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 Refugees—this 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.
Please join us on Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. for 180° South. In 1968, famed explorers Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins led an expedition into the wilds of Patagonia, then proceeded to take leading roles in a worldwide movement to preserve the South American wilderness. Chouinard went on to found the eco-conscious outdoor gear and clothing company, Patagonia, a model for innovative, sustainable business practices. In 2008, surfer-mountain climber Jeff Johnson set out to follow in his heroes’ footsteps in honor of their lifetimes of environmental activism and their contributions to wilderness ethics. Filmmaker Chris Malloy documented Johnson’s adventure-filled journey to Chile to climb Patagonia’s Corcovado Volcano. Along the way, Johnson meets Chouinard and Tomkins on the mountain. They join him for the extremely challenging ascent, 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.
A Patagonia spokesperson will join us for a community discussion following the film.
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 www.goodplanet.org/en.