Wake-Up Film Festival 3 Summer Feature: “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain”
For the past three years, the Adirondack Green Circle has sponsored annual community screenings of globally and locally significant films during their Wake–Up Film Festivals (WUFFs) held each spring in Saranac Lake. These films are meant to provide awareness and community discussion about environmental, economic & social issues currently affecting us all. They also provide a forum for proposing solutions and action plans that we as a community can work on together.
This year a bonus Summer Feature is planned for Saturday, Aug. 20th, with the free screening of “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain” at the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, from 7-9pm. This Emmy Award winning documentary focuses on the problem of algae blooms and the health of the 6th largest lake in the United States. The film’s co-producers/directors, Victor Guadagno and Jon Erickson, will be on hand to lead a discussion after the film.
Described as a “must see documentary,” “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain,” presents several reasons why levels of toxic blue-green algae are increasing throughout the lake and raising concerns in the last few summers. The spring floods that occurred over the North Country this year have only exacerbated the problem in Lake Champlain and elsewhere across the region.
Since its debut in Burlington last November 29th in front of 250 people, “Bloom” has been receiving much North Country press between NY and VT, both from mainstream and public media sources. Following the May announcement of its New England Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the documentary was chosen for national distribution by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). To date, it has been shown in several states.
Area lake and watershed association members are especially invited to attend this screening because many regional and local shore-owners are dealing with algae problems or have dealt with them in the past. But, we are all residents of one watershed or another, and therefore, the general public is also invited to come, learn and share experiences in an effort to slow down algae growth in waterways.
For more information about the film, see: bloomthemovie.org. For more information about the Adirondack Green Circle, see: adkgreencircle.org. Both have Facebook pages as well. Contact 637-2745 for more information on the event.
ABOUT THE Adirondack Green Circle
Who They Are
The Adirondack Green Circle was started in 2007 by Gail Brill after reading Barbara Kingsolver's book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. At our monthly meeting we discuss ways to affect change in our own lives and in our community. See calendar for schedule.
To create a forum that will educate and inspire both ourselves and our community to choose sustainable living practices. Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. By promoting these practices in our lives and in the community, we move towards living in harmony with our earth and each other.
Green Circle Goals:
- To choose and maintain an optimistic outlook about the future of our planet and the ability to affect positive change through sustainable practices
- Read, meet and discuss relevant articles and research
- Attend relevant workshops and meetings
- Provide outreach and education via our website and community events
- Work with local politicians and agencies to create a more sustainable and environmentally conscious government and community