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Epworth Church hosts eco-conscious films

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A still from the film 'Dirty Business,' showing Friday, 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church. - SUBMITTED PHOTO.
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  • A still from the film 'Dirty Business,' showing Friday, 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church.

In these lean fall and winter months, as Hollywood leaves audiences malnourished, the Epworth-Sierra Club offers food for thought. As it has done since 2008, the Epworth United Methodist Church (6450 Allisonville Rd.) will host free screenings and discussions of eco-conscious films - this season, on the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m.

The upcoming film series, which starts this Friday, is bound to be provocative. As Epworth Green Team chair Jodi Perras said, "Many of the films demonstrate that, when left to their own devices, the business community often does not take steps to protect human health and the environment. Profits become more important than people's health and God's creation. We agree we need jobs, but not at the expense of people's health."

Although the church offers free freshly-popped popcorn, ice water and lemonade along with the films, it does not necessarily invite a casual, passive movie theater atmosphere. The Epworth-Sierra club expects audiences to speak out and be inspired to act upon the films' environmental warnings.

"As human beings living in a democratic society, we have a responsibility to act when we see injustice and harm to our environment," Perras said. "We hope people of all beliefs - whether they are Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists or agnostics - will see the films and be inspired to do something with what they've learned."

The featured films...

Dirty Business (Sept. 9): Indiana receives more than 90 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, a fact made more alarming by this film. In this eye-opening documentary, Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell rakes through the muck of the coal world, exposing the dangers of what is the largest single source of greenhouse gases. The film also highlights the renewable alternatives appropriate for this age of rapid climate change. Co-sponsored by Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, the screening will include a discussion regarding how Indiana can move into a cleaner energy future.

Gasland (Oct. 14): The drilling technology of "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, has unlocked a Saudi Arabia of natural gas beneath our feet. This film follows director Josh Fox after he leases his land for drilling and embarks on a cross-country journey, uncovering the victims of fracking, such as a Pennsylvania town whose drinking water becomes flammable. This isn't your typical documentary. As its website states, Gasland is "part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."

Pig Business (Nov. 11): A contemporary David and Goliath story, this film follows Tracy Worcester, a mother and campaigner, as she confronts the giant meat corporations that sweep across the world and undermine its welfare. At the screening, you can meet the equally vigilant Indiana CAFO Watch leader Barbara Sha Cox, who confronts factory farms here in Indiana. After the film, she will discuss her work and how Hoosiers can get involved in the factory farm issues that affect our water quality, air quality and overall health.

Truck Farm (Dec. 9): The most lighthearted of the film series, Truck Farm tells of a manwho planted a garden in his truck bed and used it to raise awareness of urban farming. Thanks in large part to filmmaker Ian Cheney, there are now truck farms across the country, including in Indianapolis.

For questions about these films, call Epworth at 251-1481 or e-mail epworthgreenteam@gmail.com.

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