One Earth Film Festival

Join us as we screen two films that demonstrate some of the ecological perils the Earth is facing today. Vanishing Pearls and A Will for the Woods are part of the 4th annual One Earth Film Festival. Both films will feature a post-screening speaker and discussion. Light refreshments will be served in the Narthex.

Vanishing Pearls will begin at 12:30 p.m. It is the story of paradise lost – an ongoing, environmental David and Goliath struggle between multinational oil and gas company BP plc (Beyond Petroleum) and a 300 person, Louisiana Gulf community dependant on oyster fishing.

For over a century, the people of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana have survived by fishing off of the plentiful waters surrounding their community. Over time, the powerful oil and gas industry has threatened this small, tight knit community’s way of life, culminating with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Told from the point of view of the film’s “David”, local oyster fishing businessman Byron Encalade, we learn how a once prolific fishing community has nearly vanished.

The backstory is the decade’s long intrigue surrounding legislative and policy-driven machinations over this important, lucrative crossroads between water and land, east and west, fish and fowl.

The current story begins with “Goliath”, BP, and the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, which continues to bleed a community through the after effects of the oil spill, economic fall out and questionable accountability. Encalade, his small tribe of fisher families and a community of Louisiana small business people continue to fight through legal channels and other means to find justice.”

A Will for the Woods will screen beginning at 3 pm. It asks us: “‘What if our last act could be a gift to the planet?’ Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly facing his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.

With poignancy and unexpected humor, A Will for the Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate – and one community’s role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement. As the film follows Clark’s dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy.”