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Posted on Oct 8, 2016

Wow. Just … wow.

That’s the best word I know to describe the splendid audience reaction to the Green Rights film. People love it! They love the stories, love the hopefulness, love the pace, love the use of folk-art and folk-music to mark the transitions from one story to another. Canadians don’t know these international success stories, and they’re generally thrilled to learn about them. Successes in the Philippines, the Netherlands, Argentina and elsewhere give Canadians hope for success in their own battles.

“I really enjoyed the film,” wrote one viewer, “and marveled at your way with hope-filled yet alarming stories of green resistance.” Great. That’s just what we had in mind.

mls-sdc-speakerWe’ve now shown the film in Wolfville, Halifax, Antigonish, Ottawa (with a reception at the private dining room of the Speaker of the Senate, see the attached photo) and Kingston. We’ve had great discussions after the screenings, mainly about the film’s contents and about what these stories mean for Canadians. Another big thread in the conversations, though, is how to get this film into wider circulation? Is it going to be on TV? Will you be showing it at festivals? Could I arrange a screening for my own church/class/organization? Can I stream it on the internet?

And the answer is, broadly, Yes! We haven’t yet had time to submit to festivals and broadcasters, but after this tour is finished we will. And yes, of course we’ll provide it to people who want to arrange additional screenings. We don’t yet have an established mechanism for that, but if you’d like to sponsor a screening, send me a message and I’ll get back to you when we put that together.

And yes, you can stream Green Rights on the internet. Just go to www.TheGreenInterview.com and take out a free one-month trial subscription. That gives you access to everything on the site for a month, including the film and all the interviews collected in my new Warrior Lawyers book. At the end of the month, if you don’t want to continue the subscription, you can cancel with no further obligation. We hope you won’t, of course, but that’s up to you. And yes, you can buy Warrior Lawyers there too. Or on Amazon.

I also urge you to like the GreenRightsFilm page on Facebook, or to befriend me there. I say this because I’m trying to make more and more use of Facebook Live to report on our progress across the country in Merlin the Marvellous Motorhome. I’m still just getting the hang of Facebook Live, but it’s a terrific tool for real-time reporting in video, perfect for a trip like this one.

The next public screening of GreenRights is in Toronto on October 12th, at the Heliconian Hall at 35 Hazelton Street in Yorkville. If you haven’t had a chance to see the film, there’s a trailer here. It’s a little out of date, but it gives you a really good feel for the film.

So if you’re in Toronto, please spread the word about the screening next Wednesday – and please come!
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After that — and after a couple of university events in Toronto —  the motorhome tour proceeds to public screenings in Waterloo on the 17th , Guelph on the 18th and Thunder Bay on the 24th. The details are in the calendar at www.TheGreenInterview.com. I hope we’ll catch you somewhere!

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