The Green Rights Circus!
Awards, Screenings, Festivals, Keynotes, Everything!
The whole idea of promotion is to get people to pay attention to your project. For a while, not much happens – and then the project roars off like a rocket sled, and you’re frantically hanging on. Here’s some of what’s going on with the Green Rights project.
IMPACT DOCS AWARD
Impact DOCS is an online awards system that “recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Documentaries were received from 30 countries, including veteran award winning filmmakers and fresh new talent.”
Green Rights was made by a tiny team with a shoestring budget provided by individual citizens who believed in the film’s importance. To have achieved this international recognition is a tremendous thrill.
PUBLIC INTEREST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CONFERENCE: KEYNOTE AND SCREENING
I’m equally thrilled to have been invited to deliver the kick-off keynote speech at the 35th annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) to be held from March 2nd – 5th at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon. Green Rights will also be screened at the conference, and Warrior Lawyers will be on sale in the conference book store.
This is a big, big deal. Says the official invitation: “Every year, over three thousand people from across the globe come together in Eugene for the oldest and largest public interest environmental law conference in the world. Land Air Water, a wholly volunteer student group at the University of Oregon School of Law, hosts the event. PIELC brings together activists, advocates, students, scientists, government officials, and concerned citizens to share information and strategies that promote environmental and social justice.
“The conference is extraordinary. It puts ideas into action, sparks commitment to environmental protection across borders, and has inspired the creation of numerous public interest environmental and human rights organizations. Last year the Conference hosted over one hundred and twenty panels and workshops, a variety of multi-media presentations, special events, and dynamic keynote addresses throughout the weekend. The conference consistently attracts press, government officials, and environmental and social leaders from over forty countries.”
(AND INTERVIEWS IN OREGON)
Chris Beckett will be joining me for the PIELC conference, where we expect to collect several new Green Interviews to be released later in the year.
UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA
The next Green Rights presentations will be at the University of Victoria Law School on February 21. At 12:30 I’ll be delivering a lecture (“Warrior Lawyers: Using the Law to Save the Planet”) in Room 152 of the Fraser Building, and at 7:00 I’ll host a screening of the Green Rights film in Room 159 of the Fraser Building. These events – at which the public is warmly welcomed – are also organized by the students, and I’m grateful to them for pulling it all together.
VANCOUVER AND THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
March will bring at least two screenings in Vancouver. One will take place at the University of British Columbia, in conjunction with an exhibition at UBC’s magnificent Museum of Anthopology called “Amazonia: The Rights of Nature.” The date and venue are not yet determined, but it will probably be in mid-month. The second screening – to be co-presented with the David Suzuki Foundation – will be in a downtown location also to be determined, and probably towards the end of the month.
OTHER SCREENINGS, PAST AND FUTURE
In the meantime – and this also delights me – the film is being shown at small festivals and by community groups around the country. On January 18th it was featured in the Erin Fast Forward Film Festival, just north of Guelph, and it was shown on the 31st in nearby Orangeville by the Dufferin-Caledon Citizens Climate Action Group. On March 4 it will be screened in the Belleville Downtown DocFest, also in Ontario. On May 19 it will be shown in both Wolfville and Mahone Bay, NS, and on Canada Day it will be at the Coady-Tompkins Library in Margaree Forks, Cape Breton. A number of other screenings are in negotiation.
These small screenings are wonderful. We made the film for the people of Canada (and the United States), and whenever it speaks to that audience, a little circle of civic relationship is closed. That’s just as true whether the audience is in Ottawa or Orangeville. When an organizer like Liz Armstrong writes to say, “Our audience in Erin, Ontario was totally inspired by Green Rights. Every Canadian (and American) who cares about their kids and the future should see this film” – well, it doesn’t get much better than that.
BOOK REVIEWS AND COVERAGE
Meanwhile, Warrior Lawyers is also forging its way along. It recently received a lovely review from Gordon Pellerin which posted on the website of Atlantic Books Today. You can read it here: http://atlanticbookstoday.ca/warrior-lawyers-features-ecological-litigators-worthy-of-worldwide-fame/.
The book has also won some very thoughtful reviews on Amazon, which you can find here. Now I admit I helped that process along by offering a free copy to anyone who would promise to write an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Note that I’m not looking for a positive review, necessarily, just an honest review. That offer stands: if anyone reading this will promise to review Warrior Lawyers, I’ll send a free e-book – or, if the reviewer wishes, a paper copy. Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
My brother and his lady recently took Marjorie and me to Odysseo by Cavalia, which one might think of as the circus on horseback, the rodeo re-imagined by Cirque du Soleil. It’s spectacular, dazzling, totally original. Colour, fireworks, horses dancing at a full gallop, people flying through the air, acrobatics and tumbling, shifting backdrops of desert and jungle. I loved it, though my eyes could hardly keep up with what was happening in front of me.
These days, my life is a bit like that. It keeps me active. It keeps me alert. And it keeps me humble.