Wednesday Evening

March 26th, 2014 @ 7PM at Cinefest

11th Hour

Directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners, 2011

Leonardo Dicaprio created, produced and narrated this documentary about the state of the natural world we live in. Comparable to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, the 11th Hour discusses the condition of our world, how it came to be, what is happening to is and what will happen to us as a species.

BAG IT: Is your life too plastic?

Directed by Suzan Beraza

Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us…and what we can do about it.

E2 | Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City

Narrated by Brad Pitt, 2008

Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, transformed one of the world’s most chaotic cities into a model of civic-minded and sustainable urban planning. He reformed public transportation, added greenways, built mega-libraries and created the longest stretch of bike-only lanes in the world. But along the way, he met tremendous opposition from the very people he was attempting to help.

Hosts

Hosting the evening, and leading inter-film discussion on the issue of Sustainability:

Michael Black is the Faculty Associate for the Sustainability Office and a Lecturer in Neuroscience at Georgia State University. In high school, he received a United States Presidential Commendation for his environmental work and leadership with Youth Environmental Action (YEA), continued with an Ecology major at Cornell University, and received his PhD for studies in the lab and field in marine biology and neuroscience. Dr. Black teaches a Sustainability course at Georgia State and serves as a board member of One More Generation.

Jenni Asman is the first sustainability coordinator for Georgia State University. She comes for Greenville South Carolina, where she discovered her passion for sustainability at Furman University where she aided in the creation of the sustainability program, campus master plan and climate action plan. Before coming to GSU, she was a director at the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, a subset of the National League of Conservation Voters where she led the state’s Green Schools Caucus, consisting of 45 senators and representatives advocating for more energy efficient schools. She also procured over 300 thousand dollars in energy savings for schools through grant writing and rebates. Jenni’s passion is behavior modification and change when it comes to the environment. She has been published in two major research journals for her work in creating a culture of conservation on a university campus.

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