Report from Colorado and DC Screenings

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!

LISTEN: Empowered on the Radio

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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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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.

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.