Friday Feb 16th, 7:00pm
Joanna Macy and the Great Turning – Director: Chris Landry. This is a 26-minute film in which 84-year-old Joanna eco-philosopher Macy shares her understanding of these times we live in, when everything we treasure seems to be at risk. But it is not a film about despair. Instead, it is about the opportunity we have to come alive to our truest power, to “look straight into the face of our time, which is the biggest gift we can give,” and to participate in the Great Turning. Trailer
What is the Great Turning? It is, as Joanna describes it, the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. It is, she believes, the third major revolution of human existence, after the agricultural and industrial revolutions. This one, though, has to unfold much more quickly. The good news is that it is, all around the world. “The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth,” says Joanna, “Is not that we are on the way to destroying the world – we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.” This is a thoughtful, and ultimately hopeful, film for anyone concerned about the future of life on the planet. “We imagine they’ll look back at us,” Joanna says, referring to future generations, “Living in these early years of the third millennium, and say, ‘Oh, those ancestors. They were taking part in the Great Turning.'”
The Honorable Ellie Kinnaird – Director: Martha J. Moore. 82-year-old rock star politician Ellie Kinnaird blazes the trail in politics for women in the South. This portrait follows the North Carolina State Senator as she courageously fights the radical agenda of the ultra-conservative majority during her final tumultuous year in office. This biographical profile recounts the remarkable journey of Ellie Kinnaird: from conventional Midwestern 1930’s upbringing and life as a 1950’s suburban housewife and mother; to esteemed, nationally recognized political progressive in the South. Empowered by the 1970s women’s movement, Kinnaird became a prominent attorney and a courageous, outspoken advocate for social justice, the environment, education and campaign finance reform. She served four terms as mayor of Carrboro, NC and eight terms as a North Carolina state senator representing the 23rd District. The documentary follows her in 2013 — in what would become her final, tumultuous year in public office. Kinnaird resigned her senate seat in protest to the extreme conservative agenda and to fight from the outside to transform the NC Voter ID law. Confessions – Director: Paul Erskine. Interview with a South American woman whose life choices have taken her down a very dangerous path.
Hans – Director: Harris Cohen. Ten year old Hans Roenau and his family had to flee Vienna, Austria when the Nazis invaded in 1938. Last Pyramid – Director: Trish Barnes. Following her son Kevin’s epilepsy-related death in 2001, Patricia Barnes thought her life was over. Then one day, she awoke with the urge to create a series of stained glass pyramids never having made one before. Thirteen years and twenty pyramids later, Trish has decided to complete the final piece and move forward from her loss. A story of healing through creation, Last Pyramid will chronicle Trish’s journey from tragedy to triumph as she finishes her final tribute to the life of her child..
Go Around Again: The story of circumnavigator Rich Wilson – Director: Rick Groleau. Trailer Sailing around the world in a 60-foot boat, alone, without stopping and without assistance. That’s the Vendee Globe, a yacht race that begins and finishes in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. In 2008, Rich Wilson competed in this race along with 29 other skippers. The only American in the fleet and the oldest, he placed ninth out of the 11 who finished. It was a tough experience — one characterized by injury, extreme fatigue, and a weird, 18-hour hallucination. In this one-on-one conversation, Rich recounts his experiences during this voyage and previous voyages (including a harrowing rescue from a capsized boat off Cape Horn) and discusses his plan to race in the next Vendee Globe. He also talks about the motivation for his voyages, which is to create online learning adventures for middle-school students around the world. Rich’s boat, Great American IV, is managed and fitted out by Brian Harris and his team at Maine Yacht Center in Portland, Maine. “Go Around Again” is directed by Rick Groleau, a Boston-based multimedia producer from Livermore Falls, Maine.