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Be The Change film series stars season with study of Scrap

The 15th season for the Be The Change Film Series starts Jan. 25
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Simcoe Street Theatre.

The 15th season of the Be The Change film series will begin Wednesday with a screening of Scrap at the Simcoe Street Theatre. 

Be The Change films are selected around themes such as growing food sustainably, resource extraction, and climate change. 

This season's first film explores the human relationship with things, the joy at giving a thing a new purpose, and the sadness over the loss of a thing. It screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival. 

Director Stacey Tenenbaum wrote: “I think the first step is getting people to be like, ‘Hey, what happens to that phone booth that used to be on my corner, or where does cellphone go when I throw it out?’ The next step would be for them to decide they want to change the way they consume and dispose of the things in their lives.” 

Scrap will screen on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets for each of the films in the series are $12 for adults, $7 for students, and admission is free for children under 12 years old. 

The next film in the series, which screens Feb. 22, is A Land Shaped By Women, about the journey of two women, both snowboarding world champions, as they travel across Iceland. Other films include: Inhabited, Hidden Life of Trees, and In the Name of the Wildand. 

“You may think you know a lot about what we’re doing to the environment, wildlife and our world as a whole, both good and bad,” said Kathleen Knoll, chairperson for the Be The Change committee in a news release. “But these films go a step further. The movies we chose are truly fascinating. Enlightening.”  

The series is run by the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust as a fundraising endeavour to support the work of the trust in fighting damaging development around the Silver Creek Wetland, local water courses, woodlands, and wildlife corridors. Funds raised through the film series also go to the Trust’s environmental education efforts, keeping tabs on golf course pesticide use, working with the ski hills to limit negative impacts on fish/wildlife habitat from runoff, and much more. 

Showings will take place at 7 p.m. at the Simcoe Street Theatre on the last Wednesday of every month. Find tickets online at bethechangefilmseries.com.

About the Be the Change Film Series

The BTC Film Series was created in 2008 to educate and inspire the local Collingwood/Blue Mountains community into action. The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation is working together along with other community partners to provide the audience with a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of some of the most important ecological and social justice issues facing our local area and the communities of planet Earth. The series is currently seeking sponsors. For more information, please contact Kathleen Knoll kathknoll@gmail.com or 705-441-0345.