ELEMENTAL: Screening in Minneapolis for 1 Night Only!
Riverview Theater Minneapolis, MN
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ELEMENTAL: Screening in Minneapolis for 1 Night Only!
The Award-Winning Environmental documentary ELEMENTAL is screening for one night only at the Riverview Theater May 22nd at 7pm, a special event sponsored by the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability.
The film will be followed by a Q&A featuring local activists from AfroEco, MN350 and The Indigenous Environmental Network/Sierra Club North Star Chapter as well as the film director! (Details below.)
PANELISTS: **EMMANUEL VAUGHAN-LEE (Director/Producer/Co-Composer of ELEMENTAL): Emmanuel is a director, producer, musician and composer. In 2005 he founded the Global Oneness Project, a webby award winning media platform and production-company. He has directed and produced numerous award winning short filmsA Thousand Suns (2009), What Would it Look Like (2009), A Game for Life (2008), Barrio de Paz (2007), Seva Café (2007) that have been widely distributed online and aired on PBS, LINK TV, and ABC Australia among others. Prior to his work in film Emmanuel performed and recorded as a sideman with some of the biggest names in Jazz, as well as releasing two records under his own name, Previous Misconceptions (2002) and Borrowed Time (2005).
**MARTY COBENAIS: Marty Cobenais (Red Lake Ojibwe) is the Pipeline Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). He is a leader on pipeline safety issues, having lead resistance to Enbridge's Alberta Clipper pipeline, and is currently fighting TranCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline, and Exxon/ Imperial Oil's Heavy Haul in Montana and Idaho. Mr. Cobenais has worked with several tribal governments, grassroots tribal members and non-native environmental groups and individuals in the process. He is also a Sierra Club North Star Chapter executive committee member. Mr. Cobenais lives in Bemidji, MN and has 2 teenage children. In his free time he likes to enjoy his time in the outdoors doing an array of activities including hunting and fishing.
**SAM GRANT: Sam "cut his teeth" in the Environmental Justice movement in 1983 working with State Representative Karen Clark, as a lobbyist, to pass 2 bills: a) A Worker Right to Know Bill regarding their right to know about toxic chemicals they work with on a daily basis; and b) A Community Right to Know bill validating the right of communities to know about what toxic chemicals industry in their neighborhood is using. We won the Right for workers, and could not win the Right for communities. That fight clarified the waterfront for Sam. Since then, he has worked on countless EJ issues from lead poisoning in inner cities to treaty rights on indigenous lands. He served as a co-founder and first President of the Green Institute Eco-Industrial Park from 1993 to 1997. He just completed a stint as a member of the Environmental Justice Working Group for the City of Minneapolis's Office of Sustainability, and was on the Coordinating Committee for a very successful first annual Mother Earth Fest (http://www.motherearthfest.org). He is currently playing a lead role, through AfroEco (which he founded) in work with Project Sweetie Pie, Community Table, Appetite for Change and Northside Fresh to organize the urban agriculture movement. Sam is the proud father of Girasol Abla Kokui Leguizamon Grant, a little 4 year old co-evolutionary who is his greatest joy and teacher.
**KATE JACOBSON FAYE (moderator): Kate Faye has been an advocate for sustainable agriculture, social justice and resilient communities for the past twelve years. Her love for dirt, sunshine, wild spaces and serving community has only strengthened as she joins her three-year-old daughter in discovering the world around us. Kate has a B.A. in environmental studies, operated an organic market farm, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and is now fortunate to be working together with Minnesotans committed to urgent climate action as the coordinator of a MN350.
INFORMATION ABOUT ELEMENTAL: Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.
The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India's once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred "Mother Ganga" with respect. Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own "David and Goliath" struggle against the world's largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent.
And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature's own systems hold the key to our world's ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world's profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work?
Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view part mirage, part miracle.
LOCATION: Riverview Theater 3800 42nd Ave. S. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406
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3800 42nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406