Sierra Club presents first annual Energy Film Festival |

Sierra Club presents first annual Energy Film Festival

Donna GrayGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Energy – both renewable and non – is a hot topic in film these days, what with Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The Sierra Club has climbed aboard the bandwagon with its inaugural nationwide Energy Film Festival with screenings in New Castle, Aspen and Carbondale this weekend.The idea of showing the films “is to make people more aware of energy issues,” said Bob Millette, chair of the Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club. “While we are experiencing rapid advances in sustainability, Coloradans are being told we need massive new coal-fired power plants. However, the answer to our energy needs is renewable energy and energy efficiency.”The films will be screened on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES); on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale; and on Sunday, March 18, at 6 p.m. at the New Castle Community Center.Among the offerings will be documentaries, episodes from the Sierra Club’s Chronicles series, an HBO special, the TBS global warming comedy special and independent short films.Issues facing Americans today – high gas prices, oil and gas drilling on public lands, global warming – are the focus of the films.Among the films are:• “Bringing Down the Mountains,” a short by three Pennsylvania high school students about mountaintop removal mining and its effects• “French Fries to Go” about a Telluride group making biodiesel out of French fry oil and featuring cameos by Darryl Hannah, Dennis Weaver and Andrew Weil• “Kilowatt Ours,” a journey from the coal mines of West Virginia to the solar panel fields of Florida• “Nobelity,” Nobel laureates speaking on pressing energy issues• “Power Shift,” narrated by Cameron Diaz, and featuring activists from around the world and steps you can take personally to reduce global warming• “Range Wars” follows ranchers in New Mexico who are protesting natural gas drilling on Bureau of Land Management land• “Sundance Summit,” co-hosted by Robert Redford, presents a summit of mayors gathered to consider climate protection• “SUV City” is a short animated film about the absurdity of big SUVs• “The True Cost of Food,” another animated video that explains the hidden costs of mass-produced food• “The Vineyard Energy Project” portrays Martha’s Vineyard’s efforts to use sustainable energy solutions through solar powerLocal filmmaker Chip Comins of Carbondale is showcased, Millette said, with his “one-minute film about native American wind farms.”The films are free “but we would gladly accept donations at the door,” Millette said. The screenings will be followed by discussion with local energy experts.Local sponsors include ACES, Dos Gringos, the New Castle Environmental Advisory Board, KDNK Community Radio and Solar Energy International.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 16605dgray@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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