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.
For the last seven years, Sustainable World, one of the vital Peace & Justice ministries of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, has expanded its outreach beyond our parish campus by presenting Conscientious Projector, a free monthly documentary film series, in partnership with the Armory Center for the Arts. We spotlight bold independent filmmakers, who, through their craft, research and reporting skills, are able to expose injustice, human suffering and earthly blight, and point to hopeful alternatives and solutions. Our goal is to foster awareness of the social consequences of public policy and also of our own personal choices, so we can become more empowered and better equipped to join in transforming our communities and expanding the role of civil society in bringing about meaningful change both locally and globally.
The following is a complete list of the films we have shown to date: