When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Four fascinating environmental films that educate, inspire, and engage.
Purchase Tickets Online or by phone at 505-983-7726
General Admission: $12
Institute Members/Seniors/Students: $10
Under 18 or Farmers Market Vendor: Free
The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute proudly announces the films for the 9th Annual Wednesday Night Movie Series. From February through May, the series will showcase four documentaries and two shorts that examine important issues facing our community and the planet. From the health and future of the Colorado River, to how one man stood up to the oil and gas industry and inspired a movement. These films cut to the core of the environmental and agricultural devastation wrought by corporations and individuals. But beyond that, we hope they will inspire others to create change within our community.
“WATERSHED: A New Water Ethic for a New West” – February 26 – 7 pm
The Colorado River is the most dammed and diverted river in the world. As it struggles to support 30 million people and the Colorado River Pact, WATERSHED asks many important questions about the future of the river and watersheds in the American West. Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water?
The film was executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mark Decena. According to the Redford Center, “This film was created as an inspirational social action tool for people who want to engage. Promoting personal water conservation pledges of 5% – symbolic of the small amount of the rivers’ flow required to reconnect the river to its delta– and garnering donations to help purchase the water rights necessary to restore the connectivity, WATERSHED is a central tool in a larger grassroots effort focused on saving the Colorado River and supporting the communities throughout the river basin.” (Total Running Time: 55minutes)
Screening with: “Public Land, Private Profits: A Grand Threat”
The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the Sierra Club, undertook a series of mini-documentaries that revealed special places held in the public trust that could be threatened by energy development. The story profiles the new rush to mine for uranium around the Grand Canyon and the advocates who are fighting back against it. Despite the popular belief that lands surrounding the canyon are off-limits to development, a Canadian company is currently excavating uranium on the North Rim. Directed by Andrew Satter and Jessica Goad. (TRT: 6 minutes)
“Trashed” – March 26 – 7 pm
Hosted by award-winning British actor, Jeremy Irons, TRASHED follows Iron’s expedition to various destinations throughout the world that have been tainted by pollution. We buy it, we use it, we throw it away—but where does it end up? Iron’s guides us on a journey to discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year, from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the Ciliwung River in Indonesia, which is barely visible under a never ending tide of plastic. “We’ve made this movie, because there are so many people who feel strongly the urgent need for the problem of ‘waste’ and ‘sustainability’ to be addressed,” Irons says. The film goes beyond looking at just the problems, and searches for solutions as well. From individuals who changes their lives to produce almost no waste, to entire cities passing anti-waste legislation. Change is happening. (TRT: 98 minutes)
Screening with: ”Irish Folk Furniture”
This charming animated tale brings new life to the culture and social history of Irish farmhouse furniture through the recycling and repair of the traditional furniture. (TRT: 9 minutes)
“GMO OMG” – April 30 – 7 pm
Director Jeremy Seifert had questions--questions about GMO’s and how they might be affecting his children, our planet, and our freedom of choice. He wonders whether it is even possible to reject the food system that is currently in place, or are we past a point of no return? So he set out on a journey from his dinner table to foreign countries and the lobby of agribusiness giant, Monsanto, in search of the answers. (TRT: 90 minutes)
“Bidder 70” – May 21 – 7 pm
The story of one man’s fight against the oil and gas industry in Utah, BIDDER 70 chronicles the dispute between Tim DeChristopher and the Utah BLM. In December 2008, DeChristopher attended an oil and gas lease auction where he outbid industry giants for land parcels adjacent to Canyonlands National Park, securing 22,000 acres before the auction was cut short. In the subsequent months and years, the auction was invalidated and DeChristopher was indicted on federal felonies and sentenced to prison. Prior to his incarceration, he undertook a campaign to involve other defenders of the environment and became a charismatic leader in the process. He began serving his two year sentence in July, 2012. (TRT: 73 minutes)
Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute
9th Annual Wednesday Night Movie Series
Date(s): February 26, March 26, April 30 and May 21
Time(s): 7:00 pm
Price: $12 General Admission/$10 Institute Member, Seniors, Students/FREE Under 18 and Farmers Market Vendors
Admission includes light fare and refreshments
About the Farmers’ Market Institute and the Film Series:
The Wednesday Night Movie Series supports the work of the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute to maintain and enhance local sustainable food production and the preservation of small farms in northern New Mexico.
More than just movies, our monthly "events" include speakers, discussions, exhibits, and opportunities for moviegoers to meet, greet, and collaborate-all while enjoying locally grown foods specifically chosen and prepared for the theme of the night.