"Green Screens" Film Series
The Bucknell University Environmental Center's "Green Screens" film series, part of the university's Film/Media series, is held at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market Street in Lewisburg.
"In My Lifetime" 9/17/13
Although the idea of nuclear disarmament began near the end of the Cold War, we exist in a new era of proliferation. Robert E. Frye's 2011 documentary "In My Lifetime," a presentation of The Nuclear World Project, tells a story of the sixty-five year struggle to find solutions on how to dispose of and reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world. An Emmy award-winning producer and director of documentaries and network news programs for over four decades, Frye will offer a short introduction to the film and will lead a discussion in the theatre after the screening.
"River of Renewal" 10/15/13
The 2008 documentary "River of Renewal" tells a story of conflict over the resources of California and Oregon's Klamath River Basin. Over the years, different dominant groups have extracted its minerals, trees, and water with disastrous consequences, including the collapse of industries and of wild salmon populations. The film follows Jack Kohler, a Yurok/Karuk Indian who grew up in San Francisco, on a journey of self-discovery in the land of his ancestors. Kohler learns about the ancient cultural traditions of his people and also their modern-day struggles to defend tribal rights and the Klamath River.
Dr. Ben Hayes, Director of the Environmental Center's Susquehanna River Initiative, will offer a short introduction to the film. The initiative will host the eight annual Susquehanna River Symposium, "A Fragmented System: Dams on the Susquehanna River," at Bucknell later in the week.
"The City Dark" 11/5/13
The City Dark, directed by Ian Cheney, is "a search for night on a planet that never sleeps." Cheney’s premise is simple: For much of our species’ existence, we’ve used the blackness of night to replenish our body’s energy, orient ourselves geographically and psychologically, and develop metaphors that help us understand who we are; but over the last 120 years, the visual din of electric lighting has grown to the point where we can barely see the stars anymore. The damage from this change is still largely unknown but almost certainly devastating.
The Bucknell University Observatory will host a public event after the film screening.
"Trashed: No Place for Solid Waste" 12/3/13
Candida Brady directed this 2012 documentary in which Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. The beauty of our planet from space forms a violent contrast to the scenes of human detritus across the globe. Vast landscapes in China are covered in tons of rubbish. The wide waters of the Ciliwung River in Indonesia are now barely visible under a never-ending tide of plastic. Children swim among leaking bags; mothers wash in the sewage-filled supply. Each year, we now throw away fifty-eight billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste.
Admission to the film showings is $2 per person.