One Vision Many Voices, the year-long celebration of Appalachian culture and community connections, resumes Feb. 11 with the first of four film-screenings at Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University.
These four events, which explore environmental issues relevant to the region and its people, begin at 7 p.m. on Mondays in February and March. All are free and open to the public.
The film series is a major component of the One Vision Many Voices project of The Appalachian Independent, an online newspaper serving Allegany County and the surrounding area. Made possible by a Maryland Humanities Council grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, OVMV uses the arts and humanities to spark dialogue about the community and its vision for a healthier, more sustainable future.
The film series opens Feb. 11 with “Green Fire, Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.” This feature-length documentary about the legendary environmentalist highlights an extraordinary career that shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement.
A panel discussion will follow the film screening, and representatives of local organizations who are working with these issues will be present for discussion with interested individuals.
The post-film discussions at ACM will be facilitated by students and members of the college’s Democracy Commitment initiative, while those at FSU will be led by students in the University’s Sociology of the Environment course.
Home Ground, an Allegany County citizens group that raises awareness of natural resources and works to conserve and sustain them, is co-sponsoring the “Green Fire” film screening in ACM’s Zimmer Theatre.
The other three film events in the OVMV series are:
• “Home” – Filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand uses aerial-only footage to provide an awe-inspiring view of the planet and a concern for its health. His tour of over 50 countries provides a unique perspective and insight into the effects that humans have had on Earth. (Feb. 25 in ACM’s Zimmer Theatre)
• “Dirt! The Movie” – This timely film takes a humorous but substantial look into the history and current state of the underappreciated living organic matter under our feet. The film was inspired by author William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth.” (March 4 in FSU’s Compton Science Center room 226)
• “Getting to the Point: Five Issues, Five Films” – Food, water, energy, the economy and the environment – subjects with deep impact – are examined in five short but eye-opening films that explore some of the biggest concerns of our times. (March 11 in FSU’s Compton Science Center room 226)
Other spring activities in the OVMV series feature the award-winning folk music duo Magpie. Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino will engage Beall Elementary and Mountain Ridge high school students, the ACM Choir and other community members in a song-writing workshop scheduled March 4 through 6.
The couple, who combine a talent for interpreting American traditions with strong voices and musicianship, will then return to the area April 17 to perform the song created by the community on their prior visit, as well as music on an environmental theme. The concert, which is open to the community, is part of FSU activities in celebration of Earth Week.
The year-long OVMV series will culminate with the screening of a film showcasing the project.
The One Vision Many Voices film series is presented in collaboration with ACM’s Democracy Commitment and Student Government Association and FSU’s Folklore and Folklife Programming.
Additional support is provided by an Allegany Arts Council grant, FSU’s President’s Experiential Learning Fund and the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Teaching Project.
For information, contact Michael Snyder, OVMV project director, at 240-284-8400 or visit www.onevisionmanyvoices.com. Information is also available on the College and University websites, www.allegany.edu and www.frostburg.edu.