This month’s Conscientious Projector feature, Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?, is showing on Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes and discard them just as quickly. How does that affect our planet? “Everyman” Jeb Barrier embarks on a global tour to answer that question and more in this film. Producer-director Suzan Beraza’s probing yet entertaining film starts out as an exposé about disposable bags, but evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic, our cultural love affair with the stuff, and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. For a preview of the film, click here.
Grassroots sustainability organizer Andy Shrader of L.A. Green Machine will facilitate a community discussion following the film, which is co-sponsored by the Clean Seas Coalition and EDEN (Environmental Defense of the Earth Now), a ministry of All Saints Church. Andy has spearheaded plastic bag ban campaigns in several Southern California cities, including Pasadena.
The Armory is located at 145 North Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.
Ballona Creek debris. Credit Bill MacDonald, Algalita Marine Research Foundation
On Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will screen 180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless, a 2010 documentary directed by Chris Malloy. In 2008, Jeff Johnson travels from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile, retracing the 1968 trip of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins, in honor of their lifetimes of environmental activism and their contributions to wilderness ethics. Chouinard and Tompkins played a leading role in the worldwide movement to preserve the South American wilderness, and Chouinard founded the eco-conscious outdoor gear and clothing company, Patagonia, a model for innovative, sustainable business practices.
Johnson travels by sea from Mexico and south along the west coast of Chile, surfing, sailing and climbing as he goes. Upon reaching Patagonia, Johnson meets with Chouinard and Tompkins. They join him for the extremely challenging ascent of Cerro Corcovado, imparting wisdom along the way, sharing their philosophies, life experiences and thoughts on the future of the world. This exciting yet reflective film includes documentary footage from Chouinard and Tomkins’ original 1968 trek. The subtitle of the film comes from Lionel Terray’s mountaineering autobiography, Les Conquérants de l’inutile (1961).
A Patagonia spokesperson will join us for a community discussion following the film.
On Saturday, August 6 at 5 p.m., Conscientious Projector, All Saints Church, and COLORS (Christians Offering Love to Overcome Racism in Society) present the premiere screening of an unforgettable story of transformation and redemption . . . .
A Bill Brummel Productions Documentary
Violent skinhead Bryon Widner’s face, neck and hands were covered with intimidating, racist tattoos. Then he began a series of painful and extensive laser tattoo removal procedures – twenty-five treatments over the course of more than a year and a half. But the tattoo removal was just the outward sign of an inner transformation. Erasing Hate chronicles both in a film that presents a first person look inside the dark world of racist skinheads, yet offers hope in the story of one man’s escape from a life of violence, addiction and bigotry.
A question and answer session with Director Bill Brummel will follow the screening. The screening will be offered at All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena. A $5 donation is suggested.