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.