ASU sustainability film series begins Jan. 24
The sustainability film series at Appalachian State University enters the third year with films that focus on environmental and economic issues and social justice.
A feature-length film will be shown in Greer Auditorium each month during spring semester. All films begin at 7 p.m. and are shown free of charge. A 30-minute panel discussion will follow. Visit http://www.sustain.appstate.edu/2012filmseries for more information.
Sponsors of this year’s series are the Office of Sustainable Development, Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS), Belk Library and Information Commons, and Appalachian’s Renewable Energy Initiative and Energy Center.
The film series schedule is as follows:
‘Addicted to Plastic’
Tuesday, Jan. 24
“Addicted to Plastic” is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there’s so much of it. On the way, viewers discover a toxic legacy and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. Sponsored by APPS and Belk Library.
‘Economics of Happiness’
Tuesday, Feb. 21
“Economics of Happiness” portrays a world of duality where big business and government are at odds with people around the world who are demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance. This film documents communities coming together to create a new paradigm of localization. Sponsored by Sustainable Development.
‘The Last Mountain’
Tuesday, March 20
“The Last Mountain” is a film about the ongoing battle between the need to balance America’s energy needs with the environmental and social effects on communities in West Virginia. Sponsored by the Renewable Energy Initiative and Belk Library.
Tuesday, April 17
“Wasteland” follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys through Brazil and the world’s largest landfill near Rio de Janeiro. Muniz recreates images of the city’s trash pickers, “catadores,” using trash as one of his mediums. It becomes a mission to help the catadores transform their lives through art and the re-imagination of their lives. Sponsored by the Energy Center.
The series is hosted by Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability and Department of Geology. For more information about the film series, contact Brian Zimmer in the Department of Geology at (firstname.lastname@example.org)