Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.And the trailer:
Lawsuit Filed to Halt BLM’s Scheduled Wild Horse Roundup on the Wyoming Checkerboard
Scheduled roundup would permanently remove all wild horses on 1.2 million acres.
CHEYENNE, WY (August 1, 2014) – The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, and Return to Freedom today filed a lawsuit in federal court in Wyoming to block the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from rounding up over 800 wild horses from the Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in the southwestern part of the state.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court of Wyoming by the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal, alleges that the BLM violated the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act (Wild Horse Act), and the Administrative Procedure Act, by authorizing the permanent removal of hundreds of wild horses from public and private lands within these three HMAs, known as the Wyoming Checkerboard. BLM has authorized this large-scale roundup of wild horses from public land in Wyoming without conducting any environmental analysis, without engaging the public during the decision-making process, and without making certain statutorily required determinations under the Wild Horse Act.
“BLM’s plan to roundup over 800 wild horses from Wyoming is an egregious violation of federal law and established procedures for public input,” said Suzanne Roy, AWHPC director. “In proceeding with this roundup, the agency is blatantly placing ranching special interests over the interests of the American public and our federally-protected wild horses on public land.”
“The BLM’s decision to move forward without any opportunity for public review or comment on such a drastic action is a blatant slap in the face to the American public and the Democratic process,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “Losing these wild horse families so that private livestock interests can continue to make money at taxpayer expense is truly disgusting.”
“If this roundup is allowed to proceed, it will be the beginning of the end for half of Wyoming’s remaining wild horses,” said Neda DeMayo, founder and president of Return to Freedom. “This is just another complacent surrender of the BLM to pressure from livestock ranchers, a convenient tactic to proceed with wild horse eradication.”
Carol Walker, plaintiff in the case and Wild Horse Freedom Federation board member said,” BLM is primed and ready to annihilate wild horse families in the Adobe Town HMA despite the fact that the vast majority of these horses do not even live in the Checkerboard.” The noted photographer and author went on to say, “the horses would not have a chance if this action goes forward. They’ll be destined to a life of incarceration and the American public will lose an iconic symbol of freedom and independence.”
BLM is justifying its decision by claiming the agency is required under a consent decree with the Rock Springs Grazing Association to conduct this roundup. This consent decree resulted from a lawsuit that the Interior Department invited and then settled by capitulating to the rancher’s demands – the elimination of wild horses from the Wyoming checkerboard. Nothing in that agreement, however, authorizes BLM to violate the multiple federal statutes and regulations that govern the permanent removal of federally protected wild horses from public land.
AWHPC and The Cloud Foundation were intervenors in the Rock Springs Grazing Association litigation that resulted in the Consent Decree, and have been fighting BLM’s implementation of the decree since that time. The groups are asking the court to stop the roundup, which is scheduled to begin on August 20.
Silent Film Fridays launches Friday, December 6th at City Auditorium
New program pairs classic silent films with live “soundtrack” performed on historic Mighty Wurlitzer.
The film is silent. Not so, the Mighty Wurlitzer.
DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS – A new film series will launch Friday, December 6th at City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Street at 8p.m. Screenings will continue monthly on the first Friday of each month through May 2014.
Experience silent films how they used to be done. Back in the day, the “pre-talkies” screened with live musical accompaniment. Huge pipe organs replicated orchestral music and movie sound effects, all against the whir of the film and projector reels. Silent Film Fridays presents a series of film classics with live music performed on downtown’s historic Mighty Wurlitzer by the Pikes Peak Area Theater Organ Society.
“Arts and culture play a central role in the health and vitality of Downtown Colorado Springs, and downtown has so many one-of-a-kind cultural experiences,” says Susan Edmondson, President and CEO for Downtown Partnership, continuing, “We’re thrilled to offer a chance to wonder at the magic of the silent film era in this way.”
Friday’s event presents a Laurel and Hardy double feature, with the holiday comedy Big Business (1929) and Their Purple Moment (1928). The movie “soundtrack” will be performed live by Las Vegas-based concert organist John Ledwon. Ledwon has performed nationally and internationally, and has served as President and Board Member for the American Theatre Organ Society. For the past 15 years, Ledwon has been an organist for Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
Now housed in the City Auditorium, the “Mighty Wurlitzer” was originally installed in 1927 in the Burns Opera House. When the Opera House was slated for demolition in 1973, members of the Pikes Peak Area Theater Organ Society spent thousands of hours to save the organ. After carefully dismantling and removing the organ, members then rebuilt it for installation in the City Auditorium in 1979.
Silent Film Fridays is presented as a partnership between Downtown Colorado Springs, the City of Colorado Springs City Auditorium, and the Pikes Peak Area Theater Organ Society. Support comes in part from Colorado Creative Industries, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boettcher Foundation as part of downtown’s Creative District programming.
This month’s screening is timed to coincide with First Friday Downtown, which features free gallery openings, artist receptions, and performances from 5 to 8 p.m. at more than 20 venues on the first Friday of the month. Admission to Silent Film Fridays is a suggested donation of $5, with free admission for those 17 and under. Beer, wine, and popcorn will be available for purchase at the hour long event.
And it's Eric Shaw for the win!
At last night's 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Shaw and colleagues Tom Martin, Jack Ferraiolo, Jayne Hamil and Ryan Raddatz walked away with the award for Outstanding Writing in Animation for WordGirl.
A big congrats to them all.
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Shaw is currently the lead writer on PBS Kids' WordGirl, and has previously written for SpongeBob SquarePants and several other children's shows.
From CC's release, here are more details:
... Shaw, a resident of Colorado Springs, taught Beginning Screenwriting during Block 4 last year. He enjoys teaching new writers because “it's what we can offer to other writers: read their work, critique them, and give a great set of notes. It’s an obligation that, all too often, isn't fulfilled,” he says. Shaw also has ... guest lectured at universities around the world, from UCLA to the New York Institute of Technology to the United Kingdom.
The nomination “really means a lot to me because I feel a special connection to the series, the people I worked with, and to where we produced the show: Watertown, Massachusetts,” he said.
“WordGirl” is a children’s animated television series for children ages 6 to 11, designed to teach about the expansive English language and its vocabulary. Produced by Soup2Nuts, the animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids, the show began as a series of shorts and was spun off into a 30-minute episodic series in September 2007.
“WordGirl, ” which also is nominated for “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program,” is up against Nickelodeon series such as “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Robot and Monster,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented on June 16.
If for some reason you can't make (or wait for) tomorrow night's screening of Gasland Part II at UCCS, you could always leave for Boulder. Like, now-ish.
The town's hosting Fracking Documentary Wars, this evening at 6:30, at both the Boulder Marriott and UC Boulder campus. FrackNation will screen at one venue, preceding a Q&A with filmmaker Phelim McAleer. And Gasland Part II will screen at the other at the same time, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Josh Fox.
Now, it seems to me that the town missed a rare chance to have the filmmakers actually debate in person, rather than split audiences who either see one or the other. Most ideal, were time not a factor, would have perhaps been a back-to-back screening followed by a short debate, then dual Q&A session.
But hey, I'm no event planner and who knows if they guys would have agreed.
Anyway, from a brief press release, here's a little more info on how it all apparently came together:
McAleer said he was invited to screen his film after local groups learned Gasland 2 was going to be screened. Fox's previous film, the first Gasland, has been heavily criticized with claims that he misrepresented and exaggerated the risks of fracking. Fox has been accused of spreading alarmism and scare stories.
McAleer said the local Boulder groups who invited him were concerned that there should be an alternative point of view in town on the night Gasland 2 was being screened.
"Affordable, safe, and abundant energy is an issue that affects the lives of women daily," said Debbie Brown, Director of Colorado Women's Alliance. "We're proud to offer the community a chance to see FrackNation, a bold, well-researched documentary that addresses the scare tactics frequently used in today's energy debate."
McAleer said he was delighted to bring FrackNation to Boulder.
"I think FrackNation's journalism stands up against the scare stories of Gasland 2," said McAleer. "Now the people of Boulder will be able to make up their own minds."
FrackNation, which debunks many of the major scares of the anti-fracking movement, has been praised by the New York Times as "meticulously researched" and "provocative"
According to Variety-the showbusiness bible- FrackNation "makes a good case against [Gasland]" and "debunks the famous Gasland scene of a fracking 'victim' setting his tap water on fire."
FrackNation was funded through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter with 3,305 backers donating $212,265. Gasland 2 received corporate funding from HBO, the cable TV channel.
You might recall the name Tom Shepard from J. Adrian Stanley's feature on Scout's Honor this past February.
The Colorado Springs native turned successful San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker has earned Sundance Film Festival awards for his works that screened nationally on PBS.
Beginning May 1, and running six Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., through June 15, Shepard will return to the Springs to teach "Introduction to Documentary Film" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Bemis School of Art.
The class will cost $254 ($239 members) and here's its synopsis:
This six-week seminar taught by the Sundance Award-Winning PBS filmmaker Tom Shepard introduces students to the history of and current trends in documentary as well as all stages of documentary filmmaking: from conceiving and shaping ideas, pitching and story treatment, production and post-production, and distribution and outreach, including lectures on the business and fundraising of documentaries. In addition to a weekly one-hour lecture, we will screen and discuss one new documentary film each week, highlighting specific techniques and approaches used by different filmmakers. Discussion will focus on questions of narrative strategies, access, ethics and filmmaker/subject rapport. Finally, students can, by appointment, schedule a private consultation with the instructor to discuss their own ideas for making a documentary, advice in creating a strong film treatment and proposal and concrete tips for further development and funding of their projects.
"I'm glad to be bringing this program to Colorado Springs as I think there is a renewed interest in documentary filmmaking these days," Shepard wrote in an email.
"I'm hoping if this is a successful venture, I could make it a regular feature of my visits back to Colorado Springs every Summer. And perhaps it could eventually lead to a larger class/workshop and perhaps even a regular documentary screening series or festival."
"This movie is literally where paranormal thrillers meet stoner comedies."
And should the Kickstarter campaign lock down a requested $200,000, the filmmakers plan to shoot the majority of Out There... between Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Woodland Park.
Here's the pitch video if you care for the visual overview first:
As writer/director Bonné Bartron explains in that pitch, she's got some respectable Hollywood names on board for both sides of the camera, and she claims it has already been slated for international distribution.
The Kickstarter page elaborates that the project had already been funded by two previous producers, "but we've hit a couple of bumps along the way." One of those being a desire by those producers to shoot the film in California instead of Colorado, which was a deal-breaker for Bartron.
Anyway, by now, perhaps via our earlier foray into crowdfunding wins and woes, you're familiar with this whole Kickstarter saga for hopeful filmmakers.
If you find Out There... worthy of a few of your dollars — be it for your affinity for the lore of area cattle mutilations, UFO stories or simply stoner culture or a desire to see more Colorado-based filmmaking — then send some monetary love its way.