New film series in Vail Valley |

New film series in Vail Valley

Cassie PenceVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily World Champion free skier Alison Gannett has designed and built the first strawbale home in a National Historic District in Crested Butte. She's in town Dec. 4 with her "Global Cooling Ski Adventure Show" to help teach people about globarl warming and what they can do to save the snow.

Pastor Ted Haggard. Remember him from the headlines several weeks ago? He was the evangelist campaigning against same-sex marriage who got caught paying for same-sex sex. Three Dominican nuns. Remember them from the headlines in 2002? They got sentenced to Federal Prison for breaking into the Minuteman III missile silo near Greeley, spilling their own blood in protest of nuclear weapons.You know what Haggard had to say about those three nuns?”It’s bad Christianity,” he said.That kind of contradiction, along with the nuns bold passion to act so strongly for something they believed in, inspired first-time filmmaker Brenda Fox to tell the nuns’ story in “Conviction.”

“Without judging anyone in role or perception,” Fox said, “I think the contradiction that plays in this country, the religious right and their voice in politics and their persuasive posturing in the political realm is interesting and that juxtaposed with the sisters’ actions.”World Champion free skier Alison Gannett was so inspired by the West’s beauty when she moved there at age 19, she pledged her life to preserving it. In between skiing adventures and first descents around the world, Gannett earned a degree in environmental design and studied solar energy. For the last 20 years, she’s used her knowledge to help spread the word about the dangers of global warming. Her most recent effort is a traveling multi-media presentation called “Alison Gannett’s Global Cooling Adventure Show.””I talk directly about how to save our snow,” Gannett said. “I really feel that snow is in danger of extinction.”What Fox and Gannett’s projects have in common is that they force viewers to step away from their comfort zones and think about the world outside their everyday life. “Conviction” and “Global Cooling Adventure Show” are part of a new film series, Film For Thought, organized by local Michele Keane with the intention of provoking thought and conversation about subjects not necessarily on the minds of Eagle County residents.

“We live in this ‘Happy Valley, and it’s easy to lose sight with what’s going on,” Keane said. “We need to be a little more conscious.”Keane said in the last several years, she has forced herself to attend different conferences and discussions to help educate herself on world issues. She discovered “Conviction” at a screening in Boulder, and what struck her about the film was the nuns’ utmost devotion to a cause.”Everyone has a story to tell,” Keane said. “Documentaries are such a great way to gain insight into interesting people, events and information that we don’t always have access to.”Film For Thought starts Dec. 4 and runs until March. Keane hopes to lead 15 minute discussions at the end of each screening on the film’s subject, how it directly relates to the valley and what people can do to become involved. There will be a Q&A session with Fox after the showing of “Conviction,” and at the end of Gannett’s presentation, she’ll give viewers easy steps on how to reduce their carbon footprint. “Over the years we have been preaching to the choir. It’s time to preach to the non choir,” Gannett said. “People might come to my talk to see my free ski films, but I can hook those people into caring about the planet and caring about the snow.”

The Vail Symposium and Eagle Valley Alliance helped Keane to organize the series. Many of the other films deal with energy, like “A Land Out of Time,” showing on Dec. 11, about how time is running out for vast swaths of the Rocky Mountain West as millions of acres of public land are turned over for oil and gas drilling.”I’m just someone who is trying to learn myself about issues that are right in the forefront,” Keane said.

Movies will be shown on Monday nights at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards. Admission is free. Opportunities to donate to local non-profit groups will be offered.”Conviction” – Dec. 4 at 5:45 p.m.Conviction tells the story of three Dominican nuns convicted and sentenced to Federal Prison for their non-violent protest at a nuclear missile site in Northern Colorado in 2000. This film evokes important conversations about the role of Christianity in politics, the role of nuclear weapons in National Defense and the role of International Law in the Federal Courts. Directed and produced by Boulder filmmaker Brenda Truelson Fox. “Alison Gannett’s Global Cooling Ski Adventure Show” – Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.Co-sponsored by the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability and the Vail Symposium

Alison Gannett is a World Champion free skier residing in Crested Butte, Colorado. Her Global Cooling Ski Adventure Show showcases her international and inspirational ski movies, while educating about climate disruption and strategies for saving our snow and planet.”A Land out of Time” – Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.Generations of westerners in the Rocky Mountains expose the dramatic changes to the landscape and their heritage that’s taking place right now because of oil and gas drilling.”The end of Suburbia” – Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.”French Fries to Go” – Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

“The Power of Community, How Cuba survived Peak Oil” – Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.”Amazon Watch” – Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.”We are Traffic/Return of the Scorcher” – March 12 at 6 p.m.”Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability’ – March 12 at 7 p.m.Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 748-2938, or Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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