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On Tour: Lancaster, PA

21 Nov

October 12, 2017 | Oil & Water | Lancaster, PA

Oil & Water — Just Say “Yes”

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I was a little overwhelmed by the email asking if I would add extra time to my visit to Lancaster, PA, as part of screening “Oil & Water.” Would I be interested in speaking with classes on both ends of the screening? Could I arrive a day early, and leave a day later?

The mail was from Barry Kornhauser, and as it turns out, the only good response to an opportunity from Barry, is “YES.”

Barry is one of those rare, radiant, bright light people. He uses his power for good; connecting artists with audiences to thoughtfully explore the critical issues of our time, as the assistant director of Campus & Community Engagement at Millersville University. Barry is also a prolific playwright who recently received the governor of Pennsylvania’s Artist of the Year Award.

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A whirlwind of a man, Barry walks fast, knows everybody, and stops frequently to listen with genuine concern and delight. I am so grateful for the care Barry takes in planning unusual engagement, including two different nature activities for “Oil & Water,” a canoe excursion and nature hike with local naturalists, in partnership with the Lancaster Department of Parks and Recreation. Free “Oil & Water” movie tickets for the participants!

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The turnout for the film screening at the Ware Center theater was huge and enthusiastic. We were fortunate to have the documentary’s star David Poritz, founder of Equitable Origin (www.equitableorigin.org) join us thorough Skype to chat with the audience, as well as an impressive panel of experts. It’s not every day that filmmakers get to hear experts like these take the stage to analyze their films, and it was a pleasure. Many thanks to:

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  • Andrea Campbell, Board Member, Lancaster County Conservancy
  • Nadine Garner, Director of the Center for Sustainability and Associate Professor of Psychology, Millersville University
  • Eric Hirsch, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Mary Ann Schlegel, Naturalist, Lancaster County Parks
  • Chris Steuer, Sustainability Manager, Millersville University
  • Amory Lovins, physicist and chairman/chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute

Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” Amory Lovins was a last-minute addition to the panel, since his reason for visiting Lancaster was to give Franklin & Marshall College’s Mueller Fellow lecture, “Astonishing Energy Futures and the Future of Global Change.”  Check out his TED Talk and prepare to be astonished: https://www.ted.com/talks/amory_lovins_a_50_year_plan_for_energy#t-50668

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Lastly, I want to thank Millersville University’s Changfu Chang and Jean Boal for having me visit with their documentary film and biology classes, as well Franklin & Marshall College’s Dirk Eitzen with his film class. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of life. Barry, his community, and this film tour reminded me of the gift of saying “YES.”

Post provided by On Screen/In Person touring filmmaker Francine Strickwerda

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On Tour: Lancaster, PA

28 Nov

November 21, 2016 | Love Thy Nature | Lancaster, PA

“No pessimist has ever discovered the secrets of the stars, sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a doorway to the human spirit.”

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The last stretch of my OSIP journey took me back to PA, this time to Lancaster, for events and classroom visits at Millersville University. Even before I arrived in town, the host, Barry Kornhauser, had already offered several fun events providing the community with nature-connecting experiences even before the screening of Love Thy Nature!

Professor Aaron Haines, Ph.D. guided a bird watching walk, curator Christopher Hardy, Ph.D. offered a tour of the James C. Parks Herbarium, naturalist Carol Welsh led a nature journaling activity, and Lydia Martin, the Director of Education for the Lancaster County Conservancy, invited volunteers who planted 75 trees along a stream. Barry also organized a pre-screening panel discussion with Prof Aaron, Lydia, myself, plus the chair of the sustainability committee Nadine Garner, Ed.D., and Douglas Smith, the City of Lancaster Sustainability Planner.

While several screenings of Love Thy Nature over the last few months have been “watch and do” events, this is the first time we had so many diverse activities connected to a single screening.  Much gratitude goes to Barry and all these amazing sustainability professionals for this nature-loving feast! And thanks to this outstanding level of engagement (plus our own film team outreach effort), the Ware Center was packed with over 300 attendees for Love Thy Nature screening and Q&A. Wow. For an artist/activist like myself who has deep hunger for the highest possible impact at any given event, connecting with this large a crowd (especially for a small town) was pure bliss!

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Discussions ranged from the local applications of Biomimicry (Douglas explained how they’re intentionally emulating nature in the City of Lancaster’s water management systems) and the psychological benefits of nature connection for both adults and children, to whether we can have any hope about the future of our planet.

While no doubt we live in critical times – nature’s destruction is so severe that some scientists believe we have passed the “tipping point” of climate change – we can’t afford to be pessimistic or cynical. As Helen Adams Kellert, the first deaf blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, once stated, “No pessimist has ever discovered the secrets of the stars, sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a doorway to the human spirit.”

It’s by opening that doorway that we can transform our relationship to nature. Finding this community of people this vibrant and engaged with city officials committed to biomimetic ingenuity and a university committed to igniting young minds with new sustainable possibilities, I can’t help but to feel optimistic about what our future holds. All we need to do is to keep sharing our individual gifts while walking this path of connection with nature, each other, and ourselves.

I admit that this On Screen/In Person end-of-journey is bittersweet. On one hand, I really didn’t want it to end. But its ending with Millersville University couldn’t have been any sweeter, having connected with an engaged community of educators, scientists, change makers, students, and audience members.  To Barry (a so very effective, dedicated, and kind host) and Millersville University faculty members, bravo and thank you!

And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m so very grateful to the On Screen/In Person team – Kimberly and Chevaun at the Mid Atlantic Foundation – who have supported me for the last many months with the myriad of logistical details. Special thanks also go to all the other hosts of our 10 screenings not only for choosing Love Thy Nature, but also for their professional and kind support of my own journey and mission to inspire their communities to explore what it means to be human in this oh so very precious and fragile planet of ours.

Wishing you a beautiful, nature-filled Thanksgiving weekend,

Sylvie

Post provided by On Screen/In Person filmmaker Sylvie Rokab

On Tour: Lancaster, PA

18 Oct

October 13, 2016 | You Belong to Me | Lancaster, PA

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Producer Jude Hagin was privileged to screen You Belong To Me, Sex, Race and Murder in the South at The Ware Center at Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in conjunction with The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on October 13, 2016 to an enthusiastic crowd.

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Barry Kornhauser from The Ware Center facilitated the eventful day which included presenting the trailer of you Belong To Me to a film studies class of Dr. Timothy Shea and an African American Studies class of Dr. Rita Smith Wade El. Numerous students attended the screening after seeing the trailer.
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A panel consisting of Ms. Shayna Watson, Judge Dennis Reinaker, Ms. Angelique Arroyo and Dr. Rita Smith Wade El discussed issues surrounding the Ruby McCollum case prior to the screening. They touched on all of the issues that are dealt with in the documentary and provided information for the audience to be mindful of without giving away too much of the story. The film was warmly received and Producer Jude Hagin answered questions after the film.
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Millersville University and The Ware Center provided an extremely professional yet warm and accommodating venue in which to screen the documentary. Barry Kornhauser obviously loves his work and The Ware Center. He was the perfect host! Lancaster is truly a community that values the arts!

Post provided by On Screen/In Person filmmaker Jude Hagin

On Tour: Lancaster, PA

15 Sep

September 13, 2016 | Sweet Dreams | Lancaster, PA

Two hours south of Bloomsburg, I cruised into the picturesque city of Lancaster, PA in the heart of Amish country, where I was met by Barry Kornhauser, Millersville University’s director of student engagement. Barry heavily advertised the film and invited professors to bring their students to the film, offering them free ice cream as a bonus (the film tells the story of a group of Rwandan women who open their country’s first ice cream shop). That evening at the Ware Center, their state of the art Arts Center, over 300 people filled the seats for a panel discussion about the roots of Rwanda’s genocide, followed by a screening of the film and a long talk back with many questions and lots of discussion. We’ve shown Sweet Dreams all over the country, and this was one of the best audiences we’ve encountered. They loved the film and wanted to know more, about the women, Rwanda and even about how to siblings can work together to make a film!

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Before the screening, I spoke to two classes. One was African American studies and the other was about intercultural communication. Many students were interested and as a result, came to the screening. The following morning I spoke to two other classes – encounters with diversity and art and entrepreneurship. Both were excellent, but the entrepreneurship students were particularly interested in a story of Rwandan women with no previous business experience setting out to introduce community t a brand new product – and succeeding. It was rewarding for me as a filmmaker, and I believe it was rewarding for them.

Post by On Screen/In Person touring filmmaker Rob Fruchtman.

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