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14/2/2013: BIKE IT TO TRANSITIONS FILMFEST FOR GREENER WORLD

Covering topics such as social entrepreneurship, energy politics, climate change, social justice and technological innovation, the Transitions Film Festival (ACMI & Cinema Nova, Melbourne, Feb. 15 – 23) hopes to inspire the transition to a sustainable world. To encourage low emissions transport, audience members riding bikes to Cinema Nova screenings will receive cyclist’s concession prices.

Featuring a line-up of films that includes Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant’s feature narrative Promised Land, The Sundance Institute’s A Fierce Green Fire and the highly anticipated Chasing Ice, Transitions also features introductions and panel discussions with international filmmakers and Australia’s sustainability leaders.

Key guests include Bob Brown (former leader of The Australian Greens), Drew Hutton (Lock The Gate), John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute), Anna Rose (AYCC) and Velcrow Ripper via satellite (Director of Occupy Love).

“The transition has many elements: from fossil fuels to renewable energy; from greed to empathy and compassion; from short-term thinking to long-term planning; from shopping as life to collaborative consumption” says festival patron Anna Rose “Powerful stories, told through film, can change hearts and minds in a deeper and more long-lasting way than any set of statistics, no matter how shocking.”

“The visionary thinking shared through these stories help us to gain a much greater perspective of the age of transformation we are living through” says Timothy Parish, Director of the Transitions Film Festival. “The global shifts we are experiencing in energy, technology and economics are not things to be feared, but can be catalysts for a larger transition to a more sustainable and equitable future for all.”



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