Update on Christopher Beaver’s Recent Russian Trip

Racing to Zero Returns to Russia!

At the invitation of the US State Department in cooperation with Russian environmental groups, cultural and educational institutions, journalists and students, Racing to Zero returns to Russia. From January 30 through February 13. Christopher Beaver travels with the film to Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok. Here’s a picture from Racing to Zero’s earlier visit to Russia last February, Racing to Zero was featured at the EcoCup Environmental Film Festival in Moscow and traveled on to St. Petersburg and Saratov. In Saratov on the Volga River, Sergei Ulyanov hosted Christopher and introduced him to the pictured group of Russian environmental filmmakers, Christopher in the center with glasses. Saratov is home to a private waste collection company that separates and recycles household garbage. The hope expressed throughout Racing to Zero and echoed by enthusiastic audiences in Russia is that if we all work together we can solve the environmental problems that affect both countries and the world. That’s our shared hope.
Christopher Beaver returns to Russia, January 2017.

Christopher Beaver returns to Russia, January 2017.

Press Release from the Sustainable Living Film Festival in Turkey

December 12, 2016

 

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FILM FESTIVAL

Inspired 10.000 People for Sustainable Living in 19 Cities with 25 Films!

Sustainable Living Film Festival took place in 19 cities simultaneously all over Turkey on November. 25 international documentaries were screened to inspire the audience for sustainable living.

Sustainable Living Film Festival (SLFF) took place in 19 cities on 18-20 November in collaboration with local activists and NGO’s who replied to “You Can Do It Too!” call of Sustainable Living Collective. The cities SLFF took place are: Ankara, Antalya, Artvin, Balikesir, Bayindir, Bodrum, Bursa, Diyarbakir, Düzce, Eskisehir, Fethiye, Güzelbahce, Istanbul, Izmir, Kartal, Kayseri, Konya, Manisa and Mersin. 120 guest speakers and 50 music/performance groups joined the festival alongside the documentaries.

The films at the official selection of SLFF have holistic view showing the relations between social, ecological and economical problems instead of focusing on one aspect. According to the core team of the festival films focusing solely on problems without creative solutions disempower people; “our purpose is to create the feeling “I can do someting!”. The films screened at the festival shows ideas, initiatives of individuals/communities/organizations providing solutions. We see that waste is a valuable resource, the potential of collaboration for finding solutions to social and ecological sustainability challanges, the power of cooperative models and economic democracy, the possibility of real food, the potential of localisation and many more stories in 2016 official selection which inspired the audience.

Istanbul Salt Galata venue hosted director Tuvi Arbel

Tuvi Arbel; the director of documentary Wings of Change made a talk after the screening of his film on 19th November in Istanbul, Salt Galata Auditorium. The film is about Mr. Birdman AKA Professor Yossi Leshem who is the primary defender of Israeli nature and virtually the only groundbreaker in the talks with Palestinians and Jordanians, while negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are stuck. The film tells the story of his uncompromising battle for coexistence between the parties with the aid of barn owls as exterminators in the fields.

Tuvi Arbel talked about his passion for peace and his purpose of showing what even one person can achieve in an atmosphere of cold peace. Prof. Leshem once said Palestinians in a conference: When I have a dream; I do not see politicians as my enemy; instead I try to get them on board and create conditions which everyone could win. When you believe in something and have dreams; please ask your politicians to share these dreams and get them beside you. I am also saying the same thing to you.”

Director Christopher Beaver attended the festival online

Christopher Beaver, the director of Racing To Zero connected online for a Q&A session after screening of his film at Salt Galata Venue in Istanbul and Güzelbahce Venue in Izmir. Beaver said: We are aware that we have to change our consumption habits in USA. If there is one message from the film; it could be “think before you buy”! Reducing and reusing are the two main strategies and recycling is a small part of this. We have a lot to learn from each other at platforms such as this film festival. We can learn from different cultures. We used to be citizens, now we are called consumers. As one of the characters said in the film: We can manage if we all work together!

About Sustainable Living

It’s not been a long time since we realized that our planet cannot tolerate the results of our actions. We recently started talking about sustainability in different ways and the different interpretations of this concept brought misunderstandings about it. The impact of language upon our mind and way of thinking is huge. When we ask ourselves about what we should understand from sustainbility or what we want to sustain; we find life at the core. This is what we want to highlight at Sustainable Living Film Festival every year.

Societies and economies are based on the ecosystems therefore being in harmony with the cycles of nature is to the advantage of human civilization. In other words; our existence is dependant upon harmonious relationship we have with each other and with the planet. The official selection of Sustainable Living Film Festival brings together inspirational stories from all around the world about restoring relationships and finding creative solutions.

 

Festival Supporters:

  • Bulusum Crowdfunding Platform
  • Heinrich Böll Stiftung Turkey Representation
  • Sivil Düsün EU Program

Film Supporters:

  • Consulate General USA in Istanbul

Friends of the Festival:

  • AFD (Agence française de développement) French Development Agency
  • Ekol Logistics
  • The Institut Français of Istanbul
  • The Institut Français of Izmir
  • Petra The Flooring Co.
  • Sanatorium Art Gallery

In Kind Supporters:

  • Dinamo Istanbul
  • Mikado Sustainable Development Consulting
  • Myra Communication Design Agency

Media Supporters:

  • Acik Radyo
  • EkoIQ
  • Gaia Dergi
  • Yesil Gazete

 

About Sustainable Living Film Festival:

Since 2008, The Sustainable Living Film Festival is held for a better understanding of the concept of sustainability, for a better perception of systemic problems interacting with each other, and for sharing inspirational solutions to these problems.

The festival is organized by the Sustainable Living Collective, which was born from a mission to collectively actualize projects “creating a butterfly effect” by individuals who got together within an open and flexible structure that values diversity. The collective, which solely is a civil movement, continues its work related to increasing awareness about sustainable living with the support and participation of individuals and organizations who share the vision of Sustainable Living Collective.

surdurulebiliryasam.org

facebook I twitter I instagram

 

Community Screening with Guest Speaker | Napa, CA | Nov. 17th

Community Screening Hosted by the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County
Thursday, November 17 | 6:30 pm Doors | 7 pm Film
Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, $5 Adults/Free for Kids

Followed by Q & A with Napa’s own recycling guru, Tim Dewey Mattia, from Napa Recycing & Waste Services

Purchase tickets at the door via cash/check or in advance via www.napaenvironmentaled.org/film/

All proceeds from the film benefit the Darcy Aston Memorial Scholarship Fund

Visit their website for more information, www.napaenvironmentaled.org/film/

Recent Reviews of R20 – September 2016

Recent reviews of Racing to Zero:

09/16/16
Hoodline (Online)
Interview Feature
by David-Elijah Nahmond
Online only
 
09/15/16
SF Weekly (Print Weekly)
Capsule Review
by Sherilyn Connelly
In print and online
 
09/15/16
Bay Area Reporter (Print Weekly)
Review
by Erin Blackwell
In print and online
 09/16/16
Marin Independent Journal (Print Daily)
Interview Feature
In print and online

R20 Goes to Turkey – October and November, 2016

Racing to Zero is going to Turkey! We have been accepted into two film festivals:

BIFED 2016 | Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentaries
Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary organized by Bozcaada Municipality and Bozcaada Tourism Operators Association

October 12 to October 16, 2016 | Bozcaada, Turkey
More information can be found here.

BIFED aims to bring together films featuring ecology (nature, society, worker’s health, immigration, culture, agriculture, local rights, seeds…) from all over the world, in Bozcada, to combine the areas of arts and ecology, and to reward the best documentaries.


Sustainable Living Festival
Istanbul, Turkey
November 18 to 22, 2016

Held in about 20 cities concurrently in collaboration with local activist groups. Founded by a collective of people who share a common goal of creating a sustainable future. The aim is to inspire and hold space for people to connect and collaborate. Diverse in its spread, and global in its reach.

Official Festival Website here.
An article about the festival can be found here.

SF Bay Area Theatrical Release – September 2016

The filmmakers of Racing to Zero are happy to announce a limited theatrical release in the San Francisco Bay Area in September 2016. All screenings will have a Q+A with the filmmakers after the film.

Limited Theatrical Release – September Screenings:

Roxie Theater
September 16-September 23rd
San Francisco, CA | Check website for showtimes

Q+A with Filmmakers after the screening on September 16th:

Diana Fuller, producer
James Kao, CEO Green Citizen
Kevin Drew, Senior Residential and Special Project Zero Waste Coordinator for the Dept. of the Environment
Maureen Gosling, editor

Rafael Theater
September 18th, 4pm | San Rafael, CA | More information can be found here.

Q+A with Filmmakers after the screening:

Diana Fuller, producer
James Kao, CEO Green Citizen
Kevin Drew, Senior Residential and Special Project Zero Waste Coordinator for the Dept. of the Environment

The New Parkway Theater
Oakland, CA | September 24th, 5pm | Check website for showtimes.

Q+A with Filmmakers after the screening.

Diana Fuller, Producer
Chris Beaver, Director and Cinematographer
James Kao, CEO Green Citizen
Kevin Drew, Senior Residential and Special Project Zero Waste Coordinator for the Dept. of the Environment
Maureen Gosling, editor



 

Racing to Zero – Update

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We wanted to update you with the latest news on Racing to Zero as it’s been an exceptional two years of promoting Zero Waste with the film. As of this moment, Racing To Zero has appeared in over 30 festivals that we have accepted, had 26 international invitational screenings, and has been released for viewing to over 75% of the USA through PBS. Additionally, through our distributor, Bullfrog, countless schools had screenings as well as semi-theatrical or community presentations. Chris and I were invited to screen and discuss the film in Hawaii, Russia, France, and India.

3. CB IntroducedChristopher is introduced to the opening night audience at EcoCup in Russia.

On Wednesday, June 1st, RTZ was honored by CinemAmbiente in Turin, as their annual selection for most preferred documentary and played to a full house. In October we have been invited to Bozcaada, a small island off the coast of Turkey. The festival is entitled BIFED, which aims to bring together films featuring ecology, from all over the world, to combine the areas of arts and ecology and to reward the best documentaries.

Pic4

Q+A In Mumbai

From the 18th to the 22nd of November, RTZ is the official selection for the Sustainable Living Film Festival in Istanbul, which will take place in 20 theaters around the country.

Thanks to Bullfrog, the film is now available through Greenpeace, to all parts of Russia, and APT Global is still working on other foreign rights. In September we will have a limited theatrical release in the Bay Area, opening at the Roxie on Friday, September 16th. Watch our website for screening details.

cinema_1

A packed house in Paris, France for FIFE: the French International Festival of the Environment

We hope to arrange a final home streaming deal by the end of September when we can figure out how it all works. This is our last hurrah so lets use it!

And that is our two-year story. Efforts will continue, but we wanted you to know that your generosity and support were very well founded and that countless people around the world have now had an opportunity to view an alternative life style and see the need for change.

We, and all of the viewers and makers thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to make this possible.

With our sincere thanks,

Christopher Beaver, Director
Diana Fuller, Producer