As Floyd County confronts the prospect of pipeline carrying “fracked” natural gas, the 2014 SustainFloyd Fall Film Series will open its season with the provocative documentary “Gasland Part II” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, September 28th at the Floyd Country Store.  Marking the start of a film series which offers award-winning documentaries and fascinating discussion, SustainFloyd will also offer a soup and salad bar before the movie.

Everyone is invited. The 2014 Fall Film Series is a fundraiser for SustainFloyd. A donation of $5 is requested for the movie and an additional $5 for the dinner.  The evening will be sponsored by Affordable Energy Concepts.

“This is the fourth year for the SustainFloyd Film Series, which has been a huge success,” declared SF Board Member Jackie Crenshaw. “We provide fascinating films and a forum for issues that our citizens are encountering.  After the screening, we have invited a balanced panel to discuss this documentary and the pipeline controversy.”

SustainFloyd screened Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated film “Gasland” last year.  In this explosive sequel, Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). “Gasland Part II” won “Best Documentary” at the 2013 Environmental Media (EMA) Awards.  This movie shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today.

gaslands-buttonBoth adults and children will enjoy the second film of the 2014 SF Fall Film Series at the Floyd Country Store. “Leave It to Beavers” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 19th.  This documentary explores how a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists regard beavers as overlooked allies in reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.

The third documentary will be the visually breathtaking film, “Chasing Ice,” on Sunday evening, November 16th.  Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Excellence in Cinematography Award, photographer James Balog uses revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

The fourth movie to be shown Sunday evening, December 7th will be “Ground Operations,” an uplifting story about a growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers.

SustainFloyd is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which seeks to enhance a rural quality of life by developing regional agriculture, supporting local farmers, preserving farmland environments and creating a strong local food network that will add value to the Floyd community and beyond. To learn more about SustainFloyd and its mission, go to www.sustainfloyd.org.

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