FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2016
Contact: Gena Buhler Craig Boleman
CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE SYRIAN CRISIS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN ‘THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES’ FILM AT THE WHEELER
Aspen, CO (October 31, 2016): The Wheeler Opera House, in association with Telluride Mountainfilm, will present the award-winning documentary film “The Age of Consequences” as part of its Aspen Mountainfilm Monday Night Docs series on Monday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. The film connects the dots from climate change to the drought in Syria, which displaced millions of people and was likely the catalyst for the Syrian Civil War, to instability in the Sahel to the growing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Single tickets are $15 and are on sale now at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ www.aspenshowtix.com). The Wheeler Opera House is located at 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO.
Jared P. Scott’s powerhouse documentary asserts that the Arab Spring itself may have been sparked, in part, by food shortages brought on by climate change and drought. The less resilient a society, the more vulnerable it may be to the disruptions of climate change. But as climate change produces cascading disasters, even the biggest military in the world will find it hard to respond. The military experts interviewed in Scott’s film don’t doubt that the world is already experiencing the effects of climate change. The only question is whether humanity can act in time to mitigate the worst of the possible consequences.
Following the film, Executive Producer/Director of Outreach Sophie Robinson will join Mountainfilm Tour Director Crystal Merrill for a Q&A about the film. Robinson is a former grassroots climate organizer who has changed paths to pursue filmmaking for social change. She coordinated 350 Massachusetts - one of the leading statewide climate networks in the country - for two years at climate change nonprofit Better Future Project.
Prior to “The Age of Consequences,” three short documentary films will be screened. “Property” takes a look inside a repository on the outskirts of Denver where law enforcement sends the hundreds of thousands of illegally traded wildlife items confiscated in America. “Life After Water” follows Jesus Ramos, a farmer in the American West who finds himself on the front lines of a water shortage that threatens the future of his farm, his family and his community. A group of board lovers go surfing in “StrongWater”—not near the beaches of Hawaii, but to the river city of Missoula, Montana, where surfers have transformed the sport and the scene of this iconic pastime.
For more information about these screenings, please visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com.
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ABOUT WHEELER OPERA HOUSE:
Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and more. In recent years, the Wheeler has been a leader in producing exceptional festivals in Aspen, celebrating the comedy arts, global issues, and the craft of songwriting.