If you’re not ready to re-examine some of your daily decisions, or at least entertain some very serious food for thought, then Walking Mountains’ Sustainable Community Film Series is not for you.
The annual, free film series features seven films this season, with each film shown twice — once at Loaded Joe’s in Avon and again at the Dusty Boot in Eagle. The series kicks off Tuesday in Avon and ends Tuesday, May 17, in Eagle. This year, the collection of films spans topics that range from the disappearance of wild salmon populations to where your old cell phones end up, but all are related to social, economic and environmental resilience.
“We try to base our film selections off questions that people have asked about, topics that community members are concerned about,” said Melissa Kirr, Walking Mountains’ sustainability programs coordinator. “I’m excited to show all of these films. It’s a series that will make you rethink that electronic purchase, what clothes you buy and the food you eat.”
THE HIGH PRICE OF FASHION
The first film of the series, “The True Cost,” explores the murky inner workings of the modern fashion industry. If you’ve ever wondered how it is that stores like H&M can roll out the latest style of jeans for $9.99, then this film may provide some disturbing answers. Director Andrew Morgan goes around the world to discuss why the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.
During the journey, the film visits workers in the slums of Bangladesh, garment factory owners, cotton farmers, fashion-industry executives, economists and human rights and environmental advocates. Morgan takes you to the other end of the fashion cycle, too — to Haiti, where discarded clothing from American thrift stores create mountains of trash and has strangled the country’s garment industry.
The film falls short in providing any solutions, but local viewers (and maybe their tween and teen children) will likely be reminded of a problem that many would prefer not to think about. At the least, it you will leave questioning whether you really need to buy that new ski jacket this season and wanting more information than is offered on your shirt’s tags.
The film series showings are usually followed by questions and discussion and, occasionally, by a guest speaker on the topic. December’s offering, “The Breach,” looks at Alaska’s wild salmon populations and what it might take to bring them back, with a visit by sustainable fisherman Kaleb Walker, of Kaleb’s Katch.
Walking Mountains programs instructor Peter Suneson went to five films of the series last year and plans to attend this season’s events. The topics are both educational and encourage action, he said. He remembers one film on the topic of trash — he went home, counted up the times he took out the trash each week and tried to cut down.
Plus, it’s an interesting and social way to spend a weekday evening, he said.
“You go over for happy hour, parlay right into a discussion starter and watch the movie. It’s kind of a social event, and best part is you get to talk to people afterward. It’s a different scene than you usually get in a bar or restaurant,” he said.
Assistant Managing Editor Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2927 and at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @mwongvail.
View the full schedule for the Sustainable Film Series here.