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Transition Towns Film Festival  set for Friday

GREENFIELD — Several locally made films will debut Friday at the annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival.

Ten short films on sustainability will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cohn Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College.

The audience will have a chance to chat with filmmakers during a reception after awards are announced.

Last year’s winner, “Grow Food Everywhere,” by Samantha Lyon, chronicled the efforts of Orange’s Seeds of Solidarity Farm. The farm gives area teens a hands-on education in agriculture, and participants help set up vegetable gardens at elementary schools and pass on what they’ve learned to the children, among other endeavors.

Local documentarian Rawn Fulton of Bernardston will emcee the event.

Films on subjects like sustainable living, community resiliency and grassroots responses to global issues like hunger and clean energy.

Though only 10 films will be screened Friday due to time constraints, all accepted submissions will be shown on the local-access stations that have partnered with the event. They will also be hosted on Greenfield Community Television’s site,

Partner stations include GCTV, Bernardston and Northfield’s BNCTV, Frontier Community Access Television, Shelburne and Buckland’s Falls Cable, Montague’s MCTV, Athol-Orange TV, Easthampton’s ECAT5, Northampton’s NCTV and TV5 of Hadley. Check individual listings after the event to see when the films will air.

The event is sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Institute, Transition Towns groups in Greenfield, Northfield, Wendell, Amherst, Pelham and Northampton, as well as Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Citizens Bank and Locust Press.

Friday’s screening is free and open to the public.

To get a feel for what to expect, check out last year’s accepted videos, at

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