Two screenings highlighting Film Sprout, a company specializing in grassroots and community distribution for independent documentaries.
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Jan 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm – Jan 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm
Film Sprout: The Greening of Southie & The End of the Line
With Caitlin Boyle, Curt Ellis, Sean Dimin
Saturday, January 9- 7:30 pm
The Greening of Southie by Ian Cheney (USA, 2008, 73 minutes, DVD)
What happens when you’re asked to build the city of tomorrow… today? Set on the storied streets of South Boston, The Greening of Southie is a feature documentary about Boston’s first residential green building, and the men and women who set out to construct it. From wheatboard cabinetry to recycled steel, bamboo flooring to dual-flush toilets, The Macallen Building is something different––a leader in the emerging field of environmentally friendly design. But green building has its challenges, and the jobsite has its skeptics. And when things start to go wrong, a young developer has to keep the project from unraveling.
Funny and poignant, The Greening of Southie is a story of bold ideas, new environmentalists, and the future of urban America. Soon to be broadcast on Sundance Channel’s “The Green” and available now on DVD, The Greening of Southie is the centerpiece of Earth Week in the Union. Halls, a campaign that will bring the film––and the national discussion about green jobs––to workers around the country. Anchor support for this effort is provided by the Fledgling Fund. Created by King Corn’s Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, The Greening of Southie features innovative time-lapse animation, cinematography by Taylor Gentry, and music by Force Theory. Winner of Earth Day Selection, “The Green”, Sundance Channel, 2008 Seattle International Film Festival, and many others.
Sunday, January 10- 7:30 pm
The End of the Line by Rupert Murray (UK, 2009, 85 minutes, DVD)
Debuting at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and playing in hundreds of cinemas, aquariums, and universities across the US and the United Kingdom, Rupert Murray’s THE END OF THE LINE is nothing short of the inconvenient truth about the devastating effect of overfishing on the world’s ecosystems. The first major documentary to reveal the extent of the crisis facing today’s oceans, THE END OF THE LINE challenges us to imagine a world without fish…period.
The New York Times calls it “vital”, “well-researched,” and “evenhanded ”: a film “that subverts our ancient faith in the ocean as an inexhaustible resource, offering a persuasive case that the major species of edible fish are headed for extinction.”
Filmed over two years, the documentary follows the indefatigable investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts the politicians and celebrity restaurateurs who exhibit little regard for the damage their policies—and their menus—are doing to the oceans. Taking us from the cod-depleted shores of the Atlantic to the Straits of Gibraltar and the coasts of Senegal, and on to the Tokyo fish market, THE END OF THE LINE sounds a powerful wake-up call to the world: If we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048.
2008 Winner of British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary.
Sean Dimin is founder of the family-run sustainable seafood purveyor Sea to Table, a Brooklyn-based business that seeks out sustainably managed fisheries needing better access to markets, and provides a direct connection between fishermen and chefs. Sea to Table is a partner in The End of the Line’s nationwide restaurant screenings tour, Fish ‘n’ Flicks, which launches in San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, D.C., and New York, January 10-24.
Producer Curt Ellis founded Wicked Delicate Films with filmmaking partner Ian Cheney in 2004, after their collaboration on the feature documentary King Corn, released in 2008. A former Food and Society Fellow for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Curt is the director of the new King Corn follow-up documentary, Big River, about the impact of corporate agriculture on the Mississippi River Basin.
Caitlin Boyle is the founder of Film Sprout and the architect of grassroots and community screenings campaigns for numerous documentaries, including the award-winning KING CORN, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, and THE END OF THE LINE. She lives in Brooklyn.