Category Archives: Film Series

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Sustainable Rossmoor and the Rossmoor Vegan Club are jointly sponsoring Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story on Wednesday, June 7th at 7 p.m. in Peacock Hall at Gateway. It’s won over a dozen international awards.

What does food have to do with Climate Change?
Why would we want to buy cosmetically challenged produce?
How can a person eat healthily in the US for an average of $17/mo without raising it?  And have plenty extra to share?

Join a young film-making couple as they follow the story of food waste on a massive scale to food rescue programs. See some of the 40% of the food grown or raised in the US that is never eaten. For example, suppliers throw out tons and tons of perfectly edible fruits and vegetables – from 20 to 75 percent of a harvest, valued at billions of dollars.

The good-humored couple decide to conduct an experiment to eat only discarded food for six months; their enthusiasm for this treasure hunt is infectious. They bring home more than $20,000 worth of wasted food.

From Variety MagazineWho’d have thought that a documentary about scavenging would serve up so much food porn? In their hugely entertaining “Just Eat It,” Canadian filmmaking couple Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer conduct an experiment to eat only discarded food for six months, highlighting an environmental crisis evidently fed by wasteful North American eating habits, but in a cheeky, accessible way. The cornucopia they discover inside dumpsters will leave audiences gobsmacked, and will have them mopping up their dinner plates with renewed vigor. Comparisons with “Super Size Me” are inevitable, and with savvy marketing, the filmmakers may have a small international sleeper on their hands.

A raffle will be held, and “Keep it Fresh” green bags will be available.

Finally, read what Barack has to say . . . Barack Obama on food and climate change
(from a talk given by Barack Obama at the Seeds & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit.)

”Food has not been the focus of climate change discussions as much as it should have been.”

“A part of this is also going to be wasting less food.”

***Can’t make this date to enjoy it on the big screen? The BIG, NEW, HI-DEF screen? Then check out the DVD from our Rossmoor library anytime afterward.  Once shown, Sustainable Rossmoor donates our DVDs to the library.

Queen of the Sun – What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Movie Date and Time: May 10th, 7 PM in Peacock

Queen of the Sun -What Are The Bees Telling Us?

“This is a remarkable documentary that’s also one of the most beautiful nature films I’ve seen” described Roger Ebert. This film poetically balances a sense of urgency about the global bee crisis with hope and inspiration. It earned a 97% rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics, and nearly a dozen international awards.

Filmmaker Taggart Siegel takes us on a journey through the mysterious world of beehives and their catastrophic disappearance. He explores the precarious world of the bees through interviews with beekeepers and global experts, helping unravel the multiple factors behind bee colony collapse. Best-selling author Michael Pollan and Gunther Hauk, beekeeper and founder of the world’s first formal bee sanctuary, are two of the featured authorities playing supportive roles to the film’s lead characters: the bees.

These fuzzy little creatures keep us alive; they are responsible for 4 of every 10 bites of food we eat.  Yet, their own survival is at risk largely due to human activity. Their grace and harmony is daunted by ominous “insect deserts”—fields of mono-crops (such as almonds or soy) that stretch for miles and offer no year-round habitat to sustain the bees. Pesticides, parasites, queen breeding, and genetically modified crops are just a few more of the culprits responsible for the disappearance of the world’s bees. A recent study reveals 1 in 4 native bee species is going extinct.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/bees-03-01-2017.php

Queen of the Sun What Are the Bees Telling Us reveals both the problems and the solutions of renewing a culture in balance with nature. With captions.

Saving The Bay (Part 1)

Movie Date and Time: April 12th, 7 PM in Peacock

Sustainable Rossmoor will show SAVING THE BAY on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 pm in Peacock Hall. The film shares an invaluable lesson about how ordinary citizens can have an impact on protecting and enhancing our natural environment. Spearheaded by three women in the East Bay hills, the story of how the San Francisco Bay was saved is not only compelling in its own right, but launched a movement that continues.

Narrated by Robert Redford, SAVING THE BAY also explores the history of one of America’s greatest natural resources — San Francisco Bay — tracing the Bay from its geologic origins through years of catastrophic exploitation to the restoration efforts of today. This film takes viewers on an unforgettable journey around the waters of San Francisco Bay and the larger northern California watershed from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

According the the film’s website,  SAVING THE BAY received four regional Emmy awards including for Best Documentary in May, 2010. When the series premiered in two parts on KQED October 8, 2009, it had the single highest rating of any PBS program in the nation the evening of its initial broadcast, with the audience increasing every 15 minutes until the end.

The April 12th showing in Peacock Theatre will feature Part 1 of the original PBS documentary with Part 2 shown at a later date. The film begins with the formation of San Francisco Bay following the last Ice Age and the Native Peoples who settled along its shores 3,000 years ago. It follows the history of  the European exploration and settlements by the Spanish and the Russians. The California gold rush led to San Francisco’s rapid development into a major metropolis  and brought a radical change for the Bay. By century’s end, San Francisco Bay became the center of the broad economic empire on the Pacific, changed forever by the expansion of the commercial shipping industry.

The history of the Bay shows how people-power triumphed, but the struggle continues to balance the competing demands of major urban centers amidst an environmentally sensitive landscape. Captions included. Learn more by visiting the Save the Bay website.

 

Racing To Zero, in Pursuit of Zero Waste

Movie Date and Time: March 8th, 7 PM in Peacock

Shown at the Paris Climate Conference, this quick-moving, up-beat documentary presents new solutions to the global problem of waste. Garbage becomes a financial and environmental resource as the film follows the trail of trash and recycling in San Francisco, looking behind-the-scenes at how zero waste has nearly been achieved by Recology.  Cities all over the United States have instituted zero-waste policies of their own, and it is through these mandates that we are challenged to think differently about not only how we handle our garbage, but what it can become.

RecycleSmart is proud to co-host this film with Sustainable Rossmoor.  RecycleSmart is the agency working toward zero waste locally. They are very close to a residential diversion rate of 75%. The area RecycleSmart wants to focus on improving is getting residential food waste into green carts. Currently, participation rate regionally is very low — estimated to be between 20-30%.

Composting of food waste is being addressed jointly by Sustainable Rossmoor, RecycleSmart, and GRF. Join the discussion at the Sustainable Rossmoor meetings on the first Tuesday of each month in the Fairway Room in Creekside. 

Made with kick-starter funds, this often humorous film has gone on to become an award-winning film festival favorite. Sustainable Rossmoor and RecycleSmart are cosponsoring RACING TO ZERO, IN PURSUIT OF ZERO WASTE; it will screen on Wednesday March 8, at 7 pm in the Peacock Theater.

Movie Trailer

 

Sustainable Rossmoor’s Film Series

Each month we highlight a film that inspires or advocates for environmental causes around the world.  We choose films that educate us about the breadth and depth of sustainability and prompt us to make better choices. For a complete listing of upcoming films read more here.  All movies will be shown in the Peacock Theatre on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. English subtitles will be shown whenever available.

Deepwater Horizon – February Movie

Sustainable Rossmoor will screen DEEPWATER HORIZON on Wednesday, February  8th at both 12 Noon and 7 pm in Peacock Hall.

This emotionally intense film depicts the catastrophe of April 20, 2010, when the largest and deepest oil rig in the US exploded forty miles off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven were killed and 17 severely injured. The tragedy also resulted in the world’s largest marine oil spill – avoidable had it not been for British Petroleum’s greed and impatience.  Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, and Gina Rodriquez portray members of the heroic crew; John Malkovich plays a BP executive on board. Director Peter Berg honors the 126 men and women onboard and their numerous acts of courage that saved untold lives in this suspense-packed film. With SDH captions.

Deepwater Horizon Movie Trailer

 

Sustainable Rossmoor’s Film Series

Each month we highlight a film that inspires or advocates for environmental causes around the world.  We choose films that educate us about the breadth and depth of sustainability and prompt us to make better choices. For a complete listing of upcoming films read more here.  All movies will be shown in the Peacock Theatre on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. English subtitles will be shown whenever available.

 

Erin Brockovich, January Movie

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Julia Roberts received an Academy award for her role as Erin Brockovich in this David vs Goliath thriller that dramatizes the true story of how one woman “brought a small town to its feet and a huge company (PG&E) to its knees.” The film also garnered Oscar nominations for co-star Albert Finney, director Steven Soderbergh, writer Susannah Grant, and as Best Film. It is the story of a brash, twice-divorced mother of three who uncovers moral and legal corruption and persuasively pressures her boss to initiate a corporate pollution law suit in the small, unincorporated community of Hinkley, located in the Mojave Desert.

Since the movie’s release Erin Brockovich continues her work as an environmental activist. She travels the country as an inspirational speaker, and is a “voice for those who don’t know how to yell.” According to her website (brockovich.com), she helps people who have suffered because of environmental contamination and fights to help everyday Americans right corporate wrongs.

Poisoned drinking water, in the US and globally, continues to be a major news story.  Enjoy watching Julia Roberts and Albert Finney win this one. Sponsored by Sustainable Rossmoor, the film screens Wednesday, January 11 at 7 pm in the Peacock Theater.

Official Trailer

Sustainable Rossmoor’s Film Series

Each month we highlight a film that inspires or advocates for environmental causes around the world.  We choose films that educate us about the breadth and depth of sustainability and prompt us to make better choices. For a complete listing of upcoming films read more here.  All movies will be shown in the Peacock Theatre on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. English subtitles will be shown whenever available.