Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Think Globally, Act Locally: An Inconvenient Truth @ MOCA


The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville continues its film series “MOCA Summer Cinema” with a special presentation of the 2006 Academy Award winner for Documentary Feature An Inconvenient Truth on Wednesday evening, August 8 starting at 7 p.m. Following the presentation, a panel of environmental experts will be available for questions on related local issues for Florida.

A longtime advocate for the environment, former Vice-President Al Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. An Inconvenient Truth offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to draw attention to global warming and its dramatic effects on the environment. Interspersed with bracing evidence and future predictions is the story of Gore's personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young U.S. senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became president but instead returned to the most important cause of his life - convinced that there is still time to make a difference. With wit, smarts and hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenge facing our global civilization.

After the film, a panel of four local experts will answer questions relating the broad themes presented in the documentary to local issues of policy, conservation, and sustainability:

Berdell Knowles is director of government relations at JEA, following a 20+ year career with Gainesville Regional Utilities. Mr. Knowles’ responsibilities include monitoring and managing legislative and regulatory developments at the state and federal levels impacting JEA. Knowles is also founding president of the Florida Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, currently serving on its executive committee.

Jennifer McCharen is cofounder of the Jacksonville Carbon Neutral Initiative (JCNI), a local grassroots group working to stimulate public awareness and debate about global climate change. JCNI engages the public through education projects and working with the City of Jacksonville to encourage green initiatives.

Judy Landers is conservation coordinator with JEA, where she delivers programs that give JEA customers the tools and knowledge to help them use energy and water wisely. Ms. Landers has a BS in Environmental Science and Masters in Environmental Policy, and has worked in the government, non-profit and for-profit sectors, specializing in communications to promote behavior change.

Todd L. Sack, M.D., FACP was appointed to the Florida Energy Commission in 2006 and is a two-term member and chairperson of the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board. Additionally Dr. Sack is a member of the Florida Department of Health’s Community Environmental Health Advisory Board and a member of JEA’s Clean Power Advisory Board.

In 2006 An Inconvenient Truth received two Academy Awards, one for Documentary Feature and one for Original Song ("I Need to Wake Up," music and lyrics by Melissa Etheridge). Directed by Davis Guggenheim, USA; 93 minutes, color, in English (rated PG for mild thematic elements).

Admission to MOCA Summer Cinema is $6 for members/students, $8 for non-members. The MOCA Jacksonville box office opens at 6:00 p.m. Film starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited; please arrive early. For more information about the MOCA Summer Cinema, please visit on-line at www.mocajacksonville.org/events/film.

MOCA Jacksonville is funded in part by the City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; The Florida Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts; and through the generous support of our members.


Anonymous said...

This film series has been terrific...here's a fantastic opportunity for people to see this undeniably influential and controversial film for themselves, ask questions, and discuss what they hear. Thanks to MOCA Jax for providing an excellent forum for viewing and learning!

Melantha said...

Well written article.