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Film changes lives. ActNow inspires film-goers to become educated and respond immediately to certain films and social issues in a positive and proactive way, inviting social and environmental change. Post-film, when you're feeling inspired, participate in hands-on opportunities to become more educated and be a vehicle of change — sign petitions, volunteer, make a donation, and find out ways that YOU can make a difference.


HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN'T CHANGE

Josh Fox | click for director bio |
Deia Schlosberg, producer in person
(USA, 2015, 125 mins)

One of the most important films of the year. With climate change a proven reality, fIlmmaker Josh Fox asks, what are those essential parts of us that nothing can change?

In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change, Oscar 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 6 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?

This film has been generously sponsored by Smithworks Natural Homes and Paradox Footwear.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 6 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 1 PM MALLARDI CABARET


NEWTOWN

Kim Snyder
(USA, 2016, 85 mins)

Rising from unimaginable horror, this film becomes a fierce call-to-action to love...everyone.

Filmed over the course of three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never-before-heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose and healing. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience. The film is a fierce call-to-action to love - not only our own families and neighbors - but the outsiders who perpetrate such acts.

This film has been generously sponsored by Doug and Terri Haack.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 9 PM  MALLARDI CABARET
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1


SONITA

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
(Germany, 2015, 86 mins)

Imagine being a 16 year old girl sold into marriage to satisfy a family debt.

In many ways, Sonita is like any teenage girl: She loves singing and rap music, and dreams of being famous. But Sonita, who grew up in a strictly Muslim household in Afghanistan, faces challenges no girl should have to face. Her mother wants to sell her as a bride, to satisfy a family debt, in a tradition that has long trapped Afghan girls. Sonita flees to Iran and mounts a musical campaign against child brides and forges a new identity for herself.Sonita offers a triumphant portrait of a modern-day hero who risks it all and can rap with the best of them.

This film has been generously sponsored by The Patty Figel Family; and by Donna Kindervatter, Berek Novak, and Kathy Cox.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 12 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 10 AM  CENTER FOR THE ARTS


SKATEBOARDING IN PINE RIDGE

Farm League
(USA, 2016, 17 mins)

Skateboarding In Pine Ridge chronicles the building of a skateboard park on the Lakota reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and the lives of the youth who live and skate there. It’s built by the Stronghold Society out of Denver - an organization dedicated to empowering native youth through skateboarding, art and music.


CANYON SONG

Dana Romanoff and Amy Marquis, filmmakers in person | click for director bios |
(USA, 2016, 14 mins)

A Navajo family balances modern life with the traditional "Navajo Way," teaching their children their language, culture, and ceremony within the sacred walls of Canyon de Chelly National Monument.


1000 CUTS

James Balog | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 10 mins)

Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is known for its fantastically formed arches and pinnacles, its canyon mazes and pristine solitude. Famed photographer, James Balog, finds that the rugged, primitive land that he loves is being transformed by industrial development— right up to national park boundaries.


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