Think Local First and the Nevada Theatre Team Up for Fixing the Future
Nevada City, CA - Think Local First will unite Grass Valley and Nevada City residents and business owners at the Nevada Theatre for a screening of the documentary Fixing the Future, with the goal of educating residents and spurring action toward strengthening local economies.
On July 22, 2012 Nevada City and Grass Valley will join dozens of other communities across the country that have shared the film with the goal of jumpstarting local, sustainable economies. Featuring the screening of the documentary Fixing the Future, the region’s event will take place at the Nevada Theatre in Downtown Nevada City. A live discussion panel featuring local economy influencers and experts from western Nevada County will follow, preceded by a pre-recorded onscreen discussion panel featuring:
Bill McKibben: Author, environmentalist, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College
Majora Carter: Peabody Award winning broadcaster & Urban Revitalization Strategist
Mike Brady: CEO, Greyston Bakery & social entrepreneur
David Brancaccio: Host, NOW on PBS
The event kicks off Nevada County’s participation in Fixing the Future Across America, a national campaign led by JumpStart Productions, Area23a and the media strategy organization Active Voice. Think Local First is one of more than 50 groups around the country participating in the campaign, using Fixing the Future to encourage American communities to create resilient, local economies through innovative approaches to job creation. Fixing the Future Across America also links together a national network of business groups and community-based organizations working to improve their local economies.
This community as a whole gets Local as an idea, but aren’t exactly sure what to do to be ‘Local’,“ says Think Local First’s board member Heidi Bergman. “This screening is a great opportunity to raise awareness about some ways we can strengthen our economy. It’s a sharing of ideas and way to get people involved. It’s down to earth, a real look into a do-it-yourself economy.”
Sierra Cinemas has generously agreed to screen the film at their Nevada Theatre in partnership with Think Local First and the event’s other co-hosts: BriarPatch Co-op, Sierra Commons and Green Life Eco fest.
In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, inspiring hope and renewal amidst economic collapse. These issues are particularly relevant to western Nevada County where unemployment remains above the state average and the threat of economic drain from out-of-area chains looms.
ABOUT THINK LOCAL FIRST, NEVADA COUNTY FOOTHILLS
Since 2008, Think Local First has worked to build a just and sustainable economy in the Western Nevada County region by connecting, promoting and strengthening locally owned, independent businesses which seek to serve the needs of customers, employees, our community and the earth. Learn more at localfirstfoothills.org, or on Facebook at facebook.com/localfirstfoothills.
ABOUT FIXING THE FUTURE
In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse. Fixing the Future was produced by JumpStart Productions. www.fixingthefuture.org
ABOUT ACTIVE VOICE
Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops. Its team of strategic communications professionals works with media makers, funders, advocates and thought leaders to put a human face on the issues of our times. Since its inception in 2001, Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability. www.activevoice.net
ABOUT JUMPSTART PRODUCTIONS
JumpStart Productions is a NY-based company with projects in the US, Europe and Africa. JumpStart creates media that is aligned with solutions-oriented journalism. Its projects have been awarded three national Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Edward Murrow Award for Best International Documentary, and three Gracie Awards for excellence in portrayal of women. 100 million people have seen our public-media television series, NOW on PBS. In digital media, Jumpstart’s track record includes the creation of a social media campaign that attracted 22 million unique visitors. www.jumpstartglobalmedia.org
Area23a is a bicoastal, independently owned “event” based theatrical distribution company, co-founded by distribution specialists Richard Abramowitz and Ocule Films founder, Kirt Eftekhar. The company focuses on event-driven films, providing value-added distribution through alternative ways to reach audiences across the country, releasing films in convention and community centers, night clubs, casinos, libraries, museums and college campuses, in addition to traditional venues like theaters, cinematheques and festivals. Area23a distributes award-winning films such as Dan Sturman and Bill Guttentag’s Soundtrack for a Revolution, Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie, Alex Rotaru’s They Came to Play, Gerardine Wurzburg’s Wretches and Jabberers, Gayle Ferraro’s To Catch a Dollar, Adrian Grenier’s Teenage Paprazzo as well as the upcoming Revenge of the Electric Car directed by Chris Paine.