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‘Fierce Green Fire’ first in film series

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In a collaborative effort to broaden the impact of three significant films, the Center for Sustainable Living of the Sonoma Community Center and Transition Sonoma Valley are collaborating for a three-month film series beginning with the showing of “A Fierce Green Fire” on Friday, Jan. 24, at Andrews Hall.

Each showing will include an opening reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, the film presentation at 7, immediately followed by informal conversation to enhance each film’s message and encourage community dialogue and engagement.

Tickets cost $12 (or $30 for the entire series) for the general public and $10 each for SCC members, which includes admission to the film, refreshments and wine for sale. Net proceeds will support the work of both sponsoring groups.

“A Fierce Green Fire” was screened by TSV at the Sonoma Valley Grange last September to rave reviews. It compellingly explores the first 50 years of the environmental movement – from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of “Berkeley in the Sixties,” and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.

The feature-length film focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

Future dates and films in the series include “More Than Honey” (bee keeping) on Thursday, Feb. 27 and “Green Gold” (permaculture and soil) showing on Friday, March 28. All films will be screened at SCC’s Andrews Hall, with its newly renovated sound system, located at 276 E. Napa St.

The mission of SCC’s Center for Sustainable Living is to provide environmental education, conservation, and community-based programs to promote sustainable communities in Sonoma Valley. The Sonoma Community Center enriches the lives of the people of Sonoma Valley by fostering a broad range of cultural, educational and community services, and by ensuring the preservation and restoration of its historic building. Visit sonomacommunitycenter.org for a full presentation of SCC’s activities and offerings.

TSV is building a responsive network of local citizens, groups and businesses to create a resilient, self-reliant community in response to the challenges of climate change, peak oil, and economic instability. For more information about the world-wide Transition Movement and to learn out about TSV’s upcoming films and activities visit transitionsonomavalley.org or find TSV on Facebook.