Green Screen Film Festival
Naro Expanded Cinema
Fri, Sept 23 through Tues, Oct 4
"Saving the planet, one movie at a time"
Naro Expanded Cinema hosts the 3rd annual green screen film festival. This year's festival includes 13 new feature films of which 9 are regional premieres, plus a number of short features, and a special evening with the renowned journalist and media activist Amy Goodman. There will also be three community seminars on important, timely topics. Speakers and discussions follow most film showings.
For up-to-date info call 625-6275
Opening Night Wine Reception: Fri, Sept 23 from 6:30pm to 9:30 -- Elliot's Fair Grounds at 806 Baldwin Ave, one block south of the Naro just off Colley Ave
Come kick off the Green Screen Film Festival with others as you enjoy the
full line of Twin Fin Wines and Banrock Station Wines, the finest tasting, most environmentally
active wine available on the planet. Banrock Station has pioneered the
relationship between good earth, fine wine and sponsorship of environmental
projects around the world; with part of the proceeds from their wine sales
going toward the restoration of wetlands in 11 countries, including several
local Virginia efforts like the Back Bay Restoration Foundation and the Save
the Bay Foundation. The winery's own property has been awarded the
Ecotourism Australia designation, and declared a RAMSAR wetland of international importance-the highest accolade for wetlands management.
$5 donation; proceeds to benefit the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a 20 year old environmental organization committed to the
protection of the beach and coastal waters.
**Tasting will be upstairs in
Elliot's Fairgrounds Coffee Shop, located just 1 block west of the Naro
Feature films showing at the Naro:
Guest speakers to introduce most films
Fri, Sept 23 at 7:15 premiere and through Mon, Oct 3 -- check calendar for showtimes.
GRIZZLY MAN , Director Werner Herzog's latest documentary, explores the life of Timothy Treadwell, an activist who thought he could live safely among the grizzly bears of the Alaskan wilderness while he studied them. But Treadwell was eventually killed,along with his partner Amie Huguenard, by one of the very animals to whom he had devoted years of research. Using Treadwell's own video footage, Herzog examines the emotions and mind of an intriguing, infuriating, and perhaps even tragic figure. Original music by Richard Thompson. Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at 2005 Sundance Film Festival. (R, 103 mins)
Stephanie Boyles is a wildlife biologist and in charge of Domestic and Wildlife Rescue at PETA
Fri, Sept 23 at 5:30 * Sat, Sept 24 at 1:15pm * Sun, Sept 25 at 1:00pm
THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL A homeless street musician in San Francisco falls in with the flock as he searches for meaning in his life. Although not a scientist, his expertise grows as he becomes a guardian and caretaker of the cherry-headed conures, escaped pets who have begun to breed in the wilds of the city. (G, 83 mins)
Fri, Sept 23 at 9:20pm
ECO SURF An inspired evening of ecological surf film shorts from the Surfrider Foundation and Pororoca, a journey down the Amazon River to find the mythical "world's longest wave". The feature surf film Shelter from The Moonshine Conspiracy in Australia documents a communion of nature and the sea by some of the world's most influential surfers. It's a collaboration of the Malloy Brothers, Kelly Slater, hot musician Jack Johnson, and Joachim Cooder (producer of Buena Vista Social Club). Winner of numerous festival awards. (90 mins program)
Tom Allen is director of the Environmental Geography class at ODU, and world-class researcher and surfer.
Sat, Sept 24 at 5:30
OCEAN ODYSSEY Paul Gilman's remarkable film proves that right here on our own planet we are not alone and that music is the universal language. This awe-inspiring film joins Gilman in his quest to communicate through music with other intelligent life on our planet. We have the opportunity to share his amazing experiences through "First Breath," a concept that features musical encounters with dolphins, whales-including magnificent Humpbacks-and elusive Orcas. The remarkable soundtrack weaves Gilman's music with the songs of sea creatures. From the crystal blue waters of Hawaii, to the Kingdom of Tonga, to the mist-shrouded Pacific Northwest, Ocean Odyssey contains some of the most dramatic whale and dolphin footage ever captured on film. (75 mins)
Maylon White is the curator of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine science Center.
Sat, Sept 24 at 9:15pm * Mon, Oct 3 at 7:30
ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM Director Alex Gibney presents the inside story of the greatest business scandal of the last century, when top executives of Enron, America's seventh largest company, walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. (110 mins)
Jeffrey Jones is a Ph.D. in communications and teaches political documentary film at ODU.
Sun, Sept 25 at 5:15 * Thurs, Sept 29 at 7:30
THE GREAT WARMING
We are living at the dawn of a new epoch in planetary history. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is reaching 380 ppm and the effects may be irreversible if transformative steps aren't immediately taken. And yet our governments and corporations are misleading the public with pseudo- science and deception. That's why this Canadian documentary is so important -- revealing the definitive scientific facts. Filmed in eight countries on four continents, this new film has been endorsed by the world's leading scientists. To pull in the younger generation that will be effected most, the narration is by Alanis Morisette and Keanu Reeves. (82 mins)
Bruce Wielicki, senior scientist for Earth Sciences at NASA and manager of CERES, a project measuring global energy balance.
Mon, Sept 26 at 7:30
MAD COWBOY This is the story of Howard Lyman, America's best known animal rights activists and a leading spokesman for vegetarianism and organic agriculture. As a former Montana rancher, Howard experienced first-hand the disastrous effects of industrial farming practices on the environment and health of both animals and humans. Travel with Howard through the US and Europe as he investigates the misunderstood and growing threat of mad cow disease and other pathogens that are transferred by the ingestion of animal products. (80 mins)
Bruce Friedrich is a nationally renown spokesperson for animal rights and heads grassroots and media campaigns at PETA.
Tues, Sept 27 at 7:30
REEL PARADISE Noted indie film maven John Pierson (author of Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes and co-creator, with his wife Janet, of IFC's Split Screen) took his family to Fiji in search of "the world's most remote movie theater." Falling in love with the 180 Meridian Cinema after witnessing the wild enthusiasm of its audiences, John decided to move to Fiji to operate the cinema and show free movies. He also saw this unique, year-long adventure as a great opportunity to introduce his family to a culture and lifestyle far different from that of the New York City suburbs. Directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams). (R, 110 mins)
Jeffrey Jones is a Ph.D. in communications and teaches political documentary film at ODU.
Wed, Sept 28 at 7:30 * Sat, Oct 1 at 9:15
A SIDEWALK ASTRONOMER John Dobson has been dubbed the Pied Piper of Astronomy, and for good reason. Since designing his first telescope in 1956, the 89-year-old cosmologist and former monk has revolutionized amateur astronomy, showing thousands how to build their own telescopes. Sidewalk Astronomers is now a worldwide group of enthusiasts who congregate for "star parties". Jeffrey Jacobs' beautiful new documentary includes wondrous images of the cosmos. (79 mins)
Robert Hitt, Ph.D. is the director of the Chesapeake Planetarium, ODU prof, and author.
Kent Blackwell is a past president of Back Bay Amateur Astronomers and infectious stargazing enthusiast.
Sat, Oct 1 at 3:00pm * Sun, Oct 2 at 1:30pm
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS This astonishing documentary (the second biggest doc in history) follows one year in the life of an emperor-penguin flock. Morgan Freeman guides us through this incredible experience. (G, 84 mins)
Sat, Oct 1 at 5:00
ENDANGERED SPECIES Their amazing stories have been reported on television's "60 Minutes" and "Bill Moyers' Show". Now this inspiring new feature film documents the work of the inner-city youth group Earth Conservation Corps that is restoring the Anacostia River and has brought back bald eagles to our nation's capital. The title refers to the inner city youth that were murdered over the years that were serving in the ECC. (92 mins)>
Special guests: directors and participants in Norfolk Botanical Garden HELP (Horticulture Enrichment and Learning Program) including co-founder Edward Bradley, coordinator JoShirlon Capehart, and program manager Mary K. Scott.
Sun, Oct 2 at 5:15
THE FUTURE OF FOOD What the film The Corporation did for corporate America, this new film does for agribusiness. Deborah Koons Garcia's muckraking documentary explores the revolution that is transforming what we eat - the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, genetically modified food that graces your dinner plate. Monsanto, world's leading producer of GM crops, comes in for particularly close scrutiny as a leader in this brave new world of biotech business - a place where issues of agricultural production, cutting-edge science, profits, conservation, public health and civil liberties all collide. (88 mins)
Tues, Oct 4 at 7:15 -- part of "New Non-Fiction Film"
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED . This thrilling documentary is an extraordinary portrait of Hugo Chavez, the popularly elected president of Venzuela, a country that is a primary oil supplier for the US. Chavez's socialist politics has caused the American government great concern. Now you can judge for yourself: is he the Hitler depicted by Pat Robertson or a colorful,unpredictable folk hero, beloved by his nation's working class and a tough-as-nails, quixotic opponent to the oil-media-military power structure that would see him deposed. Two independent filmmakers were inside the presidential palace when he was forcibly removed from office and over the next 48 hours they recorded an intimate account of history's shortest-lived coup d'état. (74 mins)
Judith Ewell Ph.D. taught Latin American studies at the College of William and Mary, and as a Fulbright lecturer at universities in South America. She is the author of "Venzuela and the US: From Monroe's Doctrine to Petroleum's Empire"
Sat, Sept 24 (part of seminar)
PEAK OIL:Imposed by Nature Energy investment banker and member of Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force Commission joins geologist Colin Campbell and financial risk analyst Richard Webb to predict peak oil and its devastating consequences for civilization. (29 mins)
Sun, Sept 25 (film clip as part of seminar)
THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN This epic true-life adventure follows the life of a maverick Midwestern family farmer who revolutionizes both farming and family. Castigated as a pariah in his community, John bravely resurrects his farm after losing it amidst a failing economy. And as an artist he creates a bastion of free expression and alternative living.; A "real" documentary by filmmaker Taggart Siegel. (83 mins)
Friday, Sept 30 at 8:00pm
AMY GOODMAN: Un-Embed The Media Tour Featuring Amy Goodman, founder of Democracy Now! in person.
For years, award-winning journalist Amy Goodman has confronted the Washington establishment and its corporate lobbyists. Host of the national radio and TV show Democracy Now!, Ms. Goodman is a committed pioneer in a sea of commercial media.
Democracy Now! is a beacon for passionate, critical, and hard-hitting news and is the largest public media collaboration in North America. Goodman's goal is to "go where the silence is, to give voice to the silenced majority."
The evening includes a short film, Independent Media In a Time of War, to be followed by a lecture by Ms. Goodman. Afterwards, a book signing of Ms. Goodman's bestseller "Exception to the Rulers" will be hosted at the theatre by Prince Books of Norfolk.
Advance tickets available at Naro Cinema and Naro Video.Tickets: $10 for all seats (Ticket Books are not valid) $25 includes pre-event reception with Amy Goodman at First Lutheran Church, 2 blocks south of the Naro on Colley Ave.
Sat, Sept 24 1:00 to 4:30pm
New Era for Renewable Energy and Green Technology hosted by Tidewater Post Carbon Network and Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Are you concerned about global warming, dependence on foreign oil, and a deteriorating environment? Feel that our global culture is heading in the wrong way? Then come join a community meeting of concerned citizens and knowledgeable facilitators as we explore possible alternatives and political action. Film clips will be screened from the following films: The Great Warming, Peak Oil: Imposed By Nature, Kilowatt Ours, and The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and The Collapse of the American Dream, and Mike Tidwell's We Are All Smith Islanders.
Seminar Presenters: Rob Berz is a green architect with RRMM Architects Charlie Garlow has 18 years experience as an environmental attorney enforcing the National Clean Air Act. Josh Tulkin is the organizing director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Nic van Vuuren is director of Hampton Roads Clean Cities Coalition Bruce Wielicki, senior scientist for Earth Sciences at NASA and manager of CERES, a project measuring global energy balance. Steve Yetiv, Professor of Political Science at ODU and author of "Crude Awakenings: Global Oil Security and American Foreign Policy."
Sun, Sept 25 1:00 to 4:30pm
Back to the Future: Re-establishing a Local Network of Community Farms and Markets
Our food requires more energy to produce (chemical fertilizers and sprays) and to ship (an average of 1200 miles to our table) than the available calories it contains. Unsustainable agribusiness practices are destroying our soil, polluting our environment, torturing our farm animals, and destroying our health. Join a community dialogue led by the few local visionaries that are still practicing the old, wise ways.Film clips will be screened from the following films: The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Mad Cowboy, The Future of Food, and Food for the Future.
Seminar Presenters: John Wilson, organic farmer and owner of New Earth Farm in Va Beach. Charlie Maloney, organic farmer and owner of Dayspring Farm in Cologne, Va. Bev Sell, founder of Five Points Community Farm Market. Skip Stiles, an environmental science policy writer and consultant
Sat, Oct 1 1:00 to 4:30pm
Independent Media: A Primer Hosted by Hampton Roads Independent Media Coalition
Are you concerned about the erosion of a free press in America and commercial media's inherent conflict of interest between maximizing profit and an unbiased responsibility toward a well-informed American citizenry? Drawing inspiration from Ms Goodman's visit, this seminar will provide an overview of Indymedia with practical examples of how we can "Be the Media" on line, on air, in print and in films. We will screen clips from the following films: Mobilizing Media Reform , The Corporation , The Miami Model and the Cascadia Media Collective's Guerrilla Video Primer .
Seminar Presenters: Chris Maxwell. station manager of "WRIR Richmond Independent Radio". Phil Wayto, journalist and editor of the monthly newspaper "The Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality". Tom Palumbo, founder of Hampton Roads Independent Media Coalition. Plus representatives of the Richmond and Charlottesville IMP
All seminars are held at The Studio for the Healing Arts, 1611 Colley Ave (2nd Floor) one block north of Naro Cinema Seminar Admission is $10