a Summer Film Series
Summer Film Series sponsored by Nutiva
August 11 – The City Dark
August 25 – Revenge of the Electric Car
September 1 – Seeds of Freedom
September 15 – Cultural Creatives 1.0 - the (R)evolution
The films will be shown Saturdays at 4:30 P.M. at the Ojai Theatre, 145 E. Ojai Ave. So make a date to beat the heat and let OVGC stimulate and entertain you. Suggested donation is $10 at the door.
According to The New York Times, “The City Dark," makes you want to go find a starry sky and camp under it quickly before it all disappears. In this award winning film, director Ian Cheney blends visual poetry and hard facts for a film that chronicles the disappearance of darkness. After the film, we’ll present how Ojai could become a designated ‘dark sky’ town, with the added bonus of a drawing for a Meade Telescope model 4501, valued at about $200.00. The telescope was generously donated by member Bobbie Boschan.
In the next film, “Revenge of the Electric Car,” director Chris Paine goes behind closed doors at Nissan, GM, and Tesla Motors to chronicle the global resurgence of electric cars, only five years after thousands of new electric cars were destroyed by their own makers. Times they are a changing and with major car makers finally jumping into the market to produce the “best” electric model, “Revenge” is there to document it. According to the filmmakers, it’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line, but the future of the automobile itself. A special thank you to New Energy Answers, Santa Paula Chevrolet, Team Nissan, and Ventura Toyota for their sponsorship of this film and EV car show event which takes place simultaneously with the film on Signal St. next to the theatre from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Our third film, “Seeds of Freedom” explores the history of the corporate takeover of seed and the resulting impacts on communities across the world. According to the film, agriculture has changed more over the last 50 years than in the previous ten thousand and the most frightening of all these changes is the drastic change in farm ownership and seed production. The concentration of all levels of agriculture in the hands of a few corporations is leading to the loss of indigenous seeds. With their loss goes the richness of biodiversity, cultural traditions, practices, and livelihoods and ultimately our agricultural independence. We’ll combine this film with updates and a call to action to get proposition 37 – The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act – passed in November.
Finally, “Cultural Creatives 1.0 - the (R)evolution” promises a wallop by giving your brain something to wrap itself around and get your creative juices flowing. The filmmaker focuses in on what he calls an all-encompassing “creative cultural shift of over 200 million people across the globe.” The storyline follows the societal changes they see in the making due to the economic ramifications of reaching peak oil production and its eventual depletion. This film is not a “downer” but an “upper” as it spotlights positive changes despite the challenges across the globe. After the screening we’ll explore with therapist, Ruth Cooper, ‘feeling alone’, ‘community’, resiliency, and wherever the conversation takes us with the audience.