Part of "Ripple Effects," the Center's yearlong film series on the past, present and future of western water use, A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the awakening and growth of the American environmental movement from the 1960s to the present day. The writer and director Mark Kitchell will be on hand to present the film and answer questions. Co-sponsored by Water in the West.
"A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and has won acclaim at dozens of festivals around the world.
Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like the biologist E.O. Wilson, A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.
The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:
David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest
Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change.
A Fierce Green Fire tells stories about four successful movements, then takes up the biggest cause of all, still in suspense. It gives us reason to believe change can come.
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Mark Kitchell is best known for Berkeley in the Sixties, which won the Sundance Audience Award in 1990, was nominated for an Academy Award, and won other top honors. It has become a well-loved classic, one of the defining documentaries about the protest movements of the 1960s. Kitchell went to NYU film school, where he made The Godfather Comes to Sixth St., a cinema verité look at his neighbors caught up in filming The Godfather II – for which he received another (student) Academy Award nomination.
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