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Conscientious Projector: A Powerful Noise

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day in Pasadena by attending a free screening at The Armory Center for the Arts with Conscientious Projector!

Voices for Women’s Rights Sounding A Powerful Noise

The burgeoning international women’s empowerment movement is personified in the stories of three extraordinary women from different parts of the world in A Powerful Noise, this month’s Conscientious Projector selection, screening on Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. From executive producer Sheila C. Johnson, Black Entertainment Television co-founder and Global Ambassador for the humanitarian organization CARE, this beautifully-made, moving film shows how these inspiring women–a young HIV-positive widow from Vietnam, a former refugee and survivor of the war in Bosnia, and an advocate for girls’ education in Mali–rise above their own desperate circumstances to become leaders in the fight against poverty and discrimination in their communities and advance the causes of justice and opportunity for women and girls.

A community discussion with Fair Trade Pasadena follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit and watch a trailer at www.apowerfulnoise.org.



Dive!

Come to the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena this Thursday, March 11th at 7 pm to watch a Conscientious Projector screening of Jeremy Seifert’s documentary, “Dive!

Grocery stores around the country are filling their dumpsters with food. Not rotten, spoiled food, but billions of pounds of good, edible food.

Why? Because the expiration date is nearing? Because it costs less to simply throw away excess food rather than do something helpful with it? Whatever the answer, the contradiction is profound: good, edible food is being thrown away in the very same communities where people are going hungry.

Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they “dumpster dive” in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.’s supermarkets. In the process, they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it.

In the meantime, Seifert and friends no longer spend money on groceries. With nothing more than a big appetite and a strong stomach, they “dive” for Pacific Salmon, American Ground Beef, New Zealand Lamb Chops, Free-Range Whole Chickens, Pork Loins, and loads of fresh fruit, vegetables, and bread. Totally edible, totally free, and totally illegal.

Why aren’t grocery stores giving the food to people who need it? Seifert takes this question to corporate front offices in an attempt to find out. The result is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism, and call to action.

The power of the film lies in its ability to motivate: it will move you to question the manager at your supermarket; it will move you to learn about food waste and the role it plays in your community. In the end, you might even find yourself in a dumpster.

Watch the trailer and join us Thursday for Dive! in its entirety for free!

The Armory is located in Old Pasadena at
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103



A Sea Change
January 13, 2010, 3:56 am
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CONSCIENTIOUS PROJECTOR THIS THURSDAY JANUARY 14 7 p.m
A SEA CHANGE

THE ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS 145 NORTH RAYMOND OLD PASADENA

Imagine a world without fish. Ocean acidification has been called the “evil twin” of climate crisis. Excess carbon dioxide in Earth’s oceans is changing sea water chemistry and could, if unchecked, result in dead oceans, the extinction of sea life and the eradication of the primary protein source of one billion of the world’s people. Barbara Ettinger’s elegiac, beautifully-made, award-winning documentary A Sea Change tells the story of Sven Huseby, a retired history teacher whose love of and concern for oceans, ocean life and his grandson Elias’ future takes him on explorations to Alaska, Washington state, California and Norway in a fact-finding investigation that brings the looming global tragedy to light.

A community discussion will follow the film.  Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. Conscientious Projector is sponsored by Sustainable World, a Peace & Justice Ministry of All Saints Church, in association with The Armory Center for the Arts.  For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit www.aseachange.net.



What Would Jesus Buy?

Saving Christmas from the $hopocalypse

Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts


Attention holiday shoppers! Conscientious Projector invites you to join Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a barnstorming bus tour of the U.S.A. to free humankind from consumerism and break the bonds of eternal debt. What Would Jesus Buy?— an outrageous but serious-minded docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas–will be shown on Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts.

Producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) teams with performance artist/activist Bill Talen (Reverend Billy) and director Rob VanAlkemade to chronicle the satirical protest troupe’s cross-country mission to raise awareness of the impact of over-consumption on our lives, our world and our experience of gift-giving at what is supposed to be the most sacred time of the year. Bill McKibben, Rev. Jim Wallis and many other social critics serve as a Greek chorus as Reverend Billy and his cohorts take us through a journey of revival-style meetings, guerilla theater retail store interventions, corporate exorcisms and the most spontaneous Main Street Parade Disneyland has ever seen. Changeluia!

Tom Coston is going to serve as our facilitator for “What Would Jesus Buy?” Tom brought Reverend Billy, of “What Would Jesus Buy?” here a couple years ago as the Grand Marshal of the Doo Dah Parade.

Thanks to Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Theaters program for their support of this event. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit www.wwjbmovie.com.



Rethink Afghanistan

The War in Afghanistan: A Brave New Analysis

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Rethink Afghanistan, Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts

As Obama administration deliberations over the future of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan near their conclusion, All Saints Church and Conscientious Projector are seeking out the always illuminating perspective of activist filmmaker Robert Greenwald. His latest Brave New Foundation release, Rethink Afghanistan, will show on Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. The CP screening is being held in preparation for a special appearance by Robert Greenwald in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 22, 10:15 a.m. at All Saints Church in Pasadena, where the topic will be the war in Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, Greenwald and his production crew took their cameras to several war-torn parts of the besieged country, from its cities to its remote areas. Gail Sheehy describes the resulting documentary as “a clarion call for peace,” a firsthand view of the devastation the eight-year conflict has wrought, from heartrending civilian casualties on a massive scale, to widespread destruction of housing and infrastructure, to ever-increasing danger to our U.S. troops. Interviews with journalists, historians, military and CIA officials and a wide array of Afghan witnesses provide a deft, comprehensive, facts-on-the-ground analysis that ultimately questions the strategic effectiveness of fighting terrorism in a nation that, despite its oppressiveness and corruption, holds no terrorist intentions or alignment with Al Qaeda. Their testimony makes a persuasive case that military escalation will only swell the ranks of the insurgency, and that the path to stability in Afghanistan lies in economic, social and political solutions.

Representatives from Brave New Foundation will join us for our community discussion following the film, which is being presented with the assistance of the Brave New Theaters program.

The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941. To learn more and take action, visit www.rethinkafghanistan.com.



“Sicko”

CONSCIENTIOUS PROJECTOR THIS THURSDAY OCTOBER 8 7 p.m.

SICKO

THE ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

145 NORTH RAYMOND OLD PASADENA

Michael Moore’s bold, compassionate 2007 examination of the plight of Americans betrayed by the for-profit health insurance industry remains as relevant and true today as ever. Recently, on Bill Moyers Journal, former Cigna spokesperson Wendell Potter acknowledged that Moore “hit the nail on the head” with his controversial exposé. The film illuminates the current U.S. debate over “government-run health care” and the “public option” through moving personal stories and taking the viewer to Canada, Great Britain, France and Cuba where doctors and patients, liberal and conservative alike, extol the virtues and benefits of universal coverage. If you’ve seen it before, it’s worth seeing again in the context of today’s unfolding events.

Pasadena physician and health reform advocate Dr. J. Donald Thomas will introduce the film and lead our community discussion.

Conscientious Projector is sponsored by Sustainable World, a Peace & Justice ministry of All Saints Church in association with Theatre of the Oppressed and The Armory Center for the Arts.

Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information, contact Bob Brummel at 626.794.2587 or visit www.michaelmoore.com/sicko.



Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
CONSCIENTIOUS PROJECTOR

THIS THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 10
7 p.m.


CONSUMING KIDS
THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF CHILDHOOD
THE ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
145 NORTH RAYMOND
OLD PASADENA

“Cradle to grave.” According to Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood, that is the kind of brand loyalty corporate marketers seek to implant in children virtually from birth. Filmmakers Adriana Barbaro and Jeremy Earp call on notable child advocates, mental health specialists and industry professionals to pull back the curtain on the exhaustive research and sophisticated techniques advertising industry behavioral experts use to manipulate children and mold them as dedicated, habitual consumers, while ignoring adverse effects on their young audience’s social, emotional and intellectual development.

The Media Education Foundation production traces how epochal Reagan era deregulation of children’s advertising led to the no-holds-barred proliferation of commercials and product identification aimed at kids, which now permeates nearly all areas of American life, far beyond TV and magazine ads. The result has been enormous boosts in profits. Statistics show that U.S. children directly spend more than 40 billion dollars per year themselves, but their influence on their parents’ spending decisions is far greater, now amounting to a staggering 700 billion per year.

Tony Santolini, Project Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, will faciliate our community discussion following the film. Conscientious Projector is sponsored by Sustainable World, a Peace & Justice ministry of All Saints Church, and Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed, in association with The Armory Center for the Arts. This month’s event is being presented with the cooperation of Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Theaters group.

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Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit the Media Education Foundation website at www.mediaed.org