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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.



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.



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



ADDICTED TO PLASTIC

Conscientious Projector Presents

ADDICTED TO PLASTIC

THE RISE AND DEMISE OF A MODERN MIRACLE

Thursday, July 9 – 7:00 p.m.

The Armory Center for the Arts

145 North Raymond Avenue, Old Pasadena

plastic_posterWhere does all the plastic go?  Filmmaker Ian Connacher takes the viewer on a global journey, tracing the route of plastic refuse to 12 countries, five continents and the depths of the Pacific Ocean, with a host of scientific experts along for the ride.  This comprehensive investigative report illustrates the history, proliferation and environmentally dire legacy of the most versatile material ever invented, sounding some alarming warnings about its impact on the evolution of life itself.  The Cryptic Moth production also points to potential solutions, including recent advancements toward biodegradable plastic made from plants.

A community discussion will follow the film.

For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit www.crypticmoth.com/plastic



Consume This Movie

 

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Join us Thursday, March 12th at 7 p.m. 

Conscientious Projector celebrates its fifth anniversary with a film we’ve been wanting to see since the series debuted in 2004.  Our long search for a definitive documentary on the topic of consumerism ended with the December 2008 release of Consume This Movie!  Bay area contractor Gene Brockoff also saw a need for such a film, so in the finest of the DIY tradition, he gathered a crew and crafted an impressive first effort, a thought-provoking examination of the history, psychology and impact of American materialism and consumer culture, and a film that also offers hopeful alternatives to help us through an era of resource depletion, environmental degradation and economic uncertainty.  

Actor/activist Ed Begley says, “Check out this movie when you want to make a huge difference.” On camera participants include Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director of UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, sociologist/author Juliet Schor, simplicity gurus Cecile Andrews and Duane Elgin, environmental philosopher Julian Darley and others. 

“Get Satisfied” co-author Michael Beck and Simple Living America co-founder Carol Holst will join us for a community discussion following the film.

The Armory is located at 145 North 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 preview a trailer at www.consumethismovie.com.

Consume This Movie will also screen at Pasadena’s Greening the Earth Day on April 25th.

  

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



Mardi Gras: Made In China

 

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This Thursday, come join Conscientious Projector at Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena for a free screening! Details follow film synopsis:

In two weeks thousands will gather in the streets of New Orleans for the annual celebration of Mardi Gras. On the surface the gala bacchanal wouldn’t appear to be a likely source for a critique of globalization, but in Mardi Gras: Made in China investigative filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin provide a unique, eye-opening look into the predatory side of global economics, taking their cameras from the bawdy revelry of the French Quarter to an industrial compound in Fuzhou, China where a work force of mostly teenage girls produces the festival’s famous plastic colored beads for wages of a little more than a dollar per day. Gaining remarkable access to the factory, the documentary crew elicits frank, transparent revelations from the owner and even goes inside the close quarters of the dormitory where the teen workers are housed, separated from their families and communities. Their touching stories juxtaposed with the boisterous Fat Tuesday merrymaking make for a fascinating and insightful comparison of U.S./Chinese values and cultures. Parents are advised that the film contains brief nudity and profanity. 

Sustainable economics advocate Ian Caine Wilson will lead a community discussion following the film.

The Armory is located in Old Pasadena at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103. Gold Line station is Memorial Park Station.

Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. Screening begins at 7 pm on Thursday, February 12th. .

For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit www.mardigrasmadeinchina.com.



“The Fair Trade” & Conscientious Projector

This Thursday (December 11th), Conscientious Projector will host a free screening of “The Fair Trade“. Come support local entertainment made by local filmmakers (Burning Hear Productions)! Q&A to follow. The documentary starts at 7 pm at The Armory Center for the Arts. Light refreshments served.

About this film: The feature documentary The Fair Trade tells the story of Tamara Johnston who, devastated by the tragic death of her fiance, makes a bargain with God in exchange for a meaningful life. She and her twin sister Shelby join forces with brother-in-law Steven to start one of the first fair trade skincare companies—Anti-Body. Even as Tamara becomes a successful activist for human rights and social justice causes, despair over her loss remains unabated. As she nears the deadline of her bargain, a trip to Africa allows her to visit the fair trade co-op from which Anti-Body buys its organic shea butter. There, she finds a surprising answer to what is required of her in exchange for a sustainable life.

Address:

Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103
626.792.5101