Mindful Cinema's Summer-long Environmental Film Festival

June 7th

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    Room: Community Room

    Mindful Cinema is featuring a Summer-long Environmental Film Festival
    with biweekly themes on caring for our planet—and a potluck dinner6:30–9:30 pm

    This week's film: June 7th - Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2017)

    A beautiful and poignant portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eye of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry.

    In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing, and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half-century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt - all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

    The film revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community. Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, "Look & See" blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape. And in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself emerges as a character in the film—a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.

    Read more and watch the trailer here: https://lookandseefilm.com/main

    Fusing interdependence, international awareness, diversity, and kindness, Mindful Cinema is a gathering for Shambhala Boulder cinephiles and foodies. Welcoming new members, visitors, and committed practitioners, this group shares culinary delights and movies that explore meaningful themes, such as tradition, generosity, loyalty, forgiveness, and death. We screen films from Sundance, Cannes, and other international festivals.

    A short discussion follows each film.

    This summer our films are chosen for environmental themes and our concern for the planet—water, sustainable farming and food, local economy, well-being, and renewable energy.  Throughout the summer, we will also be collecting your nominations and votes for a juried selection to show one of the final nights of the festival.

    We encourage infusing culture, diversity, and kindness through the dish you bring as well through the films we enjoy together.  Join us for a true potluck dinner—your offerings make it happen! In correlation with our environmental themes, we particularly encourage you to think about slow food made with fresh vegetables from a CSA, farmer’s market, or other locally-sourced, low-impact food choices with less packaging, less transport, and prepared for mindful consumption. For beverages, consider selecting biodynamic, locally cultivated wine—or a jug of iced sun tea!  Moreover, since we are celebrating regenerating a healthy environment, let us aspire to leave no trace. To support zero-waste events and an uplifted environment, the Shambhala Center provides reusable place settings, and we encourage everyone to avoid single-use plastic.

    Kindly RSVP here and note in the comment section what creative, elegant dish you’d like to bring. 

    For more information, contact Andrew or David.

    Coming Soon!:


    Watershed: Exploring a new water ethic for the new West (2012)

    Sweeping through seven U.S. and two Mexican states, the Colorado River is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation. As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world, with 70% of its water supporting agriculture, it is struggling to support thirty million people and already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California.

    Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water? This film, narrated by Robert Redford, tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and explores how a new water ethic, which lets go of old ways, can offer solutions for the future of the American West, and lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all.

    Read more and watch the trailer here: http://watershedmovie.com/trailer/

    July 5th - EARTH as a LIVING ORGANISM

    Symphony of the Soil (2013)

    Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex and mysterious living organism, the foundation of life on earth. And yet most people are soil-blind and "treat soil like dirt."  

    Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems.

    Read more and watch the trailer here: https://symphonyofthesoil.com/


    July 26th - MARINE LIFE and POLLUTION

    A Plastic Ocean (2016)

    In this adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years, an international team of adventurers, scientists, researchers, and ocean ambassadors goes on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean. The result will astound viewers, just as it did our adventurers. With never-before-seen images of marine life and plastic pollution, they reveal the causes of this degradation, its consequences for marine - and human – health, and share solutions.

    Read more and watch the trailer here: https://aplasticocean.movie/


    August 2nd - LOCAL and GLOBAL ECONOMY

    The Economics of Happiness (2011)

    Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. The personal cost is that life has become increasingly stressful, with less time for friends and family and mounting pressures at work.

    Around the world, people are demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance, resisting globalization and corporate consolidation of power. Communities are coming together to forge a different future with a more human and ecological paradigm -- an economics of localization. By moving in this direction, we can heal the earth and regain our personal sense of well-being. Featuring Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith and Samdhong Rinpoche, The Economics of Happiness restores faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

    Read more and watch the trailer here: https://www.localfutures.org/programs/the-economics-of-happiness/


    August 16th - CLEAN ENERGY

    The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People (2016)

    A positive, fun film that focuses on energy solutions and the people behind the renewable energy revolution. It’s a love story about people re-imagining their relationship to the planet, and falling back in love with the Earth and each other.

    The Future of Energy journeys across America to shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power. Solar, wind and water could power the planet by the year 2050, according to experts in the film, substantially reducing carbon emissions. Social and political willpower is needed to make the change on a large scale. Two model towns are highlighted for their exemplary steps towards clean energy: Greensburg, Kansas, and Lancaster, California.

    Read more and watch the trailer here: http://www.thefutureofenergy.org/ & https://youtu.be/2fM9zvRZoFs


    August 30th - SEEDS and BIODIVERSITY  

    Seed: The untold story (2018)  

    Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. This film follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.

    As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel. Winner of 13 International Film Festival Awards.

    Read more and watch the trailer here: https://www.seedthemovie.com/trailer

    September 6th

    TBA: JURY SELECTION by everyone

    September 13th - WIND and INNOVATION
    (and a transition back to International Cinema)

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Malawi, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, 2019)

    Against all odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the best-selling book and true story of William Kamkwamba. Directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and introducing Maxwell Simba.

    Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/nPkr9HmglG0