Conscientious Projector presents two programs this month. On Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts, we continue our tradition of launching the annual Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival with a showing of Symphony of the Soil featuring special guest, filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia (The Future of Food). Then, on the following Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. (also at the Armory), we will show Shift Change as our regular second-Thursday-of-the-month event.
Symphony of the Soil draws from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science in its artistic exploration of the miraculous, life-giving substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and reveals the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. And be sure to join us on Saturday, May 3 for the Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Armory/Memorial Park.
In Shift Change, veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin explore an alternative to the frequently anti-labor corporate model: employee-owned businesses competing successfully in today’s downturned economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. These worker-run companies are helping to reinvent our failing economy and reverse the long decline in U.S. manufacturing, while restoring community stability and a more egalitarian way of life.
A community discussion follows both films. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.