Report from the Newfield Screening

The organizers of Newfield PAUSE (People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy) share a summary of the recent screening they organized…

About sixty residents from Newfield and surrounding towns, including Dryden, Ithaca, Trumansburg, Spencer, Van Etten, Owego, and Apalachin, filled the Newfield Fire House, on December 8, to view Empowered: Power from the People. The Newfield Community Conversation, sponsored by the Newfield group PAUSE—People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy—included a reunion of many of the film’s participants and lively discussion of the making of the film, grid-tied and off-grid solar, solar leasing, wind, geothermal energy, and green building. The unique opportunity to hear diverse perspectives on planning for, installing, and living with sustainable energy was made possible through discussion with Shira Evergreen, director, Suzanne McMannis, producer, and David Means, Annie Korman, Carolyn Kreisel, Sarah Highland, as well as Lily Gershon, Tompkins County home dwellers who were featured in the film.

Attendees came away with a greater awareness of the possibilities for renewable energy in Tompkins County and—so important—the determination to bring sustainable energy to our homes and communities. The film’s impact is illustrated by the response to the final questions of the evening, First question: “How many of you are working on installations or are developing new technology?” Four or five people raised their hands. Second question: “How many of you are considering installing some kind of sustainable energy system in your home or business?” About 75%-80% of the hands went up.

After the movie and formal discussion, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to network and discuss technological issues and other questions with the film’s participants.

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

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…

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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.