This four-week series kicks off on January 21st with the theme of "Earth Visionaries", and includes the highly acclaimed film Monumental: David Brower's Fight to Protect the Wild, as well as a film about the ideas and work of Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work and a leading voice in eco-philosophy. All films will be shown at First Unitarian Church, the home of the 7th Principle Environmental Committee, the group that organized this festival.
The 7th Principle in Unitarian Universalism calls church members to "affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Barbara Ford, the chair of the committee, states "As part of our spiritual tradition, we feel it is important to provide a forum for people to explore environmental concerns through community cultural events. Film and other forms of artistic expression can sometimes touch people in ways lectures and news events may not."
Other films will include:
· Baked Alaska and Rising Waters, two films describing the present day effects of global climate change in both the Arctic and Pacific Island regions.
· Thirst a powerful examination of water issues and globalization in the third world; and The Future of Food, a look at trends in genetic modification of food and related environmental and health concerns.
· Chased By The Light, a profile of the life and meditative process of nature photographer Jim Brandenburg as he explores his craft in the untamed landscape of the rugged north woods.
There is a suggested $5 donation at the door. For further information, contact Barbara Ford at (503)282-0740, or find the festival schedule at www.firstunitarianportland.org.