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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Conscious Cinema for October 2012: Last Call at the Oasis, Symphony of the Soil and What the BLEEP Do We Know?

Director Jessica Yu

Sustainability and spirituality are the headliners this month in Westchester’s alternative movie offerings, which include Last Call at the Oasis, a call-to-action on the global water crisis; Symphony of the Soil, which highlights an invaluable (but often overlooked) natural resource; and the groundbreaking What the BLEEP Do We Know?—the 2004 piece of “spiritual cinema” that went on to become one of the most successful documentaries of all time.

Showing October 10 at 7:15 p.m. at Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) Theater in Pleasantville, NY, Last Call at the Oasis presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Directed by Academy Award-winner Jessica Yu, it documents the rapid depletion of water supplies caused by agricultural overuse, rampant development and global climate change. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Paul Gallay of Riverkeeper, Suzannah Glidden of Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, and Brian Ackerman of JBFC. Tickets are $6 (JBFC members) and $11 (nonmembers).

There will be a free screening of Symphony of the Soil on October 18 at 7 p.m. at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Filmed on four continents, the film highlights the elaborate dynamics between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, as well as human use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development. Symphony kicks off the Fall 2012 season of Rivertowns Interfaith Green Film Series, a bi-monthly collaboration of First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Greenburgh Hebrew Center and South Church’s Roots & Wings.

On October 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Transcendence at SunRaven in Bedford, NY, will host a screening of What the BLEEP Do We Know? Part documentary, part drama, part animation, the film explores the worlds of quantum physics, neurology and molecular biology in relation to the spheres of spirituality, metaphysics … and Polish weddings. (Read more about it at WhatTheBleep.com.) The ticket price ($10 members/$20 nonmembers) includes flatbread pizza during the film and tea and dessert during the discussion afterwards. Space is very limited, so reservations are a must.

Last Call at the Oasis
Oct. 10, 7:15 p.m.
Jacob Burns Film Center Theater
364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY
Cost: $6 (JBFC members)/$11 (nonmembers)
Info: 914.747.5555; BurnsFilmCenter.org   

Symphony of the Soil
Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Greenburgh Hebrew Center
515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Cost: Free
Info: 914.693.4260

What the BLEEP Do We Know?
Oct. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Transcendence at SunRaven
501 Guard Hill Rd., Bedford, NY
Cost: $10 (members)/$20 (nonmembers)
Info:  914.218.3113 or TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com

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