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Apr 03

Celebrate Earth Day all month long

Eco-friendly documentaries include “No Impact Man” and “GasLand”

This April, Mother Earth goes to the movies.

HopeDance magazine is celebrating Earth Day all month long with a series of films about environmental issues.

The screening series continues tonight with “No Impact Man: The Documentary.”

Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein, the film follows author Colin Beavan’s mission to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year.

That means no more automated transportation, electricity or non-local food or material consumption. Reluctantly joining Colin in his quest are his wife, Michelle, a Business Week writer who loves Starbucks and retail shopping, and their two year-old daughter, Isabella.

“No Impact Man” screens at 7 p.m. tonight at the  Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey Ave. in San Luis Obispo. Admission is $6 to $9.

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On Wednesday, it’s the natural gas documentary  “GasLand.”

Energy corporations from across the globe are clamoring for the opportunity to access America’s vast deposits of natural gas.  But how will their quest for underground riches affect our air, our drinking water, our health and our pocketbooks?

In “GasLand,” director Josh Fox looks at the controversial method of natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing,  or, fracking, in communities in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Texas. His groundbreaking film, which includes interviews with homeowners, scientists, gas company executives and government agents, won an Emmy Award and the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for documentary filmmaking.

Watch “Gasland” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Spot, 116 West Branch St. in Arroyo Grande. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by calling 474-5711 or visiting www.thespotag.com.

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Meanwhile, the San Luis Obispo public library’s screening series showcasing the cinema of the 1970s continues with classic disaster flick “The Towering Inferno.”

When a fire breaks out in the world’s tallest building, architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) and San Francisco Fire Department battalion chief Michael O’Hallorhan (Steve McQueen) must work together to battle the blaze and save the lives of hundreds of party guests. The all-star cast includes William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Fred Astaire.

“The Towering Inferno” screens at 2 p.m. Saturday in the library’s Community Room, 995 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo.

This free screening is part of an ongoing series titled “The Me Decade: The ’70s in Film.”

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