Rivertowns Green Film Series

Rivertowns Interfaith Green Film Series is a free series of films about sustainable living and environmental issues. It is a collaboration between South Church's Roots & Wings, The First Unitarian Fellowship of Westchester, and Greenburgh Hebrew Center. The congregations take turns hosting the films. Discussion and refreshments follow each screening.

The schedule:

  • October 6 at  South Presbyterian Church – Economics of Happiness –(2011) 67 minutes- Featuring voices from six continents including those of Vendana Shiva, Bill McKibben,  Juliet Schor, and Samdhong Rinpoche, 'The Economics of Happiness'  “calls for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance - and, far from the old institutions of power, they're starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm - an economics of localization”
  • December 1 at Greenburgh Hebrew Center– The Last Mountain –(2011) 95 minutes –“The fight for the last great mountain in America's Appalachian heartland pits the mining giant that wants to explode it to extract the coal within, against the community fighting to preserve the mountain and build a wind farm on its ridges instead. With Bobby Kennedy Jr. enlisted as a passionate force for preserving Coal River Mountain and the economic power of the fossil fuel industry twisting democracy to its advantage THE LAST MOUNTAIN highlights a battle for the future of energy that affects us all.”
  • February 9 at Unitarian Society of Hastings– How to Boil a Frog- (2009) 88 minutes- a comedic documentary about too many people using up too little planet much too fast. “We’ve taken the kind of material that makes people jump off bridges, put it in a blender, and churned out a Smoothie o’ Fun that gives you the Big Picture of what the hell is going on with our so-called civilization, and tells you what you and I can do about it that will not only actually make a difference (no light bulbs!) but also make our lives better right now!”
  • April 12  at South Presbyterian Church – Truck Farm- (2011) 47 minutes – “a whimsical, musically-narrated, documentary film about urban agriculture. Filmmaker Ian Cheney (KING CORN, THE GREENING OF SOUTHIE, THE CITY DARK) planted a 1/1000th-acre farm in the back of his 1986 Dodge pick-up-truck in the spring of 2009, after coming to New York City and lacking any other place of his own to grow food. Using green-roof materials, heirloom seeds, and a healthy dose of optimism and humor, Ian created a mobile community farm that yielded a wide range of vegetables and led to the discovery and exploration of other creative, quirky, community-based agriculture efforts all over the city.”

The backstory: 
The Roots & Wings Rountable had been talking about running a film or two as part of its events.  At the same time last May Roots & Wings Susan DeGeorge met with Rabbi Kenter about having the South Church and Greenburgh Hebrew Center do something with an environmental focus together.

Then Peggy Clarke took a new position at the Unitarian Society in Hastings. Susan and Barry had met Peggy at a variety of environmental discussions and planning conferences so Susan wrote her and Barry and proposed that they do the film series together rather than just having it offered by the Roundtable.  

Greenburgh Hebrew Center
515 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Rabbi Kenter is one of only 25 GreenFaith Fellows in the United States. The GreenFaith Fellowship Program is the world's only comprehensive program to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for religiously based environmental leadership. Its congregations and their leaders create their own transformative eco-theological statement and leadership projects that will help to transform their community and their lives.

South Presbyterian Church Roots and Wings
343 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Roots & Wings, a sustainable living project of South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, offers forums, roundtables, permaculture presentations, green spirituality programs, and hands-on skills workshops, Our goal is to tap into the roots of our spiritual and agricultural traditions to learn how to feed our bodies, regenerate the environment, and nourish our spirits—all in an effort to give wings to a sustainable future for our children and our planet. The Roots & Wings symbol and workspace is a circular labyrinth garden on South Presbyterian Church’s front lawn. We are not experts—we are learning by doing.  Each step of the process is open to anyone and everyone who would like to participate. You can learn more about us at http://rootsandwingswestchester.blogspot.com.

First Unitarian Society of Westchester.
25 Old Jackson Ave
Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

Green Sanctuary: is greening our premises.  Green Sanctuary holds programs to encourage lifestyle changes here, at home, and in the community.