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Earth Day Film Fest at Strand

Apr 12, 2018
“Behold the Earth” is a documentary film by local filmmaker and conservationist David Conover.

Rockland — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will honor Earth Day by screening two documentary films Sunday, April 22. Q&A will follow each screening. Suggested donation for each show is $10.

“Behold the Earth (2017, USA), co-presented by Rockland’s St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, will be shown at 1 p.m. “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” (2014, Canada/UK/USA), co-presented by the Good Tern Food Safety Committee and Renew Rockland/Rockland Waste Watchers, will be screened at 3 p.m.

“Behold the Earth”

This music-rich documentary explores America’s divorce from the outdoors through conversations with legendary scientists, as well as a new generation of Creation Care activists within America’s Christian communities. The film provides an original opportunity to re-examine and expand the community of American environmentalists, charting steps into the future that builds on Rachel Carson’s discussion of destructive trace toxicity in the 20th century, with the addition of a destructive climate in the 21st century.

Local filmmaker and conservationist David Conover, neither a scientist nor an evangelical, draws upon some of the same talented field staff behind the spectacular natural sequences in his series “Sunrise Earth” and “Big Picture Earth.” Four-time Grammy-winning musician Dirk Powell leads the arrangements of traditional American tunes and hymns, with Rhiannon Giddens and Tim Eriksen.

“Behold the Earth” runs an hour and three minutes. A discussion will follow the screening, led by Manette Pottle, a member of St. Peter’s and co-producer of the film. She will be joined for a post-screening discussion by the Rev. Peter Panagore, who served for 15 years as the writer, producer and fifth host of America’s longest running religious broadcast, “Daily Devotions,” at the First Radio Parish of America. Several local conservation leaders also will join the panel discussion.

“Just Eat It”

Filmmakers and food lovers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer dive into the issue of food waste from farm through retail and all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and live on food that is thrown away (close to or at sell-by dates) for six months.

In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images “Just Eat It” captures of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as G Baldwin 's addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the “thrill of the find” has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with author, activist and TED lecturer Tristram Stuart; food waste expert Dana Gunders; and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, “Just Eat It” looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.

The one hour 15 minute film touches on our need for “perfect” produce … and what happens to the “imperfect” produce. The panel discussion after the movie will focus on how individuals can influence the waste in their own lives — for example, by learning to make compost.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

Funny, poignant and shocking, “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” is both educational and entertaining.
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