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Nazareth College is proud to take part in Rochester’s Greentopia, a weeklong celebration of all things sustainable, by hosting three nights of Greentopia|FILM screenings in the Callahan Theater at the Nazareth College Arts Center, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618. Tickets are $10 in advance online and $12 cash at the door. All tickets can be purchased at greentopiafestival.com. The films to be screened by Nazareth include: The Waiting Room (Wed., Sept. 12 6:15 p.m.), Chasing Ice (Wed., Sept. 12 8:30 p.m.), Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle (Thurs., Sept. 13 6:15 p.m.), Last Call at the Oasis (Thurs., Sept. 13 8:30 p.m.), Symphony of the Soil (Fri., Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.) and Terra Blight (Fri., Sept. 14 8:30 p.m.). Each film screening will conclude with a discussion with the director either live or via Skype, or a panel discussion with local experts. There will also be a special director’s panel in the Palladoro Reception Hall located in the Arts Center on Thursday, September 13 from 4-5 p.m. For a complete schedule visit: www.greentopiafestival.com/film
With remarkable access granted to director Peter Nicks and his crew, The Waiting Room goes behind the scenes at the emergency department of Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., to paint a portrait of pain and frustration and dedication and resolve: modern healthcare, both at its best and its most challenging. This is anytown’s ED, and the plights of the mostly uninsured patients – and their caregivers – are universal. Doctors, nurses and technicians do all they can with limited time and resources, and patients and their families wait … and wait. As the national media treats healthcare like a political football, The Waiting Room reminds us that this is no game.
As armchair pundits debate the question of man-made climate change, James Balog put on warm clothes and ventured outside to offer a definitive answer – and he’s got pictures. Chasing Ice follows National Geographic photographer Balog as he crisscrossed the brutal Arctic – risking his life – to deploy time-lapse cameras that would capture visual evidence of retreating glaciers over a multiple-year span. The results of Balog’s extreme ice survey are at once beautiful and haunting: a photographic record that we cannot ignore.
“One thing New England has, is a lot of wind.” So says a witness to the storm brewing in Cape Spin, a story of the 10-year struggle to install America’s first offshore wind farm in Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound. But if the Bay State is almost as well known for progressive politics as for lobster, energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon encountered an ironic mix of left-leaning and right-leaning opposition to his proposal. (Imagine environmentalist Robert Kennedy, Jr., squaring off against Greenpeace.) With behind-the-scenes access to both sides of the story, the film offers a wry view of the bureaucracy, the NIMBY contentiousness, and the strange bedfellows that emerge when an idyllic old-money vacationland is asked to take one for the team.
We’re running out of fresh water, and what little we have left is too often at risk for contamination. Could the stakes be any higher? Academy Award winner Jessica Yu’s insightful and captivating film, Last Call at the Oasis, lays out the stark reality in its earliest scenes: thanks to a combination of overpopulation, ineffective water management and absentee oversight of environmental protection, too many parts of the world are facing long-term water shortages – a problem that has never faced the United States, but which could consume parts of the American southwest in a matter of decades. Yu’s exploration of these issues doesn’t lecture us – it doesn’t have to.
It’s no coincidence that we use the same word for the dirt beneath our feet as for the planet on which we live. While the Earth gives us a home, the earth – the soil – sustains us. With Symphony of the Soil, filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia draws insights from a broad field of experts – farmers, scientists and more – about the delicate balance of our fertile soil, and the importance of maintaining that balance for sustainable agriculture, energy, water and other key elements to human survival. Symphony of the Soil celebrates that importance, and asks us to think differently.
It’s a bitter irony of the Digital Age: technological innovations have the potential to contribute to a greener planet, but we still need hardware to access the digital world. And as that hardware becomes increasingly affordable and fashionable, computer users are buying more and more units each day – and discarding almost as many as they purchase. What happens to all that e-waste? Terra Blight explores this phenomena of high-tech overconsumption, as well as its impact on a personal and global scale. Director Brown shines a bright light on a little-discussed issue whose potentially catastrophic consequences can’t be eradicated by simply pressing a DELETE key.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.