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Film “Revolution” about changing the world – free viewings June 3

Revolution-web-poster-150x150The County library and Regent Theatre will bring the award-winning documentary “Revolution”  to the theatre for three free showings for the community and school students Monday, June 3.

High school students and those in senior elementary grades, through reserved seating, will see the film at 9 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The free showing for the public will be screened at 5:15 p.m.

The film has been hailed as a “must see” by many including David Suzuki who insists that, “If you go to one movie this year, it must be Revolution.”

Winner of International Film Festival awards in Toronto, Vancouver, Santa Barbara, and Victoria as well as the Atlantic Film Festival, Revolution is a film about changing the world. It is the true-life adventure of biologist and filmmaker Rob Stewart that continues the remarkable journey of his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary.

Traveling to 15 countries over four years, Stewart investigates the most significant environmental issues on earth, and works to find answers to saving the ecosystems depended on for survival. He embarks on an adventure that takes him from the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea and deforestation in Madagascar to the largest environmental project in history in Alberta, Canada. In doing so, he reveals how all of actions are interconnected and that environmental issues are reducing the earth’s ability to house humans.

How did this happen, and what will it take to change the course on which humanity has set itself? These are the questions the film attempts to answer, all the while presenting startlingly beautiful images of the world.

Stewart also meets with dedicated individuals and organizations working on solutions. Education is key and the motivation for offering free showings to the County’s youth.

Having viewed the documentary’s movie trailer and investigated the Revolution website, Scott Young, head of the science department at Prince Edward Collegiate, said the film, “…ties in beautifully with the science curriculum.”

Close to 500 students will be attending from PECI and more than 250 from elementary schools, “numbers which are made possible due to our partnership with the Regent,” says library CEO Barbara Sweet. “The theatre plays an integral role in our community and the collaborations with the library over recent years have made possible unique educational opportunities including author visits and musical presentations. This is the first joint venture based on a film screening.”

“The Regent Theatre values its long-standing partnership with Prince Edward County Public Library,” says Regent general manager Bob Schroen, “and we’re pleased to co-present the multi-award winning film, Revolution.”

“We value the continued community support of the theatre – a vital cultural institution,” says Schroen, “and hope that if you are not a Regent member, that you will consider becoming one or volunteering.”  The theater relies on memberships, sponsorships, advertising, council grants and thousands of hours from its volunteers to maintain the quality of its programming and to keep the lights burning on Picton’s Main Street marquee.

The library and the theatre share similar goals of contributing to the quality of life in the County. To support and learn more about both, visit their respective websites at: theregenttheatre.org and peclibrary.org

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