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Sustainability Film Series - 2016

Common Experience Project on Sustainability film series continues into Spring 2017

Sam Miller
January 23, 2017

The Common Experience Sustainability Film Series, hosted at the Athena Cinema, is returning for the spring semester to inspire greater environmental awareness. On selected Wednesday evenings this spring, bring a friend to watch free documentaries and discuss their impact in earth’s shifting ecosystems.

The idea for the Sustainability Film Series was born in meetings with the Common Experience Project on Sustainability and the Kanawha Project, a faculty and student program working to expand campus-wide environmental literacy.  The film series became a reality in 2012 when the University College, under the direction of David Descutner, utilized the Common Experience Project to focus on sustainability.

“We want to reach all students on campus expanding their educational experience to understand the many complexities of sustainability, emphasizing the solutions as well as the challenges,” Loraine McCosker, environmental studies outreach coordinator, said. “We want to encourage a solutions-based perspective among students, so that they may have a positive impact in their professions and lifestyles.

A panel discussion with the film producer or filmmaker is held after each showing, offering the attendees an interactive experience. Audience participation and exploration of the films is encouraged.

Last year’s film series attracted more than 1,300 attendees to 13 films, with even greater turnout expected this year.

The series is funded through a collaborative effort among the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, University College, Athena Cinema, Alden Library, the College of Arts and Sciences Sustainability Studies, Food Studies, and Sense of Place themes, and the OHIO Office of Sustainability.

McCosker said the support of each entity is invaluable. “Athena Cinema has done a wonderful job promoting the series, and Alden Library has been great with making the films available after they’ve been screened,” McCosker said. “We’re delighted to work with them and receive their support.”

The films will be screened for free at the Athena Cinema, located at 20 S. Court St. in Athens from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Topics in this year’s film series will include in-depth analyses of species extinction, Antarctica and climate change, Sustainability in food and worker’s rights, ocean impacts with cargo ships, songbird migration and more.

Films in the Spring 2017 series include:

Jumbo Wild (January 25)

Moving Giants (January 25)

Ice and Sky (February 8)

Sonic Sea with two shorts Pangolin Endangered Species and

Monarchs: the Milkweed Mission (February 22)

The Hand That Feeds (March 15)

Landfill Harmonic (March 29)

Catching the Sun (April 12)

Messenger (April 19)

For full descriptions, click on the films in the Voinovich School calendar.