Genesee Community College’s Earth Club will sponsor an Eco-Movie Warp Tour Week November 16-19, 2009 at the Batavia Campus. Movies will be shown in the Fireside Lounge in the Student Union at 12:30PM Monday through Thursday. The eco-movie series is free and open to the public.
The Eco- Movies focus on environmental issues as well as commercialism and consumption. The schedule of films is as follows:
•Monday, 11/16- “The 11th Hour” – A 2007 feature film documentary, created, produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, on the state of the natural environment. With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, and journalist Paul Hawken, the film documents the grave problems facing the planet's life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed.
• Tuesday, 11/17- “What Would Jesus Buy” - The film focuses on the issues of the commercialization of Christmas, materialism, the over-consumption in American culture, globalization, and the business practices of large corporations, as well as their economic and cultural effects on American society, as seen through the prism of activist/performance artist Bill Talen, who goes by the alias of "Reverend Billy.” The film follows Billy and his choir as they take a cross-country trip in the month prior to Christmas 2005, and spread their message against what they perceive as the evils of patronizing the retail outlets of several different large corporate chains, including Disney.
•Wednesday, 11/18- “King Corn” - Released in October 2007, the film follows college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis as they move to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn. In the process, Cheney and Ellis examine the role that the increasing production of corn has for American society. The film shows how the industrialization of corn has all but eliminated the family farm, which is being replaced by larger and larger industrial farms.
•Thursday, 11/19- “The Day the Earth Stood Still” - A 2008 American science fiction film, a remake of the 1951 film of the same name. Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, the film replaces the Cold War theme of nuclear warfare with the contemporary issue of humankind's environmental damage to the planet. It follows Klaatu, an alien who was sent to try to change human behavior or eradicate them from Earth.
“The Earth Club aims to educate and inform the college community of environmental issues facing our nation today,” Donna Rae Sutherland, Earth Club Advisor said. “We also strive to enlighten students about conservationism, whether it’s in the things we buy, the foods we eat, or what we throw away—it all impacts our environment. We hope that these films get students thinking about their world and what they can do each and every day to preserve it. ”
Free popcorn will be available and participants are encouraged to bring their own beverage in an earth-friendly reusable container.
For further information, please contact Donna Rae Sutherland at 585-343-0055 x6166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.