*From Highway 179, turn onto Bowstring Drive, and then turn right at the first driveway, and park in the small parking lot opposite the double doors to the basement, or in the upper parking lot if full.

Monthly Events & Discussion

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED:

Group meets Monthly on 2nd Thursdays

6:30pm, Free

*Church of the Red Rocks

54 Bowstring Drive, Sedona

Thursday, 6/9/16, Elemental Arizona Premiere - TRAILER

6:30pm


Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.

Thursday, 6/23/16, How to Let Go of the World and

Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change - TRAILER

6:00pm


In How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change, Academy Award-nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known.

 

Traveling to 12 countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?


Thursday, 7/14/16, “Seeing Wetiko,” with Pash Galbavy, performance artist and mask maker

6:30pm


The Inspiration of Sedona will host performance artist and mask maker Pash Galbavy in a presentation of “Seeing Wetiko.” ”Wetiko” (aka “Wendigo" or “Windigo”) is an Algonquin word that describes a cannibalistic spirit or disease that eventually destroys itself by consuming everything that keeps itself alive. Before this occurs, it fully convinces itself and others that it’s consumptive habits are logical and morally correct. See the Seeing Wetiko project masks from Faces of Wetiko and It’s Antidotes, which the presentation was based on. [A Note on Cultural Appropriation]


Thursday, 7/28/16, Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now Arizona Premiere - TRAILER

6:30pm


In Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now, 3-time Academy Award-nominated actor & activist, Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, and the false promise of an economic boom. The film asks President Obama to ban fracking, and focuses on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process.


Thursday, 8/11/16, Anthropocene Arizona Premiere - TRAILER

& Presentation & Discussion with Dr. Sailesh Rao

6:30pm


A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - a planet shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it's a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archival footage, award-winning stills and interviews, ANTHROPOCENE proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending. After the showing, author Dr. Sailesh Rao, director of Climate Healers, will share some of his thoughts, which are related to the film, from his new book, Carbon Yoga.

Thursday, 8/25/16, Author & Activist Bill Carter Presentation To Inspire Community At VVS

7:00pm


Verde Valley School’s Global Goals Program and Inspiration of Sedona present an evening of inspiration with award-winning author, filmmaker, journalist and activist Bill Carter, as he shares his story, "Social Activism: What can you do?"



Thursday, 9/8/16, Cultural Creatives: The (R)evolution Documentary - TRAILER

6:30pm


This documentary has recently been entirely re-edited. It is a film made by Frigyes Fogel, a Hungarian independent filmmaker, on the topic of the Cultural Creatives, people who are taking an interest in improving the quality of life and making it sustainable for future generations. It is NOT a global organization or political movement, yet there are an increasing number of people showing an enormous change in consciousness, providing examples through their own initiatives, and giving humanity an opportunity to find solutions to the issues of the 21st century. The Cultural Creatives comprise over one third of the adult populations of the US, Europe, Japan, and many major cosmopolitan cities worldwide. Their message: The time is ripe to take the shaping of social life into our own hands.


Thursday, 9/22/16, A Chemical Reaction

Documentary - TRAILER

6:30pm


This documentary tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America. It started with one lone voice in 1984. Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist, noticed a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides.


Dr. Irwin’s persuasive arguments and data to back her findings eventually led the town of Hudson to enact a by-law that banned the use of all chemical pesticides and herbicides. The most mighty chemical companies in North America put their full legal weight on the tiny town and eventually the case made it to the Supreme Court.

This is an inspiring story about overcoming great odds and it demonstrates the power of people coming together to effect change.

Thursday, 10/13/16

Years of Living Dangerously Season 2 - AZ Premiere

Documentary & Discussion with former AZ Corporate Commissioner, Kris Mayes - TRAILER


This first episode, A Race Against Time, featuring David Letterman and Cecily Strong, explores the energy market, which has an estimated global value of $6 trillion — a number that could be greatly affected by an increase in renewable sources, especially solar. In his first television project since retiring as host of CBS’s Late Show, David Letterman travels to India to find out what the world’s soon-to-be most populous country is going to do to expand its inadequate energy grid, power its booming economy and bring basic electricity to 300 million citizens who have never plugged in. Letterman interviews the prime minister, travels to rural villages where power is a luxury few can afford, and finds out why the U.S. may play a key role in India’s energy future. Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong travels to Florida and Nevada to investigate what’s blocking the growth of solar energy in the U.S.


Kris Mayes, former Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Chairwoman of the ballot initiative, Yes on AZ Solar, and current head of Solar Strong America, will speak after the film about the APS rate case, cuts to net-metering, and the dangers it imposes on solar including the 10,000 jobs tied to it, at a recent Sedona City Council meeting. (View ARTICLE).

Thursday, 10/27/16

Jeff Biggers’ An Evening at the Eco-polis: Sedona

Multi-media Theatre Performance & Discussion


American Book Award-winning author and performer, Jeff Biggers presents an original multi-media show blending music and stories. He is joined by French musician Vincent Z, performing classical jazz pieces. The “Ecopolis” show (eco-polis meaning eco-city) has toured nationally, including performances in Chicago, San Francisco and many cities in the Midwest.


Unfurling a vision of Sedona in the year 2030, Ecopolis explores the opportunities of a green economy and a transformation into a "regenerative city" based on renewable energy, local food, zero waste, reconnecting our cities to biodiversity. Ecopolis is a unique musical and storytelling experience that asks cities to consider a new urban agenda that pursues inclusionary and just urban designs, and engages energy and transportation initiatives that positively enhance rather than undermine our environment.




Thursday, 11/10 /16

Years of Living Dangerously Season 2 - Gathering Storm

Documentary & Discussion - TRAILER


Episode two of Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously, features Jack Black and Ian Somerhalder. If nothing is done to curb carbon emissions, Miami is in danger of being underwater by the end of the century. Jack Black is there to find out if and how the city and other low-lying coastal areas can survive rising seas. He finds a political and business community in denial and talks to a few lone legislators, residents, activists and scientists trying to do something before it’s too late. Ian Somerhalder journeys to the Bahamas to investigate the future threat of superstorms, caused by rising sea temperatures, whose devastating effects could reach biblical proportions. At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, he joins scientists on a deep dive to explore blue holes, underwater caves that have collected the remnants of past storms for centuries.

Thursday, 12/8/16

Years of Living Dangerously Season 2 - The Uprooted, also

John Liu’s Hope in A Changing Climate

Documentaries & Discussion - TRAILER #1, TRAILER #2, TRAILER #3


Episode three of Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously, features New York Times columnist Tom Friedman investigating the increasing population of climate refugees — migrants forced to leave their homes due to climate change-induced sea-level rise, natural disasters and destroyed livelihoods. He travels from the COP21 climate conference in Paris to the Sahel region of a parched and war-torn Africa, where he hears from refugees themselves. He explores this new wave and what the future may bring. Actor Don Cheadle is on the ground in California, where the worst drought in 1,200 years is devastating the nation’s most populous state and the world’s seventh-largest economy. He investigates how Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is fighting the drought while also fighting climate change. Along the way, Cheadle meets a scientist who warns of a global water and food crisis as well as a family of farmers whose lives may never be the same as they struggle to find water in the parched Central Valley.


After the first film, ecologist and cameraman John D. Liu’s short "Hope In A Changing Climate" documentary will be shown as a positive and hopeful followup, which optimistically reframes the debate on global warming. Illustrating that large, decimated eco-systems can be restored, the BBC World documentary reveals success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda, and China, which prove that bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and key to stabilizing the earth's climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality.

Thursday, 1/12/17

Years of Living Dangerously Season 2 - Fueling the Fire

Documentary & Discussion - TRAILER #1, TRAILER #2


Episode four of Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously, features features Action hero, politician, climate crusader and Years of Living Dangerously executive producer Arnold Schwarzenegger, and supermodel and activist Gisele Bündche. Schwarzenegger sets out to explore the military’s relationship with a changing climate, including how our armed forces are dealing with an increasing number of climate-related disasters and how the military is working to reduce its own carbon footprint. He travels to Kuwait to visit soldiers and travel in a fuel convoy (where more than 3,000 soldiers have been killed or injured since 9/11). He learns how serious a threat the military perceives climate change to be, talks to top-level military leaders and meets the brave men and women who are dealing with climate change threats and disasters on the front lines. Meanwhile, in Brazil, the battle to save the Amazon— the “lungs of the planet” — is the ultimate race against time. There are ever-increasing threats from cattle ranching, drought, deforestation, massive hydroelectric dams and illegal mining. Supermodel and activist Gisele Bündchen travels to her home country to see the extent of the damage and investigates what’s being done to save the rainforest for all of us. Deep in the Amazon, she joins the national environmental police on a mission to put an end to illegal deforestation; in Alta Floresta, she meets with Greenpeace for a flyover of the forest, which reveals huge patches of deforested land, logs piled high on trucks and barges, drought-stricken fields, burnt rainforests and vast cattle ranches that were once lush, thousand-year-old tropical rainforests.


Thursday, 1/26/17

Years of Living Dangerously Season 2 - Collapse of the Oceans

Documentary & Discussion - TRAILER


There is one place on Earth where the impacts of climate change are most profound and yet practically invisible: the oceans. As global emissions soar, the oceans are becoming warmer and more acidic, creating unbearable living conditions for all marine life and threatening precious ecosystems. In episode five, film actor and star of the television series, Dawson’s Creek, Joshua Jackson, travels to Australia's Great Barrier Reef to look at the devastating impacts of ocean warming on the world’s largest reef system and the predicted impact of ocean acidification. In the Philippines, he looks at the impact of climate change in a place where hundreds of millions of people rely on healthy reefs for food, income and protection from storms. Oceans, which cover 70 percent of the world, are crucial to our species’ survival. What will happen if our life-support system is disrupted? Without healthy oceans, we have everything to lose.

Thursday, 2/9/17

Years of Living Dangerously Season 2 - Priceless

Documentary & Discussion - TRAILER #1 & TRAILER #2

VENUE: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road


In episode six, Priceless, actress and activist Nikki Reed explores what some believe to be the ultimate solution for climate change: putting a price on carbon. She joins a group of passionate students at Pomona College in Southern California on a mission to put it into action and travels to Vancouver, a carbon-pricing success story, for a sit-down with the mayor. Animal species around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate, and climate change is only worsening the trend. Meanwhile, former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi sets off on a quest to understand just how much of a threat climate change poses to endangered species. He travels to Kenya’s wildlife preserves to meet the people on the front lines of conservation efforts, discovering that increased drought and irregular rainfall are compounding poaching and loss of habitat.


Thursday, 2/23/17

Years of Living Dangerously Season 2 - Safe Passage

Documentary & Discussion - TRAILER #1, TRAILER #2


Almost one-fifth of all carbon emissions in the world come from the transportation sector. In episode seven, Safe Passage, actor Ty Burrell takes to the road to see the environmental revolutions being made in electric vehicles (EVs) and automated vehicles (AVs). Burrell visits Silicon Valley to learn about AV advancements and hear how big automakers are pouring major capital into AV technology. In Atlanta, where some of the country’s most generous EV incentives were recently killed, Burrell makes a visit to see the effects and hear firsthand from EV advocates. Meanwhile, West Wing star Bradley Whitford travels to Capitol Hill to explore the growing movement to get Republicans to admit that climate change is real and to commit to doing something about it. He tells the story of Jay Butera, who has spent the past 10 years lobbying Republicans on climate. For Butera, it’s not about brow-beating lawmakers with facts; it’s about providing solutions they can get behind to forge a bipartisan majority to act. Whitford follows Butera and some of the members of Congress he’s convinced, to see if this movement can be sustained.


Members of the Flagstaff Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which is featured in the documentary, will join us after the film for the open, public discussion. They are working on a national climate change solution—Carbon Fee and Dividend. They will be available to answer questions about how pricing carbon and returning the revenue to households can reduce greenhouse gases and boost the economy, and about their unique approach to building political will in a politically divided nation.

Thursday, 3/23/17

Years of Living Dangerously Season 2 Premiere Finale- Uprising

Documentary & Discussion - TRAILER #1, TRAILER #2 -

with special guest, Colleen Cooley, Diné Navajo


Even though coal plants are shutting down across the country, coal remains a major source of energy, and burning it emits toxic pollutants and climate-altering carbon dioxide. In the final episode 8 of this series, actress America Ferrera journeys to Illinois, where a still-functioning coal plant is creating tension between those who want to shut it down and those — like the local mayor — who want to keep it open. She meets a group of activists fighting hard to close it in favor of an option that can provide clean energy and green jobs. Academy Award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver explores China’s explosive economic growth and the impact it is having on the environment not just locally but on a massive global scale. In New York, she sits down with the former U.S. ambassador to China before traveling to Hong Kong and China to see whether the world’s biggest polluter is fulfilling promises to reduce emissions — even as its populations and industry continue to grow.


This premiere screening and open, public discussion, come to Sedona at a time when the City of Sedona is currently looking at a number of ways to fulfill having sustainability as a fundamental goal of its community plan. They provide inspiration and motivation for individuals as well as our community to become more sustainable and regenerative.


After the film, the group will be joined by special guest, Colleen Cooley, Diné Navajo, who is a former organizer with the Black Mesa Water Coaltion (BMWC). BMWC's activism was part of the successful shutting down of the Mohave coal-fired power plant. Cooley works as an advocate for Navajo communities affected by environmental problems.

Thursday, 4/13/17

Business Logic of Sustainability Film & Sustainability Alliance Award Presentation


The evening will start with an inspiring short film of sustainable business pioneer Ray Anderson talking about the business logic of sustainability. This will be followed by an open, public discussion and presentation by a representative from the Sustainability Alliance, a coalition of local non-profits who are dedicated to illuminating a path toward a sustainable Verde Valley/Sedona Region.


The Ray Anderson talk highlights the business reasons for pursuing sustainability. At his carpet company, Interface, Anderson increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take/make/waste" industrial system on its head. The Sustainability Alliance, which is a a group of local non-profits who collaborate for regional sustainability, works with local schools to help them integrate sustainability into their operations and classrooms. They also work with the local community to offer a wide range sustainability-related recommendations. And they advise businesses and recognize them through the Alliance’s Sustainable Business Certification. The Sustainable Business Certification, which is currently free, recognizes and drives customers to organizations that are doing the most for the community, their employees, and the environment. The Sustainability Alliance presenter will explain their program and certification.

Business Logic of Sustainability Film & Presentation

Thursday, 4/27/17

Racing to Zero Documentary

& Sedona Recycles’ Presentation - TRAILER

with special guest Jean Turocy


Inspiration of Sedona will present the Arizona encore premiere of Racing To Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste. This will be followed by an open, public discussion and presentation with Jean Turocy, Education and Outreach Coordinator of Sedona Recycles.


Only one third of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. Why? Industry, through its practice of planned obsolescence, plays a major role; our lives are almost totally dependent on un-recyclable petroleum products. In order to reach zero waste, we need to change our relationship to garbage and view the things we discard as resources rather than waste.


Racing To Zero examines today’s cultural garbage practices in terms of consumption, preparation, use and production, and discovers some amazing solutions in San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps to reach zero waste. After the film, Jean Turocy will join us for the discussion to present some hands-on examples of recycling and composting, and be available to answer questions.

Thursday, 5/11/17

A State of Emergency Encore Premiere Documentary &

Camels Don’t Fly, Deserts Don’t Bloom Premiere Documentary

& Verde River Exchange Water Offset Program Presentation

with special guest Jocelyn Gibbon, JD.


Inspiration of Sedona will present the encore premiere of the award-winning short form documentary, A State of Emergency, about the drought in California. This will be followed by the Sedona premiere of the Rocky Mountain Emmy award-nominated Camels Don't Fly, Deserts Don't Bloom. This short form documentary film is about dairy companies from the Middle East pumping up limited water supplies in the Arizona desert and exporting it back to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the form of hay. A short film of natural resources expert, Rob Harmon, talking about a clever market mechanism to bring back the water to rivers and streams will also be shown. This will be followed by an open, public discussion and presentation with Jocelyn Gibbon, JD, about the local Verde River Exchange Water Offset Program, which she coordinates.


A State of Emergency discusses the drought in California, particularly how the water shortages are affecting farmers, local relationships with policy-makers, and the environment. Through interviews and verite scenes with a Ventura county farmer, The California Secretary of Natural Resources, and an environmental activist from The Surfrider Foundation, this film delves into a deeper understanding of how the drought is affecting Californian's on a personal level, and how they plan to address the drought.


One hundred miles west of Phoenix, a Saudi-Arabian owned farming operation grows hay year-round in the desert, with Arizona water being used to feed Saudi cattle via that farming. Why Arizona? And what does this mean for the future of water resources in the state? In Camels Don’t Fly, Deserts Don’t Bloom, seven graduate students from Arizona State University follow the story, under the direction of Peter Byck (Carbon Nation). It tracks both the business of exporting water from the Southwest desert and the angry reaction of local residents, who are fast seeing their water disappear.


With streams and rivers drying up because of over-usage, farmers and beer companies find their fates intertwined in the century-old tale of Prickly Pear Creek in Rob Harmon’s talk, How to keep rivers and streams flowing. In 2000, Harmon managed the development and launch the Internet’s first carbon calculator. In 2004, he was awarded the national Green Power Pioneer Award for his introduction of the retail Green Tag (Renewable Energy Certificates) and his ongoing efforts to build a thriving and credible Green Tag market in the US. Finally, he was involved in the creation of Bonneville Environmental Foundation's (BEF's) Water Restoration Certificate business line, which utilizes voluntary markets to restore critically de-watered ecosystems.


After the films, Jocelyn Gibbon, JD, will join the discussion to introduce the Verde River Exchange Water Offset Program. Offered by the local nonprofit conservation group, Friends of Verde River Greenway, it is a voluntary, collaborative, locally developed program allowing groundwater users in Arizona’s Verde Valley to “offset” the impact of their groundwater use on the Verde River, which is in decline. This is a special opportunity to become more informed about a mechanism where new or existing uses of water can be balanced by projects to reduce or temporarily curtail other existing uses, and how you can be a part of that. Jocelyn is Principal of Freshwater Policy Consulting, LLC, and coordinates the Verde River Exchange Offset Program.

A State of Emergency

Camels Don’t Fly, Deserts Don’t Bloom

How to keep rivers and streams flowing Film & Verde River Exchange Water Offset Program Presentation

Thursday, 5/25/17

Tibetan Buddhist Monks’ Climate Change & The Six Delusions

Talk & Discussion


Inspiration of Sedona will host a talk on Climate Change and The Six Delusions, given by Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery and Monastic University in Mundgod, Karnataka, India. The monks will be available for questions and answers after the talk.


The planet is facing unprecedented challenges with climate change, and increasing environmental problems. The monks will speak about the root causes of these catastrophes, and what can be done. The Buddhists perspective is that the interior pollution is the real cause. Remove the inner pollution and it removes the outer pollution.


The monks of Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery are currently on tour to share with all people the monks’ culture, as well as practices and paths to inner peace and compassion. More information can be found at www.sacredartsoftibettour.org.


The monks follow a very strict, 17 year long monastic education. Besides their studies, they are also involved in doing prayers or pujas. Their main monastery has a good reputation with many great lamas, teachers and students coming from it. These include his Holiness Gaden Thripa, who was a teacher of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The President of the University is also appointed directly by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Thursday, 6/8/17

Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective Premiere Documentary

& Discussion with local permaculture designer Chris Anderson

TRAILER


Everywhere you hear that we need to minimize our environmental footprint and reduce our impact. But what if we turned that kind of thinking on its head? What if, as architect and sustainability expert Bill McDonough says, instead of trying to be "less bad," we try to be "more good." What if our footprints became beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise of Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and more.


The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by all. The film covers permaculture-in-action in rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. For those familiar with the concept, it is a call to action and a glimpse into what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar with it, it is an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it is a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.


After the film, Chris Anderson, Permaculture Designer at Permaculture Education and Design in Sedona, will join us for the discussion and be available to answer questions. This is a special opportunity to become more informed and learn about permaculture and the variety of things you can do to make your environmental footprint a beneficial one.

Thursday, 6/22/17

SEED: The Untold Story Premiere Documentary

& Discussion with Local Seed Librarian, Janice Montgomery

TRAILER


Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, and the basis of life on earth. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy, the backbone of civilization. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared and many more are nearing extinction.


SEED unveils a David and Goliath battle for the future of our seeds by examining how five chemical corporations have taken control of seeds through patents, copyrights and genetic modification. These companies are placing ownership on the seeds, literally stealing the genetic material from our ancestors who nurtured these seeds for thousands of years. As Vandana Shiva says “the threat to seed freedom impacts the very fabric of human life and life on the planet.”


Entertaining and engaging, SEED follows heroes working tirelessly to preserve agricultural diversity as well as the rich knowledge held by indigenous cultures. These farmers, scientists, and seed collectors such as Gary Paul Nabhan, Bill McDorman, Vandana Shiva, Harald Hoven, Native American Emigdio Ballon and Winona LaDuke are the visionaries and caretakers of many of the world’s remaining seeds. On an absorbing journey following a diverse cast of characters, we witness a brave new movement as these heroes struggle to create a vibrant web of biodiversity and resilience.


After the film, Janice Montgomery, the co-chair of the local Verde Valley Seed Library, will join the discussion and answer questions.

Janice is a master gardener who has been instrumental in developing community gardens for forty years in Arizona. She is one of the founders of the Scottsdale Community Garden started in 1976, the St. Mary’s Food Bank garden, and numerous school gardens. Currently she is the founder and leader of the Verde Thumbs Garden Club, which serves the communities in the Verde Valley with garden education, and mentorship. She is also on the board of directors of Gardens for Humanity, a local non-profit that is a member of the Sustainability Alliance.


Thursday, 8/10/17

What The Health Award-Winning Documentary

& Discussion with Co-Executive Producer Dr. Sailesh Rao

TRAILER


What The Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, an award-winning documentary about the devastating environmental impact of the animal agriculture industry. The film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it.


With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.


What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.


After the film, Co-Executive Producer, Dr. Sailesh Rao, who is the Executive Director of Climate Healers, will join the discussion and answer questions.

Thursday, 9/14/17 - 6PM

Tomorrow Sedona Premiere Feature-Length Documentary & Discussion

TRAILER


In 2012, “Nature” published a study led by more than 20 researchers from the top scientific institutions in the world predicting that humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100. It also said that it could be avoided by drastically changing our way of life and taking appropriate measures.


Shortly after giving birth to her  first child, French actress and director Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) became increasingly aware of the dangers and the state of urgency facing her son in the future. Along with friend and activist Cyril Dion and their crew, she decided to travel the world in search of solutions to help save the next generations. The result is Tomorrow, an inspiring documentary that presents concrete solutions implemented throughout the world by hundreds of communities.


From the US to the UK and through Finland and India, together they traveled to 10 countries to visit permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects and community-owned renewable initiatives to highlight people making a difference in the  fields of food, energy,  finance, democracy, and education. Their common ideas and examples make Tomorrow an essential and unexpectedly inspirational film viewing experience.


Tomorrow offers constructive solutions for acting locally to make a difference globally, and it encourages communities to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

Thursday, 10/12/17 - 6:30PM

Just Eat It: A food waste story Documentary & Discussion with Cornucopia Founders, Harvey & Julie Grady

TRAILER


We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?


Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed out each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.


Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.


After the film, the founders of Cornucopia Community Advocates, Harvey and Julie Grady, will join a public discussion about local food waste and recovery, and be available to answer questions. Leslie Fox, Cornucopia’s Verde Valley food recovery coordinator will also join the discussion. This year Cornucopia has launched a duplicatable and sustainable Food Recovery Program which establishes food transfer linkages between farmers, grocery stores and restaurants to supply additional food (that would have been wasted) to local food assistance programs in the Verde Valley and the Quad Cities areas.


Inspiration of Sedona is showing the Just Eat It documentary as the beginning of a new direction for its monthly gatherings. The intention is to show inspiring films focussed on what we can do, and connect them to what is already being implemented locally in our community, starting with the top individual solutions taken from the ranked list in Paul Hawken’s new book, Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Reduced food waste is the number 3 top ranked solution that contains significant, easily applicable action components for individuals.