Climate Refugees – Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Millions of people from around the world have already been displaced by the devastating effects of climactic disaster, their lives forever disrupted, their homes, communities and livelihoods lost. Their story, a story millions more are facing, is told in Climate Refugeesthis month’s Conscientious Projector presentation on Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Writer-director Michael  Nash set out to make a film about the human face of climate change, and the result is both moving and alarming, portending further grand scale challenges for every society on every continent on Earth in this new era of planetary transformation.

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.


What Can We Do About Plastic? Bag It!

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

“Everything is Linked. Nothing is Self-Sufficient.”

It took billions of years to form the living organism that is planet Earth, our unique island home. Renowned aerial photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand chronicles the story of Earth’s ecosphere–and humanity’s place in it–in his spectacular documentary Home, this month’s Conscientious Projector selection showing on Thursday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. Arthus-Bertrand takes us on an enthralling flight over 54 countries and 120 locations to illustrate in awe-inspiring visual imagery both the beauty and vulnerability of the life system in which we live. The film’s theme is perhaps best expressed by narrator Glenn Close, “The engine of life is linkage. Everything is linked. Nothing is self-sufficient.” Join us for an experience of filmic art that evokes a dual sense of wonder and urgency.

A community discussion follows the film. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.  For more information regarding the film, visit


The World According to Monsanto

Owning the Food Chain

On Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector will screen the acclaimed documentary The World According to Monsanto, in which French journalist/filmmaker Marie-Monique Rubin investigates the chemical/biotech giant that brought us Agent Orange, PCB’s, Bovine Growth Hormones and GMO’s. The thoroughly researched film zeroes in on the company’s global crusade to patent seeds, outlaw the saving of seeds, and take punitive action against farmers who resist. Featuring Seeds of Deception author Jeffrey M. Smith, global sustainability champions Jeremy Rifkin and Vandana Shiva, and many more.  For anyone concerned about biodiversity and the monopolization of the world’s food supply, this is a must-see.

A community discussion follows the film, which is presented with the assistance of Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Theaters program. The film will be shown at the Armory Center for the Arts, located at 145 North Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4291 or visit