10/24: Empowered Screening in Syracuse with Sierra Club

Thanks to Annie Koreman (featured in the film), Empowered is coming to Syracuse!

10/24/12, Syracuse, NY: Onondaga Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012, 7:30pm
University United Methodist Church
1085 E. Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210
Free and open to the public
Information: 607-492-4745
With Director Shira Evergreen

Empowered at FilmColumbia Festival in Chatham, NY on October 21st

We are excited to announce that Empowered will be part of the FilmColumbia Festival in the upper Hudson Valley town of Chatham, NY on Sunday, October 21st at 2:30pm. This small town festival draws some major talent and we are honored to be part of a line-up that includes Ken Burns, Susan Sarandon, Alan Cumming, Bill Murray, William H. Macy and more!

Our producer, Suzanne McMannis, found this fun NPR piece about the festival that you can listen to online: Small-Town Festival Focuses On Films, Not Stars

Stay tuned for more info and you can learn more about the festival at the FilmColumbia website.

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.

12/7: Encore Community Screening at Cinemapolis with “Women Power” Panel

Wednesday, December 7, 7-9pm
Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY
Tickets are $10, $8 for IGBA and Sustainable Tompkins members

Join us for an encore Ithaca screening featuring tabling by local sustainability groups and renewable energy installers. Since our community sneak peek screening at the end of September, we have refined the film and added lots of animations so even you’ve seen it, there’s lot’s of new stuff to check out!

The screening will be followed by a special “Women Power” panel discussion including director Shira Golding Evergreen and some of the local innovators featured in the film – Gay Nicholson of Sustainable Tompkins, McKenzie Jones Rounds of Ithaca Biodiesel, Gwendolyn Barr of Weaver Wind Energy, Annie Koreman of Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group and Lexie Hain of Enfield Energy and Snug Planet.

This event is co-presented by Finger Lakes Bioneers, Ithaca Green Building Alliance, Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group and Sustainable Tompkins.

The screening kicks off a NY state tour co-sponsored by Finger Lakes Bioneers and Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group.

We hope you’ll join us!

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Report from the Community Sneak Peek



It was a bit of a crunch to get the film edited in less than a month for our Community Sneak Peek at Cinemapolis on September 30th, but it was well worth it! Over 130 people came out on a Friday evening to watch the film and participate in a discussion with the director Shira Golding and some of the film’s stars – Lily Gershon of the Dacha Project, Stephen Nicholson, and Art Weaver of Renovus Energy/Weaver Wind Energy. The panel was moderated by Guillermo Metz, organizer of the Green Buildings Open House, a weekend-long tour of local green residences and businesses, which was kicked-off this year by the screening of Empowered.

The response to the film was extremely positive and we’ve already heard from a number of people that they are going to move forward with installing solar panels and other renewables because they got so inspired!

We’re planning on putting some finishing touches on the film in the coming weeks including some animation sequences and we’ve already gotten a bunch of requests for screenings. We’re meeting this week with the Finger Lakes Bioneers and the Finger Lakes chapter of the Sierra Club to strategize about a statewide tour!

Join us at the first-ever viewing of Empowered, at Cinemapolis in Ithaca

We invite you to join us at the first public screening of “Empowered” on Friday, September 30th, to help kick off the 2011 Green Buildings Open House Tour. See the solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative energy systems that are transforming Tompkins County, in our neighbors’ backyards. Save the date and bring your friends!

The film will be introduced by the filmmakers, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the director and people who appeared in the film.

“Empowered” Community Sneak Peek
Friday, September 30th, 7-9pm*
Cinemapolis
120 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY
Tickets: $10

*Doors open at 6:30pm; local organizations and companies that can help you learn more about solar, wind and other alternatives will be tabling in the lobby.

If you can’t come, please support our film by sharing it – thanks!