Will film for change

Local filmmakers  focus on sustainability

For the third year in a row, Pioneer Valley Transition Towns is holding a film festival and is currently sending out a last call for submissions.

Short film submissions may showcase any valley project that has a goal of increasing the sustainability of food and energy production and usage, home construction, transportation or manufacturing of goods.

Jessica Tanner, for instance, submitted a short film last year, “The Bagshare,” about a project that organized several sewing circles to make reusable shopping bags out of reused materials. The bags are then donated to small local stores, which lend them to customers who have forgotten to bring their own reusable bags. Ten thousand have been sewn and distributed so far.

Transition Towns is a worldwide movement developed in response to concerns regarding peak oil, climate change and overall economic instability.

By 2010, more than 400 communities across the country, including Greenfield and Northfield, had become Transition Towns.

After the films were chosen last year, nine of them were shown to a full house at Sloan Theater in Greenfield Community College.

“It was wonderful to hear directly from the audience members who were learning about The Bagshare for the first time,” said Tanner.

She said people wanted to get involved, and they appreciated the work that had gone into producing the film.

“I don’t get that feedback by airing a video through local media centers,” said Tanner.

The films that are chosen will also be aired on GCTV.

Film submissions are due by Sept. 27. For submission guidelines, visit: www.transitionnorthfieldma.org/PVTTFF.

Also contact Scott MacPherson at Greenfield Community Television at 413-774-4288 or scott@gctv.org.

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