Film Festival

See the change… be the change.

Fairfield Environmental Film Festival

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Martire Business &
Communication Center

                    5481 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT

May 5th – 7th, 2016   Free Admission!

May 5th  “The Wisdom to Survive” by Ann Maksoud & John Ankele

The Wisdom to Survive

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.


6:00 pm Festival opening reception
7:00 pm Screening
8:00 pm  Panel Discussion
Jessica Wolf
of Fairfield County Interfaith Alliance on Climate Change
Diane Lentakis of Sierra Club & 350CT
Becky Bunnell of Wilton Go Green
Bob Wall, Director, Marketing and Outreach, CT Green Bank and member of Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force
Scott Thompson, Environmental Engineer and Chair Town of Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force
Jonathan Steinberg, CT State Legislator for 136th District (Westport)
Moderator: Daphne Dixon of Live Green CT

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May 6th  “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis

01_Halkidiki_Courthouse-1024x427 “Everything isn’t about the melting glaciers or the polar bears, as adorable as they may be. This Changes Everything instead argues that what should drive us to incite change isn’t the world around us. It’s that mankind—”us”—and the problems we face provide all the reasons we need to become passionate climate change advocates.” -Jonathan Dornbush, EW

7:00 pm Screening
8:30 pm Panel discussion
Reverand Stephanie Johnson
, Associate Rector, St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfield
Mary Hogue, Chair of Fairfield Earth Day, Director of CT League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV)
Tony McDowell, Executive Director, Earthplace
Patti Popp, Sport Hill Farm
Joe Michelangelo, Director of Public Works, Town of Fairfield
Moderator: Mike Tetreau, Town of Fairfield First Selectman

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May 7th   “Trashed”  by Candida Brady

JEREMY_LEBANON_LANDFIL1We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down. We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year. “The plastic bottle in your hand will feel as dangerous as a molotov cocktail” – NYT

3:00 pm Screening
4:30 pm Panel discussion
Cristin McCarthy Vahey
, CT State Legislator for 133rd District (Fairfield)
Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Co-Founder & Executive Director of North American Marine Protection Association (NAMEPA)
Liz Milwe, Westport RTM representative
Albert P’an, COO of Yumi EcoSolutions, Inc.
Guy Gleysteen, Senior VP, Time, Inc.
Moderator: TBA

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May 7th  A Fierce Green Fire by Mark Kitchell

pipeGet ready for a ringside seat to both disaster and triumph.  “Oscar nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell winningly spans the broad scope of environmental history in this comprehensive doc, connecting its orgins with the variety of issues still challenging society today.” – Justin Lowe, the Hollywood Reporter                                                                                                        

6:30 pm  Screening
8:30 pm Panel Discussion
Julie Belaga
, Co-Founder and Director of CT  League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV); former COO of US Export-Import Bank and former EPA Region 1 Administrator
Clare Burhenne, Co-Founder of Objective350 and Senior at FLHS
Mark LeClair, Director, Master of Public Administration, Professor of Economics, Fairfield University
Jim Motavalli, Contributor to the New York Times, Car Talk at NPR, Mother Nature Network and, is a freelance environmental journalist, author and speaker and member of Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force
Moderator: Mary Hogue, Chair of Fairfield Earth Day, Director of CT League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV)

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