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MLUI Presents Monday Night Films in Frankfort

Main Street Series covers energy, sustainable Dr. Seuss, 'local’' happiness

July 21, 2011 |


For Immediate Release
July 21, 2011

Shauna Fite, Policy Specialist
Michigan Land Use Institute
Phone: 231-941-6584 ext. 25 • Fax: 231-929-0937
Email: shauna@mlui.org • Web site: www.mlui.org

FRANKFORT—The Michigan Land Use Institute will present three Monday evenings of eco-minded films at its inaugural Main Street Film Series,to be held at the Garden Theatre, in Frankfort, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1, 8, and 15.

Each film looks at issues close to MLUI’s policy heart and soul. Whether it's sensible energy options, educating kids about sustainability, or observing what “buying local” does for communities, these films are filled with good information and great fun. A special guest will introduce each movie, tie its message to our communities, and offer ways we can get involved. 

On Aug. 1, the documentary carbon nation takes a fresh look at solutions to climate change. But the film’s message is for everyone, not just those who believe that global warming is occurring and is chiefly manmade. Business, political, social, and national security leaders offer a remarkably wide variety of reasons why we must invest heavily and quickly in renewable and clean energy sources.

Filmgoers will be entered to win one of two free home energy audits, and other great energy saving items. A short film about the Michigan Land Use Institute will also be shown, which was produced by our evening’s film sponsor, Rivet Entertainment. 

On Aug. 8, the whole family will enjoy an animated version of Dr. Suess’ timeless classic, The Lorax. In the film, the greedy Once-ler ignores the warnings of the wise old Lorax and kills the Truffula forest to get rich. The timeless fantasy offers a real-life lesson about striking a balance between economic growth and environmental protection. The evening also features a medley of eco-family-friendly short films.

Derek Bailey, Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will offer an inspirational welcome and a traditional performance with the Medicine Lodge Singers. Hands-on art projects with Nature Explorers International and a hot dog roast begins at 6:00 p.m. in Mineral Springs Park. The John N. Barnes Environmental Education Fund is sponsoring this family event.

On Aug. 15, the Economics of Happiness illustrates why going local is such a powerful strategy for repairing our fractured world—our ecosystems, our societies, and ourselves. The film dramatically illustrates why sustainable communities and investing in our local food systems and businesses are keys to our future happiness.

Betsie Bay Furniture is sponsoring this final evening of film and, to celebrate, will host an enjoyable afterglow at their nearby store with local wine, cider, and appetizers.

For more information, contact Shauna Fite at 231-941-6584, ext. 25, or shauna@mlui.org.

About the Institute
The Michigan Land Use Institute is an independent, nonprofit research, educational, and service organization founded in 1995. More than 3,000 households, businesses, and organizations have joined the Institute in support of its mission to inspire citizens, businesses, and government to take action to protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and enhance our quality of life.

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