The Green Sanctuary Group from the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven (UUSF) and the Marion Institute have teamed up to sponsor a “South Coast Sustainable Cinema” film series this spring.

The South Coast Sustainable Cinema is set up to run every third Thursday of the month from January through June.  The goal is to turn individual passion and ideas into community-wide conversation and action.  Through the collaboration all films are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Doors open at 6:45pm and seating will be first come first served and free popcorn will be served.  The films will be shown either at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA or the Fairhaven Unitarian Memorial Church in Fairhaven, MA.

The kick-off film in January was Renewal hosted at UUSF. In the Fall of 2009 the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) Office of Congregational Stewardship Services (CSS) Green Sanctuary program shipped copies of the interfaith film Renewal and “Renewal: A Guide for Screening and Using the Documentary” to all UUA congregations free-of-charge, we are pleased to see that UUSF and the Marion Institute are making use of this resource.

February’s film at Arbor Academy will be Yes Men Fix the World. This film exposes the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.

In March UUSF will be hosting Dive. It follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good,  edible food – resulting in an inspiring documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.

April’s film, to be shown at Tabor Academy, is Food Matters.  The focus of the film is in helping us rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care establishments. The interviewees point out that not every problem requires costly, major medical attention and reveal many alternative therapies that can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than conventional medical treatments.

Back at UUSF, May’s film is Gasland. This film is about a new, controversial, form of natural gas drilling known as hydro-fracking.  Gasland is Josh Fox’s part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown investigation into hyrdo-fracking.

The series will end in June with the film Play Again.  At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, Play Again explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds.  This film is likely to go well with books like Joseph Cornell’s Sharing Nature with Children, Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, and David Sobel’s Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education.

UUSF was accredited as a Green Sanctuary on March 3, 2010.  Check out the full list of accredited Green Sanctuaries at the UUA website

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