FILM – “Terraferma” (March 9 @ 6PM)

FILM AND FOOD. A FILM ABOUT SICILIAN FISHERMEN
Sea Commons hosts “Terraferma”; Food provided by SHORT & MAIN


Are you ready for spring and be out on the water? Come watch the beautiful film about a Sicilian fishing community and enjoy some delicious pizzas provided by the local restaurant, SHORT & MAIN.  The citizens’ group Sea Commons will host the screening of the Italian film “Terraferma” at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester on Sunday, March 9th. Doors open at 6pm for food and film starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10. Suggested $5 for food donations.

Terraferma is an Italian film directed by Emanuele Crialese from a timely — yet also quite timeless — script he wrote with Vittorio Moroni, is set on a remote Sicilian island whose summer tourist trade has become more lucrative than its longtime, now-dwindling fishing business. However, because of its location, the isle is also a magnet for illegal African immigrants escaping to Europe.

One day at sea, the aging Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), a tradition-bound, lifelong fisherman, and his 20-year-old grandson Filippo (Filippo Pucillo) secretly rescue a vulnerable boatload of Ethiopian refugees, which includes the very pregnant Sara (Timnit T.) and her young son. Ernesto’s daughter (and Filippo’s mother), Giulietta (Donatella Finocchiaro), is a restless widow renting her home to a carefree trio of Italian vacationers. After she delivers Sara’s baby, a precarious bond forms between the wary Giulietta and the desperate young mother. This sets off a deep wave of social, moral and emotional reflection — and recalibration — for all involved.

Perhaps most affected, though, is the impulsive, rudderless Filippo, who also works for his entrepreneurial uncle — and Ernesto’s son — Nino (Giuseppe Fiorello). The severity of Sara’s plight will result in a gutsy, much-needed call to action for Filippo which, like so much else in this insightful film, proves a stirring commentary on our better angels.

Sea Commons (www.SeaCommons.com), the sponsor of the film, is a group of concerned Gloucester citizens interested in promoting a regional dialogue/public forum about the future of our Seas, and how citizens will adapt to sea level rise. For more information, contact Camron Adibi at Sea Commons at cfadibi@gmail.com or (978) 381-9709.

FILM – “Ocean Frontiers II” (Monday, Feb 3 @6:30PM)

OCEAN FRONTIERS, Part 2
Citizens’ group hosts “Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea”


Are you interested in a sustainable future for our community? Are you interested in securing a strong local economy? Are you interested in renewable energy projects that benefit local communities? Then this film will interest you. The citizens’ group Sea Commons will host a new documentary “Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea” at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30pm. A short panel discussion will follow with some experts answering your questions.

Ocean Frontiers II is a documentary film about future ocean management planning efforts and specifically, leasing the sea floor to private corporations for developing an offshore wind farm. Ocean Frontiers II describes the process of an offshore wind farm project. Rhode Island-based renewable energy company Deepwater Wind won two leases up for grabs in a federal auction for the rights to develop offshore wind power in a 257-square-mile area of waters off Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Deepwater Wind won the auction with bids of $3.7 million for the north section of the area, which is believed to be more suitable for development, and $94,000 for the south section.Who really benefits with “Marine Spatial Planning” and the development of offshore wind projects? What is Marine Spatial Planning? How do these development projects benefit our community?

A recent article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/business/energy-environment/us-offshore-wind-farm-made-in-europe.html?_r=0

Tickets are discounted to just $5.00, and can be purchased in advance by contacting Sea Commons (see below). Tickets may also be purchased at the door, first-come, first-served.

Sea Commons (www.SeaCommons.com), the sponsor of the film, is a group of concerned Gloucester citizens interested in promoting a regional dialogue/public forum about the future of our Seas, and how citizens will adapt to sea level rise. For more information, contact Camron Adibi at Sea Commons at cfadibi@gmail.com or (978) 381-9709.

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FILM – “Shored Up” (Sat. Jan. 11 @ 2:30pm)

CITIZENS’ GROUP TO ENCORE FILM ABOUT SEA LEVEL RISE
Citizens’ group hosts new documentary “Shored Up,” followed by discussion


The citizens’ group Sea Commons (www.SeaCommons.com) will host an encore performance of Ben Kalina’s controversial new documentary “Shored Up” (www.ShoredUpMovie.com) at the Cape Ann Community Cinema (www.CapeAnnCinema.com) at 21 Main Street in Gloucester on Saturday, January 11th at 2:30pm. Director Ben Kalina will be available for questions and answers following the film using video conferencing on the cinema’s large screen.

The first showing was well attended with excellent questions and comments. There are still many unanswered questions. Who would pay for any necessary infrastructure with rising sea level such as with sea walls? Will waterfront properties be devalued with new FEMA flood maps? How will property owners be able to afford rising costs for flood insurance? Will fishermen have a harbor from future storms? Recently, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences refused to show the film. How does this topic become a productive conversation so that we may plan for sea level rise?

Tickets are discounted to just $7.00, and can be purchased in advance at the Cinema or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, first-come, first-served.

Read more about the ban of the film from the director, Ben Kalina: http://shoredupmovie.com/blog/details/5991/shored-upbanned

Sea Commons (www.SeaCommons.com), the sponsor of the film, is a group of concerned Gloucester citizens interested in promoting a regional dialogue/public forum about the future of our Seas, and how citizens will adapt to sea rise. For more information, contact Camron Adibi at Sea Commons at cfadibi@gmail.com or (978) 381-9709.

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KICKOFF EVENT – “Ocean Frontiers” (Documentary Premiere) [Tues. Oct. 1 @ 7:30pm in Gloucester]

NEW CITIZENS’ GROUP KICKS OFF FILM FESTIVAL
Sea Commons hosts new documentary “Ocean Frontiers,” discussion

The newly-formed citizen group Sea Commons will host the opening night of the DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30pm. Sea Commons will present the new documentary Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship (www.Ocean-Frontiers.org) and host a panel discussion with local and regional stakeholders after the film.

Tickets are doubly-discounted at just $5.00, and can be purchased in advance at the Cinema or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, first-come, first-served.

Ocean Frontiers is a documentary film about future ocean management planning efforts that will have a dramatic impact to all people, not just our fishing communities. Ocean Frontiers presents one perspective and makes the argument that better management decisions can utilize multiple ocean uses. Ocean Frontiers is a film that should be seen by all coastal communities to learn the implications of “marine spatial planning.”

Sea Commons, the sponsor of the film, is a group of concerned Gloucester citizens interested in promoting a regional dialogue/public forum about the future of our Seas, the last public commons.

For more information, contact Camron Adibi at Sea Commons (www.SeaCommons.com) at cfadibi@gmail.com, or at (978) 381-9709.