Hartwick College Announces January 2010 Energy Film Series

January 13, 2010

Beginning this January, as part of 2009-10 Energy Academic Theme activities, the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Hartwick College will host free public screenings of three films focusing on energy and the environment.

All three films will be shown in Room 342 in Clark Hall on the Hartwick College campus. All screenings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The first film, "Oil on Ice: The Fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," will be shown on Wednesday, January 20. The film's makers describe it as "a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich'in people and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem."

The second film, "Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice," will be shown on Wednesday, January 27. The film's website calls it "an award-winning feature documentary exploring radical community resistance to the explosive rise of mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian states," and goes on to say that "the film illustrates in graphic detail the destructive effects of mountaintop removal seen through the eyes of local citizens, as well as national experts."

The final film in the series, "Transforming Energy," will be shown on Wednesday, February 3. The film bills itself as "a documentary about the hope of Alternative Energy as a solution to the problems of Global Warming and the end of cheap oil and gas [that]...takes us into the lives, the passion, the commitment, and the hard work of the people who are on the ground now, working to create a new energy paradigm."

For more information, contact Pine Lake Institute Program Coordinator Dan Morse at

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