Endangered Earth film series begins April 9 at JCC

JAMESTOWN – A four-part “Endangered Earth” film series, sponsored by Jamestown Community College’s office of sustainability, begins April 9.

Free and open to the public, the films are shown at 7 p.m. in the Carnahan Center Theatre. A guided discussion is conducted at the conclusion of each film.

The series is held in conjunction with JCC’s college program committee and Earth Awareness Club. For additional information, contact the JCC’s office of sustainability, 338-1194.

The April 9 session features three original films. JCC student Cody Delong’s original documentary, “The Leavers: Creating Community in Chautauqua County,” explores the individuals and organizations whose actions are building a sustainable community in Chautauqua County. The film is preceded by a screening of “Embrace,” a short film by Deb Lanni, professor of communication and media arts at JCC, and “Overview,” a short film about astronauts’ experience in space by Guy Reid.

“Carbon Nation,” a film by Peter Byck that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic, and national security issues, will be shown on April 17. After becoming aware of climate change in 2006, Byck and his team set out to find innovators and entrepreneurs who are establishing the groundwork for a clean energy future.

“Waterlife,” a documentary about the state of the Great Lakes, will be shown on Earth Day, April 22. The film follows the flow of the lakes’ water from Nipigon River to the Atlantic Ocean, taking viewers on a tour of a beautiful ecosystem that is facing complex challenges.

On May 2, “Fresh” explores the efforts of the farmers, thinkers, and business people who are reinventing the food system. Each has witnessed the transformation of American agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences of food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. The film features Will Allen, recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin; and supermarket owner David Ball.