Santa Monica College Presents Green Screen Series

Fall 2018 Environmental Film Series Opens September 25

Santa Monica College will present a series called “Green Screen: Films on the Environment and Transformation”—an informative series of free film screenings and discussions hosted by SMC adjunct professor Sheila Laffey. The series begin on Sept. 25 with “Vanishing of the Bees” and will be held in the SMC Center for Media and Design (CMD) 180 Auditorium (1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica).

September 18, 2018

SANTA MONICA, CA — Santa Monica College (SMC) is pleased to present the Green Screen Series, an informative series of free film screenings and discussions hosted by SMC adjunct professor Sheila Laffey as an extension to her course, Green Screen: Films on the Environment and Transformation.

All presentations in the series are free and will be held in the SMC Center for Media and Design (CMD) 180 Auditorium (1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica). Unless otherwise noted, all presentations are sponsored by SMC Global Citizenship. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Street parking around the Center for Media and Design is extremely limited. Attendees are encouraged to arrive via the Expo line, the bus, or a ride-sharing service.

The fall 2018 lineup is:

  • September 25 – Documentary Film Screening and Q&A: “Director/Producer George Langworthy: Vanishing Of The Bees.” Filmed across the U.S. and in Europe, Australia, and Asia, the documentary Vanishing of the Bees examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between humanity and mother earth. George Langworthy, the film’s director/producer, is a beekeeper and has produced, directed, and filmed documentaries about teenage environmental group Generation Earth, holistic therapies for AIDS, 16th-century philosopher Giordano Bruno, and Modern Dance Theatre, and live performances of bands that include White Stripes, Train, and Devo. The film screening and discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the SMC Center for Media and Design (CMD) 180 Auditorium.

  • October 16 – Documentary Film Screening and Q&A: “Producers Michael Shamberg and Carla Santos Shamberg: Erin Brockovich.” Inspired by the true story of a struggling single mother who became an environmental activist as she helped build a case of water contamination, Erin Brockovich focuses on the successful lawsuit and 1996 case settlement of $333 million, one of the largest ever in the U.S. for a direct-action lawsuit. Producers Michael Shamberg and Carla Santos Shamberg will share their experiences in guiding the story from idea to script to a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Shamberg has produced films such as The Big Chill, Get Shorty, and Django Unchained. Santos Shamberg is the producer of Feeling Minnesota and Extraordinary Measures. The screening and discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the SMC Center for Media and Design (CMD) 180 Auditorium.

  • November 13 – Documentary Film Screening and Q&A: “Thea Mercouffer and George Wolfe: Rock the Boat: Saving America’s Wildest River.” When kayaker George Wolfe, founder of L.A. River Expeditions, organizes a boating expedition down the Los Angeles River, he becomes entangled in a huge legal controversy. “Rock the Boat: Saving America’s Wildest River” uses river images, insightful interviews, and humor to examine the challenges society faces providing clean water to urban populations. Award-winning director/producer Thea Mercouffer is also producer of “I Just Keep Quiet” — a documentary on human trafficking — as well as a series in 6 languages on sexual harassment in Washington State, co-produced with the Refugee Women’s Alliance and Seattle Police Department. The documentary screening and discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the SMC Center for Media and Design (CMD) 180 Auditorium.

  • November 27 – Documentary Film Screening and Talk: “Executive Producer Paul Baribault: Born in China.” Disneynature’s Born in China, one of the top grossing nature films, features astonishing imagery as it explores China through the adventures of three animal families: the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey, and the elusive snow leopard. Paul Baribault, a Vice President at Walt Disney Studios who leads Disneynature, as well as Studio Marketing Operations & Strategy for Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, will talk about Disney’s conservation efforts with the World Wildlife Fund and local populations in China. The film screening and talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. in SMC Center for Media and Design (CMD) 180 Auditorium.

All programs are subject to change without notice, and new events may be added to the series. Up-to-date details are posted at smc.edu/eventsinfo and available by calling (310) 434-4100.

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