March 01, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center's Green Screens documentary series continues with a public screening of the film "Fuel" on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Admission is $2 per person.

Based on Josh Tickell's best-selling book on biofuel, From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank, "Fuel" is an exploration of the complexity of the United States' energy crisis. In 1997, Tickell traveled across the United States in a van powered by biodiesel that he processed from used grease and oil in a self-made refinery.

Written by Johnny O'Hara and produced by Tickell, "Fuel" won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary in 2008. It combines a history lesson of the U.S. auto and petroleum industries, interviews with policy makers, educators, and activists such as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and suggestions for a wide range of renewable energy and bio-fuels.

The film was described by New York Times film critic Jeannette Catoulis as "not so much a green documentary as a red, white and blue alarm." Catoulis characterized Tickell, who also stars in the film, as "a sustainable-energy evangelist whose church is a van that runs on grease."

"We cannot drill our way out of this," said one of the film's many experts; but as "Fuel" argues, "there is a chance of thinking our way out."

A discussion, moderated by Dina El-Mogazi, director of Bucknell University's Campus Greening Initiative, will follow the film showings. Panelists include Stacy Richards, director of the Energy Resource Center
at SEDA-COG; the Reverend Leah Schade, Pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in West Milton, and a doctoral candidate at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, specializing in Eco-Theology;
and Peter Jansson, president, Integrated Systems, associate professor of electrical engineering and co-faculty adviser of the Solar Scholars program at Bucknell.

Green Screens, a sustainability-themed series, 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 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

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