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

Wake Up: The Environmental and Economic Links Between Coffee Farmers, Coffee Drinkers, and Birds

Our friends at Fair Trade LA invite you to a special screening of Birdsong & Coffee: A Wake Up Call this weekend:

Friday, July 29
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Ten Thousand Villages
567 South Lake Avenue

The screening is co-sponsored by All Saints Church, Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade LA, Fair Trade Pasadena and Fair Trade USA.

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.

For more information about this event visit Fair Trade LA’s website or call Joan Harper at 818.406.9296.

“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