HOLLAND — A free film series is bringing some of the best documentaries and movies that explore issues of creation care, sustainability and clean energy.
The series, which began in October, has award-winning films scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, Feb. 25, and March 31.
On Tuesday, the series will present “The Game Changers,” a 2018 documentary about the benefits of plant-based eating. The film showcases elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and scientists from around the world.
The movie’s producers include James Cameron, Jackie Chan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film is hosted by James Wilks, a retired English mixed martial artist, and was featured on CNN as: “Macho Vegans: The documentary that’s changing the script on plant-based diets.”
This film, and the others coming up, will be shown at Hope College’s Graves Hall.
Each movie night begins at 6:30 p.m. to provide networking and collaboration among citizens interested in promoting a sustainable approach to our environment. Film screening is at 7 p.m. with discussion following the film.
The film series is offered through a collaboration of the Hope College Green Team, Hope Student Activities Committee, Macatawa Creation Care, Citizens Climate Lobby, and the League of Women Voters of the Holland Area.
The series began with the movie “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” in October, followed by “The Sequel” in November and “A Plastic Ocean” in December.
Coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 25, will be “Merchants of Doubt,” a film based on the book of the same name by historians Naomi Orestes and Erik Conway.
The film traces the use of public relations tactics originally developed by the tobacco industry to protect its business from research revealing health risks from smoking.
The most prominent of these tactics is the cultivation of scientists and others who successfully cast doubt on scientific results.
“‘Merchants of Doubt,’ a provocative and improbably entertaining documentary by Robert Kenner, means to make people angry, and to make them think,” said the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern.
The final movie for the 2019-20 year, on March 31, will be “WALL-E” a PIXAR and Disney film that topped Time’s list of the Best Movies of the Decade in 2008.
The movie, great for children and adults, follows a solitary trash compactor robot left to clean up garbage on a future, uninhabitable Earth.
Humanity is nowhere to be found, having been evacuated seven centuries earlier by the mega-corporation Buy-N-Large (BnL) on giant starliners. Of the robotic trash compactors left by BnL to clean up, only one remains operational: A Waste Allocation Load-Lifter (Earth Class), or WALL-E.
One day, WALL-E’s routine is broken by the arrival of an unmanned probe carrying an Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator or EVE, sent to scan the planet for plant life, and the story proceeds from there.
— Jerilynn Tucker is a member of the Holland Area Chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Citizens Climate Lobby, and the film series planning committee. The retired school psychologist at Holland Public School has had a long-time interest in social and environmental justice.