Traverse City's Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

The humorous No Impact Man, will headline the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Traverse City, on November 14, 2010, followed by an inspiring selection of short films, food, a CD release party for Breathe Owl Breathe and more.

The films will be shown at the State Theater in Traverse City on on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Then head over to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, where Left Foot Charley’s will host an after-party with complimentary food and discounts on ciders and wines, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The evening ends on a high note right next door, at the Higher Grounds Trading Company Coffee Bar and Roastery, with a 7 p.m. CD release party and performance by the contemporary folk trio Breathe Owl Breathe that benefits the Michigan Land Use Institute.

The films chosen are not only entertaining but also showcase issues facing Michigan’s environment and communities. No Impact Man chronicles eco-guilty New Yorker Colin Beavans’ attempt to practice what he preaches and reduce his carbon footprint. That means no electricity, eating only local food, no taxis and elevators, and no waste. His biggest challenge? Getting his family on board.

Big River follows Curt Ellis and Aaron Woolf, the makers of the hilarious and devastating documentary King Corn, as they investigate the impact their now-famous one acre of Iowa corn has as the fertilizers and pesticides they used to grow it roll down the Mississippi and on into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival will feature door prizes, entertainment, information, and, as a bonus, the winner of the Micromovie Film Competition, a contest SEEDS is conducting in area schools.

Tickets for the Film Festival are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. They are available at our Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival site and at Higher Grounds, Oryana, and Pangea’s Pizza Pub. Tickets for the Breathe Owl Breathe performance are available at the same locations and Web site.

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