The Finger Lakes Institute will host a film series of three events this semester that will focus on a variety of environmental issues, such as agriculture, food systems, water resources and climate change. The first screening of the film “Brunswick” will take place in Albright Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.
“Brunswick” follows the story of an aging farmer Sanford Bonesteel, and his connection to his now-threatened land. Set in the rural town of Brunswick, N.Y., the film explores a town struggling to balance economic growth with its rural character. Although the story is specific to Brunswick, it relates to small, rural towns nationwide.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Nate Simms, Finger Lakes Land Trust Director of Land Protection David Diaz, and Hobart and William Smith Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies Jessica Hayes-Conroy.
With a background in still photography, Simms came to film documentaries with an interest in landscapes and land conservation. Diaz brings expertise in farmland conservation and its relation to natural resources, preserved food production potential, and communities. Hayes-Conroy offers a perspective on broader issues of farmland preservation, including rural identity, food systems and town planning. Since joining the faculty in 2011, she has taught courses in the Women’s Studies department, focusing on health and food activism.
The other upcoming events in the film series include the showing of a three-hour compilation of the best films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the country on April 5, the showing of “Chasing Ice” on April 9 and the showing of “American Meat” on March 28.
Some of the events are free and open to the public. Check the FLI website for details.