Join us at Zeitgeist Theater Wednesday March 27 at 7:30p for the new documentary on the history of environmental activism "A FIERCE GREEN FIRE". See details at bottom of this page.
Trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94zbq5Vaod0
More details about Zeitgeist and its other offerings, go to their site at http://zeitgeisttheater.wordpress.com/
Tickets are $8 -- $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Zeitgeist Members, free if you are or become a Patron.
Zeitgeist Arts Center, 1618 O.C. Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113 -- 3 blocks off St. Charles, between Terspichore and Euterpe, in Central City. Easy, safe parking in front of theater or next block at Ashe Cultural Center.
For more info, contact Guy Henoumont anytime at[masked] or at [masked] .
A FIERCE GREEN FIRE by Mark Kitchell. Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende & Meryl Streep. A Fierce Green Fire tells stories of environmental activism – people trying to save the planet, their homes, the future. It chronicles grassroots and global movements building over five decades; connects all the causes; explores how we got here and where we’re going. It is the first film to create a big-picture overview of the environmental movement, bring together all its parts and eras from conservation to climate change. A Fierce Green Fire unfolds in five acts, each twenty-two minutes. E.O. Wilson, eminent biologist and advisor to the film, said focus on five of the most dramatic and important events and people. In developing those main stories and characters, we discovered each was emblematic of an era and a part of the environmental movement. So we devised an hourglass structure for each act. They begin with broader context. Then they focus in on the main story, more fully told. Finally they open up again to explore ramifications. As Bob Bullard says, “There’s no Hispanic air. There’s no African-American air. There’s air! And if you breathe air — and most people I know do breathe air – then I would consider you an environmentalist.”
• Act 1 focuses on the conservation movement of the ‘60s, David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon.
• Act 2 looks at the new environmental movement of the ‘70s with its concerns about pollution, focusing on the battle led by Lois Gibbs over Love Canal.
• Act 3 is about alternative ecology strands, with the main story being Greenpeace’s campaign to save the whales..
• Act 4 explores global resource issues and crises of the ‘80s, focusing on the struggle to save the Amazon led by Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers. We expand to look at movements across the global south, from Chipko in India and Wangari Maathai’s Greenbelt Movement to water wars in Bolivia and arguments over equity and sustainability.
• Act 5 concerns climate change. First we look at scientific origins. Then comes a twenty-year story of political frustration, from Rio to Kyoto to Copenhagen. We explore opposition; the movement’s difficulty in dealing with the issue; and the role of disasters like Hurricane Katrina in bringing it back.