FREE 2nd Thursday Every Month
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91103
One year ago, 50 small film crews followed Pasadena public school students, teachers, volunteers and administrators as they went about a typical day on the school district’s 28 campuses. The stirring result is Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District, this month’s Conscientious Projector selection, screening on Thursday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Co-producers James and Dawn O’Keeffe have fashioned a spirited cinema verite-style feature documentary that not only contradicts the conventional meme that public education is irrevocably broken, but also shows the vitality, dedication and teamwork that exists amidst the challenges of providing a learning experience for children and teenagers in a racially and economically diverse urban area like Pasadena.
A community discussion with the filmmakers and participants will follow the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Produced, written and directed by Hale Anderson for Progressive Christians Uniting, Eaarth Justice will be shown by Conscientious Projector on Thursday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. All Saints Church’s own Hale Anderson is a dedicated climate activist who has just finished his first documentary feature. Eaarth Justice–the extra “a” alters the spelling to signify irreversible changes to our planet that have already taken place–is a gripping account of Bill McKibben’s longstanding leading efforts to rescue the environment, which date from his authoring the seminal The End of Nature in 1989 to his founding of 350.org, which has informed millions on the dangers of planet warming and, as a modern model for organizing, has mobilized climate activism worldwide and led the campaign to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
A community discussion with filmmaker Hale Anderson follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Conscientious Projector presents two documentary screenings this month focusing on climate change, White Water, Black Gold on Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m., and, as the kickoff event for the Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival, the newly released Occupy Love on Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., outdoors at the Levitt Pavilion.
As public protest mounts for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, White Water, Black Gold follows filmmaker David Lavallee on a three-year bicycle journey across western Canada as he documents the carbon emissions impact, glacier and water supply depletion, watershed poisoning and spread of cancer wrought by tar sands oil extraction. It’s a sobering look at the untold costs to people and our planet from the gargantuan industrial process of mining oil from sand in an area of Canada roughly the size of the state of Florida. Rob Haw of the Citizens Climate Lobby leads a community discussion following the film.
In Occupy Love, acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) celebrates the human spirit driving a global revolution of the heart as manifested in the Occupy Movement and a worldwide mobilization for climate justice. He dares to ask the question, “How can the climate crisis be transformed into the greatest love story on Earth?” then seeks out such visionaries and activists as Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Charles Eisenstein, bell hooks, Jeremy Rifkin, Rebecca Solnit, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Roshi Joan Halifax to see how we can generate love, empathy and compassion within ourselves and others to create a new world that works for all life.
The Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park is located across the street from The Armory, 145 North Raymond Avenue in Old Pasadena. Admission is free for both events.
Join Conscientious Projector for the 2012 film Detropria on Thursday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Armory Center for the Arts. In post-industrial America, the once vital “Motor City” of Detroit stands as our society’s most vivid example of devastating urban decline and the human cost of a broken economic system. The story of its rise and fall, the flight of much of its population, and the indomitable spirit of so many of those who remain is captured through powerful imagery and compelling personal accounts in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s evocative film. “Surprisingly lyrical and often very moving,” says New Yorker film critic David Denby Author John Rennie Short calls it, “As much a work of art as a social documentary.”
A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
“The vast and complicated issues facing today’s generation can leave many with the uncertainty and fear that nothing can be done. Yet by exploring how the influence of our media, education and parenting have shaped us, we can begin to understand what we must change, both as a generation and as a culture.” Thus begins #ReGENERATION, this month’s Conscientious Projector documentary screening on Thursday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Narrated by Ryan Gosling, the Anonymous Content production by writer-director Phillip Montgomery probes the social, economic and existential issues confronting young adults in contemporary American society encountering a world in need of transformational activism. Featuring Andrew Bacevich, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Talib Kweli, Deepa Kumar, Norman Ornstein, the late Howard Zinn and many more.
Peter Laarman, Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting will facilitate a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
On Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., join Conscientious Projector for a screening of a compelling and hopeful film, Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus. Economist Muhammad Yunus refers to the poor metaphorically as “Bonsai people,” that like the miniature trees, “Society never allowed them the space to grow.” Yunus and Grameen Bank, the financial institution he founded to alleviate poverty in Bangladesh, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for pioneering the concept of microcredit, making small loans to poor people, mostly women, to start small local businesses with the goal of uplifting themselves, their families and their village communities. In thirty years, this innovation has spread to every continent and benefited millions with an astounding 98% rate of return on investment. Filmmaker Holly Mosher’s inspirational documentary Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus features him and his trailblazing “social business” work, focusing on the challenges and successes of six Bangladeshi women who receive microcredit loans and go on to transform their lives.
The film will be followed by a community discussion, at The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Join Conscientious Projector on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. for a screening of Back Home Tomorrow. The international aid organization Emergency provides medical care, rehabilitation and relief for the victims of wars, land mines, poverty and natural disasters around the world. Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Paolo Santolini’s beautifully made, emotionally resonant documentary focuses on the heart-wrenching stories of two boys and their families, one from Afghanistan, the other from Sudan, whose devastated lives are changed by the dedicated, healing efforts of Emergency professionals. EmergencyUSA’s Anna Gilmore will lead a community discussion.
Parental advisory: Film contains vivid images of wartime injuries and medical procedures.