The April 23rd NYC Sierra Club screening was attended by a packed room of 90 people (in a space meant for 75) and after some technical difficulties, people settled in to enjoy the film. Lisa DiCaprio, NYU professor and sustainability expert, introduced the film and led the discussion afterwards by framing the grassroots growth of renwwable energy in the larger context of Ithaca’s participation as a 100% Green city, and their decision to supply all municipal power by renwable energy. Everyone was pleased to get updates about the wind farm and biodiesel, and look forward to hearing more.
Producer Suzanne McMannis attended the screening in March at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol. An enthusiastic crowd of about 120 people joined her for the evening, including several former Ithacans now relocated to DC.
Prepared with remarks about DIY filmmaking, Suzanne ended up fielding
very serious questions about the big picture for renewables. The audience really wanted to know how to move alternative energy ahead in their communities, and the Solarize Tompkins SE campaign seemed to be of great interest.
The program of films at this festival was marvelously impressive. It is inspiring to see such a far-reaching commitment among activists and artists to a sustainable future. Please support these films anyway you can with family, friends, and organizations because they are at the forefront of bringing real news to viewers.
An old friend of producer Suzanne McMannis was able to attend the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in February. The event is held not far from Denver, and a good-size crowd attended the Friday afternoon screening. Colorado has initiated a couple of terrific state programs promoting renewables, and it was inspiring for us to bring news of Tompkins County’s own robust commitment to alternative energy and document the support we enjoy from organizations such as NYSERDA. Yay, New York!
We are coming out west! On April 19th, Empowered will be screening at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, WA as part of their annual environmental film festival. Please spread the word to anyone you know in the area! Here are the details…
4/19/13, Olympia, WA: Olympia Film Society Environmental Film Festival
WEST COAST PREMIERE!
Friday, April 19, 9pm
206 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA, 98501
Here’s what the Olympia Film Society has to say about the film…
Is it possible for an entire community to live ‘off the grid’? Well, it is achievable and it’s happening in Tompkins County, New York. In Empowered: Power From the People, the feat that this East Coast town has accomplished is examined to understand how they did it, and how it could be possible for us all. Through pointed interviews with residents and city leaders, this informative documentary takes us behind the scenes to reveal how a small town that lives under a blanket of clouds for most of the year has managed to shed its dependence on fossil fuels and local power companies by using sustainable energy methods from wind and solar power to bio-diesel and geothermal energies. Positive and motivational, Empowered: Power From the People paints an enlightening portrait of a town in the midst of an energy revolution.
From Peter Foster…
Transition Longfellow, a neighborhood group in Minneapolis, Minnesota, screened Empowered: Power From the People on Friday, February 14 for 35 residents. The screening was part of an ongoing monthly movie night hosted by Transition Longfellow at Bethany Lutheran Church. Movies are preceded by a potluck, which typically feature local, organic, vegan and vegetarians options, and include a local speaker. After Empowered, Timothy DenHerder Thomas lead a discussion about local solar programs, rebates and the future of solar power in the Twin Cities. Thanks for an inspiring and informative movie. It was very well-received.
Here are a few links to our activities through our local Community Council, and to our site, where you can learn more about what we do:
Know anyone in Minneapolis? Come to this free screening and potluck organized by Transition Longfellow.
Friday, February 15, 7pm (potluck starts at 6:30)
Bethany Lutheran Church
3901 36th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Transition Longfellow is part of the Transition Town movement, a grassroots network of communities that are working to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.
Producer Suzanne McMannis, Director Shira Evergreen, Art Weaver of Renovus Energy (featured in the film), and Guillermo Metz, Coordinator of the Green Building and Renewable Energy Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will be heard on Ithaca Community Radio, 88.1 WRFI, on Tuesday morning, February 12th, at 7:00 am.
They will be talking about the possibilities of using the sun to heat your water and to power all things electrical – including your radio! Tune in to learn about the new initiatives Solar Tour Dryden and Solarize Tompkins SE!
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.
We are thrilled to announce that Empowered has been selected for inclusion in two upcoming festivals – the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in February and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital in March. Stay tuned for more details…
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
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
With Director Shira Evergreen