Energy Film Festival set for Feb. 24

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Admission for complete day: $10 donation, $5 students—no one will be turned away

Saturday, Feb. 24, the Blackhawk Sierra Club will sponsor an Energy Film Festival at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford. Cost is $10 donation, or $5 donation for students. Donation covers all the films (no one will be turned away).

The national Sierra Club is bringing the excitement of film festivals to cities across the country this winter. You provide your love of film and desire to build a sustainable energy future, they provide the films, inspiration and blueprint.

Blackhawk Sierra Club (serving northwest Illinois) has put together a dynamic mix of films, including acclaimed documentaries Kilowatt Ours, Rising Waters, and the HBO special Too Hot Not to Handle as well as animated shorts.

The full list is below.

“We hope participants will walk away with energy saving tips and a picture of how smart energy solutions are,” says Rich Muniz, festival organizer and BlackHawk newsletter editor.

Issues/topic: A primer about global warming, this HBO documentary features contributions from leading scientists in the field and shows how businesses, local governments, and citizens are taking positive actions to reduce global warming emissions. (90 minutes)

Issues/topic: This film shows the influence the largest company in the world has on governments, the media and citizens and what can be done about global warming. Out of Balance does not just critique ExxonMobil, it also offers challenging, large-scale ideas for the global social changes that must take place if there’s any chance of having a livable planet for future generations. (60 minutes)

Issues/topic: Through personal stories of Pacific Islanders, this film puts a human face on the international climate change debate by showing the viewers the physical and cultural impacts caused by global warming. (57 minutes)

Issues/topic: Filmmaker Jeff Barrie takes viewers on a journey from the coal mines of West Virginia to the solar panel fields of Florida, as he discovers solutions to America’s energy-related problems. (38 minutes)

Issues/topic: A short satirical animated film about the absurdity of big SUVs. Some people might find it funnier than others as the underlying message about four common types of big-SUV buyers may ring true. (8 minutes)

Issues/topic: Mark Fiore is a San Francisco cartoonist and animator whose work also appears in the Washington Post, L.A. Times and other publications. He will choose several short films exclusively for Sierra Club’s Energy Film Festival. (Five cartoons at approx 2 minutes each.)

Issues/topic: In November 2001, Cape Wind Associates of Boston announced plans for America’s first offshore windfarm. Almost immediately, a battle between environmentalists and residents on the Cape was born. Journalist Ole Tangen Jr. was on hand to chronicle the fight in this fascinating documentary about land and the future of renewable energy. (15 minutes)

Issues/topic: Food issues are heavy. This animated video takes a light approach to explaining the hidden costs of mass-produced food and about alternatives that are kinder to the planet. (15 minutes)

Issues/topic: A stunning look at the world’s most pressing problems through the eyes of nine Nobel Laureates, Nobelity follows filmmaker Turk Pipkin’s personal journey to find enlightening answers about the kind of world our children and grandchildren will know. Filmed across the U.S., and in France, England, India and Africa, Nobelity combines insights of nine distinguished Nobelists with a first-person view of world problems and the children who are most challenged by them. Our children’s future is in your hands. (18 minutes)

For more information, call Stanley Campbell, conservation chairman, at (815) 964-7111.

From the Feb. 21-27, 2007, issue

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