On Saturday, August 6 at 5 p.m., Conscientious Projector, All Saints Church, and COLORS (Christians Offering Love to Overcome Racism in Society) present the premiere screening of an unforgettable story of transformation and redemption . . . .
A Bill Brummel Productions Documentary
Violent skinhead Bryon Widner’s face, neck and hands were covered with intimidating, racist tattoos. Then he began a series of painful and extensive laser tattoo removal procedures – twenty-five treatments over the course of more than a year and a half. But the tattoo removal was just the outward sign of an inner transformation. Erasing Hate chronicles both in a film that presents a first person look inside the dark world of racist skinheads, yet offers hope in the story of one man’s escape from a life of violence, addiction and bigotry.
A question and answer session with Director Bill Brummel will follow the screening. The screening will be offered at All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena. A $5 donation is suggested.
This Sunday, July 31, our Peace & Justice Ministries partner COLORS (Christians Offering Love to Overcome Racism in Society) is sponsoring a luncheon screening of an acclaimed PBS American Experience film depicting a dramatic period in American civil rights history:
Sunday, July 31
12:45 – 4:00 pm
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid
An extremely realistic portrayal of this most significant chapter in our nation’s history, the film movingly illustrates the power of moral authority in the hands and hearts of ordinary people to prevail against the KKK and racist elected officials. Freedom Riders dispels the prevailing myth that Northern (white) students went on a mission to the South to combat segregation and instead makes clear that the leadership lay with the local African American residents who risked their lives to help bring justice to our land.
Please join us for an inspiring afternoon as we watch this important documentary, have lunch together and discuss the film and its implications for our anti-racism work.
Please RSVP by July 26 to Mary Torregrosa (firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-271-3056) for your lunch reservation and to arrange childcare.
The film, by Old Dog Documentaries, “lays out the background of the ‘coffee crisis,’ a situation that Seth Petchers of Oxfam International describes as a ‘humanitarian catastrophe.’ We meet the coffee growers of Agua Buena in the rainforest of southern Costa Rica, who welcome us into their homes and describe the labor-intensive process of shade-grown coffee production.” The film also “offers simple but effective solutions based on what Robert Rice of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center calls the ‘natural organic connection that exists between farmers, coffee drinkers, and birds.’”
There will also be a presentation by Gilberto Ramirez, from CoopeAgri, R.L., San Ysidro, Costa Rica, who is a visionary innovator and a leader in his community, the first Fair Trade Town in Latin America.
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.
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 www.seedsofdeception.com.