12/8: Newfield PAUSE Screening with Reunion Panel

PAUSE, People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy, was founded by Newfield, NY residents concerned about the impacts of shale gas extraction on our town and region. PAUSE seeks to create a world in which people, animals, plants, and all communities flourish. We are excited to announce that PAUSE is organizing a screening of Empowered on December 8th, which will feature a jam-packed panel reuniting many of the Tompkins County residents featured in the film. We’ll have DVDs of the film and YIMBY signs for sale – they make great holiday gifts! Hope to see you on the 8th…

12/8/12, Newfield, NY: Newfield PAUSE (People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy) Screening
Saturday, December 8th, 2012, 7pm
Newfield Fire Hall
77 Main Street, Newfield, NY
FREE, Refreshments provided
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Shira Evergreen, Producer Suzanne McMannis, and from the film: Annie Koreman, Carolyn Kreisel, David Means, Sarah Highland and Lily Gershon

PRESS: We’re in the Ithaca Times!

There’s a full-page piece about Empowered: Power from the People with quite a bit of back story about Shira’s prior filmmaking experience and why Ithaca is such a great place to make movies. Here’s an excerpt and you can read the full article: Do-It-Yourself Film Ethic Empowers Ithaca

Evergreen and her partner moved upstate from the city for both professional and personal reasons. “All the physical spaces gave us the financial and emotional space to tackle film making,” she said. “We started out in Ithaca and set up a graphics business, and we now live in Dryden. It’s less than an acre, but it seems like so much coming from the city.” She has been applying the energy efficiency lessons that she learned while making Empowered to her own house.

What advantages are there to making films out in the hinterlands? “Well, the overall pace of life is a relief,” Evergreen said. “It promotes creativity and collaboration. There’s a big word-of-mouth community, and everyone is eager to tell a story that reflects pride in the community. Empowered quickly became more about the people than about the [alternative energy] systems.”

Haven’t seen the film yet? You can get the dvd or watch it online for $4.99.

Upcoming Screenings: Ithaca YMCA and Back to Democracy

Haven’t seen the film yet? Come to one of these screenings!

5/16/12, Ithaca NY: Screening and Q&A at the YMCA
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 7pm
YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County
Graham Road West, Ithaca, NY
FREE
With Producer Suzanne McMannis

6/15/12, Trumansburg NY: Screening and Discussion with Back to Democracy
Friday, June 15th, 2012, 7pm
Back to Democracy
Trumansburg Fire Hall, Route 96/Main Street
FREE
With Director Shira Evergreen and Producer Suzanne McMannis

Upcoming Screenings: Town of Danby, FLEFF and Cornell University

Building on the momentum from recent screenings at Kendal at Ithaca and SUNY Cortland we are excited to announce three free upcoming events, including our first film festival! Details below…

Want to bring Empowered to your community? Get the DVD and organize a screening!

3/20/12, Danby, NY: Screening and Community Discussion
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 6:30pm
Danby Town Hall
1830 Danby Road, Danby, NY 14850
FREE

4/1/12, Ithaca, NY: Screening and Q&A at FLEFF (Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival)
Co-presented by Finger Lakes Bioneers
Sunday, April 1st, 2012, Noon
Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY
FREE
“The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College embraces and interrogates sustainability across all of its forms: economic, social, ecological, political, cultural, technological, and aesthetic. The festival is in the spirit of UNESCO’s initiative on sustainable development.”
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4/4/12, Ithaca, NY: Screening and Discussion at Cornell University
Co-presented by Mann Library, Finger Lakes Bioneers, KyotoNOW!, Cornell Wind Power, and Engineers for a Sustainable World Cornell
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, 5:30pm
Mann Library
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
FREE
Cornell alums Director Shira Evergreen and Dominic Frongillo from the Town of Caroline (featured in the film) will participate in the post-film discussion.
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4/18/12 Screening: LOCALIZATION – A Winter Movie Series on Economy, Food and Energy

Sarah Highland's solar panel, in Empowered: Power from the People4/18/12: Screening and Panel Discussion with Producer Suzanne McMannis as part of LOCALIZATION-A Winter Movie Series on Economy, Food and Energy
Co-presented by Finger Lakes Bioneers and Rochester’s Center for Sustainable Living
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY
More details to come…

2/20: “Ithaca Loves Teachers” Screening & Discussion

2/20/12: Screening and Discussion as part of Ithaca Loves Teachers Winter Recess
Presented by Finger Lakes Bioneers and hosted by Kendal at Ithaca
Monday, February 20th, 7pm
Kendal Auditorium, Kendal at Ithaca, 2230 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY
The film’s producer Suzanne McMannis and Shawn Reeves of EnergyTeachers.org will be present to share their insights with Kendal residents and teachers.

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If you want updates on the film and are interested in posts about alternative energy with a focus on Tompkins County, follow us on Twitter! We’re @EmpoweredMovie.

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