Mon 03.05 // 5:00 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
GREEN FIRE: ALDO LEOPOLD AND A LAND ETHIC FOR OUR TIME
Ann and Steven Dunsky
USA, 2011, 74 min.
San Francisco Premiere. In Person: Ann and Steven Dunsky, filmmakers; Cella Mitchell, Wallace Stegner Environmental Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
Local filmmakers Ann and Steven Dunsky (Butterflies & Bulldozers, SFGFF 2011) create a fascinating look into the life of a brilliant individual, Aldo Leopold. This beautiful film, narrated by Peter Coyote, features commentary from some of today’s most recognized scholars and conservation leaders, as well as many members of Leopold’s family. It tells the story of Leopold’s life, which is also the story of the dawning of our nation’s ecological awareness. Leopold’s work led him to develop a theory of land and wildlife conservation based on the interconnectedness of the natural world. The “Green Fire” of the title refers to a key incident in Leopold’s life, where the impact of his own gunshot from a rimrock in Arizona changed his thinking about the land ethic, leading to the key insight that was the culmination of his life’s work. His legacy continues today through the publication of A Sand County Almanac, a classic in American literature, published posthumously in 1949, about living on and being a part of the land. Through his work and writings, Aldo Leopold continues to influence the modern environmental movement around the world.
This documentary has inspired audiences at numerous film festivals and this screening comes on the heels of the annual “Aldo Leopold Weekend” where Wisconsin communities coordinate events across the state during the first weekend of March. ~ Cella Mitchell
Preceded by: An Ill Wind, Chris Jordan-Bloch, USA, 2011, 8 mins. In Person: Chris Jordan-Bloch.
Co-presented with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Earth Island Institute, Earth Justice, and the Wild Equity Institute.