A free film series sponsored by the Hope Transition Town Committee will open Friday, Nov. 12 with a screening of “Dirt! The Movie” at 6 p.m. at the Hope Library, located in the Hope Town Office building, 441 Camden Road/Route 105. Discussion will follow.

The documentary by Gene Rosow and Bill Benenson, narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. One teaspoon of dirt contains a billion organisms working in remarkable balance to maintain and sustain a series of complex, thriving communities that impact our daily lives.

Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth,” “Dirt! The Movie” takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. The film’s interview subjects are an eclectic group ranging from biologists to prisoners. To capture these prescient people and their inspiring stories, the production team filmed in more than 20 locations including Argentina, Brazil, France, India, Kenya and several regions of the United States. Included is a fish composting center in Mt. Vernon, Maine.

The series will continue Nov. 19 with “The End Of Suburbia” and conclude Nov. 26 with “The Power Of Community.” The film events run from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information on the Hope Transition Movie Series, call Willow Hall at 763-3047. For more information on Transition Towns, visit transitionnetwork.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.