Movies on the Grass - 2016 Fall Series
Back by popular demand, Fall 2016 is offering several films that where viewed at earlier MOG seasons. Please join us for a fun-filled and informative evening of Movies on the Grass. Additional classroom resources can be found on film's sites, linked below.
Sept. 4 - Landfill Harmonic (at Sunset Zoo)
"Landfill harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit." (From Landfill Harmonic website)
Sept. 8 - Electoral Dysfunction
"For starters, where is the Electoral College—and does it have a winning football team? Why does America have 13,000 voting districts, each with its own set of rules? And why are residents of our nation’s capital denied full voting rights?"
"While other films have examined narrow aspects of our electoral system, Electoral Dysfunction is the first documentary project to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America." (From Electoral Dysfunction website)
Sept. 15 - Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?
Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags. (From Bag It website)
Sept. 22 - The Visitor
In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life. In actor and filmmaker Tom McCarthy’s follow-up to his award-winning directorial debut The Station Agent, Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) stars as a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City. (From Takepart/The Visitor website)