Archive for the ‘movies’ Category

big river, big dead zone

March 3, 2010

What happens when loads of nitrogen from chemical fertilizers get washed from commodity crop farms down the Mississippi and into the Gulf of Mexico? A big fat dead zone is what happens. A dead zone roughly the size of my home state, New Jersey, where no marine life can live because of decomposing algae that suck the oxygen from the water.

You may have already heard about this problem, but now there’s a film. From the guys who brought us King Corn, comes Big River. Catch a snippet below, come to a screening on March 15th, or host your own.

Learn more about the dead zone:

Dead in the Water (from EWG)

What is the Dead Zone? (Science Museum of Minnesota)

upcoming events at 388 atlantic

January 25, 2010

There’s a budding new meeting space in Brooklyn. It’s at 388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond) and there are some great events happening that I thought you should know about…

388 Atlantic Ave – Brooklyn – closest to A, C & G, but near the B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, and F

Andrew Faust Ecological Literacy vs. Environmental Education
Tuesday, January 26 (tomorrow!)
7-9 pm
Suggested donation: $10

We need to embrace our responsibility for the well-being of each other and the entire web of life. This new worldview requires a whole new philosophy of education.

homebiome.com

Beekeeping: Find out how to get ready for spring; making it legal
Saturday, January 30
1:30-3:30 pm
Suggested donation: $10

John Howe, founder of the Brooklyn Bee, lives in Fort Greene where he has three beehives on his roof. The bees make honey that John sells; he also makes soap, lip balm and candles from beeswax. Come learn how to keep bees. Plus, this is the week that the City Council holds hearings to legalize beekeeping in NYC (Wednesday, Feb 3). Just Food will speak briefly about the legislation and what we can do to make sure it passes.

thebrooklynbee.com

Staying Healthy through the Seasons: Thriving in Winter Workshop
Sunday, January 31
3-5pm *optional potluck after
“recommended exchange”: $10-15

Curious about staying healthy this winter? Come learn tips for how to live in balance during the cold winter days with food, yoga, and herbs!
In this workshop we will discuss natural cold and flu prevention and care, eating in balance with the seasons and with your Ayurvedic constitution. Learn cheap recipes and how to eat well, fresh and local during the dreary winter months. Abby will teach you some great yoga poses to keep your energy up and blood flowing and Liz will enliven your spirits with great herbal teas and foods.
Come join Abby Paloma and Liz Blake for an educational and fun gathering!
bring a mug for tea!

behivethrives.com

Also, mark your calendar for the New York premiere of an inspiring new film:

The Turning Point: a film about the importance of local networks and connections
Friday, February 19
7-9 pm (film is 45 minutes; discussion afterwards)
Suggested donation: $10

From Findhorn, Scotland, a positive and inspiring film about our transition to a low carbon future. Featuring visionary leaders and pioneers in the fields of Human Ecology and Global Transition, this film takes an inspiring look at our potential to create a life-sustaining society as we face the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change. “The combination of serious, funny and beautiful was perfect!”

theturningpointfilm.co.uk

stuff for pedal pushers

September 24, 2009


Despite the fact that I “fell off” my bike last Saturday (I was cut off & spilled off) and bruised my back & neck up pretty good, I’m still gung ho about biking in this fair city. It’s a great way to get around, it burns calories instead of fuel, and it’s often faster than driving a car. Luckily for those of the pedal-powered persuasion, new bike paths have been established in the last few years, making it a bit safer for riding amongst the mostly apathetic motorists (even tho’ I was in a bike lane when I had my little accident & the guy did stop thankfully).

Groups like Transportation Alternatives, Streets Blog, and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative are fighting for cyclist rights and the establishment of more continuous bike paths or greenways. Resources for cyclists are ever-improving as well.

Here are some great go-to sites for bikers:

Ride the City
Great tool for finding the safest or most direct route to your destination

NYC Bike Maps
Pretty self explanatory

CityRacks
Find bike parking anywhere in the city

Spokes
The NY Times bicycle news blog

Bike Blog NYC
More bike news

If you like cycling group-style, a la Critical Mass, some events coming up are:

Escape NY
This Saturday the 26th. Get out of town!

Four Corners NYC Bike Tour
Also this Saturday the 26th. Via Hey I’m Walkin’ Here (facebook group)

2009 Tour de Bronx
October 18th

Other cyclist-centric fare:

Biking Rules
It’s a PSA competition run by Transportation Alternatives to improve the public image of city cyclists. Hurray, if you want to enter, the deadline is Monday the 28th! PSA’s will be screened at BAM on Tuesday, November 17th.

Bike Shorts
A cleverly named ongoing short film get-together. Submit a film, you could win $100. Next screening is this Sunday the 27th

Be safe kiddles, where your helmet!

fresh: the film

September 22, 2009

If you didn’t get your fill from Food, Inc., Fresh looks like it takes the story of sustainable agriculture one step further. Featuring Will Allen (Growing Power), Michael Pollan (the man who needs no introduction), and Joel Salatin (Polyface Farms), Fresh looks at the solutions to the problems of our current food system.

Fresh will be screening at BAM, Tuesday, October 6, 7pm, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Gabrielle Langholtz (Editor of Edible Brooklyn) with the director/producer, Ana Sofia Joanes, plus Reverend Jackson of Brooklyn Rescue Mission, David Shea of Applewood Restaurant, and Letitia James, District 35 – Council Member.

Check out the official site.

a feel-good film about fuel

September 18, 2009

Fuel, it’s a star-studded little eco-documentary that won some awards at Sundance last year. The title is pretty self-explanatory, as is the trailer. Woody Harrelson, Larry David, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, and of course Willie Nelson (the face of BioWillie) all grace the screen. Check it out:

Although it was released last year, it looks like it’s getting another chance on the big screen. Fuel is playing at AMC Theater Time Square, starting tonight. Get your tickets here.

Visit the film’s official site.

are we living in the age of stupid?

September 4, 2009

I’m inclined to say yes. And I’d like to confirm my suspicions by watching this:

The Age of Stupid Global Premiere Trailer from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.

This isn’t just a film about climate change and what could happen if the most severe predictions come to fruition. It’s also a global call to action (before the film even launches). I think director Franny Armstrong and the producers learned from the anti-climactic, uninspiring suggestions at the end of An Inconvenient Truth for individual energy consumption reduction.* Of course, I think each of us is responsible for our ecological actions, but something as big as climate change requires the attention and concerted effort of policy makers around the world. And the film’s release just happens to coincide with the UN General Assembly’s climate session.

*Not to discount Gore’s own current efforts to thwart climate change.

Want to see what the world might look like if our climate nightmares come true? The Age of Stupid premieres September 21/22.

Find out where it’s playing.

Find out what you can do to help.

september in the city – UPDATE!

September 3, 2009

I love September in New York. Dry sunny days, crisp clear nights. A perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. Yes, we do have great outdoors in NYC. Here are some great ways to experience them this month.

I’ve added a couple things I thought you should see:

Queens County Farm BBQ & Campout
This weekend!
September 6 to 7

Here’s your chance to nosh on some tasty chicken BBQ’d by none other than celebrated butcher Tom Mylan while sipping on some local suds courtesy Brooklyn Brewery. And if that’s not enough, there’ll be delish pie, a DJ spinning tunes, camping, and wake-up bloody Marys! Hello?! Why haven’t you bought your ticket yet? Get ’em here.

Central Park Bird Walks
brought to you by the Nature Conservancy
September 3 to October 26

NYC is a big stopping off point for birds migrating south for winter. Learn the ins & outs of bird watching with Kellye Rosenheim in Central Park. Get the full schedule and details.

Reservations are required. Please contact (212) 381-2194 or nycbirdwalks@tnc.org for reservations and cancellations.

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Events
September 4 to 26


Waterfront walking tours, kayaking Staten Island, tugboat races, and many more activities are on MWA’s calendar this month. Check it out!

Governors Island Art Fair
brought to you by 4heads
Every weekend, September 5 to 27

Over 150 independent artists and galleries from around the world come together on Governors Island – free ferry to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Get the details.

Solar Powered Film Series
brought to you by GreenEdge NYC & Solar One
September 10 to 19

Get your fill of sustainable films in this series of serious documentaries – screenings powered by the sun.

Doors open at 7:00 pm each night at Solar One (23rd St. & FDR Drive)
Films start at 7:45 pm, followed by Q&A

September 10: Addicted to Plastic (trailer)
September 11: Who Killed the Electric Car (trailer)
September 12: Flow (trailer)
September 17: A Sea Change (trailer)
September 18: The Garden (trailer)
September 19: Burning the Sun (world premiere!)

Plus, every night of the series features a segment from Brooklyn filmmaker Michelle Vey’s From Elegance to Earthworms. Get more info.

National Parks Week NYC
September 19 to 27

I’m a big fan of National Parks. I’ve only been to 5 of them (soon to be 6!), but I’ve got my sites set on many more. Luckily, this month, the National Parks are coming to me – and everyone else in this fair city. The National Parks Conservation Association is hosting a full line-up of events all over NYC, including coastal clean-ups in Queens, a tour of Grant’s tomb after dark in Morningside Heights, and screenings of clips from Rick Burn’s latest documentary about the parks in Central Park. There are just too many events to list here, so here’s the full schedule.

i enjoyed a dirty movie today

August 13, 2009

Well, actually it was more of a love story. A love story about dirt, probably the most overlooked natural resource, yet one of the most vital elements on the planet. Without healthy soil there would be no food… and we all know where that would lead us.

The film includes an all-star cast of ecological gurus gushing about the ‘skin of the earth.’ This list of heavyweights in the film just scratches the surface – Vandana Shiva, Nobel-peace-prize-winning Wangari Maathai, John Todd, Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx, and Andy Lipkis of TreePeople.

Check out the trailer, then see if it’s playing near you!

After watching the film I’m feeling motivated to learn more about soil. Here are some resources I’m going to check out:


(You can also get this one at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Bookstore)

no hunger

July 13, 2009

As someone who eats on a very regular basis, never in want of food, I cannot fathom what it is like to wonder where my next meal is coming from. When I am hungry, I go to the cupboard or refrigerator, where there is always food stocked from the farmers market or grocery store. I am fortunate to be able to rely on produce that comes from local farms, and have the luxury to buy fresh food that comes from other places in this country, like California.

I recently read a post on elephant journal of a woman who, after returning to the US from a long sojourn in India, visited a supermarket. She literally wept at the bounty around her. We should all be so fortunate to realize the abundance we have.

For millions of children around the world, there is no bounty. There is no corner store, no fruit stand, no supermarket. There is only hunger.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently reported that there are now over 1 billion people worldwide going hungry. Acute malnutrition affects 55 million children globally, resulting in 5 million childhood deaths every year (one child every six seconds). This is a predictable and preventable condition.

No Hunger is an international initiative, started by Action Against Hunger, asking Al Gore to make his next film about global hunger. The website AskAlGore.org features a trailer for No Hunger, and a petition addressed to the former Vice President that will be presented to him this December at the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The hope is that, as An Inconvenient Truth did for climate change, No Hunger will help shift public perceptions of hunger, and attract the support needed to reach every acutely malnourished child.

The treatment for severe acute malnutrition is not expensive—it costs about $50 per child and doesn’t require prescription drugs. Instead, it relies on nutrient dense, ready-to-use food products. These products can take a child from the brink of death and restore him to health in as little as six weeks.

In response to a desperate situation, ready-to-use plumpy’nut provides emergency nutrition to starving children.

food, inc.

June 11, 2009


A couple of days ago I mentioned Food, Inc. in a post about, of course, food. If you’re interested in seeing the film, and maybe even asking the director a few questions, it’s playing at Film Forum for a limited engagement that begins tomorrow (Friday, June 12). Director Robert Kenner will be at 4 shows, Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13, both at 6pm and 8pm.

Joel Salatin, a farmer who raises pastured animals, (and who was featured in The Omnivore’s Dilemma) is also in the film. While I didn’t get a chance to visit his farm, I recently was fortunate enough to eat some of his products (see next post).

Here’s a preview of the film (not the official trailer):