‘Vanishing of the Bees’ film screening Tuesday

Local FriedEggsandToast blogger Brenda Alvarez and Sustainable Queen Anne are hosting a free film screening of documentary “Vanishing of the Bees” for the Queen Anne Community tomorrow, Tuesday, June 21 at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church.

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing around the world, vanishing from their hives, leaving scientists stumped as to why. Because bees pollinate one third of the food humans consume worldwide, the disappearance of mass amount of bee populations is of growing concern to scientists and activists around the world.

Vanishing of the Bees is a documentary that examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth.  As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss.  Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with local beekeepers and Seattle Tilth about why bees are disappearing, and what you can do to help in your own backyard. The screening will begin at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Room at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located at 1606 5th Ave W. To reserve your seat for the screening, click here.

For more information on the film, go to VanishingBees.com.

Coe to host ‘Race to Nowhere’ screening May 31

Queen Anne’s own Coe Elementary and local nonprofit Successful Schools in Action will be hosting a screening of Race to Nowhere, a film about “the dark side of America’s achievement culture” at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, May 31 at Coe, located at 2727 7th Avenue W.

From the Race to Nowhere website:

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

Communities around the country are using the film as “a call to action for families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.” By engaging in a grassroots effort to organize screenings in in schools and neighborhoods nationwide, the filmmakers are hoping to turn the project into a catalyst for education reform–”using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.”

Tickets to attend the screening are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door, and are available for purchase here. For more information on the film, check out the Race to Nowhere website.

Seattle International Film Festival opens today

The 37th Seattle International Film Festival will host its Opening Night Gala at McCaw Hall Thursday at 5:30 p.m., beginning the 25-day film extravaganza.

Among the special events, spectacles and movie stars at this year’s festival, Ewan McGregor is set to receive the Golden Space Need Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting May 22 at the Egyptian Theatre. The event will also feature a screening of his new film “Beginners,” a U.S. comedic drama by director Mike Mills.

Tickets for the Opening Night Gala can be bought here, which include screening of “The First Grader” and Gala party to follow. “The First Grader” is a UK film shot in Kenya by director Justin Chadwick, who previously directed “The Other Boleyn Girl,” about an 84-year-old Kenyan villager trying to get an education. General admission is $50 and includes two complementary drink tickets, while premium admission is $100 and includes open bar at the post-film reception and preferred entry into the Gala screening.

The Centerpiece Gala will be held June 4 and will feature the French film “Service Entrance,” a comedy about a Parisian stockbroker directed by Philippe Le Guay.

The festival concludes June 12 with the Closing Night Gala, featuring the UK documentary “Life in a Day,” a mosaic of thousands of individuals from around the globe in a single day by “The Last King of Scotland” director Kevin Macdonald.

This year the festival will feature 441 films, including 257 features and 184 short films, 96 of which will be premiered at SIFF, representing 74 countries, a record for SIFF.

Special to SIFF this year, the new “Pathway” system will be released aimed at assisting moviegoers in finding the kind of films they’re looking to experience. The SIFF website lists the ten Pathways as:

  • Love Me, Do! –  Romance and love in all its forms, pleasures, and idiosyncrasies.
  • Make Me Laugh – Films that make you chuckle and tickle your funny bone.
  • Thrill Me – Suspense, thrills, and action. Films with a faster pace that might also surprise you when you least expect it.
  • Creative Streak – The exploration of artistic endeavors from all disciplines: literature, film, art, dance, and performance.
  • Open My Eyes – Revealing films and documentaries revolving around history, politics, and contemporary events from around the world.
  • Sci-Fi and Beyond – Science, technology, environment, the future—and beyond.
  • Take Me Away – Be prepared to be taken to another place – from exotic far-off lands to vibrant experiences outside of everyday life.
  • Spellbinding Stories – Mesmerizing dramas and documentaries that explore thought-provoking questions, realities, and topics.
  • To the Extreme – Explore the outer limits with films that go beyond the edge.
  • Face the Music – Films that intersect the world of music on all fronts: from biopics and concert films, to musicals and live events.

Screenings for the films will take place at various venues throughout Seattle, Renton, Everett and Kirkland.

SIFF, the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, will be opening the SIFF Film Center in the Alki Room at Seattle Center this coming fall, “fulfilling its long-standing vision of creating a permanent home where SIFF’s successful film, education, and community outreach programs can thrive,” the organization says on its website.

Find out more about what’s screening at the film festival this year here.

QA Movie Guild to screen ‘Split Estate’ Saturday

The Queen Anne Movie Guild is hosting a screening of Split Estate, a documentary film about the struggle homeowners in Rocky Mountain West faced when they discovered that energy companies owned the rights to the minerals under their land, this Saturday, May 14, as part of its Second Saturdays documentary film series.

From the Queen Anne Movies Guild:

Imagine discovering that you don’t own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine having little recourse, other than accepting an unregulated industry in your backyard. Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.

Zeroing in on Garfield County, Colorado, and the San Juan Basin, this clarion call for accountability examines the growing environmental and social costs to an area now referred to as a “National Sacrifice Zone.”

This is no Love Canal or Three Mile Island. With its breathtaking panoramas, aspen-dotted meadows, and clear mountain streams, this is the Colorado of John Denver anthems — the wide-open spaces that have long stirred our national imagination.

Exempt from federal protections like the Clean Water Act, the oil and gas industry has left this idyllic landscape and its rural communities pockmarked with abandoned homes and polluted waters. One Garfield County resident demonstrates the degree of benzene contamination in a mountain stream by setting it alight with a match. Many others, gravely ill, fight for their health and for the health of their children. All the while, the industry assures us it is a “good neighbor.”

Ordinary homeowners and ranchers absorb the cost. Actually, we all pay the price in this devastating clash of interests that extends well beyond the Rockies. Aggressively seeking new leases in as many as 32 states, the industry is even making a bid to drill in the New York City watershed, which provides drinking water to millions.

As public health concerns mount, Split Estate cracks the sugarcoating on an industry touted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels, and poignantly drives home the need for real alternatives.

The screening will be held 7 p.m. this Saturday at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located next to the QA Library at 1606 5th Ave W. Moviegoers should enter via the Fellowship Hall entrance located on W Garfield St. As always the event is free, and coffee and doughnuts will be provided by Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Top Pot Doughnuts.

QA Movie Guild screening ‘Call+Response’ Saturday

The Queen Anne Movie Guild is screening Call+Response, a documentary film on human trafficking, this weekend, as part of its second Saturday film series.

From QAMG:

CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Rocco Deluca move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it.

Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornel West connects the music of the American slave fields to the popular music we listen to today, and offers this connection as a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement currently brewing.

There is a sea of change happening in human rights activism. The world’s issues cannot be solved alone by governments and non-profits, but require community-based participation. As a feature film, CALL+RESPONSE has the unique position of being not only a ground-breaking genre-bending film, but also serves as a deft tool in the hands of 21st Century Abolitionists. We provide activists with tactile strategic online and mobile tools to fight slavery everyday. We believe this is a fight that must that is won with passion, innovation, and commitment.

As always the screening will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located at 1606 5th Ave W (right next to the Queen Anne library). Moviegoers should use the Fellowship Hall entrance on W Garfield St. Coffee will be provided by Peet’s Coffee & Tea and doughnuts provided by Top Pot Doughnuts. Admission is free.

QA Movie Guild presents “At the River I Stand” Sat.

After a little holiday hiatus last month, the Queen Anne Movie Guild is back in action, hosting a screening of the documentary film “At the River I Stand” as part of its Second Saturdays Series this Saturday, February 12. From the QAMG:

At the River I Stand chronicles the tumultuous events that unfolded over two fateful months in 1968. It began as a local strike by African American sanitation workers for human dignity and a living wage. The story eventually captured national attention and drew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, along with the assassin who would kill him. The results marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and the national struggle for racial and economic justice.

This film recounts the two months leading to Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, coinciding with the 65-day strike of 1300 Memphis sanitation workers. In 1994 it won the Organization of American Historians Erik Barnouw Award, and has been widely heralded as one of the most poignant documentaries about the civil rights movement.

As always, the screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 12 at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located at 1606 5th Ave W (the pink building next to the Queen Anne library branch). Moviegoers should use the Fellowship Hall entrance on W Garfield Street. Admission is free (though donations are welcome), and there will be coffee and doughnuts provided by the Queen Anne Top Pot Doughnuts.

Roll out the green carpet, ‘Mission: Sustainable’ premieres at Seattle Center tonight

Last year Rose Thornton, a University of Washington graduate and filmmaker, mapped out a rough idea for a green makeover TV show in her head. Now, one year later, the 23-year-old has founded Regeneration Productions, and will walk down the green carpet at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion tonight for the pilot premiere of her new show, Mission: Sustainable.

Described as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy meets What Not to Wear “for green lifestyles,” each episode will follow a new person who has been nominated for a “sustainability makeover” by friends and family. Three green consultants will be selected to give a customized makeover based on the participant’s wants, desires and way of life.

The crew filmed the pilot for just $1,000, and then raised another $5,000 in two weeks with the help of volunteers who contributed their time and effort – all in the hopes of getting Mission: Sustainable on the air.

“This event is more than a show premiere; it’s a testament to taking risks, facing fears and making dreams come true,” Thornton said in a press release last week. “Today, with the support of dozens of volunteers and generous donations from our show partners, event sponsors and individual donors, we’re about to showcase an event that will expose more people to the ideals and practice of urban sustainability.”

Last month Regeneration Productions screened a rough cut of the pilot in Eugene, Oregon, where they were met with enthusiasm. “We had a few people come up to us after screenings with tears in their eyes saying, ‘This show needs to get on TV, now!’ Right then, we knew we accomplished our goal of inspiring, educating and entertaining. Next stop Seattle, then the networks,” said director Jon Sumple, also Thornton’s business partner at ReGeneration Productions.

After tonight’s event, which is being screened for free and is already full, Thornton and Sumple are going to hunt for cable networks that may be able to become home to Mission: Sustainable permanently. Thornton encourages anyone interested in supporting the project to contact her for more information on how to get involved.

“The road ahead is going to be challenging,” she said. “This is a show about Seattle initially, yet it’s for the benefit of the entire planet…if the media and our supporters in the Pacific Northwest yell loud enough, we’re pretty sure Hollywood is going to hear about the little show that could.”

The 45-minute pilot premiere will begin at 7 p.m. tonight. For more information on the project, see the Mission: Sustainable website. You can contact Thornton directly at 206-335-5370 or rose@mission-sustainable.com.