FOOD FOR THOUGHT - SUSTAINING THIS PLACE
Thursday 9/17 - Film 7:00 PM - $8.00
Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion.
Additional support for this month film provided by Community Loan Fundof the Capital Region
This Months Film: SUSTAINING THIS PLACE, CREATING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
Something special is happening in the Hudson River region. Sustainability entrepreneurs of all stripes are infusing this place with a new meaning through actions as diverse as closing streets to traffic, constructing rooftop gardens thirty-five floors above the sidewalk, raising chickens and microgreens in the heart of New York State's capital, and creating a small army of citizen scientists.
In the process, these disconnected but committed folks are resuscitating the land and changing the people-place nexus, with the shared goal of remaking one of the nation's oldest industrial centers into one of its most lasting, livable landscapes.
Based on the book Creating Sustainable Communities, these are the stories of creative, courageous people and their accomplishments--stories that inform and inspire. Between Manhattan and Mt. Marcy, New York's highest peak, farmers like Paul Arnold reconnect with the land and their customers in new ways. Marirose Blum Bump, the Red Hook town supervisor, leads the effort to stave-off rampant development. Community activists in Harlem, led by Peggy Shepard, successfully combat multiple assaults on their neighborhood. Ecovative, a corporation created by a couple of engineering students who take a radically different approach to business, makes compostable packing material out of fungi. And environmental advocates preserve scenic treasures at the very heart of where the modern environmental movement was jumpstarted in the 1960s.
This upbeat view of sustainability from the front lines portrays positive, hard-won social change in one of America's most historic regions. Other areas may claim greater sustainability caché, but few places of comparable size can match the accomplishments found in this place.
This evenings musical performer
Jack Empie began playing guitar spontaneously on a Christmas Day when he discovered a guitar (intended for his younger brother) under the tree. Jack went on to study music at Berkley College and Towson University. His diverse range makes it difficult to place his music in a particular genre but his personal voice is discernible to even an unsophisticated listener. Jack has worked as a professional musician in bands and as a solo performer since he was a teenager. His passion for music is infectious because of his joy in sharing and relating it others. He is presently working to release a new CD and continues to perform at various local venues.
The 34th Asbury Short Film Concert
Saturday 10/3 - Film 8:00 PM - $10.00
With special musical guest Zack Cohen
Did you ever watch the Academy Awards when they were presenting the Best "Live Action" Short Film or Best Short Animation Oscars and say to yourself..."where are these films, and why haven't I seen any of them?" Well, the "The Asbury Short Film Concert" has been giving people the opportunity to see these little gems in a real theater format on a big screen since 1980. The Asbury show covers it all: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary and Experimental. Our show is like a trip to the best film festivals in the world where you sample the elite of the short film genre but without competition and plenty of live surprises!
The Abury Short Film Concert is a touring exhibition of award-winning short films specially selected from major US & International film festivals!
The program features films that have won Academy Awards or "Best of Show" honors from such festivals as Sundance, Chicago International, Aspen Shorts,The Berlin Film Fest, Melbourne and South by Southwest.
Asbury's purpose is to present these highly entertaining films to the general public in a real theater setting and not on an iPod or computer. Live music performance and an occasional celebrity Guest Host enhance the Asbury Shorts experience.
Highlights of the 2-hour presentation include:
The Girl and the Gondola - British director Abbe Robinson's poignant and charming story of a young Venetian girl dreaming of becoming a gondolier like her father while battling 900 years of tradition. This short was recently awarded Best Short Film at The Martha's Vineyard Short Film Festival.
Oh Crappy Day - A short comedy from DagType Films of North Carolina. On a blind date with a delightful young woman, a man struggles to keep his OCD on the down low. Director Jon Lance Bacon and producer Steven P. Neilson were recently awarded the REMI Award for short films at WorldFest Houston as well as The Lou Costello for Best Comedy Short at The 13th Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City.
Globe Trot -from acclaimed independent filmmaker Mitchell Rose. Mr. Rose teamed with choreographer Bebe Miller to create this incredible international crowd-sourced dance film. Recently awarded the Best Editing honor at The San Francisco Dance Film Festival, the film previously won First Prize at WorldFest in Houston, Texas as well as "Audience Award" at The ShortWaves Film Festival in Poland.