Director: Eve Morgenstern
THE COMMON EXPERIENCE PROJECT ON SUSTAINABILITY IS HAPPY TO PRESENT A GREAT LINEUP OF DOCUMENTARY FILMS THIS FALL. The project goal is to create an engaging and educational experience for students, faculty, staff and the regional community. Attendees will acquire a deeper understanding of the current issues and concepts related to sustainability. No matter how much or how little you know about these issues, the films present an accessible avenue to learn about the topics presented. The films explore the intersection of the environment and sustainability through consumer demands and biodiversity, social justice, forest protections and grass roots innovation, energy production and industry control, species impacts and educational approaches to problem solving and engagement. Each film is pertinent to the challenges facing us, chosen for its beauty and current relevance. Following each showing a panel discussion or talk with the film producer or filmmaker is offered to the audience. This year we are welcoming director Eve Morgenstern (Cheshire Ohio) and Todd Walters producer (International Peace Parks Expeditions) as well as a variety of faculty, students and community members who share in the discussion and exploration of each film.
Examination of the sellout of a community in the shadows of one of the largest coal fire power plants in the nation, 30 minutes from Athens. A gun toting 83-year old woman refuses to sell her house to the power plant next door but the plant has moved ahead their 20 million dollar deal to buy out most of Cheshire and bulldoze all the homes. What happened in this Ohio River town overrun by one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the world? A story of money, power, corporate dominance of American life and the increasingly difficult choices we face surrounding the environment, Cheshire, Ohio makes us think twice about home.
This event is sponsored by the Athena Cinema, the Environmental Studies program,Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Alden Library, OU College of Arts and Sciences: Sustainability Studies, Food Theme, Ohio Sense of Place, and the Office of Sustainability.