Beginning in September, the local Sierra Club and Coalition for Change are co-sponsoring a monthly movie night on the second Wednesday of the month at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville.
The night will feature some of the most important and current documentary movies. These films have been nominated for, and won, awards at major film festivals around the world, including Cannes and Sundance.
“This is a chance for you to see significant films that wonʼt be showing at your local movie theaters and to learn about current social, political and environmental issues,” Bob Johnson, chairperson for Sierra Club Maidu Group Conservation, said.
The series will kick off Wednesday, Sept. 11 with “Last Call at the Oasis.” This film was developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the same company responsible for “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Food, Inc.,” and “Waiting for Superman.”
“Last Call at the Oasis” presents a powerful argument that the global water crisis will be the most critical issue facing our world in this century. The film illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and depicts communities already struggling with its ill-effects. It was nominated for an award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The second film in the series, “Chasing Ice, “will be featured Wednesday, Oct. 9. It is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapsed cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
“As soon as this movie was released, I started getting calls from friends all over the world saying that I had to see it,” said Patty Wilson of Coalition for Change.
“Chasing Ice” has won more than 30 awards world-wide, including the Sundance Film Festival award for Excellence in Cinematography.
The final film in the first series will be “Weʼre Not Broke” on Nov. 13. It tells the story of how U.S. corporations dodge billions of dollars in income tax and how seven fed-up Americans take their frustrations to the streets, vowing to make corporations pay their fair share.
“Weʼre Not Broke” was nominated for awards at the Milan International Film Festival as well as the Sundance Film Festival.
The movie house will be located in the upstairs entertainment room of the Cozmic Café.
The café menu features a variety of food and drink options and is noted for its natural and organic selections. The café closes at 6 p.m. so it will be possible for movie goers to grab something to eat or drink before the show. Seating will begin at 6 p.m. and the film will start at 6:30 each evening.
A donation of $3 is suggested to help cover costs.
With enough community support, it is envisioned that the film series will continue.