SAN RAFAEL– The Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center presents a screening of California Humanities-supported film A Fierce Green Fire followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Mark Kitchell in conversation with John Harte, Professor of Ecosystem Sciences, UC Berkeley Over three feature documentaries, Bay Area filmmaker Mark Kitchell has chronicled major movements of cultural and social change that have transformed our country. The Rafael celebrates his Kitchell with the first retrospective of his work.
A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: THE BATTLE FOR A LIVING PLANET THURSDAY, APRIL 19 • 7:15
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Mark Kitchell; John Harte, Professor of Ecosystem Sciences, UC Berkeley
Screened in anticipation of Earth Day, Mark Kitchell’s epic documentary is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement: grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Rich with archival footage, the film focuses on movements more than issues, unfolding in five acts, narrated successively by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep. Their vivid true stories include: David Brower and the Sierra Club; Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal; Paul Watson, Greenpeace and the whales and seals; Chico Mendes and the Amazon rainforest; Bill McKibben and issues of climate change. Writer/Producer/Director: Mark Kitchell. (US 2012) 101 min. plus discussion.
John Harte is a Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. He did his undergraduate studies at Harvard and his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Leo Szilard prize from the American Physical Society, and is a co-recipient of a 2006 George Polk award in investigative journalism. He is an elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also served on six National Academy of Sciences Committees and has authored over 230 scientific publications, including eight books, one of which, “Consider a Spherical Cow” is a widely used textbook on environmental modeling. John’s research focuses on climate change, biodiversity, and maintaining ecosystem services for humanity.
This program is part of SCIENCE ON SCREEN, a series matching the art of film with experts in scientific fields addressing topics that affect our lives. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM: $13 General | $9 CFI Members View Trailer and Purchase Tickets: https://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/kitchell/ This film was supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project grant.