New Impact Film Series gets underway on May 3

Roxbury — Beginning on May 3, and running every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. through June 28, the Roxbury Arts Group, in partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council, will present the Impact Film Series at Roxbury Arts Group’s 76 MAIN! venue in Stamford.

This series of nine films will examine the impact our choices have on our environment and how, in turn, these choices affect us.  Admission to each screening is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.  Register to attend and be entered in a raffle for a Pure Catskills goody bag to be given away at each screening.

Links to the registration page can be found at the end of each film description on the Roxbury Arts Group’s events page at www.roxburyartsgroup.org/events.htm.

 This series offers something for the entire family, as these films examine everything from where our food comes from, the ground it grows out of, to the water we rely on for life itself.
“We are delighted to join up with The Watershed Agricultural Council to present The Impact Film Series” says Jenny Rosenzweig, executive director of the Roxbury Arts Group. 
“The films for this series were chosen with much consideration and we believe they will resonate with our Catskill community at large.” 

Tara Collins, communications director with the Watershed Agricultural Council, added “Each film complements Catskill movements like the Pure Catskills campaign to ‘eat fresh and local’ and the protection of our waters and forest through groups like the Catskill Forest Association and the Catskill Watershed Corporation.”

Viewers young and old are encouraged to consider personal choices and the effect their choices have on the environment, both positive and negative. 
The films included in the Impact Film Series are:

“Vanishing of the Bees,” May 3, 7 p.m., which follows commercial beekeepers as they struggle to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the country.

“What’s on your Plate?,” May 10, 7 p.m., is a witty and provocative look at kids and food politics.  Filmed over the course of one year, it follows two 11-year-old, multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain.

“Tapped,” May 17, 7 p.m., is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water and asks whether access to clean drinking water is a basic human right, or a commodity to be bought and sold.

“Messages from Water,” May 24, 7p.m., marries the environment and the arts as it examines the ways in which water reacts to music.  ‘Truth Behind The Tap’ will also be screened.

Getting dirty
“Dirt! The Movie,” May 31, 7 p.m., tells the amazing and little known story of the relationship between humans and living dirt. 

“The Greenhorns,” June 7, 7 p.m., explores the lives of America’s young farming community.
“Reclaiming our Water,” June 14, 7 p.m., tells the story of the Occoquan – the largest reservoir system in the United States – which provides safe drinking water through the use of reclaimed wastewater.

“GoodWood,” June 21, 7 p.m., looks at four forestry-based areas that have discovered ways to halt deforestation while sustaining communities that depend on the forest for their livelihood.

“Truck Farm,” June 28, 7 p.m., takes a look at the quirky and creative world of New York City’s agricultural underbelly.  Across the city, residents are turning rooftops, barges and windowsills into edible oases.  “Dairy Farms & Andes” will also be screened.