Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cedar Mill Screens "Deep Green"


Deep Green, Wednesday May 25 at 6:30pm
Deep Green, Wednesday May 25 at 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30pm, Cedar Mill Community Library’s monthly Film Club is sponsoring a free screening of the award-winning Portland-made documentary Deep Green. A Q&A with Lake Oswego filmmaker Matt Briggs will follow.

Filled with passion, refreshing insights and riveting revelations, this critically-acclaimed motion picture has been energizing audiences around the world with its upbeat message and compelling examples of the ingenuity and resourcefulness being devoted to conquering the escalating climate crisis. Audiences learn how other nations and communities are facing the challenge and glean essential tips on how every individual can make a difference.

Deep Green has been called “a template” for getting off fossil fuels by the Los Angeles Times and praised for “offering hope instead of despair,” by the Oregonian. The Portland Tribune noted, “Deep Green...has energy, passion, imagination....” Among the widely-respected authorities featured in the film are Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, bestselling author Michael Pollan, scientist and broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki, and former CIA Director James Woolsey.

Over three years in the making, this unique film was the culmination of a quest that began in the 1990s for Briggs, who helped pioneer the wild mushroom industry in the U.S. in the early 1980s and started noticing effects of global warming on our national forests a decade later. Concerned, he attended scores of conferences and spent four years pouring over the latest research.

Lake Oswego filmmaker Matt Briggs
Lake Oswego filmmaker Matt Briggs

When Deep Green began principal photography in July 2007, “many of the solutions – such as the first solar thermal plants, hybrid electric cars, and living buildings – had not advanced beyond the concept stage, or were just being built while we were shooting the movie,” says Briggs. “This became a seven year project and the science got stronger and the solutions got better. We know that over 75% or most of global warming is man-caused, and we know how to fix it. Now, it’s just a matter of getting the job done. International treaties would be nice, and legislation is critical. But it really comes down to what each community can do.”

DVDs will be available for purchase on the evening of the screening.

For more information, contact Lynne (503) 644-0043, ext. 132, LynneE@wccls.org.