL
RESPONSE TO THE LAND MINE CRISIS”

and
“THE HALO TRUST, TWENTY YEARS OF
HUMANITARIAN MINE CLEARANCE 1988-2008”

With Special Guests: Deborah Netland, formerly with The State Dept, and Andrew Lyons with The Halo Trust
We’ve watched many documentaries about weapons causing destruction, now let’s have an evening watching weapons be destroyed.
This evening we will be joined by two guests: Deborah Netland, former Program Manager for global humanitarian de-mining, small arms and light-weapons destruction for the US Department of State.  Deborah is currently on the board of directors of the Halo Trust NGO. We will also be joined by Andrew Lyons.  Andrew is the Vice President of the Halo Trust USA, and runs Halo’s U.S. headquarters in Washington DC.
HALO TRUST is a not-for-profit corporation organized for the removal of the debris of war. More information is available at: http://www.halotrust.org/.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Halo Trust

Halo Trust
     

Friday, May 27, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THIS LAND IS OUR LAND - THE FIGHT TO RECLAIM THE COMMONS”
(46 min, Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally, 2010)
WITH CRAIG SALINS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WASHINGTON PUBLIC CAMPAIGNS
Plus the Short animated Film:
"THEN STORY OF CITIZENS UNITED V. FEC"

(By Annie Leonard, 8 min, 2011)
For more than three decades, transnational corporations have been busy buying up what used to be known as the commons -- everything from our forests and our oceans to our broadcast airwaves and our most important intellectual and cultural works. In This Land is Our Land, acclaimed author David Bollier, a leading figure in the global movement to reclaim the commons, bucks the rising tide of anti-government extremism and free market ideology to show how commercial interests are undermining our collective interests. Placing the commons squarely within the American tradition of community engagement and the free exchange of ideas and information, Bollier shows how a bold new international movement steeped in democratic principles is trying to reclaim our common wealth by modeling practical alternatives to the restrictive monopoly powers of corporate elites.
Please join us for a facilitated discussion following the film!
For more information on the Washington Public Campaigns, go to: www.washclean.org

Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out, Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
this Land Is Our Land
     

Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “ON THE EDGE”
(60 min, Diane Nilan and Laura Vazquez, 2011)
...FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH:
DIANE NILAN - THE FILM’S PRODUCER
POLLY TROUT - FOUNDER OF SEATTLE EDUCATION ACCESS
TIM HARRIS - THE FOUNDER OF REAL CHANGE HOMELESS EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

BRITTNEY FERARA - EDUCATION ADVOCATE AT SEATTLE EDUCATION ACCESS
Think you know homelessness?  Think again…   Far beyond urban street corners where often-scorned and neglected homeless men and women shuffle, invisible families and teens struggle to survive homelessness and destitution. They stay in a variety of locales, in communities of all sizes and economic compositions. For numerous reasons, this sub-population of homeless denizens have been mostly ignored, and now estimates of their numbers exceeds 2 million, with some experts believing that invisible homeless families could number close to 10 million.
ON THE EDGE, featuring 7 women who lost their housing for a variety of reasons, gives a painfully intimate look at the entwined connection between poverty, housing issues, social problems, addictions, family crises, and gender-related injustices. These compelling and forthcoming experts on homelessness shine a bright, unmitigated light on systemic and personal causes of their struggles, illuminating what has been a dark corner of social inaction and concern.
For more information on Seattle Education Access, go to:
http://www.seattleeducationaccess.org/
for more information on Real Change, go to: http://www.realchangenews.org/

Download the flyer here: Color or B&W. Help us get the word out, Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
On the Edge
     

Friday, May 13, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Film at 7:00 PM)
Film:
STONELEIGH’S
“A CENTURY OF CHALLENGES”
(Nicole Foss, 2011)
TRANSITION FRIDAY! (NOTE EARLY START TIME)
An Evening Focused On Positive Solutions at a Local Level!

A CENTURY OF CHALLENGES is Nicole Foss’ comprehensive analysis of energy, finance and the interaction between the two from a big picture perspective. Her current writings warn us that, like the September 2008 crisis that “came within hours of the global banking system seizing up, the brewing financial storm she predicts may come very quickly and will result in rapid deflation. Successfully dealing with deflation, she says, will make it possible to meet the twin challenges that will follow – peak oil and climate change.
Foss (AKA Stoneleigh) offers a roadmap for what is coming and why, and also what people can do individually and together in the face of this most significant of predicaments. She is an international energy and finance expert, and the co-editor of The Automatic Earth blog. Formerly, she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies who specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level.
Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion with Transition Seattle, Sustainable Wallingford, and others.
Download the flyer here: Color or B&W. Help us get the word out, Thanks!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Nicole Foss will be coming to Seattle on the evening of June 4th at the Greenwood Senior Center for a presentation that will build further on the information presented in this film.
She will also be offering a workshop intensive on Sunday, June 5th at a location to be determined .

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
A Century of Challenges - Nicole Foss
     
Friday, May 6, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “RETURNING FIRE - INTERVENTIONS IN VIDEO GAME CULTURE”(44 Minutes, Roger Stahl, 2011)
For this Fridays film, RETURNING FIRE, INTERVENTIONS IN VIDEO GAME CULTURE, we’ll focus on the intervention part, looking at creative responses to societal and world problems. We also have a few good shorts to go along with this evening on the topic of creative response.  Hope you can join us and bring friends that you know who would be interested!
Video games like Modern Warfare, America's Army, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield are part of an exploding market of war games whose revenues now far outpace even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The sophistication of these games is undeniable, offering users a stunningly realistic experience of ground combat and a glimpse into the increasingly virtual world of long-distance, push-button warfare. Far less clear, though, is what these games are doing to users, our political culture, and our capacity to empathize with people directly affected by the actual trauma of war. For the culture-jamming activists featured in this film, these uncertainties were a call to action. In three separate vignettes, we see how Anne-Marie Schleiner, Wafaa Bilal, and Joseph Delappe moved dissent from the streets to our screens, infiltrating war games in an attempt to break the hypnotic spell of "militainment." Their work forces all of us -- gamers and non-gamers alike -- to think critically about what it means when the clinical tools of real-world killing become forms of consumer play.
Download the flyer here: COLOR or B&W - Please help us get the word out.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
RETURNING FIRE - INTERVENTIONS IN VIDEO GAME CULTURE
     

Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:“REEL INJUN - ON THE TRAIL OF THE HOLLYWOOD INDIAN” (85 min, Neil Diamond & Catherine Bainbridge, 2009) 
Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world. Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema.
Traveling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.
With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, including Stagecoach, Little Big Man, The Outlaw Josey Wales, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Atanarjuat the Fast Runner, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
REEL INJUN - ON THE TRAIL OF THE HOLLYWOOD INDIAN
     

Friday, April 22, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "COUNTDOWN TO ZERO" (91 min, Lucy Walker, 2010)
This film traces the history of
the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. The film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal today. Download the flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Countdown To Zero
     
Friday, April 15, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "GASLAND" (107 min, Josh Fox, 2010)
The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.
Download the flyer here: COLOR or B&W
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Gasland
     

Friday  April 8, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Film at 7PM)
TRANSITION FRIDAY! (NOTE EARLY START TIME)
An Evening Focused On Positive Solutions at a Local Level!
TOPIC: LOCAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Film: "CASCADIA: THE HIDDEN FIRE"
(60 min, Michael Lienau and Lisa Knorr, 2004)
Join us following the film in a Community Discussion With: MARK HOWARD (Seattle Office of Emergency Management), MARY HEIM (North-End Communication Hubs), Transition Seattle, Sustainable Wallingford,
...and Others.

In light of the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, we’ll be examining our own risks here in Seattle, and analyzing what went wrong and right in the responses to these two recent disasters. The film is an extraordinary presentation on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the same threat that Japan experienced.
“CASCADIA: THE HIDDEN FIRE ” is the riveting story of scientists and ordinary people caught in extraordinary seismic events and discoveries around the globe. It explains the dynamic geology of our Cascadia Region and how and why earthquakes and other seismic-related events occur. The film provides an education on the current earthquake risk and why it is important for residents here to consider natural hazards such as earthquakes. And what these seismic detectives are learning about Cascadia will ultimately benefit the two billion people that live in super-quake prone areas along the Pacific Rim known as the Ring of Fire.
Followed by a Facilitated Discussion, with Transition Seattle, Sustainable Wallingford and Others.
Download the flyer here: COLOR or B&W
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

ALSO, there is a COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS SUMMIT  (8:30AM Orientation for those not familiar with Emergency Communications Hubs) on Saturday morning, April 9th, 9-Noon at the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 105 5th Ave S. (Corner of 5th Ave S. and S. Washington).
April is Disaster Preparedness month in Washington and with the major earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand and in Japan; we are going to discuss the levels of the Preparedness Pyramid. We will discuss why preparing at each level is critical, including any lessons we may have learned so far from the two earthquakes; how the SNAP program works; how to get involved with SNAP and the progress that has been made with the Community Level, Emergency Communications Hubs.

 
Cascadia Fault Map

Cascadia Graph

Transition Seattle

Sustainable Wallingford

SNAP Preparedness Pyramid

     

Friday  April 1, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “RETURN TO EL SALVADOR ”

(68 min, Jamie Moffett, 2010)
With:
*A SHORT FILM ON GUATEMALA
- produced by the Social Justice Travel Program at NOVA High School, here in Seattle
.
*THE RAGING GRANNIES! , and
*REPRESENTATIVES FROM C.I.S.P.E.S. (The Committee In Solidarity With The People of El Salvador)
"RETURN TO EL SALVADOR
", narrated by Martin Sheen, explores the reconstruction of El Salvador, post-civil war. The 12-year conflict (from 1980 to 1992) killed over 75,000 people and displaced nearly one-fifth of the population. The fighting, which took place between the Salvadoran Army and the leftist guerrilla organization, the FMLN, resulted in a staggering number of civilian deaths as the Salvadoran Army bombed and raided villages thought to be sympathetic to the FMLN. Many of these Salvadoran Army soldiers were trained and supported by the United States military at its School of the Americas (now known as WHINSEC), located in Ft. Benning, Georgia.
"RETURN TO EL SALVADOR" brings the struggles of this beleaguered country back into view and examines what drives over 700 Salvadorans to flee their homeland each day, often risking their lives to illegally enter countries in search of a better life for their families. It represents the power and audacity of solidarity, and challenges North Americans to question the global impact of their government on struggling nations.

Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion with the NOVA Social Justice Travel Program, CISPES, and The Raging Grannies!
For additional info on the NOVA Program: jbsswaja@seattleschools.net or 206-523-3278
For additional information on CISPES: http://seattlecispes.org/lang/en-us/
Download the flyer here: COLOR or B&W
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Return To El Salvador

Return To El Salvador
     

Friday, March 25, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA – DANIEL ELLSBERG”  
(92 min, Judith Ehrlich & Rick Goldsmith, 2009)
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg and a who’s-who of Vietnam-era movers and shakers give a riveting account of those world-changing events. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning series POV (www.pbs.org/pov).

Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
“THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA – DANIEL ELLSBERG”
     

Friday  March 18, 2011, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “TAPPED”

(76 min, Stephanie Soechtig & Jason Lindsey, 2009)
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right?
...Or an article of commerce?

WITH STOKELY TOWELS, and a short piece from his performance work on bottled water: "WATERLINES"
"TAPPED" examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, economy, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. From the production of plastic, to the ocean in which so many bottles wind up, this film follows the path of the bottled water industry into the communities that are caught at the intersection of big business and the public right to water. "TAPPED" is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.
Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE. Pelase help us get the word out!
More information on the work of Stokely Towels, go to: www.stokleytowles.com
To learn how you can help, go to: Water 1st International.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Tapped
     

Friday, March 11, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “SOUTH OF THE BORDER” (78 min, Oliver Stone, 2009) With FATHER ROY BOURGEOIS, FOUNDER OF THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH;
Also with KATE SPELTZ, Director of SOAW - Puget Sound

There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner  (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nėstor Kirchner,  Fernando Lugo  (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro  (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.
Father Bourgeois has traveled extensively in South America, meeting with leaders and convincing many of them to withdraw support of the US School of the Americas (now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation).  
Please join us following the film for a community discussion with Father Roy Bourgeois and members of SOAW - PUGET SOUND.   
Download flyers here: COLOR or B&W
For more information on Schol of Americas Watch, go to: www.soaw.org
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

Father Bourgeois will also be speaking on Thursday, March 10th at 7PM at Wallingford United Methodist Church, 2115 N 42nd St. Seattle
"FATHER ROY BOURGEOIS: CONFRONTING MILITARISM IN THE AMERICAS: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY".
For more information this event, go HERE or contact: sgregmare@aol.com; 206 / 632-1523

 
South of the Border

Scholl of Assassins
     

Friday, March 4th, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Film at 7PM)
TRANSITION FRIDAY! (NOTE EARLY START TIME)
"TRANSITION TOWNS REVISITED"
A Collection of Films and a Panel Discussion
…Celebrating a year of Transition Fridays
On this one-year anniversary of Transition Fridays at Meaningful Movies, we’re inviting groups working with the transition initiative from around the Puget Sound area and elsewhere to come share their process, what they value most, and what they see for the future.
W e'll come full circle to review what the Transition Movement is all about, and what actual Transition Initiatives look like throughout  the region, the country, and the world. 
More importantly, we'll begin to imagine what Transition would look like at the scale of our own city, Seattle.
Join us for an evening focused on positive solutions at a local level with Transition Seattle, Sustainable Wallingford and Many Others. 

Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Transition Seattle
Transition Towns Revisited
Sustainable Wallingford

     

Friday, February 25, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “WikiLeaks: THE DOCUMENTARY” (57 min, Björn Granberg/SVT Play, 2010)
With ATTORNEY STEVEN REISLER, Residing President Of The Seattle Chapter Of The National Lawyers Guild, joining us in a facilitated discusion following the film.
Swedish Televisions SVT documentary on Wikileaks and the net activist Julian Assange which tries to get under the surface of the organization, understand the driving forces and the ideology behind the tremendous impact that Wikileaks has made the past year.  “Even people within Wikileaks have wondered why SVT got this access when other media hardly managed to reach them by telephone. I think one reason for that may be that we where one of the few producers that was genuinely interested in what they were actually trying to accomplish.” - Bosse Lindqvist and Jesper Huor (SVT).
Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
WikiLeaks: The Documentary
     

Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE COCA COLA CASE”
(86 min, Carmen Garcia, German Gutierrez , 2009) 

…The truth that refreshes
Coca-Cola may be one of the most visible brands in the world, but there's one part of their operations they don't want you to see. A documentary film about Coca-Cola and labor rights in Latin America.
Colombia is the trade union murder capital of the world. Since 2002, more than 470 workers' leaders have been brutally killed, usually by paramilitaries hired by private companies intent on crushing the unions. Among these unscrupulous corporate brands is the poster boy for American business: Coca-Cola.
U.S. lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth, as well as activist Ray Rogers, stepped in and launched an ambitious crusade against the behemoth Coca-Cola. In an incredible three-year saga, filmmakers German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia follow these heroes in a legal game of cat and mouse. From Bogota to New York, Guatemala to Atlanta, Washington to Canada, The Coca-Cola Case maintains the suspense of a hard-fought struggle.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
Join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Coca cola Case
     

Friday, February 11, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Film at 7PM)
TRANSITION FRIDAY!
(NOTE EARLY START TIME)
An Evening Focused On Positive Solutions at a Local Level!

AND MEANINGFUL MOVIES’ 8th ANNIVERSARY!
Film: "THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS"
(58 min, Helena Norberg-Hodge, 2010)
WITH:
VICKI ROBIN, Author of "Your Money or Your Life"
RICHARD CONLIN, Seattle City Council President
LEO BRODIE, With Transition Seattle,
CATHY TUTTLE, With Sustainable Wallingford,
and others.
Please join us for this newly released documentary film by the International Society for Ecology & Culture (ISEC) about the worldwide movement for economic localization.
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

FOLLOWED BY A FACILITATED DISCUSSION WITH VICKI ROBIN , RICHARD CONLIN, TRANSITION SEATTLE, SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD, AND OTHERS.
And Join Us For Our 8th Anniversary Celebration!
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Economics of Happiness-

Economics of Happiness

Economics of Happiness
     
Friday, February 4, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE END OF POVERTY?”
(104 min, Philippe Diaz, 2009)
BRING YOUR NEIGHBOR NIGHT! ...some films just need to be seen; Some issues just need to be discussed!
THE END OF POVERTY? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.
THE END OF POVERTY? asks why today 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate?  This timely documentary explains how today's financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. 
Bring your neighbors to join in following the film for a facilitated discussion.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
End of Poverty?
End Of Poverty?
     

Friday, January 28, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “WHAT'S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY?
(40 min, John de Graaf, 2010)

WITH FILMMAKER JOHN DE GRAAF
AND
LAURA MUSIKANSKI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - SUSTAINABLE SEATTLE
Is the GDP is an adequate measure of society's well-being? Are there workable alternatives? And ...what's happiness got to do with it?
In this film produced by John de Graaf of AFFLUENZA fame and TAKE BACK YOUR TIME, ecological economist Dave Batker presents a humorous, edgy, factual, timely and highly-visual monologue about the American economy today, challenging the ways we measure economic success--especially the Gross Domestic Product--and offering an answer to the question: What's the Economy for, Anyway?
Using Gifford Pinchot's idea that the economy's purpose is "the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run," Batker compares the performance of the U.S. economy with that of other industrial countries in terms of providing a high quality of life, fairness and ecological sustainability, concluding that when you do the numbers, we come out near the bottom in nearly every category.
Batker shines a humorous light on such economic buzzwords as "productivity," and "consumer sovereignty," while offering ideas for "capitalism with a human face," a new economic paradigm that meets the real needs of people and the planet.

Join us following the film for a community discussion with Filmmaker John de Graaf and Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of Sustainable Seattle,
about a meaningful framing of our economy, and a presentation on the recently released Happiness Survey from the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative!
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted). 

(The film. "WikiLeaks: The Documentary", originally announced, will hopefully be shown when screening rights are obtained at a later date.)

 
What's the Economy For, Anyway?

Seattle Area Happiness Initiative
     

Friday, January 21, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “WHICH WAY HOME”
(83 min, Rebecca Cammisa, 2010)
FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE COMPLEX ISSUES OF IMMIGRATION
The Film:

As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States.
We are pleased to partner with Exiled Voices for Justice (www.exiledvoicesforjustice.org) and Lutheran Community  Services, Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program (www.refugeechildren.net) to screen this 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary film, which chronicles the journeys undertaken by unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America and Mexico who risk everything to flee their native land, desperate to secure a brighter future in the United States.  
Director Rebecca Cammisa tracks the stories of Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota. Theirs are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.
The Panel:
REBEKAH FLETCHER:
Children’s Attorney with Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ)
www.abanet.org/publicserv/immigration/vaij.shtml
SIERRA ROWE:
Social Worker with the Refugee & Immigrant Children’s Program at Lutheran Community Services NW 
www.refugeechildren.net
DEANN ADAMS:
Program Manager of Friends of Youth’s El Puente program,
www.friendsofyouth.org/  and,
ROGER VILLALOBOS: Whose journey to the U.S. resembled those of the children in the film;
MODERATED BY JORGE BARON: Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)
http://www.nwirp.org/
Following the screening/discussion:
An advocacy fair showcasing the initiatives of non-profits working on behalf of immigrants fleeing poverty, abuse, or persecution in Central America and Mexico will offer attendees a unique opportunity to learn more and find out how to get involved.     
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
To see the trailer, go to: www.whichwayhome.net
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted
).

 
Which Way home


Which Way home


Which Way home


Which Way home
     

Friday, January 14, 2011, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Film at 7PM)
TRANSITION FRIDAY!
(NOTE EARLY START TIME)
An Evening Focused On Positive Solutions at a Local Level!
Film:
“FIXING THE FUTURE”
(58min, Ellen Spiro/PBS-NOW, 2010)
Followed by a Facilitated Discussion, with:
CHRISTINA HANNA
- Director, Seattle Good Business Network
COLLEEN KURKE
- President, Wallingford Chamber of Commerce
BRIAN SURRATT
- Business Development Director, Seattle Office of Economic Development

LEO BRODIE
- Transition Seattle
CATHY TUTTLE
- Sustainable Wallingford Coordinator
AND OTHERS …

The economy does not have to be the way it is right now. If you didn't believe we were in trouble before the financial tornado hit in 2008, you probably do now, regardless of your political leanings. One response is to put a new coat of paint on the old economy, maybe even fumigate it. But who is trying something fresh, experimenting with ways the economy can better serve more people and be less prone to getting destructively out of whack?
FIXING THE FUTURE Interviews leading economists, David Korten and Jane D'Arista, as well as the US Editor of The Economist, Matthew Bishop, to find out how to go about fixing capitalism, rebuilding our economy and creating jobs.

Download the flyer HERE
A few Short Films and informal community discussion at 6:30 PM;
…Film starts at 7:00PM.

Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Fixing The Future
Fixing The Future

Transition Seattle

Sustainable Wallingford
     

Friday, January 7, 2011, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “NOT JUST A GAME”
(62 min, Jeremy Earp, 2010)
The Politics of Sports …and the Sports of Politics. We've been told again and again that sports and politics don't mix, that games are just games and athletes should just "shut up and play."  Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. He first traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, then excavates a largely forgotten history of rebel athletes who stood up to power and fought for social justice beyond the field of play.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Not Just A Game
     

Friday, December 17, 2010, 7-9:30 PM
Film: "JOYEUX NOEL" (116 min, Christian Carion, 2005)
In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, British and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence.
A great story of both peace and caution for the holiday season.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
     

Friday, December 10, 2010, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Film at 7PM)
TRANSITION FRIDAY!

An Evening Focused On Positive Solutions at a Local Level!
Topic: LOCAL WATER SECURITY
Film: "WATER ON THE TABLE"

(79 min, Liz Marshall, 2010)

Please Join Us Following the Film for a Panel and Community
Discussion on our local water security
with:

RAY HOFFMAN, Director of Seattle Public Utilities
REBECCA SAYRE, Friends of The Cedar River Watershed
GARETH GREEN, Assoc. Prof. of Economics at Seattle Univ.
NILOLA DAVIDSON, Earth Systems NW
LEO BRODIE, Transition Seattle
CATHY TUTTLE, Sustainable Wallingford
...and Others.

Is water a commercial good? Or is it a human right like air?
WATER ON THE TABLE is powerful new, character-driven, social-issue documentary that explores our relationship to our most precious natural resource.
The film intimately shadows Canada’s own water crusader Maude Barlow over the course of a year during her term as the UN Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the General Assembly. While still giving voice to the powerful interests that insist that water is just another resource to be bought and sold, it solidly and factually lays out the undeniable conclusion that what is at stake is our very future, and potable water must be included as a human right.
For more information on the film, go to: www.wateronthetable.com
Informational & Resource Sites:
Seattle Public Utilities: www.seattle.gov/util/
Friends of the Cedar River Watershed: www.cedarriver.org
Earth Systems NW: www.earthsystemsnw.com
Transition Seattle: www.transitionseattle.com
Sustainable Wallingford: www.greenwallingford.ning.com
The Washington Water Trust: www.washingtonwatertrust.org
Prior to the film (6:30), there will be an opportunity to visit
with our guests, and watch a film-short or two. Following the film, please join us for a facilitated discussion on our local water security.
Down load the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Water On the Table
Water On the Table
     
Friday, December 3, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE MEAN WORLD SYNDROME - Media Violence & the Cultivation of Fear” (51 min, Jeremy Earp, 2010)
A new film based on the late George Gerbner's groundbreaking analysis of media influence and media violence.  For years, debates have raged among scholars, politicians, and concerned parents about the effects of media violence on viewers. Too often these debates have descended into simplistic battles between those who claim that media messages directly cause violence and those who argue that activists exaggerate the impact of media exposure altogether. THE MEAN WORLD SYNDROME examines how media violence forms a heightened state of insecurity, exaggerated perceptions of risk and danger, and a fear-driven propensity for hard-line political solutions to social problems.
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
the Mean world Syndrom
     

Friday, November 26, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE HARRIMAN ALASKA EXPEDITION RETRACED” (110 min, Lawrence Hott, 2002)
Two scientific expeditions to Alaska, 100 years apart, give us an unparalleled view of environmental damage and the change in society's attitudes.
A century ago, railroad tycoon Edward H. Harriman decided to form of one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions the world had ever seen. He invited the top authorities in the country: geologists, botanists, foresters, ornithologists, paleontologists, zoologists, painters, photographers, writers to join him on a 9000-mile exploration of the coast of Alaska.  Over a century later, Thomas Litwin of Smith College organized an expedition to follow the path of the original one. Again, it was stocked with a constellation of scientific brilliance. THE HARRIMAN ALASKA EXPEDITION RETRACED presents a unique look at 100 years of change in Alaska, and in American attitudes towards the environment and indigenous peoples.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Harriman Expedition
the Harriman Expedition
     
Friday, November 19, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “WORKERS REPUBLIC” (To Be Confirmed)
(60 min, Andrew Friend, 2010)
WORKERS’ REPUBLIC chronicles one of the most important labor victories in recent memory.
Three weeks before Christmas 2008, in the depths of the economic crisis, Chicago company Republic Windows and Doors announced the factory's closure, with no pay for the workers', no severance and no insurance.  The response of these ordinary people harkened back to the sit-down strikes of the 1930s and reminded the working class it possesses a power long forgotten.
This is the story of how they occupied the factory, declaring they would not leave until they were given what their employer owed them, making headlines all over the world. A testimony to courage, the creativity, and the solidarity to stand up for one’s rights.  
Download the Flyer HERE
Please join us for a facilitated discussion following the film.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Workers Republic
     
Friday, November 12, 2010, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (...Film starts at 7)
Film: TRANSITION FRIDAY!

Film: “FOOD FIGHT” THE REVOLUTION NEVER TASTED SO GOOD!
(91 MIN, Chris Taylor, 2008)
Please join us following the film in a community
discussion on Local Food Security,
...with:

Councilmember Richard Conlin
Ron Harris-White with Seattle Parks
Leika Suzumura with PCC
Michael Seliga with Cascadian Edible Harvest
Leo Brodie with Transition Seattle
Cathy Tuttle with Sustainable Wallingford

“Chefs are social reformers in America right now” - Michael Pollen.
We can all share in this revolution. We have power through our food choices to put the culture back in American agriculture. We get three votes a day, and they don't all have to be perfect.  There is a great lie being sold to the American food consumer about the abundance and quality of food we have to choose from.  Our food system has been co-opted by corporate forces whose interests lie outside of public health and food sustainability. This is the story of how a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement has created a counter-revolution to bring back nutrition, taste and variety to our tables.  
Visit with our guests from 6:30 to 7. ...Film starts at 7.
Please join us for a facilitated discussion with our guests following the film.

Download our flyer HERE and help spread the word!  -Thanks!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Food Fight

Transition Seattle

Sustainable Wallingford
     

Friday, November 5, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE HOLLYWOOD LIBRARIAN: A LOOK AT LIBRARIANS THROUGH FILM" (96 MIN, Ann Seidl, 2007)
With LOCAL LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY UNION REPRESENTATIVES!

They have more cardholders than VISA, more customers than Amazon, and more outlets than McDonald's. Meet America's librarians. THE HOLLYWOOD LIBRARIAN is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject of librarians.
A vivid blend of factual documentary, feature film, and storytelling, it reveals the history and realities of librarianship in the entertaining and appealing context of American movies. Interviews with librarians, intercut with film clips of cinematic librarians, examine such issues as literature, books and reading, censorship, library funding, citizenship and democracy.
For the first time, we see and understand the real lives and real work of American librarians who for decades have been a cultural force hiding in plain sight.
- Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
Please Download our flyer HERE and help spread the word!  -Thanks!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Hollywood Librarian
     

Friday, October 29, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
THE MOVIE: “PEACE THROUGH MUSIC”
PLAYING FOR CHANGE !!

...a evening of great music!!

(83 min, Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls, 2008)
PEACE THROUGH MUSIC is a story of hope, struggle, perseverance and joy. Musicians from different cultures uniting together for the common purpose of peace through music, is a powerful statement.
The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in their minds, Directors Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls, along with the PLAYING FOR CHANGE team, carrying high-tech portable recording equipment, traveled the globe with a single minded passion: To connect the world through music. Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE! ...Please help us get the word out! -thanks!

The Playing For Change performance, "Stand By Me": HERE.
See the Movie Trailer: HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).


ALSO, the PLAYING FOR CHANGE 2010 BAND TOUR will be in Seattle on the following Wednesday, Nov 3rd, at 7:30PM, at the Moore Theater, 1932 Second Avenue, Seattle.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see this amazing collection of world-traveling musicians. For the past four years Playing For Change has traveled the world and created a family of over 100 musicians from all walks of life.  This Band Tour is the next chapter in their story. Come witness first-hand the transformational power of music and love. 
For more information on the Tour, the Band and the Project, go to: www.playingforchange.com. For concert tickets go to: www.stgpresents.org  

 
PEACE THROUGH MUSIC - Playing For Change
     

Friday, October 22, 2010, 6:45 to 9:30 PM - (NOTE EARLY START TIME)
Film: “THE GREATEST SILENCE:
RAPE IN THE CONGO"
(76 min, Lisa F. Jackson, 2008)
In honor of Congo Week (October 17-23). With A Special
Panel Discussion on the Current Situation In the Congo.
AND
a Preview Slideshow of the Internationally Touring Photo Exhibit: “CONGO/WOMEN”- Meet Our Guests at 6:30; Exhibit Slideshow Begins at 6:45; Film Begins at 7:00.
Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary and inspiration for a U.N. Resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war, “The Greatest Silence” opened the world’s eyes to the epidemic of rape in eastern Congo.
Featuring interviews with survivors, activists, peacekeepers, physicians, and – chillingly – soldiers who unabashedly admit to torturing women, this powerful film shattered the silence surrounding the use of rape as a weapon of war while inspiring viewers with examples of resistance, courage, and resilience.

Mineral-rich eastern Congo is considered the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman or a girl. Competition for control over mineral resources – including coltan, which is used to manufacture electronics – has attracted foreign militias and soldiers from the Congolese Army who use sexual violence to control villagers in mining areas.
Please join us following the screening: Panelists will discuss issues raised by the film and ways in which those issues are being addressed today:
Dick Anderson, Executive Director, HEAL Africa (www.healafrica.org);
Wemba-koy Okonda, President, OkoNGO (www.okongo.org); and
Erika Berg, Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program
(www.refugeechildren.net).
This event is co-hosted by Lutheran Community Services NW’s Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program.  For more info: www.exiledvoicesforjustice.org
Download Our Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
For more info on the film, click HERE
To learn more about Congo Week: www.congoweek.org

For more info on the Photo Exhibit: CONGO / WOMEN: www.congowomen.org
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
the Greatest Silence

The Greatest Silence

The Greatest Silence
     

Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
"SISTERS ON THE PLANET" - and Shorts from
"THE HARDEST HIT SERIES" CO-HOSTED BY OXFAM

...and with REPRESENTATIVES FROM
CONGRESSMAN JIM MCDERMOTT'S OFFICE.

A night with representatives of OXFAM (Oxford Famine Relief) featuring films and shorts on the effect of Climate Change on the Third World and the latest efforts in Aid Reform.  Joining us as well will be staff members from Representative Jim McDermott’s office. Representative McDermott will potentially be in attendance as well. Films will include: “SISTERS ON THE PLANET” - the stories of four women who have become community leaders working on adaptation projects in the wake of climate-related disasters and changing weather conditions. The "HARDEST HIT" series will also be featured: shorts on the effects of climate change on poor communities in Vietnam, Ethiopia, El Salvador, and Louisiana. The evening’s topic will also be expanded to include discussion of efforts to increase Aid Effectiveness.
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
For more information on OXFAM, go to: www.oxfam.org
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Sisters On the Planet
     

Friday, October 8, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
TRANSITION FRIDAY!
Film: “THE AGE OF STUPID - Why didn’t We save Ourselves When We Had the Chance?”

(92 min, Franny Armstrong, 2009) - And SEATTLE'S KICK OFF FOR 350.ORG 10/10/10 DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION!
Join us with:
SUSAN DAVIS, the founder of the TIPPING POINT NETWORK,
CATHY TUTTLE with 350.ORG & SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD,
and LEO BRODIE with TRANSITION SEATTLE
A film about the future we could face if we don't make changes, ...and quickly. This one is not for the fainthearted, because the combination of documentary and a fictionalized "future" as told by the narrator carries double the impact of a purely factual film. That said, the message is conveyed creatively and clearly. Pete Postelwaite is entirely believable as the weary archivist of the future, who is still in disbelief at the facts available to humanity in 2010- and how easy it was for even the most well-intentioned of us to ignore them at times.
SUSAN DAVIS is the founder of the Tipping Point Network, an informal network-of-networks founded in 2006 to catalyze a tipping point in sustainability sectors like organics, renewable energy, green building and integrative medicine. Using the “Key Initiator Network Strategy” she brought together innovators like Van Jones; Alisa Gravitz of Green America; Ray Anderson of Interface Carpet; Ocean Robbins of YES!; Marion Rockefeller Weber of the Flow Fund Circle & many others. Her new book is called A Trojan horse of Love, “the heartfelt story of how, over the last thirty years, 20 tiny groups of leaders have created a powerful new method of innovation to manifest sustainability based on love, trust and generosity.” She is a President of Capital Missions Company, an early pioneer of Socially Responsible Investing with ShoreBank, and a Harvard MBA. 
More information on the Film: http://www.ageofstupid.net/
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Age of Stupid

Age of Stupid

Transition Seattle

Sustainable Wallingford
     

Friday, October 1, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?”
Followed by a facilitated discussion with special guests!

(73 min, Pamela Tanner Boll & Nancy Kennedy, 2008)
Can women follow their artistic instincts and still function as wives and mothers?  WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?, is a riveting documentary by Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner Boll (Born Into Brothels). It features five bold women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time: parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art.
Through their lives Tanner Boll explores what it means to nurture children and family, and keep the creative fire burning within.
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion!
For more information on the film, please go to:
www.whodoesshethinksheis.net
Download the flyer here: COLOR or B&W ...Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Who Does She Think She Is?
     

Friday, September 24, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: RUN GRANNY RUN (76 min, Marlo Poras, 2007)
Doris “Granny D” Haddock was the nation's oldest political newcomer.  A former housewife and office assistant, Doris was happily retired for over twenty years – but when her husband died, she needed a reason to live.  So at the age of 90, she laced up her sneakers and walked across America to rally against the influence of big money in elections. 
Her epic journey galvanized popular attention to a political system gone awry, but for Doris the walk was just a warm up.  Still fed up with politics as usual, at age 94 she jumped at an unexpected chance to run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Judd Gregg (an intellectual sparring partner of George W. Bush).  With just four months until Election Day, this great-grandmother of sixteen faced a series of challenges that would be daunting for a candidate of any age.  Doris and her motley crew of political aces and amateurs work against all odds to craft a feisty campaign that personifies her democratic ideals of a government ...of, by and for the people.

Granny D recently died at the age of 100. Michael Lerman with Indiewire recently stated: "Run Granny Run...one of the most inspiring true stories of our time. In a sea of terribly constructed political documentaries...RUN GRANNY RUN is a breath of fresh air."
ALSO, a short teaser for the new film "Citizen Mayor" on the 2009 Seattle Mayor's Election selected for the Local Sightings Film Festival [LSFF] and will be shown at 7 PM on October 3, at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122; movie line: 206-829-7863). Download their flyer HERE.
More info on Run Granny Run: at: www.marloporas.com/pages/press.html
Download the flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Run Granny Run
     
Friday, September 17, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS”
...A DRAMATIC DOCUMENTARY MUSICAL
(89 min, John Kirby, 2007)
A dramatic, musical, documentary satire on class in America that attempts to answer the question 'Who rules America?'  THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS is one of the most unusual films to be made in America in recent years -- both in terms of form and content. The form is a "dramatic-documentary-musical-satire" and the content is our country's most taboo topic: Class, Power and Privilege in our nominally democratic republic.  We have to ask, along with host and screen writer Mr. Lewis Lapham: "To what end the genius of the Wall Street banks and the force of the Pentagon's colossal weapons? Where does America discover the wisdom to play with its wonderful toys?" Should they seek to rule the world, or to save it?
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
American Ruling Class
     

Friday, September 10, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
Chris Martenson’s “CRASH COURSE” Vol 1
(60 min, Chris Martenson, 2009)
The CRASH COURSE seeks to provide us with a baseline understanding of the economy so that we can better appreciate the risks that we all face.  It ties together the Three E's - Economy, Energy and the Environment to help us prepare for a future that will be drastically different from the past. While the topics woven together present some of the extremely serious challenges and risks that our economy and prosperity faces, the goal is to educate ourselves so that we can work to build resilience into our lives and community.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

INFO FROM SCREENING ON 9/10/10:
A few of the website resources discussed:
>>Chris Martenson's website: http://www.chrismartenson.com/
>>See Crash Corse in it's entirety online: http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse
>>The 45-min version of Crash Course: http://www.chrismartenson.com/page/crash-course-one-year-anniversary
>>Stoneleigh (Nicole Foss) at 2010 Transition Conference: http://sheffield.indymedia.org.uk/2010/06/453356.html
>>Automatic Earth website: http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/
>>The concluding Short Film we screened interviewing Rob Hopkins & Peter Lipman: http://transitionculture.org/2010/06/22/final-film-from-transition-network-conference-2010-reflections-on-stoneleighs-talk/
>>More info on the Transition Movement: http://transitionculture.org/

 
Chris Martenson's Crash Course
     

Friday, SEPT 3, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
KICKING OFF A NEW SEASON OF GREAT DOCUMENTARY FILMS AND DISCUSSION WITH:
Film: “NO IMPACT MAN ”

(93 min, Laura Gabbert & Justin Schein, 2009)
Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year.
It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage.
No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own.
Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin and Michelle’s struggle with their radical lifestyle change.

PLEASE JOIN US!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
No Impact Man
     
Friday, AUGUST 6th THRU AUGUST 27th, 2010
NO FILMS
...
WE'RE OFF FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST FOR A LITTLE ORGANIZATIONAL RECUPERATION TIME.
PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN ON SEPT 3rd FOR A NEW SEASON OF GREAT MEANINGFUL MOVIES!

Thanks for all your support, Seattle!! Have a great summer! We''ll be back Setpember 3rd with a great new line up of films. Hope you can join us.
...SOCIAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY FILMS & COMMUNITY DISCUSSION, ... EVERY FRIDAY EVENING
(Events are FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
     

Friday, JULY 30, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE IRATE BIRDWATCHER”

(54 min, Robert and Kathy Chrestensen, 2009)
...JOIN US FOR THE LAST FILM OF A GREAT SEASON!
It's all about wilderness preservation … told in the inspiring words of Harvey Manning – the irate birdwatcher. Follow the legendary Northwest writer and conservationist as he discovers the beauty of Washington’s wildest places, and the need to stand up and fight for their very survival. This is Harvey’s story about this state’s unique wilderness … his deep passion for it, his years of ramblings as an avid backpacker and climber, and his own personal crusade to preserve and protect it for future generations.
Honorable Mention for Creative Approach, 6th Annual Montana CINE International Film Festival .
Guests for the evening will include TOM HAMMOND, from the American Alps Legacy Project: www.americanalps.org
JOE BRESKIN and JOHN NELSON, will be playing guitar music from the film, before the film starts this evening.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
NW Sunset
     
Friday, JULY 23, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "BLACK WAVE: THE LEGACY OF THE EXXON VALDEZ"
(99 min, Robert Cornellier, 2008)
For twenty years, Riki Ott and the fishermen of the little town of Cordova, Alaska have waged the longest legal battle in U.S. history against the world’s most powerful oil company, ExxonMobil. They tell us all about the environmental, social and economic consequences of the black wave that changed their lives forever. This is the legacy of the Exxon Valdez.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
Black Wave
     

Friday, JULY 16, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “PLUNDER: THE CRIME OF OUR TIME”

 (100 min, Danny Schechter, 2009)
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time is a hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter. The "News Dissector" explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.
The film looks into how the crisis developed, from the mysterious collapse of Bear Stearns, an 85-year-old investment firm that disappeared in a week to the shadowy world of trillion dollar hedge funds. Insiders who work in the industry, and know it well, tell both of these stories. Plunder also shows how hastily arranged government bailouts did not revive the economy and may have lost billions.
The film also delves into the complicity of the major media outlets, which failed to sound the alarm or investigate wrong doers. A top financial journalist and media analyst as well as a financier explain how the business media became embedded in the culture it was covering, similar to embedded reporters in Iraq. Download the Flyer HERE. - Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
Plunder
     
Friday, JULY 9, 2010, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Note special Start Time)
TRANSITION FRIDAY! TOPIC: A TRANSITION FOCUS ON HOUSING
FILM: “VISIONS OF UTOPIA: EXPERIMENTS IN SUSTAINABLE CULTURE"

VISIONS OF UTOPIA (Geoph Kozeny, 2009) is an 11 year study of intentional communities, from communes to cohousing, including a short history of 25,000 years of shared living. Also, brief profiles of contemporary communities, a look at housing, urban development, the small house movement and New Urbanism. An examination of community building through the lens of the Transition Movement. Including a number of short features.
With TRANSITION SEATTLE, and SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD
Download the Flyer HERE. - Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
Transition Focus on Housing
Transition Seattle
Local Resilience
     
Friday, JULY 2, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "KILLING US SOFTLY 4"
(45 min, Sud Jhally, 2010)
In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes -- images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, KILLING US SOFTLY 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.
"Jean Kilbourne's arguments are as focused and unassailable as those of a good prosecutor. Piece by piece she builds a case for an America deeply corrupted by advertisers." - Mary Pipher, Author of Reviving Ophelia
Download the Flyer here: COLOR or B&W - Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
Killing Us Softly 4
     

Friday, JUNE 25, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER"

(106 min, Chris Bell, 2008)

In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we
are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. We reward speed, size and above all else: winning – at sport, at business and at war. Metaphorically we are a nation on steroids. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Blending comedy and pathos, Bigger, Stronger, Faster is a collision of pop culture and first-person narrative, with a diverse cast including US Congressmen, professional athletes, medical experts and everyday gym rats. At its heart, this is the story of director Christopher Bell and his two brothers, who grew up idolizing muscular giants like Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and who went on to become members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. When you discover that your heroes have all broken the rules, do you follow the rules, or do you follow your heroes? 
Download the Flyer here: COLOR or B&W - Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
Bigger, Stronger, Faster
     
Friday, JUNE 18, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY

(80 minutes, Aaron Wolf,   2008)
Beyond the Motor City shines a spotlight on one of our country’s most critical issues: America’s decaying and neglected infrastructure and examines how Detroit, a grim symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in this country. This documentary reveals that over the last 30 years, much of the world has left Detroit—and America—behind, choosing faster, cleaner, more modern transportation.
In a journey that takes us into the neighborhoods of Detroit and then beyond to Spain, California, and our nation’s capital, Beyond the Motor City urges us to ask how a symbol of America’s urban decay might transform itself into a model of urban revitalization. Can we finally push America’s transit system into the 21st century?

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
     

Friday, JUNE 11, 2010, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
(Note special Start Time)

“TRANSITION FRIDAY”!
TOPIC: A TRANSITION FOCUS ON PERMACULTURE

Film: "FARMS FOR THE FUTURE" ...Plus a number of short features, and a look at Permaculture Systems!
With: Leo Brodie: TRANSITION SEATTLE, and Cathy Tuttle: SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD, ...and numerous other guests!
FARMS FOR THE FUTURE (48 min, Rebecca Hosking, 2009) - a documentary devoted to peak oil, agriculture and alternatives like forest gardening and permaculture. Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking, in search for a post-fossil fuel agriculture, investigates how to transform her family's farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
     

Friday, JUNE 4, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “DIRT: THE MOVIE! ”

(80 min, Bill Benenson & Gene Rosow, 2009)
WITH DAVID R. MONTGOMERY, AUTHOR OF DIRT: THE EROSION OF CIVILIZATIONS.
DIRT: THE MOVIE! is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorius and underappreciated material beneath our feet, the 'skin of the earth'. Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth'. Dirt! The Movie takes a substantial look in the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.
Following the film, please join us in a facilitated conversation with University of Washington Professor David R. Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and recent recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Award for his contributions to the science of geomorphology.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
     

Friday, MAY 28, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “AN UNREASONABLE MAN – RALPH NADER”

(122 minutes, Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan, 2006)         
Ralph Nader is without a doubt one of the most passionate and determined personalities of our time. Loved, hated, respected and feared. Nader has had more impact on our daily lives than most presidents. Now, this first-hand account takes you behind his groundbreaking consumer advocacy campaigns and contested presidential runs. An Unreasonable man shows why Nader continues to be one of the most unique and important American political figures of our time.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
     

Friday, MAY 21, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “TIME FOR SCHOOL” (53 min; Pamela Hogan, Executive Producer; 2009); Plus a Short Film on THE JUBILEE ACT AND DEBT CANCELLATION (20 min, Jubilee USA)
With Representatives from the Puget Sound Millennium Goals Project, ...along with the organizations Jubilee NW, RESULTS & Bread for the World.
The documentary film, TIME FOR SCHOOL is based on the premise that education is a basic human right; It focuses on the promise made in 2000 through the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 191 member nations, including the United States, to provide elementary education to all the world's children by 2015.  The film is the latest report in the unprecedented, award-winning 12-year documentary project, ‘Time for School’. It visits seven classrooms in seven countries (Afghanistan, Benin, Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya and Romania) to offer a glimpse into the lives of seven extraordinary children who are struggling to get what nearly all American kids take for granted:  a basic education.
The Film Short, focuses on the Jubilee Act currently in the US Congress (HR4045).
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion with Puget Sound Millennium Goals Project. The members of the Puget Sound Millennium Goals Project believe that ending global poverty is possible when made a global priority, that the United States plays a critical role in this, and that the American people have a powerful voice in ensuring that the needs of the world’s poorest people are met.  For more information on the Puget Sound Millenium Goals Project, please go to: www.mgoals.org.
For more information on the UN Millennium Development Goals, please go to: www.un.org/millenniumgoals.
Download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
2015 UN Millenium Development Goals
Time For School
Puget Sound Millennium Goals Project
     

Friday, MAY 14, 2010, 6:30 to 9:30 PM (Note special Start Time)
“TRANSITION FRIDAY”!
TOPIC: A TRANSITION FOCUS ON ENERGY - PART 2

A Series of Great Short Films on Energy Descent and Meaningful Energy Alternatives: Chris Martenson's "CRASH COURSE", "THE POWER DOWN SHOW", and others.

With:
Leo Brodie: TRANSITION SEATTLE
Cathy Tuttle: SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD
Christy Nordstrom: SEATTLE RENEWABLE ENERGY MEET-UP
SEATTLE CITY LIGHT
SALISH SEA MARITIME EXCHANGE
WALLINGFORD SOLAR
EOS ALLIANCE
...and numerous other guests!

Take a hard look at the inevitable intersection of Peak Oil, Global Climate Change, and an Unsustainable Economy. It's not all bad. In fact, it's a golden opportunity!
Please come early (6:30PM), for informal conversation with groups currently working on local alternative energy solutions!
... Film begins at 7:00 PM.
Join us for a facilitated Community Discussion following the film.
Please help us get the word out: - download the flyer here: Color or B&W. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 

Crash Course

Transition Seattle

Sustainable Wallingford

     
Friday, May 7, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "LORDS OF NATURE: LIFE IN THE LAND OF GREAT PREDATORS"

(60 min, Karen Anspacher-Meyer and Ralf Meyer, 2009)

With wildlife advocates from Conservation NW
Top predators may hold a key to life itself. Can people and predators coexist? Can we afford not to?
Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs — could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar? LORDS OF NATURE goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity.
Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back -- from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West. This is the story of a science now discovering top carnivores as revitalizing forces of nature, and of a society now learning tolerance for beasts they once banished. 
Narrated by Peter Coyote. 
Please join us for a facilitated discussion following the film With wildlife advocates from Conservation NW.
- www.conservationnw.org
More information on the film: www.lordsofnature.org
Download the flyer Color or B&W. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly
accepted)
 
Lords of Nature
Lords of Nature
     
Friday, April 30, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL” (72 min, Gini Reticker, 2009)
With Susan Partnow from Global Citizen Journey.  
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL exposes the recent, but largely forgotten story, of the women of Liberia uniting to bring the end to their nation's civil war.  Despite their religious differences, and using entirely nonviolent methods, they forced the stalled peace talks in their country to move forward. Not only were the peace talks successful, but Charles Taylor, the president of Liberia, was forced into exile, leading to the first election of a female head of state in Africa.
Please join us for a facilitated discussion following the film with Susan Partnow with Global Citizen Journey,  who is just back from Liberia in an effort to lay the groundwork for GCJ’s Liberia Peacebuilder Initiative. 
Global Citizen Journey is a nonprofit organization with a vision of deep and ongoing connections that build understanding and bridge cultural differences across continents. GCJ fosters journeys of discovery, where people meet heart to heart to create a culture of peace and world stewardship. For More information on Global citizen Journey: http://globalcitizenjourney.org/
Download the flyer HERE. - Please help us get the word out! Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 

Pray The Devil Back To Hell

     

Friday, April 23, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “GONZO – LIFE OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON”

(2008 min, Alex Gibney, 120 min)
From the producer of “Taxi to the Dark Side”, “Enron: the smartest guys in the room”, and “Money-Driven Medicine” comes a bio of the eccentric “Gonzo Journalist”. In examining Thompsons amazing life the film covers his career from sixties counterculture to the dirty tricks behind the ’72 presidential election and his “Battle of Aspen” Freak Power campaign for Sheriff in a parochial small town . We hear from a wide range of his acquaintances including Sonny Barger, Jimmy Carter, Ed Muskie, Pat Buchanan, Tom Wolfe and many more.
Please j
oin us for a facilitated conversation following the film!
Download the flyer HERE. -Please help us get the word out! Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
Gonzo
     
Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "THE COVE" (90 min, Louie Psihoyos, 2009)
Scott West will join us this evening to answer questions and bring us “the latest” on the current situation faced by dolphins and other sea mammals.
Scott served as the Tactics Officer on Board the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin during the most recent Antarctic whale campaign.  This campaign was filmed by Animal Planet and will be shown in the upcoming Season Three of Whale Wars expected to air this summer.
Also, Northwest Animal Rights Network will join us this evening, with information and ways to make a difference, in the lives of the animals we live amongst.
Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.
Sea Shepherd  http://www.seashepherd.org/
NARN  http://www.narn.org/
Download flyers HERE. -Please help us get the word out! Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)


 
the Cove
     

Friday, April 9, 2010, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
“TRANSITION FRIDAY”!
FILM: "COAL COUNTRY"

85 min, Phylis Geller and Mari-Lynn Evans, 2009
A TRANSITION FOCUS ON ENERGY - PART 1 …with COOLMOM.ORG, THE SIERRA CLUB, & EARTH MINISTRY;
and: TRANSITION SEATTLE, & SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD! 

Come early at 6:30 PM for informal conversation with our guests!
(Film starts promptly at 7:00 PM).

“TRANSITION FRIDAYS”: COME JOIN US FOR AN EVENING FOCUSED ON POSITIVE SOLUTIONS AT A VERY LOCAL LEVEL - EVERY 2ND FRIDAY!   
TRANSITION ENERGY POINTS FOR THE EVENING:
1) We're addicted to fossil fuels, our source is drying up, and we need to kick the habit. We are close to or already past peaks for all fossil fuels.
2) We need to employ the energy we have left to build a Transition bridge to a clean energy future.

The documentary film, COAL COUNTRY, is a dramatic look at modern coal mining. We get to know working miners along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia. We hear from miners and coal company officials, who are concerned about jobs and the economy and believe they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the American people. Both sides in this conflict claim that history is on their side.
But what are the real issues re: energy. We need to understand the meaning behind promises of “cheap energy” and “clean coal.” Are they achievable? At what cost? And what are the true alternatives for our energy future?
FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN A POSITIVE, LOCAL ENERGY FUTURE! JOIN US in an open discussion on building a bridge to a clean energy future: solar, wind, geothermal, local Community Supported Energy collectives, and more.
Come learn about the campaign by THE SIERRA CLUB, in partnership with COOLMOM.ORG, to put pressure on Governor Gregoire to close the TransAlta Coal Power Plant in Chehalis. This plant produces 20% of Washington's electricity and is our state’s single biggest source of carbon dioxide, mercury and nitrogen oxide emissions.
A TRANSITION FOCUS ON ENERGY - PART 2 will be on Friday, May 11
Download flyers here: Color B&W - Please help us get the word out! Thanks!
More information at:
Sustainable Wallingford: http://greenwallingford.ning.com/
Transition Seattle: http://transitionseattle.com/
CoolMom: http://www.coolmom.org/coalfreeWA
The Sierra Club :
www.coalfreewashington.org
Earth Ministry: http://earthministry.org/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted
)

 




   

Friday, April 2, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "SHOVELING WATER: WAR ON DRUGS, WAR ON PEOPLE" (24 min, WFP, 2009)
With representatives from WITNESS FOR PEACE,
And A Report Back From Recent Colombia Delegations

“SHOVELING WATER” is a journey to the heart of coca country in Colombia where U.S. tax dollars have financed chemical spraying of the Amazon for the past nine years in the ‘War On Drugs’.
Hear first hand testimony from people on the ground about the impacts and learn new ideas about how to solve this deadly problem.  
PLUS A SHORT FEATURE (13 min) examining extrajudicial killings at the hands of the U.S.-funded Colombian military.  Since 2000, the U.S. government has provided nearly $5 billion in military and police funding to Colombia. Despite claims of an improved human rights record, thousands of civilians have been killed by this U.S.-funded military in recent years. Typical of human rights abuses in Colombia, there are astoundingly high rates of impunity for these killings.

DISPLACEMENT IN COLOMBIA: With nearly five million Colombians forcibly displaced from their homes by a debilitating war, Colombia is now the second worst internal displacement crisis in the world.  Between now and April 30, tens of thousands across the U.S. and Colombia will participate in this year’s National Days of Action for Colombia to call for a much-needed shift in U.S. policies toward the war-torn country. 
NATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION FOR COLOMBIA: Forty displaced Colombians have shared with us their powerful photos and harrowing stories of what it means to be displaced.  Student, church, and community groups are coming together as part of the National Days of Action for Colombia to assemble the photos and statements into poignant portraits.
REGIONAL ORGANIZER, COLETTE COSNER, will facilitate a "FACE THE DISPLACED" gathering at Meaningful Movies, and attendees will take part in the creation of these powerful displays to be displaced later this month.
For more information on what Witness for Peace is doing, and how to get involved, please go to: www.witnessforpeace.org/northwest
Join us for a discussion with WFP on the real story in Colombia.
Download the Flyer: Color or B&W. Please help us get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Shoveling Water

Drug War on the people of colombia
Days of Action for Colombia
     

Friday, March 26, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "HAITI: KILLING THE DREAM"
(52 min, Babeth,Katherine Kean, Hart Perry, & Rudy Stern, 1993)
Also featured will be a recent segment from Democracy Now! that showcases the film and discusses the current situation.
The film starts with a background on Haiti's tragic history from the original Slave uprising in 1791 and focuses on the election of President Jean Bertrand Aristide and subsequent military coup of September 30, 1991 under suspicion of U.S. involvement. The program is narrated by Ossie Davis and along with local scenery and music includes interviews with the exiled Aristide, his cabinet, dissident clergy, underground resistance leaders, U.S. State Department officials, and a cross-section of Haitian people. 

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted
)

 
Haiti - Killing the Dream
     

Friday, March 19, 2010, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Film: “JANG AUR AMAN” (WAR AND PEACE)
(Anand Patwardhan, 2002) - Doors open at 6:30PM with delicious homemade food from India and Pakistan. Film starts at 7.
Our guests this evening are Prashant Nema, Srijan Chakraborty, Srinivas Akula, Rajeswari Harikrishnan from India, and Mona Akmal from Pakistan. Mona is the cocreator of Dreamfly, a non-profit organization that builds schools in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

JANG AUR AMAN begins and ends with the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi. While exposing the danger of nuclear war on the Indian subcontinent it derives power and emotional appeal from the growing movement for peace both in India and in Pakistan.
"The film itself is a tour de force, beautifully shot and often darkly funny and much more riveting than the dry subject matter might suggest."
-
The Guardian, UK
"War and Peace" has a riveting intelligence all its own and earns its epic title. -The New York Times
“We should listen to our voices of dissent for our own sake and for the sake of our children and their children. War and Peace is that voiceʼs most eloquent expression. Which is why it should be seen by everyone everywhere. In schools, in colleges, in factories, on television”
-
The Times of India
"Perhaps the most important film in this year's Berlin Film Festival" -Reuters

A LITTLE ABOUT THE FILMMAKER, ANAND PATWARDHAN...
To put it simply, Patwardhan, who turns sixty this February, is India's best-known and most respected documentary filmmaker. It has taken him an acute intelligence, an exceptional social conscience and more than three decades of solid hard work on several fronts to reach that position. But he is admired across the subcontinent and beyond also as a fearless and indefatigable activist; a whistle-blower who spends a large part of his time writing and speaking and organizing protest. -- Vidyarthy Chatterjee IMDb February 2010

Download the Flyer HERE!
More on the film and filmmaker: Here

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted
)

 
Jang Aur Aman (War and Peace)
     

Friday, March 12, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
“TRANSITION FRIDAY”!
Film:
"IN TRANSITION 1.0 - FROM OIL DEPENDENCE TO LOCAL RESILIENCE" (49 min, Emma Goude, 2009), and a few short films
…WITH LEO BRODIE FROM TRANSITION SEATTLE, AND CATHY TUTTLE FROM SUSTAINABLE WALLINGFORD. 
“TRANSITION FRIDAYS”: COME JOIN US FOR AN EVENING FOCUSED ON POSITIVE SOLUTIONS AT A VERY LOCAL LEVEL - EVERY 2ND FRIDAY!   
IN TRANSITION is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humor, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities.  It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.
We live at a fascinating point in history. The convergence of challenges, most particularly global warming and peak oil, have brought us to a point where we are profoundly challenged to act. The scale of the challenge is huge, and the obstacles are plenty.  But something very powerful is stirring and is taking root the world over.  There is an emerging energy to succeed, a sense of quickening, and an exhilaration in talking and listening to each other once again, to visioning what we want and then rolling up our sleeves and starting to co-create it. People are choosing life and are manifesting that in their lives and their communities.
Facilitated discussion on the Transition Initiative forllowing the film.

Download the Flyer HERE! (Black & White HERE)
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted

 
In Transition



     

Friday, March 5, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “ON PAPER WINGS” (67 min, Ilana Sol, , 2008)
...With the Filmmaker, ILANA SOL!
In the spring of 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb claimed the lives of the only people killed on the continental U.S. as the result of enemy action during WWII. Forty years later, the decision to fold a thousand paper cranes would unite the Japanese and American civilians who were involved in and affected by this incident. “On Paper Wings“ is the story of four Japanese women who worked on balloon bombs, the families of those killed in the U.S., and the man whose actions brought them all together forty years after WWII, and the balloon bomb project.
jOIN US FOR A FASCINATING DISCUSSION FOLLOWING THE FILM!
Download the Flyer HERE!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted
)

  On Paper Wings
     
Friday, February 26, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE DIAMOND EMPIRE” (102 min, Janine Roberts, 1994)
This astonishing documentary investigates how an advertising slogan invented by Madison Avenue executives in 1948 has come to define our most intimate and romantic rituals and ideals. THE DIAMOND EMPIRE, which sent shockwaves through the transnational diamond industry when it first appeared, systematically takes apart the myth that "diamonds are forever." 
It exposes how one white South African family, through a process of monopoly and fantasy, managed to exert control over the global flow of diamonds and change the very way we think about courtship, marriage, and love - an achievement all the more stunning given that diamonds are in fact neither scarce nor imperishable. Zeroing in on how "the diamond empire" managed to convert something valueless into one of the most coveted commodities in history, the film provides a riveting look at how marketing and consumer culture shape not only global trade and economics, but also our very identities.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted
  Diamond Empire
     

Friday, February 19, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "CUBA MIA: PORTRAIT OF AN ALL-WOMEN'S ORCHESTRA"
(85 minutes, Cecilia Domeyko, 2005)  
AN INCREDIBLE EVENING WITH THE US WOMEN AND CUBA COLLABORATION
! ...don't miss this!
This award-winning (CINE Golden Eagle, Chicago Film Festival, World Music Festival) film was directed by Cecilia Domeyko, creator of dozens of films capturing the Latina/o experience in the US and Latin America.  Featuring ten talented and beautiful musicians, playing the harmonies of Cuban soul,  CUBA MIA demonstrates the power of music to cross boundaries. This story of the musicians of the all-woman Camerata Romeu is filled with dazzling faces and fiery performances that astonish and delight.   By turns funny, angry, lyrical and moving, CUBA MIA takes us behind the scenes of a Revolution in progress --  that has prioritized gender and racial justice, investment in arts, music, culture and the politics of sexuality as essential to healthy human development -- and offers a slice of Cuban life seldom seen on the world's screens.   
"If you liked Buena Vista Social Club, you'll love CUBA MIA!"                          
Discussion lead by members of the US Women and Cuba Collaboration will focus on the film's themes as well as contemporary US and Cuban relations and Cuba's role in humanitary aid and international solidarity with Haiti.  The Collaboration is organizing a women's delegation to Cuba in March 2010;  for details about the Delegation and the US Women & Cuba Collaboration, go to www.womenandcuba.org
Co-sponsored with Seattle NOW (www.nowseattle.org)
Download the Flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
     

Sunday, FEBRUARY 14, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Followup Special Event To Start: SENIOR COHOUSING, AND OTHER OPTIONS FOR AGING IN YOUR COMMUNITY - STUDY SESSION #1 BEGINS
LOCATION: Northeast Library, 35th Ave NE & NE 68th Street, Seattle
INTRODUCTION WAS HELD JANUARY 31st. BUT YOU CAN STILL JOIN THE FIRST WORK SESSION. THIS WILL CONTINUE EVERY 2 WEEKS FOR A TOTAL OF 10 SESSIONS. ...Please Come Join Us!
Envision your future lifestyle; discover the right solution for you!  Join this newly formed, self-directed study group for ongoing exploration and discussion. FREE!  Presented by: SEATTLE AIC.  
Study Sessions Include:
SESSION ONE: What is your Aging Scenario? - Are we in denial? - Sun, Feb14
SESSION TWO: Group Process: Working Together - Sun, Feb 28
SESSION THREE: The Realities of Getting Older - Sun, Mar 14
SESSION FOUR: Co-care and Outside Care - Sun, Mar 28
SESSION FIVE: Staying Healthy through Community - To Be Scheduled
SESSION SIX: The Economics of Getting Older
SESSION SEVEN: Philosophy, Spirituality, and Mortality
SESSION EIGHT: What do we have to offer the world? Growing into elderhood.
SESSION NINE: Risk and Responsibility
SESSION TEN: Case studies, fieldtrips: Looking at Communities

SEATTLE AGING IN COMMUNITY is an independent group of Seattle area individuals exploring possibilities for active, enriching community based aging.  
Download the flyer HERE
For More Info: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SeattleAIC

 

Seattle Aging In Community
SESSION 1 STARTS
FEB 14th

     

Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Film: “FOOD, INC.”
(93 minutes, Robert Kenner, 2009)
(MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS every 2nd Friday Evening)
Join us for a community discussion on our own local food security following the film.
AND ...MEANINGFUL MOVIES' 7th ANNIVERSARY!
CONE EARLY!
Doors Open At 6:30 for Snacks, Casual Q & A, and Mingling.

Guests, listed below, will be on hand to answer questions and engage in conversation about whatʼs happening with food and vision in Seattle.
In the film FOOD, INC., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. It features interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast FoodNation), and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma)
FOOD, INC
. reveals surprising truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
GUESTS THIS EVENING :
THRIVE (local, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, fatigue-free, and wholly pro-bliss, pro-joy, pro-shine) CAFE

www.generationthrive.com

Our mission is to create an environment for you to be nourished and to unleash the physical magnificence possible for all people. Our products and services are a testament to the decadence of raw and living foods, demolishing the myth that to eat healthy you must sacrifice deliciousness.
TRIBE OF THE HEART, presents the documentary PEACEABLE KINGDOM, SeattlePremiere this Spring 2010 (tonight we'll see the trailer)
www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org/
Peaceable Kingdom is a riveting story of transformation and healing. This new film explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic premises of their inherited way of life.
NORTHWEST ANIMAL RIGHTS NETWORK - NARN
www.narn.org
NARN realizes the importance of providing support for the individual looking to live a life of compassion, along with a need for campaigns aimed at enacting change in the policies and practices of our governments, schools and businesses.
COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE - CAGJ
www.seattleglobaljustice.org

Community Alliance for Global Justice is an alliance of individuals and organizations working in Seattle and the region who believe the global economy should embody the core values of social justice, environmental sustainability, democracy and selfdetermination.
AGRA WATCH - Film Nights starting in February
www.agrawatch.wordpress.com
AGRA Watch is a group of community members and activists whose objectives are to monitor and question the Gates Foundationʼs participation in the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
PCC NATURAL MARKETS
www.pccnaturalmarkets.com
Leika Suzumura, PCC Nutrition Educator and trained Registered Dietitian will join us to answer questions and talk about PCCʼs Walk And Talk program.
Join us for a community discussion on our own local food security following the film. Download the flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

Food, Inc.

 

 


     

Friday, February 5, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “ASPARAGUS! STALKING THE AMERICAN LIFE” (53 minutes, Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare, 2009)
For 30 years, Oceana County Michigan has been the Asparagus Capital of the World. Now its spear-struck residents and family farms take on the U.S. War on Drugs, Free Trade and a Fast Food Nation, all to save their beloved roots.
In Michigan, not only are thousands of union members out of work, the government is helping other countries grow asparagus as part of the war on drugs, creating unfair competition for farmers in Oceana County, once the Asparagus Capital of the World. But Michigan farmers are not giving up! These indomitable Michiganders struggle to find creative ways to save their livelihood and their beloved roots. This fascinating, award-winning film, called ‘oddly brilliant’ by New York Magazine, unveils the complex connections between community identity, farming, politics and trade.
Download the flyer here: color or black & white.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)

 
     
Sunday, January 31 , 2:00 to 4:00 PM
SENIOR COHOUSING, AND OTHER OPTIONS FOR AGING IN YOUR COMMUNITY …AN INTERACTIVE CONVERSATION
NOTE: WE WILL ALSO CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION ON AGING IN COMMUNITY BEGUN AT FRIDAY (1/22) EVENING’S MEANINGFUL MOVIES SCREENING OF "MAGGIE GROWLS"

LOCATION: Northeast Library, 35th Ave NE & NE 68th Street, Seattle
Envision your future lifestyle; discover the right solution for you!  Join this newly formed, self-directed study group for ongoing exploration and discussion. FREE!  Presented by: SEATTLE AIC.  
SEATTLE AGING IN COMMUNITY is an independent group of Seattle area individuals exploring possibilities for active, enriching community based aging.  
Download the flyer HERE
For More Info: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SeattleAIC
  Seattle Aging In Community
     
Friday, January 29, 2010, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “MONEY DRIVEN MEDICINE”
(86 minutes, Jigsaw Productions & Gabriel Film Group, 2009)
WITH DR. DAVID MCLANAHAN, CO-FOUNDER AND COORDINATOR FOR THE WESTERN WASHINGTON CHAPTER OF PHYSICIANS FOR A NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM.
MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE provides the essential introduction Americans need if they are to become knowledgeable participants in healthcare reform.
This illuminating documentary will help viewers distinguish between the structural changes we need and sham reform proposals. It will help them realize why a sound, sustainable medical infrastructure is crucial not just to their personal futures but to the economy and society as a whole, why curing America’s healthcare crisis is a matter of national life and death.
Join us following the film for a very meaningful discussion with Dr. McLanahan, Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and surgeon emeritus at Pacific Medical Center .  
Please help us get the word out on this important topic.
Download the flyer here: color or black & white.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted
)
 
Money Driven Madness
Money Driven Madness
     

Friday, January 22, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “MAGGIE GROWLS”
(56 min, Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2003)
“Speak your mind - even if your voice shakes, for well aimed slingshots can topple giants.”  - Maggie Kuhn.
MAGGIE GROWLS is a documentary film portrait of the amazing, canny, lusty, charming and unstoppable Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), who founded the Gray Panthers in 1970 after being forced to retire from a job she loved. Her outrage and determination fueled a political chain reaction that forever changed the lives of older Americans, repealing mandatory retirement laws and proving that "old" is not a dirty word.
With a disarming mixture of humor, shock value and common sense, Maggie went on to champion universal health care, nursing home reform, shared housing and consumer protection.  Out of what political activist Ralph Nader called "the most significant retirement in modern American history," Maggie created one of the most potent social movements of the century - one that was committed to justice, peace and fairness to all, regardless of age.
Join us following the film for a community discussion on active, vivacious aging; intergenerational connections and future living options such as Co-Housing: both Senior & Intergenerational.
download the flyer HERE!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted

 
Maggie Kuhn
     
Friday, January 15, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “HOMO TOXICUS”  (88 min, Carole Poliquin, 2009)
A global experiment is in progress, and we are the guinea pigs.  Everyday, tons of chemicals are released into the environment, without ever knowing how toxic they are.  We are today bequeathing our toxic load to our children along with our DNA! “When we pollute nature, we end up polluted ourselves." David Suzuki  
Download the Flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted
)
 
     
Friday, January 8, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD”
(87 min, Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno, 2009)
The Yes Men ...Crusaders For Justice Against the Cult of Corporate Greed!  
Who knew fixing the world could be so much fun?

“THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD” follows the political prankster group through a number of hilarious impersonations of some of the world's biggest corporations. In addition to covering the Yes Men's daring hoaxes, the film investigates and attacks the worship of the free market that has led so many corporations and government agencies to put profits above people. It ends with a rousing call to action, to give Obama the pressure he'll need to do what we've elected him for.
While the absurdity of their actions may amuse, THE YES MEN have a serious point to make: ...business as usual is no longer acceptable.
“Comedic vigilante justice… Media savvy pie-to-the-face.” -USA Today.

Download the Flyer HERE ...please help us get the word out.
Please join us for a facilitated discussion following the film!

"The Yes Men Pull Off Prank Claiming US Chamber of Commerce Had Changed Its Stance on Climate Change":
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/20/yes_men_pull_off_prank_claiming

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
The Yes Men Fix the World
The Yes Men fix The World
     

NOTE: NO FILMS
ON DEC 25th or JAN 1st

...we'll be back Friday, Jan 8th
Thanks Wallingford & Seattle for another great year of Meaningful Movies!
…nearly 7 years now!

 
     
Friday, December 18, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“DARIUS GOES WEST ” (92 min, Logan Smalley, 2007)
In this multi-award-winning documentary, fifteen-year-old Darius Weems and eleven of his best friends set off across America with the ultimate goal of getting his wheelchair customized on MTV’s Pimp My Ride. The result is a rarely seen testament to the explosive idealism of today’s youth, as well as a vivid portrayal of adventure, of brotherhood, and of the character and strength it takes to shed light on an uncertain future.
Not only does Darius Weems bravely face his own inevitable fate with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), but through his unflinching humor and his extraordinary laugh, he sparks a revolution in the lives of everyone who crosses–and then shares–his courageous path.
Part revolution, part revelation, this film proves to people of all ages how life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 

   
Thursday, December 17, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: "THE YES MEN" (…Their First Movie)

(82 min, Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, 2005)
…THIS IS PART OF THE GLOBAL JUSTICE FORWARD FILM SERIES.
Henry Art Gallery Associate Curator SARA KRAJEWSKI will introduce the film. 
At the Henry Art Gallery - 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, University of Washington Campus
FREE to Henry Members and students w/ID; $5 general admission.
Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno parody the official website of the World Trade Organization (www.gatt.org)  with a mock site so convincing that visitors miss the ruse and start sending event invitations. With poker-faced impersonation as their weapon and corporate irresponsibility as their target, the Yes Men pull off a series of increasingly bold pranks.
This is this is part of the GLOBAL JUSTICE FORWARD FILM SERIES, presented by Henry Art Gallery, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, & The Meaningful Movies Project.
Link for Henry website: www.henryart.org
More info on film:  http://theyesmen.org/movies/theyesmen  
(NOTE: Don't miss the Yes Men’s new film, “THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD” which will be showing at the Meaningful Movies regular venue on January 8th for our first film of the New Year! - see below).
 
The Yes Men
   

December 10, 11 & 17, 2009, 7:00 PM
Meaningful Movies is helping host the remainder of the Global Justice Foward Film
Series, for the WTO-Seattle 10th Anniversary

Download the flyer HERE

 
Global Justice Forward
   

Friday, December 11, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “CHINA BLUE” (88 min, Micha X. Peled, 2006)
…THIS IS PART OF THE GLOBAL JUSTICE FORWARD FILM SERIES.
WITH KRISTEN BEIFUS - Director, Washington Fair Trade Coalition. 
At our regular venue at 5019 Keystone Place N.

Join us for a Facilitated Discussion on Sweatshop Labor & Fair Trade.  

A clandestinely shot, deep-access account of how the clothes we buy are actually made.
Like no other film before, CHINA BLUE is a powerful and poignant journey into the harsh world of sweatshop workers. Shot clandestinely, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retailers don't want us to see: how the clothes we buy are actually made.
Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, CHINA BLUE links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers.  Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society. Download the flyer HERE.
More information on Washington Fair Trade Coalition:
www.washingtonfairtrade.org
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 

     

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:00 PM
“ARGENTINA - HOPE IN HARD TIMES” (74 minutes, 2005)
...THIS IS PART OF THE GLOBAL JUSTICE FORWARD FILM SERIES.
With the filmmakers MELISSA YOUNG & MARK DWORKIN.
At the Henry Art Gallery - 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, University of Washington Campus
FREE to Henry Members and students w/ID; $5 general admission
Seattle filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young document creative and inspiring grassroots effort to rebuild communities in the aftermath of Argentina’s 1999 economic collapse. Join in the processions and protests, attend street-corner neighborhood assemblies, visit workers' cooperatives and urban gardens, and take a close-up look at Argentines who are picking up the pieces of their devastated economy and creating new possibilities for the future. Filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
This is this is part of the GLOBAL JUSTICE FORWARD FILM SERIES, presented by Henry Art Gallery, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, & The Meaningful Movies Project.
Link for Henry website: www.henryart.org

More info on film:  http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/arg.html
and http://www.movingimages.org

 
Argentina - Hope In Hard Times

Argentina - Hope In Hard Times
     

Friday, December 4, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“END OF THE LINE” (90 min, Rupert Murray, 2009)
Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.  THE END OF THE LINE is the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans. In the film we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food.
It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish, that would bring certain mass starvation.
Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, THE END OF THE LINE is a wake-up call to the world.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
End of the Line
     

Today through Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:00PM and again at 9:00PM
...continuing at Northwest Film Forum
“THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD”
(NOTE: These screenings will NOT BE AT KEYSTONE)
Location: The Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave (between Pike & Pine).
The Meaningful Movies Project will be helping support this screening for The 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of WTO SEATTLE 1999 , along with Northwest Film Forum (www.nwfilmforum.org), KBCS 91.3fm (www.kbcs.fm), Reclaim The Media (www.reclaimthemedia.org) and the Seattle+10 Organizing Committee (www.seattleplus10.org).

the Yes Men ...Crusaders For Justice Against the Cult of Corporate Greed!  
Who knew fixing the world could be so much fun?

“THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD” (87 min, Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno, 2009) follows the political prankster group through a number of hilarious impersonations of some of the world's biggest corporations. In addition to covering the Yes Men's daring hoaxes, the film investigates and attacks the worship of the free market that has led so many corporations and government agencies to put profits above people. It ends with a rousing call to action, to give Obama the pressure he'll need to do what we've elected him for.
While the absurdity of their actions may amuse, THE YES MEN have a serious point to make: ...business as usual is no longer acceptable.
“Comedic vigilante justice… Media savvy pie-to-the-face.” -USA Today.
Friday’s event is a fundraiser to help support the Seattle+10 Week of Action.

For more information on the WTO 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, go to:
http://seattleplus10.org/

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE.
For tickets: www.nwfilmforum.org or www.brownpapertickets.org
CHECK OUT THE YES MEN'S LATEST ACTION!:
"The Yes Men Pull Off Prank Claiming US Chamber of Commerce Had Changed Its Stance on Climate Change":
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/20/yes_men_pull_off_prank_claiming

Also: AN AFTERPARTY at Hidmo, 2000 S Jackson St (20th and Jackson)

 
The Yes Men Fix the World
The Yes Men fix The World
     

Friday, November 27, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
"MALL R US" (78 min, Helene Klodawsky, 2009)
(This will be screened at our regular venue at Keystone.)
In recognition of BUY NOTHING DAY.
Combining nostalgia, dazzling architecture, pop culture, economics and politics, MALLS R US examines North America's most popular and profitable suburban destination-the enclosed shopping center-and how for consumers they function as a communal, even ceremonial experience and, for retailers, sites where their idealism, passion and greed merge.
MALLS R US discusses the psychological appeal of malls to consumers, how architects design their environments to combine consumerism with nature and spectacle, how suburban shopping centers impart social values, how malls are transforming the traditional notions of community, social space and human interaction, and shows nostalgic mall fans who commemorate the closing of older malls.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE.
November 27th is “BUY NOTHING DAY.”
For more info: http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 




     

Friday, November 20, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Double Feature:
“NO LOGO - BRANDS, GLOBALIZATION & RESISTANCE”
(
40 min, Sut Jhally, 2003)
Coming up on November 27th, is the heaviest shopping day of the year. It's also "Buy Nothing Day" (celebrated on the 28th in the UK) ...a moratorium against consumerism. A 24 hour detox!
In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world's best-known brands find themselves on the wrong end of the spray paint can -- the targets of anti-corporate campaigns by activists and protesters?
Based on the best-selling book by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, reveals the reasons behind the backlash against the increasing economic and cultural reach of multinational companies. Analyzing how brands like Nike, The Gap, and Tommy Hilfiger became revered symbols worldwide, Klein argues that globalization is a process whereby corporations discovered that profits lay not in making products (outsourced to low-wage workers in developing countries), but in creating branded identities people adopt in their lifestyles.
...AND:
“ADVERTISING AND THE END OF THE WORLD”
(46 min, Sut Jhally, 1997)
Focusing directly on the world of commercial images, the film asks some basic questions about the cultural messages emanating from this market-based view of the world: Do our present arrangements deliver what they claim -- happiness and satisfaction? Can we think about our collective as well as our private interests? And, can we think long-term as well as short-term?
Making the connection between society's high-consumption lifestyle and the coming environmental crisis, Jhally forces us to evaluate the physical and material costs of the consumer society and how long we can maintain our present level of production.
Download the flyer HERE
More info on "Buy Nothing Day" on Nov 27th:
http://www.buynothingday.co.uk/ and https://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
No Logo
Advertising and the end of the world
     
Friday, November 13, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“BEYOND ELECTIONS
REDEFINING DEMOCRACY IN THE AMERICAS”

(114 min, Michael Fox & Silvia Leindecker, 2008) 
BEYOND ELECTIONS is a journey, which takes us across the Americas, in an attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy?
"Beyond Elections proves that democracy can and should be more than casting a ballot every four years. This empowering documentary gives hopeful and concrete examples from around the Americas of people taking back the reins of power and governing their own communities. Beyond Elections is a road map for social change, drawing from communal councils in Venezuela and social movements in Bolivia to participatory budgeting in Brazil and worker cooperatives in Argentina. The film gracefully succeeds in demonstrating that these grassroots examples of people's power can be applied anywhere. Particularly as activists in the US face the challenges of an Obama administration and an economic crisis, this timely documentary shows that the revolution can start today right in your own living room or neighborhood." ~ Ben Dangl, editor, Upside Down World
Download the flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Beyond Elections
     

Friday, November 6, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“MONEY AS DEBT II …Promises Unleashed ”
(77 min, Paul Grignon, 2008)
The sequel to Money as Debt, the animated exposé of our debt-money system. Bailouts, stimulus packages, debt piled upon debt, where will it all end? How did we get into a situation where there has never been more material wealth & productivity and yet everyone is in debt to bankers? And now, all of a sudden, the bankers have no money and we the taxpayers, have to rescue them by going even further into debt! Money as Debt II Explores the baffling, fraudulent and destructive arithmetic of the money system that holds us hostage to a forever growing DEBT...and how w might evolve beyond it into a new era.
Download the flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Money As Debt II
     

Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“RETHINK AFGHANISTAN”
(81 min, Robert Greenwald, 2009)
RETHINK AFGHANISTAN focuses on the key issues surrounding this war. Diverse testimony, including a segment presenting many women of Afghanistan, covers both problems and solutions, while graphic footage of civilian casualties from U.S. air strikes illustrates why military force is ineffective at solving Afghanistan's many problems. Hear from veterans of the war as they testify to Congress about facts on the ground.
Download the flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
"Rethink Afghanistan
     
Friday, October 23, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“THE LAST BEEKEEPER” (67 min, World of Wonder Productions, 2009; Jeremy Simmons, Fenton Bailey, & Randy Barbato)
WITH DR. EVAN SUGDEN, PhD. - ENTOMOLOGIST, UW LECTURER, BEEKEEPER AND CONSULTANT
Bees are vanishing. Examining the enormity of this loss, Jeremy Simmons' documentary THE LAST BEEKEEPER follows the lives of three commercial beekeepers (from South Carolina, Montana, and Washington) over the course of a year as they struggle with Colony Collapse Disorder. When they take their bees to California's enormous annual almond pollination (an event so large it requires nearly all the bees in the US), it becomes painfully and poignantly clear the bind they are in. "If all the bees die, what do you have to live for?" asks one of the beekeepers. It's a question for all of us.
Evan Sugden is a beekeeper and entomologist currently teaching at the University of Washington. He earned a doctoral degree at the University of California at Davis specializing in pollination and bee biology. Evan also runs a pollination business, selling Blue Orchard Bees and honey.
More information at: http://www.pollinatorparadise.com/ and
http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?navID=42&parecID=357
See an interview with the filmmaker: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tv/reel-impact/beekeeper-interview-director.html.
Following the film, Evan will be joining us to answer questions …and he'll be bringing honey from his hives for a honey tasting!
Please download the flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out! -Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 

The Last Beekeeper

The Last Beekeeper

     
Friday, October 16, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
“THE MANY FACES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING”
A Selection of Photographs, Short Films and Multi-Media Works
-BY TIM MATSUI, HUMAN RIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHER

The face of human trafficking is far too broad to be encompassed in just one story. From the other side of the earth to just next door, this presentation brings together numerous stories in photographs, film and storytelling, to paint a picture of modern day slavery. Tim Matsui embraces a passion for social justice, an interest in human security, and a commitment to affect positive change through the telling of people’s stories. 
Tim will show and discuss his documentary work in Cambodia where he was reporting on human trafficking. To give perspective and provide stronger facilitated discussion, he will also show an interview with Kevin Bales talking about his new book "The Slave Next Door," and will show a recent ABC Nightline story on sex tourism in Cambodia. From this more global perspective, Tim will bring the discussion home to the Puget Sound and recent efforts by the City of Seattle to address human trafficking in our home town. 
“Working with sexual violence and human trafficking has shown me resilience;  in even the hardest of stories people can find their voice and regain a future. …Because the human condition can be difficult to witness, I look for stories of hope. Otherwise, for many, it is too much and they turn away.”  
Following the presentation, please join us for a facilitated discussion.
To see more of Tim Matsui’s photographs and learn more about his projects, go to: http://timmatsui.com/
Download the Flyer HERE
Please help us get the word out if you can. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
     

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 7:00 PM
SPECIAL EVENT!! ...Please Support This

BENEFIT SHOWING OF THE FILM: "BROKEN RAINBOW" for the BIG MOUNTAIN 18TH ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE

LOCATION: Keystone Church 5019 Keystone Place North, Wallingford
Film: “BROKEN RAINBOW” (70 minutes, Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd, 1985, with a 2006 update)
BROKEN RAINBOW presents a moving account of the forced relocation of 12,000 Navajo Indians that is currently taking place in Northern Arizona.  The United States government claims that by moving the Navajo off the land, it is settling a long standing territorial dispute between the Navajo and the Hope Tribes.  To the traditional Navajo and Hopi, there is no dispute.  They believe relocation was designed to facilitate energy development.
Beautifully photographed and scored, Broken Rainbow captures the majesty of sacred Indian lands, and the devastating effect that mining, forced relocation and stock reduction has had on the land and its people.  Broken Rainbow speaks for all indigenous people who are struggling  to survive as individuals and as distinct cultures in the face of the Earth herself, as it has become impossible in America today to separate environment issues from Native American survival.
$10 Suggested Donation - Refreshments Served.
This is a benefit show to support the 18th annual food supply run providing aid to families resisting forced relocation from their ancestral homelands on Black Mesa and Big Mountain, Arizona.

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER: HERE
MORE INFO ON BIG MESA: HERE
...MEANINGFUL MOVIES will be assisting with the screening.

  Broken Rainbow
     
Friday, October 9, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “SAND AND SORROW"
(94 min, Paul Freedman, 2008)
-The Tragic Story of Darfur

While analyzing the historical events that have given rise to an Arab-dominated government's willingness to kill and displace its own indigenous African people, “Sand and Sorrow” also examines the international community's “legacy of failure” to respond to such profound crimes against humanity in the past.
John Prendergast, Samantha Power, and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, lead the viewer through burgeoning refugee camps along the Chad-Sudan border, past mass graves inside Darfur itself, and into offices of the United States Senate to plead on behalf of the innocents of Darfur.
But while immersed in the despairing crisis of our time, Freedman manages to give voice to the ever-growing and inspiring movement of those who wish to make “Never Again” finally mean something.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Sand and Sorrow
     

Friday, October 2, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film:
"THE RELEASED”
(60 MIN, Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor 2009)
WITH TIM HARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF REAL CHANGE
THE RELEASED examines what happens to the mentally ill when they leave prison and why they return at such alarming rates. The intimate stories of the released-along with interviews with parole officers, social workers, and psychiatrists-provide a rare look at the lives of the mentally ill as they struggle to stay out of prison and reintegrate into society.
Please join us following the film for a facilitated discussion on homelessness and the criminalization of poverty.

Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. - Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Released
     
Friday, September 25, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “VEER” (98 min, Greg Fredette, 2009)  
…AN INTIMATE, BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT BICYCLE CULTURE. With Spokespeople, Cascade Bicycle Club, Bike Works, Totcycle, and others.
Veer explores America’s fast-growing bicycling culture by profiling five people whose lives are inextricably tied to bicycling and the bike-centric social groups they belong to. Portland filmmakers, Greg Fredette & Jason Turner, follow these characters over the course of a year, offering a behind-the-scenes look at their personal struggles and triumphs. Veers examine what it means to be part of a community, and how social movements are formed.
Following the film, join us in a facilitated discussion on local bike culture and biking in Seattle.
"As funky as a chrome-plated unicycle and as instructive as a Bike to Work Week seminar, this tasty slice of Pacific Northwest cycling culture should fascinate anyone who prefers life on two wheels… Portland director Greg Fredette obviously knows his audience well and packs this fascinating doc with enough bike politics, culture, anarchy, art and people-profiles to make it a must-see for anyone who cares about bikes and their ever-increasing place in our daily lives.” -Monday Magazine
Download the Flyer HERE. (11x17 Flyer HERE). Please help us get the word out. - Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
VEER
     

Friday, September 18, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE”
(54 min, Gary Weimberg, Catherine Ryan, 2007)
AN EVENING DEDICATED TO THE REALITIES OF MILITARY RECRUITING - With representatives from Washington Truth In Recruiting (WATiR) 
…Could you kill another human being?  for your nation? …even if your life depended on it?    SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE is a dramatic window on the dilemma of individual U.S. soldiers in the current Iraq War – when their finger is on the trigger and another human being is in their gun-sight.  Made with cooperation from the U.S. Army and narrated by Peter Coyote, the film profiles eight American soldiers, including four who decide not to kill, and become conscientious objectors; and four who believe in their duty to kill if necessary. The film reveals all of them wrestling with the morality of killing in war, not as a philosophical problem, but as soldiers experience it - a split-second decision in combat that can never be forgotten or undone. In SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE, filmmakers Weimberg and Ryan present an unflinching portrait of the mental and emotional burdens carried by soldiers through their own personal stories. 
Please join us for an informative evening with Washington Truth in Recruiting on current recruiting practices in our high schools.  WATiR provides factual information to school personnel, parents, students, and members of the community regarding issues of recruiter access to students, deceptive recruiting practices, military contracts and their limitations, the use of military materials including aptitude tests in the schools, and the rights of students and parents to limit recruiter access to personal information, what recruiters don't tell you about military service, and the broader issues of militarization of our public schools.
…ALSO: The Short Film: “BEFORE YOU ENLIST”
(14 min, AFSC, 2006)          
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. - Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

FOLLOWUP:
COUNTER-RECRUITING RESOURCES

AFSC Youth & Militarism Campaign - www.afsc.org/Youth&Militarism/
Before You Enlist (video) - www.beforeyouenlist.org
IVAW Truth In Recruiting Campaign - www.ivaw.org/truth
Leave My Child Alone - www.leavemychildalone.org
Shut Down the Army Experience! - www.shutdowntheaec.net
The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth - www.nnomy.org

 
Soldiers of Conscience

Washington Truth in Recruiting
     

Saturday, September 12, 2009, 6:30 PM
SPECIAL EVENT!!

LETTUCE LINK OUTDOOR MOVIE
AT MARRA FARM: “WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?”

Marra Farm 9026 4th Avenue S (South Park Neighborhood) Bus Routes #: 60, 131, 132 & 134. (<<NOTE LOCATION)
Help support Lettuce Link projects - Giving Garden & Children’s gardening education at Marra Farm, city-wide Fruit Tree Harvesting, Urban Growing and Giving - and watch a cool new flick about kids and food politics.
6:30 PM: Welcome, tour of farm & light refreshments. Dusk: Movie begins.
Price: $15 ticket price includes tour of farm, refreshments and movie.  BONUS: First 20 people to purchase their ticket will get a Lettuce Link canvas tote bag. Come early, bring blankets and enjoy the show.  
The film: “WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?” - The documentary film about kids and food politics… We are, for the first time in our history, at the unenviable moment when our unhealthy diet and lack of education surrounding our food supply, has combined to foment the perfect storm that is taking us toward extinction. If we do not change what we feed our children and teach them about their food supply and the symbiotic relationship between a healthy planet, healthy food and healthy bodies - this path will become a reality.
It's an 11-year-old's take of Omnivore's Dilemma in a film for people to really be able to take it in bite sized pieces and understand it. – Debra Eschmeyer, of the National Farm to School Network and the Center for Food & Justice
Questions contact: Teresa Mares – tmares@u.washington.edu or Anna Ramos - annar@solid-ground.org
To purchase tickets & for more information: www.solid-ground.org/News/OutdoorMovie
...MEANINGFUL MOVIES will be assisting with the screening
FLYER AVAILABLE HERE!
- Bring your friends! - Go To the MAP HERE!

 
     

Friday, September 11, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “HEROES FRAGILES”
(87 min, Emilio Pacull, 2007) …CHILE’S 9/11. With special guests COMITÉ DE JUSTICIA Y SOLIDARIDAD EN CHILE   
Through historic footage and amazingly candid modern day interviews with principals on both sides of the issue at the time, HEROES FRAGILES presents the events of the Chilean Military Coup d’état that removed democratically elected Socialist President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973, and installed dictator Augusto Pinochet.  The event is a classic illustration of the extreme difficulty of maintaining a democratic system in the face of wealthy and powerful forces exerting influence on military and media. 
The Chilean Coup was also an iconic expose: of US foreign policy driving covert intervention that resulted in the destruction of a fledgling democracy, and how the motivations behind that policy were a mix of the fear of Communist expansion and the promotion of US corporate interests in the third world.   Please join us following the film for a facilitated community discussion with The Seattle Committee of Solidarity and Justice in Chile, a group of Chilean individuals that came to the U.S. as political exiles in the late 70's. Their main goal now is to inform, educate, and create awareness among the community, and assure that people's rights are respected.   
Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. - Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

FOLLOWUP: If you would like to get involved with Human Rights issues in Chile, please contact The Seattle Committee of Solidarity and Justice in Chile at: bmendoza52@hotmail.com

 
Heros Fragiles - by filmmaker Emilio Pacull
     
Friday, September 4, 2009, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Film: “HOME” - THE DOCUMENTARY
(95 min, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2009)
In 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it is too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth’s riches and change its patterns of consumption. HOME is an ode to the planet’s beauty and its delicate harmony. Through the landscapes of 54 countries captured from above, Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes us on a unique journey all around the planet, to contemplate it and to understand it.
But HOME is more than a documentary with a message; it is a magnificent movie in its own right. Every breathtaking shot shows the Earth -- our Earth -- as we have never seen it before. Every image shows the Earth’s treasures we are destroying and all the wonders we can still preserve. Our vision becomes more immediate, intuitive and emotional. HOME awakens in us the awareness that is needed to change the way we see the world.

Download the Flyer HERE. Please help us get the word out. - Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Spring
HOME
Windmills
     


OFF FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

  Peace
     
Friday, July 31, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: "WHY SEX?"
...And Our Last Film for the Season

In evolutionary terms, sex is more important than life itself. Sex fuels evolutionary change by adding variation to the gene pool. The powerful urge to pass our genes on to the next generation has likely changed the face of human culture in ways we're only beginning to understand. Does art, literature, music, and  in fact all of human culture ultimately result from our sexual drives?
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Why Sex?
     

Friday, July 24, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film:
“BACK TO THE GARDEN, FLOWER POWER COMES FULL CIRCLE” (70 min, Kevin Tomlinson, 2009)
WITH THE DIRECTOR, KEVIN TOLINSON

...Where have all the flower children gone?
In 1988, Kevin Tomlinson asked himself that question. At a large “Healing Gathering” in rural Washington State, he interviewed a group of back-to-the-land Hippies who were thriving in the eighties—independent of the culture
that had forgotten them.
Almost 20 years later, in 2006, Tomlinson sought out his subjects again to find out what had become of their off-grid, backcountry families, searching for environmental utopia while living out their sixties’ ideals.  Most of all, he wanted to find out whether their country dreams of a better life had held together—or did they return to the mainstream as many had in the nineties?  The adventure that followed speaks to all of us who were affected by the counterculture. These aging back-to-the-land hippies and their tribal families, firmly insulated from global economic shocks and living a lifestyle emphasizing sustainability, simplicity and community, heralded a resurrection of alternative values which presage today’s green movement, and now seems wiser than ever. More info on the film: http://www.backtothegardenfilm.com/
Join us in a facilitated discussion with the Director, Kevin Tomlinson!
Please download the flyer and distribute if you can:

http://meaningfulmovies.org/images/Flyers/Back_To_The_Garden_Flyer.pdf
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Back To the Garden

...Peace, man
     

SATURDAY, July 18, 11:00 AMto 4:00 PMPM
2009 SHORELINE SOLAR FILM FESTIVAL
...JOIN MEANINGFUL MOVIES at the
6th ANNUAL SHORELINE SOLARFEST
On the campus of Meridian Park School, 17077 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline WA 98133, (Corner of N 175th and Meridian Avenue N, just one block West of I-5 exit #176)  More info on the Festival: http://www.shorelinesolar.org/
DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER HERE.
Please help us get the word out.

FILM 1: “THE HISTORY OF OIL” - 11:00 AM
(46 min, Robert Newman, 2007)
Everything you need to know about war, peace, propaganda, the origins of WWI, WWII, Peak Oil, The War on Iraq, The War on Iran and the Western Crusade for Middle Eastern Democracy, all delivered at locomotive speed by British stand-up comic/sage Robert Newman. Filmed live on the bicycle-powered stage in London, Mr. Newman delivers a rapid-fire  political-historical enema that lets you laugh as you learn the truth about everything. Mr. Newman is highly praised producer of the CDs “Apoclypso Now”, “From Caliban to the Taliban” and “Resistance is Fertile”. His critically acclaimed best-selling third novel, “The Fountain at the Center of the Universe”, is about loss and hope, identity and belief, assassination and passport-theft, set around the world from refugee detention centers to a Welsh trawler to tropical disease hospitals to the Seattle WTO protests, tear gas and rubber bullets. The NY Times has described Robert Newman as Tom Wolfe inside the head of Noam Chomsky. “Newman's is a kind of Revolutionary Renaissance stand-up and it is absolutely wonderful. His comedy probably has more constituent parts than any other comic's, and the whole is still greater than the sum of those parts. Firstly he is very, very funny. He can be witty, satirical and surreal in turn, and every so often will pull out a brilliant impression, just to remind us that he has more strings to his comedic bow than are attached to a World Bank loan.” - FIVE STARS The Scotsman Monday 8/15/05 (commenting on “Apocolypso Now”).

FILM 2: “KILOWATT OURS” - 12:30 PM
(65 min, Jeff Barrie, 2004)
KILOWATT OURS reveals the underreported side effects resulting from America’s voracious appetite for coal-generated electricity, and alternatives that give hope for the future.
Q: What would you find if you traced the wires from your light switch to the energy source?
A: Mountain top removal? global warming? childhood asthma? … or hope?
Vice President Dick Cheney, in his well-known energy policy speech of April 30, 2001, claimed that America must build 1900 new power plants by 2020. That is one new power plant per week for the next two decades in order to meet projected electricity demands. “KILOWATT OURS” challenges this assertion by presenting hope filled alternatives based on conservation, efficiency and renewable power.
FILM 3: “BLIND SPOT” - 2:00 PM
(86 min, Adolfo Doring,  2008)
BLIND SPOT is a documentary that investigates the causes behind the reasons for the current crisis we find ourselves in. It establishes the inextricable link between the energy we use, the way we run our economy and the effect it has had on our environment. It takes as a starting point the inevitable energy depletion scenario know as Peak Oil to inform us that by whatever measure of greed, wishful thinking, neglect or ignorance, we are at a crossroad which offers two paths, both with dire consequences. If we continue to burn fossil fuels our ecology will collapse and if we don’t, our economy will. Either path we choose to take will have a profound effect on our way of life.
"Blind Spot is a fascinating documentary, it draws on some of the most impressive scientific minds to warn us about the dangers of our dependence on oil and educate us about our role in saving the earth and the lives of our children. I was transfixed by it."  -Howard Zinn

  Solar Illumination
Shoreline SoalrFest

History of Oil

history of Oil

Blind Spot

Kilowatt Ours
     

Friday, July 17, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: "FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: RESISTANCE & REPRESSION IN AN AGE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
" (Kembrew McLeod & Jeremy Smith, 60 min, 2007)
WITH STEVEN REISLER, CHAIR OF THE SEATTLE CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD

In 1998, university professor Kembrew McLeod (Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa) trademarked the phrase "freedom of expression" - a startling comment on the way that intellectual property law restricts creativity and expression of ideas. This provocative and amusing documentary explores the battles being waged in courts, classrooms, museums, film studios, and the Internet over control of our cultural commons. "This smartly-made and seriously funny documentary provides an aerial view of the battleground that is today's copyright landscape. Illustrating the comments of many well-known critics of runaway copyright & trademark law with apt audiovisual examples, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION succeeds as an engaging and concrete presentation." - Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law.

Download the flyer HERE! Please post if you can.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).


 
Freedom of Expression
     

Friday, July 10, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “REBUILDING HOPE” (SNEAK PEEK!) - WITH THE FILMMAKER: JEN MARLOWE

(78 min, Jen Marlowe, 2009)  ...Co-sponsored by the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Join us for a Sneak Peek of this soon-to-be-released film: "REBUILDING HOPE", a great new documentary by filmmaker Jen Marlowe (Darfur Diaries), features Gabriel Bol Deng, Koor Garang and Garang Mayuol, who were born in South Sudan.
In 1987, as young children, they were forced to flee when militiamen led violent attacks on their villages. They crossed Southern Sudan on foot, reaching safety in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. They came to the U.S. in 2001 as part of a large number of Southern Sudanese young men nicknamed “Lost Boys.”
In 2007, Jen Marlowe accompanied these young men on their return to Sudan. The film documents Gabriel Bol, Koor, and Garang in their quest to find surviving family-members and rediscover and contribute to their homeland; it also sheds light on what the future holds for South Sudan in its struggle for peace, development and stability. 
Please join us in a facilitated discussion on the current situation in Sudan with filmmaker, JEN MARLOWE.
For more information: http://www.rebuildinghopesudan.org/

Download the flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Rebuilding Hope

The City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
     
Friday, July 3, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film:
“WE ALL FALL DOWN: THE AMERICAN MORTGAGE CRISIS”
(65 min, Gary Gasgarth and Kevin Stocklin, 2009) 
This timely and informative documentary chronicles the history of America's mortgage finance system, from its origins in the 1930s, when the federal government first made available long-term, fixed-rate loans to new American homeowners, to its current state of crisis, after an excess of risky mortgage financing led to the system's collapse, which in turn triggered a wider economic recession.  WE ALL FALL DOWN features dozens of clearly understandable interviews and commentary from a wide variety of industry experts and Wall Street insiders, including mortgage brokers, appraisers, bankers, lawyers, analysts, sellers and buyers, and economics scholars.  The film concludes with an analysis of the economic and political impact of the collapse of the mortgage finance system on American society, now and likely for decades to come. Download the Flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
We All Fall Down
We All Fall Down
     

Friday, June 26, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film:
“THE GREAT SQUEEZE”
(67 min, Christophe Fauchere, 2009)
And a Special Film Short: “GLOBAL WARMING”
With the film's producer and director, Damon O’Grady

THE GREAT SQUEEZE explores our current ecological and economic crisis stemming from our dependence on cheap and abundant energy. Although our actions for the past 150 years have lifted our civilization to new heights, it has come at a tremen`dous price. We are now at a point where humanity's demands for natural resources far exceed the earth's capacity to sustain us. The extraction and the consumption of these resources in the past two centuries have changed our climate and ecosystems so significantly, that a new geological era had to be created.
Download the Flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
     
Friday, June 19, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “MONUMENTAL: DAVID BROWER'S FIGHT FOR WILD AMERICA” (88 min, Kelly Duane, 2004) 
From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilds for future generations. Not since John Muir had an American fought so hard, or been more successful, in protecting our natural heritage. His fiery dedication and activism helped inspire the modern day environmental movement. Explored is the beautiful, dramatic, and lyrical story of Brower and his colleagues' unrelenting campaigns--fought through lobbying, art, and hard hitting advertising-to-protect and establish some our most treasured national parks.
Downlad the Flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
David Brower
     

Friday, June 12, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “MAD CITY CHICKENS”
(80 min, Tashai Lovington and Robert Lughai)
WITH THE FILMMAKERS: TASHAI LOVINGTON AND ROBERT LUGHAI, 
AND WITH SEATTLE TILTH!!
...The Chickens Are Coming! The Chickens Are Coming!

Witness if you will Gallus Domesticus…the backyard chicken. A mere few pounds of feather, bone, and muscle; a creature regarded by many as a rather humorous, though not so intelligent agent of food production.
And yet make note of a most singular phenomenon now taking shape across suburb and city. From backyard eggs to the family’s new favorite pet, the urban chicken is forging a fresh place in the pecking order of human importance.
Mad City Chickens deftly weaves multiple stories and contextual issues on city chickens and their keepers in a non-linear fashion that one rarely sees in a documentary. From leading experts to urban newbies, experience the humor and heart of what’s fast becoming an international backyard chicken movement.
Mad City Chickens is a sometimes wacky, sometimes serious look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad scientist and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

Q&A and Community Discussion with the Filmmakers and with Seattle Tilth.
Learn about Seattle City Chickens with Seattle Tilth Garden Educator Carey Thornton, who will be available to talk about Seattle Tilth’s chicken program, including the upcoming Chicken Coop Tour in July.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE, PLEASE POST IF YOU CAN. THANKS!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Chickens Are Coming!
MadEgg
     

Friday, June 5, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “THE 9TH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL”
(84 min, Arts Engine, 2009)
We are extremely excited to
present again this year the 9TH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL!
Every year, the Media That Matters Film Festival is the premier showcase for a new collection of jury selected shorts on the most important topics of the day. This year’s festival showcases twelve jury-selected shorts tackling a broad range of social issues with humor, humanity, and honesty. The films include jury prize winner NEXT WAVE, director Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzer’s alarming documentary about the world's first climate change refugees from the Carteret Islands; and LOCUSTS, a rousing docu-musical on the effects of ill-planned urban planning featuring hotly-tipped Detroit hip hop artists, Invincible and Finale.
Other films spotlight the impact of gun violence on young people, an immigrant family torn apart by deportation, the burden imposed on Bolivia by America's war on drugs, and Middle Easterners whose diverse outlooks defy common stereotypes.
All of the shorts, which range from traditional documentaries to animated films, are 12 minutes or less. Join us for an incredibly diverse evening of film and discussion. For more information, please contact www.mediathatmattersfest.org
The Ninth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival is a program of Arts Engine (www.artsengine.net) and is co-presented with Cinereach (www.cinereach.org), two innovative non-profits dedicated to supporting socially conscious filmmakers.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE. PLEASE POST IF YOU CAN. THANKS!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The 9th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival
     
Friday, May 29, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI”
(74 min, Linda Hattendorf, 2006)
Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past. Blending beauty and humor with tragedy and loss, THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI is an intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing power of art. A heart-warming affirmation of humanity that will appeal to all lovers of peace, art, and cats, Winner of the Audience Award at its premiere in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Jimmy Mirikitani
Cats
     

Friday May 22nd, & Sunday May 24th - about 8:30 PM
MEANINGFUL MOVIES
AT THE NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL !

Seattle Center – Intiman Theater Outdoor Courtyard
Meaningful Movies will be setting up the projector to cap off
2 great days at the Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. Event is FREE and open to the public!
Download the Flyer HERE!
...Please post if you can - Thanks!


Friday May 22, 2009, about 8:30 PM:
Film: CONSUME THIS MOVIE"
80min, Gene Brockhoff, 2008)  
...A SHOP-U-MENTARY - WITH CECILE ANDREWS!
Seattle Center – Intiman Theater Courtyard (The Folklife “Choral Courtyard”)
Are Americans too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planetary ecology in order to serve the desires and drives of the ego? And what, or who could be driving this powerful force of seduction?
Americans are finally beginning to challenge our culture of greed and materialism. CONSUME THIS MOVIE stars Cecile Andrews, Juliet Schor, Peter Whybrow and others; and takes a critical look at social injustice, peak oil, resource depletion and our deep need to feel connected to each other through what we choose to consume. Join us for a facilitated discussion with Cecile Andrews!  Cecile is author of Slow is Beautiful and Circle of Simplicity. More at www.cecileandrews.com, www.phinneyecovillage.net 

More info on the film "Consume This Movie": www.consumethismovie.com
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).


AND!
Sunday May 24, 2009, about 8:30 PM:
Film: “GOOD FOOD” (72 min, Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin, 2008)
Sustainable Food and Farming in the Pacific Northwest
With the Filmmakers, Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin
Seattle Center – Intiman Theater Courtyard (The Folklife “Choral Courtyard”)
“A film to awaken our taste buds and our courage...” -Frances Moore Lappe, author
of Diet for a Small Planet, Hope’s Edge

Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest. Small family farmers are making a comeback. They're growing much healthier food, and lots more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms.  “GOOD FOOD” is a wonderful new documentary about sustainable food and farming in the Northwest by local filmmakers Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin.
For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big crops for export. But to respond to climate change and the end of cheap energy, each region is beginning to produce more of its own food and to grow food more sustainably. “GOOD FOOD” visits producers, farmers’ markets, distributors, stores, restaurants, chefs and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all.

This lively tour of Washington’s sustainable agriculture movement offers several lucid arguments in favor of smaller, more efficient farms, and purchasing locally grown crops. Still, no argument is as convincing as the marvelous bounty laid before our eyes in this film. See review in Seattle_PI.
Q&A and facilitated discussion with the filmmakers Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin follows the film.
More info on the film "GOOD FOOD": www.goodfoodthemovie.org
and www.movingimages.org

PLEASE COME JOIN US !
Seattle Center – Intiman Courtyard
More info: www.nwfolklife.org
(Event is FREE and open to the public!)

ALSO NOTE: On Friday, films will be held simultaneously at two locations on this date: "1984" will screen at our regular venue, Keystone (See Below), and "Consume This Movie at the Northwest Folklife Festival ().

 
     

Friday, May 22, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “1984” (113 min, Michael Radford, 1984)
The classic film, 1984, is based upon George Orwell's novel of the same name, following the life of Winston Smith in Oceania, a country run by a totalitarian government.  Winston works in a cubicle at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history in accordance with the agenda of the Party which rules Oceania under its supreme figurehead, Big Brother.

Download the Flyer HERE!
NOTE: Films will be held simultaneously at two locations on this date: "1984" will screen at Keystone (regular venue), and "Consume This Movie at the Northwest Folklife Festival (See Above).
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

  1984
     
Friday, May 15, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: A NIGHT OF MEANINGFUL SHORTS!
Something a little different this evening...
Join in tonight, as we show six thought-provoking, amazing, fun, wild, shorts.  May 15th we're celebrating these ideas:  Be-All-You-Can-Be, Creativity, Change, Your Dream, Random Acts Of Kindness, and  Home, with  2 Short Films, 2 Ted Talks, 2 YouTubes, and plenty of time for meaningful discussion.
Download the flyer HERE!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
TedDyedShorts
     
Friday, May 8, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO
(109 min, Marie-Monique Robin, 2008)
Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. This century-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange. Based on a painstaking investigation, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO puts together the pieces of the company’s history, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and numerous first-hand accounts.

Download the Flyer Here.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
     

Friday, May 1, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
“UN POQUITO DE TANTA VERDAD” (93 MIN, Jill Irene Freidberg, 2007) With the Filmmaker, Jill Freidberg
From the producer of “Granita de Arena” &  “This Is What Democracy Looks Like." When the people of Oaxaca decided they’d had enough of bad government, they didn’t take their story to the media...they TOOK the media.
In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people’s use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca. A 90-minute documentary, A LITTLE BIT OF SO MUCH TRUTH captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, farmers, and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice. After spending two years in Oaxaca, producing her previous film, Granito de Arena, Freidberg returned to Oaxaca, in 2006, to tell the story of the people who put their lives on the line to give a voice to their struggle. Narrated almost entirely with recordings from the occupied media outlets, A LITTLE BIT OF SO MUCH TRUTH delivers a breathtaking, intimate account of the revolution that WAS televised. More information at: www.corrugate.org.
Join us in a conversation with filmmaker, Jill Freidberg.
Download the flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad

Federal Police Occupy Oaxaca
     

Friday, April 24, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
“BOOGIEMAN - THE LEE ATWATER STORY”
(86 min, Stefan Forbes, 2008)
WITH SPECIAL GUEST, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST, BEV HARRIS
BOOGIEMAN is the compelling story of Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a household name. Without Atwater, neither Ronald Reagan nor George H.W. Bush might have been elected. Atwater mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush while making the GOP a Southern party, expertly advancing the culture wars, transforming the way the American media covers elections, and becoming seen as the godfather of modern negative campaigning.  This is a very timely examination of how Atwater’s ghost looms over modern American politics.

Please join us in a facilitated discussion with Bev Harris of Black Box Voting, www.blackboxvoting.org
Download the flyer HERE.
Please post and distribute if you can.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Boogeyman - The Lee Atwater Story
     

Friday, April 17, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “THE INLAND SEA: WHERE HAVE ALL THE ORCAS GONE?" (45 min, Michael Harris, People for Puget Sound & Outpost Media, 2001)
And the Short Film: “SHIFTING BASELINES” (6 min, Randy Olson & Puget Sound Partnership, 2008)
With: People For Puget Sound
The great orca pods of the Northwest are disappearing fast, and the exact cause is a mystery. What's killing the killer whale? 
Join underwater explorer and activist Jean-Michel Cousteau as he examines the health of Puget Sound’s Southern Resident orcas and the causes of their population decline. Decimated by captures for aquariums and marine parks in the 1960s, the orcas gained strength in numbers after gaining protected under federal law and becoming symbols of Puget Sound’s magnificence. But declines in numbers of their principal food, Chinook salmon, and their ingestion of toxic chemicals from our modern culture, and even the prevalence of large ships and whale watching boats may be factors in their declining health. What are these magnificent creatures telling us about the health of Puget Sound and our future— and what can we do about it? 
Join us for a facilitated discussion with folks from People for Puget Sound
Download the flyer HERE.Please post and distribute if you can.
For info on People for Puget Sound: www.pugetsound.org
For more info on Puget Sound Partnership: www.psp.wa.gov
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).


 
Orcas
Shifting Baselines
     

Friday, April 10, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: "CAPITALISM HITS THE FAN"
(57 min, Sut Jhally, 2008)
With breathtaking clarity, renowned University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself. 
Wolff traces the source of the economic crisis to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a dysfunctional spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown. By placing the crisis within this larger historical and systemic frame, Wolff argues convincingly that the proposed government "bailouts," stimulus packages, and calls for increased market regulation will not be enough to address the real causes of the crisis, in the end suggesting that far more fundamental change will be necessary to avoid future catastrophes. 
Download the flyer HERE. Please help get the word out. Thanks!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Capitalism hits the fan
Wall Street Sign
     
Friday, April 3, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “CONSUMING KIDS:
THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF CHILDHOOD”

(67 min, Adriana Barbaro & Jeremy Earp, 2008)
CONSUMING KIDS throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.  CONSUMING KIDS pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.

Download the flyer HERE. Please post if you can.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Consuming Children
From AdBusters
     

Friday, March 27, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: "THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK" (58 min, Justin Pemberton, 2007) ... IS NUCLEAR ENERGY THE ANSWER?
With Dr. Dave Hall from Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR)
In a world living in fear of climate change, the nuclear industry is now proposing itself as a solution. It claims that nuclear power generation produces zero carbon emissions... and people are listening. The result is the beginning of a global nuclear renaissance, with 27 nuclear power stations under construction, and another 136 to be commenced within the next decade. THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK poses the question: Is this the answer to our energy needs? Or by seriously considering the renewed development of nuclear power, may we now be gambling with the survival of our planet?
The new documentary THE NUCLEAR COMEBACK goes on a worldwide tour of the nuclear industry in search of answers. Presented is a balanced array of viewpoints and information which allows the viewer to draw their own conclusion. Please join us following the film in a facilitated discussion with Dave Hall from Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.wpsr.org).
Download the flyer HERE. Please post if you can.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Three Mile Island
Wind Tower
     
Friday, March 20, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER” - WITH FOLKS FROM THE 'THINK OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE' CAMPAIGN
(93min, Irena Salina, 2008)
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: The World Water Crisis. 
Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?" 
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Join us following the film for a discussion on the world water crisis and what can be done about it, with Carolyn Auwaerter, a local activist  from the "Think Outside the Bottle" Campaign & Corporate Accountability International.
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE
More info: http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/category/sitecategories/water
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
FLOW

Bottle Waste
     
Friday, March 13, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “TRACES OF THE TRADE: A STORY FROM THE DEEP NORTH” (86 min, Katrina Browne & Alla Kovgan, 2008)
WITH ELLY HALE, A MEMBER OF THE DeWOLF FAMILY

In TRACES OF THE TRADE, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne’s ancestors were Northerners.
The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise. 
The issues the DeWolf descendants are confronted with dramatize questions that apply to the nation as a whole: What, concretely, is the legacy of slavery—for diverse whites, for diverse blacks, for diverse others? Who owes who what for the sins of the fathers of this country? What history do we inherit as individuals and as citizens? How does Northern complicity change the equation? What would repair—spiritual and material—really look like and what would it take?
“A far-reaching personal documentary examination of the slave trade … The implications of the film are devastating.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times.
Join us following the film for a community discussion with Elly Hale, a member of the DeWolf family, and who appears in the film.
More info on the film: http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
DeWolf Family Tree

DeWolf family members and Ghanaian Beatrice Manu at a river ceremony in Ghana where captured Africans were brought for a last bath. Credit: Amishadai Sackitey

Traces of the Trade - Whip and manacles
     
Friday, March 6, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
FILM: “UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK?” (60min, Larry Adelman, 2008)  WITH GUESTS FROM THE UW POPULATION HEALTH FORUM
Why is it that at every step down the socio-economic ladder, African Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders often fare worse than their white counterparts?  Americans are obsessed with health. We spend more than twice what the average rich country spends per person on medical care, yet we have among the worst disease outcomes, life expectancy and infant mortality of the industrialized nations. And, we have the greatest health inequities. 
UNNATURAL CAUSES draws attention to the root causes of health and illness, and shows us that economic, racial and social injustice and inequality are not just abstract concepts, but have very real health consequences. This powerful documentary film suggests to us that effectively addressing these inequalities may, in fact, be one the best medicines of all.
Please join us for facilitated discussion following the film with guests from the University of Washington's Population Health Forum.
http://depts.washington.edu/eqhlth/pages/about.html
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Unnatural Causes - Heart

     

Friday, February 27, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
Film: “CONSUME THIS MOVIE”
(80min, Gene Brockhoff, 2008)
...a shop-u-mentary - With CECILE ANDREWS
AND OUR 6th ANNIVERSARY!

Are Americans too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planetary ecology in order to serve the desires and drives of the ego? And what, or who could be driving this powerful force of seduction?
Americans are finally beginning to challenge our culture of greed and materialism. CONSUME THIS MOVIE stars Cecile Andrews, Juliet Schor, Peter Whybrow and others; and takes a critical look at social injustice, peak oil, resource depletion and our deep need to feel connected to each other through what we choose to consume.
Join us for this brand new film and discussion with Cecile Andrews, followed by our 6th Anniversary celebration! Cecile is author of Slow is Beautiful and Circle of Simplicity. More at www.cecileandrews.com, www.phinneyecovillage.net   
Trailer at: http://www.consumethismovie.com/files/preview.html

"See this movie when you're happy to be alive." - Ed Begley Jr.    
DOWNLOAD OUR ANNIVERSARY FLYER HERE!
Pass on to friends & neighbors!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Consume This Movie
Consume This World
consume This Movie
     
Friday, February 20, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
FILM: “SEEING RED”
(100 minutes, Jim Kline & Julia Reichert, 1984)
SEEING RED - ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE
An informed look at the individuals who made up the American Communist Party from the 1930s through the '50s. Fighting for the causes of unionization, unemployment and Social Security benefits, and the eight-hour day, they committed themselves to what they believed was the right way for America. Not just a rosy remembrance, Seeing Red looks critically at the party's connection with the Soviet Union and its lack of internal democracy. An invaluable resource for courses in political science, political sociology, and social movements.
Download the Flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are k
indly accepted).
 
Seeing Red
     
Friday, February 13, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
FILM: “RAGEH INSIDE IRAN” (89 minutes Paul Sapin 2007)
WITH GUESTS FROM THE IRANIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY ALLIANCE OF SEATTLE
Rageh Omaar embarks on a unique journey inside what he describes as one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, looking at the country through the eyes of people rarely heard - ordinary Iranians. It took a year to get permission to film inside the country. Rageh meets with local people to hear their personal stories and feeling. This documentary transcends images of angry demonstrations and burning flags to reveal a country that isn't without its problems but which is also fascinating, dynamic and hospitable. Join us for a Q & A following the film with guests from the Iranian American Community Alliance (IACA) of Seattle http://iaca-seattle.org/
Download the flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 

     

Friday, February 6, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
FILM: “THE IRON WALL” (60 min, Mohammed Alatar, 2006) 
With JUDITH KOLOKOFF and ZIYAD ZAITOUN, and AMIN ODEH  
ALSO: Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie will be in attendance.

Also: At 6:30PM, just before the film, please join the speakers for informal discussion.
The Iron Wall features interviews with prominent Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and political analysts, including Jeff Halper, Akiva Eldar, Hind Khoury, and others. Also included are eye-opening interviews with Israeli settlers and soldiers, and Palestinian farmers.  "The Iron Wall is a highly recommended film for anyone concerned with the quest for a just and peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - a film that takes a clear stand while showing genuine empathy for both sides." -- Hillel Schenker, Co-Editor for Palestine-Israel Journal.
The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion with guest speakers this evening:
JUDITH KOLOKOFF was instrumental in organizing Jewish Voice for Peace/Seattle and is a founding member of the national organization American Jews for a Just Peace, and the local organization, Seattle Jewish Voices Against the Occupation of Palestine.  She has worked as Tour Coordinator for the Refuser Solidarity Network - a national organization supporting the anti-occupation work of the Israeli refusniks.  (Refusniks are soldiers, conscripts, reservists, pilots etc. who refuse to serve in the territories.)In the past 15 years her activity has been strongly focused around working for Middle peace and justice in Israel/Palestine. During that period she has visited Israel/Palestine five times, the last in March/April 2005.
AMIN ODEH was born in a refugee camp near Bethlehem in the WestBank. He was detained many times by the Israeli army and spent months in Israeli military prisons. After coming to the U.S he continued to advocate on behalf of the Palestinian people. In the year 2000 he and other Palestinian activists founded the group Voices of Palestine. The group's main objective is to educate the public about the Palestinian struggle for freedom and Justice. Amin is also a board member with the Arab American Community Coalition in Seattle. "
ZIYAD ZAITOUN was born in 1954 in the occupied city of Hebron (El-Khalil), and was raised in Amman, Jordan. He attended the Arab University of Beirut until the civil unrest in Lebanon occurred in 1975.  He then decided to start his new adventure in the USA, where he attended the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. In 1984, Ziyad with his wife and daughter packed their suitcases and move to Jordan. After working and living in Amman for three years, the family decided to move back to Seattle. Ziyad is a founding member of the Arab American Community Coalition, a civil and human right local organization with a global reach. 
More info on the film: www.theironwall.ps    

Download the flyer HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Iron Wall
The Iron Wall
     

Friday, January 30, 2009, 7:00-9:30 PM
FILM: “GARBAGE WARRIOR” (86 min, Oliver Hodge, 2008)
With JIM BURTON, from the NW ECOBUILDING GUILD; & and KINLEY DELLER from THE KING COUNTY GREEN TOOLS PROGRAM
Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own power source. And now imagine that it can be built anywhere, by anyone, out of the things society throws away.
Thirty years ago, architect Michael Reynolds imagined just such a home - then set out to build it. A visionary in the classic American mode, Reynolds has been fighting ever since to bring his concept to the public. He believes that in an age of ecological instability and impending natural disaster, his buildings can - and will - change the way we live.
Shot over three years in the USA, India and Mexico, Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds, his crew of renegade house builders from New Mexico, and their fight to introduce radically different ways of living. A snapshot of contemporary geo-politics and an inspirational tale of triumph over bureaucracy, GARBAGE WARRIOR is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world.
Join us following the film in a conversation with Jim Burton, President of the Seattle Chapter of the Northwest Eco-Building Guild; and Kinley Deller, Waste Reduction Specialist for the King County Green Tools Program about sustainable building in the Seattle area.
Jim is an architect with BLIP Design, specializing in Green Remodels and Additions. He's a member of the American Institute of Architects, the US Green Building Council, Built Green, and Solar Washington.  The Northwest Eco-Building Guild is an association of builders, designers, homeowners, trades people, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in ecologically sustainable building. More info at: http://ecobuilding.org/
Kinley provides construction related waste reduction and recycling assistance to construction project managers, contractors, architects, and developers within King County. He has been working tirelessly over the past several years to promote deconstruction as a key waste reduction option. King County's GreenTools program helps users create and sustain "green" buildings and developments with technical assistance, grants, hands-on training, and the information to find locally-produced, high quality sustainable building materials and resources. More info at: www.greentools.us.
Download Flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Garbage Warrior
Garbage Warrior
Bottle Wall

     

Friday, January 23, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
FILM: “THE ORANGE REVOLUTION”
(106 min, Steve York, 2007) 
Orange Revolution provides an in-depth look at Ukraine’s
historic nonviolent revolution of 2004. In freezing temperatures, over one million citizens poured into the streets of Kyiv and took up residence there. They marched in protest and formed human barricades around government buildings, paralyzing all state functions. Restaurants donated food, businessmen sent tents, and individuals brought blankets, clothing, and money. At night, rock bands energized the protesters.
For 17 days, a group of ordinary citizens engaged in extraordinary acts of political protest. Capturing the songs and spirit of this moment in history, Orange Revolution tells the story of a people united, not by one leader or one party, but by one idea: to defend their vote.
Followed by facilitated discussion. Download Flyer HERE.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Orange Revolution
     

Friday, January 16, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
FILM: “DR. STRANGELOVE” or: “HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB”
(94 min, Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
DR. STRANGELOVE is a 1964 black comedy film directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and featuring Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn and Slim Pickens. Loosely based by screenwriter Terry Southern on Peter George's Cold War thriller novel Red Alert (aka Two Hours to Doom), Dr. Strangelove satirizes the Cold War and the doctrine of mutual assured destruction.
The story concerns a mentally unstable US Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse, as well as the crew of one B-52 as they attempt to deliver their payload.
In 1989, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

...also:
SUPPORT GROUND ZERO on MLK DAY:
ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS - ABOLISH TRIDENT

Monday, January 19, 2009, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
RESTORING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: GROUND ZERO CENTER FOR NONVIOLENT ACTION VIGIL AND DIRECT ACTION AT BANGOR
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 19, by standing against nuclear weapons and war!  Join the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (GZ) in a vigil at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds MLK Day event in the morning, and a vigil and direct action at the gates of the Bangor Trident nuclear submarine base in the afternoon.
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. at GZ, 16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370.  At 9:15 we will carpool to the Fairgrounds, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd., Bremerton, WA 98311, and meet at 9:30 at the NE corner of the Fairgrounds parking lot, in front of the main entrance to the auditorium, where we will vigil for one hour, and then return to GZ.  From 11:00 to 3:15 at GZ there will be nonviolence training and action planning.  At 3:15 we will head for the Bangor gate(s) for vigiling and nonviolent direct action, returning to GZ at 4:30 to await the return of arrestees. Bring sack lunch, snacks, drinking water, umbrella, warm, waterproof clothes, flashlight, sign-making materials, money to donate, peaceful spirit.  For directions or more information, go to www.gzcenter.org, or contact Jackie or Sue at 360-377-2586.

MLK Day 2009 Flyer -front
MLK Day 2009 Flyer -schedule

 
Peter Sellers
Slim Pickens
Martin
Mushroom Cloud
     

Friday, January 9, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
FILM: “SHARKWATER”  (89 min, Rob Stewart, 2008)  
WITH SCOTT WEST AND SEA SHEPHERD
With an Opening Short Film:
"SHARK ANGLES"
Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, filmmaker Rob Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.
Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, SHARKWATER takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives.
Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.
Stewart's remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.
Join us in a conversation with Scott West, a retired federal agent, who now works with the Sea Shepherd. One of Scott's primary duties is to protect sharks.
(Also, come early at 6:30 PM for informal discussion with Scott West from Sea Shepherd)

For more info on "SHARKWATER": www.sharkwater.com
For more info on Sea Shepherd: www.seashepherd.org
Download the Flyer: HERE

Opening Short Film:
"SHARK ANGLES" (20 Minutes Produced by Shawn Heinrichs)
Shark Angles is the story of three powerful and passionate adventurers - a scientist, a grassroots activist and an eco-warrior – unite their unique strengths to create a formidable trio of shark defenders. Horrified by the rate man is destroying the creatures they have dedicated their lives to saving, the Shark Angels decide to take matters Into their own capable hands. http://www.sharkangels.org/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
SharkWater
Hammerheads Above
---
---
     
Friday, January 2, 2008
NO FILM THIS EVENING
 
   
     
Friday, December 26, 2008
NO FILM THIS EVENING
   
     
Friday, December 19, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: “WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?”
(91 min, Rob VanAlkemade & Morgan Spurlock, 2007)
MEANINGFUL MOVIES HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

...with the Seattle Labor Chorus!
THE SHOPOCALPSE IS COMING!  Sho•po•ca•lypse [shah PAW kuh lips] n. The end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt!
Reverend Billy was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer's jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands.
Through retail interventions, corporate exorcisms, and some good old-fashioned preaching, Reverend Billy reminds us that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. What Would Jesus Buy? is a  journey into the heart of America – from exorcising the demons at the Wal-Mart headquarters to taking over the center stage at the Mall of America and then ultimately heading to the Promised Land … Disneyland.
Will we be led like Sheeple to the Christmas slaughter, or will we find a new way to give a gift this Christmas?  What Would Jesus Buy? may just be the divine intervention we’ve all been searching for.

The SHOPOCALYPSE is upon us … Who will be $aved?
Joining us for the evening is the Seattle Labor Chorus!
...can I get a HALLELUJA! AMEN!

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
  Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
Exocising WalMart
Rev Bily at Starbuck's
     
Friday, December 12, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film:
"SUGIHARA: CONSPIRACY OF KINDNESS" (90 min, Robert Kirk , 2005)
In the fall of 1939, Hitler's murderous wave was sweeping through Eastern Europe. In the face of the Nazi onslaught, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara set about saving thousands of lives. But his struggle was not fought on the battlefields or in war rooms. He used his power as a diplomat to rescue fleeing Jewish refugees. As Japan's consul to Lithuania, Sugihara risked career, disgrace, his life, and the lives of his family defying Tokyo by writing transit visas for refugees desperate to escape persecution.
Facilitated discussion follows the film.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Sugihara
     
Friday, December 5, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film:
"BEYOND BELIEF" (90 min, Beth Murphy, 2007)
Powerful story of two soccer moms living in the suburbs of Boston until tragedy strikes when they lose their husbands in the September 11th events at the World Trade Center.  Instead of revenge, they support one another to dedicate themselves to empowering Afghan widows whose lives have been ravaged by decades of war, poverty and oppression.   An unlikely kinship and sisterhood with widows halfway around the world.   Truly moving and remarkable.  Directed by Beth Murphy.   Distributed by Principle Pictures.      www.principlepictures.com
Guest speaker Thalia Syracopoulos, community leader and activist with Seattle NOW and Women in Black, will introduce and facilitate a discussion.
Co-sponsored with Seattle NOW Chapter  (www.nowseattle.org)
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Beyond Belief
     
Friday, November 28, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film:
“WINGS OF DEFEAT” (89 min, Risa Morimoto, 2007)Internationally, Kamikaze pilots remain a potent metaphor for fanaticism. In Japan, they are largely revered for their selfless sacrifice. Yet few outside Japan know that hundreds of these pilots survived the war. By the spring of 1945, when all Japanese planes were reassigned to kamikaze (Tokkotai) attacks, Japan could no longer defend its airspace and its naval fleet was demolished. When Japan surrendered, hundreds of kamikaze trainees were awaiting sortie orders that never arrived. Through rare interviews with surviving kamikaze pilots in their eighties, we learn about their training, their mindsets, their experiences in a kamikaze cockpit, and what it meant to survive when thousands of their fellow pilots had died. Their stories insist we set aside our preconceptions to relive their all too human experiences with them. Ultimately, they help us question what responsibilities a government at war has to its soldiers and to its people.
Facilitated discussion follows the film.
More info: www.edgewoodpictures.com/wingsofdefeat/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Wings of Defeat

Wings of Defeat
     

Friday, November 21, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film:
“GOOD FOOD” (72 min, Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin, 2008) WITH THE FILMMAKERS, MELISSA YOUNG & MARK DWORKIN
“A film to awaken our taste buds and our courage...”
-Frances Moore Lappe, author
Diet for a Small Planet, Hope’s Edge

Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest. Small family farmers are making a comeback. They're growing much healthier food, and lots more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms.  “GOOD FOOD” is a wonderful new documentary about sustainable food and farming in the Northwest by local filmmakers Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin.
For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big crops for export. But to respond to climate change and the end of cheap energy, each region is beginning to produce more of its own food and to grow food more sustainably. “GOOD FOOD” visits producers, farmers’ markets, distributors, stores, restaurants, chefs and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all.

This lively tour of Washington’s sustainable agriculture movement offers several lucid arguments in favor of smaller, more efficient farms, and purchasing locally grown crops. Still, no argument is as convincing as the marvelous bounty laid before our eyes in this film. See review in Seattle_PI.
Q&A and facilitated discussion the filmmakers Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin follows the film.
Download the flyer
HERE. For more info on other screenings in the Seattle area, see: www.goodfoodthemovie.org or www.movingimages.org.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
Good Food - www.movingimages.org
Alvarez Organic Farm
     
Friday, November 14, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film:
VENEZUELA! 
JOURNEY WITH THE REVOLUTION”
 
(61 min, Finn Arden and Nina Lopez, 2007) WITH THE US WOMEN AND CUBA COLLABORATION
 A journey into the heart of the Venezuelan Revolution with filmmakers Finn Arden and Nina Lopez of Global Women's Strike (www.globalwomenstrike.net).  Meet the midwives, nurses, doctors, housewives, teachers, gay and disability activists who are transforming Venezuela.  This exciting documentary will feature visits to health clinics, soup kitchens, land committees, education and micro-credit programs to address the status of women and ways the grassroots activists and VZ government are working to end poverty and violence.  Spanish and English with subtitles.
Featured speakers Cindy Domingo and Jan Strout, co-founders of the US Women and Cuba Collaboration, who have travelled to Venezuela in the past year, will be discussing their education and organizing work about VZ and upcoming women's delegations.
Co-sponsored with the US Women and Cuba Collaboration  www.womenandcuba.org
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
  Chavez
     
Friday, November 7, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: "WAR DANCE" (105 min, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix, 2007)
"You could really see how music was the only thing helping these kids get through their daily lives. It gave them so much joy and helped them get through everything that happened in the past." -Sean Fine, filmmaker.  In the heart of Northern Uganda's war zone the smallest voices are often the only ones able to tell the biggest stories. With civil war dominating the landscape for more than 20 years, tens of thousands of children have been forced to participate in the campaign of terror conducted by the rebel force of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Thankfully, WAR DANCE, the latest film by award winning documentarians Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine, provides a forum for such voices to be heard. And they come out singing.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
War Dance
     
Friday, October 31, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: "DAVE" (110 min, Ivan Reitman and Garry Ross, 1993)
...And A Special Musical Guest!
Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who looks like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an official luncheon, the Secret Service hires Dave to stand in for him. Unfortunately, Mitchell suffers a severe stroke whilst having sex with one of his aides, and Dave finds himself stuck in the role indefinitely. The corrupt, and manipulative Chief of Staff plans to use Dave to elevate himself to the White House - but unfortunately, he doesn't count on Dave enjoying himself in office, using his luck to make the country a better place, and falling in love with the beautiful First Lady. All star cast Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Laura Linney.
Happy Halloween! ...feel free to come in costume.
Downoad the Flyer HERE! Please post & pass on.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted
).
 
Dave
   

Friday, October 24, 2008, 7-9:30 PM (sharp)
Film: "THE VISITOR"
(103 min, Thomas McCarthy, 2008)
WITH PANELISTS:
PRAMILA JAYAPAL, Executive Director of OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone)

GINA OWENS, Grassroots leader with WashingtonCAN!
GINA MEJIA, Mother of a son wrongfully detained
.
In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life.
The critically-acclaimed film, THE VISITOR, revolves around a disillusioned economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter. Sixty-two-year-old Walter Vale is sleepwalking through life. His world is turned upside down when he returns from a conference and discovers that two undocumented citizens - a Syrian man (Tarek) and his Senegalese girlfriend - have taken up residence in his apartment. He reluctantly allows them to stay, and as a friendship develops, he tries to help when one is discovered by U.S. immigration authorities.
This is a poignant and often funny film about tests of the heart and discovering joy in the most unexpected places. THE VISITOR is Tom McCarthy's follow-up to his award-winning directorial debut The Station Agent This special screening of THE VISITOR is co-sponsored by OneAmerica and Active Voice. The Visitor Social Action Campaign uses the film as an educational tool to help viewers learn more about the U.S. immigrant detention system and get actively involved.
To learn more, please go to:  www.takepart.com/thevisitor
Download the Flyer HERE
Pramila Jayapal, Founder and Executive Director of OneAmerica, has spent over two decades campaigning for social justice. Under her leadership, OneAmerica has achieved significant policy changes and implemented the first large-scale immigrant voter registration program in Washington State, registering tens of thousands of new citizens. Nationally, Pramila helps lead the fight for due process, co-chairing the Liberty and Justice for All campaign of the Rights Working Group national coalition. Born in India, Pramila became a U.S. citizen in 2000.
Gina Owens is a grassroots leader with Washington Community Action Network. Since attending a Community Dialogues on Immigration train-the-trainers workshop, Gina has mobilized students at her grandchildren’s school to learn about immigrant rights and support comprehensive immigration reform. A passionate community leader and human rights activist, Gina served on Washington CAN!’s board and was Chair of Washington CAN!’s King County Community Action Team.
Gena Mejia became an outspoken advocate of immigration reform when her son was unlawfully detained at Tacoma's 1,000-bed Northwest Detention Center. Originally from Mexico, Gena has lived in Washington State since 1979. And her son, 30-years-old and a father of two young children at the time of his six-month detainment, was a legal resident who had spent his entire life in the U.S. By telling her family's story, Gena hopes to raise awareness of a rarely heard perspective on the immigration reform debate.
OneAmerica is committed to the vision of a unified nation with justice for all. Its mission is to advance the fundamental principles of democracy, justice, and human rights at the local, state and national levels:
PLEASE JOIN US FOLLOWING THE FILM FOR A PANEL & FACILITATED DISCUSSION
For more information on One America: www.hatefreezone.org
The Visitor: www.thevisitorfilm.com; and www.takepart.com/thevisitor
Active Voice:  www.activevoice.net;
Participant Media: www.participantmedia.com.
Washington Community Action Network: www.washingtoncan.org
Take Action!

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
The Visitor
Visitor
Visitor

OneAmerica

Active Voice

Washington Community Action Network
     

Friday, October 17, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
WE BEGIN A 3-PART SERIES ENTITLED:
"TOWARDS A NEW STORY OF MONEY"
Part 1: Film:
“THE MONEY FIX” (80 min, Alan Rosenblith, 2008),
WITH THE FILMMAKER, ALAN ROSNBLITH

Where: Keystone Church - Address above.
Have you ever wondered what money is or where it comes from?  While most of us take the monetary system for granted, it has silent and profound implications for everyone.  The Money Fix is a feature-length documentary comparing and contrasting community currencies with federal dollars. 
This soon to be released film examines economic patterning in both the human and the natural worlds, and through this lens we learn how we can empower ourselves by redesigning the lifeblood of the economy at the local level.
Join Filmmaker Alan Rosenblith and others in a very timely discussion on money and our economic systems, past and future!  More information: www.themoneyfix.org
Download the Flyer HERE!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

Monday October 20, 2008 7:30-9:00PM
Part 2: "MONEY, HAPPINESS, AND SIMPLICITY"

SIMPLICITY GATHERING FACILITATED BY CECILE ANDREWS

Where: St. John United Lutheran Church,
5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle (Across from Woodland Park Zoo)
What is the source of human happiness, and what role does money have to play? The economy's troubles have many of us focusing even more on what's important to us while rejecting the false palliatives of consumerism and spending. Cecile is the author of The Circle of Simplicity and Slow Is Beautiful, and founder of the Phinney Ecovillage www.phinneyecovillage.net. 
Free!   More info: cecile@cecileandrews.com, www.cecileandrews.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 6:30-9:30PM
Part 3: “HOW DO WE TRANSFORM OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY?”
PUBLIC GATHERING: INDRA’S RAINBOW - IONS COMMUNITY GROUP
Where: Interfaith Community Church,
1763 NW 62nd St, Seattle (Ballard)
We will explore personal, social and spiritual aspects of money, including topics such as the disparity between rich and poor, the notion of scarcity vs sufficiency, alternative currencies, etc. We will also share personal life stories around money, how money shaped us. Reference (Books and IONS' audio): Lynne Twist "The Soul of Money," Bernard Lietaer "The Future of Money."  Suggested donation: $5   info@indrasrainbow.org, www.indrasrainbow.org

 
The Money Fix
The Money Fix
The Money Fix
Coins
     
Friday, October 10, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: "WE FEED THE WORLD" (78 min, Marc Francis & Nick Francis, 2006)
Close to a billion of the nearly seven billion people on Earth are starving today. But the food we are currently producing could feed 12 billion people. This is a film about food and globalization, fishermen and farmers, the flow of goods and cash flow -- a film about scarcity amid plenty. Why doesn't a tomato taste like a tomato today? How does one explain that 200 million people in India, supplier of 80% of Switzerland's wheat, suffer from malnutrition? Why are thousands of acres of the Amazon being cleared to grow soybeans? Is water something to which the public has a basic right or, as the CEO of the world's largest food company Nestlé suggests, a foodstuff with a market value?
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
We Feed The World
We Feed The world
     
Friday, October 3, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: "BLACK GOLD" (78 min, Marc Francis & Nick Francis, 2006) with BILL MACE from THE COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE (CAGJ)
Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.  Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. Nominated for several awards including the Sundance Grand Jury in 2006, it won the British Independent Film Award for best achievement in production in 2007.
Discussion following the film will be facilitated by Bill Mace from the Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ), www.seattleglobaljustice.org

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Black gold - Green Coffee Beans
coffee Pickers
NY Commodity Exchange
     
Friday, September 26, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film:
“THE 8TH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL” (80 min, Arts Engine, 2008)   WITH CONTRIBUTING FILMMAKERS MELISSA YOUNG AND MARK DWORKIN
Every year, THE MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL is the premier showcase for a new collection of jury selected shorts on the most important topics of the day. Join us for an incredibly diverse evening of film and discussion. Topics range from the disappearance of bees to electronic waste, from spoken word on 9/11 to hip-hop in Senegal to violence in Lebanon.
Also included in the festival and winner of the Labor Award is a 10 minute clip ARGENTINA TURNING AROUND by Seattle area filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young with Moving Images (www.movingimages.org), who will be joining us to share their perspective on the festival’s opening in New York this past June.  THE MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL is a project of Arts Engine. http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/
Download the Flyer HERE!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
8th Annual Media That Matters film Festival
     
Friday, September 19, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film:
“USA v. AL-ARIAN” (100 min, Line Halvorsen, 2007)  
With STEVEN REISLER and BERNICE FUNK from THE NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD
“USA v. AL-ARIAN” details the disturbing bigotry in post-9/11 America and the political persecution of Dr. Sami AlArian for his speaking out for the human rights of Palestinians.  The film follows the false arrest and trial of Dr. Al-Arian, the attempted destruction to his family and himself, and the travesty of the government’s unlawful attack on an awarded intellectual and compassionate man.  For two-and-a-half years, Dr. Al-Arian was held in solitary confinement; he has been held 5 years.  He was acquitted in a criminal trial, but was forced to a plea bargain to avoid a second false prosecution.  The government now violates the plea agreement and will not release Dr. Al-Arian, but seeks to persecute him further. After living successfully more than 30 years in the US, Dr. Al-Arian has agreed to leave, but the vindictive prosecutor will not let him go.
JOIN US FOR AN UPDATE ON THE TRIAL AND AN IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION ON ITS IMPACT ON ALL OF US.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
US vs Al-Arian
     
Friday, September 12, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: “CHILDREN OF ARMAGEDDON”
(95 min, Fabienne Lips-Dumas, 2008)  

Because of recent U.S. politics, the reality of a nuclear threat is more and more present. This passionate and deeply moving account explores the legacy of nuclear arms around the world.
CHILDREN OF ARMAGEDDON tells of the rewriting of history for the purposes of political opportunism, the reality of new nuclear arms, planetary contamination, the anti-missile shield program, and peace movements. From Hiroshima, the Marshall Islands, Tahiti, and New Zealand, to Vienna, Washington D.C., and Vancouver we hear the accounts of scientists, media and political experts, activists, and, of course, the descendants - who cling to the hope that their testimony can free us from the threat of sudden destruction.
With the participation of: Noam Chomsky, Hans Blix, Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Arjun Makhijani, and Douglas Roche.
The documentary is in two parts: CHILDREN OF ARMAGEDDON
and MAY THE BOMB BE WITH YOU. Both parts will be shown.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Doomsday Clock

Children of Armageddon
     

Friday, September 5, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: “KILOWATT OURS” (65 min, Jeff Barrie, 2004)   

KILOWATT OURS reveals the underreported side effects resulting from America’s voracious appetite for coal-generated electricity, and alternatives that give hope for the future. Also: A discussion on solar alternatives for the Northwest with PAM BURTON and JEREMY SMITHSON from PUGET SOUND SOLAR and SOLAR WASHINGTON.

Q: What would you find if you traced the wires from your light switch to the energy source?
A: Mountain top removal? global warming? childhood asthma? … or hope?
Vice President Dick Cheney, in his well-known energy policy speech of April 30, 2001, claimed that America must build 1900 new power plants by 2020. That is one new power plant per week for the next two decades in order to meet projected electricity demands. “KILOWATT OURS” challenges this assertion by presenting hope filled alternatives based on conservation, efficiency and renewable power.
JOIN US FOR AN ENLIGHTENING CONVERSATION ON SOLAR POWER IN THE NORTHWEST. Download the FLYER and post widely!
More information at www.solarwashington.org
and www.pugetsoundsolar.com

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).

Kilowatt Ours

     


OFF FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

   
     
Friday, JULY 25, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film:
“THE SINGING REVOLUTION (94 min, James Tusty & Maureen Castle, 2008)
With the Estonian Dance Group: “TUHANDEST  TUULEST”
“TUHANDEST TUULEST” means “from a thousand winds”. The name originates from the Estonians who have immigrated from countries all over the world. Join us in a conversation with a number of first generation Estonians about the film, the history and the movement.

A
single nation - A million voices - The fall of an empire.   In 1991, after nearly fifty years of rule by a brutal Soviet occupation, the small Republic of Estonia confronted their occupiers by announcing their independence to the world. Their charge heralded the collapse of the Soviet Union and the freedom of now-suddenly-former Soviet republics. Music played a pivotal role in these historical events. ―The Singing Revolution‖ tells the story of one country‘s undeniable thirst for self-determination and its unshakable belief in what it means to be free—to be Estonian.
DON'T MISS THIS INCREDIBLE FILM!

Download the flyer HERE!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
The Singing Revolution
     
Friday, JULY 18, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: “CAMDEN 28”
The Camden 28 explores how and why 28 individuals intentionally placed themselves at risk of arrest and imprisonment while protesting the war in Vietnam. It is a story about a potent form of dissent that has special relevance to our current political climate.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted)
 
Camden 28
     
Friday, JULY 11, 2008, 7-9:30 PM
Film: “MOUNTAIN TOP REMOV
AL” (72 minutes, Mike O’Connell) …Music Starts at 6:30 PM
We’ll start the evening early with music by old-time variety duet CHARLIE BECK and CHARMAINE LI-LEI (half of the band Tall Boys) and their musical friends. 
 MUSIC STARTS AT 6:30. Please come early and join us for the joyous sound!
Throughout southern Appalachia Mountain Top Removal coal mining is on the rise blasting and leveling highland forests and streams. The process literally changes the geology of the region. Citizens negatively impacted by the resulting flooding, pollution, and destruction of their homes are fighting back to oppose big coals impact on their lives and communities. Mountain Top Removal is the winner of this year’s Reel Current award at the Nashville Film Festival, The Indie Truth Award for Best Documentary at the 2007 Charlotte Film Festival, and was selected for a "Yubie" jury award from the 2008 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City California.
Download the FLYER and post widely!
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Mountain Top Removal

Arrest
     
Friday, July 4, 2008, 7-9:30 PM