Well, nothing lasts forever. Thatâ€™s essentially the message of a couple of upcoming local screenings â€” the â€œnothing foreverâ€ in question being the good life, as weâ€™ve heretofore known it, here in the U.S. of A.
On Sunday, March 25, from 1:00 to 5:00, the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist will be hosting a screening and discussion of What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire from Chatham County filmmakers Sally Erickson and Tim Bennett. This documentary examines our capacity for denial, and the urgency to confront that denial, as we relentlessly pursue this wholly unsustainable lifestyle, and as our physical world just keeps tumbling down. A discussion with Erickson and Bennett will follow.
Then, on Thursday, April 5, at 7:00 pm, the Century Center in Carrboro will be presenting After the Peak, a half-hour docudrama by Jim McQuaid, he too a local filmmaker. The film is set in near-future Orange County, with gas now priced at $10 a gallon and dangerously close to depletion. Comments? Solutions? A discussion to this effect will follow, featuring short presentations from environmental activist Simon Rich, local businessman and sustainability advocate Eric Henry and Patrick McDonough, a board member of the Village Project and a transportation planner.
A screening and discussion of What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire will be held at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, 106 Purefoy Rd., Chapel Hill, Sunday, March 25, 1:00-5:00 pm.
The Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, will present a screening of After the Peak, followed by a public meeting, Thursday, April 5, 7:00 pm.