Tuesday, October 30
Film Matters: Two great documentaries in November
The Music Hall has two great Film Matters coming up in November – Miss Representation Friday November 2 and Unacceptable Levels on Tuesday November 13 – both at 7pm in the Historic Theater on Chestnut Street. The first documentary exposes how the mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Presented in affiliation with the NH Women’s Initiative and The Women’s Fund of NH, there will be a high-powered panel of local women in the media to engage the audience in conversation following the screening. The second documentary focuses on the 80,000 chemicals in our system of commerce, and how some of those are going straight into our bodies. Following that documentary, there will be a panel and Q&A with filmmaker Ed Brown, entrepreneur and chemical policy change advocate Kim Anderson of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic and UNH Professor and Environmental Researcher Kevin Gardner.
According to Chris Curtis, Programming Coordinator for The Music Hall, “The hallmark of our world class programming is its diversity – we just saw Gladys Knight in concert, we can’t wait to laugh with Bill Cosby (11/11). We just heard from Salman Rushdie in our writers series and next up is Deepak Chopra. And along with this, we have a provocative film and conversation series – Film Matters that marries a documentary on a global issue with a conversation with top experts who help us really make the issue local. Our two November Film matters are no exception. With some amazing help from community partners, we’ve been able to assemble a powerhouse expert panel for each. Join us in engaging with the issues presented in the films and then engage with your community in the post-film discussions.”
Film Matters: Miss Representation
Friday, November 2 • 7pm • Historic Theater
NR, 85 mins, US
Presented in affiliation with The NH Women’s Initiative and The Women’s Fund of NH.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
Post film panel and Q+A with local high-powered women in the media.
“An Inconvenient Truth of sexism in the media” – IndieWire
“If you think we’re in the midst of historic times for women in politics…one documentary at Sundance is urging you to think again” – LA Times
Film Matters: Unacceptable Levels
Tuesday, November 13 • 7pm • Historic Theater
NR, 90 mins, US
Currently, there are over 80,000 chemicals in our system of commerce, and some of those are going straight into our bodies. Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial compounds that are interacting with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn’t understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that dynamic is changing. Unacceptable Levels opens the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies are being exposed to, so we can make informed decisions as we move forward. This film poses particular challenges to our companies, our government, and our society to do something about a nearly unseen threat with the inspired knowledge that small changes can create a massive impact.
Post film panel and Q&A with Filmmaker Ed Brown, Entrepreneur and Chemical Policy Change Advocate Kim Anderson and UNH Professor and Environmental Researcher Kevin Gardner
“This movie makes it impossible to hide behind the numbers. It not only changes the way that you look at the world, but the way that we look at ourselves.” – Randy Hayes Rainforest Action Network founder and Executive Director, Foundation Earth
“Unacceptable Levels is Powerful. It tells the story of toxic chemicals in just about every aspect of our lives, and the egregious lack of regulation. Our ability to protect our families is at stake.”– Joan Blades Co-founder, MomsRising.org & MoveOn.org
Film Matters Sponsors
Evening Sponsor – Unacceptable Levels
Ava Anderson Seacoast
Thomas W. Haas Foundation