New Economics Institute to Screen ‘Fixing the Future’, a Documentary to Inspire Action Toward Strengthening Local Economies

New Economics Institute in Great Barrington joins other Berkshire organizations to host a screening of the documentary Fixing the Future, a film that will inspire action toward strengthening local economies.

Great Barrington, MA, voted number 1 best small town in America by Smithsonian Magazine, has many things going for it. However, there is always room to encourage new local businesses, make land and housing more affordable, and improve the food system. New Economics Institute, Berkshire Grown, The Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires, BerkShares, Project Native, Railroad Street Youth Project, Greenagers, and the Great Barrington Land Conservancy have been working over the past decades to tackle these challenges, and on July 18, 2012 they will join dozens of other organizations across the country in a one-night-only event to celebrate local, sustainable economies. Featuring a screening of the documentary Fixing the Future, the event will take place at The Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington at 7 pm. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6.50 for children and seniors and are available at the door or online at the Triplex’s website. The documentary will be followed by an exclusive onscreen discussion panel, featuring

  • Bill McKibben: Author, environmentalist, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College
  • Majora Carter: Peabody Award winning broadcaster & Urban Revitalization Strategist
  • Mike Brady: CEO, Greyston Bakery & social entrepreneur
  • David Brancaccio: Host, NOW on PBS

In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America where people are using sustainable and innovative approaches to job-creation, building hope and renewal amidst economic collapse. Berkshire County can count itself as one of these creative communities, as it has its own currency, BerkShares, a number of community land trusts, and organizations that work to improve the relationship of citizens to agriculture and the environment.

The screening of this film will be an occasion to learn from each other and from others around the country, as well as to celebrate the creativity that bubbles up in troubled economic times.

The event kicks off Berkshire County’s participation in Fixing the Future Across America, a national campaign led by JumpStart Productions, Area23a and the media strategy organization Active Voice. Berkshire County hosts join more than 50 groups around the country participating in the campaign, using Fixing the Future to encourage American communities to create and sustain resilient, local economies through innovative approaches to job creation. Fixing the Future Across America also links together a national network of business groups and community-based organizations working to improve their local economies.

The management at the Triplex Cinema has offered one of its best theaters, with 179 seats available, and the organizers of the event hope to fill the house. 

New Economics Institute combines vision and practice to promote a shift towards a “new economy” that values people and the environment. Formerly the E.F. Schumacher Society, the organization has a 30-year history in the Berkshires, where it has been responsible for a lecture series as well as many economic projects such as a low-interest community-supported loan program, the launching of BerkShares, and the development of the model for Community Supported Agriculture. Most recently, New Economics Institute held a conference at Bard College entitled “Strategies for a New Economy,” where over 500 participants and speakers discussed various efforts around the country and the world that are combining to form a Movement for a New Economy.

In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America where people are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal across a country overwhelmed by an economic collapse. Fixing the Future was produced by JumpStart Productions.

Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops. Its team of strategic communications professionals works with mediamakers, funders, advocates and thought leaders to put a human face on the issues of our times. Since its inception in 2001, Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability.

JumpStart Productions is a NY-based company with projects in the US, Europe and Africa. JumpStart creates media that is aligned with solutions-oriented journalism. Its projects have been awarded three national Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Edward Murrow Award for Best International Documentary, and three Gracie Awards for excellence in portrayal of women. 100 million people have seen our public-media television series, NOW on PBS. In digital media, Jumpstart’s track record includes the creation of a social media campaign that attracted 22 million unique

Area23a is a bicoastal, independently owned “event” based theatrical distribution company, co-founded by distribution specialists Richard Abramowitz and Ocule Films founder, Kirt Eftekhar. The company focuses on event-driven films, providing value-added distribution through alternative ways to reach audiences across the country, releasing films in convention and community centers, night clubs, casinos, libraries, museums and college campuses, in addition to traditional venues like theaters, cinematheques and festivals. Area23a distributes award-winning films such as Dan Sturman and Bill Guttentag’s Soundtrack for a Revolution, Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie, Alex Rotaru’s They Came to Play, Gerardine Wurzburg’s Wretches and Jabberers, Gayle Ferraro’s To Catch a Dollar, Adrian Grenier’s Teenage Paprazzo as well as the upcoming Revenge of the Electric Car directed by Chris Paine.


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