See Triple Divide Feb 27 in Ithaca

This sounds good.

Mark your calendars!

On Thursday, February 27, investigative reporters from Public Herald, Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, will screen their feature-length documentary concerning environmental and health impacts from shale gas extraction in PA since 2007. Triple Divide is a culmination of 12 months of investigations and includes expert testimony. Pribanic and Troutman will lead a discussion and answer questions following the film.

This event is free, and will be held starting at 7 PM at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca, 306 North Aurora Street. The film is co-sponsored by the FracTracker Alliance, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, and the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca.

Triple Divide has been hailed as “the best documentary on fracking to date”.

“Neither partisan nor hyperbolic, Triple Divide is an honest look at an industry that deserves more scrutiny. The film explores and uncovers the haphazard way in which natural gas has been exploited in Pennsylvania, causing significant damage to formerly-pristine waterways. It clearly illustrates through painstaking investigative journalism how current safety measures and industry standards have proven entirely inadequate. I highly recommend this film to anyone who lives in the immediate area of hydraulic natural gas fracking, as well as those downstream from a drilling site.” – Andrew Riedy, Security Policy (Washington, D.C.)

Check out — http://tripledividefilm.org/ — for more info.

Do you want to bring the power of story into your strategy against fracking?

This just in from Shaleshock:

Media & Messaging Training – Story Based Strategy

Do you want to bring the power of story into your strategy against fracking?

On Saturday, June 22nd – 10:00am to 4:00pm, Shaleshock will offer a Media & Strategic Messaging Workshop in Ithaca, NY. You and other members of your organization are invited to attend.

 This workshop presents tools for building power and strategy through the lens of story. We will also explore messaging tactics and develop skills with media & campaign outreach.

Register Here

This Workshop will be an an opportunity to:

  • Develop or examine messaging strategy for your groups’ campaigns and actions
  • Explore and unpack story-based strategy and narrative thinking
  • Network and build relationships with fracktivist allies
  • Create some new materials for your campaign (banners, signs, messaging)

When: Saturday, June 22. 10:00am to 4:00pm (Breakfast at 9:00 – 9:40 am)

Cost: Suggested Donation $10 – 30

Where: The Quaker Meeting House

120 Third Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607)592-5208

Accessibility: Snacks and lunch will be provided by La Cocina Latina catering. The space is wheelchair accessible. Also, children are welcome and there will be child-care available on-site.

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Future Shaleshock Trainings – Summer 2013

Workshops & Trainings provide a space for hands on development of skills and tools for movement building. If you’re interested in signing up to hear about future trainings, click here.

LISTEN: Empowered on the Radio

Featured

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, were on Ithaca Community Radio 88.1 WRFI, on Tuesday morning, February 12th discussing Empowered, Renovus Energy, Solar Tour Dryden and Solarize Tompkins SE. You can listen to the show in two parts:

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Cooler Weather Means Energy Efficiency is Essential

As the weather cools down here in Ithaca, NY, energy efficiency is at the forefront in our minds. Now is the time of year that proper insulation and venting can make a huge difference in your energy bill. Or if you’re someone like Cal Walker, who tells the story of battling a huge ice dam on his house in Empowered, it can be a matter of life or death.

In this video clip, you’ll hear Cal Walker of Village at Ithaca and Gay Nicholson of Sustainable Tompkins discussing the very real effects of energy inefficiency in our community.

Applying the Lessons of Empowered to Our Home

Since the premiere of Empowered almost a year ago, my wife Ari (who made the animations) and I have been working on applying the lessons we learned in making the film to our own house. In addition to insulating, sealing, and upgrading appliances, we are now using 20% biodiesel in our furnace and have solar panels installed on our roof. You can learn all about our journey and find out about programs that make these renovations accessible to all through the article I wrote for Tompkins Weekly’s “Signs of Sustainability” series.

Tompkins Weekly, August 20-26, 2012
PDF version: A Model for Creating that ‘Green’ Home, scroll to page 8

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.

PRESS: We’re in the GreenLeaf

There’s a great article by Kristie Snyder about Empowered in this month’s issue of the GreenLeaf, Greenstar coop’s newspaper.

Here’s an excerpt…

You’re sure to recognize friends and neighbors, or maybe those folks up the street you’ve been meaning to introduce yourself to — the ones with all those solar panels on their garage. The people profiled come from all walks of life. “We’re hoping everyone sees someone in the film that they can relate to,” says Evergreen.

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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VIDEO: Ithaca Biodiesel

In this video clip from Empowered, you’ll learn about the evolving Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative and their goals to turn waste veggie oil into environmentally-friendly fuel for the community.

Click here for more clips from the film, or buy the DVD to see the whole film.