Last Friday, the Center for Community Growth welcomed Indiana residents to view a screening of YERT, “Your Environmental Roadtrip,” and to participate in a question and answer session with the produce Mark Dixon after the film. Take a look at some of the pictures below and see what we got up to!
“Are we doomed?” That’s how we started [in 2008], by asking people if they think we we’re doomed, hundreds of people–and the overwhelming response was that we’re not doomed, we just have to change really fast.” -Mark Dixon, speaking to audience at the Indiana Theater April 26th, 2013.
The marquee at the Indiana Theater announces the Center’s showing of “YERT” for the 2013 Film Series
Center organizing members, “YERT” producer Mark Dixon, musician Scott Ellis, and a representative of the Indiana Municipal Waste Authority standing beneath the sign of the Indiana Theater.
Mark Dixon (center) stands with the organizing members of the Center for Community Growth (From left): Colleen Donovan, Eric Barker, Chloe Hatcher Drew, Susan Comfort, Tina Palmer, and Gerald Smith.
Scott Ellis plays for moviegoers in the lobby at the 2013 Film Series.
Audience members visit tables to learn about the farmer’s market, Indiana CSAs, the Indiana County Solid Waste Authority, and more.
Chloe Drew Hatcher talks to visitors about the Indiana Farmer’s Market and where to get local foods, alongside Bobby Sowerbower of the Coalition for a Healthy County.
An audience fills the seats of the Indiana Theater in preparation for the film.
Mark Dixon speaks a few words before the start of the film.
Mark Dixon displays all of the trash he and his crew accumulated during their year-long road trip across the U.S. in 2007–only enough to fill three large storage containers.
We’ve already announced that Mark Dixon is speaking at our screening of his film YERT at the Indiana Theater this week, and will also be interviewed at 9:00am on News/Talk 11600 AM Friday morning! but there are many other organizations that plan to attend the showing as well! We are thrilled to welcome representatives from IUP and Indiana to table in the lobby before our screening, including:
Indiana Bicycle Coalition The Indiana Bicycle Coalition will be joining us Friday evening right after they compete their Critical Mass at 5:30pm-6:30pm–to learn more about the coalition, click here!
The winners of the Sustainability Award from the IUP Undergraduate Scholar’s Forum
If you’re into going green, learning more about sustainable technology, or are just curious about sustainability, arrive at the Indiana Theater at 6:30pm this Friday. Once there you can purchase some food, meet with the organizations, and enjoy music from local musician Scott Ellis. Remember admission is a suggested $5.00 donation!
Showing Friday, April 26th at 6:30pm at the Indiana Theater is YERT, featuring an appearance by the film producer, Mark Dixon, as well as music, cutting edge sustainability research, and a bike powered band!! Stay tuned for more details, or get more news by liking the Center on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or joining our YERT Facebook event page!
About Mark Dixon
Producer Bio from the YERT Website
“Mark attended Stanford University and graduated in 1997 with a BS in Industrial Engineering. While familiarizing himself with web and media technologies during a 10 year career in Silicon Valley, Mark discovered that our planet Earth was having a tough time accommodating her most dominant species. He also realized that a sound retirement plan would optimally include a stable planet. In an attempt to address these concerns, he went on to launch YERT in 2006 with his college buddy, Ben Evans. This is his first feature film.”
Want to learn more about the 2013 Film Series, or see what other films we have scheduled? Check out the 2013 Film Series webpage, or our schedule of upcoming screenings!
A crowd filled the Indiana Theater last Friday night to watch the premier of Triple Divide, a poignant, visually striking, and informative documentary about hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania. Told through the personal stories of resident Pennsylvanians, the film exposes truths about the Pennsylvania DEP, the consequences of fracking, the important policies and laws that underpin fracking procedures and undermine residents’ rights, and how the careless actions of fracking companies and the state government pose hazards to people, livestock, water sources, and more.
Concerned by the implications of the film, the audience joined in a two-hour group discussion following the screening to ask questions of six panelists. Joining us for the evening were Triple Divide directors Josh Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, both investigative journalists for the PA-based Public Herald; Sherene Hess, a representative of the League of Women Voters; Gerald Smith, founder and member of the Coalition for a Healthy County; Cindy Rogers of the Evergreen Conservancy; and Gabby Lehigh, an undergraduate student of IUP working towards her BA in Anthropology, who conducted ethnographic research in Diamondville, PA to study the experiences of residents with fracking.
In addition to sharing questions, opinions, and thoughts about the film, many people chose to share
their personal concerns and stories about how hydraulic fracturing impacted their lives. Panelists responded to each question in turn, and offered their own perspectives, as well as resources and information for audience members to access. Most of the panelists and audience members agreed that exploring alternative energy sources such as natural gas is necessary and important, but not if it’s done at the expense of the well-being and rights of residents.
“I am very worried about what will happen in ten to fifteen years when Pennsylvania is kind of a wasteland…that’s just terrible.” Said Gerald Smith. “At the same time…the [gas] industry is here, and they are creating jobs, so I am conflicted personally.”
Melissa Troutman suggested that Indiana establish a community rights bill that establishes local rights and allows residents to make decisions on their own. Over 100 communities in PA have passed community rights bills. She also announced that a Triple Divide website will soon be put online, where more information about fracking and the Pennsylvania DEP will be available to the public.
At the end of the evening we asked people to sign a petition from the Coalition for a Healthy County to prohibit all natural gas fracturing. The petition is available here.
We were struck by how many more stories were left to be told by the very residents present in the room and were honored to be in the presence of our guest speakers for our panel. We thank our sponsors, the IUP Graduate Literature Program, the IUP Women’s Studies Department, the Coalition for a Healthy County, SAGE, and E.C.O. for making the 2013 Film series possible. We also thank the Indiana Theater for allowing us to use their venue for our film screening events. Lastly we want to thank everyone who came to see Triple Divide and participated in the discussion after. News of follow-up action will be posted soon!
Want to learn more about hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania? Take a look at our resources page on Fracking to see a list of organizations and websites with information about the effects of gas fracturing on PA.
(Written by Lindsey Quakenbush, edited by Gerald Smith)