The Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) is happy to announce that its annual REEL CHANGE SustainAbility Film Fest is coming to Kamloops September 23rd/24th at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). Hosted by FOF with partners BC Hydro Power Smart, TRU, the City of Kamloops, and the BC Sustainable Energy Association, the film fest features eleven award‐winning documentaries about a wide range of sustainability topics — everything from genuine wealth and species protection to educational reform and sustainable business. The films (and their topics) include:
- The Economics of Happiness (genuine wealth)
- Seed Warriors (food security)
- Gasland (gas extraction/water pollution)
- Power Path (renewable energy/First Nations’ community engagement)
- Farming with Nature (permaculture)
- The Incomappleux (forest protection)
- The Greenest Building (reusing/recycling buildings)
- Vanishing of the Bees (species protection)
- So Right. So Smart. (sustainable business)
- The Clean Bin Project (zero waste)
- Bokashi (industrial composting)
Each film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local experts. “This format is what separates REEL CHANGE from other film fests, even those in large communities,” explains FOF founder and CEO Joanne de Vries. “It’s good to learn about a topic, but it’s even better to explore that topic with experts from various sectors who can provide a local context and generate dialogue about local solutions.
“And solutions are what it’s all about,” adds de Vries. “Last year’s REEL CHANGE in Kelowna provides a perfect example of how people left the film fest having decided to make changes in their personal and professional lives that would contribute to community sustainability.
“We showed DIRT, a documentary about soil ecology and conservation,” she recalls. “Nathalie Begin was so moved by the film she decided to spearhead the development of a community garden in her West Kelowna neighbourhood. With input and support from municipal hall, local businesses, and community groups, Begin proceeded to build what is now a 29‐plot, fully functioning community garden.
“Seeing DIRT triggered something in me,” says Begin. “It helped me realize how my individual actions are truly part of the whole and do have an impact. Having the opportunity to speak with a panel member after the movie gave me the courage to not only be engaged emotionally, but to actively be part of something meaningful.
“Now,” she continues, “the bountiful harvest from the gardens is sending a positive message to the gardeners, their families, and the neighbourhood on how much can be achieved with well‐intentioned collaborative efforts. It is an exciting project and enriching experience!”
A big thank‐you to the funding sponsors, BC Hydro Power Smart and the City of Kamloops, for making this event possible.
For more information about REEL CHANGE, including how to become a sponsor, contact:
Joanne de Vries
Fresh Outlook Foundation
BC Hydro Power Smart
BC Sustainable Energy Assoc. 250‐372‐277