4th Annual Green Screen Film Festival
Friday, Sept 22 through Wednesday, October 4
"World War III will be a guerrilla information war, with no division between military and civilian participation."
-- Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage (1967)
Thursday, September 21 from 6:00 to 8:30pm
United Nations International Day of Peace An inter-faith peace service and candlelight vigil will be held at the Unitarian Church on the Hague, 739 Yarmouth St in Norfolk.
Friday, Sept 22
Opening night reception at Elliot's Fair Grounds Coffee House at corner of Colley Ave and Baldwin Ave (one block south of Naro) following the screening of Black Gold until 9:00pm. Free samples of a selection of Ethiopian coffees and food. Everyone welcome!
Saturday, Sept 30
Green Screen Reception Preceding Al Franken: God Spoke at Azars Mediterranean Foods on Colley Ave and 20th St (3 blocks north of Naro) between 5:30 and 7:00pm. Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Everyone welcome!
13 Film Premieres and 3 Revivals
With presenters and after-film discussion
Film admission is $8. Discount ticket books are accepted. Call for more info about a Green Screen Festival Discount Pass. 625-6275
Friday, Sept 22 at 5:00pm
BLACK GOLD: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Multinational coffee companies dominate the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay premium prices for lattes and cappuccinos, the low price paid to Ethiopian coffee farmers in the birthplace of coffee has forced many to abandon their fields. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to travel the world and establish fair trade practices for the 75,000 struggling Ethiopian coffee farmers. (78 mins)
Friday, Sept 22 at 9:05pm
U.S. VERSUS JOHN LENNON Lennon's transformation from the Beatles rock star to anti-war activist to iconic inspiration for peace is documented by biographers David Leaf and John Scheinfeld. They reveal the U.S. Government's attempt to silence Lennon, showing that this was not just an isolated episode in American history but that the issues and struggles of that era remain relevant today. Featuring appearances by Noam Chomsky, Walter Cronkite, Mario Cuomo, Angela Davis, John Dean, Ron Kovic, G. Gordon Liddy, George McGovern, Bobby Seale, Tommy Smothers, Gore Vidal, Yoko Ono and others. (99mins)
Sat & Sun, Sept 23 & 24 at 3:00pm; Mon, Sept 25 at 7:30pm
WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? Writer/director Chris Paine chronicles the life and mysterious death of the EV-1, examining the cultural and economic ripple effects caused by its conception and how they reverberated through the halls of government and big business. Interviews with automakers, legislators, engineers, consumers, celebrities, and car enthusiasts piece the complex puzzle together. (PG, 91 mins)
Saturday, Sept 23 at 5:00
THE GROUND TRUTH Patricia Foulkrod's powerful new film depicts with ferocious honesty the terrible conflict in Iraq, a prelude to the even more challenging battles fought by soldiers when they return home to personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. (72 mins)
Sat, Sept 23 at 9:15 and Sat, Sept 30 at 9:30
PEEL: The Peru Project In the newest film from the family that made surf film history (The Endless Summer), filmmaker Wes Brown travels to the beautiful waters of Peru to find the perfect wave. His trek includes an enchanted visit to the ancient Incan village of Machu Picchu. The electrifying surf footage features world-class surfers Mark Healey, Jamie Sterling, and Sofia Mulanovich. Sponsored by our local chapter of Surfriders Foundation. (80 mins)
Sunday, Sept 24 at 7:30
IRAQ FOR SALE: The War Profiteers This is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed) takes you inside the lives of Americans and Iraqis who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Blackwater, the private military contractor in Moyock, NC is featured as just one of many corporations making a killing in Iraq. (75 mins)
Tues, Sept 26 at 7:30 and Tues, Oct 3 at 7:30
LOOSE CHANGE Three young filmmakers spent many years and little money to make the most successful web-download feature film ever made. This newest updated version covers over 300 points connecting the attacks of 9/11 with forces within the US government. Evidence is derived from news footage, scientific analysis, and personal accounts. A discussion about the biggest conspiracy phenomenon since the assassination of President Kennedy will follow the screening. (80 mins)
Wed, Sept 27 at 7:15 as part of seminar at Studio for Healing Arts
HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL After the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, Cuba lost access to oil and had to suddenly transition from a fossil fuel agricultural export economy dependent on petrol-chemical fertilizers to a culture of intensive organic farming to keep its citizens from starving. As the world approaches peak oil, Cuba provides a valuable example of the cooperation, conservation, and community that will be needed to continue civil society in a low-energy world. (53 mins)
Wed, & Thurs, Sept 27 & 28 at 7:30
INCONVENIENT TRUTH After the 2000 election, Al Gore reset his course to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening portrait of his "traveling global warming show," he is funny, engaging, open, and downright on fire about getting the truth out before it's too late. Political proponents take note. (PG, 100 mins)
Friday, Sept 29 at 7:00
GOD AND GAYS What is it like to be gay and Christian in America? Filmmakers Luane Beck and Kim Clark explore the struggle that Christians have reconciling sexuality and spirituality. With Rev. Mel White, co-founder of SoulForce, Rev. Deborah L. Johnson of Santa Cruz, Jason Stuart, an out Jewish comic and actor in Los Angeles, (90mins)
Mel White, author of the new "Religion Gone Bad" will be in attendance along with filmmakers Luane Beck and Kim Clark.
Friday, Sept 29 at 9:30
WAKE UP SCREAMING "One man, 48 cities, 100 bands - what could possibly go wrong?" Independent filmmakers David Bergthold and Laban Pheidios team up with local PETA staff member and activist Jason Bayless as he travels across the country during the Vans Warped Tour. You'll meet rock stars, skaters, groupies, and animal rights activists unplugged in this PETA production. (80 mins)
Sat, Sept 30 at 1:00 and Sun, Oct 1 at 2:00
LASSIE Do we really need a new Lassie movie? When it's as good as this, yes! On the eve of World War II, a poor British family is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog, to the Duke of Rudling (Peter O'Toole) and Lassie is transported 500 miles away to the Duke's remote castle on the northern coast of Scotland. Lassie must face dangers great and small to get back to the home and family she loves. (PG, 100 mins)
Sat, Sept 30 at 5:00 and Sun, Oct 1 at 6:00
THE WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR Dan Millman (Scott Mechlowicz) is a talented college gymnast with Olympic dreams. Then Dan's world is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious stranger he calls Socrates (Nick Nolte), who holds the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. Directed by Victor Salva (Powder), based on Dan Millman's autobiographical novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior. (PG13, 120 mins)
Saturday, Sept 30
Green Screen Reception Preceding Al Franken: God Spoke at Azars Mediterranean Foods on Colley Ave and 20th St (3 blocks north of Naro) between 5:30 and 7:00pm. Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.
Sat, Sept 30 at 7:15
AL FRANKEN: God Spoke The makers of The War Room turn their cameras on the best-selling author, Air America host, and political satirist - highlighting his highly publicized feud with Bill O'Reilly over Franken's blockbuster "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" and his relentless campaign against Rush Limbaugh, George Bush and the right wing in the 2004 election, and beyond to his own run for the Wisconsin senate seat in 2008. Featuring beltway insiders Ann Coulter, Michael Moore, Al Gore, Robert Kennedy Jr., Sean Hannity, William Safire, Karen Hughes and Henry Kissinger. (90mins)
Sunday, Oct 1 at 8:15
AMERICAN BLACKOUT Ian Inaba's new film, awarded Best Documentary at Sundance Film Festival, documents the disenfranchisement of black voters in the Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004 presidential elections and the political career of U.S. Rep Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), who not only took an active role in investigating these election debacles but also found herself in the middle of one after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Music by DJ Shadow, Soulsavers and Thievery Corporation, (72 mins)
Monday, Oct 2 at 7:30
DARK WATER RISING: The Truth About Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescuers Award winning filmmaker Mike Shiley (Inside Iraq) tells the story of the volunteers from across America who traveled to New Orleans to try and save some of the tens of thousands of family dogs and cats that were forcibly left behind by draconian FEMA policies. Braving toxic floodwaters and breaking down doors to save starving animals who had been imprisoned in their houses, these courageous animal activists exhibit a love and resolve that will leave you emotionally drained. (79 mins)
Part of the ticket price will be donated to the Norfolk SPCA.
Video Seminars at Studio for Healing Arts
Located at 1611 Colley Ave (2nd floor) one block north of Naro
Wed, Sept 27 at 7:15
Green Dream: A Gaian Future A screening of How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (56 mins) will be followed by a Power Point presentation of "A Gaian Future" by Tom Ellis, Ph.D. and a discussion of The Earth Charter.
Wed, Oct 4 at 7:15
Green Politics: Culture Jamming the Parties
A community discussion led by local organizers and activists and film clips from Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? and So Goes the Nation. More information will be available at the festival or website. Sponsored by Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN).