February 01, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center's Green Screens documentary series will continue during the spring semester, beginning with two films — "The Story of Stuff" and "The Story of Electronics" — Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

Written by Annie Leonard and produced by Free Range Studios, "The Story of Stuff" is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of America's production and consumption patterns, from its extraction to sale, use and disposal. The film exposes the connections between environmental and social issues and asks for the creation of a more sustainable and just world.

An 8-minute animated movie, "The Story of Electronics" explores the high-tech revolution's collateral damage-25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill.

Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where gadgets begin to the backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green "race to the top" in which designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.

The film was co-produced with the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, a national coalition of more than 30 environmental and public health organizations, and Free Range Studios.

A discussion, moderated by Samantha Pearson of Local Action Network, will follow the film showings. Panel members are: Conor Quinlan, owner of MePush Technology Solutions; Ricky Phillips, pastor of Mazeppa Union Church in Lewisburg and St. John's Church of Dry Valley in Winfield; and Dave Hafer, from the Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club.

The Feb. 14 screening, with a "Show Mother Earth Your Love" Valentine's Day message, is open to the public. Admission is $2 per person. The Natural Food and Garden Store in Lewisburg has donated fair-trade chocolate as door prizes.

Green Screens, a sustainability-themed series created in last fall, is presented regularly by the Bucknell University Environmental Center and the Campus Theatre. Each film is followed by an opportunity for audience discussion with a panel led by local experts.

Remaining films in the spring series will focus on solutions to America's addiction to oil ("Fuel" on March 6), on the critical role that the water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity ("Liquid Assets" on March 27), and on the people who are displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters ("Climate Refugees" on April 24).

Contact: Division of Communications