THE CORPORATE AGENDA:
Healthcare, Energy & Environment
For three weeks only the three-time-winner of the national slam championship, Urbana Poetry Slam, takes up residence at IMPACT 2012. A quirky and eccentric series, Urbana features all kinds of poetic voices: political, confessional, musical, and spiritual.
Tue. July 31, 7pm
Tickets ($10) at the door.
When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown. More info at Gaslandthemovie.com.
Wed. Aug 1, 7pm
Pay what you will
Developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC. and WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Illuminating the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects, the film features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon. More info at LastCallattheOasis.com.
Wed. Aug 1, 9:15pm
Crude screening + The Story of Stuff Project
Three years in the making, this feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. More info at Crudethemovie.com.
The Story of Stuff Project will lead the film screening with a a few of their creative, short movies that explore some of the key features of our relationship with Stuff—including how we can make things better.
Thur. Aug 2, 7pm
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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.
Fri. Aug 3, 6pm
Free (reserve seats)
Eli Smith presents “All the Way from America: An Evening of Woody Guthrie, Labor Union and Anti-Corporate Songs and Tunes”
Join us for a night of old-time labor movement songs with banjo player, writer, researcher and promorter of folk music, Eli Smith. Eli is the host and producer of the Down Home Radio Show, a “Hardcore, Unreconstructed, Paleo-acoustic, Folk Music Program.” With Peter Siegel, Jesse Lenat & Bob Malenky.
Fri. Aug 3, 8pm
Artists in Residence
During their week-long residencies, IMPACT 2012 Resident Artists discuss, create, and rehearse new work surrounding the week’s topics. Each week will culminate in a free public presentation of the new works-in-progress.
Sat. Aug 4, 7pm
Pay what you will
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who just can’t take “no” for an answer. They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in ever more extreme ways – basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.
Sat. Aug 4, 8pm